It's hard to describe how Ravelry has changed the face of knitting. The community of knitters that it brings together is immense. The ability to search for patterns or problems or people who can solve your problems. Pretty much everything you need in one place. It has helped me more than once.
These past few weeks brought along with it a new Ravelry-related experience. A yarn swap. This lady had connected with J. over her skirt, and she was wondering where she could find a kit to make one. J. suggested she get in touch with me as I had an unused kit just hanging around. So I got a nice little message on Ravelry about my kit and would I be willing to trade it for something else. I'm usually leery about these sorts of things (note: loathing of the general public).
Now, there's nothing wrong with the yarn or the skirt. What's wrong is that my legs are ridiculously long. No, not in a super-model type way (I'm not quite skinny enough for that), just plain long. When you're 6'2" tall that's just the way it is. So, upon further reflection, I knew there was no way there would be enough yarn to make a decent skirt - or at least a skirt that would be decent. This yarn, therefore, has been sitting there, on my shelf waiting. Waiting for someone or something. And then along came Dehbi.
We messaged back and forth with some trade options, and I finally just left it up to her. I told her the big thing to me would be to get something that I couldn't get here. Something that was different.
A couple weeks later this arrived.
Hand-dyed wool from Chile (it's more blue than grey). Dehbi bought it there on a trip and just never used it.
Wow. I'm a lucky, lucky girl. Now I just have to consider my options. I'm currently leaning towards this.
Anyone else have any great ideas for about 850 yards of fingering weight hand-dyed from the south of Chile??