Ripples

Last night, filled with ripple fever, I went to Michael’s crafts and actually bought yarn.  I haven’t bought yarn there in forever, but I want my ripple to be machine washable!  Here’s what I came up with for a color scheme (and I know the idea is to use up yarn, but honestly I don’t have many leftovers.)

And here’s an idea of how I want them laid out:

I think I might place an additional light blue stripe between the black and navy.  I’m considering another color instead, but I’m not sure what to chose there… any suggestions?  I chose these colors because they’re fairly neutral, they match the living room rug, and they are as far removed from the orange/rust/avocado ripple monstrosities of my childhood as possible.

I went looking for a good free ripple pattern online, but I couldn’t find one that I liked, so I made up my own.

It looks similar to the”soft waves” pattern everyone is using, and it doesn’t require me buying another book.  I’m also crocheting into the back loop in order to give more texture to the pattern.   And yes, the only other simply soft I had was hot pink… you see why I don’t want to use leftover stash yarns here?

This morning also marked the beginning of yarn sale season for me.  I know that I’ve waxed poetic about tag sales before, but I really do love them!  This morning I bought a cute (very fake) Kate Spade bag for 50 cents, and also this guy:

The wrinkling is actually the plastic it’s covered in… the print is perfect.  Isn’t it adorable?  I love his sad little face.  Also 50 cents!  and I continued my quest to own only green coffee cups.

These were a quarter.  You know, when we have to move it’s going to be because the place is overrun with yarn and random thrift finds.  That’s ok, right?

FO: Dollar and a Half Cardigan

Pattern: Dollar and a Half Cardigan by Veronique Avery, IW knits Spring 07

Yarn: Brown Sheep Co. Cotton Fleece in New Age Teal, about 5 skeins

Mods: None except the yarn.

Notes: I have many mixed emotions about this cardigan.  I love the longer length of the body, and I love the asymmetrical fronts.  The puffiness of the stitch pattern mostly blocked out, and I think if I actually tried I could get it totally flat.  The seaming was a giant pain, and the sizing is off.  The picture above?  That’s with the sleeves cuffed.  See below for what it actually looks like.  I’m not entirely certain what to do here.  The body fits perfectly, but the sleeves seem to have come from another sweater entirely.  It isn’t just the length – the entire sleeve is rather large.  I’m not sure that I’m willing to rip out the sleeves and make them shorter, so I’m probably doomed to cuffing.   This sweater is a departure from my usual style – I like my cardigans short if not cropped.   I need some reassurance that the sleeves don’t look totally dorky.  Here’s the photo with the full length sleeves (although I will never wear them this way.)

I like how my expression is all “Damn these sleeves are long!”