Thursday Tip: Mobile Forums

March 12th, 2015

I know that a lot of you are like me – even when you’re away from the big screen of a computer, you can’t stay away from the lure of the Ravelry forums. We’ve recently launched a revamp of the forums for mobile devices to make them easier to use on smaller screens.

Here are some highlights of the new features you’ll find in this view:

  • all your forums are in a single column which means they can be bigger and more legible
  • the buttons are increased in size and much easier to click
  • the reply box where you type your text is larger

You don’t have to do anything to get this view – just navigate to your forums  with a mobile device and it will come on automatically.

What if you don’t like it? Well, it’s easy to opt out of.

At the bottom of every forums page there’s a big button you can click to return to the old view. (And if you change your mind, you can turn it back on in the same place!) There are some other great buttons at the bottom of every mobile forums page, which I annotated above – you can return to your forums, to the index for that specific group, to the top of the page, and to the next thread with unread posts.

We hope you’ll give this new view a shot! If you have any questions or comments, we’ve got a big thread going here in For the Love of Ravelry.

Cabled sweaters are classic for a good reason – they are lovely, warm, and fun to make. For today’s Eye Candy post, I am highlighting some of the beautiful cable sweaters that Ravelers have completed so far in 2015!

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Verabee’s Hawser, PaperDaisy1’s Lisa’s Rowe, and ehalf’s 8 Days of Wheat all strike a perfect balance between flattering and cozy.

cabled sweaters 2

The proud photos for stacychi123’s quickdraw, SamanthaLW’s Burrard, and edmondskathy’s (crocheted!) Irish Twist make me happy – there’s really nothing like finishing a fantastic new sweater!

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Finally, I just adore Suzy-Creamcheese’s striking adventurous, Konrad’s luxurious Usk, and -Jenya-‘s intricate Grit.

To see more beautiful cabled FOs (finished objects) from this year, you can search for “cables” in our project search box for page after page of inspiration.

If you are looking for patterns from a specific publisher, simply typing phrases into the text box might let you down. For example, just typing “Knitty” is going to turn up all kinds of things. Here are some different, more precise ways to browse through the patterns that are published in a series or listed on a particular website.

If you are looking at any book or magazine (we call this a “source”) on Ravelry and that source is part of a series or other group, you can click the title at the top of the page to view a chronological list. From here, you can search through all of the patterns within.

If you are interested in looking through all of the patterns that are published on a specific site, you can use the “Website” filter (far down on the left hand side) in the pattern search and type in the domain name of that site: for example, “brooklyntweed.com”.

While playing around in the advanced project search a few weeks ago, I realized that it’s possible to find projects done with more than 1 yarn weight. It was tough to tear myself away from the amazing projects I found in the results, and I immediately penciled this in for my next Eye Candy post. I’m really excited to share some of these beauties with you today.

I really love the effect of different colors plus different yarn weights in al these projects! Clockwise from top left: KimDenise’s Fifty Grifty, SpringerB6’s Restekiste – two teddy bears, and apedawn’s Frostline.

These sweaters are all gorgeous pairings of different yarn weights. procleusmatic’s northern beauty (why yes, I would like to start adding a luscious cuff edging to all my sweaters!), iikku’s True friend, and hydrangealover’s Thandie Funnel Neck.

All these projects are the result of two different weights knit together. What amazing results! Clockwise from left: eritml’s Polaris, EspaceTricot’s Mira’s Cowl, VincentandFriends’ Josie, and himawari’s Aurelia Cowl.

PS Here’s an example of the search I used to find projects for this post – select 2 yarn weights and make sure the filter says AND between them. You might notice in your searches that you turn up diversely international results, a great glimpse into popular techniques in different places.

Today’s post isn’t about finding patterns that inspire you (although you’ll find plenty of those, too), but patterns that actually speak your language. We are an international site. We even have a fun page of statistics that will show you how many people are online in various countries and you can check out what patterns are hot around the world, too. As such, we have patterns in lots of different languages. If you want to look for patterns in a particular language, look no further than our advanced search. When on the advanced search page, you will find a “language” box on the left of the page. If you don’t see it there, then you can click the “jump to a filter” drop down to bring it to the top.

You can click on whatever language you prefer there. If you are bi-lingual, you can click more than one and it will search for any patterns in either language. Once you set up your search, you can save it using the instructions in this tips post so you can easily access it from your magnifying glass tab whenever you wish to use it.

If you find yourself on a pattern page and you aren’t sure what language the pattern comes in, you can find little flags that indicate the available languages just above the “about this pattern” area on the right of the page.

If the pattern is a free Ravelry download, you will choose which language version to download when you click “free”. If it is a purchased Ravelry pattern, you will receive all language versions of the pattern upon download, unless otherwise indicated on the pattern page.

We do get asked if we can offer translations, and unfortunately we cannot, so it is important that you make sure the pattern is available in your preferred language before making a purchase. I hope this helps you know how to do that quickly and easily!

Recently, the Lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram (depending upon the translation). In honor of this international celebration, I couldn’t resist showcasing some recently completed projects related to these animals!

goat sweater

ylojbean made a goat sweater for her sweet little kid and it’s one of the the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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LisaMareeNZ’s Lambert is just darling, dyon1126 crocheted 15 Sheep Balls in 2015 for Nengajo (New Years post cards), and Constana has a cozy, beautiful new Sheep Pillow.

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I love the tiny sheep detail on Isabeaui’s Islandpullover, dollmaker46203’s adorable Blue Ram, and phmatter’s Jude’s Ram’s Horn Hat!

Three cheers for sheep, goats, and rams!

If you’re a moderator of any groups on Ravelry, then today’s tip is for you – we’re going to talk about some recent improvements to the reports section.

Reports are the way that Ravelry moderators can speak privately about flagged posts in their groups. When someone flags a post, a new report is created and there the moderators can view the post and add comments that only they can see. They’re helpful for handling inappropriate postings, and for planning fun surprises for group members! Now that you know a little about them, let’s talk about what’s new!

When you’re adding a comment, below it you’ll see a new checkbox to mark a comment as urgent. Reports can be chatty, so this is a great way to mark those posts that are really important to notify your fellow moderators about.

Visit your forums settings page, and if you’re a moderator you’ll see a new section called moderator settings. These settings add a new level of control to the messages you receive about reports in your group.  For each group you moderate, you can turn on or off private messages for:

  1. Each newly flagged post in your group.
  2. Each comment on a report by a fellow moderator.
  3. Each urgent comment on a report by a fellow moderator.

What make a comment urgent? That’s up to your and your fellow mods! Our big 6 moderators use “Notify me of urgent comments” as a sort of vacation mode – they can step away for a few days and come back to a PM box that’s just the important stuff to catch up on.

The last improvement to the reports section is that just like in the forums we keep track of unread comments. Now it’s easy to see at a glance on the reports index which ones have new comments and which you’re all caught up on. And, just like the forums, we’ll bring you straight to the newest comment, which is handy in long discussions!

Thank you to all our moderators for volunteering to help out a Ravelry group; we hope these improvements make your job easier!

Community Eye Candy: Louisianans

February 17th, 2015

Hello and happy Mardi Gras, Ravelers!  In the US, the home of our biggest Fat Tuesday celebration is New Orleans, Louisiana.  So, today we’re going to celebrate some of the amazing projects made recently by Louisiana Ravelers.

First up I highlight some hats! Lollyloop’s Red Dragon is so detailed, ShaunaMHamilton’s Fixation Hat has an awesome color combo and aehull’s ear flaps in handspun looks like a squishy marvel.

Next are some shawls and a backpack. I love how much shine there is to RitaMiller’s Amethyst, YarnGardenStore’s Leslie’s Shadow & Glow has the most handsome model, Dawnetello’s Feather intarsia knapsack is gorgeous colorwork.

Finally, some sweaters. I loved all of these because the models look so happy and proud! From left to right: yvonnegut’s Overcast, dyb317’s Garter Stitch Sweater, and ashleybah’s Mudblood.

Thursday Tip: Send a Valentine!

February 12th, 2015

valentines

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for one of my favorite Ravelry traditions: sending vintage Valentines through Ravelry messages!

send valentines link

To send a Valentine, just go to the Ravelry profile of the person to whom you want to send it, and click on the special send Valentine link you’ll see just under the regular send message link. (If the Raveler has Ravelry messages disabled, you won’t see either of these options.) Once you click on the send Valentine link you’ll get to choose from among several cute vintage Valentines. Type in your own note if you want, and send your friend some love!

The Valentines will be available from late night (Eastern time) on Friday the 13th, through Valentine’s Day. We hope you have fun with these – yay for sending some love!

p.s. we heart you, Ravelers!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and there are a lot of cute projects popping up on Ravelry that people are making for their Valentines or just to celebrate the fun of the holiday. Here are some projects that caught my eye.


First, some cute heart ideas. From left to right: MissCookie’s Dangercrafts Valentine Swap, kmacmillian2003’s 15 in 2015 – March Part A, and beanly’s The Beat Goes On


Next, some really fun Valentine’s collections! I rarely have the patience to make something more than once so I admire these multiple projects. From left to right: peggyc’s Valentine’s Day Dozen NICU Hats, mmmeg’s Valentine Gnomes, and ChristineAdolph’s Valentine’s Cats


Finally, they say home is where the heart is, so here are some hearts for your home! From left to right: emeleste’s Heart Magnets, LHarmon’s Valentine Heart Coaster and knitsandpots’ Be Mine

Hope these projects inspired you to share some love as much as they inspired me!