Shades of Grey.

As I sit on the lounge of an evening, I pull the slowly forming blanket from the basket, and settle into the now-familiar rhythm. Treble, treble, treble, treble. Two together, and again, and treble once more. Slowly the rows build upon each other, and another band of color joins the rest. Aqua, red, pink, white, green. I started grey a clue of times, but it never seemed right. Now at the end of the repeat, the decision must be made. To grey or not to grey, that is The Question.

My somewhat controversial color choices are inspired by the Vintage Modern fabric collection, as this little ripple throw will be paired with the Vintage Modern BOM quilt I’m working on at the minute. Though when I say “working on”, I mean in the loosest possible sense. Four months in and I have only just pulled out the accumulated kits and cut the required pieces. At which point all four went back in the bags. So yeah. “Working on” it. But one day, there will a quilt, destined for life in our loungeroom as a super-sized snuggle quilt, and when I got sucked into the ripple craze, I thought it would be the perfect compliment.

But that grey. It just doesn’t sit right with me. I do think, in this instance, despite the grey used repeatedly in the fabrics, that it is better left out. I think. Have I mentioned I’m indecisive?

With the grey:

Without the grey:

Having laid the fabric against the rug, I’m pretty well decided to frog the grey. Meaning I now have enthusiasm for the project again and am ready to ripple my little fingers off while husband dearest is home on holidays.

This morning Bear was booked in for holiday activities at the library, so daddy stayed home with the small two, which left me at a loose end for half hour or so. Guess it was lucky I brought my design supplies, a small corner of the library presented itself, and I managed to sketch out a design for a set of art-inspired mug rugs I’ve been thinking about. I’m so close to getting the studio finished, so I’m hiding in here for the afternoon and cleaning and sewing hats. Six of ’em. You don’t want to know how close my deadline is. Two small boys have new library books and are happily basking in the sun on the deck just outside my door, their running commentary mingling with YouTube playing Train, and creating the perfect soundtrack for soothing a mama’s soul. Sunshine, spring breeze and sewing. Tuesday, you are just delightful.

{day two of Blogtoberfest, and I’ll also be linking up with Diary of a SAHM for I Blog on Tuesdays}


  1. says

    Personally I like the grey, I’m just not sure of it against the stone. Perhaps if it were between the blue and rust? In saying that I like it without too.

    Want me to shut up now?

    • says

      I tried that, just doesn’t seem to work anywhere. It isn’t a true solid either, more a marle, and the texture is different. I think there are a lot of reasons that it isn’t working for me. I think I’ll be happier with it out.

  2. Trish MLDB says

    I like it without I think – curious are you doing the whole blanket in pieces or are all the rows crocheted at once as in one blanket.

  3. says

    Your ripple throw is just gorgeous! I’d love to crochet one like that for myself one day. I think I like it without the grey as well, but it still looks pretty either way!
    x Lauren

  4. says

    Love the colours in your crochet blanket! This pattern seems work really well with lots of colours; I made one using random yarns from my stash and I was very happy with it … =D

  5. says

    You make me want to be crafty which is not my natural bent! But I do have an unfinished cross-stitch for my youngest still to complete so I think I’ll be grabbing that out later today and seeing if I can make some progress with that. Good luck with your deadline!

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