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The Magic of Ravelry

Any fibre artist, yarn wizard or knitting/crochet master will know about Ravelry…if you don’t let me enlighten you!

Ravelry is an inclusive, friendly website for knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and dyers. We are made up of millions of yarn lovers from all over the world. Ravelry provides a personal notebook for fiber artists to keep track of their projects, yarns & fibers, tools, and pattern library, a rich database of patterns and yarns, and a community with thousands of forums and groups to connect with other Ravelers over any interest you could think of.

Everything on Ravelry is user-driven: we all help to make the site useful and fun. We are happy you are here! There are three main areas of Ravelry for you to explore: The Database, Your Notebook and the community.”

Whenever I look for a pattern, my first visit is always to Ravelry. There are so many patterns (free and paid for) for anything knitted or crochet or fibre related, it’s incredible! I am ashamed to say that my queue is about 15 pages long…but whenever I find a pattern I really like that I know I want to come back to, the easiest way to do that is to queue it and bookmark it on here. Genius!

I have also added almost 1,000 projects to the my notebook section…. and I am considering a little givewaway when I add the 1,000ths project. What do you think?

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Winter is coming!

Before I moved to Australia I never thought big, thick, woolly jumpers would be needed. Oh how wrong I was! A good friend of mine also knows this (she is also originally German) and she asked me to knit her an Aran jumper. Oh what fun I had with this wonderful piece of knitting. I used the I Heart Aran pattern available on Ravelry from Tanis Lavallee, an absolutely stunning design. Everything about this jumper spoke to me and my friend, we only changed up the stockinette stitch with moss stitch.

Knitting this jumper didn’t go entirely smoothly, as the first time the entire jumper came out too big (even after comparing measurements) and the second time the sleeves were too long. I think it has something to do with my change from stockinette stitch to moss stitch. Or the use of DROPS Nepal instead of the Tanis Fiber yarn the pattern calls for.

Even with the hiccups in the process of this knitting project, I loved it. I loved the colour my friend picked, I loved knitting it and I loved the photos she sent me wearing it.

Aren’t they special? My friend, her jumper and the sea…just gorgeous!

STATS
Pattern:
 I Heart Aran by Tanis Lavellee.
Yarn: DROPS Nepal in light grey.
Needle size: 5mm
Knitting time: 12th – 28th July 2017.

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My Knitting in 2014

While I have not yet posted about all the projects from last year, and even some of the years before, I thought I’d do a quick review of my Ravelry.

I knitted 131 projects in total…phew, that’s an impressive number!

Here are some previews of some of the projects:

2 baby blankets

35 pairs of booties

3 toddler ponchos

2 adult ponchos

21 adult/baby/kid hats

1 pair of kid mittens and 1 pair of baby socks

4 pairs of fingerless mittens

2 cowls

11 adult/kid/baby cardigans and jumpers

10 knitted animals (plus 21 little tiny bunnies)

10 kid boleros

24 vests/waistcoats

5 baby/toddler dresses

I will endeavour to write about each FO in the next few weeks.

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FO: Aviatrix

Another one of the aviatrix hats I knitted when we were in Australia. This was meant to be sold for charity, but wasn’t. So, I’ve still got it in my basket and will be gifting it to one lucky baby as soon as possible.

I have to say again how much I love this pattern, it’s available for free on Ravelry.  If you’re ever looking for a quick knit of a hat that stays on very well, I highly recommend this one.