Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch

If you’re a yarn addict like me, no doubt your Facebook page will display lots of suggested patterns and yarns. I don’t take too much notice of them as I have plenty of patterns and yarn to keep me busy this lifetime and the next! One that did catch my eye was the Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch. Now I’m not much of a crocheter; very basic in fact but I was intrigued with this pattern so I decided to give it a go.

Vintage Fan Ripple 01

This picture fails to capture the vivid colours of this gorgeous wool I used which is Bendigo Woollen Mills’ Classic 8ply. I love this wool; it’s beautiful and it’s Australian too. The colours I used are Broadleaf, Burnt Orange, Celery, Guava, Marigold, Mulga and Pumpkin.

Vintage Fan Ripple 02

I used a 4m hook and I’m very pleased with the finished product. I’ve just changed all my bed linen and have placed this afghan on my bed for the winter months.

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It’s funny when you’re crocheting or knitting something this size you immediately think it’s going to be huge because it takes up quite a bit of room on your lap when you’re making it. However, once it’s spread out on a queen size bed it doesn’t look that large! Consequently, I’ve had to put it off centre a bit so I get the benefit of it 🙂

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I made this afghan a while ago but have only just photographed it as it’s been in my linen cupboard waiting for the cooler weather to arrive.

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I’ve noticed it’s been about three weeks since my last post. I can’t believe how quickly the time goes. I always seem to be so busy that my posts fall behind. I’ve been knitting and spinning as well as buying an old spinning wheel, refurbishing and onselling it. This always keeps me busy.

Next weekend I’m going to a weaving camp where I hope to get a little weaving done although I will also be taking along a number of baby garments I’ve made that don’t have their buttons on them yet as I hate sewing on buttons which means garments can sit there for months before they’re completed. I figure being at camp will be the ideal place to finally sit down and finish that pesky sewing 🙂

That’s my news for now.

Until next time.

Melanie

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My Favourite Scarf Pattern

This is my absolute ‘go to’ scarf pattern. It’s quick, easy and symmetrical. It’s the Melissa Scarf and to date, I’ve made 15 of them and am currently working on my sixteenth! Now, if that’s not a guarantee that I love this pattern, I’m not sure what is 🙂

This particular scarf was made from my own handspun fibre which is an Ashford merino/silk sliver in the colourway Peppercorns. It’s lovely and lush and springy.

Melissa Handspun Green 01

Good old Cleckheaton Country Colour 8ply; you can’t go wrong with this wool and particularly this gorgeous colourway.

Melissa Mauve Multi 01

Depending on how wide you make your scarf, you can easily wear it this way.

Melissa Mauve Multi 02Moda Vera Bardini was used to make this scarf. I know the colour is a little boring but the number of times I’ve wanted just a plain navy scarf was happening much too often so when I saw this yarn on sale I grabbed it!

Melissa Scarf Navy 01This scarf is made from Moda Vera Stirlingshire which is a super bulky yarn so I was playing yarn chicken as I cast off my picot edging and I lost so you can see I’ve had to substitute a slightly lighter shade of green to finish. This one I’ll keep for myself 🙂

Melissa Scarf Forest Green 01Passioknit Outback Langley is the yarn used in this scarf and the colourway is Old Gold. I’m rather fond of these colours.

Melissa Scarf Old Gold 01I bought two balls of hand-dyed Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply from the Queensland Spinners Open Day in May this year and made two of these scarves.

Melissa Scarf Classic Orange Blue 02

This one is slightly lighter and brighter. I’m loving all these colours together.

Melissa Scarf Classic Orange Blue Bright 02

The following two scarves are in hand-dyed Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply, again from the Queensland Spinners Open Day. I sold this one at our Open Day (along with quite a few other items).

Melissa Scarf Luxury Dark 02

This one is slightly lighter and I love it!

Melissa Scarf Luxury Light 04

This pattern is fabulous if you just have a couple of balls of wool left. The overall width of your scarf is determined by the number of cast on stitches at the beginning of each row. I tend to cast on seven stitches which makes the scarf grow wider faster. By casting on five stitches at the beginning of each row your scarf would grow wider a bit slower but you’d get more of a triangle effect in the front. It’s all  dependent on how much yarn you have to start with.

The biggest challenge is making sure you leave enough yarn for your picot bind off!

Before I sign off, look what I found at the Noosaville newsagent.

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I’m a sucker for these cute little sheep 🙂

I’m back home now and am doing some spring cleaning before I go back to work next. Back to reality with a big thump 🙂

Until next time…

Melanie