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As much as I love knitting, I am a faster crocheter. They both create such beautiful fabrics.

My absolute favorite is Lyn's Ripple Blanket. This pattern can also be directed to Ravelry under Lyn's Round Ripple Baby Afghan if you are searching for this type of crochet pattern. There is a slightly different rhythm in crocheting that I
like. You don't have to worry about a series of lost stitches and
usually the instructions are pretty straightforward.

Now, with that said, I love using this particular pattern because it is so
pretty and yet simple to make. You can use any type of yarn and make it
as big or as small as you like. This pattern comes from a charity link
and is available for free. I have seen such smiles and gestures of
gratitude from family, friends, and strangers because it is not your
usual square blanket and all the creativity put into this project says
so much to the recipient. Does that make sense? Like I stated before, I
love to give not for attention but for true essence of helping others.
Maybe, that's why I am a nurse.

You would think while I am sick at this time, I would get that. I do now. I've heard it said that
nurses are the worst patients. Well, I know my husband was the patient
one. (Sorry for the pun.)

To pull this altogether, I forgot how much I enjoyed making the afghans for those who are in need.
It so happens to be in crochet that is fun to do. So I challenge the
knitters who do not crochet, to at least get this pattern, hook up on You Tube and learn this craft. If you can knit, you can crochet. It's all loop d loops!

To those who are crocheters, hook up to this pattern and make a few to donate to a church or your local LYS.

Tell me what your thought are. Remember, there is no right or wrong. We are just sharing ideas:) Valis

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Comment by PJ Crafts in Austin on June 3, 2010 at 8:54pm
You are welcome. Hey, I got new pics. Working on a triangle shawl. Hope you like. V
Comment by PickleSue on June 3, 2010 at 8:52pm
Susan- I was rereading this and appalled at myself for not thanking you for those compliments!! You are just the sweetest.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 29, 2010 at 7:33pm
Isn't it funny how a simple change... like needle size... makes such a huge difference?
Comment by PickleSue on May 29, 2010 at 7:31pm
I have only crocheted two (about 14-16"). The rest of the doilies, I've knit them. I have one done and blocked that needs a final pic and one that is half-way through the bind-off, then I'll get a post done about them. They're the same pattern on 2 different size needles. Very interesting difference. :)
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 29, 2010 at 6:44pm
There are some pictures of PickleSue's (Peggy's) over on her page, and they are really lovely. She does a great of with them. She even won a ribbon with one last summer at a fair. ♥s
Comment by PJ Crafts in Austin on May 29, 2010 at 6:42pm
It's been a while since I used thread for crocheting the doilies-maybe, I should do it again:)
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 29, 2010 at 6:34pm
Peggy, Those doilies may only cost a $1, but they are priceless! And greatly appreciated, too. ♥s
Comment by PJ Crafts in Austin on May 29, 2010 at 6:25pm
Thanks so much. Yeah, it' s all good. I do the same for my family but I always make extra for baby showers, bridal gifts, and mostly comfort shawls. I like the half moon shawl from Lionbrand. It's crochet and it goes fast, too. Have a great and safe weekend. Valis
Comment by PickleSue on May 29, 2010 at 4:36pm
Love your blog, Valis. Seems like you're thinking out loud. :) I enjoy that. I crocheted obsessively for years before I started knitting obsessively. I didn't feel like I was challenged anymore, so I started knitting. I still like to do some thread crochet every once in a while. I designed some stitch markers (HERE on Ravelry) that are fun, but they're to feed my knitting appetite. ;) I really do like that round ripple pattern though. I had been looking for a knitted version for a long time (every time I saw the crocheted one in the Hershnner's catalog) and finally found a shawl version that can be converted in A Gathering of Lace. I plan to make one of those for our couch, but I don't know that I'll get one done to donate- what with 2 kids, hubs and umpteen relatives that I like to knit for. I keep saying "I'm not knitting for ANYONE outside of my husband and kids" and then I end up with a doily on the needles for a bridal shower gift. :) But that is what I have to donate to the family finances. A doily might cost $1 in materials, but I can make it.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 27, 2010 at 11:45am
I crocheted before I knit, in fact for many years. The trouble was that nearly everything I crocheted was for someone else, so I don't have too much of my crochet or knitting to show off. I do have an album here on my page with my last crochet projects before I started knitting. You can see it here.

I agree that there are lots of wonderful crochet pattens out there, but I jut prefer the knitting... don't know why, but it just draws me more. And again, you are right, there are no right or wrong answers, because this is a point of personal preference. Each to his/her own. ♥s

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