June 28th, 2016
Ravelers have finished over 1,000 weaving projects over the last two months! For today’s Eye Candy post I wanted to highlight some of the many that stood out to me.
Thank you to everyone who shares their weaving projects on Ravelry! If you’d like to see more projects that have been finished so far in 2016, check out this advanced search. Want to chat with other weavers? We have 148 weaving groups here on Ravelry – take a peek and see if any of them would be a great fit for you!
June 22nd, 2016
When we set out to create Ravelry in 2007, we felt that all of the project information and photos that was being shared on blogs (and in other places) desperately needed to be connected together so that it could be discovered. Almost 10 years later, the way that we spend time on the internet has changed a lot but that connection is still what we are all about.
We only exist because you take the time to add your projects and post notes and photos that help and inspire others. In the last month, 300,000 projects were updated and 440,000 project photos were added. Thank you all for sharing what you’ve made and what you’ve learned! Here are a few of the many helpful projects that were finished last month.
June 16th, 2016
The Yarn Ideas tab on Ravelry pattern pages is a great place to view the yarns that other Ravelers have used for their projects. Recently, we added some improvements to provide yardage/meterage information and make this tab even more useful.
First, when you’re on the Yarn Ideas tab, you’ll notice at the top right that we now show the yards – or meters, if you have set that as your preference in your Ravelry profile – required for the pattern, as listed on the pattern page.
By default we show all the yarns that Ravelers have used, but if you track your yarns in your Ravelry stash, we’ll tell you how many of those stashed yarns were used for projects, and you can click on the show stashed yarns link to view just those projects.
Here, we now display the yards/meters of the yarns you have in your stash. If you have enough yarn for the listed yarn requirements of the pattern, we’ll show you the yards/meters number in a font color that matches the rest of the text. If you don’t have enough yarn, we still display the yarn and the yardage/meterage you have in your stash, but in a lighter font (as you can see in the screenshot above).
These screenshots were all taken on the Yarn Ideas tab for Hitchhiker – click away if you’d like to check these out for yourself, and see the stashed yarns link with yarns you’ve listed in your Ravelry stash!
June 8th, 2016
Lately I am obsessed with linen. After years of seeing my coworkers make beautiful eye candy posts about linen and summer tops, I finally made myself one this year and now I know what all the fuss was about. Linen garments are wonderfully suited to my climate so I already have my second on the needles. Today I wanted to share recently finished projects from other Ravelers who have seen the light of linen.
The sturdiness of linen makes it an excellent choice for homeware projects like justanotherbrick’s Woven Table Runner, SabinePe’s Citrus Coaster, and PetraMar’s Linen Placements (done in linen stitch!).
If you want to search for projects made in your favorite fiber, check out the fiber type filter in the advanced search. Here’s a link to a search for linen projects.
June 2nd, 2016
The project section of your notebook is the place to share with Ravelry the things you make. Today I want to talk about how to use the information there to learn a bit about yourself as a fiber artist.
At the top of the page there are a number of ways to filter your projects, and on the right is a link to the advanced search. By clicking that you’re taken to a project search pre-loaded with all of the projects you’ve entered into Ravelry. This is where the fun begins! Here’s a listing of all the search filters available to you, so this is all of the data we can play with.
Here are just a few neat things I learned from my advanced search results:
- I really do love colorwork – about a third of my projects use more than one color.
- I have way more knitting mojo this year than last year – not even halfway through the year I have an identical number of FOs!
- I haven’t been knitting my handspun much lately. I can see this by looking at the finished in dates after I add the handspun feature.
I can look at how much I knit yarn from my favorite companies by entering just the company title into the yarn name field, or whether I use my knitting magazines for reading or for patterns by entering a publication name in the source field. I can quickly check which projects I shared with a group, or whether the needle sizes in a circular set match the needle sizes I like to use.
Here is a link to the advanced search of my projects with no filters applied. Enjoy playing around with my data or your own, to get an analytical view of our beloved FOs.
May 25th, 2016
I love bright colors! I’m seeing more and more neon colors out there as we head into summer which inspired me to see what Ravelers are making with neons.
I also enjoyed seeing neons used in a variety of different kinds of projects: lizette74’s Neon Smitten (a Holiday Garland), hgalluzzi’s Rainbow Blanket, LauraPNW’s Pearldancer and roodkapje’s Voodoo-Pupperl “Heidi”.
I hope these projects brightened your day!
May 19th, 2016
Good news for those of you who use Ravelry on breaks at work, classroom settings, the library, yarn stores, or who just prefer to not see pictures of more cheeky “mature content” patterns and projects: there is a new Ravelry setting in your profile that will allow you to hide these photos.
To opt in to this feature, just go to your Ravelry profile page and click on the “edit your profile” link underneath your username. You’ll see a content filtering section, and there you can check the box that says hide photos that may not be appropriate for all ages. After that, scroll down to click the save changes button.
Here’s an example of what you’ll see now when browsing Ravelry patterns and projects – anything that has been marked as mature content will have their photos greyed out in the search results:
If you click on one of the pattern pages, the photos there will be greyed out as well:
If you decide you would like to see the picture after all, just click on one of the grey photo boxes on the pattern’s page and the normal “enlarge photo” box will appear, but with the actual pattern photo this time.
The filter works similarly on projects that have their photos marked as “mature content.” You’ll see the grey boxes in project searches, project pages in notebooks, and on the main project page, but you can click on the project photos or the photos tab from the project’s page to see the actual pictures.
This setting will also grey out the pattern and project photos in places like the Hot Right Now box, the recently added patterns pages, and recently finished project pages. It does not affect projects shared with groups or project pictures shared in the forums, and as you can see by
If you’ve updated your mature settings and you’d like to test them out, I’ve marked a few of my project photos as mature. You can see them and click away to test things through this search link!
Don’t worry – if you click to see past the grey boxes you’ll just see pictures of my nephew and my dog. I’ll keep those projects marked as mature through the end of this month (May 2016) to give interested testers time to get set up and try out this new setting!
How do I mark my patterns and projects as mature content?
Great question! For patterns, you’ll find mature as an attribute tag. Choose that and you’ll be all set! For projects, just go to your photos tab of the project and you’ll see a drop-down at the top right that allows you to select “appropriate for all ages” or “mature content.”
I’m searching and I’d like to exclude these results entirely – how do I do that?
Super easy! We’ve had the option to exclude mature content from searches for a while. Just click on mature content in the attribute filters, then click the checkbox you’ll see. From there, at the bottom of the attribute filters box, select exclude all of these and all such patterns will be excluded from your search entirely.
We know that many of you have been wishing for such an option for a long time, and we sincerely hope this helps to make you feel more comfortable and confident while browsing Ravelry!
May 17th, 2016
yumiket’s Hokusai swatch #1 great wave
I love to see what people are making in different parts of the world from me. Today I’ll be celebrating the creations of our Japanese Ravelers.
I hope you enjoyed these gorgeous projects!
May 10th, 2016
One of my favorite things about looking at projects is seeing the different ways people choose to wear things and different ways they style their knits based on their own personal style. I tend to lack creativity in this area, so I get a lot of ideas from looking at the Ravelry project pages. Today, inspired by an idea from Raveler carmcclure, I thought I’d feature a few different projects that show off more than one way to wear a shawl.
First of all, kurokids’ pecan parquet shawl, shown worn with the point to the side, to the middle front and to the middle back.
Next up, shannonlee’s Frederica Shawl. I love how she overlaps it in the front in the picture on the left, then the photos on the right show the front and back view of it draped open across her shoulders. She also has a picture on her project page of it wrapped around like a scarf.
I also love rosenator’s Fuzzy Logic. It looks great with the point to the side, open in the middle and tied in the middle. Check out the back view on her project page, as well.
Shawls can be really versatile and worn in a variety of ways, but sometimes it is figuring which way to wear it that can be a little bit challenging. I hope seeing these shawls worn different ways will provide you with some inspiration today!
May 5th, 2016
We have a new version of pattern search that is designed for phones and other small screens. It went live last week and we’d love for you to try it out and let us know what you think!
The mobile pattern search has:
Want to try it out? Just log into Ravelry on your phone and head to the advanced search. Scroll to the very bottom, and click the switch to mobile view button. You can always do the same thing to change it back:
For questions or to share your feedback, you can join us in this For the Love of Ravelry thread! Have fun searching on the go!