Today is my 8th wedding anniversary, so I was inspired to look for recent wedding-related projects for this week’s eye candy.

First up, I have some gorgeous wedding gifts – some from the bride and some to the couple. Clockwise from top: SingleCrochetKnit’s His Wedding Socks, Curt’s Polka Dot Towels, and kagh’s silver wedding hankie.

Next are some delightful decorations – a creative way to bring some of yourself into your ceremony. brittney07’s Wedding Doilies and amphi’s ring pillow lace.

Finally, of course I had to feature some projects brides made themselves for their big day. smonja’s Bride’s Shoulder Shrug – Capa de noiva (she made those mitts, too!), the crimsonrabbit’s Love in a Bedale Mist, and lievemarrianne’s My wedding (anniversary) dress.

Congrats to all the couples who had projects from their weddings featured today – I hope their marriages are as beautiful as these crafts.

I don’t know about you but I often need to go back and check out a pattern I have looked at recently. For a while now you have been able to see your recently viewed patterns (the last 100 or so pattern pages that you opened) in the patterns tab under “you’ve looked at…”

You can also click “your history page” there to see a list of patterns you have recently viewed. If you don’t view Ravelry patterns for more than 7 days, then your history is cleared. So, if you don’t see patterns there now, you will see them after you look at pattern pages again.

These features are handy, but this week we’ve made it easier to search in your recently viewed items to find just what you want! You can do this two ways. The first way is by clicking “your history page” then clicking “advanced search” on that page.

Another way to search within your recently viewed patterns is in the pattern advanced search. The option shows under “My notebook” and you can click “recently viewed” to only search within your recently viewed patterns.

This is particularly handy to use when you use Ravelry to look at patterns on multiple devices. If you use Ravelry from a mobile device and are interested in trying out our new mobile search, you can find more information about it in the forums. I hope this tip helps you find those great patterns that you’ve looked at but would like to see again!

Community Eye Candy: Firsts

April 27th, 2016

It’s always fun to see projects that are exciting firsts, where the maker is learning or doing something that they haven’t done before.

knittily’s first mosaic knitting, addiesma’s Dude, it’s my first steek! and crochet-hello’s first crocheted garment.

shinedivine’s first grown up socks, slemmon48’s first weaving project, and Melusinchen’s first colorwork sweater using her own gradient handspun.

thefawnknits’ first brioche, LuSaMama’s first project from her own flock! and sparklink02’s boyfriend’s first knitting project.

[cheers and applause for all!]

Your heart beating fast, your fingers moving faster – we all know the stress of playing yarn chicken, desperately hoping you have enough to finish your project. For today’s tip I wanted to show you a couple ways I used the Ravelry advanced search functions when planning recent projects to improve my chances of having enough yarn. (Not sure how to find advanced search again? Click the magnifying glass at the top of every page, it has links to all the sections of advanced search!)

view needle sizes in other projects

For my Marin shawl, I had swatched with a couple different needle sizes and was unsure which one to go with. I decided to look at versions in the same yarn and see what look I preferred in the FO.

To do this, from my project page I clicked on the link to all projects in that yarn.

Then I clicked the advanced search link in the top left corner. Next, I selected the pattern name filter and filled in the pattern. Here’s a link to my search. From there, I selected the two needle sizes I was considering (4 and 5) and compared the results.

One thing stood out at me – with a size 5 needle many entries with yardage listed needed more than 1 skein, while with a size 4 needle most entries were able to get by with a single skein. Since I only have one skein of that colorway, I cast on with my size 4s and feel pretty good that I’ll win at yarn chicken.

view yardage in other projects

The problem with Cadeautje was entirely my fault. I looked up in advance how much yarn the pattern called for, and picked out exactly the right amount at Rhinebeck. But somehow when I sat down to knit I realized that I wrote down the wrong number along the way and only had 125 yards, instead of the 190 called for in the pattern. Since sometimes patterns overestimate the yardage needed, I decided to look at the range used in knitting my size to see if I had any chance of making it.

This time I followed the projects link in the pattern box on my project page.

Then I clicked to get to the advanced search and entered my size (F, as it is called in the pattern), in the search field at the top of the page. I ended up with this search. Then, I called up the yardage filter and just looked at the data there.

It was possible I had a shot. 45 projects in the 1-150 yards range. I entered a custom range of 1-130, to confirm.

Sad trombone sound, it was unlikely. Okay, so if I didn’t want to lose at yarn chicken, what were my options? I filtered my stash for other yarns at the same weight (check out this tip to learn how) and success! I had some candidates. But how would I distribute the different colors throughout my project? Back to advanced search, I looked for projects with 3 or more colors (normally I’d look for two, but this project involves yarn and thrums so I figured 3 colors probably meant 2 yarns and 1 fiber). Satisfied I had a backup plan if I did run out of yarn, I was able to confidently cast on my project.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about how I use the advanced search to plan my projects. If you have any great tips we’d love to hear them in For the Love of Ravelry!

spring shawls 1

grazzka’s Andrea and Fanalaine’s Tosh Merino and Noro.

Though shawls are popular year-round on Ravelry, it seems that they really shine in the transitional seasons when the weather is often perfect for Ravelers worldwide to get a lot of wear out of these beautiful accessories. So far this April, Ravelers have finished almost 7,000 shawls and wraps – and we’re just over halfway through the month! Today I wanted to feature some of my very favorite shawls that have been finished over the past few weeks.

spring shawls 2

Above, from left to right: ericamay’s red panda, lorix5’s
Icelandic Spring Shawl, and MASHAISL’s Shawl Petals of Rose.

spring shawls final

Here, from left to right, we have SvetlanaTomina’s Drops. Chocolate drops, KimDenise’s completely by accident, and una04’s Linientreu.

Such lovely work! If you’d like to browse through more shawl projects that have been finished this month, check out this advanced search – there are many, many more beautiful shawls and wraps to admire!

I’m feeling a little stir-crazy today and I’d like to escape a bit, preferably to sit on a beach with a good book and cocktail in hand. Since an actual trip to the beach isn’t an option today, I decided to escape by looking at some beautiful projects that were photographed in amazing beach settings.

beach garments

First off, a variety of garments on the beach. Clockwise, from upper left: stoneycreeknitter’s blue bellows, LeasaGraham’s Winter in Mexico cover up, AKnitterInNZ’s Laura’s Paradise and CeceliaNYC’s Birthday cardi.

beach shawls

Next, a few shawls to keep your shoulders warm from the cool evening breeze. Clockwise, from upper left: cushing’s Lahave Island Shawl, babsip’s Ocean Princess, 5SnailsInaRow’s Seaweed Shawl and groovynat’s Cayo-Coco.

Since I wanted to feature both the garments and the beach settings, you don’t get to see the full detail on some of these projects. You can see more images on the project pages using the links below the images. I hope you enjoyed this little trip to the beach with me!

Ravelry groups are such a helpful resource and wonderful place to find information, inspiration, and even friendship!

On our main groups tab, we provide several ways to browse groups by category to find ones you might be interested in. Sarah posted a detailed tip going over these browsing methods if you’d like to see more info here! You can also use the category filters on the left in the Advanced Group Search to find groups.

Today, I wanted to quickly point out some of our most active groups in a few different crafty areas – if you want to find a new group to read or participate in, check these out and see if they are a good fit for you!

Fiber-related

Our most active year-round general fiber-related group is The Yurt:

yurt

From their group description: This is a virtual guild for people who love to make things. We are grounded in textiles and fiber, but embrace creativity of all kinds. If you’re making something – including yourself – you’re welcome here.

Crochet

Crocheters keep busy creating shoulder wrappers and chatting about them in the very active Crochet Shoulder Wrappers group!

crochet group

From their group description: CSW focuses on crochet projects designed to wrap the shoulders… We pride ourselves on a warm, helpful community atmosphere and we would love to have you join in the fun. New members are always welcome!

Knitting

Beginning Lace Knitters is a vibrant and active group for knitters to support each other in learning new lace skills.

knitting group

In their description, they want you to know that you are not alone: Have you ever tried to knit lace and torn your hair out? Ever thrown five rows of ugly mess across the room and sworn never to do it again? Keep wanting to try? Me, too. Let’s all learn together – misery loves company, after all!

Spinning

Spinners encourage each other in Sweets off the Wheel, our most active spinning group on Ravelry.

spinning

They describe themselves as a support group dedicated to encouraging wheel spinning and meeting your monthly goals. Show off your progress! This group is also prone to bunch of smartassery and caffeinated shenanigans with a sprinkle of squirrels thrown in.

Weaving

If you like to weave, check out Warped Weavers, our most active weaving group!

weaving group

They make it clear in their description that all who are interested in weaving are welcome: This is a place to share stories, techniques, questions, and ideas related to the woven object. Garments, rugs, household items, jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings—the sky is the limit. If it is created with a warp and a weft, it applies.

Charity Crafting

If you love crafting for charity, there are many charity crafting groups on Ravelry that will welcome you and your generosity! The most active is Hats and More for War-Torn Syria.

charity crafting

As they state in their description: our goal is to collect knitted, crocheted or store-bought sweaters, vests, socks, mittens, hats and blankets to help the Syrian children.

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There are so many groups on Ravelry that will welcome you with open arms. Some are more technical in nature, some are chattier, and some have nothing to do with crafts at all, but they all make up part of the wonderful community here on Ravelry!

Today I wanted to look at pretty pictures of yarn. I loaded up the stash advanced search and started applying filters looking for inspiration. I found it in the foreign objects attribute – these are all yarns that are handspun with objects incorporated as part of the process. I loved the variety of approaches and found that all of them definitely counted as eye candy.

First up, some art yarns that incorporate a variety of foreign objects. What great textures these all have! doodler01’s #forestfloorsal, nabisknit’s Kraken SAL, and squiished’s Merry Gold ‘Round.

Next, some quiet beauties that prove that simple can be stunning. KristinaS’ Octarine, meliluc’s Smoothie fraise-cassis, and knitMIT’s Nectar Handpaint Superwash.

Finally, some statement pieces – these spinners went big and it paid off! chemlady’s 80s Charm Necklace Redux, spectre120’s RegenboogtruiEenhoornGlitterScheetjes, and CyberJulka’s TDF 2015 in Jenkins Woodworking Lovers Group II.

Here’s a link to the search I used. I hope you can find inspiration perusing the attributes as well!

On April Fools’ Day each year in the past, we have given you a hat.

This year, you can choose your hat! You can also choose from a variety of other flair for your Ravatar. To do this, go to your profile page by clicking your username in the upper right of the page.

Then, click on the “add some flair” button you see under your Ravatar. When you click on that you will see this menu.

You add flair by dragging the little icons onto your picture. If you decide you don’t want something, just drag it back out. Click “I am finished” in the bottom right when you have it just how you want it.

Now your awesome flair-filled Ravatar will show on your profile page and when you post in the forums, but only for today.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Community Eye Candy: Belgium

March 30th, 2016

This week I’d like to show you some projects made by Ravelers in Belgium

Above: Raccroc’s Comme un air de printemps, Febr12’s Flaum, and stitchnerd’s Muted and bright

aline5too’s Men’s Tracks in a field, Riversch’s Shark-a-Jack, and fanalaine’s Scallops Stärke 6

bealana’s Tunika, DominiqueBe’s Neige sur les bruyères (made for a friend), and ChristalLittleK’s Nid pour ratous

Love to everyone in Brussels and all across Belgium!