Last year, as I was searching for a bit of knitting inspiration, I came across an incredible website – Ravelry. Here knitters and crocheters share their passion and projects. It’s like sitting at Starbucks with my knitting group only I can still be in my pajamas wearing slippers. I get to see what everyone is working on, what color combinations worked well for their projects, and their past completed accomplishments. I get inspired, and despite the amount of work and grading piling up on my desk, all I want to do is pick up my knitting needles or crochet hook and get creating.
I have found some great patterns here. Last fall, after scouring the whole house and discovering that my Halloween decorations were missing (apparently the victims of the small flood we had in our basement) I found the cutest country pumpkin pattern with dangling legs and arms. I made one in an antique orange and he sat on my dining room hutch for the season. While cruising through our new local winter farmers market in January, I came up with the idea of making market bags for Christmas gifts next year. Ravelry again saved the day. I found countless pictures of finished products and downloaded several patterns. I even found a pattern for Angry Bird – a favorite of my grandson.
Ravelry is like window shopping; for a short while the rest of the world stops while I browse and dream about the creations I will make. Maybe I will reach the goal of getting through my yarn stash (more than likely maybe not). Maybe someday in the future, I will find an online knitting group which meets on Skype – that just might be the perfect world.