Thursday Tip: Quick Search

October 22nd, 2015

Today will be the second to last installment of my tips walking you through the top navigation tabs on the site. This week I’ll cover the quick search, and next time I will do a final link-up and summary. If you can’t wait and want to check out the previous posts right away, here are some links: patterns tab, yarns tab, people tab, forums tab, groups tab, and shop tab.

Let’s get started checking out the quick search!

The quick search can be found at the right-most end of the top navigation. It’s not truly a tab – clicking the magnifying glass will open an overlay on top of whatever page you’re currently browsing. Next, let’s walk through the overlay.

There are 3 sections to the quick search pop-up.

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Entering a search term here is a great site-wide search. You can use it to look for people, patterns, projects, yarns – anything you might find on Ravelry! I’ll dig deeper into that below.

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This section has direct links to all of the sections of advanced search. I can click on any of them and be taken to a search for those items, with multiple options for sorting and filtering. It is the fastest way to get to advanced search – just 2 clicks! – and I use it multiple times a day to look things up.

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When you create an advanced search you really like, you can save it for later review. I wrote a blog post about saving searches and subscribing to them last year; I recommend it if you want to learn more about them.

Now, let’s check out what it looks like when you use the quick search.

As you can see, the quick search looks all over the site for matches for your term (I had to cut off the prolific-ness of Ysolda to fit it in this post!). Click on any item in that list to go check it out in detail. We sort the results by type so you can quickly zero in on the result you’re after. You can enter a result type after your search term if you want to limit your search – like “Hitchhiker pattern” will avoid results that won’t be linked to a pattern such as people.

And that’s it. The quick search tab is little, but it’s a great way to quickly navigate around the site; I hope you find it useful, too! Next time I’m back I’ll provide a post with links to all the site tab tips and one more place you can look for helpful info.

We just got back from a wonderful weekend at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck NY. It was a great festival, and definitely chilly enough for everyone to be wearing lots of beautiful woolen garments and accessories – so inspiring! For this week’s Eye Candy post, we thought we’d do something a little different, and took pictures around the festival to highlight here. Enjoy!

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Above, at left, IrishSweetheart and her gorgeous mitts, cowl, and hat – all of which are at least partly made from her own handspun! She attended the meetup with her mother on both days, and we are grateful that her mom gave us permission to post this picture of her modeling her wonderful work. In the middle is ShamekaKnits and her vibrant Neon and Neutral Cowl and a lovely Purple-grass sweater. At right is Hannabelle wearing piles of her beautiful knits – I’m pretty sure that cozy scarf is her Lacy Baktus, but check out her Ravelry notebook for all kinds of handspun loveliness!

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Here we have Susanjoy, missdmna, and magilson showing off their beautiful Baa-ble Hats! There were so many cute Baa-bles at Rhinebeck this year!

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Thank you to Gretchen623 and ZuzuSunshine for showing off your stunning shawls!

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Knitwit685 and Megnolia13 clearly got into the Rhinebeck Spirit with their layers of woolen goodness and happy smiles!

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We saw a happy group of knitters with matching FOs (and an almost FO that I was delighted to see the woman on the end wear anyway, still on the needles). Turns out they were test-knitting a soon-to-be-available pattern from Raveler ymalcolm – it looks great, Yelena!

My camera also ate a really cute picture of hodgepodge and fibreperson in all kinds of crochet finery – and I am so bummed because they looked great – but you can check out their Ravelry notebooks, linked above, for lots of crochet inspiration!

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Finally, Sarah and Christina spotted this awesomeness in the parking lot – brittanotthefiltr’s Girasole, adapted to become a tire cover for her Jeep. We salute you, Britta!

Thank you to everyone who came by our Ravelry meetups to get a button and say hello to us and your Ravelry friends. We just love attending this festival every year, and can’t say enough how much we appreciate getting to meet our community members in person – Ravelers are just the best! If you like, you can check out many more updates from the NY Sheep and Wool festival in the Rhinebeck Group.

It’s October and many of us see mitten weather in our future. The Ravelers featured below all came up with their projects by making modifications to mitten patterns.

Above: coffeebug’s Wanderwellen 4ply take 2, TiiQ’s Newgrange Socks, and lacesockslupins’ Latvian maximitten.

annanann’s Loose me not mittens, hellaorange’s Herbstliche Armstulpen, and Ribbels’ Shetland Chullo.

Imkehim’s In Persuit of Edelweiß, bcat75’s Endpaper gloves, and Venke’s Finnish Gloves.

Thursday Tip: Get Social

October 8th, 2015

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Did you know that in your Ravelry profile we give you a way to enter and link to your usernames on other websites? In addition to giving you an easy way to share your profiles on other sites with your Ravelry friends, it is also handy if you’d like your friends from your other sites to be able to find you with your other-site-usernames in the People search.

To add a social site, just click on the edit your profile link at the top left of your Ravelry profile page, then scroll down to the other social sites section and click on the add/change social sites link.

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You’ll get a pop-up with a list of the sites we support for this feature, and you can fill your usernames on any of those sites you wish. Click on the save sites in profile button and that’s it! Your other social sites will be listed near their icons on your Ravelry profile page.

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Like all the information in your Ravelry profile, filling this in is completely and totally optional – so if this isn’t information you’d be willing to share, feel free to keep it blank! If you ever decide you’d rather delete one or more of your linked sites from your profile, just go back to that add/change social sites box, delete the username you no longer wish to link, and click the save button.

Right now, the websites we can link to automatically on your profile are ArtFire, BookCrossing, deviantART, Dreamwidth, Etsy, Facebook, Folia, Goodreads, Instagram, KnittingHelp, LibraryThing, LiveJournal, Metafilter, Pinterest, Plurk, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Twitter, and Yelp.

If you want us to add another popular website, you can suggest it in For the Love of Ravelry; you can also link to any website you like in the Notes section of your Ravelry profile using the regular text hyperlinks.

We hope this feature helps you connect with your Ravelry friends all around the internet!

I knew I wanted today’s eye candy to be about colorwork, and as soon as I started looking I was drawn to the different ways Ravelers use the same colors.

First up, let’s check out some blue and white combos.

From left to right: deetara’s Snow flurry, LivM’s Kofte fra Sandnes garn, and 3genknit’s Alameda Cowl.

Next, I want to show you these amazing fall colors.

From left to right: belochka’s Woody pillow, jbtraveler’s First Point of Libra KAL, and Aletea1’s Fall Leaf Scarflette.

And finally, my new obsession: yerple – yellow + purple.

From left to right: ruthiris’ Ready Steady Knit 8/26, darsi’s Afmaeli, and kobold’s Summer Mosaic MCAL.

I searched for these using the “colors used” filter in the advanced projects search – I set it to 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6+ to show me everything with more than 1 yarn color.

Community Eye Candy: Dress Me Up

September 29th, 2015

My fall wardrobe plan includes lots of dresses and tunics with leggings which got me to looking at knit and crochet dresses on Ravelry. I thought I’d share with you just a few of the amazing dresses made by Ravelers recently! Make sure you check out the project pages as many of them have details I was unable to include in the screenshot.

First off, a few mostly solid colored dresses. I love the use of the accent ribbon, granny squares and texture in these three.

From left to right: MsTing’s Annette’s Western Dress, mimilona’s Knit dress, and laurau’s Caviar Dress

Next up, a few dresses that make great use of stripes.

From left to right: Hanne-MetteRaae’s Fabelkjole, anouk’s Spencer dress, and abhayafibers’ Askews Me Dress

Lastly, I love the bold color choices for these final three.

From left to right: MrsLis’ Rainbow and Black, krisbock’s Lush Meadows Dress, NishiKnits’ Still Light Tunic: Winter Fantasy

I’m not sure I can fit a dress or tunic into my plans for this winter, but these projects definitely have me adding some dresses to my queue. I hope you find them inspiring, too.

Thursday Tip: Shop Tab

September 24th, 2015

I am back with another installment of my tour of the main tabs of Ravelry. If you missed or want to reread the previous posts, check out these entries about the patterns tab, yarns tab, people tab, forums tab, and groups tab.

The shop tab can be accessed by clicking in the top row of tabs or by visiting http://www.ravelry.com/shop.

The shop tab is split into 3 columns and we’re going to work our way across starting on the left.

The Ravelry Mini-Mart is the place to buy Ravelry-branded merchandise. The sales of these items help support the site, and are a great way to show off your Ravelry love wherever you go. You can click the link at the top to go to the minimart home and view all the products we offer, or click on any of those pictures to be taken straight to that product. If you have questions about or ideas for products, check out the Ravelry Store Chatter forum. Oh, and keep an eye on the minimart in the coming months – we have some new products coming soon!

Next up, let’s visit the middle column.

The marketplace is a Ravelry advertising slot available for purchase. You can visit it to find out about the shops your fellow Ravelers run, or click on an individual ad to visit it. One thing I like about the marketplace is you can filter the ads by category and also by advertisers local to you, in your friends, or in your groups.

Finally, let’s visit the right-most column.

Pattern stores lets you find patterns for sale on Ravelry. The link at the top takes you to advanced search for patterns from designers that sell on Ravelry, or if you see one you like you can click to go straight to the pattern. These patterns can be added to your Ravelry library and will always be available to you after purchase.

And that’s the shop tab! I hope you’ve learned more about the ways you can shop on Ravelry.

Today’s Eye Candy is all about food… glorious (and adorable) food! All of these knitted and crocheted play edibles were finished within the last three months. I’m so charmed by each of these projects!

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Above, from left to right, are: Carolyni’s Hailey♥Cakes, tcakes4u’s Little Pierogi, and KarinV’s Cotton Sushi Set.

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Here, from left to right, we have: mamabice’s Apple Pie Play Food, francesgibson’s Bowl of Fruit, and leenk43’s Candy Corn.

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And finally, from left to right above, are: kate84’s knitted bacon, fearlesscreatures’ Hamburger Pillow, and BrineyDeep’s Tiny Sushi.

Such cute projects! Thank you all for sharing your work with Ravelry! If you’d like to check out more knit and crochet food, try this Advanced Search link!

As you can tell by our Eye Candy posts, we are continuously inspired by searching through the projects that are being made by Ravelers. You can find the basic options for searching projects in Casey’s project search post, but I thought I’d point out some more project search options available on that page.

When on the project search page, you can see the search options on the left of the page. There are several options that I use fairly often that you might not know about which I have listed below:

Has photo: I almost always choose this option as I like to see what the project looks like, so I want to see projects with photos. To choose this, look for “has photo” on the left and choose the box next to “yes”.

Happiness with project: You can choose one or more than one of these options to see only projects that people rated as being very happy with, or not so happy with, depending on what you are hoping to find.

Finished in: Choosing options here allows you to choose to see only projects finished in the last couple of months or finished in 2013 and earlier.

More search options: There are so many options in this area. A couple of my favorites are the “In Library” option which allows me to search projects made from patterns I have in my library and the “Handspun” option so I can see projects that work great in handspun yarns. The “more search options” often bring up another window to complete before searching. An example of that is the “Favorited by” option which shows me projects specific people have favorited. I love relying on the good taste of my friends using this filter. First, click “favorited by” in the “more search options” box.

That brings up an image where I can enter the username of friends who’s favorites I want included and then hit “apply”.

You can spend a lot of time playing with the different search features available on the project advanced search page. The great thing is that you can save all of that effort by saving your search. We have a handy post about that you can check out for more information on saving searches.

Ravelers adding their projects and project pictures is what makes the advanced project search great, so please keep adding your projects and pictures! I hope this post helps you to better use the projects advanced search to find inspiration from all of the great projects added by Ravelers every day.

Recently, Casey posted a tip about a new filter in the Advanced Yarn Search that allows you to find yarn from local yarn companies, spinners, and dyers. We’ve now added a similar feature in the Advanced Pattern Search that will help you find patterns from local designers!

Designers can link their Ravelry profiles to their designer pages, and if you have a location set in your Ravelry profile, you can search for patterns that have been designed by Ravelers near you. The search filter is at the bottom of the filters list on the left, in the “more search options” box, and it’s called “designer within.”

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I am already enjoying seeing the beautiful patterns that are made by designers local to me! (I also got a bonus giggle this morning playing with this and seeing that Ravelry knows I live within 30 miles of myself. ;) Thanks Rav!)

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Try it out here: within 30 miles, within 60 miles

Have fun searching!