Thursday Tip: Spread Some Cheer

December 10th, 2015

There are some great ways to spread some cheer on Ravelry, and to help your friends and loved ones send you some cheer, as well!

Are you involved in a swap where the person sending gifts doesn’t get revealed until later? If so, you can now send pattern gifts without the receiver knowing who sent them. To do this, log out of Ravelry and go to the pattern page, then choose the “send as gift” option to send it to the recipient.

Your recipient will receive a notification of your gift, and you can include a message to be sent with that notification, but it will not include your information if you wish to remain anonymous.

Do you want to add patterns to your wishlist for friends and family who aren’t Ravelers? If so, create a wishlist of patterns. You can find instructions for creating a wishlist using these instructions. Then, you can provide your friends and family with the link to your queue and they will see your wishlist. They can follow the links to the pattern pages and send them as a gift to you!

I hope these options help you spread some cheer to others and get a gift you will use, too!

Community Eye Candy: Finished!

December 9th, 2015

Some projects like to take their time. They’ll sit in your queue waiting for the right yarn or the right day, then they don’t cooperate or something else comes along and they’ll be sent off to wait in a basket or bag. These projects were all 2 or 3 years in the making but now they are finally done (woohoo!) and they look SO GOOD! Congratulations, everyone.

CLEOCMC’s Vivien: queued in 2013, started in April 2014, and finished in October.

hiro25neko’s Noro Melody Skirt: queued in 2012, started this May, and finished in October.

clairesoleil’s Couronne. Queued in 2013, started this April, and finished last month.

mrspremise’s Laura Shawl. Queued in 2013, started this March, and finished in October.

taniaho’s Puffin. Queued in 2012, started 1 year ago, and finished in October.

dimples74’s Gilded Grace. Queued in 2013, started this July, and finished last week.

motorharp’s Blue sweater. Queued in 2012, started this March, and finished last month.

Cathri’s Splashes. Queued in 2013, started in February 2014, and finished last week.

hurdygurdygirl’s Lovage . Queued in 2012, started this January, and finished last month.

We are working with volunteers to translate Ravelry into other languages! Right now, if you would be more comfortable using German or French, you can adjust your Ravelry so that you see the translations that volunteers have written so far. Just go to to get started!

Ravelry translate

Right now, we’re testing with German and French, but will have many different languages later. Our hope is to make Ravelry more accessible to our users around the world!

Gemeinsam mit freiwilligen Helfern arbeiten wir daran, die Benutzeroberfläche von Ravelry in andere Sprachen zu übersetzen. Wenn Du möchtest, kannst Du Dein Ravelry so einrichten, dass Du die bereits übersetzten Begriffe auf Deutsch (oder Französisch) anzeigen lassen kannst. Dazu gehst Du einfach auf

Im Moment testen wir Deutsch und Französisch, aber später werden noch viele weitere Sprachen dazukommen. Wir hoffen, dass dadurch Ravelry rund um die Welt besser nutzbar (und verständlicher) wird.

(Thank you to hummel06 and Manfredovna for your translation help for this blog post!)

À l’aide d’une équipe de bénévoles nous avons entrepris de traduire le contenu de Ravelry! Pour l’instant nous vous proposons des versions française et allemande: si l’une de ces versions vous intéresse, vous pouvez configurer votre affichage en fonction de la langue souhaitée en accédant à !

Actuellement nous sommes en rodage pour l’allemand et le français, mais à terme nous aurons bien d’autres langues. Nous espérons rendre Ravelry plus accessible aux utilisateurs du monde entier!

(Thank you to pickleknit and Olbia for your translation help for this blog post!)

We’re officially dipping into below-freezing temperatures where I live, and have already had our first snowfall… and I love it! With the colder weather comes a chance to wear our handmade sweaters that we’ve put so much work into. Here are some beautiful recently finished sweaters that Ravelers have made!


dwj1978’s Weekend Wear looks so cozy and versatile! Juliet73’s Cadmium Orange is elegant and cheery at the same time.


I love the vibrant blue of jillben’s Recoleta, and the bold graphic yoke on ellalc’s Icelandic jumper take 2!


jarmeblue’s Hayride and gramgrampam’s La Maille Sweater both have such beautiful textural details – and I love seeing those happy “my sweater turned out perfectly” smiles!


I’m crazy about greeny blues and teals! Lovewool-Knits’ Gemini and sarahbelle’s Swirl both caught my eye, pairing lovely blues with autumnal tones and using a rich teal with a bold cable design.

If you’re working on a sweater right now, may your yarn be a delight to work with, and your gauge be true!

I love getting color inspiration from nature. Each fall when we travel to Rhinebeck, I marvel at the beauty of the fall leaves and leave with the beautiful greens, oranges, reds and yellows on my mind. Today, I thought I’d check out the beautiful things Ravelers are making with these colors of autumn.

First of all, some solid color autumnal projects. Clockwise from top right: BrenBoone’s Puff Stitch Infinity Scarf, miastick’s Candlewick Cardi, and aisteb1973’s Kusama.

There were lots of great projects that incorporated several fall colors. Here are a few of them: moonpook’s Gold in Fall, leelaswann’s Tiny Leaf, Garland Edition and LeslieAnnMG’s Fall Cardi.

I think my favorite autumn color is that beautiful gold, the kind that glows just a bit when the light hits it just right. These projects incorporate that golden glow: Birdsoup’s Transformation Shawl, Isrose’s Shawl and jromanov’s HotShorts.

In the United States, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, in the midst of the fall leaves (or in some cases snow). We are so very thankful for each and every Raveler who is a part of our community. You each make Ravelry what it is with every project, pattern, forum post and bundle that you add. Thank you for being an inspiration to us and to other Ravelers every day!

Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 Squam Art Workshops! Every year we so look forward to the creative classes, nurturing teachers, and wonderful attendees, all in one of our favorite parts of the world: Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

Just check out this fantastic list of teachers! I love that SAW offers exciting knitting and textile dyeing classes from incredible folks I know and love (like Kate Atherley, Gudrun Johnston, Kristine Vejar, Mary Jane Mucklestone, and Andrea Rangel), but you can also branch out and try your hands at classes in sewing, woodworking, drawing, writing, photography, embroidery… the list goes on. On top of that there are yoga classes, paper cutting, and ample time to relax, hike or enjoy the beautiful lake. I don’t know how I am going to choose!

You can also join the Squam Ravelry group if you want to chat with other Ravelers about all the fun. It is truly a unique experience and we can’t wait to pack up our art supplies and bathing suit and head every year. I hope to see you at the lake!

Community Eye Candy: On the Edge

November 17th, 2015

Today while browsing projects for Eye Candy, I was struck by a few recently completed projects with striking details around the edges. I went searching for more, entering things like “edging,” “border,” and “fringe” in the project search, and was really inspired by the variety of beautiful details Ravelers are giving their projects!


First up are annielight’s bold The Love of Spiders and DreamsinCrochet’s scalloped Midsomer Shawl.


Next we have lmecoll’s beautiful mesh Seastripes and DanaRae19’s squishy, graphic Bee Nimbus.


Above are OrangeSmoothie’s textured Isabelita Test and wendabird57’s brightly beaded beaded peace sign shawl.


Finally, here are Mawie’s boldly fringed Wildblumen Reggae, and Filetstueck’s delicate Handkerchief / hanky in filet-crochet with scalloped edge.

I’m so inspired by these thoughtful, lovely border and edge details. Thank you to everyone for sharing your beautiful work with the Ravelry community!

friend activity update 1

The Friend Activity feature on Ravelry is one of my favorite places to check on the site. To find it, click on the friends section of your Notebook, and then the friend activity tab. (If you don’t have a lot of activity in your friend activity tab, you can check mine out by clicking here!)

I’ve posted a Friend Activity overview before (please check out this past tip if you aren’t familiar with this feature), but wanted to share another tip about it because we’ve just released some updates to this feature, inspired by a suggestion from Raveler Lovewool-Knits (thanks Jenn!) that we hope you enjoy!

friend activity update 2

First: oooh the pretty pictures. We now default to a larger photo view, more consistent with other photo views across the site. (The old, smaller photo view is still an option you can select if you prefer.) You’ll also notice little Ravatars (I’ve marked them with green arrows in the photo above) whenever there is activity for someone adding a project photo – we wanted to make it easier to spot when one of your friends is updating a project they’ve been working on!

friend activity update 3

You’ll also notice an update to the filters that allow you to select which types of activity you want to see. Now, we condense the options into a drop-down list, and display a description of the activity type that the icon represents next to each icon in the list.

Finally, if you select a set of your friends from the drop-down on the left, to see only activity from that set of friends, we will remember your preference, so the next time you come back and view your friend activity you’ll see the same set you’d selected before.

It is so fun to see all kinds of activity in this section! If you feel shy about adding someone to your Ravelry friends, and aren’t sure where to begin, you can always add any of us on the Ravelry staff! Casey, Jess, Sarah, Christina, and I all happily accept any and all Ravelry friends. (So does Bob!)

When I got home from Rhinebeck and entered all my new stash into Ravelry I realized that everything I bought this year was undyed. Today’s eye candy celebrates my other natural-colored fiber lovers.

I love it in these light-weight items! From left: Eyleena’s Pretty as a White Peacock (neutral peacock is amazing!), tinchen61’s Tea. Earl Grey.Hot. (don’t miss the matching beads!), and anxykaz’s Kroonprintsisall.

These heavier-weight beauties shine as well. From left: madforknit’s Buck’s Hat (the matching pom pom is killing me), ALazyBeauty’s Mega Pompom Scarf (yet more perfect poms), and t28girl’s Starbuck SHF (I couldn’t resist some natural handspun).

These garments are perfection. From left: JacqueRae’s Stephanie’s Wedding Dress (a group of friends made this crocheted, beaded showstopper! Here’s the bride’s project page with more info), PeggyGrand’s Mailin, kiwiknitter63’s Coda (don’t miss the unique back of this sweater!), and cheshirecat’s tight fit aran pullover.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these neutral projects as much as I did. You can find more projects with undyed yarn with this search link.

When you get magic linked in the Ravelry forums, you receive a message that says “Are your ears burning?” Many people therefore refer to a magic link as an “earburn”. These phrases made me look in the projects to see if there are some fun projects with ears, and boy are there! Here are a few I wanted to share.

First off, some fun hats with ears.

From left to right: Carajv’s Zvsi hat, annemariebb1’s Devil-cat hat and Plektou’s Red Fox Hood Cowl

Next, a few cute stuffies with ears.

From left to right: coffeebug’s Sheepies!, mostlymunchies’ Sno-Balls! and spingirl’s Mounted Jackalope

And, last but not least, a few other projects that I couldn’t resist sharing.

From left to right: Irish’s Brantley’s Fox Mittens, fluffandfuzz’s Bunny Ears Egg Cosy and JanuaryYarns’ Check Meowt Cat Socks

These projects with ears really brightened my day and I hope they brought a smile to your face, too!