Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ravelry Intervention May Be Required

Have you noticed?! Judging by what I've been reading - I'm not the only one who'll require a sit down and talk to regarding Ravelry.
Sweet, sweet Ravelry...
I do consider it time well spent. After all, it's helping me plan my knitting future (a good thing), and it also allows me to air my dirty WIP laundry. Also a very good thing...

Delores. We've officially kissed and made up. I have found some of the colours I need to keep soldiering on, and seeing her again makes me realize how much I missed her. I love Fair Isle.

(By the way - have you seen Marina's latest? Elephants? Beautiful! And of course - yours truly (I really have to say - I looked like poop warmed over that day...) modelling the very lovely and stylish Guinevere, the latest addition to Lorraine's Twisted Traditions line.)

Gandalf helps me show off the nearly completed back of the "Cricket Cabled Sweater" from Debbie Bliss. I've finally decided that this design is the keeper to use the Woolie Silk from Fleece Artist. The original design I had hoped to make turned out to not have the most flattering shape for a short person. But the yarn is soooo lovely, and the colour so warm that I couldn't bear to stash it away. The little cables are perfect.

This is the back and the left side of the Caped Cardigan that I'm making using Cascade 220 in a deep red. A very easy and quick knit, I usually work on it while commuting.

And why not knit socks while commuting? Isn't that what I used to do?? Well, yes it is. And why am I not? Oh, that would be because I somehow managed to LOSE MY KNITTING BAG on the way home from the train station last week. I'm pretty sure it fell out of my bag, which was overstuffed with my laptop, work stuff, lunch bag, stuff I had picked up at the drugstore, and other crap. It was stuffed in on top of everything else, and I hadn't been able to zip my backpack up. So, it was resting precariously on top of everything else, with the flap only partially closed. When I got home - it was gone... :( Slipped out, and when I retraced my steps I couldn't find it. In it was the sock yarn I was using - Lorna's Laces, my 2.25mm needles, and everything else that goes with it. And the only half decent knitting bag I have! I have a tendency to just use whatever I have laying around - even shopping bags if that's all that's available... Oh well. All that say - I'm knitting Caped Crusader on the train home now.

(Gandalf is out for the count on my lap right now - so funny, he's snoring with his mouth open, sleeping on his back...hee hee!)

In other cool news - have you seen AS' "Oregon" in the new VK? I for one am pretty happy about it! Something else to add to the queue. And, as luck would have it - you can also pick it up from Anne at She Ewe Knits. She's put together the yarn packs, and is offering it at a special price until the end of November! Have a peek at her blog, you'll see her swatch. I for one am sold... (Fair few paragraphs up...remember?). I'm not even going to TRY to resist this one. Really, there's no point.

"This Ravelry thing has to stop. Sit down Mom. Sit. Down. OK. I'm going to have to monitor your activity, because it's cutting into Atticus-time, and that's not a good thing. And no "buts" lady! Can't you control yourself? I mean, all I hear is "ooooo", and "aaah", and then click click. Another "Favourite" is added to the list, or another "Add to My Queue". I mean, c'mon..."

"Yes, but I'm meeting a lot of new people and..."

"Who are just as addicted! Mom, what if you forget to feed us in time? It won't be pretty..."


Marina said...

Thanks for the shout out on the Elephants.

Now, I don't mind admitting to my WIPs, but stash and how much I spend each month??? Kazillion people do not need to know that!

You've been busy! I like the Cricket Cabled sweater. Reminds me a bit of Dalriada (Scottish Garland).

Oiy! Should you be carrying such a big and heavy bag? Sorry about the socks that went walkabout.

I'm still undecided about the Autumn Oregon. Too many things to knit before I start making duplicates but it sure would look nice as a sweater!

And if you look like that on a bad day, you must be absolutely stunning on a good day.

Bridget said...

Wow, the elephant sweater is amazing! And I think you look great in the Guinevere pictures - trust me, I have many worse looking ones of me - and without a nice knitwear piece to distract anyone!

The black kitty on the orange yarn is a perfect Halloween picture. :-)

And oh, I do love the yarn for the sweater in Vogue ... but I've never done "real" fair isle before, so maybe I should just move on ... ! ?

Chris said...

Oh no! Not your sock knitting bag. :( I have to say, I have a new favorite sock bag and I got it from etsy, which is nearly as dangerous as Ravelry. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh no! That's horrible losing your knitting bag like that! That's not the day you slipped & fell, is it?

Hezekiah is currently attempting to get comfortable on my lap. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Delores looks great! I like th Cricket Cabled sweater too.

DeeAnn said...

It is bloody addictive isn't it?!? I freaked out when I realized I had project surfed for hours on Ravelry, just crazy, I had no idea!

Love you in Guinevere!! That's the neatest design, Lorraine is brilliant and you're gorgeous, what a team!

Nice to see Delores forgiven, it's beautiful. And that orangy cable goodness is very alluring....which Rowan was that again? mmmmm.....

DeeAnn said...

.......ahh, not Rowan, Debbie to look it up :)

Lorraine said...

Bridge- Can't I be gorgeous and you the brilliant one? Just this once?

Ravelry is the Twilight Zone of the knitter's world- a double edged sword for sure.
But tons of fun.

miyamojo said...

I ordered from Anne too - heehee! I can't wait to get back to FI! :)
Ravelry... I'm so scared to dive into the deep darkness! Come back!
Bummer about your sock bag. m :)

Shannon said...

Speaking of Ravelry, I found you! When I was visiting my in-laws, the owner of the yarn shop was wooing over AS's design...and hers was beautiful.

Kathleen said...

Ugh, I'm so sorry about your knitting bag loss.

I, too, get told off by my child (of the fur-less variety) for too much time spent on Ravelry. I suspect we are not the only ones!

Nicole said...

Eeek! The loss of knitting is a hard blow to take.

It's good to see that Atticus is prepared to take care of you in this time of Ravelry Crisis. I suspect that Gandalf had intended to assist, but got distracted by the lure of a nap.

Brenda said...

Everything looks good! And I liked the Guinevere pictures too.

How too bad about your sock bag! Maybe someone picked it up and became so curious they will be impelled to learn to knit.

Make time for Atticus! He is such a handsome fellow.

Sonya said...

Ravelry is like the twilight zone, isn't it? Delores is looking lovely, and I love the Debbie Bliss cables. Such a bummer about your lost knitting bag. I hope a knitter found it. I'm off to buy a yarn pack from Anne.

Knitterary said...

Yeah, I'm a bit of a ravelry junkie, too. How can we not be? All that yarny goodness in one package.

Your Fulmar is looking fantastic. I love the cream/traditional color you're using.

My Little Room In The Corner said...

I must agree with all of the Ravelry comments posted. It is a back and forth thing...*blog surf, Ravel, yarn surf, Ravel, knit, Ravel, rep from * as many times as you can before you get caught by your (insert pronoun here)

Sorry about the sock bag! Bet someone is having a grand time finishing your project for you.

Anonymous said...

I was nearly blown over when she had a pattern in VK. I actually had to buy the issue. Just in case I can sell it on Ebay in 10 years for $75.00. :-)

Gandalf truly does make the sweater pop!