Lately when looking at projects and new patterns, I find that things made with linen yarns are consistently catching my eye – I can’t get enough of that gorgeous drape! Today I’m highlighting recently finished projects made with linen and linen-blend yarns.


Above, from left to right, are NoTailKit’s -Anthi-, Antheras’ Windswept Trees, and hellodarlingknits’ ♡ phoenix ♡.


In this group are 783Nora’s Alumna Scarf, LanaTejedora’s astonish, and TeaLover’s Sea Turtle Lace Poncho.


Finally, we have MRansom79’s Jordan sleeveless pineapple top, mijette’s Greco, and kolero’s Aquarelle Creative Linen (that colorful design? It’s not intarsia – kolero handpainted those flowers right onto her finished white sweater!).

Thanks to all of you for sharing your inspiring work with the Ravelry community!

If you’d like to see more projects that Ravelers have been making with linen this year, check out this advanced search link – there are some real beauties. If they make you want to check out linen yarns, then this yarn search link will help you out. Enjoy!

Last week, Mary Heather shared how you can use Instagram photos for your project photos. You can also use your Instagram avatar for your Ravelry profile picture and it’s quick and easy to do!

1. Click your username in the upper right of your Ravelry page to access your profile page. Then, click “edit your profile”.

2. Click “add profile pics” and you will see the window here.

3. Choose “use your Instagram avatar”.

If you haven’t already, it will ask you to authorize Ravelry to access your Instagram. Once you authorize that, your new profile picture will show up on your profile page (it may take a second, depending on the speed of your internet connection).

Hope you enjoy this new feature!

This week is brought to you by a suggestion from juliafc. It’s a little different than usual because the projects shown are not all new projects.

Most Ravelry pattern pages include photos of FOs that were shared by knitters and crocheters. I looked for Ravelers that have had their finished objects featured by an unusually large number of different designers over the years. A sampling of their beautiful projects and photographs are below and you can click through to their project notebooks for many more.

clairedupont from Amiens, France: Forest Cardigan, Couleurs Caraïbes . Afmaeli, Kelpie and Exploration Station.

chitweed from Delaware: Patty Cake Cardi, Corner Start Baby Afghan, Sunday Shawl for Sis and W e d d i n g P r e s e n t .

ittybitty from Jura, Switzerland: spring blossom, winter forest, looking for the summer (her own design), and (big) sister.

roko from Tokyo, Japan: For You Blue, Crochet Bag, Hitofude Bolero (her own design) and Sheep

add from instagram

We recently added the ability to import photos to your projects and stash right from Instagram, making it easier than ever for Instagram users to update photos on Ravelry. Here’s how it works:

connect to instagram

On the photos tab of your project or stash entry, click on the upload from Instagram tab. The first time you import pics, we’ll ask you to connect to Instagram to grant Ravelry permission to access your photos.

instagram photo grid

Once you’ve given us access, you’ll see your Instagram photos appear in a grid on the upload from Instagram tab.

instagram import

Scroll through the photo grid to find the picture you’d like to import; click on it and you’ll see us start to import your picture.

all photos on tab

When we’ve finished importing, it will appear up at the top of the photos tab with any other pictures, and you can reorder it as you wish.

Ravelers of Instagram, we hope this makes it easier than ever for you to keep your Ravelry project and stash photos up to date. Have fun importing!

Community Eye Candy: Blue

July 14th, 2015

Color coordinated eye candy posts give me a tickle, so today we’re going to look at blue projects completed this month.

First up, some lace. Clockwise from top left: mustaavillaa’s Winding Way, tainarauma’s Haruni, Minskuli’s From A Distance – TdS2015-4, and DashPointGirl’s Blue Ocean.

Next, some baby-themed projects! Clockwise from top left: LitlaSkvis’ Clara, undone57’s monsters 2.0, AliceInDilbrtlnd’s Balloon Tying Creations-Elephant, and arosa55’s Menta.

Lastly, some gorgeous blue sweaters! From left: hana2’s Vasa, knittingonlap’s Etch Summer Sweater, and Franchement’s Byeline!

If you can’t get enough color-themed eye candy check out our past posts – red, orange, yellow, green the first, and green the second. Oh, and rainbows!

Thursday Tip: Emoji

July 9th, 2015


If you post on Rav with a phone or tablet, you may have noticed that things didn’t go so well when trying to include emoji in your text. Well, we fixed that.

Emoji now work in the forums and in private messages. If you insert them anywhere else, you’ll see the name of the symbol instead of an image.

but how?

  • On a phone or tablet: you have an emoji keyboard on there somewhere. It’s easy to use once you find it.
  • On a Mac: hit ⌘-control-space to bring up the emoji selector.
  • Elsewhere: find and search codes at and type the code that you want (like :sheep:) into a post or message.


If you come to my house in July, you will likely find coverage of the Tour de France on my television. I am no expert, but I love watching the riders meet the immense challenges that they encounter and seeing the beautiful shots of the areas they ride in. For today’s eye candy, I am featuring projects for each Tour jersey.

The White Jersey: Best young rider

From left to right: Vknitts’ My white summer linen top, Marionv’s Lace Flower Tunic, LadyElga’s Sommertop 2015 and NIKOL’s Белоснежная юбка.

The Green Jersey: Points leader (sprinters)

Clockwise from left: ishmaelito’s Tippi, cilvedson’s Arctic Baby Cardi, Casdena’s Guacamole Not Included and JnAknit’s Belmont.

The Polka Dot Jersey: Best climber (king of the mountain)

Clockwise from left: he cannon’s Happy Colours Blanket, koukutettu’s Pilkkulaukku, AmieC’s Clemson Polka Dot Blanket and megancooper13’s Polka Dot Stripes Cowl.

The Yellow Jersey: General Classification leader

Clockwise from left: craftycreoleJenn’s Keep on the Sunny Side of Life, Chleiti’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February), KirsiS’ From A Distance and Turtleback’s Warmish.

Each year while the Tour de France happens, spinners also come together on Ravelry to challenge themselves in different ways as a part of the Tour de Fleece. It’s fun to watch the beautiful yarn that is created in the Tour gallery, even if you don’t participate.

Thursday Tip: People Tab

July 2nd, 2015

Hi! In today’s tip I’m going to continue my tour of the navigation tabs. So far I’ve covered the patterns tab and the yarns tab and today I’ll cover the people tab.

You can get to the people section by clicking on that tab at the top of your screen or by visiting Let’s start on the left side of the page.

new kids

This is where you can see the 10 most recent new Ravelers with avatars. The link at the top will take you to an advanced search for people and will include users without avatars. In June we had almost 60,000 new accounts created, so this list is changing fast!

Next, let’s look at the right side of the page!

people search

Use the people search to find people on Ravelry. We’ll search by username, first name, website, location and designer name to find you matches – so it’s a great way to locate local knitter or follow up on a favorite blogger. Below that are a few more links to find people:

  • advanced search takes you straight to the search for people with lots of filters available to narrow down your query
  • Happy Birthdays! is a list of Ravelers with a birthday today (based on the info they entered in their profiles)! You can find birthday buddies or wish a stranger a happy day :)
  • View groups by country takes you to a page to find local groups. You can search for groups by location, find groups near you, or browse groups by country.

friends activity

This shows 4 recent entries from your friends activity – this view only shows new pictures of projects or handspun, so it’s a great peek at what your friends have been creating. You can click the link to see all your friends activity.

a random assortment of favorites

Projects that have been favorited and have a picture can appear here. We pick 9 at random each time you load the page so a page refresh will reveal more surprises. The links at the top will allow you to browse more projects that have been favorited, or check out ughs – projects that have been marked with the lowest happiness rating by their owners.

And finally, let’s see what’s at the bottom of the people tab.

shows us your FOs!

Want to see the most recently finished projects with photos? Look no further! We also have a few handy links in this section:

your neighbors

This section shows you Ravelers who have similar patterns in their projects, queue, and favorites. Clicking on the username takes you to a page where you can see your versions of the same pattern next to each other.

And that’s a wrap on the people tab. The rest of the navigation tabs will be featured here in the coming months so check back if you find these helpful!

July 1 is Canada Day, the national day of Canada which celebrates the birth of that great nation. Canadians make up the second highest nationality of Ravelers and our Canadian members sure do keep busy with their needles, hooks, and looms! In honor of Canada Day, I wanted to show some of the many wonderful recently finished projects created by Ravelers in Canada!

canada day 1

I love the soothing colors and pleased “I’m gonna wear this gorgeous FO all the time” smiles in these pictures! From left to right: Leighsideknits’ My Blue Stonecrop, lubitel’s Top-Down Icelandic Sweater, and and UandIKnit’s Gloria.

canada day 2

I am a sucker for beautiful home crafts and just adore the gorgeous color and skill evident in Celestya22’s Sophie’s Universe CAL, UnderSaskSkies’ Britt’s Tea Towels, and KnitRead’s Everyday Use. Beautiful!

canada day 3

KnitBugVal’s Summer Gansey Tee, Perrinpimpim’s Butter Skin, and Alpach’s Alberta all caught my eye not only because of the beautiful projects, but also the range of moods they captured with their photographs.

Happy Canada Day to all in “the True North, strong and free!” flag

This is your friendly not-so-regular reminder that you should check your email address on your profile to make sure it is correct. Your email address is the way that we contact you to help you reset your password should you ever lose access to your Ravelry account, so it is very important that it is kept up to date. We don’t share your email address and only use it when we need to help you with your account or if you have submitted some other help request to us.

To change your email address, or check to see what you have listed, click your username in the upper right of the page. Then, click “edit your profile” just below your username on your profile page.

Once there, you will see your email address listed at the top of the page. If the address listed there is not accurate, click “change”. That will bring up this window.

You can enter the correct email address here under “primary email address”. You can also choose if you want to send email notifications to this address when you receive messages on Ravelry.

When you click the dropdown under “Should we send email notifications when you receive Ravelry messages?”, you will see these options.

“No” means you will not receive email notifications of messages, “Yes – send to my primary email” will send notifications to the email you list in this window and “Yes – send to a different address” will bring up a window to allow you to enter a different address for email notifications.

Once you update your address, enter your Ravelry password and click the “save” button. Even if you think your email address is good, I encourage you to go take a quick look, just to be sure! If you do lose access to your account, I’m here to help, but checking your information will ensure that you can quickly regain access to Ravelry should you lose your password.