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Ravelry Rivalry

Posted by Janis on September 23, 2007

Ohhhhh dear! I got my Ravelry invite Friday — much sooner than expected, which has sent me into a bit of a panic — and now that I’ve spent a little (!) time there, I have all these new worries. They are as follows:1) Am I really ready to commit to Ravelry? If I fill in my entire queue of wanna-be projects for all the (knitting) world to see, what will it mean if I don’t finish them? Will I be a BIG FAT LOSER to all my friends on Ravelry?

2) Which brings me to — “Friends” — what is up with this? I am not a MySpace person, so the concept of “friends” here is confusing me. I have friends I’ve made on the Knittyboard and at my LYS who are, of course, now my Ravelry friends. But I also have a new friend who adopted me, the pleasure of whose acquaintance I have not met in cyber- or actual space. Hey, I’m open, I’m outgoing, extrovert, all that — but does “friend” also mean “fan” or something similar? I like having lots of friends, don’t get me wrong — I just don’t want to embarrass myself by not remembering their favorite fibers…

3) I already feel like I’m cheating on my beloved Knittyboard. This is the community that’s kept me afloat through thick and thin, knitterly and personally, for the first 2 years of my knitting life. How can I spend so much time with a new site without KB knowing? This morning after spending a half-hour on Ravelry, I went directly to the Knittyboard and lavished it with attention, posts, and general good humor. God, I hope she doesn’t discover my sluttish behavior!

4) Will I lose my job when I forget to show up to work, sucked into Ravelry like light into a black hole in space? Strike that, already know the answer…

And so, dear readers, I give you:

The Ravelry Pledge: Ravelry is a powerful tool that must be used for good, not evil. I must use it wisely and never forget my humble beginnings.

I must remember that I have control over the content I post on Ravelry, and that any ludicrous time frames for finishing large and complicated projects will be immediately detected by knitters far more experienced than I. And while there may be true entertainment value in this, it will not – I repeat NOT – get everyone in my family a sweater or lace shawl knitted and under the tree by Christmas Day.

Lastly, I must not covet other knitters’ stash or FO’s, no matter how beautiful they are. They are to serve as examples and role models to me, and not as objects I’d like to steal at once and keep close to me for the rest of my days. I must remember that the process of knitting is a joy unto itself and that, even if I did bonk Knitter X on the head and grab her fabulous lace shawl, it just wouldn’t be the same as knitting it myself. Even if I’ll be 98 and blind when I finish it, I’ll still be able to feel it and know that I made it myself.

And I’ll share it with all of you on Ravelry…


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A Couple of Finished Things

Posted by Janis on September 11, 2007

I wear scarves a lot. Not just winter, muffler-style scarves, but anything that wraps around the neck is my kind of fashion statement/accessory item. So this spring and summer, I made a few accessory-type scarves to add to my scarf wardrobe. The first was the bamboo one from Victorian Lace Today (how I wish I hadn’t made it in bamboo — so limp now). And in the past month I’ve finished two more: the Lacy Kerchief Scarf (curve already featured in this space), and the Montego Bay Scarf (IK Summer ’07), of tangled-skein fame.

Just had to do a front and back view of this one, even though it isn’t centered on my back very well. This is the first thing I’ve knitted besides socks that has really gotten rave reviews. Yes, I am bragging, as unseemly as that is. (Not only unseemly, but unlucky, as it will surely call down the wrath of the knitting goddesses upon my head. Oh yeah — that already happened with the skein of Sea Silk. So I’m good now…)


With the Montego Bay Scarf, I ended up not like the braided fringe at all. I braided about 3 or 4 of them and thought “too fiddly.” So I decided to add beads instead. (I’m on a little beading kick, thanks to the Hanami Stole Knit-along. More on the bead store later.) I alternated silver foil and blue glass pony beads on the fringe and let the ends stay free. I’ll have to see how badly they fray over time.

So – about the bead store. Having a keen self-awareness as I do, I figured that going into a bead shop to buy beads for the Hanami would be an exercise in sensory overload — and I was right! I had waited and waited, knowing that when I did go, I would turn immediately into some kind of crazed bead fiend. (And I was right – mostly.) First, I did the right thing — I went straight to the seed bead section (gigantic) and looked at all the silvery ones. Prreeeeeettttttyyyyyyyyyyyy… Then, just when I was probably starting to look as if I might start eating them or stuffing them in my purse, an alert shopkeeper asked if I needed help. WHEW – boy, do I! I need 44 seed beads, size 8, with silver linings. She showed me 3 or 4 different kinds, patiently waited as I held them up to the light and muttered to myself over which were shinier, brighter, nicer, more uniformly shaped, etc… Finally I chose just ONE tube of them — what self-restraint! Then I turned around, bumped into the red coral display, and ended up with enough stuff to make a necklace, plus a few other little things to make earrings for a friend’s birthday and like that, you know… If you’re in St. Louis or coming this way ever, the name of this crack house bead shop is Lady Bug Beads. Enter at your own peril. It is too shiny and colorful and pretty for mere mortals to withstand its glittery allure. You have been warned.

(I apologize for the wanton plastering of my own image in this post. Next time it’s back to laying stuff out on the table.)

KNITTERS’ NOTES ON THE FO’s:  The pink one is the Lacy Kerchief Scarf from Interweave Knits Holiday Knitting 2006, made up in Kertzer Butterfly Super 10 mercerized cotton (DK weight-ish, color – raspberry?) on US #6’s – Addi Lace needles – yeah! It took just a smidge over 2 skeins. (Yes, I have an almost-full skein left — what to do, what to do…) The blue one is the Montego Bay Scarf from IK Summer ’07, made up in HandMaiden Sea Silk, color Periwinkle, on the same US 6 Addi Lace needles. (Love those needles!)

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