Saturday, November 24, 2007

I'm Addicted to Ravelry

I remember reading in someone's blog about how Ravelry would possibly make blogging obsolete. I didn't believe it at first, but now I understand better after all the time I've been spending there lately...

But, I just can't give up my little blog, no matter how infrequently I post. It's still fun for me!

Here are some knits I've been cranking out:

This is the Puff the Merino Dragon Scarf from Morehouse Merino. This was for a little boy, so I omitted the tassles, and modified the pattern to make a smaller dragon (about 36" long). It took one ball exactly of Morehouse's 3-ply. I also added some neon nostrils to match the neon eyes.

When my b.f. saw this scarf, he mentioned that if he ever wore such a thing to school when he was a kid, the likelihood of it getting stolen would be very high. So, I sewed on a tongue with the initials of the recipient hidden inside.

My favorite hat book ever is "Hats On" by Charlene Schurch. It's also one of my first knitting books, and I've knitted more things from it than anything else in my knitting library.

This is the "Tassled Fez" hat. If I went skiing regularly, I would love to wear this hat knit up in screamingly loud colors. However, the reality is that for practical reasons, I want to be able to wear something that I won't get tired looking at.
Side view:
The Twined Herringbone edge (at base of hat) was a little too loose for me, so I slip stitched a row below it to make it firmer.
I used Rowan Cashsoft Aran yarn, and I don't know if it's because the yarn is a little stretchy, but this was one of the most even looking two-stranded projects I've ever done. I didn't even bother to block it.

I made a checkerboard patterened scarf last year, and had yarn leftover, so I made a hat and mitts to match. It's Jade Cashmere 8-ply. I had about 2 inches of yarn left at the end. Couldn't bear to waste any of this yarn...! It's soooo soft!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!


  1. The dragon scarf is absolutely adorable. I would wear it too! I like that you used black and the nostrils and eyes are such a great effect. Your hat is amazing!!! I love it. Did you find any errors in the pattern? Your hat/scarf/mittens set looks very warm and cozy. Nice that everything matches. And isn't it the best, that you don't have leftover yarn?
    And-you deserve the "best commenter in blogland" award, if there's such a thing! :o)
    I spend a lot of time at ravelry too, and still find out new stuff. But I don't think it will ever replace the blog.
    I'm always glad to find a new post here, always wondering what you are up to now (knitting wise). :o)
    Until next time!

  2. I've been spending more time at ravelry to but have to admit I enjoy reading blogs more.

    I love your dragon scarf. What a great idea to put initials on the tongue. I'm not really a scarf person but I can see a dragon like that in my future :).

    The tassled Fez hat is awesome to. I really like the colors you used and the design with the tassles is adorable.

    Wow nice way to use left over yarn.

  3. I love the dragon scarf. That little boy who receives will be so happy. I bet he'll never take it off! I'll have to check out Charlene's hat book. I have one of her sock books and I love it. Beautiful hat. I'm not much of a hat person, but I think I'd enjoy wearing that one. Looks very comfortable :) I don' blame you for not wasting any of that soft cashmere you have a very cute hat and scarf set. Lovely. I love your hat stand by the's super cute :)

    Yes ravelry is addictive. There is so much to look at. I just wish I had more time. Maybe once the holidays are over, things will settle down!

    happy knitting :)

  4. what a cool dragon scarf! i like how you added the initials on the tongue, too! : )

    what an interesting tassled hat... i'm not sure i've seen anything quite that shape before. it looks great!

  5. Anonymous8:32 PM

    The dragon scarf is so fun. The initials are a good idea.

    I really like your tasseled fez.

  6. As always, everything you knit is so beautiful and inspiring. The scarf, the hat, the cashmere set.....sigh. My aspiration is to knit as well as you do.

    Ravelry is definitely addictive because it's a great place to find new stuff - patterns, yarns, forums, etc. But it can't replace the wonderfulness of blogs!

  7. The dragon scarf is the best ever! I will have to try knitting that for my nephews. It would go down a treat. :)

    Anyhow - must dash, have some ravelrying to do... :)