July 8th, 2007

I’ve Been Ravelry-ed

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This is so good and so bad all at the same time. I received my Ravelry invite awhile back but have not had much of a chance to really get going on it. Please – I know there are THOUSANDS of you out there waiting patiently all the while I’ve been doing other things. I know it seems wasteful, but since mid-May things have been non-stop action.

 

Well, I took sometime the past few days to really get to know the site and all I can say is I.AM.ADDICTED. Seriously, this is not good at all – but awesome at the same time. The site is truly amazing and Jess and Casey have really thought through the functionality and the ease of use.

 

I think one of the reasons I didn’t jump in full throttle is truly because it requires me to face some “issues”. Such as organizing my stash and the pure volume of needles that I have. I think as knitters we all tend to keep our stash and the idiosyncrasies of it pretty close. Although Steve thinks I have an outrageous stash both in volume and content, I have to disagree and I have another knitter supporting me on this (yes, I realize this sounds like we’re both ripe for Knitters Anonymous). Here’s some of my stash:

Now needles, that’s another story. My needle inventory is, how shall I say this – out of control? Even Melissa, GASPED when she saw a PORTION of my needle inventory. Please, be kind in your comments, I know I have a problem:

Ravelry is making me face all of these issues, which is ultimately a good thing. I have inventoried all of my needles and hooks, except those attached to projects, which I will add when I get to my WIPs. Today, I started to sort out my stash, truly inventory it and photograph it. This required that I set-up a Flickr account, which I can’t say I was thrilled at doing, but I did it.

 

The inventory/photograhy process is time-consuming and will be something I work on throughout the summer. I also want to start working in some WIPs and designs.

 

For those of you already on Ravelry – I hope you are embracing it as much as I am. For those of you on the waiting list, please be patient. They have some crazy number of people in the cue – something like 9,000 or 7,000. Both Jess and Casey are now full-time, 120% on nothing but the site, but this all takes time. If you have not signed up for an invite – I urge you to do so now!

 

Steve and I are off to the TKGA Show in Manchester, NH on Thursday. Show runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday July 13-15. The marketplace is open to the public. Click through the link to get all of the info. Lots of great yarn stores, designers, hand dyers, etc., will be there. There are classes and all sorts of fun things going on, so please be sure to come on by. We’ll have four booths (409, 411, 413, 415), primarily filled with our Valley Yarns. This is a great opportunity to not only check out the yarns in person, but to also see all of the great garments.

 

Lastly, I leave you with “The Boys of Summer”:

 

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  • MelissaKnits

    That’s not ALL of your needles, Miss Kathy. That’s kind of a fib, making it sound like I’d get all reactionary over that little pile of stuff. As if.

  • Kathy

    And the picture is also only a portion – short straights only. Circs and hooks are not shown, nor are the 14″ straights that are no longer in my posession :)

    I own 3 pair of dpns – for now.

  • beth

    Ravelry is indeed one of the best things ever (almost as great as chocolate)! You know the “problem” (and I don’t see it as such) you have w/your massive needle collection? I have the same, only with my yarn stash. What I’ve put in on Ravelry so far is only the tip of the iceberg… So, I stand up and say “My name is Beth and I am a Yarnaholic.” What a terrific “problem” to have!

    p.s. I’m bethknitsandnaps on Ravelry.

  • Melissa

    Man. I wish I had that problem. Too many needles, too much yarn. Man. That must suck for you guys. You could always send it over to my house. ;)

  • Kathy

    Yes, I absolutely agree it’s a good problem all the way around – too much yarn, too many needles. I think the yarn and needles bother me because I am not a super advanced knitter and my progress on projects tends to be slow. I know, regardless of speed, most knitters have more yarn than they will ever knit, so I know I am not alone. I do love, love, love Ravelry – the problems are all mine :)

  • tink knits

    Hi Kathy,

    Your stash & needles are _not_ problems, they are an occupational haz–I mean necessity :-) If knitting is not your occupation (like the rest of us), weeellll, it’s therapy!!

    Teri (in HI)