Community Eye Candy: Hands On

August 30th, 2016

diannawalla’s inglis mitts and hannalita’s My Autumn Mitts

I can’t really say that it’s starting to cool down here, yet, but I do know cooler temperatures are right around the corner, which has me thinking about fall accessories. There are so many great mittens, gloves and fingerless gloves being finished by Ravelers right now, so I thought I would share a few.

These colorwork mitts really caught my eye, clockwise from top left: JaimeK’s Drinkers Mitts, hurdygurdygirl’s Delta Alpha Whiskey November mitts and knitnetty’s An enchanting mystery/Et eventyrlig mysterium

These crochet handwarmers were all a bit different, but I liked them all, from left to right: Cgbacon’s Twisted Handwarmers, theotherjenny’s Dragon Shells Mitts and MysticSmile’s Sock Monkey Mittens.

Since they are relatively small, hand accessories are a fun way to try a new to you technique or do something you might not have the patience to do in a larger project. You can use this advanced search to check out all of the great patterns available for keeping your hands warm.

Tip: Four Forum Features

August 25th, 2016

Today’s tip is going to be a round up of some features you can find in our forums.

1. Unread Reply Notifications

Our forums are filled with lots of active threads, and to help you keep up with your conversations we include a notice at the top of your forums screen when you have received replies to your posts that you have not yet seen.

This is what the notification looks like. You can then click on the link with your unread reply count to get more information about those replies.

The title of the thread is a link to it, so you can go straight to the replies from there!

2. Hide/Disagree Ravatars

Ravatar is what we call your avatar on Ravelry – the little picture that appears next to your forum posts (among other places on the site). You may find that there are some Ravatars you would prefer not to look at, so you can use the hide or disagree features to do so. You’ll find the feature by entering a thread and clicking the little arrow under the ravatar.

If you select hide avatar we’ll replace it with a picture of yarn.

If you select disagree avatar we’ll replace it with the word disagree. This is great for posters who can make your blood pressure rise – a reminder for yourself to skip over their posts.

3. Customizing Your Voting Buttons

Below the posts on Ravelry are voting buttons – educational, interesting, funny, agree, disagree, and love. We like them, but if you do not want to see them you can change that on the forum settings page. You can uncheck any buttons you prefer not to see and you’re all set – no need to hit save or anything.


4. Customizing Your Main Boards

There are six main boards that every Raveler is automatically subscribed to when they join, you may see them referred to around the site as the Big Six – Ends, For the Love of Ravelry, Needlework on the Net, Patterns, Techniques, Tools, and Yarn. If you would prefer not to see these boards on your forum pages you can remove them on the forum settings page. As with the buttons, you can uncheck any boards you do not wish to see and you’re all set.

I hope these tips help you navigate the forums better and customize them in a way that makes them work for you! Thanks to soyloquesoy for suggesting this topic, if you have tip ideas we welcome them in For the Love of Ravelry.

decathlon socks

RiotousAssembly’s Decathlon – 10 socks, each knit in a different color of Wollmeise.

This year, over 5,000 Ravelers participated in the Ravellenic Games, a really fun Ravelry group event in which participants choose challenging projects to complete while they watch the Olympics. The Ravellenic Games finished on Sunday, and I couldn’t wait to share just a few of the thousands of Ravellenics projects in my Eye Candy post this week!

ravellenics group 1

marymealittle’s Stranger Things Cowl is such a fun homage to the show! MyDailyFiber’s Pirate’s Voyage caught my eye because of the striking neutral gradient – then I saw the pretty beads and my face turned into the heart-eyes emoji. 😍 Mekone’s Humming Singles look so soft and delicate and are in my absolute favorite colors.

ravellenics group 2

amylin’s Grey and Red Marius is such a great, classic sweater! zebraeule, a Ravellenics teammate of mine, delighted Team Just Wanna Have Fun with her happy squad of Ravellenicats. naganasu’s RavGames2016 Bruges Lace Pullover is so delicate and pretty.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Ravellenic Games – it was a ton of fun! Special thanks to all the group moderators and volunteer organizers – we know that running a large group event like this on Ravelry is a whole lot of work and we hope that you enjoyed the process as much as all your group members did. Community events like this are part of what helps to make Ravelry so great!

You can view all the 2016 Ravellenics projects in this advanced search. If you’d like to participate in the next round of the Ravellenic Games, just keep your eye on the group and commit to working on something during the Olympics. See you Winter 2018!

Magic linking is an easy way to link to something in Ravelry that you are mentioning. Since the early days of Ravelry, you have been able to use the instructions listed just above the posting box to quickly and easily link to a person, pattern, yarn, etc. Recently, Casey made it even easier to do create a magic link.

If you are mentioning a person, pattern, yarn, group or pattern source, you can make a magic link. To do this, just put the name of the person or thing in brackets (see below). When you do this, suggestions will pop up that match what you are typing in the brackets. You can carefully pick the item you are linking from the suggestion list using the cursor or by scrolling down using your keyboard arrows and hitting enter.

You can also use @ before the name of the person/thing instead. Doing this brings up the suggestions in the same manner as the brackets. This will work best if you are magic linking things that are one word – without the closing bracket the linking menu will stop searching for things once you type a space.

You can use the Preview button in the upper right of the page to see how the links look and to click them to be sure you linked to the person or thing you wanted.

When you magic link a person in the forums, they get a notification in their Ravelry messages that we call an “ear burn” because it says “are your ears burning?” This refers to an expression which says your ears burning is a sign someone is talking about you. You want to choose carefully when magic linking to be sure you aren’t linking the wrong person, resulting in a notification to the wrong person, as well.

When you magic link a pattern or yarn, your post will show up in the forum posts tab on the pattern/yarn page which can be helpful to others who are interested in that pattern or yarn.

We hope this makes it even easier to post in the forums. This feature will also work in other text areas on the site. The discussion about this feature happened in the For the Love of Ravelry forum. We love it when Ravelers share their ideas with us. You can find a list of those ideas on The List and you can comment and vote on current suggestions there. Thanks for helping us make Ravelry better every day!

Community Eye Candy

August 17th, 2016

This week, many of the projects that caught my attention were in the “Home” category.

Above: Rutast’s Boxes for Something, kadootje’s it needs no water!, and fluffandfuzz’s Cottage Tablet Case

babaruda’s Mandala madness Joy, Chippyrabbit’s Cabled Deer Head, and PiggyWiggy96’s Pond Lily Tea Cloth (this is 33 inches x 37 inches).

Lizbuppers’ Broken twill towels, DrFun’s Giant Donut Floor Pouf, and yarn-vs-zombies’ Magikarp Go!. The last one is really a hat, but I had to include a Pokémon and it looks pretty good even when it isn’t stuffed with a human head.

google photos tab

We recently added a new photo importing option: Google Photos! You’ll now see this option when you’re adding photos to your projects or stash, or (for designers and yarnies) on the photos tab of pattern and yarn pages.

Just click on the Google Photos option on your photos tab and, after hitting the select photos button, allow Ravelry to access your pictures:

google photos permission

You can then select the photos you want to use. Google Photos has great search features, so you can search for things like sweater, yarn, crochet, hat, etc., and narrow down the photos to find what you want quickly.

google photos search

Select the photos you want to import, and we’ll upload and resize them for you just as we would with any other photo uploading or importing option.

If you use an Android device, photos you take with that device can sync automatically with Google photos, so this can make things much easier for you to upload pics you took on your Android when you are at your computer.

If you have any questions about this feature, please let us know in the For the Love of Ravelry thread!

One of the things I love about crafting is that there is always something new to learn. Cables seemed so mysterious until I tried them and realized you’re just switching the order of the stitches. Perfect fair isle floats sound so intimidating but just take practice. I’m sure that hand dyeing is equally straight forward when you attempt it, but as I have yet to try it I still view it as a form of magic – creating potions and changing elements. Today’s Eye Candy celebrates recently completed projects from yarn the Raveler dyed themselves.

First up, these Ravelers went bright and colorful! From left to right: lacesheknits’ Tidal Shoals Hooked (check out her project notes to see how carefully planned this project was!), havatrump’s April Leaves (this was dyed in the wool, then spun, then knit!), and Yachunne’s Stinos Sock-Blanc Farbverlauf.

These low volume projects show how gorgeous subtle color schemes can be. From left: mloomco’s WP5: Dyed & Striped Napkins, Louiseulf’s Marbled, and beckymcd5’s more cotton slub/linen dish towels .

Finally, this last trio of projects features yarn dyed with natural dyestuffs – plants and insects! From left: Saz’ Ornäs Hat, philda’s Noordwijk (in den achtziger Jahren), and elle-melle’s stril med stril.

I hope you enjoyed these fantastic projects! I found them by searching project notes and tags, filling out that info is a great way for your projects to be more visible in search results. Here’s an example of a project search for the tag handdyyed sorted by recently updated.

yarnstarved’s Fence Candy – such a fun way to dress up the outdoors.

I love how crafting can take ordinary things and add beauty to our everyday life! I found so many examples of this while looking around at the projects that Ravelers are making lately that I wanted to share a few with you.

First, a few items for the kitchen, from left to right: airam6’s Potholder Butterflies, medorasmit’s Thee met wat lekkers and lynnefitz’s Kitchen Towels.

Then, some things for other rooms of your house, from left to right: tnemrey’s Dragon Blanket Buddy for Zelda, Storkily’s Flower Pillow and DrFun’s Giant Donut Floor Pouf.

I hope these items made you smile and will inspire you to look for ways to make some useful items that don’t just do their job, but bring some joy to your day, as well.

After 9 years of operation, Ravelry is filled with information including over 14 million projects and more than 12 million stash entries. How do you catalog, sort through, and narrow down that volume of data? One great tool for that is tags. Today I’m going to show you how to tag a project or stash entry in your notebook and talk about why you might do so.

How to Tag

You’ll find the box to add tags on the page where you edit a notebook item. On a project or stash page there are two ways to enter tags in the field.

  1. You can simply start typing in the field. Tags are all one word long, we use a space key to tell tags apart. So “top down” would become two different tags – top and down. The most popular convention is to smush all the words together, like “topdown”
  2. The other way is to use the tagging tool, which you bring up by clicking the pink tag icon

The tagging tool gives you a larger text field to type in, as well as offering suggestions and common tags. You can add any of the offered tags by clicking on them once (and clicking on them again to remove them).

Why to Tag

Now that you know how to tag your items, let’s talk about why you would. One reason is for your own organization. You can do an advanced search by tag, so you could enter tags and then find all the scarves you’ve made for your mom or all your stashed yarns that were gifts.

Another reason you might want to tag is to participate in an event on Ravelry. A big one coming up is the Ravellenic Games, where Ravtheletes knit, crochet, spin, etc along with the Olympic Games in Rio. Tagging is how you enter your work and if you join the group you get special tagging tools!

Check out the instructions in the group on how to tag your projects to officially enroll them if you want to join the fun! And if you have any questions about the event, the official Ravellenic Games group is the place to ask – it’s run by a great bunch of volunteers who are happy to help!

I hope you enjoyed this overview of tagging items in your notebook! Enjoy joining in some organized fun, or just having a more orderly notebook.

Community Eye Candy: Socks!

July 26th, 2016

first socks
mychildrensmother’s My First Socks – she did such a great job!

Socks are such a fun, portable project for any time of year, and so far this month, Ravelers have finished over 6,000 pairs! It was truly hard to narrow down the projects to include with this post, but here are some that I was especially drawn to!

socks 1

Moogsmum’s Hexie Socks no4 are so cleverly constructed, and they must be fun to make – this is her fourth pair! vikkyzm’s Bonnie Birds are stunning showstoppers. (They inspired me to write this post when I saw them in the recently completed projects!) mainecoonmom’s
A Song of Beads & Lace TDS2016 Stage 4 are so beautifully intricate.

socks stripes

I love stripes, and these socks make great use of them! SusanBAnderson’s Smooth Operator Socks show off lots of fun colors with their allover striped pattern. I love the band of thin stripes on AndreiKnit’s Socke No 2’s – and how that tiny stripe in hot pink wraps around the whole foot! gitagric’s Squircle socks use stripes to show off the unusual contruction in this pattern.

socks colorwork

Colorwork socks are so popular and pack a punch for such a small project. Kitty93’s
(27/2016) Echoes from Karelia pair beautifully mix bands of colorwork with an accent of texture across the foot. nbgriz’s Dalarna Delight socks are so bold and cheery! I think Nasti’s Solidago pair look like the perfect socks to curl up in on an autumn day!

Well, now I want to start a pair of socks right away! Thank you to everyone for sharing their lovely projects here on Ravelry!