What I should be writing about right now is the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair that I went to last weekend with Maria, but I’ll write it up later (checkout her post too).
Instead I’m going to write about ravelry. Now, I’ll go ahead and assume you know all about ravelry and how amazing it is. The projects, the stash, the favorites, the forums, all eleventy-billion patterns. It’s great, and pretty much every time I visit (which is frequent) I notice some new feature they’ve added, or something not-so-new that I’m only just discovering. Designer favorites is one of those things. A while ago I was favoriting some pattern or other and recognized the designer’s name, so I clicked on them to check out what other pattern I knew them from. Lo and behold I had favorited about half of their designs. Then I glance to the top of the page and realized that I could favorite the designer herself! Score! Now I know where to look when I need some new patterns.
This was all well and good until earlier today when I noticed people on twitter making a hubbub about Lady Charming by Veera Välimäki. And she is definitely a designer that’s been in my faves for a while. Now following designers on social media is a great way to find out about newly published patterns, but things can certainly slip through all those numerous posts. So I thought that what better way to keep up on your favorite designers’ new patterns than to have a feed on ravelry? You’ve already favorited the designers, and all ravelry would have to do is list all of their designs together in the order they’ve been published, with newly published patterns on the top. This way you can just check the feed every once in a while and catch up on all the new patterns, but not, y’know, all the new patterns, just the ones you’re predisposed to like.
A little poking around on ravelry after I had my brilliant idea showed me that you can already do this! Just click here, or go to your favorites, click on designers, then click on advanced search, and boom! all of your favorite designers’ patterns organized by publication date.
As always, I bow down to the amazing people behind ravelry, and wonder how they can do so much with so few people. Go give ‘em a hug, cause without them, I’m not sure how much of a community this fiber community would be.
Maybe I just have craft-amnesia and don’t remember that every summer I get a little blasé about my knitting, but it’s really kicking me this time. Ty’s socks continue to plod along, as much as I don’t like knitting the cotton bamboo blend at such a tight gauge. I’m also distinctly not looking forward to sewing in all those ends, cotton doesn’t cooperate nearly as well as wool does with those sorts of things.
My Robin Tank is coming along pretty well, except for the part where I’m definitely going to run out of yarn before I finish. So it’s just been sitting on the coffee table untouched this week. And I haven’t even ordered more yarn for it like a logical person would. Hopefully I’ll order yarn and finish the tank before summer’s up. I am actually excited about having the FO, just not as excited about the steps between here and there.
Maybe I’ll scour Ravelry for something cast on and get my knitting mojo back. Or maybe I’ll actually commit and start on some of the designs that have been rattling around my head.
What do you do when you get in a creative funk? Push through? Put it down for a while?
Why hello there! It’s been a very busy week for me here, full of preparing to pack, fun nights at Looped, our going away party and a tiny bit of sleep thrown in for good measure. So in the tradition of several wonderful blogs, including the Yarn Harlot, Random Sunday!
1. Clara Parkes herself commented on my Hedgerow sock blog post. Because, you know, we’re pals.
2. I ordered my Ravelery bag and decided that I’ve been eyeing those clever shot glasses for enough time so why not get them too?
3. The best thing you will make this summer is this black tea – blackberry sorbet. I swear, it’s the best, and so easy, and I’m pretty sure you could make it without an ice cream maker and it would still be delicious. The first time I made it I accidentally did a 1:1 ratio of blackberries and black tea. The second time I followed the recipe properly. I’ve decided now that my accident was in fact fate. I like the stronger flavor of black tea that you get using equal amounts, so that’s what I suggest!
4. The best game you will play this summer is Cards Against Humanity (assuming there are no small children about). Print it out, cut it up, play. It’s ridiculously funny and you’ll start to learn how horrible all of your friends really are.
T minus 9 days til take-off.
With the aid of two test knitters on Ravelry and my friend for the modeling, I have updated the pattern for Rose Tyler’s Fingerless Mittens. I have to admit, they look pretty freaking awesome, and the pattern does too. The pattern is now a smidge simpler and (I think) a lot easier to understand than the previous version.
I’ve been milling around the last few days trying to figure out what my next project will be (monthly socks don’t count). I’ve scoured Ravelry for ideas, searched through my stash and nothing’s hit me. I think with the completion of this pattern update, I’ve found my next project: more pattern updates! They’re not as exciting to do as a brand new design, but watching the transformation of the Ravelry page for Rose’s Mitts was amazing. As many designers much smarter than I have said, quality pictures make all the difference. I hope to take advantage of my friend’s pretty face once more before we move to update the Brigid Larkin hat, which is just waiting for the right day for pictures.
This will be just a quick note today, as there is apartment hunting in Brooklyn to be done. I just wanted to put my two cents in about this whole Ravelympics thing, which if you haven’t heard about, go over to the Yarn Harlot and she’ll sort you out.
I’ve waited until the dust has settled because we all know knitters can be touchy people, and I didn’t want to say anything while so much anger was still in the air. There’s not much that I can really add on top of what the Yarn Harlot has stated, that we all just need to keep breathing and remember that we’re supposed to be knitters because it’s fun, and that we enjoy showing others the power of sticks and string.
If there’s one thing that I think we can all take away from this experience is that knitters are everywhere, and if we really wanted media coverage for one reason or another, we’ve proven that we can get it. I saw articles on us at the New York Times, The Atlantic, About.com, Gawker, and I’m sure there are many others that I missed.
Just remember, there are loads of us, and we can do anything we put our minds to, but be careful how you represent us. We’re just here to have fun, right?