Monday, August 11, 2008

Ravelry does it again!

There is no end to the ways that Ravelry helps me with my knitting!  If only I didn't have this damned day job, I could stay at home and knit up everything in my queue!  What magic has it performed this time?  Well, let me tell you.

I decided to go on the computer while Nyron was playing Soul Caliber IV, which I attempted to play with him, but all that mindless button-mashing started to hurt my hands, so I gave up my controller and now he's trying to see if he can put together the most ridiculous costume possible in the Character Customizer.  So, obviously, I needed something to occupy myself.  After checking my email, I went on Ravelry, as I do almost by reflex now when I find myself online without a specific goal.  In the upper corner was the welcome flashing that indicates that I had a message.  One of the lovely yarn editors had been editing the entry for Fleisher's Shetland Floss and was asking if she could use my stash photo, since I'm the only person who has it stashed.  It's a discontinued yarn that I received in quantity from a woman on Freecycle.  It has been sitting in my stash since last fall without even a thought to what it could become.

Seeing the yarn's site on Ravelry got me thinking about possible patterns for it.  Since no one else on Ravlery has this yarn (which makes it feel kind of special) I couldn't go browsing through the projects as I normally would.  Ravelry hasn't yet added a feature where you can look up the yarn patterns that a yarn has been published in instead of just what it's been used for so I decided to do a quick google search.  It wasn't long before I found a website on vintage patterns (just one) that mentioned  pattern that this yarn company published to go along with this yarn.  It's quite cute, too, and because it was published in the early 1920s it's in the public domain (in the US, anyway, which is where the blog is published) so she posted the pattern.  I've queued it so that when I'm done the wedding flowers and the socks for Yarn Smackdown and the dog sweaters that my brother's girlfriend commissioned (I think I'm getting ahead of myself, I'll go into detail about these in a later post).

When next we knit!



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