Thursday Tip: Blog Post Archive

November 21st, 2014

It’s been a little more than a year since we started doing Community Eye Candy posts on Tuesdays, and Thursday Tips on, you know, Thursdays and the response has been incredible!  It’s the feature I hear complimented the most from Ravelers I meet in real life, and we’re all really proud of what a great resource these posts are.

The one complaint I’ve heard is that it’s hard to find the posts to get back to them and it’s true!  So, today’s tip is about our new blog post archive – a single place to see all of these eye candy and tips posts so you can refer back to ones you’ve read, or find new ones you missed the first time around!

To get to the archive, click on the question mark in the top nagivation.  This will take you to our help page, which is filled with resources to assist you with using Ravelry.  Near the top of the page is a search bar – this searches our best help resources, including the blog posts.  Keep scrolling down the page and you’ll find links to the 6 most recent posts, as well as a link that takes you to the whole archive.  The posts all list the title, the day they were published, and an excerpt to make it easy to find your favorites!

Next week is a holiday in the US, so we’ll be celebrating with our families and will take a break from the blog.  Maybe you’ll use that time to peek at the archive and find a post you missed!  And we’ll be back in December with more beautiful crafts and informational tips.

Community Eye Candy: Leftovers

November 18th, 2014

In the US, we are preparing for Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is eating leftover turkey sandwiches & pie for breakfast the next day. In a similar fashion, I hold on to all of my leftover yarns, hoping to make something great with them one day. Here are some projects made from leftovers to inspire you.


First off, a few smaller things. Clockwise from left: TinkerD’s Monsters 2014, Mariaknittedit’s Handspun La Bandita, and yarn cycle’s bug (leftover yarn).


A lot of small things add up to not one but two bigger things in KatColorado2’s Little Sock Ornaments.


Lastly, a few larger projects, from left to right starting at the top: pgreenspan’s Freeform Stashbuster Shawl, Blacky67’s Twin Blanket, and klmag’s Granny’s Old-fashioned Tree Skirt

So, whether you are dealing with leftovers from a family gathering or leftovers from a sweater project, I hope you can make something beautiful out of it!

project notes

When it comes to filling out information in your Ravelry projects, we know that sometimes Ravelers wonder what the notes field can and should be used for, and wanted to share some ideas for keeping project notes that are helpful to you and other Ravelers who might view your projects. Here are some specific types of notes that Ravelers tend to find useful, both for their own records and when researching patterns and yarns:

Pattern modifications: did you add or subtract length, add short-rows or shaping, decide that the shawl should really be beaded, or make any other clever tweaks to the pattern? Did you find a particular method of joining yarn, casting on/binding off, making a center ring, or seaming worked perfectly with the pattern? Share your mods in your notes! No matter how small your change is, you may want to remember it later – and it may be just the thing another Raveler is looking for!

Amount of ease and wearer’s measurements: one of my favorite things about browsing Ravelry projects is seeing beautifully-made garments on Ravelers of many different sizes, builds, and proportions. With sweater projects in particular, I always look for photos of finished projects worn by users who look similarly-proportioned to me. Checking out the size they knit or crocheted and how much ease they gave themselves gives me confidence to choose the right size for myself!

Notes about the pattern and yarn: did the instructions have any particularly clear, clever, or confusing parts? Use your project notes to list these, and any solutions you found for parts that may have confused you. Likewise, it can be a great idea to record your impressions of the yarn while you are working with it – or even to go back and add notes later on how the yarn holds up over time.

Did you find another Raveler’s project notes helpful when you were making your own version? We automatically link notes you have marked helpful (more on that below) but mentioning specific user notes you found instructive can point other Ravelers in the right direction, too.

Blocked vs Unblocked measurements: handy info for you and any others who might use the same yarn.

Mini-blog of your process: these types of records can be fun to keep and look back on. ArtLady’s Mitred Crosses blanket project is a great example of this – detailed dated progress, helpful information, and little status updates all in one (really lovely!) project.

If you are looking through Ravelry projects and find one with notes that are helpful to you, you can mark the notes as helpful by clicking the little yes button at the bottom of the notes here:

helpful yes

From there, you can highlight the helpful parts (more about that feature in this Tips post from last year). Later, you can find projects you’ve marked helpful when looking at projects for that pattern (Tips post about that here!). If you begin a project with that pattern, we’ll give you a handy link to that project in your “related bookmarks” section, with a little lifesaver symbol:

related bookmarks

This is the final post in my series about Ravelry projects! I hope it gave you some ideas for helpful things to add to the notes field. You can check out the previous posts in this series for detailed information about your Project Page Overview, Adding a Project, and Adding Project Photos.

If you have a Ravelry group with pages or posts that are list of links to patterns, yarns, projects (and more) you can now make those lists browseable and searchable by turning them into a bundle.

To see what I mean, click the image below to look at Sock Knitters Anonymous’ bundle of 120+ self striping socks.

Here’s how: First, go to the bundles tab in your group and create a new bundle. Next, click “add to this bundle” and you’ll see an option to add from a group page or a list of links.

If you’ve used the Ravelry forums before, you’ve probably noticed the little icons that pop up after you type certain words, we like to call them Rav-moji.  Today’s eye candy was suggsted by the Raveler dustyboyer – items that echo those icons!  And to make it seasonal, I focused on our recent Halloween Rav-moji.

First up, we have some skulls and some candy corn.  Clockwise from top left we have: RaeADay’s Fall hats and scarves, inagaddadonita’s Candy Corn Socks,  Wollsause’s Skull Shawl, and SoulEcho’s Sugar Skull Bag #2.

Next up, we have the haunted houses.  In the top row we have peacockmom’s Haunted House cloth and sweepsheep’s zu Hause im Glück ToLa.  They both used the same pattern, but one with intarsia and one with doubleknitting.  Both are spooky!  And on the bottom there is bronnyaur’s Haunted House, which is an incredible collection of pieces!

And finally, Frankenstein’s monster.  jandcmitch13’s Frankenstein Hat and Diaper Cover is adorable.  As is Pobby’s Halloween Frankenstein Hat.  And knitsublime’s Frankenstein is part of a sweet Halloween tableau.

I hope everyone who celebrated had a great Halloween, and that all Ravelers enjoy our seasonal Rav-moji!

project photos

Adding photos to your Ravelry project pages can help you keep a beautiful visual record of your crafts, as well as help Ravelry as a whole by providing helpful pictures for patterns and yarns. Browsing Ravelry projects is a guaranteed way to find yarny inspiration, thanks to the wonderful photos contributed by this community!

Today, I’m going to show you how to add photos to your project from the photos tab on your project’s Ravelry page on your computer or mobile device. (We’ll cover uploading from the Ravelry Mobile Site in a future tip someday!) Let’s get started!

On your Ravelry project pages, the photos tab in the upper right gives you four options for uploading your photos: flickr, photobucket, slurp from web, and upload from computer (or Android/iPad/iphone/Windows phone if you are on a mobile device), all of which are free on all your project and stash pages.

upload from your computer (or Android/iPad/iPhone)

Our default photo adding option is easy and fast – it even allows you to upload multiple images at a time, right from your computer, Android, iPad, or iPhone!

upload from computer

Select the “upload from…” tab on the photos tab of your project. (I’m uploading from a computer here, but if you’re on an Android, iPad, or iPhone, you’ll see that device name shown.) Click on the “choose files” button and then browse to find your photos. You can select multiple images to upload all at once.

reorder photos

After selecting your photos, click on “upload” and you’ll see a progress bar that tells you how far along you are in the upload process. Once the photos are uploaded to Ravelry, we resize them for you and add them to your project. You can reorder your photos on your project if you want, and adjust the thumbnails.

flickr

flickr upload

If you like to use flickr, this is a great and simple option for you! On the flickr tab at the bottom of your photos tab, link your flickr account (we’ll remember you if you’re already linked). You can search for all public photos in your stream, specific sets, or tags. Once you see the photos you’d like to use, just drag them up into the light grey photo space, adjust the thumbnails with the green arrows, and drag to rearrange in the order you’d like.

flickr on project page

On your project page, we’ll show your username and a link to the photo on flickr underneath each picture.

photobucket

Photobucket works much the same as flickr. On the photobucket tab at the bottom of your project’s photos tab, enter your photobucket username. (As with flickr, we’ll remember you for future photo uploads.) Select the album from which you’d like to upload photos (they must be public) and click the search photos button. Once your photos are displayed you can click on them and we’ll upload and resize; from there you can adjust the thumbnails and drag to rearrange.

slurp from web

slurp from web

This option will allow you to import photos from other websites (as with all the other options, this is, of course, to be used only for photos to which you have the rights). We do links to more detailed help guides about this option right on the “slurp from web” tab so you can see exactly how to get the URL from specific websites.

slurp from web

Here, I want to use a photo on my blog. Right-click/command-click on the image and choose “copy image url” or “copy image location.” Back on your Ravelry projects’ photos tab, paste the link to the image in the slurp from web box and click “slurp it!” We’ll upload and resize the image and you’ll then be able to drag it into the right order and adjust the thumbnail.

Have fun adding photos!

This is the third post in our Intro to Project Pages series! If you’d like a refresher, you can check out the previous Tips in this series: Project Page Overview and Adding a Project.

One of my favorite things about Rhinebeck is getting to see all of the beautiful things people have created to wear at the festival. Since I know not everyone can make it out to Rhinebeck, or other similar events, I thought that I would share some of the beautiful creations.

Lots of people take advantage of the beautiful scenery to take some great pictures of their finished objects. We took some of Christina’s new sweater one morning, and noticed others doing the same throughout the day. The leaves make an excellent backdrop.


Clockwise from top left: MinervaTurkey’s Rhinebeck Sweater 2014, tiamatgreen’s Julissa, mandaw’s Beekman, bijouxmaster’s Boxy and Vintage-Rose’s Rhinebeck 2014 Sweater.

The other great thing about Rhinebeck is meeting up with friends, some of whom only see each other in person once a year or have not yet met in person! Here are some great pictures I found in Ravelry projects of people together. You can’t fully see these projects in some of these pictures, so make sure you click through the links under the pictures to see the finished objects for extra inspiration!


Top row (left to right): sarahbee’s Rhinebeck Cardigan and Veriton’s The way to Rhinebeck hat
Middle row: costumechick’s Mom’s rhinebeck hat
Bottom row (left to right): SariMor’s Solstice and MADuNaier’s Entwife Harvest Cloak

And, I ran across this just before finishing the post and had to share it, as well.

Found on notsocrafty’s All Paige’s Fault project page, but if you look in the projects for the pattern, you can find the project notes and more pictures for a few of those seen here. They are amazing!

If you attended NYS&W this year and came by one of our meetups – thank you so much! See if you can find yourself in the group pictures below:

rhinebeck saturday

Saturday we had a huge crowd – next year we’ll have to stand on a bench to get the group all the way back!

Sunday meetup

Sunday’s group – thank you all so much for saying hello! I came home so inspired by the incredible talent of others and I hope this post provides you with a little inspiration, as well.

Thursday Tip: Your Profile Page

October 23rd, 2014

Your profile page is the place to introduce yourself to Ravelry! You’re in charge of that space and there’s no wrong way to use it. Today we’re going to cover all the fields on the profile page to help you fill it out to your comfort.

 

The link to edit your profile is on the left side under your username. We’re going to go through the edit page section by section.

your ravatars

On the left side of the page are your Ravatars.  You can click the button to upload a new profile picture (if you want help with that check out my blog post on that process).  The Ravatars below can be deleted, or dragged into a new order.

important stuff

  • Email Address: The first field is for your email address.  If you click the change link you’ll be able to update it and select whether you have your Ravelry private messages forwarded to your emails.  We only use this if you use contact us to send us a message, pattern links are emailed to the email address associated with your Paypal account.  And so you know, we never sell or share your information.
  • Blog URL:  The blog URL is the place to enter the web address for your blog if you have one.  Once that field is filled you’ll have the option to enter an RSS feed to link your blog entries to your Ravelry profile – we’ll show your posts in your profile and if you mention Ravelry projects we can link to a thumbnail of those, too (you can see an example on Sarah’s profile page).
  • I measure yarn in: Choose what units you prefer – metric or imperial.  We’re still working on supporting this option everywhere across the site, but in places where we show only one unit, we refer to this field to figure out what to show you.
  • Privacy: These checkboxes allow you to configure how much you reveal about the time you spend on Ravelry.  While there’s a checkbox to allow people to chat with you, we don’t have one-on-one chat right now.  If you’re looking for a place for that, I’d recommend finding a group with their chatroom turned on!

password

  • Update your password: Enter a new password here and you can change your password after clicking the submit button at the bottom of the change.
  • Change your username: Click the link to change your username.  You get 3 changes, so use them wisely!
  • Apps with access to your account: If you have used any of the mobile apps that link to Ravelry, you can control whether they can access your data here.

personal bits

  • First name: This shows up when people hover over your Ravatar across the site so tell us what you want us to call you!
  • Birthday: If you fill this in your get a little cake icon on your Ravatar on your birthday.
  • Where are you?: Filling in your location helps customize Ravelry for yourself.  It lets you see local yarn shops near you that carry certain yarns and anywhere on the site that you can search nearby (users, yarn shops, etc) we use this information.  It also shows up when people hover over your Ravatar.  If you don’t feel comfortable naming your actual town, you could try your county, or another town in the area.
  • Years knitting, crocheting: Just for fun, a place to let us know how long yarn has been in your life.
  • Any pets? Kids?: Again, a fun way to share a bit of your life with other users.
  • Favorite colors: If you engage in swaps, this is a great piece of information to fill out to help your swapee learn about you.
  • Fave curse word: Some folks put a real curse word, some a funny phrase.  I like punctuation since it lets you use your imagination.

social sites

This is where to let people know where else they can find you on the internet.  We have a long list so check it out if you want to be linked elsewhere in the online world.

about me

The about me section is totally free-form.  You can enter links, images, videos.  If you think there’s a question we should be asking, answer it here!  This is really your space to tell us what you want Ravelry to know about you :)

delete

We hope that you love Ravelry and never want to leave, but if you do, this link at the bottom of your profile page is the way to do so.

Now you know all about your profile.  Everything in there is optional, but whatever you want to share we want to see!

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:

sweaterweather1

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!

sweaterweather2

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

sweaterweather3

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!