Why I love the knitting community

Hi Knitters,

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.

Happy Knitting!

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