What did we do before Ravelry?

As well as being a showcase for all my present and past projects. Ravelry has helped me organise my stash and needles. But my favourite section has to be the “queue.” Of course, I have always had a list of planned projects.

Before Ravelry, I would use torn bits of paper to mark pages in knitting books. Or post-it notes stuck to pages in magazines. Or I kept scribbled notes in the bottom of my knitting bag to remind me about a website.

No matter how I kept my list of projects I wanted to knit. At the top of the list, the first project is always the Hourglass Sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I even got as far as buying the yarn for the project in the summer. Some Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL in a demin blue. Before I cast on the project, I looked at Ravelry. There I discovered that you actually need more yarn than the project suggests. Knowing I couldn’t get the same dye lot for this yarn, I decided to get another colour and add a few stripes to the sweater.

So I looked on Ravelry…

I then discovered it was almost impossible to get Elsebeth Lavold yarn in the U.K. So I asked the London Knitting Group for advice. I found out the Rooster Almerino Aran is a very similar yarn. They are both 50% Baby Alpaca wool and 50% Merino Wool. Rooster yarn also comes in numerous colours.

I managed to get the yarn in at Ally Pally, and now whilst ill in bed this week, I finally got around to casting this project on. For the hem, I used the provisional crochet chain cast-on and folded hem, similar to what you would use for a Picot Hem, done with the Almerino Aran and then changed to the Classic Al for the main body. All thanks to the wonder of Ravelry.

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