Tip: Quick Photo Adder

September 22nd, 2016

I love sharing photos of my projects on Ravelry, but sometimes it feels arduous to get camera photos onto my computer. During those times when I just want to share a quick snapshot I use the quick photo adder and for today’s tip I’m going to walk you through the process.

You’ll find a link to the quick photo adder in your notebook dropdown menu. You can also visit it at http://www.ravelry.com/photos/quick/upload. The interface is simple – select a photo from your device and select whether you want to add it to a new or existing project or stash entry.

If you visit the quick photo added from a mobile device, we also try to help you make a link right on your home screen. This is a great option so you can jump right back to it anytime without having to remember how to navigate to it.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial of what the process looks like on my iPhone. It will be slightly different for other devices.

 

Click the share button to open the menu of sharing options.

Select the plus sign icon, which means add to home screen.

You can see what the icon looks like and select a title for it for your screen. Once you finish here you’re all set and the shortcut exists on your home screen.

I like to keep all of my photography-related functions in a folder, so I put my shortcut in there. Whenever I have a cute photo I can get right to the uploader and share it all with you.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of the quick photo uploader and how to get it on your homescreen.

Eye Candy: Fiber to Yarn to FO!

September 20th, 2016

I love browsing projects Ravelers have made from their handspun, clicking on the links on the project page to see the handspun project and then from there, clicking to see the fiber that the yarn was spun from. This journey from fiber to FO takes such time and care, and I’m so glad that Ravelers choose to document each step here. Today I wanted to revisit an Eye Candy topic I’ve done before and share the handspun project progression of a few lovely handspun projects that were completed this month.

fiber to fo 1

First: neuehobbytheke’s Tuch mit Zqeifarbpatent, made from her “Eichenwald” Ninchens SAL/KAL 2016 handspun, which was spun up out of “Eichenwald” fiber.

fiber to fo 2

Next up we have PetraMar’s First Handspun Sweater: Amy Polo, knit in her Amazonien Waterlily handspun which was spun from Amazonien Waterlily fiber.

fiber to fo 3

satm90’s Simple Socks were crocheted out of her TDF Special 2016 yarn that she spun out of TDF Special 2016 fiber.

fiber to fo 4

yancka’s G’Day Lill Sister was also made from a Tour de Fleece yarn! She used her #9 – TdF 2016 Extended handspun, which was spun from her Targhee Combed Top.

fiber to fo 5

Finally, kikkou’s Hibiscus Showers was woven from her SCF club November 2015 yarn, which she spun from her SCF club November 2015 fiber.

If you’d like to browse other projects finished this month and made out of handspun yarns, just check out this advanced project search – talk about beautiful eye candy! Thank you to everyone for sharing your wonderful work here on Ravelry!

I love that designers are always rearranging and updating the featured projects on their pattern pages. Every month, pages dating all the way back to 2007 are freshened up with photos of newly completed projects. I thought it would be nice to showcase some of the projects that have been selected by the designers of their respective patterns and featured on those pattern pages.

Above: undone57’s Prism, JimiKnits’ Picacho Peak, and Kaffee-Tante’s Wolfgangsee.

knotsewcute’s Mostly Harmless, Patrick-Zein’s Mittens in Korsnäs style, and FroskeMari’s Loppa.

lv2knit’s OMG (Oh, Mother Goose!), SariMor’s Crofthoose Hat, and
amiijjang’s …a hint of summer.

Designers: you’ve probably already seen and tried this, but if you zoom in on any project photo you will see a link that says “ send photo request: add as a featured photo”. Click this link and we will send a message to the project’s creator. If they accept, the photo will be added and you will receive a confirmation.

Thursday Tip: Get the Lingo!

September 8th, 2016

Ravelry is a vibrant, almost 10-year-old community of almost 6.5 million members. Over the years, some of our features have names that are used only on our site, and many of our users have developed some slang words or nicknames for things here that you will see around the forums. This Ravelry lingo is a fun way to connect with other users and feel like you are in-the-know – but only if you know what things mean! Today I wanted to share a few commonly used Ravelry terms so you’ll know exactly what people mean when you come across them on the forums or elsewhere around our site.

ravatars

Ravatar: This is another name for your profile picture. Since profile pictures are commonly called “avatars,” it was only a matter of time before our members made this word Ravelry-specific! By the way, if you haven’t uploaded a profile picture here to Ravelry and would like to, we’ve got a Tips post that will help you out.

Ravmail: Private messages (you can find these in the messages section of your Ravelry Notebook) are often called Ravmail.

Earburn: If another Raveler uses our magic links with your username in the forums, you get a message with the subject “are your ears burning?” These messages are referred to as “earburns.”

the list

The List: The List is where we track our bug reports and feature requests. You can find it on the upper right of your Forums tab. It’s fun to look through and see what other users have requested – you can even vote for features on The List that you’d like to see, and check a box be notified (via Ravmail!) if they are implemented!

Main Boards/Big 6: The Main Boards on Ravelry are the default forums that all users on the site are subscribed to. They are also sometimes referred to as The Big 6. These boards are: For the Love of Ravelry, Patterns, Techniques, Yarn & Fiber, Needlework News & Events, Tools & Equipment, Yarn & Fiber, and Loose Ends. “But wait,” you might say. “I counted seven boards there… why would they be called the Big 6?” The Main Boards have gone through a few iterations and several of them have had name changes over the years. When we first started, there were 6 boards – nothing for tools and equipment, and a long-retired board called Remnants was sort of a previous version of Loose Ends. Old habits die hard, though, so sometimes you’ll still see these boards referred to as the Big 6.

iso destash

ISO & Destash: ISO means “in search of,” and “destashing” is getting rid of supplies you don’t need. There are several ISO & Destash groups on Ravelry, as well as threads for these specific purposes on several of the Main Boards.

OP: OP is internet lingo for “original poster.” It’s very widely used here on Ravelry – you’ll see it used in forums to refer to the person who started a particular thread.

bob

Bob: Bob is a dog. A very cute dog! He belongs to Jess and Casey, Ravelry’s founders, and he’s our site mascot.

so hot right now

HRN: HRN stands for Hot Right Now, which is a little section on the left side of the main Patterns tab. That section shows designs that Ravelers are looking at today, and it changes frequently. It’s a fun way to check to see what other patterns Ravelers are interested in at the moment!

KAL/CAL: short for Knit-a-Long, Crochet-a-Long, and sometimes Craft-a-Long, these are events, often hosted in Ravelry groups or by designers, in which a group of crafters decide to work on projects together – sometimes all from the same pattern, sometimes all with a similar theme, and sometimes just in a concentrated timeframe. They can be a lot of fun!

There’s a Lingo section of the Ravelry wiki that details some of these terms and abbreviations as well as more general crafty acronymns. One Ravelry-specific term in the wiki that I’d completely forgotten about (but love!) is vibralope – a word that used to be very common on the Ravelry forums, and refers to the little wiggling envelope you get when you have new Ravmail. Vibralope! So cute!

I hope you enjoyed learning some new Ravelry terms or brushing up on your Ravelry lingo! If you ever see a term, abbreviation, or phrase that you aren’t familiar with here, I encourage you to ask what it means – we’re lucky to have such a friendly and welcoming community and other Ravelers will be sure to fill you in!

Community Eye Candy: Kids

September 6th, 2016

One of my favorite people to knit for is my daughter. Kid-sized garments are so much faster than adult ones, and she is very appreciative of each FO – wanting to help me wash them so she can wear them again. For today’s eye candy I wanted to highlight some recently finished projects for kids. As always, we got permission to use all of the photos below where a child’s face is visible.

This trio of projects I found adorable. aidasofie’s Paint splash sweater, jobungalow’s rapunzel, and SevenOfNine’s Child’s Rainbow Socks exhibit the kind of whimsy and dreaminess that is so fun to see in a project for a little one.

Next up, some projects for little kids. Pitikje’s Spokane, Binkyboo’s Machine Knit Onesie, and Vikusik’s Tiarele are all exquisite garments for their tiny owners.

Finally, some projects for big kids. bloshka’s Beleaf Me, Violinka’s Flawless, and averbaver’s Azel Pullover could all fit into a grown-up wardrobe but look great on a bigger kid, too.

I hope you enjoyed these projects. I found them all via the project search – using terms like kid, child, preschooler, etc.

Most of us spend a lot of time looking at the “projects” tab on pattern pages. I call this area the “project gallery” and by default, it displays a set of cards that look like this:

Here are a few ways that you can use this section to find what you are looking for.

See the the same information with larger photos

Click the icon on the right hand side to switch to “tall projects” view. The result will look like this:

See all of the photos for a project without leaving the page

Click the icon on the right hand side to switch to “photos” view. This will show a grid of project photos with minimal information. If you click the photos link, it will load all of the photos from that project into the current page:

Too many projects to look at?

If you aren’t looking for projects made in a specific yarn, here are a few other ways that you can narrow down the list of projects:

  • Under “Filter these projects”, choose “All favorited projects” or “All helpful projects”
  • Under “Filter these projects”, choose “Made by friends” or “Made by group members”
  • The projects on this tab are sorted from newest to oldest. You can try different sorts (like “most favorites first”) if you click through to “advanced search”.


Summarize the yarn weight and yardage that people have used

If you click “advanced search”, the sidebar will provide you with totals:

What does “search inside projects” search for?

You can use the search box to find matching text in the project name, username, project notes, yarn names, colorway names and size made.

You can match an exact phrase (like a yarn name) by putting it in “quotes” and you can exclude projects that match a phrase by using a minus sign before the term like this -“unwanted phrase”.

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Community Eye Candy: Hands On

August 30th, 2016


diannawalla’s inglis mitts and hannalita’s My Autumn Mitts

I can’t really say that it’s starting to cool down here, yet, but I do know cooler temperatures are right around the corner, which has me thinking about fall accessories. There are so many great mittens, gloves and fingerless gloves being finished by Ravelers right now, so I thought I would share a few.


These colorwork mitts really caught my eye, clockwise from top left: JaimeK’s Drinkers Mitts, hurdygurdygirl’s Delta Alpha Whiskey November mitts and knitnetty’s An enchanting mystery/Et eventyrlig mysterium


These crochet handwarmers were all a bit different, but I liked them all, from left to right: Cgbacon’s Twisted Handwarmers, theotherjenny’s Dragon Shells Mitts and MysticSmile’s Sock Monkey Mittens.

Since they are relatively small, hand accessories are a fun way to try a new to you technique or do something you might not have the patience to do in a larger project. You can use this advanced search to check out all of the great patterns available for keeping your hands warm.

Tip: Four Forum Features

August 25th, 2016

Today’s tip is going to be a round up of some features you can find in our forums.

1. Unread Reply Notifications

Our forums are filled with lots of active threads, and to help you keep up with your conversations we include a notice at the top of your forums screen when you have received replies to your posts that you have not yet seen.

This is what the notification looks like. You can then click on the link with your unread reply count to get more information about those replies.

The title of the thread is a link to it, so you can go straight to the replies from there!

2. Hide/Disagree Ravatars

Ravatar is what we call your avatar on Ravelry – the little picture that appears next to your forum posts (among other places on the site). You may find that there are some Ravatars you would prefer not to look at, so you can use the hide or disagree features to do so. You’ll find the feature by entering a thread and clicking the little arrow under the ravatar.

If you select hide avatar we’ll replace it with a picture of yarn.

If you select disagree avatar we’ll replace it with the word disagree. This is great for posters who can make your blood pressure rise – a reminder for yourself to skip over their posts.

3. Customizing Your Voting Buttons

Below the posts on Ravelry are voting buttons – educational, interesting, funny, agree, disagree, and love. We like them, but if you do not want to see them you can change that on the forum settings page. You can uncheck any buttons you prefer not to see and you’re all set – no need to hit save or anything.

 

4. Customizing Your Main Boards

There are six main boards that every Raveler is automatically subscribed to when they join, you may see them referred to around the site as the Big Six – Ends, For the Love of Ravelry, Needlework on the Net, Patterns, Techniques, Tools, and Yarn. If you would prefer not to see these boards on your forum pages you can remove them on the forum settings page. As with the buttons, you can uncheck any boards you do not wish to see and you’re all set.

I hope these tips help you navigate the forums better and customize them in a way that makes them work for you! Thanks to soyloquesoy for suggesting this topic, if you have tip ideas we welcome them in For the Love of Ravelry.

decathlon socks

RiotousAssembly’s Decathlon – 10 socks, each knit in a different color of Wollmeise.

This year, over 5,000 Ravelers participated in the Ravellenic Games, a really fun Ravelry group event in which participants choose challenging projects to complete while they watch the Olympics. The Ravellenic Games finished on Sunday, and I couldn’t wait to share just a few of the thousands of Ravellenics projects in my Eye Candy post this week!

ravellenics group 1

marymealittle’s Stranger Things Cowl is such a fun homage to the show! MyDailyFiber’s Pirate’s Voyage caught my eye because of the striking neutral gradient – then I saw the pretty beads and my face turned into the heart-eyes emoji. 😍 Mekone’s Humming Singles look so soft and delicate and are in my absolute favorite colors.

ravellenics group 2

amylin’s Grey and Red Marius is such a great, classic sweater! zebraeule, a Ravellenics teammate of mine, delighted Team Just Wanna Have Fun with her happy squad of Ravellenicats. naganasu’s RavGames2016 Bruges Lace Pullover is so delicate and pretty.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Ravellenic Games – it was a ton of fun! Special thanks to all the group moderators and volunteer organizers – we know that running a large group event like this on Ravelry is a whole lot of work and we hope that you enjoyed the process as much as all your group members did. Community events like this are part of what helps to make Ravelry so great!

You can view all the 2016 Ravellenics projects in this advanced search. If you’d like to participate in the next round of the Ravellenic Games, just keep your eye on the group and commit to working on something during the Olympics. See you Winter 2018!

Magic linking is an easy way to link to something in Ravelry that you are mentioning. Since the early days of Ravelry, you have been able to use the instructions listed just above the posting box to quickly and easily link to a person, pattern, yarn, etc. Recently, Casey made it even easier to do create a magic link.

If you are mentioning a person, pattern, yarn, group or pattern source, you can make a magic link. To do this, just put the name of the person or thing in brackets (see below). When you do this, suggestions will pop up that match what you are typing in the brackets. You can carefully pick the item you are linking from the suggestion list using the cursor or by scrolling down using your keyboard arrows and hitting enter.

You can also use @ before the name of the person/thing instead. Doing this brings up the suggestions in the same manner as the brackets. This will work best if you are magic linking things that are one word – without the closing bracket the linking menu will stop searching for things once you type a space.

You can use the Preview button in the upper right of the page to see how the links look and to click them to be sure you linked to the person or thing you wanted.

When you magic link a person in the forums, they get a notification in their Ravelry messages that we call an “ear burn” because it says “are your ears burning?” This refers to an expression which says your ears burning is a sign someone is talking about you. You want to choose carefully when magic linking to be sure you aren’t linking the wrong person, resulting in a notification to the wrong person, as well.

When you magic link a pattern or yarn, your post will show up in the forum posts tab on the pattern/yarn page which can be helpful to others who are interested in that pattern or yarn.

We hope this makes it even easier to post in the forums. This feature will also work in other text areas on the site. The discussion about this feature happened in the For the Love of Ravelry forum. We love it when Ravelers share their ideas with us. You can find a list of those ideas on The List and you can comment and vote on current suggestions there. Thanks for helping us make Ravelry better every day!