Monday, September 28, 2009

haunted by a memory....

When my sister was in jr high she learned to crochet in home ec
class and I begged and begged her to teach me to crochet. She delighted in being the older sister and held it over my head that I was too little...and she refused to teach me.
I can still see her curled up on the sofa in our family room with her yellow, orange and brown yarn tucked in a basket and the blanket she was working on heaped in a pile on her lap. It has taken some thirty odd years, but after spending hours on the end of the bed of a sick little girl Friday night.... I am on the way to my own blanket....it's not the colors that are important........but the journey getting to this point and believing that I could.

12 comments:

Leslie said...

Good for you! Man I totally relate to this story. The 'lording it over you' older sibling, the mental block that says you can't, etc. My block was being told by many, many people that they couldn't teach me because I'm left handed, as though lefties 'can't' crochet. I challenged that myth last year with this: http://pieceful-moments.blogspot.com/2008/09/fabric-rug-finish.html

Judy said...

My grandmother made each of us one just like these ripples. They were each one color in varied shades, but done more like how you are making yours with larger strips of color.

I knew you could do it if you set your mind to it! Can't wait to see it get larger and larger~!

silversewer said...

Oh well done.

On a trip to the US a friend started me off with the ric rak patten, I bought some lovely yarn from Walmart and crocheted a blanket, its wonderfil, I love it so much. I can still do it, but I have to have a sneak look at how to start it off on the internet.

There is a picture of the one I made somewhere on my blog, its beige, dark wine and green.....I love it.

Linda said...

I do hope your girl is on the road to recovery by now. Good for you for being determined and achieving it. Love the colours you used.

Nadine said...

.... and it ripples sooo well ! BRAVO, dear ! I've tried my hands on rippling too, following "Attic 24" tutorial, and well it wasn't too bad for a first sampler. Now the question is : shall I make a blanket (knowing that this will lead me to abandon all my pending quilting, I know that !) ;>)
Best wishes a a special (((HUG)) to little Sarah, for a quick recovery...

BBH & heartful thoughts,
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

That's a beautiful ripple! And this is your first try? It looks great - no skipped stitches, consistent tension. I've been crocheting since I was about 10 (older sisters didn't want to learn so grandma taught me!) and my ripples aren't that even and smooth.

Carol said...

YIPPEE! I knew you'd do it! Good for you! Pat yourself on the back...you should be very proud of yourself!

Christine said...

Hey that's it! That's my blankey! lol

I hope your little girl is feeling better.

Sheila said...

OK....I made the same one....in brown, gold, orange and green!!! Hey....I still have it.....it took me years to finish....but I finished before I graduated from high school and then the colors were all wrong....but hey....they are back again!!!!
My mom learned the stitch when my dad was in the hospital for a long time recovering from an automobile accident....the kind older lady she was staying with taught her....then she taught me.....and I have taught my daughters. Your daughter is not too young to learn...if she has an interest.

Miri said...

This looks great! I can crochet a straight row but that's about it-nothing as fancy as your lovely ripples!

Jackie said...

It's gorgeous!

Solstitches said...

Your ripple afghan promises to be so lovely in these calming colours.
I hope your little one is better now.

Margaret