Eye Candy: Tour de Fleece

July 26th, 2017

As the wheels of cyclists begin spinning for the Tour de France each year, so do the wheels (and spindles) of spinners on Ravelry that participate in the Tour de Fleece. In July, during the Tour de Fleece, Ravelers worked on around 4500 spinning projects. The results are so stunning that it was hard to select only a few to feature.


Above on the left is pnason’s Yarn #120 – Polwarth/Silk and on the right is threadbender’s Hipstrings- Merino/Bombyx.


Here on the left we have Momma2abunch’s Loop “Fish Owl” Bamboo Silk Wool Handspun 2017 #17 with rain’s Three Waters Farm Storm’s End – BFL.


One of the things I love about looking through handspun is seeing all of the different beautiful tools used to make yarn, like in the images from Irieknit’s Pyrenees Delight Cheviot (left) and YarnGiraffe’s TwF Targhee Blurple (right).


Last but certainly not least, we have FluffyK’s New Summer on the left and TRace44’s Primordial SCF Deluxe Club Dec 2015 on the right.

You can go check out more of the amazing yarn created during Tour de Fleece in the Tour de Fleece group and the stash entries that have the tdf2017 tag. It is so fun to see people in the fiber community come together for fun projects like this one. Congratulations to the hard working moderators and team leaders that made it happen and to all who participated!

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Moonstruckmermaid’s She Sells Seashells

Most Ravelers are enjoying beautiful summer days right now – but that doesn’t mean our sweaters aren’t getting any wear! Today’s Eye Candy features recently completed sweater projects with photos taken out in the wild.

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paigelybparkin’s Tegna, ChristalLittleK’s Second Hugo, and Vasilevna’s Sea Sunset

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gudclaire’s Sparkling Innovation, katiegreenbean’s Hanabira, and nestknitting’s April by the Sea.

Here’s to lovely FO’s and gorgeous scenery!

Eye Candy: Good Boy, Bob.

July 11th, 2017

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Today’s Eye Candy is inspired by some sad news that is important to share with the Ravelry community. Sweet Bob, Ravelry’s lovable Boston Terrier mascot and loyal dog of our site’s founders, Jess and Casey, died yesterday, peacefully at home with his people, after being sick for some time. Bob was the best kind of dog – goofy, cuddly, a little bit snorty, and very playful, and he’s going to be missed very much. Today, in his honor, I thought I would share a little assortment of projects that reminded me of Bob.

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There are Boston Terriers, of course – Lyndilitz’s Boston Terrier, JennaWingate’s Turbo Portrait Blankie, and hookedbyangel’s Boston Terrier Cup Cozy.

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Here is Bob and Small Bob – a cute wee puppet made for Jess & Casey by the nice folks at Malabrigo Yarn. (They have a free pattern if you want your own Small Bob!)

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Bob’s “thing” was balls and he would happily play with any ball at any time. These gorgeous yarn-y ones would be too delicate to be toys for an enthusiastic terrier, but they sure are cute: crochetbug’s Peace Sign Crochet Soccer Ball, amazonchyk’s Earth amigurumi, and lepemalestvari’s striped ball.

All of these projects make me smile, but I also want to say to Jess and Casey that people around the world are so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose a furry family member, but we thank you for sharing Bob with all of us throughout the years!

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And Bob: you were always a good boy.


Every year in June, we fly the rainbow pride flag on Ravelry. June is LGBT Pride Month and it is a time when people all over the world celebrate diversity and community and stand together against hate and bigotry. Pride happens in June in remembrance of the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969. After a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, transgender women of color led an uprising to fight back against the police brutality that the LGBTQ community was, and still is, experiencing. These riots were the spark that began the modern LGBTQ rights movement. On Ravelry, we usually hoist the flag around the June 28th anniversary and keep it up into July.

We fly the flag in solidarity with LGBTQI+ Ravelers, to celebrate diversity of gender and sexuality, to state that we stand against hate, bigotry and discrimination, and as a reminder that so many in our community are suffering.

The yarn community would be absolutely impoverished without LGBTQI+ knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers, dyers, yarnies, educators, writers, publishers, and shop owners. We who love this craft need to stand against hate and work and advocate for inclusion and equality. Not only in our yarn world, but locally, nationally, and globally as well.


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LindaDavie’s Rainbow Amineko Cats

Today I’m sharing bright, beautiful rainbow projects!

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From left to right: Ullamarike’s incredible Rainbow Umbrella, psyche-dog’s incredible Horse Sculpture, and RadicalWeft’s cheery “Izzy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Wrist Warmers. (Thanks to Raveler missmalarkey sent me a message alerting me to psyche-dog’s incredible project while I was writing this post – I was delighted to see the rainbow colors matched today’s theme, and also, WOW.)

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Above are Ambiknitrix’s cozy Double Happiness Socks, Beth02116’s cool bike rack (and adorable dog Purl!), and redvoodoo’s moody woven rainbow scarf.

I hope these rainbows brightened your day!

Tip: Blog Post Archive

June 22nd, 2017

When we see people in person, they often tell us that they enjoy our blog posts. We are so happy to get this feedback and wanted to show you how to look through the blog post archive in case you missed a post or two.

When you are on Ravelry, click the help tab that shows next to the magnifying glass.

When you scroll down, you’ll see a Blog Posts heading. To see our full post archive, click “go to the blog post archive” at the end of the list of recent posts.

If you are looking for something specific, you can search for it in the search box in the help tab, instead. The search looks for your search topic in both blog posts and wiki pages that are community maintained to help you.

Our past posts contain a lot of great information and inspiration, so we hope that you find it helpful to access all of it in the same place.

Today in the Northern Hemisphere, we are enjoying the Summer solstice: the day of the year with the most daylight! Where I live, we’re also hitting highs of 100 degrees (and up!) Fahrenheit all week, and I thought it would be appropriate to share projects made with bright, sunny colors.

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First up, beautiful bright sweaters: Hiiragi’s Holiday test, Julieanne02’s For the love of speckles and stripes, and Louice’s Flower Power.

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Next we have sunshiney shawls! Woll-moe-re’s Summerleaf, citric4blue’s Eight Tiny Foxes, and aduary’s Sevilla Shawl.

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Finally, a few vivid projects: RavenEphemera’s Sweetgrass Prairie Socks, tanace’s Diagonal Beach Skirt, and zoltnerly’s Owl’s eyes cowl.

All of these have been completed so far this month! If you’d like to check out more projects in these colors, try this project search link.

Eye Candy: Bags!

June 7th, 2017

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MrsDanvers’ Spring Hexagons bag – so pretty!

I love a good bag (handmade or otherwise), and today I found some great bag projects to share with everyone! So far this year, Ravelers have made well over 4,000 bags – here are just a few that popped out at me when I searched those projects.

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Above: mustrimardikas’ woven laptop bag and iKnitnstitch’s Felted Boho Knot Bag are so chic.

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I love the whimsical Unicorn Farts Bag from lindseyatk and Zin-Carla’s Shark Bait!

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Finally, aren’t these vibrant colors gorgeous? Crochet green purse from Santtuqs, TracyMarie’s Beach Day Tote Bag, and Marionv’s Mochila Liza.

There are a lot of really great groups on Ravelry, but sometimes it might feel overwhelming to find one you are interested in joining. The ability to find groups using tags could help you find groups you didn’t even think to look for! To do this, go to the groups area and click “search by tag” on the right side of the page.

On the search by tag page, you can enter a particular tag or if you scroll down, you can choose a tag to see the groups associated with it. The bigger the tag, the more groups that have that tag.

Let’s say you are looking for some crafty podcasts. You can click the podcast or podcasts tag. For this post, I chose “podcasts”.

Then, you’ll be taken to a page which shows all of the groups with that tag and you can click more to find out more about the group and the podcast.

There are so many different tags to choose from that I’m sure you will find something that interests you in one of our groups. I could browse this way for hours, but I guess I’ll have to take a break to do some knitting at some point.

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I love making sweaters, but I also love the simple act of dreaming about and planning the sweaters I want to make. Even better: dreaming about sweaters I want to make with yarn I already have in my stash. One way I do this is, of course, to attach stashed yarn to the pattern I plan to make with it when I add the pattern to my Ravelry queue. Because I keep my queue small, with only projects I really plan to knit in the immediate future (and only with yarn I already have), I use another Ravelry feature to organize the sweater quantities of yarn I don’t yet have plans for: bundles!

I made a bundle called Future Sweaters, to which I’ve added all of my sweater quantities of yarn. It’s one of my most practical bundles and makes it really easy to find stashed yarns I want to use when I am ready to start a new sweater project, or when I just want to think about what type of sweater I’d like to make next.

If you’d like to make a similar bundle, you can do it in a couple of ways, depending upon whether or not you’ve added your Ravelry yarn to your stash.

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If you track your stash in Ravelry, you can sort your stashed yarn by most yardage to quickly see all the yarns you bought with intentions for solid-color sweaters or other large projects. From here, click on the stashed item, add it to your favorites, and then select or create your sweater quantities bundle from the resulting pop-up.

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If you haven’t yet added your stash to Ravelry, you can still make a sweater quantities bundle by going to the Ravelry yarn page of the yarns you own sweater quantities for, and adding them to your favorites and then your bundle.

There are so many different ways to organize things by bundles! It’s nearly 90 degrees where I live today but I figure dreaming up sweaters is appropriate no matter the season. Sometimes I just like looking at my Future Sweaters bundle and admiring the photos of my pretty yarn. I’m sure you understand!