Friday 5 June 2009

Toys and Pattern Testing

I feel like I have been very busy this week, but don't have much to show for it. I think it is because I have mainly been working on getting people to test my Romberry Scarf pattern. There is a great group on Ravelry for designers, that puts them in touch with people who will test their patterns for free. The testers provide the wool and feedback and occasionally photos, and the designer provides the pattern for free. So far I have two people working away at my pattern and I am knitting another of these scarves. It is going to be added to the Christmas present pile as it is being knit in a gorgeous yarn by Louisa Harding. I have been saving this yarn for a special project and I think this pattern merits special yarn.

Already you can see the stitch pattern much more clearly, than my first scarf, and the yarn is such a dream to knit with. I think this scarf will make a wonderful example for photos on the pattern as well.

As well as sending emails back and forth with testers, I have been working on my Cyber Sam project. I have finished the knitting and I now have to spend some quality sewing time with all the bits.

As you can see, there are LOTS of bits. I love making toys but sometimes they seem to take forever.

Tomorrow is the UK Ravelry Day. As most of you know, if you have ever read this blog before, I love Ravelry. I am very lucky that the venue for this event is taking place in Coventry which is pretty local to me. I am going with my friend from one of the knitting groups I attend and fully intend to spend money on yarn. There are going to be many UK indie dyers there and I am sure that I will be able to buy some gorgeous lace weight yarn. The friend who is taking me has done quite a lot of lace knitting and I plan on picking her brains shamelessly. I really want to knit a lace shawl and having beautiful yarn to do it in, will motivate me to find the right shawl pattern.

Do not be surprised if the next posting is full of Yarn Porn photos!


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