Thursday Tip: Send a Valentine!

February 12th, 2015


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!

Here’s something that we just added to pattern search today. You can find patterns that typically use a certain number of colors by selecting the “Colors used” filter. We don’t track information about the number of colors that a pattern requires so we get this number by looking at the projects that are associated with a pattern.

(Sometimes we add search options without much fanfare. Here’s another one you might not have noticed: You can use the “designer country” filter to look for designs from specific countries)

PS We’ve had a lot of requests, so here’s the search I used to find the patterns in my screenshot :)

Community Eye Candy: 5 million!

February 3rd, 2015

We are so excited that on Sunday, February 1, we hit the amazing milestone of 5 million Ravelers!  It is wonderful to have such a huge, warm community of people who love fiber arts just like us.  To celebrate, today’s Community Eye Candy focuses on some 5 millionths, and the number 5.

First up, let’s look at some 5 millionths from around the site.  Clockwise from top right: the 5 millionth finished project, 1i1monkee’s Aran cardigan, the 5 millionth project, theyarnprincess’ French Toast (her 3rd time out of 7 doing that pattern!), and the subject of the 5 millionth favorite, wakenda’s Mrs. Darcy.

And how about some neat project with the number 5?  Clockwise from top right: kateyj’s Snarky Design Handspun which is exactly 500 yards of handspun, Jellythecat’s Age UK Warm Home, which she made in 5 days, and amclothier’s Happy Throw for Brynlee, made with 5 colors of the same yarn.

Thank you so much for being a Ravelry member.  We are so grateful to have you be a part of our community.

Your Ravelry library can be a great resource for you in keeping track of the patterns that you have and for storing Ravelry downloads. The most helpful part for me is that I can use it to help me remember all the different patterns I have on Ravelry, as well as in books and magazines. There is an “add to library” button on every pattern page, but the type of pattern determines what actually gets added to your library.

If the pattern is from a book or magazine, you will see this when you click “add to library”.

You can then choose whether you want to add the full book/magazine or just the individual pattern to your library. This will not add the actual patterns to your library, only the information about the pattern or book.

If the pattern is a free Ravelry download, you will see this when you click “add to library”.

This will add the actual pdf file to your library. You will be able to access it any time in the future by going to your notebook tab and clicking library.

If the pattern is a Ravelry download that is for sale, you will also see this when you click “add to library”

But, with a purchased download, the pattern pdf will not be added to your library when you click “add to library”. It will only add the information about the pattern. You might want to use this if you purchased the pattern somewhere outside of Ravelry. In order to add the full pdf file, you need to click “buy now” on the pattern page instead. Buying the pattern will add the pdf file to your Ravelry library upon purchase.

You can always go remove something that you have added to your library by clicking on the image of the item in your library and choosing the delete button. So, feel free to play around with it so you can get the hang of how it works.

A big advantage to having a library that is up to date with all of the patterns that you have is that you can search the patterns that are in your library without going through your bookshelf or your pdf files. To do this, go to the advanced search and choose the “In my library” option under “Availability” on the left of the page.

I hope this helps you to better utilize the resources available to you in your Ravelry library!

One of my favorite forum discussions on our site is the “Most Beautiful FO (finished object) You Have Seen on Ravelry” thread in the For the Love of Ravelry forum. Started by funkyknitwit in 2008 and still active, it is filled with page after page of positivity about the incredible work users see from each other on Ravelry. Today’s Eye Candy projects are all pulled from that thread – thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years!

wedding projects

There were quite a few wedding-related projects linked in the thread – no surprise, as a wedding is such a wonderful chance to make a precious and meaningful heirloom! MandaKR’s Gettin’ Married Shawl, WorldKnit’s Alex Squared: The Wedding Dress, and KnittingRN’s Wedding Veil all took my breath away.

handspun projects

The stunning, cozy handspun projects that Ravelers linked to include wolletron’s Skittles Hoedown, PiccoloBlue’s Larchmont Wool Project/Family Quilt, and HelloYarn’s Fantom Bohus. I want to squish them all!

crochet projects

KarinvdB’s Amineko 2013 Temperature Cat, nixx’s Wedding Dress (I couldn’t help including another wedding dress project – it’s just incredible!), and dragonbird’s Freeform Crochet Project: Painting with Yarn are outstanding examples of the creative talent seen from the crocheters on Ravelry.

sweater projects

Trillian42’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamsweater, dayana’s Fabulous Freija, and nbgriz’s Reindeer Cardigan are a few of the fantastic garments that have been highlighted in the Most Beautiful FO’s thread. Love these gorgeous sweaters!

If you’d like to see more of the incredible projects that other Ravelers have seen and loved, check out this Advanced Search of the projects magic-linked in the “Most Beautiful FO” thread – I guarantee you’ll be inspired. If you’d like to share a stunning FO you’ve seen recently, please join in the conversation!

I’m one of the programmers at Ravelry, so I think one of the coolest things about our site is the data it provides.  Today’s tip is about a fun little tool on your project page that totals the length of yarn used in all your completed projects.

Scroll to the bottom of your project page in your notebook, and you’ll see this little summary of the yardage (or metreage if that’s the appropriate unit for you!) in your projects.  Clicking on the link takes you to a table with your projects and the yardage used in each one.  Here I see that 2 out of 3 of my most yardage-intensive projects were for my husband – lucky guy!

See a project with no yardage listed even though you know it used up yarn?  Click the edit link on that project page to make sure you have a yardage listed for each yarn – if you skip one we won’t be able to calculate your total yardage.

To take this to the next level, you’ll notice that this calculation shows separately on each of your project tabs if you’ve organized your projects into sets (check out this post from last year to learn how).  Raveler mulberryfibers shared the awesome idea to create a set for the projects you create each year and then you can see how much yarn you use each year!

project no patterns search

One of my favorite types of Advanced Searches to browse is a search for projects made without patterns. As someone who usually improvises or writes my own patterns, I just love looking through the pages of creative projects I might not have seen if I only looked at project tabs on pattern pages in the database!

project category selector

This week, we made an improvement to your project pages for projects you made without a pattern: we added a category selector, so you can select a category for them! Just click to edit your project and, if it’s not connected to a pattern on Ravelry, you’ll see a “pattern category” drop-down option just underneath the craft and tags fields. These are the same categories we use for patterns on Ravelry, so many of you will be familiar with the options already.

As more Ravelers fill this information in, we’ll be able to use the category filters on the projects-made-without-a-pattern advanced search, as well as see these projects included when we’re browsing for all projects in a particular category with the project search. I’m already looking forward to going down the rabbit hole of beautiful sweaters, blankets, socks, etc. that you all have made that aren’t connected to any patterns in the database.

When you add a project to Ravelry, you can rate how happy you are with the project, from very unhappy all the way to very happy. This is a great way to record how pleased you were with the both the process of making the item and the end result, so you can have that information for future reference. You can do this in the upper right of your project page when you are editing it by clicking on one of these smiley faces.


Today, I’m featuring recently completed projects that were rated “very happy” by their makers.

Top row (from left to right): BetsyJo’s Girasole, Tammyari’s Baby Girl’s blanket and 33Rayelle’s Rickrack Stripes Throw
Bottom row (from left to right): Girdy38’s Ammolite, blackolydog’s Stripey stripeyness and indigonightowl’s Pyukkleen

Top row (from left to right): perlestrikk’s Chloe, telogirl2003’s Rhonwen Cardigan and PprmntMochaMama’s Evergreen Christmas
Bottom row (from left to right): kellygirl’s Effortless Chic Poncho, amybyoung’s Rockabilly Yellow Rose and AFwifeCrochetNut’s Arizona Sunset

We are so excited, because it is time to register for Squam Art Workshops! Every year we so look forward to the creative classes, wonderful teachers, and nurturing attendees, all in one of our favorite parts of the world: Squam Lake in New Hampshire.

squam collage

Elizabeth has some amazing plans for this year’s retreat. Just check out this fantastic list of teachers! We love that at SAW we can not only take yarny classes from incredible folks we know and love (like Kate Atherley, Bristol Ivy, Amy Christoffers, Thea Colman, Gudrun Johnston, and Amy Herzog), but we can also branch out and try our hands at classes in woodworking, writing, mixed media, embroidery… the list goes on. On top of that there are yoga classes, poetry readings, and ample time to hike or enjoy the beautiful lake. It is going to be a wonderful experience!

Registration is open now – check out the Squam Art Workshops website for more information!

You can also join the SAW group if you want to chat with other Ravelers about all the fun. We hope to see you at the lake!