If Ravelry gives me anything, it's accountability. In the not so distant past, some of the projects I started were never completed. In the heady moments after finding that perfect pattern, the perfect yarn and after casting on, there were times when the romance ended quickly and the project was cast aside. This is a bad habit that I share with many knitters. When I found Ravelry I never thought that I would actually take the time capture each skein, hank, or ball of yarn digitally and then catalogue it with minute details. That went for my projects as well. Soon I found myself hauling out the yarn, projects completed and in flux. I remember spending several weekends taking pictures and raking my brain as to when I cast on, where I found the pattern, looking for old ball bands. Thank goodness that I had a blog to fall back on.
It's been almost a year since my Raverly marathon. I'm pleased with my progress and I feel that I finally have some oversight over what I knit and the supplies that I own. I don't think that I've ever stuck with a program for this amount of time.
In the spirit of celebrating my accomplishment, I've completed three very small items in the past weeks. Two of these items lingered in the snooze pile far longer than they should have.
My aim was for Valentine's Day with this one. I was looking for a project that would eat up some of the many of the sock yarn remnants that I've managed to collect. My aim was off. I finished this last week. The yarn is STR's Fairgrounds, the pattern is a freebie found on the Interweave site. It took months to finish this up. Although I would not knit this again, I'm pleased with the results and filled it with sweet smelling balsam. It hangs off a knob in my kitchen.
My friend, Kathryn, agreed to model the scarf. She said it makes her feel like Samantha Jones.
I have a dear friend, Terri, who has a shop that sells all manner of vintage things. She clapped eyes on my Lantern Moon knitting bags and had to open an account. She offered to order items of my choice at cost. I decided to treat myself to Leigh Radford's Silk Gelato. I received the Honeycomb Scarf pattern with it. Knitting on giant hot pink US 35 needles was cumbersome and not portable. The stitches kept slipping off the needles. After revisiting other Gelato projects on Ravelry, I pulled this chestnut out of the recesses and completed it in a few hours.I finally finished this and am really pleased with the results. While looking for links, I noticed that Lantern Moon now offers a box of Gelato in small "scoops" for embellishing. Maybe I need to consider another order.
This was a guilty splurge and I didn't drag my heels quite as much as with the aforementioned projects. This was a quick and simple knit using tiny balls of pure cashmere. I plan on knitting another using some of my leftover sock yarn scraps.
Another Wee Sock
There is a great Ravelry Group whose members are committed to swapping more tiny socks.The original swap took place a few months ago. It seems that it was so much fun knit a tiny sock, pop it in an envelope, send it, and in return receive a small sock in the mail.
I still have several WIP's in that stare me in the face when I click on my projects page. Old habits are hard to break, but I can say that I've made peace with my habits and can control the chaos a little bit thanks to a little site called Ravelry.