Knitting is my procrastination tool

{August 17, 2008}   The hazards of KIP

So my grandma and one of my aunts were in town. I spent the day with them and my mom and sister sight-seeing–sort of. It was mostly wandering. We got 1 museum (and not a good one) in and spent way too much time walking and on trolleys/buses.

Anticipating the time that would be spent sitting, I brought along a WIP (Tailored Scallops Jacket). My sister asked what it was going to be. I just pulled out the book and showed her. Then my relatives take notice. And request presents from the book. 😛

This immediately leads to questions about my modified Beaded cami that I was wearing.

So now I’ve been commissioned to knit a shawl, shrug and tank top.

One really ought to be done before Sept. 4, when my grandmother leaves the country (and to save me a lot of headache mailing it halfway around the world in another language with no guarantees of delivery). The others can be taken at a slower pace. At least I got some decent money for my commissions. 🙂


{April 21, 2008}   53 Million+ American Women…

know how to knit & crochet. But that’s a stat from 2004. Consider that the majority of Ravelers learned to knit & crochet in 2006-2007, this number must be bigger. Then add in the men & non-Americans…. 😀 We’re taking over.

{January 27, 2008}   Knitting in fiction

I like to find knitters among the authors I read. The most recent is When I Fall in Love by Lynn Kurland (in her time travel series).

Debbie Macomber has long been known for her knitting references, but I haven’t read many of hers. I read 74 Seaside Avenue (the Cedar Cove series).

{December 11, 2007}   Video

I made a video of myself knitting my odd knitting way. 🙂 Someone on Craftster had asked for tips on knitting faster.

First: practice, practice, practice.

…it’s what you’ve been knitting.

Sometimes, I wonder why people who’ve been knitting for much longer than I (and sometimes almost as long as I’ve been alive) are still missing things from their knitting repertoire. Why do some people wait months or even over a year to move from learning the knit stitch to the purl? I don’t get it.

Peekaboo Cloche finished:
from Lace Style
Done on Us 2 & 4 needles in Reynold Soft Sea Wool (yummy yarn!). This will be seen at Coordinated Colors (my first sample knit, yea!)

{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 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 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 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. 🙂

{October 31, 2007}   Zzz…

It was a slow night for trick-or-treaters. We gave away almost all the Play-Doh, but there’s tons of candy left.

Ravelry is also really slow. I’m sorry, but the extra page to confirm the store and yarn? Why? Why can’t it pop up like the project page is set up?

et cetera