Miles of Ripples

Virginia really outdid herself this year for Valentine’s Day. Her gift to me was an afghan suitable to someone my height.

Ripple Afghan

This lovely blanket measures a generous 80 inches long by 60 inches wide, or in her words “really freakin’ long.” I can securely wrap myself (and feet!) in all of its wooly goodness.

Ripple Afghan

Crocheted using 13 different colors of Cascade 220, she used Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern as inspiration.

Ripple Afghan

Speaking of inspiration, I thought I’d share a photo that I took this morning of some spring cleaning in action (to help spur us on):

Clean Curtains

With last year’s chaos, and almost spending as much time at the hospital as we did at home, we’ve finally gotten around to cleaning our windows. It’s truly astounding how much crud can accumulate in only a year’s (or two) time. Of course, clean windows need clean curtains.

There’s a bright, sunny spring day ahead of us. So, off the computer and on to brightening up the house. Oh, happy spring!

The Call of Crochet…

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

Crochet Scarf - In Progress

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

…is much like the siren’s song for Virginia. These are four projects that have been in the works for various lengths of time, and when she’s not rotating among them, she’s busy plotting new ones. I think it’s good to take advantage of when inspiration strikes – even if it strikes more often than not. (More photos of these projects can be seen on Flickr.)

And, albeit a couple of weeks late, happy new year! Thanks for hanging in there. I wasn’t going to have any blog resolutions that dealt with quantity and frequency, but I do intend to keep sharing (when there’s good, scratchcrafty stuff to share – which I hope is often).

Look! Knitting content ahead

I am, as usual, behind in getting projects posted to this blog. I think I have a legitimate excuse for the most part, but on this lazy Sunday morning I’m going to try to get caught up. Virginia, with lots of time to knit (usually watching me sleep in my hospital bed), has finished quite a few projects—lots of socks, some scarves, a couple of sweaters and a blanket or two (some of these are still on the needles).

I won’t post everything in one post, but will start with two of the finished projects.

Glace Bits ‘n’ Bobs
This sweater was improvised by Virginia using some leftover Rowan Cotton Glace. It’s actually been finished for a few weeks, but as anyone who’s tried to take a picture of themselves will understand, had to wait for my arrival back home to make a photographic record of it.

Glace Bits 'n' Bobs

Glace Bits 'n' Bobs

Glace Bits 'n' Bobs

Another perfect summer top… although I’m partial to stripes.

Baby Log Cabin Blanket
Some friends of ours are due any minute to have a baby boy. Virginia knit this log cabin blanket using Fleece Artist Merino 2/6… soft, cuddly and machine-washable.

Baby Log Cabin Blanket

We are looking forward to meeting Baby B!