Sunday, July 15, 2007

Becoming unravelled

Firstly, there are only six more sleeps until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out (and is delivered to my doorstep), and I'm not sure I can stand the wait. Seriously.

Secondly, I have signed up for Ravelry. If you are a regular visitor to knitting blogland, you probably don't need to be told what this is, but if you haven't heard of sounds AMAZING. It's an online community for knitters and crocheters which allows you to organize your project, stash, needles, books, all that kind of stuff, and you can see what other people are doing, if you wanted to find all the people who have made or are working on a certain project, you're there. It integrates with your blog, your Flickr account...the list of goodies seems endless. It literally does appear to be the perfect online tool for knitters. Oh, and it's FREE.

At the moment, Ravelry is in beta (the testing stage), and they are inviting people in as fast as they can. Yesterday, they added a tool where you can look up where you are on the waiting list. I am 14,465th. Yes, that's right. Not only that, there are over 2,000 people behind me in line (periodic refreshes of the form results show that several new invite requests are submitted every hour...on a Sunday morning). This means that there are about 16,500 people who want in on this thing, with lots more being added to that number every day, and it's only been about a month and a half since they started telling people about it. It doesn't take a genius to predict that Ravelry is going to be HUGE. Advertisers, start lining up now! Alas, there are 8,802 people ahead of me in line and the optimistic guess is 4-5 weeks to get out of beta, so I may not get an invite until they're fully functional. I am so totally chomping at the bit to get in, it sounds absolutely amazing.

And now, let us address the fact that I haven't responded to any comments in weeks. (Bad blogger. Bad.)

Aven, I'm sorry too that I didn't get a chance to see you when I went downtown, but I'm hoping to get out again pretty soon before July is out. I'll try to put up some advance notice here.

Carrie K was extremely sympathetic to my mistaking-hamburger-buns-for-yarn trauma. I told DH you were in agreement with me on that and he just gave me a know, the one that says, "I'm not convinced...this just means that your friends are crazy, too." :) Sadly, I had a similar moment a few weeks ago when I was at the LYS' yarn sale. I went into the back room to see the rest of the stock, and my eye was caught by bags of really bright white yarn. "Oooh," I thought to myself, "What's that stuff? I gotta get a closer look at that..."

It was the store's supply of paper towels.


Fortunately, all the pictures of my stash enhancement that Carrie's avoiding looking at are of real yarn.

Finally, thanks to Elaine and Carrie for their confidence-boosting comments about the sock knitting class. It was very reassuring to hear that my concept of what constitued being 'prepared' matched other people's definition of the word.

And now, onto the knitting. No pictures today, sorry, I'm trying to get this blog entry out the door chop-chop so I can make some headway on laundry.

Cotton lace doily
I am really getting somewhere on this. Yesterday I made a concerted effort to forge ahead, and it paid off. I'm now working on row #80 of 85. (After row 85, I bind off using a lacy crochet edging.) I will not have this completed, blocked and dried in time for this afternoon's SnB, but I am hoping to be able to hand it over to the shop on Wednesday when I go in to teach my class.

Rainbow lace blanket
This is what I've been working on when I have DD2 feeding or dozing (or both) in my arms, or more specifically, in the crook of my left elbow. I have to knit English style to do it, but hey, multitasking is still multitasking, even when the knitting is slower than usual. I've got almost 9 pattern repeats done out of 63 and am already worried about running out of yarn. Sigh.

Tubey for moi
This hasn't seen a whole lot of action in the past two days, but I have at least gotten started on ball #4 and have increased for the bell sleeve.


The J said...

Here I was thinking it was an amazing coincidence - I just got my invite this morning!! But alas, I will have to wait a while for you to catch up ;).

tumblina (username on ravelry too!)

Carrie K said...

The sad fact that your DH thought they were buns and not yarn means clearly that he does not knit enough.

He probably doesn't appreciate my sweater either. I mean, his. Not that I'd be suggesting anything......;)