Wednesday, March 24, 2010

As I finished writing this guy up and getting it ready for test knitting, I realized that I was going to need to jump in and join my merry little band of test knitters. Time to knit my own version 2 of this puppy. There are a few details I have in my head (and on paper) for converting the cropped cardigan to a traditional length that my swatch just can't handle. So, what the hell, right? And honestly, I should knit everything I expect you to knit, shouldn't I? To make sure it works like I say it will. Yes, I think so.

So, off to Wild and Wooly. And out of my comfort zone, with this batch of pink DK merino. The more we looked around, the more this delicate, ladylike pink called my name. Which is weird, since there are no pastels in my life. Seriously, I opened my closet. I looked around the house. None. But here I am, about $70 deep in some really pretty pale pink merino. Like I said, out of my comfort zone. But we (the salespeople and I) all agreed that it would work for me and it would do the pattern justice. Who am I to argue? So, here I am. What the hell, right?

And it will keep my mind off the other thing I jumped into today. Which is also out of my comfort zone. That, up there, is a Ravelry Group banner. It's for the new BabyCocktails group on Ravelry. I had gotten a few messages recently asking for this, and finally decided when two emails came one on top of the other that it was time to put it out there.

So yes, I started my own fan club. And so begins an exercise in self doubt, which is ridiculous but unavoidable, right? I just said to meeko (my trusty Rav moderator-to-be) that it's like throwing a party and wondering if anyone will come. In my case, even more so, with drinks!

Now I have to resist the urge to see how many people have joined every two seconds for the rest of the day. So far, 7. It's been 10 minutes since I set it up.

During three minutes when no one joins, I'll be sure to consider throwing in the towel all together and moving into basket weaving, and during the three minutes when a little batch of people join, I'll imagine a fabulous book deal just around the corner. Craziness, right?

Instead, I will go far away from the computer as soon as I am done posting this and will try not to check back in till dinnertime. That's what the $70 in pink yarn is for.

And the drink. Very appropriately named.

Why Not?
1 oz gin
1 oz apricot brandy
half oz dry vermouth
squeeze of lemon
shake in a jigger with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


Chris said...

I LOVE the pink. Also not something I would usually buy, but you can't go wrong with a nice Bliss yarn. She does colors like Martha Stewart, no? Going right this minute to join your party!

Hilary said...

Well, you can add one more to your Ravelry group! (And actually, when I joined, there were 18 members. And I say 18 members within minutes of existing as a group is pretty darn good.) I also think that pink is gorgeous. It's not *too* pink, you know? I think the cardi will be gorgeous in it.

Patty said...

Oh, I'd definitely buy the book.:-)

Holli said...

Hell Yeah! I just joined your group on Rav -- fantastic!!

janna said...

Pale pink is definitely within my comfort zone - I can't wait to see it all knit up!

And I'm off to join your Rav group...

Lisa said...

You can never go wrong with Debbie Bliss yarn and I've never seen a pink that I didn't like. I realize I'm probably in the minority. I'm not a drinking woman, but do love pretty drinks in pretty glasses.

grannyannie said...

How does one join your fan club? I wanna be the first from the great State of Maine!!!

Norma said...

I echo Holli to say, Hell yeah! I joined this morning, proud to say. My Golden Vintage is maybe my favorite knit of all time.

Kathleen said...

The pink is lovely. Think of it more as the inside of a seashell rather than "pink". How was the cocktail? I'm off to pour myself a V&T (I'm lazy like that). Your group has 96 members!

Batty said...

That's a pretty pink, not an obnoxious pink. And... I looove Wild & Woolly. Such a fun place. Yaaaarn.

Can you tell I've been on a yarn diet?

Laurie said...

Book deal. I would not be surprised. :)