Community Eye Candy: Gradients

October 22nd, 2014

Gradients were everywhere at Rhinebeck this weekend! Here are a few recently finished gradient projects from all over. If you like these, you might like to visit the newish (started 5 months ago) Gorgeous Gradients group.

Above, from left to right: chamade’s Ruby Boomerang, Quaere’s Sea Dragon Shawl, and MillieMilliani’s …Little Miss Sunshine… test.

Above: Melaroniandpeas’ My peacock is a cherry bomb, greenfiber’s Mia’s Dress, and Linda315’s Gradient Starshower

Above: Mom2Schnauzers’s Rhinebeck 14 (you may have spotted her at the meetup!), kukorka’s Wurm by Katharina Nopp and KatColorado2’s Pulswärmer / Wrist Warmers.

October means Sweater Weather (the most wonderful time of the year!) for many Ravelers. So far this month our users have finished over 3200 sweaters! Here are a few gorgeous October Sweater FOs (finished objects) that caught my eye:

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I just adore the vintage flair in these projects: justcallmeruby’s Nancy, aisteb1973’s Dusty Rose, and ommel’s Chevron Sweater. Beautiful and so chic!

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From left to right above, dandiliongrl’s Portage, Kuacja’s Astrid, and chomolhari’s Soyokaze are all stylish and cozy wardrobe additions.

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Finally, we have molliebatmit’s Power, mellie0031’s Class of 99, Please Don’t Pull Our Plugs Too Early, and colombe2332’s Antler. There’s nothing like finishing a beautiful, well-fitting sweater – and you can tell from the smiles of these Ravelers that they are really feeling the love.

If you are working on a sweater right now I wish you a perfect fit!

I’ve been thinking lately about our favorite patterns, the ones we go back to over and over again.  So today’s eye candy features Ravelers who have made the same pattern more than once.

First up, seastar1 has made Cladonia twice – once in her handspun and once with stripes.

Next up, we see someone who has perfected her go-to baby knit!  Here are just a sampling of the projects morganmagic has made from Milo.  There’s one with a matching hat, a gorgeous tree pattern, a feminine lacing detail, and green and yellow stripes.

I love that ChaoticK really played with different colors with her Fox Paws.  The tall scarf, the cowl, the scarf in progress – they’re all really fun combos.

And finally, bellanordica could wear a different Flare every weekday.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – she’d be impressing everyone she passed with her gorgeous work.

When I went searching for projects for this post I was blown away to find that of the projects completed in October, over 2,000 of them were repeat patterns!  It’s so fun to see the different ways we tackle the same project over time.

Thursday Tip: Adding a Project

October 2nd, 2014

project section

Today’s tip is going to go over adding a project to your Ravelry notebook. This is the second of four posts in an Intro to Project Pages series; you can also check out the first post in the series if you’d like to see a Project Page Overview.

Let’s get started with adding a project!

Start a project!

You can start adding a project to your Notebook in several ways:

1) go to your Notebook section (you can get there by clicking the “my notebook” tab at the top of the page) and click on the “add project” button:

add project

2) from the pattern page, click the cast on or hook it options you’ll see in the upper right:

cast on or hook it

3) if you’ve queued the project, you can go to your queue and click the start project link under the pattern thumbnail:

queued start project

Fill in the basic information!

Then you can enter the basic details about your project. If you started this project from your queue or the pattern page, you’ll need to click on the yellow pencil to edit these details, and some things (like the pattern name and source, and even yarn and notes if you filled that in on your queued item) will be completed for you already! If you are starting a project from the “add projects” button in your Notebook, you’ll see the following screen.

project adding screen 1

  • Name your project: the project name can be whatever you like! Use the pattern name, or call it something else silly or sweet. This is the name that will show above your project on your main project page (like in the very first screenshot above).
  • Which craft? this dropdown will let you select the craft you used. On Ravelry you can add knitting, crochet, loom knitting, machine knitting, weaving, and spinning projects.
  • Where can people find the pattern that you used for this project? Here, you can select your pattern source from the following options – this will help us search the database for you so that your project can be properly linked to the pattern, if you used one:
    * Book or magazine
    * Website or download
    * Handout, pamphlet or sheet
    * Based on a stitch from a dictionary, etc
    * Not available – this is a heavily modified version of a design
    * Not available – I improvised this design
  • Name of pattern: if your pattern was published and has a name, enter it here. (You’ll only see this field if you selected one of the first three options for pattern sources above.)
  • Pattern source: If you selected “book or magazine,” “website or download,” or “handout, pamphlet or sheet,” you can enter the name of the source here.

After filling that out, you’ll get the chance to confirm the pattern on the next screen (again, if you start a pattern from your queue or the pattern page you can skip this step):

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Add details!

Now you can fill in more detailed information about your project! Here is what you’ll see along the middle of your project page – here are the items we haven’t gone over already:

  • Made for: was this a gift? Did you make it for yourself? Enter that here!
  • Link to Raveler: fill in a Ravelry username in the “link to Raveler” field if you made it for someone on Ravelry! We even have a Thursday Tips post specifically about that feature.
  • Size made: here you can enter the size or measurements of your project. Filling in the size you make can be really helpful for Ravelers browsing projects made from a specific pattern. For me this info is also useful for projects like hat and sock gifts where I’m not using a pattern – I just put in the circumference or head/foot measurement and I have that info handy if I make a gift for the same person in the future!
  • Additional patterns: this allows you to link to additional patterns if you’ve used some of their elements in your project. We have a previous Thursday Tips post all about this feature, too!

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Next up we have:

  • Tags: use tags to help you label, filter, and organize your projects.
  • Needles or Hook: here you can select the needle or hook size you’re using. As you may have figured from my Project Page Overview post, I definitely recommend filling in at least this info on your project pages! (Unless you are more organized and finish projects faster than I do… which is pretty likely.)
  • Yarns: You can select the yarn you are using either from the Ravelry database (by clicking the add yarns link) or right from your Ravelry stash (with the use stash yarns link). These options are both pictured below – add yarns on the left, and use stash yarns on the right.

Start/Complete Dates, Happiness, Sharing

On the top right of your project page, you can note when you started the project with the start date, how far along you are with the progress bars, and how happy you are with your project with the little happy faces. Just underneath these options you can choose to share your projects with any of your Ravelry groups!

Next Steps (Coming Soon): Photos and Notes

Once you’ve filled in the basic info, you may want to add photos to your project page and start keeping notes in the notes field. I’m going to cover adding photos in my next Intro to Projects post, and then finish up the series with some ideas for keeping notes on your projects that are helpful to you and to other Ravelers.

Keep in mind that all of this information is completely optional – you are the boss of your project pages and whatever record you want to keep is A-OK! We hope that recording and sharing your project is useful for you, and that your project notebook is a fun place for you to look back and remember the wonderful things you have made.

As October begins, my thoughts go to pumpkins, the changing leaves and trick or treating. When thinking of eye candy to show you today, I kept being drawn back to orange projects that remind me of October.

First, there are some eye-catching ones (clockwise from top left): XannA71’s Orange Night, toyvolvo’s Aran Socks & sherryn76’s Moondance Socks.


Then, there are some whimsical ones: spoxie’s Octopus Sweater, kulabra’s Лисички and annoyedheathen’s Cunning Hats for the Morris Family


And, I can’t write a post about October and orange without including some pumpkins: LorrieP’s Patch, WhiteMountainMama’s Trick-Or-Treat Pumpkin and Alicia1018’s Pumpkin the Dragon (okay, okay, so he’s not really a pumpkin, but his name is pumpkin and he was too cute to leave out)

Here’s to an October filled with fun & orange!

It’s a lot of work to find the perfect pattern for your project and when you do you’ll never want to lose it. That’s why when you purchase a pattern on Ravelry, you have access to it forever. So, just how do you get back to that pattern you bought last month or last year? Read on to find out 5 different ways.

Your Email Receipt

When you purchase a pattern on Ravelry, after your Paypal payment clears you’ll be emailed a receipt with a link to download the pattern.  These emails come from downloads@ravelry.com and the title is the name of the designer and your PDF downloads if you need a hint on how to search for them in your inbox.

Your Library

Your library can be found in your notebook and is a repository of all the patterns you’ve purchased on Ravelry, as well as books, magazines, etc that you have marked that you own.  All the patterns you purchase are stored there.

Get to your library by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the screen and then clicking the library icon.  Once in your library you can search and sort your library to find the pattern – click on it and start your download.

Your Purchases

There’s another notebook section that houses the Ravelry purchases you make – your purchases.  One caveat is that only purchases you make while logged into Ravelry will show up in your purchases.  If you happen to buy a pattern while not logged in you still have your email receipt and can add it to your notebook, but it won’t show under your purchases.

The purchases section can be found in the side navigation of the notebook.  Scroll down to the pattern you want to download and click on the name to be taken to a receipt where you can access the PDF.

The Pattern Page

If you find yourself back on the pattern page of a pattern you’ve purchased, that’s a great way to access the PDF as well.  Click the in my library icon on the right and then click in  library on the resulting pop-up and you’re in business.

Your Project Page

If you’ve made a project with your pattern and made a project page in Ravelry, that’s another easy way to get back to your PDF.  Just under the pattern name is a link in my library and clicking it brings up a pop-up where you can download the pattern.

 

So there you have it, 5 easy ways to get back to your PDF pattern after your initial purchase.  Have fun checking out your previous buys and approaching them anew or again.

One of my favorite things about browsing the handspun projects on Ravelry is seeing the progression from fiber to yarn to project and admiring the choices that the crafter made every step of the way. Here are a few of the many gorgeous projects Ravelers have made this year – starting with the fiber!

fiber progression 1

krbooks24 took her pile of bright, squishy polwarth, spun up some worsted-weight Radical Librarian yarn, and then made herself a gorgeous and cozy Ease.

fiber progression 2

Riverwaters turned her Bon Voyage fiber into beautiful fingering weight yarn, and then wove A Fantastic Voyage.

fiber progression 3

OctopusKnits preserved the beautiful gradient in her BFL/Tussah Silk Top by spinning it end to end into a two-ply yarn. Her Sunrise Scarf shows off the color progression just beautifully!

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Our final Eye Candy Project today is another gorgeous gradient, this time from KerstinE71: from the Runde Am See fiber to the handspun to the finished Blubb, Blubb, Blubb, every step is just lovely.

To see more projects that Ravelers have made from handspun this year, check out this Advanced Search for pages and pages of eye candy!

Thursday Tip: The Forum Radar

September 18th, 2014

Ravelry has a huge number of groups on many different topics. One fun way to see pieces of all of the different discussions going on in Ravelry is the Forum Radar. You can find it by clicking the Forums tab and then choosing the “radar” tab there. It may take a minute for something to pop up, but you will see a constantly changing feed of all of the different posts happening on Ravelry at this time.

forums radar

If you see something interesting, you can click the name of the group or forum listed there to go check out the group or forum threads. You can also go straight to that post by clicking where it says “post #” or click the little arrow in the bottom right of the speech bubble. If it’s moving too fast for you to keep up, you can pause it using the button at the top left.

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Then, hit play so it will go again when you want to see something new.

There are a couple of things you should know about the forum radar. If it says “SPOILER” in the subject of the thread, then the contents of the post won’t show in the radar. This is particularly handy if you are trying to avoid seeing a mystery knit or crochet along, but there is a thread where people are posting pictures of their projects. Also, if a group doesn’t want to be shown in the forum radar, their admin can click the box next to “hide posts from radar” in their group settings, and their posts will no longer show there.

So, the next time you need something to “watch” while knitting or crocheting, you might check out the forums radar. You never know what kind of fun group or projects you’ll stumble across that way!

I’m sure I’m not the only one gearing up for some fall knitting and in my neck of that woods that means squishy, delicious garter stitch.  Today I want to show you some of the amazing garter projects that have been completed recently.

First, check out what you can do with garter stitch and a beautiful semisolid yarn.  Nordicneedles’ Lake Superior Inner Peace, Windansea’s Pale Blue Garter Ear Flap Hat, and mpgsmom’s My Marin.

Oh, turns out garter looks just as amazing in colorful projects. knittintin’s Spimppeli!, aKnitOnTheSide’s ZigZags for me, and Deloi’s pendulum.

So, it also appears to be gorgeous with other stitch patterns, too. juliebie’s Rivulet, hadams’ His and Her Garter Ridge Baby Earflap Hat, and BetsyJo’s Pinecone & Mulberry (and her model is wearing an awesome garter-y sweater, too!).

Happy fall knitting to all of you!  I hope you’re enjoying a change in the seasons and your knitting, too :)

 

projects

As I type this post, we have 11,216,300 projects in our users’ notebooks. Last month, August 2014, 161,000 projects were added to Ravelry – an average of about 5,200 projects a day. This year, on January 1, was our busiest project-adding day, with 10,984 projects added to notebooks! (You all were busy during the holidays!) These numbers are pretty huge – but we also know that out of the users who were active in the past month, about 60% have no projects in their notebooks. It is perfectly fine to use Ravelry without ever adding a project to your notebook (there are no wrong ways to use Ravelry!), but we thought it would be handy to do a little Thursday Tips series on Ravelry projects, just in case some of you wanted to start adding projects but were intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea.

This post is an overview of Project Pages: what are they, where can you find them, and what information do they include? Let’s get started!

What is a project page?

oharethey curtain call project page

A project page, like this one for oharethey Christina’s lovely Curtain Call Cowl, is like a scrapbook or record of a project you have made. Project pages are found in the projects section of your Ravelry notebook, and all projects on Ravelry are visible to any other Ravelry user. (You can also choose to make your projects public or share them with non-Ravelers – check out our previous Thursday Tips post about that feature!)

Project pages have different sections where you can record pattern and yarn information, rate patterns or yarns used, add photos, and keep notes. You certainly don’t have to fill in all the information for every project – only what you want to remember. I’ll be going over adding a project (and filling in all this information) in a future post, but for now, let’s take a look at this knitting project page and break it down!

Project info

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The top section of your project page contains the basic info:

  • Name: the name you give your project.
  • Pattern: this is the pattern used for the project. Clicking on the pattern name here will lead you to that pattern’s Ravelry page. Linking your project to a pattern on your projects page (by typing in the pattern name when you enter your project) will also cause your project to appear on the projects tab for the pattern!
  • Craft: on Ravelry, you can create project pages for any of your knitting, crocheting, loom knitting, machine knitting, weaving, or spinning projects. Each craft has fields that are specific to that crafts’ needs (for example, crochet projects will mention hooks instead of needles); you can check out project pages for loom knitting, machine knitting, weaving, and spinning projects, to see how their projects pages differ!
  • Made for: you can write out who the project was made for – even if it was yourself! If the project was made for a Raveler you can link the project to them by entering their Ravelry username.
  • Size: note the size you made here.
  • Tags: here you can use tags to describe or organize your projects. Clicking on a tag will lead you to an advanced search of all of your other projects with the same tag. Clicking on the “cowl” tag for Christina’s project shows me that she likes to make pretty cowls!

Needle and yarn

needle and yarn

  • Needle (or hook, for crochet projects): this field is where you keep track of the needle and hook size you use. A personal note: every time I think I’m going to finish a project quickly and don’t fill this in, it ends up hibernating for months, I grab the needle or hook out of it thinking I’ll put it right back (but I don’t), and the next time I go to work on the project I have no idea what size I used so I go to check that info on Ravelry where I discover I didn’t fill it in… cue, sadness and woe. I love this field SO MUCH, when I use it.
  • Yarn: Link to the yarn you used here. Just like when you link to patterns, clicking on the linked yarn’s name will lead you to that yarn’s Ravelry page, and your project will be included on the projects tab with other projects that have used that yarn.
  • Stash: if you used a yarn that was in your stash, your stash entry will be linked here.
  • How much? keep track of the yards/meters you used in this field.
  • Colorway: enter the colorway of the yarn here. Clicking on that colorway name will lead you to a search for other skeins in that colorway that have been stashed on Ravelry.
  • Color family: This is a more general field for the color family of your yarn.
  • Purchased at: Here, you can record where you bought the yarn…
  • Purchase date: …and when you bought it!

Notes

project notes

In the project notes field, you can add as much or little information as you want. This is a great place to share general impressions or super-detailed information. I’ll have a lot to share about the Notes field in another post in this introduction to projects series!

Photos

project photos

On the left of the page you can see any photos you’ve added to this project! I’ll do a detailed post about adding project photos as part of this intro to projects series. Photos can be so helpful to other Ravelers looking for information about projects. Even if you don’t think your photos are professional-quality, you just might have captured a detail or angle that really helps someone else!

Tabs, Status Box, and More Projects

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At the top of the right side of the project page you’ll see tabs for photos (on your own project pages only), blog posts (here, you can link blog posts on your blog – if you have one – to this project), and the comments tab, where you can see comments and the “fan club” (people who have added this project to their favorites).

Below the tabs we have the “add to favorites” button, and underneath that is the status section. Here you can mark your project as a Work In Progress (WIP), hibernating, finished, or frogged. You can rate your happiness with the project – the big smile here means Christina was really happy! (The unhappiest rating you can choose will mark your project with an “ugh” status… don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there. And we think you did a great job.) You can also record the start and end dates. While a project is in progress you can track how far along you are with a progress bar here:

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About this Pattern and Yarn

about this pattern and yarn

Below the status section on the right are the about this pattern and about this yarn sections. These appear if you’ve linked your project to patterns or yarns on Ravelry, and give you some basic information about the pattern in yarn. In these boxes, you can also rate the pattern and yarn! There are two ratings for patterns: the stars which are for pattern quality, and the difficulty rating which is where you can rate the ease of the pattern. Yarns have a star rating only, for you to share your thoughts about the yarn quality.

If a yarn has a Ravelry advertiser, you’ll see them appear as a buying option for the yarn underneath the about this yarn box. We have separate ad spots for online and LYS advertisers, so sometimes you might also see that a yarn is available locally in this section, too!

The final details at the bottom are some fun facts – when the pattern was originally queued, when the project was created, and the last time it was updated.

Yay Project Pages!

As you can see, project pages can contain a lot of great information about your wonderful crafty endeavors. You will never be required to add projects to Ravelry – but it sure can be fun to record and show off your hard work by doing so!

I’ll be doing more introductory project page posts for my next three Thursday Tips, so if you’ve ever wondered how to add a project to your notebook, add photos to your project pages, or what kind of notes to enter in your project notes field, stay tuned!