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!

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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!

We know that older patterns don’t get a lot of love, but as I was putting together this post I was surprised to find that out of the 600,000 projects completed in 2016 so far, fewer than 3000 are known to be based on patterns from 1990 and earlier. There are more out there that we don’t know about because we don’t have publication dates for every single book and magazine in Ravelry. That is something that I think we can improve.

These Ravelers dug into patterns from days past and found inspiration there:




Apologies if you fall for one of the out of print designs! About half are no longer in print. If you look, you’ll find that some of the out of print magazines and pamphlets are available on eBay, used on Amazon, and elsewhere.

PS – if you have knit or crocheted an older pattern and would like to help with dates: please click from the pattern page to the source (book, magazine, pamphlet) and see if we have a publication date listed there under the photo. If not, you can click the pencil icon at the top of the screen to contribute a date. Thanks!

handspun project

Tour de Fleece is underway on Ravelry and with it, the spinning activity has ramped up! Each year, concurrently with the Tour de France race, spinners choose a personal spinning challenge and commit to spinning every day of the Tour. While the event is taking place, we all share progress photos and cheer each other on (Go Team Spindlers!). It’s a ton of fun! Since there are new spinners who participate every year, I thought I’d give a quick overview of how spinning projects work on Ravelry.

Fiber Stash

fiber stash

Your spinning starts with fiber, and on Ravelry your fiber lives in your fiber stash, a special tab in the stash section of your Ravelry notebook. Here’s my fiber stash in case you haven’t stashed any fiber but would like to check one out! When you start spinning your fiber into yarn, you can select the make yarn button on that fiber stash entry’s page.

That will begin a…

Handspun Project

handspun section

Handspun Projects have their own section in your Ravelry Notebook – the one labeled handspun. These handspun projects have their own special fields where you can track your yarn’s grist, WPI, twist direction, the tools and equipment (like spindles or wheels) that you used… you can even name your skeins!

Once you have completed your handspun project and marked it as finished, you’ll find your fresh new yarn in the yarn stash section of your Ravelry notebook, where you can search for it along with the rest of your stash and connect it to projects that you knit, crochet, or weave – just like any other yarn you’ve stashed. It will also stay in the handspun projects section of your notebook for you to look on fondly and easily view the pretty yarn you made!

christina's pretty handspun
Christina’s pretty handspun

Here’s one of my favorite projects (also pictured at the top of this post) that I made with my handspun. On this project you can click on the thumbnails and links for the handspun I used and trace all the way back to the fiber. Feel free to click around to get familiar with navigating all the stages of handspun on Ravelry!

For even more handspun inspiration, check out this advanced search to yarns that Ravelers have spun. You will definitely be impressed with all of this beautiful handmade yarn!

I don’t have much of a green thumb, so it seems amazing to me that so many people can combine seeds and dirt and water into fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and all the wonderful things that grow in our gardens. Today’s eye candy celebrates that skill with recently finished garden-related FOs.

First up, some accessories for your plants. Aleknit’s Hanging Air Plant Display, mandamom62’s Terrarium Hanger, and Pinneguri’s Blomsterhenger.

Next, some more literal plant-inspired FOs. Penniah1792’s Canada Day Shawl, broknmachin14’s Mom’s Cactus Garden, and rin2’s flower motif coasters.

Finally, some pretty food! IfAsIf’s More Fruit Coasters, muumi’s Heirloom Strawberry, and wonderfallz’s Blue Cabbage.

I hope you’re seeing natural beauties at home – either in your own garden or your neighbors!

You guys will not believe the things people cozy! Well, I didn’t anyway when I started looking in the cozy category of finished projects on Ravelry. I thought I would share a few with you today!

I love the genius idea of a cozy for a freeze pop, no more cold hands! Xamonster’s With my freezepop I will stop the world cozy is really fun. Sumra’s (Un)Tangled earbud cozy and TjoanNio’s key cozie #2 are also really practical and add some color to an everyday item.

Osyrn’s Owl eos Lip Balm Holder is a cute way to dress up your lip balm. Faireyn’s {patriotic•inspired} golf club head covers and SiobhanAlice’s Winston the Whale Shark aren’t unusual things to cozy necessarily, but they are creative shapes for a cozy! Nothing like storing your phone in the belly of a whale shark!

I really enjoyed looking through recently completed cozies to see all of the unique cozies that Ravelers are making. You can find more using this project search. As for me, I clearly need to up my cozy game. I just need to figure out where to start with all of these fun options!