It’s Spring – and I’m UnRaveled
Posted by thedarwinexception on April 9, 2008
You can tell it’s Spring in Malone.
You can tell – not by the warm weather, since my house is always 30 degrees colder than it is outside, so it’s still only 40 degrees in the house, no, you can’t tell by the warm weather. You can tell it’s Spring in Malone because all the drunks come out. It’s like the Robins returning to their treetops to nest. Only with Milwaukee Ice.
So now the phone rings every 5 minutes asking for Paul, and our backyard is full of drunks who need a place to nest and drink their beer.
I had forgotten how fucking annoying drunks are. And I had forgotten that although it’s cold in the winter here – is keeps the drunks at home, and that’s why by the end of Fall I am welcoming winter.
So, it’s Spring, Paul is in the backyard all day long entertaining drunks, and I am holed up in here and walking up and down the stairs, out to the backyard to give him the phone every 5 minutes.
Oh – and I’m knitting.
This is as far as I’ve gotten on the baby boy sweater for Katie’s new baby. Just the back and a small part of the front.
You know *why* this is only as far as I’ve gotten? Because I have discovered Ravelry.
Ravelry is a group of online knitters and crocheters who get together and form a huge database. Everyone enters their finished items, their patterns, their yarn stash, their list of “works in progress”, the knitting and crochet libraries they have amassed, and their list of things they want to make. Totally awesome resource. Totally. I can search for a yarn and have instant access to the best places to buy it, all the available colorways, all the gauge information for the yarn, who has it in their stash and who is willing to sell and trade what’s in their stash. I can click on a book in my library and see all the patterns in that book and all the people who have finished the projects in the book, pictures of their finished items, and what yarns they used, what modifications they made to it, and their own little notes on the pattern.
Now as if that isn’t addictive enough – Ravelry also has “boards”. Message boards. Kind of like usenet boards. And they have “groups” – where you can talk about all kinds of different things. There are groups for everything. Knitters who love “Lost”, Knitters who sew, knitters who knit things for kids, knitters who have dogs…just groups for everything.
And I am totally sucked into those boards. Totally.
For some unfathomable reason, I never realized there is so much fucking *drama* in the knitting community. If you think that these are just a bunch of old ladies who sit around with a Bargello bag in a rocking chair happily knitting away, you’d be wrong. They got shit going on that would make “General Hospital” look like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I shit you not. People are like faking their own deaths over there and everything.
But I’ve met some really nice people over there, and been lusting after some really incredible handspun yarn and been totally mesmerized by some of the beautiful finished projects I’ve seen.
And it makes me want to knit more – if I could just get the hell out of the message boards.
OH – and a new project for you all. I would love it if you could go through your winter clothes before you pack them away and see if you have any sweaters you don’t want and would be willing to send me. Preferably I would like sweaters that are made from wool, angora, cashmere, alpaca or other kinds of natural fibers. I’m now into “recycling” sweaters – getting them, pulling them apart and reusing the yarn.
I went to the re-sale shop here and looked for some sweaters to try it out on, and was totally sticker shocked. This lady wanted like $20 for a used sweater – at the end of winter. Which kind of defeats my purpose. I want like back of the church, dollar a bag sweaters. But we don’t have that here.
So, if you find anything, email me and I’ll PayPal you shipping costs.
And welcome to all the new readers from Ravelry! Leave a comment and say HI with your Ravelry name.