October 25th, 2016
Ever so often, we get on a knitting roll with a pattern, and just can’t stop knitting it. I like to call this “potato chip crafting” from the chip slogan “can’t eat just one.” There is something really nice about making a pattern you’ve made before, and I have several friends doing just that right now. This made me want to check out projects made by Ravelers from patterns they’ve used more than once. Here are a few that I found.
I hope you’ll go check out these users’ projects as the ones you see here are just a few of the versions they made of each of these patterns. It’s fun to see how the choices of yarn and color impact a finished product, and it’s even more fun to see that within a single users’ projects! Thanks for sharing your “can’t stop, won’t stop” projects with us!
October 18th, 2016
This past weekend, the Ravelry staff joined wool lovers from around the world in Rhinebeck, NY, for the New York Sheep and Wool festival. As always, the festival was packed with people wearing (and snapping pictures of) their beautiful handmade projects – just a few of which we’re highlighting here today.
On the left are Voolenvine in her Exploration Station and Shamekaknits in her Sunset Happily Sweater. On the right, edifyarcane and lemontango, both wearing their Bailey Cardigans! Yarn friends are the best.
Here are molliebatmit in her Safer in Cages, BronxKnit wearing a Caldwell Redux vest knit by fcbseal, and amberfscott in her Bikini Optional. You can tell they all feel fantastic in their new garments!
Finally, OnEdge28 shows off her October, silkensoytofu is all smiles in her Rhinebeck 2016 Harmonia sweater, and TheNewGirlKnits happily models her Worsted Boxy under a beautiful tree on the fairgrounds! Those smiles are contagious – like the Ravelry project happiness status personified.
We really want to thank everyone who came to the Ravelry meetups on Saturday and Sunday! It is always so much fun to meet and speak with other Ravelers. We’ve all been gathering together on that hill for such a long time now – here’s to many more years! If you came by the meetups and took a group photo, we’ll be posting them in the Rhinebeck group’s Ravelry meetup thread this week!
October 13th, 2016
We find that everyone uses Ravelry a little differently and sometimes we get used to the way we do things, only to discover that there is something we’ve overlooked! Today I wanted to post about the project gauge field which can be helpful for you and for others who like your project.
On the project page, there is a field for you to record your gauge. You can choose to record stitches over one inch, two inches or four inches, and by row or repeat.
If you got are using a pattern and got the exact same gauge as the designer, you can click the “fill in gauge from pattern” link.
This can come in really handy to you if you set down a project for a while and come back to it, you can make sure your gauge has remained the same. Or, if you are using the yarn again, you’ll be able to have an idea of what the fabric looked like for you at that gauge before embarking on another project.
Also, when looking at projects from a pattern you might try, you may want to check out the gauge field to see if they knit the pattern at the gauge called for by the pattern or at a looser or tighter gauge. This can help you when deciding which yarn to choose and what gauge to knit it at.
So, when filling out that project page, don’t forget the gauge field! It may come in handy to you or to others down the road.
October 12th, 2016
This week’s Ravelers created something new by mixing existing patterns with their own imagination.
A-Ko-Cloudartowl’s СОВЫ НЕЖНЫЕ used Owl Pullover and Owl In A Row Scarf.
noozeecow turned Crazed Scandinavian Cowl into some Crazed Scandinavian pants.
PinkLemons’ Blair Road was inspired by Peranakan tiles in Singapore.
October 6th, 2016
Bundles are a great way to gather your favorite things on Ravelry together for whatever reason you like. One very useful way to use bundles, that is fresh on our minds here on staff as we prepare to head to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival next weekend, is using them to make a shopping list!
Since you can bundle up fiber, patterns, and yarns all together, it’s a great way to collect your wishlist in one place. You can also add notes to your bundled items, to make sure you won’t forget the notions, hooks, or needles you’ll need for each project.
If you want, you can even share the bundle and make it public. When you do this, non-Ravelers will be able to see any public pages in the bundle, like pattern and yarn pages, and projects that their makers have set as public. Sharing your bundle is a quick and easy way to turn your shopping list into a wish list for people who want to get you a yarny gift!
September 27th, 2016
In Texas it hardly feels like fall, yet, but it is officially Fall for the Northern Hemisphere. Fall to me means apple cider donuts, getting beloved wool items out from storage and the lovely colors of the season. Today I found some beautiful projects people have been making that reminded me of fall.
I loved the blue incorporated with the more traditional fall oranges, yellows and browns in these shawls. Clockwise from upper left: malecube’s Edlothia, Lady-Macbeth’s Autumn Leaves shawl and ahanson08’s The Elder Tree Shawl
You may not be somewhere that fall is in the air, but I hope you find these projects inspiring no matter where you are!
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.
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.
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!
September 14th, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 is a dog. A very cute dog! He belongs to Jess and Casey, Ravelry’s founders, and he’s our site mascot.
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!