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OMG the colors!

So I was casually browsing through Hot Right Now on Ravelry when I saw the thumbnail for Epiphany. Jaw dropped. I LOVE that black line over the cream to fuchsia ombre. Not that I love fuchsia, but man that’s a nicely done color combo.

Hot right now is a pattern filter option on Ravelry, so you can sort any search you do by how popular the results are. There’s a link to “browse patterns in this order” from the patterns homepage, and it’s one of the first things my mom showed me about Ravelry. Bristol Ivy used to spend some time taking data on what showed up as “hot right now,” which is fascinating to think about. She talks about it on this Knit.FM episode (knitting trends). She’s not keeping up with the stockinette market anymore, but I’m fine with that because it’s time well spent on her designing patterns. I bet one could code a version of the stockinette market…

Hot right now isn’t the only way to find interesting patterns on Ravelry. I happen to have a few good friends up my sleeve and I like to check out their new favorites in my friend activity tab. By good friends I mean people with my taste in fashion. (I can even organize my friends to make viewing particular friend activity easy.) Another option is to check out recently added patterns. One of those good friends implements that technique, and she’ll find some unique stuff that isn’t necessarily hitting hot right now. I get to ride on her coat tails.

Do you have a favorite way to find patterns, on Ravelry or elsewhere? I bet we’d all like to find new and improved ways to ogle pretty knitting. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

Exciting Mail

Yesterday brought me two exciting pieces of mail. The first was an email announcing a new blog post from Tin Can Knits. I didn’t notice at the time, but they dedicated 2015 to sweaters, and this year is dedicated to learning new things. I resonated with that quite a bit, as my blog is all about discovery and learning what it is I want to learn. I had already noticed their Simple Collection and made plans to work through it in order to understand the different garments and see how I like their instructional style. I love that they’ve done it, because I haven’t found may collections like this dedicated to broad beginner instruction. If you’ve found some collections you’re excited about, I’d love to hear about them.

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My other bit of mail came in the post. I received my yarn to make some Knitted Knockers for Stitches West in February. Aside from being a great program to contribute to, I think it’s a good way to get excited about Stitches. I have seen other knitting-for-a-good-cause programs, including Socks for Soldiers, and many groups dedicated to knitting hats and scarves for those in need. Ravelry is a good place to search for groups you’re interested in and ask for information.

Happy 2016

2016-01-01-15.54.18.jpg.jpgHappy New Year to you! I’ve picked up Lilli Pilli once again, and I got to thinking about debugging my knitting. I think it’s more officially called ‘reading’ my knitting, but the analogy to computer coding is not too far fetched. Reading knitting patterns is very natural if you’ve already studied for loops.

I’m in the first lace section of the pattern which has a nice clear repeat. I’ve formed the habit of counting my stitches after each section of lace to help avoid errors. I’ve caught many missed yarn overs, and still missed a few. It slows me down, but I think it’s worth it. I also keep count of rows with removable stitch markers, adding one on the first row of each repeat.

I’m certain there will be many new knitting adventures in 2016. I look forward to sharing them with you. 🙂