Tony and I used to know this couple, both middle aged gruff Yorkshire people, and the wife wrote poetry (quite appalling poetry at that). She insisted on reading it to you when you visited their house, and those poems went on forever. Anyway, this one day, she read some poetry and then her husband said, in his dry Yorkshire voice, “The thing with poetry is, you either LOVE it, or you HATE it.” Tony said, “How do you feel about it then?” and he shrugged his shoulders and said, “oh, I can take it or leave it.”

Which has nothing to do with today’s post, but it makes me laugh every time I remember it. What I wanted to talk to you about today is Ravelry. I have to confess, I spend a large part of every day on Ravelry. And I love it. Can’t imagine how we every lived without it. But at the same time, I think I hate it too. It’s the Place That Time Forgot. Seriously, I pop on to Ravelry to check my groups, and three hours later the woodstove has gone out, and the dinner hasn’t been started, and I’m feverishly looking at cardigan patterns, just one more page and then I’ll stop.

I am the Queen of Indecision, and Ravelry is not a place where you can afford to be indecisive. Just as soon as I’ve cast on for one project, I spot another one even more irresistable. What should I do with those 10 skeins of Jaeger Luxury Tweed? A cable vest? A shawl? Oooh, maybe I should get a few more colours and do something Fair Isle! Although if I’m going to do that, shouldn’t I use a yarn that will steek better? Let’s see, what yarns do people recommend for Fair Isle…… mmm, Rowanspun, don’t I have some of that, although come to think of it, that would make a splendid Hemlock Ring blanket, and I could do with a nice throw for the living room……. Ooh, look, a Noro blanket! Maybe I should start one of those.

Oh dear, I think I need some intervention. Or I may never finish anything the rest of my life. Next time you see me on Ravelry, tell me to Get Out and Get On With My Knitting. Please!!!

11 thoughts on “Love/Hate

  1. yes…been there, done that. Doing it right now in fact. Can’t for the life of me remember what I went in there for but am up to my neck in it now! 🙂

  2. Dee, You are endlessly adorable, an eloquent mirror to the many sides of us all! In a way, you are my Ravelry. I visit you all the time and love to linger. . . Thanks for keeping your side of the pond such a sunny place.

  3. I do the same with your blog and shop.More yarn arrived this morning(thank you for being so prompt) and I nuzzle it all day.It is just so wondeful and I think “I can knit that … or I can knit this…” then add it to my stash saying NO you must finish other things first!!

  4. One of the reasons I’ve been absent from Ravelry lately – I can’t afford to get sucked in … in fact, I don’t even have the time to knit, let alone eye up any more projects :o) Abi x

  5. Dee not sure i agree.
    I think what you are doing is working. Valid research for a very important business. I’m sure PY benefits everyday from your exhausting excursions in the name of keeping the till ringing and us knitters happy.

  6. Hi Dee,

    I have the same conundrum so I do this, I only go there on certain days of the week. If it’s Tuesday It must be Ravelry. Ha Ha. I don’t have a life that has time for everything I want to do as is so I have to keep things in perspective.

    Keep on blogging, I love to visit.

    Sincerely, Lady Euphoria

  7. OMG was thinking the exact same thing this morning – seem to be obsessing about knitting and ravelry and queues and yarn and what needles do I have and would it be better just to bite the bullet and buy interchangeables etc etc – my brain is seriously full. Can’t seem to concentrate on anything else, work – not good in current climate – so think I am going to have to take a break and just enjoy the knitting i’m doing at the moment and stop thinking of 3 things down the line…

  8. Oh that’s made me laugh so much. You must be my long lost sister – identical twin even – as I do just the same. Not sure how much longer my family can suffer beans on toast (but here in the Fens we have lots of wind turbines, so in my mind we are helping the environment!)

    As to yarn for Fair Isle – Sophia 4 ply is perfect. But steeking? No way! It scares me, perhaps I’d better look on Ravelry to see how it should be done. Without the tears.

    I seem to have quite a stock pile of soft mohair and don’t know what to do with it. Another thing to check. Whoosh. Our lives are whizzing past!

  9. I call Ravelry “The Great Time Suck” I get lost, too. When I am there it’s like I am hypnotised.