Eye Candy: Ponchos

September 19th, 2017

When I first started knitting, ponchos were all the rage. My first garment was a poncho because it used techniques I knew how to do and I was less worried about my ability to make it fit. I have really loved seeing new shapes and ideas incorporated into ponchos lately, so I thought I’d share a few that have been made by the Ravelry community.

I love the stitch patterns used in this first group. From left to right: CKidwell’s Versus Stone Point, EllavM’s Denizen Poncho and NinjaChickens Claire.

The bright solid colors really make these two shine. From left to right: GGmadeit’s Ca-Orangecho and lavendelblau’s Fingerhut.

Finally, the colors used in these last three caught my eye. From left to right: ichstrickewieder’s Ponchito, chervil’s Silky Watercolor Poncho and RoniRJ’s Ida Shawl.

I would love to skip my current work in progress to start a poncho! I hope you found these recently completed ponchos inspiring, too. You can find more using this search.

Eye Candy: Black and White

September 12th, 2017

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catandwhite’s Potholder “Mosaic” No.2

The talented dyers and yarnies in the yarn and fiber world give us a seemingly unlimited selection of color combinations to play with, from rainbow to natural hues. Today, we’re taking a look at projects made in bold and graphic black and white!

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dreamsbythesea’s monochrome Birkin, pippy9’s Squid Chart, and shinyfuzzy’s Panda mittens.

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Gladaiko’s kitty cushion, andreacollects’ (Indigo) Sea Shawl, and gangofpenguins’ Kitty Socks.

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Tip: Road Trip Planner!

August 31st, 2017

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Are you planning a road trip? Want to visit some yarn shops along the way? (Of course you do.) We have a tool for that: our Road Trip Planner! You’ll find it on the left side of the yarns tab.

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Click on the words road trip planner, enter your starting location, your destination, and the number of miles you (or your travel mates) are willing to go off your route. Once you have filled in that information, click the find shops on my route button and you’ll get a list of local yarn shops! If you click through to the shop, you’ll be taken to its Ravelry directory page where you’ll find any information like the shop’s phone number, web address, and hours, if we have those details. Enjoy your trip and your new souvenir yarn!

Eye Candy: Total Eclipse

August 23rd, 2017

Many in the US spent Monday looking skyward from behind special glasses as a total eclipse made its way across the country. Other countries were able to see it, as well, though mostly as a partial eclipse. It was really fun to see all of the posts online about people excitedly experiencing this phenomenon and this excitement was also seen in Ravelry projects. I thought I would share a few!


This Solar Eclipse Amigurumi by ellafofella was the first eclipse project to catch my eye. What a cute way to commemorate the day!


I love a good garland, and this Solar Eclipse garland by DebbieDianne is no exception!


These coasters and dishcloths are so fun! From left to right: RaeA’s Happy Solar Eclipse Coast-er Coast Day, vibeskat’s Solar eclipse coaster and BellaSeesStars’ Solar Eclipse Dishcloth


Then there were a few projects that were more indirectly related to the eclipse. On the left we have bdrx’s Idaho Total Solar Eclipse 2017! I love the picture of her finished hat with the solar eclipse glasses. Then, in the middle is knitstina’s Invisible Sun, made to celebrate the solar eclipse. Finally, on the right, are tyedyediva’s Solar Eclipse Socks with bright toes and a speckled yarn.

I love how crafters find a way to mark a time in their lives with things that they make, whether they are big or small! Where the total eclipse was visible, it only lasted for a few minutes, but these knitters and crocheters will have the finished items featured here as a reminder of that day.

Tip: New Photo Uploader

August 17th, 2017

Today’s tip is an improved feature – our new photo uploader for pictures in your notebook and on pattern and yarn pages. With the new uploader we have simplified the existing tasks of uploading your photos as well as adding enhancements like captions and personal preference settings.

Uploading

The new photo uploader can be found on notebook items as well as yarn and pattern pages; click the photos tab to open the uploader. Once it is open you have the option to upload from your device, any linked accounts such as Instagram, Google Photos, or Flickr, or enter a URL for an image. After selecting a photo can now click on where in the order you want it to upload. On a computer you can also drag and drop in a photo directly from your desktop.

Photo editing

As before, you can drag and drop your photos into any order you prefer. If you want to delete or recenter a photo, you can mouseover on a computer or tap once on a mobile device to see those options.

Captions

In the photo above you’ll notice there’s a pencil on that hover menu for photos. If you click on that a text field will open where you can enter a caption for your photo. You can go back and caption any existing photos in your notebook, or just decide to do so going forward.

Settings

At the far right of the photo uploader you’ll see a settings tab. This is where you can choose whether you prefer new photos to go to the top or bottom of the list by default, whether to open the caption text box after each photo you upload, and whether you’ll want to store separate caption and copyright fields for your photos.

Enjoy the new photo uploading features. I look forward to seeing the lovely results  across Ravelry!

Eye Candy: Colorful Shawls

August 15th, 2017

Shawls are perennially popular projects here on Ravelry! Today I wanted to share some recently finished, colorful and striped ones that caught my eye.

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You can tell how cozy GGMadeIt’s GG’s 2nd Avenue is from her pose and her infectious smile!

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I love the subtle and rich colors in adriennepdx’s It’s a Wrap, marremar’s A Crocodile Lost in Whirl, and PassiontoCreate’s Peacock Feathers.

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Bright, stripey, amazing: these shawls put a grin on my face! tigris00’s Secret Paths, nosmallfeet’s Wonder Woman Wrap, and Stitchylinda’s American Pride Scarf.

These make me want to start a shawl project right now… but which shawl?? There are so many beautiful patterns from which to choose! It’s a good “problem” to have.

We are frequently asked if we have an app for mobile devices. We don’t have one* and don’t have plans to create one. Instead, we continue to try to improve the mobile browsing experience you have through your mobile browser. However, one of the convenient things about an app is that there’s an icon for it right there on your home screen. While we don’t have an app, you can still add our site to your home screen. Here’s how!

For Android phone and tablet users:
1. Open the browser on your mobile device and go to www.ravelry.com
2. Click the three little dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
3. Choose the Add to Home Screen option. If you want to, you can edit the name of the site there and then click “Add”.

For iPhone/iPad users:
1. Open the browser on your mobile device and go to www.ravelry.com
2. Click the center icon on the bottom that looks like a square with an arrow pointing up.
3. Choose the Add to Home Screen icon there. If you want to, you can edit the name of the site and click “Add”.

If you want your button to take you to a different area of Ravelry, like your notebook area or the forums, you can go to that area before setting up the home screen button and it will then direct you there when you click the icon.

After you add it to your home screen, you’ll see an icon like this one that you can press to navigate to Ravelry.

*There are some apps that integrate with Ravelry created by other folks. You can find a list under the “Mobile & Apps” link at the bottom of the page.

Let’s look at what some of the machine knitters of Ravelry have been up to!

-claudine- hand dyed natural yarn and knit this Bug Sweater on a Passap E6000.
ableramm used all kinds of Wollmeise for her Painted Ladies of Cape May (Brother KH-960).

HandSoOnKnits’ Machine Avenue (Silver Reed LK-150) is her first machine project!
emteedee’s Blümchenjacke (Brother KH-930) is based on Kirsten M. Jensen’s Mekko.

KristiMil’s Cross the seven seas is her own design.
perkypattern’s drawstring bag · skull + leopard skin was created using an All Yarns Are Beautiful hacked Brother.

If you own a Brother KH-9xx and controlling it from a computer sounds cool, check out http://ayab-knitting.com and the AYAB group on Ravelry.

If you don’t visit any machine knitting groups and you’d like to, here are some good starting points: Machine Knitting, Aussie Machine Knitters or Maschinenstricker.

Tip: Saved Searches

August 3rd, 2017

I enjoy crafting the perfect Ravelry search – not too strict, not too permissive – that captures a group of patterns I like. When one of them is something that I know I will want to return to, I make sure to keep it using the saved search feature. If it’s something new to you, you’ll enjoy today’s blog post where I go through it.

To save a search, click the link by that name on the search page. Give the search a name and if it is a pattern search you will be given the option to subscribe to the search. This means that you’ll get a visual notification if there are new pattern results in the search, like the message below:

To find a saved search again, use the magnifying glass that is in the top navigation of every page. In the center you’ll see a list of your saved searches as well as a link to administer them. This is also where you will see a red bubble if there are new items in a subscribed search.

Some of the ways we like to use saved searches are:

  • keep up with new patterns in our preferred styles (save a pattern search with parameters for your preferences)
  • get a notification if there’s a new pattern by a favorite designer (save a pattern search filtered by a specific designer)
  • look for new projects on an uncommon pattern (save a project search filtered by a specific pattern)
  • look for eye candy (save a project search filtered by something that inspires you)

 

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mumlovescloth’s beautiful Resonation Shawl

Last week, Sarah’s blog post showcased some of the beautiful yarn that was spun by 2017 Tour de Fleece participants. For this week’s Eye Candy, I thought I’d take a look at finished projects that were made with yarn spun during last year’s Tour de Fleece!

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Above are anbrecht’s rotkappchen tuch, CarrieClothwright’s Autumn Rustic Flax, and tyedyediva’s Handspun Toe Up Socks.

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Here we have deimne’s Handspun shawl for meesies, yancka’s G’day Lill Sister, and Tsovacool’s A Hat for Boromir.

Looking through handspun projects is one of my favorite things to do on Ravelry, and I love seeing people make such beautiful things with their Tour de Fleece yarn!