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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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