Oh the wonderful world of Ravelry. How did I ever survive without you.

I have been a member since March 2009 and never looked back.  It is a fabulous place to make friends, learn new techniques, join groups all over the world and of course find patterns.

I love the fact that you can be part an international community of knitters.  It just opens so many doors and the groups you can join and part-take in are endless.  For example you can get involved with KALs (knit-alongs) which are a good way to try a new technique like lace knitting and share your experience as you knit-along.  There is always plenty of help and advice, and 9/10 the pattern designer is around to speak with as well.

Then there is swaps – I love swaps.  Although in the past I have had one very bad experience disappointment where I just felt my swapee didn’t put as much love and thought into my parcel.  That was a blind swap and since then I’ve focused on direct swaps and they always turn out much better.  I always think it is much nicer to get to know the person at the other end, helps you to find out what they really like and you can make great friends this way.  And I guess you can tarnish one bad disappointment with… well I’ll not say any more on that subject.

I am currently doing a the Jane Austen Girls Frugality Swap, where I have to send a parcel to my swap buddy Sorbus who funnily enough lives in Scotland but is from my neck of the woods in Northern Ireland.  We will both swap a parcel of goodies that must include yarn form our stash, a pattern from our stash (or a free pattern on ravelry printed out), a notelet to explain pattern and yarn choice, notions and bit-and-bobs, and last but not least something tasty like tea/coffee, a cake, something homebaked etc.

So far my parcel is building slowly…I have got yarn picked out in the ‘mutted jewel’ colours that Sorbus likes.  Parcels to be posted by 30th Setepmber so I have a little more time yet. 

Whilte I mention free ravelry patterns – Did you know that there are currently 75,243 free patterns on Ravelry and it is growing day by day. 🙂   


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