I succumbed. I have NO idea what was holding me back. But I’ve fallen into the Ravelry hole, and god help me, I can’t get out.
For those of you knitters not using Ravelry yet, let me tell you a thing or two about it. I had thought it was something like a knitting Friendster, where you could also log how many/what type of needles you had. Yes, people TOLD me it was so much more than that, but I didn’t believe them. Didn’t want to. Didn’t have time.
But I’m so glad I did! Imagine, if you will, having ten balls of Rowan Kid Classic in your stash, and not knowing what the hell to do with it. You go to Ravelry, punch in Rowan Kid Classic, and come with 124 projects that current members have used to make things. Pictures. Patterns LINKED right there. Notes. Needle sizes. Complaints, praises for the yarn.
Or you’re not sure if you like a pattern or not, just by looking at the two pictures shot in half-shadow (hello Debbie Bliss) in the book. Punch in the pattern name and look at the completed versions worn on members’ real bodies.
I think that may be my favorite part, actually. Seeing real patterns worn on bodies that are a little more zaftig (like mine) than the models in the patterns.
Also, it’s a community — they have groups for EVERYTHING, trust me. I originally only joined because I wanted to read what the group going to Rhinebeck had up their sleeves (yes, I’m going! So excited! Been to Maryland twice, but never, ever Rhinebeck….), and so I used my invite which had been sitting unused in my inbox forever. And then I was stuck. So very stuck.
But it’s better than when you discovered blogs and got REALLY stuck. Know why? Because once you put in your finished projects (or as many as you care to, like I have), and once you figure out the navigation, you don’t HAVE to spend much time on it. I’m not a big group/forum reader, but I’ll use them to gain info when needed.
But it’s inspiring. You see something you want to make, you throw it in your queue. Forever easily found later.
It made me finally cast on for Lala’s next sweater, Durrow.
She’s been due for a sweater for a while, and I already had the yarn, and knew I wanted to make her some kind of cabled thing. I was going to design it myself, but every time I swatched and thought about all the math involved, I got discouraged. I have to be in a very particular mood to design a whole aran, and I haven’t been in that mood. But I think Durrow is perfect, and that was backed up by a slew of really great looking Durrows already completed on Ravelry. I think I’m the only one I saw modifying it to be knit in the round, though, so I’m keeping notes, and will post my progress so the next person wanting to make it won’t have to accidentally stumble across my blog, but can just cross-reference it in Ravelry.
I’m doing it in Lamb’s Pride kiwi, though, a rather emeraldy green. I love that the sleeves are so interesting, but at the same time you can be working on the body if you’re in the mood for something COMPLETELY mindless.
In real life MUCH more green
Ravelry’s in beta still, though, so they have a waiting list to get invites. It’s a LONG list, but I hear it moves pretty quickly, so don’t give up hope, and if you’re not on the list, or maybe you hadn’t thought it was for you, get on the list. Trust me, it IS for you, even if you only ever use it to look up patterns.
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