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chaoskaethe’s CSD-Anhänger 18M

Sometimes yarn seems like magic. With even just a little bit of it, we can make something great! Here are a few recently completed projects made with 50 or fewer yards (45.72 meters) of yarn.

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Left, louisap’s Norwegian star pincushion #2, and right, frkgarndk’s make-up pads. Such pretty and clever home projects!

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Stormwhisper’s Amigurumi Baby Seal and kelly-ann’s Little Hedgehog are ridiculously adorable!

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Finally, I loved how pretty and practical kdmade’s heart bookmarks and Cheetah2011’s Leafy Coaster are!

Searching through these projects makes me want to look through my yarn remnants and see if I can make myself a pretty little something, as well. If you’d like to see more projects made with fewer than 50 yards, you can check out this advanced projects search link, where I entered a custom yardage range from 1 – 50 yards. Enjoy!

Quick Forum Tips

March 18th, 2016

The forums include a bunch of little useful tools and that are easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them. Here are a few things that you might not have noticed.

Topic totals

At the top of every thread, right below the title, is a summary line with a few different totals. Most of them are linked and you can click to dig into the details.

  • The number of images in the thread. Tap this to view all of the posts that include images.
  • The number of patterns that were linked in the thread. This brings you to the pattern search page and filters for the patterns that were discussed.
  • The same as above, but projects instead of patterns
  • Voices: this links to a page that shows the top posters in the thread, along with any moderators that have participated

Search inside a topic

At the top of each page of posts, above the first post, is a row of links. The search this topic link will open up a search box that you can use to either search for text in posts OR search for a particular person’s posts by putting in their username. Typing in your own name here can be a handy way to look at your own posts in a thread.

Search everywhere

There is a small search box in the top right of the main forums tab. If you are looking for something that you know has been mentioned somewhere, use the “All forums” option to search every forum/group on Ravelry. If you are looking for a particular phrase, put it in quotes. For example: “crazy goat help”.

Topic tools

The green bar that sticks to the bottom of every thread includes a button that is labeled “Tools: watch, ignore..”. Hiding in here is a useful pair of links: one that will bring you to the very first post, and one that will send you back to the last post that you read. If you find yourself catching up on an old thread, this gives you a way to jump to the beginning and then return to where you left off.

I have been drawn to this lovely gold color lately and seem to be seeing it everywhere! With St. Patrick’s Day happening this week, I thought it would be fun to put the spotlight on these gold projects, our own little Ravelry pot of gold!

First off, some solid gold (pun intended) projects.

Clockwise from upper left: akustrikk’s Julian Vest, Raccroc’s Comme un air de printemps, LucindaIglesias’ Kitra Cowl-Dulce de Leche, and MVick’s Dandelion Tree Rings.

Finally, these beautiful projects use gold as an accent, combining it with a wide variety of colors.

Clockwise from upper left: alfa’s Malsenkoften, crochet-hello’s RETRO BLANKET, kjwood1981’s Half Moon Luau and darcytx’s Going to the Majestic Theatre.

Hope you find your pot of yarnie gold at the end of your rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day!

project page

Every so often we are asked: what is the difference between Ravelry favorites, the queue, the library, and our shopping carts? These are all features for Raveler members’ personal use, and while all the features are related to patterns, each has its own unique functions and benefits. Today we’re going over the highlights of what your Favorites, Queue, Library, and Shopping Cart were designed for!

Favorites

Your Ravelry favorites are a record of things that you like. You can add projects, patterns, yarn (both in the database and yarn that other Ravelers have stashed or spun), forum posts, designers, yarn brands, and even Ravelry ads to your favorites!

    Some things I love about Favorites:

  • Bundles! Bundles are a way to organize your favorites into visual boards. If, like me, you like to add a lot of things to your Ravelry favorites, bundles are a great way to organize the faves you might want to find again later.
  • Hearts! Sometimes I like to add Ravelers’ projects to my favorites simply because it gives the Raveler a little heart on that project. Even if I don’t want to find it again, I like to spread a little love!
  • You can search your favorites both from the favorites section in your Notebook and through filters in the advanced search.
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  • As you can see, the advanced search will also allow you to search for patterns from designers you have added to your Ravelry favorites! I love checking that box and sorting the results by “recently published” to see what is new from my favorite designers.
    Want to read more about Favorites? Here are some resources!

  • Favorites walkthrough video (this was made before Bundles existed but has good basic info!)
  • Introducing Bundles Tips post
  • Bundle All The Things Tips post!

Queue

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Your Ravelry Queue is where you can track patterns you want to make, or yarns you want to use. You can reorder your queue to keep things you want to start soon at the top of your list, and start your projects right from the Queue section of your notebook. To add something to your Ravelry queue, just click on the “add to queue” button you see on pattern and yarn pages.

    Some things I love about my Queue:

  • If you are queueing a pattern, you can add notes to the pattern and even attach yarn from your Ravelry stash to that queued item. Later, if your start your project from the Queue page’s start project button, this information carries over to your project page!
  • I like to keep my queue limited to things I plan to begin soon, but we don’t place a limit on how many things you can queue. If you have a longer queue, you can organize it into tabs to easily find things later! If you have a long queue and want to do some organization, check out Jess’ queue to see a beautifully organized long queue in use.
  • The print button on your queue page will prepare a printer-friendly list for you, with the yarn, weight, yardage, and gauge suggested in the patterns along with information you’ve added like yarns you wish to use, and notes. This is incredibly handy if you are going to a yarn shop, fiber event, or festival!
  • queueshopping

Library

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Your Ravelry library exists to track patterns that you own – both individual patterns and ones that are in books or magazines you have purchased- and to store digital patterns that you have purchased (or downloaded for free) through Ravelry pattern downloads. You can add books and magazines to your library from the library section of your notebook, or by using the add to Ravelry library button on pattern pages. If you purchase the pattern or ebook through Ravelry pattern sales, the pattern will automatically be added to your Ravelry library!

    Some things I love about my Library:

  • Pattern search! Your Ravelry library is most useful if you use it only for patterns that you actually own. This will allow you to accurately use the “in my library” filter in the advanced pattern search – so handy when you are looking for a pattern you can start right away!
  • pattern search filters

  • Pattern updates! If you purchased a digital pattern through Ravelry Pattern Sales, and the designer issues an update, we’ll show an “update available” button for you in your Ravelry library. Your library also has an updates section that allows you to view all pending updates at once and quickly update any patterns you wish.
  • pattern updates

  • For my queue: in your library, there is a “for my queue” section that will show you any patterns you have queued (or books or magazines that contain patterns you have queued) that you haven’t listed in your Ravelry library. If your library is up to date with the patterns you own, this section is great personal pattern shopping list!
  • for my queue

Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is something you will rarely see – it is for patterns you are purchasing and will usually only be visible for a short amount of time while you hold the patterns in your cart before checking out. While it is possible to hold patterns in your shopping cart for as long as you like, we recommend using your favorites or queue if you are keeping it in your cart because you want to remember it or make it someday.

    Some things I love about my Shopping Cart:

  • I love buying patterns to support designers! That’s about all there is to the shopping cart.

Phew!

I hope this post has been helpful to any of you who have been curious about the difference between your favorites, queue, library, and shopping cart. All of these features can do much more than I’ve mentioned in this overview post, so I encourage you to explore them further by adding something to your favorites, queue, or library today!

I am of the opinion that plaid never goes out of style. Whether you prefer a muted classic or a bright study on color mixing, it is always beautiful. I’ve already sewn two plaid dresses this year and still can’t get it out of my head, so today’s eye candy is celebrating the like-minded souls who have recently completed plaid projects.

First up, an exquisite trio of classic beauties. ememknits’ Plaid, peaceweaver’s Douglas tartan scarf, and ZhuMa’s Cowl Handwoven.

Next up, proof that plaids don’t have to be woven. annette92’s Princess Franklin Plaid Collar, HerdingCats’ Mad for Plaid, and RecycleCindy’s Tartan Blue Plaid Dishcloth.

And finally, I couldn’t resist these bright plaids! JeanneM’s Miranda’s First Birthday Play blanket, sammimag’s Double Weave Color Gamp, and Climberknits’ Baby Blanket Plaid.

I hope you loved these stripey projects as much as I did! I found them a couple ways – searching using the plaid tag, plaid free text search, and all woven projects since I knew they were good candidates that may not have plaid anywhere searchable. If you want to make your projects show up in more search results, adding tags and a description are a great way to do so!

It is easy to forget that you can favorite posts that you might want to revisit later, but with around 50,000 posts being added to Ravelry each day, there’s a lot of great information out there that you might want to find again!

To favorite a post, click the little grey heart beside the post number.

Once you favorite the post, the heart will turn pink and you can choose if you want to add notes about the post, add tags to help you better search your favorites or add it to a bundle. Adding the favorite to a bundle is optional, but it provides you with a lot of additional options. You could have a bundle of posts that you want to read again later. You might also have a bundle for a certain technique, like colorwork, and you could save patterns, projects and forum posts about colorwork all in the same bundle! You can read more about making bundles in this post.

If a post has an image in it, then the image shows in your favorites and your bundles, making it really easy to jog your memory about that post.

Shown above: Spinning Haven post by symonangel (left) and Knitting techniques post by history weaver (right)

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy way to keep track of the great things you see in the forums each day! If you aren’t already participating in our forums, you can check them out in the forums tab and find more information about them here.

Most people would tell you they know what wool is. And I guess technically they do, it’s the hair that a sheep grows, but to us fiber artists that just scratches the surface of describing wool. The sheen of Wensleydale, the bounciness of Targhee, the loft of Icelandic; these are details that we know and love. Today’s tip introduces a new feature that allows us to dig in and find the kind of wool (or other fiber!) that we love – the ability to search fiber stashes by fiber type.

First of all, you’ll see that we’ve added a fiber section to the advanced search. Now it’s easier than ever to browse fiber stashes on Ravelry. Once you get there, you can use our new fiber type filter to browse the stashes in the fibers that make your heart sing.

You can choose “All” at the top to see all of the stashes with a fiber of that type, or drill down to get specific. As always, you can also combine terms to find fibers made from your favorite blend.

Here’s a link to that last search, to get you started exploring! Enjoy perusing all the potential FOs in stashes (or use the all used up filter to trace the fiber to handspun and knitting/crochet projects!).

PS If you’re looking for these in the yarn advanced search, sorry, they’re not there yet. We’ll be adding them as more yarns have this detailed fiber type data.

Community Eye Candy: Winter White

February 23rd, 2016

Inspired by the (surprise!) snow today where I live, I wanted to share projects made in lovely white and cream yarns. All of these projects have been completed this year!

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I really loved the textural details and pure coziness factor of TricotKnitCo’s Isn’t She Lovely Scarf, aisteb1973’s Riptide, and prairiechic’s wee penelope.

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These delicate lace projects caught my eye: K-Kristiina’s Vita, momc153’s 20 year butterfly doily (major kudos for finishing a project that was started in 1996!), and she-ptashka’s Estonian Lace Shawl.

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In the comfy-looking accessories department, Kazyuk’s Camp Out Fingerless Mitts, NeigedeLouAnge’s Cosy Flake, and LittleMissyKnit’s Smaug 22/52 all look ready to snuggle up in.

If you are also in a region with winter weather right now, I hope you get plenty of time to curl up with some good yarn and a fun project!

Chinese New Year was recently celebrated, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. We thought it would be fun to take a look at some recently completed monkey projects, some of which were created specifically in celebration of the new year.

First of all, some really adorable monkey stuffies.


From left to right: pamhg’s Hello, Christopher!, jeanc’s Monty, Gallynette’s Chinese New Year Monkey and kerui’s Pepiño.

Then, I found some great monkey hats.


From left to right: missflyingfish’s Chinese New Year Little Girl’s Monkey Hat, roko’s Monkey, kprobst4’s Bright monkey, and LateClematis’ Year of the Monkey Hat (she made a second one, too, I just didn’t have room in this picture to show them both, you should go check them out).

Hope you enjoyed these monkey projects and that you have a very Happy Year of the Monkey!

yarn page updates

We have some handy updates on yarn pages that we’d like to share with you today! The updates can all be found in the section with the buttons at the upper right of any yarn’s Ravelry page and will be especially useful to you with your favorite yarns that you use and stash over and over again.

in projects button

When you click on the In Projects button, you’ll get the option to create a new project right away using this yarn. You’ll also see a list of any projects you’ve already made with the yarn.

in stash button

The In Stash button will allow you to easily stash a new colorway of the yarn as well as show you all the colorways you’ve already stashed.

We hope this makes it easier than ever to stash and work with your most-loved yarns!