For some months now I have been wanting to make a blanket of many colors. At first I was all gaga over a giant granny square blanket featured in the Lion brand catologue. But it was crochet and their yarn was a little pricey for my budget, AND I really do not like their yarn anyways. Now, to be fair, it is the yarn that I used in the beginning of my learning to knit phase. I was new to this knitting thing and did not know about all the different types of yarn out there.
In the beginning I even knit a blanket using the Lion Brand Homespun and their chenille yarn held together and knit on Giant needles. Those two blankets are pretty much trash now. That chenille yarn wormed like hell and the blanket looks like crap. I think it is still on the top shelf of my linen closet waiting for hell to freeze over before someone discovers it. For some reason I can not bear to throw it out. Maybe when one of the kids move out it can be used as a moving blanket, like those big heavy quited ones that regular moving companies use?? Then it can stay at the kid that moved out house?
Anyways, recently, while cruising the blogs, I can across this http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2007/02/ripple_finale.html blog and fell in love again. So I ordered some yarn from knit picks and I even ordered a crochet book. While I was waiting for the supplies to come in the mail, I tried my hand at home with the crochet. I actually used to crochet a little when I was really young so I knew a little about this craft. I tried to crochet a granny square....It did not go well....I tried again....same results. Since I am such a smart girlie, I put that crochet hook away and picked up my knitting needles.
I then began to look thru all my patterns that I have accumulated over the years to see what I could come up with in knitting that was similiar. I found one!! Guess what though? It is a lion brand pattern made with homespun!!! YUCK!! I hate that stuff! (had a nice little stash of it too that I gave to my daughter so she could knit a blanket with it). The pattern is super easy and so similiar to the crochet ripple pattern. So early this week I started my blanket. I am into my sixth color change (had to stay home yesterday from work with a back that went out JOY! JOY!) and I am really happy with the results so far. I would post pics but it has been really cloudy and rainy here in KC and I did not want to get up off the couch with my bad back and all. You all understand.
For now, keep on knitting!