I’ve had a very bad case of start-itus lately. I cast on for yet another project last night because this Lana Gatto Summer yarn had been calling me for days! Finally I found a pattern that it would work for, swatched and my gauge was spot on. How could I resist? Now the number of WIPs have gone up to 9. I should work on getting that down a little bit, I suppose. Well, at least work on my Sockapalooza 4 socks. I know that if I actually worked on them instead of other things, they’d be done in no time, but they just aren’t calling me at the moment.
Ravelry is taking up a lot of my time on the internet these days and yesterday I signed up to be a volunteer editor I’ve been editing some of the yarns that I come across that need more information. I’ve heard about other people doing this (volunteer editing), but until yesterday I couldn’t figure out HOW they were doing it. I even read the Ravelry Wiki about it and know more about how it all works now and what to do to help.
Even though Ravelry is taking up lots of my time, I still knit, but there’s not much progress on anything that’s really worth showing. I’ve been working on a little bit of each project and a few rows here and there isn’t much to show. I am designing a cabled bag based on this bag from Drops. I knit that whole entire bag and didn’t like it, so I ripped it all out. I wanted to add a strip of bottom to the bag, but it wasn’t working out and it was just too floppy to be a good bag which was probably a combination of the pattern and the yarn. I decided it need to be knit on smaller needles (thus making it tighter and more sturdy) and it needed a flat bottom and two straps instead of one. There’s so many modifications I’ve made to it that it’s really no longer that bag anymore. The only thing that is the same is the six stitch cable (and not even the chart is what I’m working off of, just that the cable has six stitches still). I suppose when it’s done the resemblance will be there, but even that will be minimal. At least I found a use for that yarn!
Well I’ve got to get ready to take my sister to the dentist and I’m going to a cookout later on. Stuff to do and people to see!
I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today!
I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts.
In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there.
I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)
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2 thoughts on “Start-itus”
hello fellow ravelry editor 🙂 is that not the coolest knitting website ever? i’m so impressed with all they’re doing with it.
Hey there! :o)
It really IS the coolest knitting website ever. I’m totally impressed by what they’re doing and excited about all they things they are still planning to do!