Sunday, September 16, 2007

I Came, I Spoke, I Conquered

So, the big news is, I gave my presentation without:
  • freezing
  • vomiting
  • speaking far louder than necessary (okay, yelling)
  • running out of things to talk about
  • logistical problems due to lack of foresight

In other words, it went well. Actually, I ran out of time and didn't get to share all of my ideas or have time for participants to play some of the games I made. I'm even thinking of submitting a proposal to present at a conference, but think maybe I shouldn't tempt fate.


Ravelry has been calling me with its siren song since I got my invite and I was *pretty* good before I did my presentation, mainly because I had so much to do and the fear of standing in front of a roomful of people with nothing to say was smothering me. As soon as I walked in the door last night, however...

It is so incredibly well thought out. I spent hours:

  • browsing through projects, looking for a lace stole project I liked enough to think I might commit to.
  • comparing various lace books to see which I more choices I liked.
  • looking at different yarns from my stash to see what other people used them for (and how much they needed).

In short, I did everything but post some of my own projects past or present or post my stash or my library or well, you get the idea. I'm a Ravelry leech. Next weekend is a five day weekend (woohoo!!) so I'm going to at least get some of my FO's posted then. Right now I'm too lazy to even take a photo of the hat I made earlier this week and the camera and the hat are both within 2 meters of me.

I'll post a pic next time. I'll just tell you that I used a full skein of Noro Kureyon (90, I think). I had maybe 1-2 meters leftover. I knit it top down with 4mm circs increasing evenly every other round to 72 stitches then did a feather and fan pattern- 3 rows st st, 1 row pattern (10 times). I finished with five rows of 2x2 rib, mainly because the last color on the skein was my favorite (dark teal) and the one before it was NOT my favorite (dark green and crimson). So, the rib flips up and covers the Christmas tree. It only took one evening to make and looks really nice. I see myself having a goodly collection of them before too long. ;-)


I found a yarn store with free international shipping!!! Since I've decided that I should use some of the lace weight in my stash and actually knit some lace, I decided to order some Addi Turbos. Of course, since shipping was free with a $50 purchase, I had to add a few things in my cart, so I ordered some things for other people-- I think I may actually do some holiday knitting this year. My mother and sister really liked their socks, so I ordered materials to make them something else.

My order shipped last Monday, so I'll see how long free shipping takes. Hopefully, it won't be like Amazon (which is far from free for overseas orders and can take months to arrive.)

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