The lace bug is still with me.
Did I mention there is a Ravelry KAL group for the Lovely Lace Shawl (Ravelry link)? Quite helpful considering the pattern is known to have errors and it is written (and charted) in an unusual way.
Patons has now made the charted version available for free on their website. You need to register (free and easy from what I hear). A big thank you to them for doing this. I'd like to think that our KAL helped spur this decision.
My Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl is coming along. (yes, my pinning is wonky) The blue is clue 2 and the dark purple is clue three. For those of you playing along, I used charts 1A, 2C, and 3C.
Based on the size it is now, I will probably do the optional 48 round clue 5 after the 48 round clue 4 due out on Saturday. That means I have some color choices to make.
Here are the colors I plan to use (pardon the shadows). My 5 clue plan is to do the blue again for clue 4 and the green for clue 5. There isn't enough of either one based on my calculations. I plan on putting a bit of the dark teal in to extend the yardage of each one. I'll decide how once I see the clues.
My original plan was to do the 4 clue version and use the green. If I had known I'd be using 5 clues, I wouldn't have saved a contrast color for the end clue. Oh well. It will still be nice and it is a fun stash buster.
Speaking of stash busting, I had to order another skein in order to finish my Amaryllis. It arrived and it is so WRONG!
My hope is that the color changes won't distract from the lace pattern too much. Here is the grayscale test, cousin of the squint test, as my justification.
Lest you think it is all lace all the time around here, there is progress on my BFL handspun socks. Remember them? It has been a while.
The yarn turned out nicely except that I got a little zealous about putting extra twist into the singles. The resulting yarn is not as soft as it should be. Live and learn. The upside is that the socks should wear well and my feet are not especially sensitive.
The first sock is mostly done and waiting for the second sock (just a toe) to catch up. I like to knit about 40-45% of the yarn (by weight), put that on hold, and knit the second sock. I can maximize sock length that way. The is a travel/waiting room project so progress is sporadic.
Speaking of OP patterns (well I will be speaking about OP patterns below - the price I pay for writing a post out of order), I found a creative designer via a link on luneray's blog. I never knew that I needed a knitting pattern for a dissected lab rat or a dissected frog. Sounds kinda gross, but they are really cute. In a morbid kind of way. The designer is Crafty Hedgehog. She has lots of sweet patterns for stuffed animals and dolls on her Etsy site.
After buying the lab rat pattern on Etsy, I discovered that I could have bought it through Ravelry and saved it in my pattern library there. A reminder to always go to Ravelry first.
I am feeling a lot of love for Ravelry (as can probably tell). Today is my one year anniversary on Ravelry. I can't begin to imagine knitting without it any more. It is such a tremendous resource and a wonderful way to find knitting community, far and near. Blogs have connected me with fabulous and interesting spinners and knitters around the world. Ravelry gives me tools to meet fabulous and interesting spinners and knitters in my area and my travel destinations.
And the pattern database! How great is that? I might never have learned about Herbert Niebling otherwise. Most of the OP (other people's) patterns I knit now are found using the experimental search function (Ravelry link).
Ravelry is changing the knitting world. At Black Sheep I heard so many people referring to it or wearing Rav buttons. A Ravelry meet-up is a given now at all fibery events.
Viva Ravelry!!! Big love to Casey, Jess, and Mary-Heather for all they do to make it so wonderful.
To celebrate my Ravelry love, I am having a contest for some of my unloved stash. There is so much in my stash, for spinning and knitting, that I won't get around to using. I'll let the winner pick from a selection of yumminess to be determined. I promise it will be good.
To enter, tell me your favorite Ravelry feature. If you aren't on Ravelry (gasp!), tell me why not. Actually, I'm easy (in this respect - get your mind out of the gutter!). Leave a comment on this post about anything (your favorite beer, your next travel locale, why bald men shouldn't wear toupees, you get the idea, bonus points for non sequiturs) and you'll be entered to win. Contest ends July 7th at 7pm Pacific Daylight Time. Maybe 7:07.