New toys!

After sitting on and breaking needle after needle, I decided I needed some new ones. I did a LOT of research and finally decided on Chiaogoo’s SPIN interchangeables. I ordered them from Purlescence, and got my order really promptly, but due to a small snafu I ended up with the metal TWIST tips instead of my bamboo ones (I’d ordered a Twist cable as well, as they all work together). They were lovely about it though and sent me the correct ones right away and let me keep the metal ones, so now I have tons of new needles to test! Review coming up when I do.

 

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I finished a sock last night

Grafting doesn’t count. 

I love it so much I’m not even feeling any hints of SSS. 

I also finished, A LONG TIME AGO, three baby cardigans for three little American boys born in December and January: 

 

And for my cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish’s* birthday, I made her a Spice Trade Shawl in Tosh Mo Light in Saffron. 


* whilst marathoning Parks and Rec. Obviously. Because birthday girl recommended it, and because she is, without a doubt, my very own Ann Perkins. <3

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The pattern testing adventure

I’ve never tested patterns before, but it’s been an experience! It’s good actually, and from now on I shall try to have all patterns tested.

Tove said there were forums for this on Ravelry so I had a look and found an extremely strict one. (I was sweating when posting there, honestly). And Tove was like “What forum is that???!?”. 

I like clear ground rules. It simplifies a lot and you know what to expect. I’m all for a method of doing things, but it took me a while to figure out what is wrong here.

This forum shouldn’t be a forum. It should be a ticket system. Like an issue management system similar to Jira by Atlassian for example. (IT geek warning, yes, I know, sorry! But just in case the mod team would see this post it could be helpful information.)

In fact, this is what happens when you use technical solutions the wrong way. The administration becomes wast and the framework extensive and intimidating. The thing is that ususlly the people who started it up are completely unaware of it. They’ve been there from the beginning and they know it through and through. This, while newbees are scared away. So perhaps Ravelry needs a ticket solution in the future where you can set up workflows for groups with methods like this.



In the end I got some amazing help and feedback for the Dagny beret and I got to meet a couple of really nice knitters. There’s obviously much more to gain than just to have your patterns tested!

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