One Million Ravelers!

Early this morning, the one millionth account was created at Ravelry.

I know I am largely preaching to the choir here, as many of you are already aware of the wonders of Ravelry.  But truly, this website is astounding.  An ever-growing database of patterns for knitting and crocheting, yes, with all pertinent info, reviews, links, notations of errata, even the availability for designers to store patterns for purchase or free download on Ravelry itself (and thus the instant availability for me).  But also a database of yarn and designers.  And, for me just as important,  a community of crocheters and knitters and spinners from all over the world who share a passion for their craft.  I have met some of you who read my blog, with the help of Ravelry.  I have met others entirely through Ravelry, such as this lovely group from San Antonio, meeting me in the Houston airport with my Ravelry username on display

Here-to-meet-CathyCake!

(Excuse the blurry picture, I was laughing)

The website itself has amazing design, with a clean look and ease of use that other sites and forums can only yearn after.  (Ravelry is up against Facebook and Twitter for “Community Site of the Year” in .net magazine’s annual “Best of the Web” .net awards, to be announced November 19.)

The only beef I have with Ravelry?  Now my queue (list of things I want to knit) is ginormous, and ever-lengthening!  And every day, I see more lovely things….

A chance glance is how I found one of my latest projects, the 22 leaves shawlette (Ravelry link — of course!) that I showed you last weekend.

22 leaves shawlette, half done

It’s further along than this: I have only about 10 rows to go, though the rows are getting long, in the way of triangle shawls.  And I have another knitting project this weekend, so may not make much progress on this.

And, speaking of choices, I have one to make shortly on this project, and am very indecisive.  The shawlette pattern gives two choices for the edge: a crocheted cast off or a knitted cast-off.

Here’s an example of the first:

2010.09.20. 22-leaves shawlette, finished 031

and of the second:

22leaves_5

(Best picture I could find: more people have done the crocheted bind-off, and of those who have done the knitted bind-off, most don’t have Flickr pics I could show you.)

I am leaning towards the crocheted cast-off for its lacier look: but the downside is that I don’t really crochet (though I would get better at it! and I can do a chain stitch, which is the majority of the cast-off, interspersed with single crochet).  It also would take less yarn, because the knitted cast-off calls for 8 additional rows of knitting (two of lace, six of garter stitch), compared to the crochet chains; and less yarn is getting to be a consideration.  I don’t think I’m going to run out, but I’m watching it.  (I do have a second skein, but being hand-dyed, it may be a bit different in color, so I would like not to have to use it.)

Normally, though, given a choice between crochet and knit: well, I’m a knitter!

Just to confuse the issue, other knitters with my same orientation have done what I have done other times and come up with their own knitted cast-off here and here.  (More Ravelry links. Again. Of course.) I like them both, though I’m deciding if I really truly like the look of the first balanced against the entire shawl.  And the second would definitely take more yarn and a lot more time.

What’s a knitter to do? Advice?

8 responses to “One Million Ravelers!

  1. I certainly prefer the look of the knitted edgings, seems like you couldn’t go wrong with either one of those.

  2. when i do a crocheted bind off, i just use a crochet hook in my right hand (like it was a knitting needle!) 1 size larger is usually enough to keep the cast on loose.
    (you can teach crocheters how to knit if you put a tunisian hook in their right hand too.. Its such an easy way to transition!)

  3. Knitted.
    The crochet loops are just begging to get snagged on fingers, kitty paws, silverware, etc.

  4. I vote for the knitted edge also!

  5. I much prefer the look of the knitted edge. I have seen that same crochet edging on several shawls, and it always bothers me somehow, don’t know exactly why.

  6. You’re so right! Twins forever! And it will be great if you can come to SS ’11. I look forward to seeing you again and I’m sure the family will enjoy a bit of Northwest summer.
    I agree with your other commenters; knitted edging. Of course, I can’t really crochet, either, though I plan to learn.

  7. Hmm, toughy. I do love the look of the crochet cast-off, but . . . crochet . . . I’m afraid I’m no help, Cathy! About the only thing I can say is that the Bugga looks lovely. Someday I’ll have to try Sanguine Gryphon–I’ve resisted thus far for fear I’d never stop.

  8. Love the San Antonio crowd! I would go for the knit cast off, I would be like Judith, snagging the crochet loops. Both are pretty though. I taught myself to do a single crochet edge (a high advancement over a chain, ha!)… but that’s the extent of my crochet…

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