After a very long hiatus, I’m eager to start blogging again. The toe-up socks tutorial was a lot of fun to create, but I’ve recently had a number of requests from people to teach them how to knit. A “How to Knit” tutorial had been on my list of topic ideas for a while. So later this fall, I’m planning to do a series of posts on learning to knit.
Right now, I am working on the Ron Weasley blanket . Knitting is easy – garter stitch on everything. I suspect that the sewing up and weaving in ends will go slower. The blanket calls for more than 30 different colors. Great project if you have a stash of yarns in earthy colors to use up. Alas, I did not. My preferences are either jewel tones or brights. But several terrific Ravelers came to my rescue. I posted on the ISO/Destash forum on Ravelry asking for partial skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in earthy colors. Within 2 hours, 2 knitters has responded to the call. One of them had an extremely large stash and generously gave me a number of skeins. For a project this big with this many colors, it made a huge difference in me affording to do this project.
While you can find the nastiest, ugliest side off humanity on the Internet and social media, I love that there is a place that is more than 5 million crafters strong who offer support, encouragement, and help. Before Ravelry, the only way you knew knitters was if they lived close by. I live in a warm climate so the knitter pool has always been small. Now, you can build a community of knitting friends no matter where they live.
If you love fiber arts and aren’t on Ravelry, what are you waiting for? You can find me there as Soprano.