Knitting is my procrastination tool

{November 22, 2007}   There are limits…

…to yarn hoarding.

Last night I was at church to decorate and otherwise prepare for Thanksgiving.  Someone had donated a tub full of old yarn for the kids.  I thought great! We needed some for our thankfulness poster (to attach writing utensils with).

I opened the tub…it stank.  There was mold all over!  D:  After finding suitable lengths for the poster, the rest went into the dumpster.  There is no way I was going to wash all that yarn or leave it where kids hang out.

I’m not discriminatory about my yarn, but I found my limit.


{November 21, 2007}   Whee!

I have in my small knitting library:

Norsk Strikkedesign!

😀 I got it for a fraction of the price of some crazy sellers online! I’m excited! The patterns are gorgeous, and one of them is close enough to Hanne Falkenberg’s Mermaid, that it’s coming off my wist! 🙂
I’ve finished the front & back of the Sirdar sweater I’m working on. (I don’t have a pic of the finished product to reference–I don’t even know what pattern I’m using!)

{November 18, 2007}   Do people read?

Sometimes I wonder.  I am very Greek in my writing style.  Why waste space if you can say it in less?

Yet time and time again I see follow-up posts to questions I’ve answered and all the genius(es) is (are) doing is repeating things I’ve already mentioned in about 3x as much space.  I often leave thread alone because someone else has answered adequately.  I don’t need to say another word.

{November 16, 2007}   :D

I’m going to be a sample* knitter! 😀 I’m so excited! I’ll get paid in yarn or knitting books! (heehee, only a k’nerd** would want it that way).

Do you want to be a sample knitter? I can put you in touch with her. 🙂 It helps a lot if you’re experienced (sweater-construction level), but she’s got projects ranging from swatch knitting to socks, to the more complicated stuff.

 Nearly done with the hooded baby surprise jacket.

About 1/4 done with a Christmas gift.

* samples because these are for display. This differs from a test knitter, who works on a yet-to-be published pattern to help the designer work out instruction kinks.

**k’nerd=knitting nerd. 😉

{November 14, 2007}   DROPS socks

I made bunches of progress on my DROPS socks (see list to right for link).dropswipdropswip2dropsWIP3

Modified to toe-up, as usual.   US 4 needles, using Red Heart worsted weight yarn.

{November 13, 2007}   What’s going on?!

There’s some crankiness going around on knitting boards today.  I don’t know what is causing it, but thank God for moderators! (I had at first thought that some people had decided to be mature and withdraw what they wrote, but a message from a mod showed up later).

{November 11, 2007}   Meh.

Joann only stocks about 5 Patons SWS colorways right now. :/ They’re too busy trying to sell off the Joann’s line yarns to restock, apparently!

Then I went through the rather messy book section. Found Veronik Avery’s new book, Knitting Classic Style.  Her style is not my style.  I only like 2 of the patterns, and they were tank top types.

{November 10, 2007}   1 <3 sales.

Bunches of stuff are on sale at Joann.  So of course, I cleaned out one’s cream Dolcetto.  If only they had a wider selection of Patons SWS.  They had maybe 4 colorway; most old ones and one ugly new one.  I saw a pretty new one at Michaels, but their sale isn’t as good (smaller percentage off vs. a 40% off coupon).  Too bad gas has gone up again. 😦  I can wait.  Michaels takes competetive coupons. 😉

{November 2, 2007}   A plus!

Ravelry does have something cool that Craftster lacks: Christian forums!

Yes, the twain overlap in some areas (no stash/projects/queque on Craftster, no join a group & have your own forum on Craftster). Both have forums and craft-a-longs and links to other things (although Ravelry is mostly links to patterns & shops right now, Craftster has tons more links to technique-related things). I don’t think they’re alike enough to ever compare well, but forum-wise, something can be said.

There aren’t as many rules on Ravelry about conduct in the forums as yet. I think it’s because Ravelry does not run into the same sorts of problems that Craftster has (spam, etc. –really, what spammer would wait over a month to be invited?). The volume on Ravelry is also controlled and much lower (Craftster easily tops 100,000 members, guests not included). Wandering ‘off-topic’ at will is okay. 🙂

Craftster’s philosophy is unfortunately of a new age bent: no off-topic (non-crafty) chatting, no commenting on other people’s lifestyle decisions in public (including the illegal and self-abusive), tolerance across the board stuff. Issues come up in the Friends of Craftster board because some people post things that are offensive, and unfortunately, with this philosophy, they don’t know where to draw the line and right now, they’re trying to figure out how to make certain features publicly acceptable (the latest was a Holocaust-related thing).

There’s some childish behavior that goes on about beliefs on Craftster. Every time a Christian-theme swap comes up on Craftster, the atheistic swappers must unite and start up a swap in response because it’s apparently offensive to see the Christian swap jump up to the most recent spot! *gasp* It can’t be ignored!

With Craftster, one’s exposure to certain things depends on self-control. No one’s going to force me to access Craftster by one specific URL and confine me to a framed format so that I MUST see the day’s “Hot Topic” (which might not be to hot to me–okay, often not). I often go directly to the knitting board or to a thread if I’ve got the notification e-mail.

So I’ve found something to have fun on Ravelry, post-stashing agony. 🙂

{November 1, 2007}   Grr…

I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday because I needed to exchange a separating zipper YET again (nobody make a happy in-between size – it’s 12, 10 or 7 inches for the shorter ones) for the Baby Surprise Jacket. I discovered some !@#!@##$% had changed nearly every price in the yarn section–upwards! D:<

et cetera