This year, for the first time, I stored all the ripples I made during the warm months. I’ve filled Rubbermaid bins in our attic with ripple after ripple since late May. As the weather has started to cool I’ve been anxiously waiting for the charity’s e-mail announcing that it’s Blanket Season once again. They’re prepared to receive and pass on donations of handmade blankets for foster children.
It was exciting to see all my ripples together after their months in hiding, fun to get a little giddy over the wide variety of color-combinations and stripe patterns! There are bright ones, glowing ones, delicately soft and sappy ones, ones with tiny narrow stripes, ones with big and bold stripes. . . I looove making ripples for the kids!!
I welcomed this opportunity to pet my favorites one last time before telling them good-bye. I’m not going to call them out, no need to make the other ripples jealous. lol.
Having done charity crocheting, mostly ripples, for over five years now, it still boggles my mind that most of the yarn I’ve used was no longer wanted, cast off. It could just as easily have ended up in a landfill somewhere. Instead, I’ve found this way to put the many scrap balls, partial skeins and long forgotten yarns to use, along with some yarn I’ve unraveled from second-hand afghans, ponchos, sweaters and partly finished projects.
I’ve always gloried in turning nearly nothing into ‘somethin’. I often feel happy about being able to salvage some particularly odd yarn. Week after week I think about the ripple I’m crocheting and the few yarns I’m making it from. But when I look at all these ripples at one, I can’t help but feel a little astonished! This, these tall teetering piles of finished ripples, well, This is, indeed, ‘SOMETHIN’!
Makes me want to do a little HaPpY DaNce! lol
That will give the folks driving by something new to talk about. giggle. They’re probably used to seeing me stand on the old wooden chair in our driveway by now. (how I sometimes photograph a ripple)