Creative Envy

Sunday, March 1, 2009, 4:51 pm
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One of the girls in my knitting group brought Ravelry to my attention about a month ago. It is an online community (a la Facebook) for knitters or anyone interested in fiber arts started by Jessica, Casey, and their dog, Bob. Right now it’s in the beta mode and if you’re interested in joining you have to first sign up on their waiting list to receive an invitation. Mine only took about four days. I still need to flesh out my profile with the projects I’ve done, but I’ve already used the forums when I got stuck on my project. My username is creativeenvy so friend me if you join!

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.

I just finished this Martha Stewart knitted neck scarf. I’m pretty pleased with it.


I’m just excited because I finally learned how to increase and decrease stitches. I even had to incorporate some double pointed needle action. I know, I know. This sounds nerdy to some of you. I’ve been called a geek and have been asked if I was 80 years old all because I love to knit. It doesn’t really bother me. I embrace it. I embrace the fact that I love making something great that is one-of-a-kind from a little ball of yarn. I love the rhythmic noise of the knitting needles clicking together (yes, me, who can’t stand any kind of repetitive sounds…I love it). I love the conversations and bonds that form when a group of women sit in a knitting circle. I love the calming effect knitting has on me and the portability of this craft. And from the looks of Ravelry, with over 300,000 registered users to date, I realize I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Monday, October 6, 2008, 7:21 pm
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A few weeks ago I posted about the awesome scarfette tutorial courtesy of Resurrection Fern. Last week a few of us girls got together for what will soon be a weekly/biweekly knitting group and I decided to attempt my own scarfette.

It came out pretty good. I made a few mistakes but luckily the stitch that’s involved is very loose and forgiving so any small mishaps go unnoticed. I would have loved to have gotten vintage buttons but just went to JoAnn’s in a pinch for my first round. This project calls for a specific type of yarn so I wasn’t real impressed with what I had to choose from there. And until last week, I wasn’t aware of the local yarn shops here in Columbus. The girls told me about two shops that I can’t wait to investigate. I plan on getting some softer, higher quality yarn and scoping out some really great buttons for my next effort. I’m sure I will be able to find something perfect on Etsy.

Friday, September 19, 2008, 6:22 pm
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While I’m determined to learn how to knit items that are not solely rectangular in shape (scarves and blankets are my specialty), this tutorial from Resurrection Fern looks like something I can tackle.

I would totally wear this. Too often I end up knitting scarves I end up hating….it’s more for the fun of knitting versus making something truly fashionable.