July 22nd, 2014
Today’s Eye Candy is all about our Nigerian Ravelers. They’re such a small group that I was able to look at all of their profiles and choose my favorite projects from each of their notebooks. Here they are!
From left to right: SecretHooker‘s Clutch bag with bow (don’t miss the beautiful lining she sewed in, too!), cindyann1‘s My Ballard Slouch Hat, and Modupe‘s Portable Handbag (I love using yarn to hold yarn).
From left to right: lisafroggirl‘s Clara Cowl, sabinecatmoon‘s Woodland Haruni (the bigger pattern pictures capture the sparkle in this FO), and NeneLawani‘s Wole’s Sweater (this is a man who loves his sweater :)
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into what our Nigerian Ravelers are creating! They may be only 27 Ravelers who list Nigeria as their country, but they contribute lots of beautiful FOs to our community :)
July 15th, 2014
It seems like lately I’m constantly packing a bag…a bag for the beach, a bag for camping, a bag for the pool. Here’s a few bags on Ravelry that have caught my eye this week!
Whether you are packing for a trip or just heading out for the afternoon, I hope these bags will inspire you to make something pretty for carrying your things, as well!
July 10th, 2014
One thing I love about Ravelry is being able to see your smiling faces (and cats and dogs and shawls and funny quotes) all over the site in the form of your Ravatar. What’s a Ravatar? It’s another name for an avatar or a profile picture, a little picture you use to represent yourself all over the site. Today’s tip is how to upload your own Ravatar.
Step 1: Get to your profile page.
To get to your profile page, click on your username in the upper right corner of the page where it says hiya!
Step 2: Edit your profile.
Click the link under your username that says edit profile.
Step 3: Add a picture
Once you are editing your profile, you’ll want to click in nearly the exact same place on a button that says add profile pics.
Step 4: Upload a picture
Finally, use the dialog to choose a picture you have saved on your computer, tablet, or phone, and then click the upload button to add it. The picture will show up on the left side of the screen just under the add profile pics button. You also have the choice to use a webcam to add a picture, if you have one.
And that’s it! Now you have a Ravatar to represent you all over the site! I like to choose a picture of me smiling because I feel like it makes my posts sound friendlier. Have fun picking something to represent you!
And for those of you that already have a Ravatar, here are some bonus tips. Did you know that you can manage your existing Ravatars when you’re editing your profile? Follow steps 1 & 2 above to edit and from there you can remove any Ravatars you don’t want and drag and drop to reorder your gallery of previous profile pics. I like keeping previous ones around so I can switch quickly if I feel like changing it up.
July 8th, 2014
Summery tops and sweaters in cool, drapey linens and cottons have been catching my eye here on Ravelry lately, and it’s no wonder – Ravelers are making some beautiful warm-weather garments right now! Here are some great recently finished projects:
Bring on the summer garments!
July 2nd, 2014
This week we show off some recent projects that were made with a single lonesome skein of yarn:
June 26th, 2014
The projects section of your Ravelry Notebook is such a handy place to track what you’ve made and share your helpful pictures and notes with other Ravelry users (or non-users if you choose!). For our tip today we wanted to give a quick intro to the sorting and filter options available in the projects section of your Notebook, to help you quickly find what you are looking for and choose how you see it.
On the far left is the add projects button, which is how you add a new project to your notebook.
Next to that is the drop-down that allows you to sort your projects so that you can view your notebook in various ways (with your WIPs – works in progress – first, by happiness, etc.).
The next option on the left side is a status filter – select this and you can easily switch the default all projects view to see only the projects you have in progress, finished, hibernating, or have frogged.
With the search field, you can quickly search your projects right from your Notebook page.
The options on the right side give you more tools to track and display projects.
The orange RSS button lets you subscribe to your choice of various available RSS feeds: projects, finished objects, comments on projects, or friends’ projects.
The cute little picture icon (with the green arrow pointing to it in the above screenshot) will pull up a slideshow of all your project photos.
The button with the two dots is Flickr’s icon, and if you (or the user whose notebook you’re looking at) has linked your Flickr account to your Ravelry profile (it’s an option when editing your profile) you be able to click right over and view your Flickr photos. Next to that is a link to the advanced search, which will allow you to use our regular advanced search project filters on the projects in the notebook you are viewing.
The final options on the right are display choices for different project card views. On the left is the large thumbnail view which will show your project photos in a simple and large format:
The middle display options button shows smaller photo thumbnails along with other information about your project, such as WIP status and percentage completed as well as icons representing people who have favorited or commented on the project.
While in this view, clicking on the little arrow on the bottom right of the project photo will bring up some quick editing options as well as a choice to delete the project from your notebook:
The last button to the right will bring up a list view of your projects:
All of these options will work for you to sort, filter, and view other Ravelry notebooks, not just your own! If you don’t have projects in your notebook but would like to try playing with these features, please feel free to click around in my notebook to test away.
June 24th, 2014
I really love bunting. It is such fun, crafty decor! This week I want to highlight some bunting that caught my eye.
I hope you enjoy these fantastic flags as much as I do!
June 17th, 2014
We have definitely caught World Cup Fever around here! We’re watching as many games as we can and my older son has picked his favorite players to follow. With World Cup on the brain, I thought it would be fun to feature some of the great World Cup projects people have made to make things more festive!
The World Cup has just begun, so you still have time to make a project inspired by your favorite team!
June 13th, 2014
Last week, all five of us on the staff here at Ravelry retreated to the woods of New Hampshire for the Squam Art Workshops. This is an event that Jess and Casey have attended nearly every year since its inception, though for me, Sarah, and Christina, it was our first year getting to be Squammies. I’ve seen the pictures and heard about the classes and environment that Elizabeth has nurtured for years, and knew that we were all in for a treat, but the experience of actually being by the lake, taking classes in cozy cabins, and spending time with the other Squam attendees left me feeling truly nourished and inspired.
Between us we enjoyed classes in knitting taught by Nancy Bush and Franklin Habit (two of the many incredible yarn-y teachers present), art, writing, and photography – a wonderful sampling of the subjects available at Squam. When we recapped our classes with each other, we all kept talking about how we knew we’d be reflecting on the things we learned for some time. We also heard a talk by Jared Flood, swam in the lake, ate yummy food, hiked through beautiful woods and admired the yarnbombed treasures everywhere, listened to loon calls, stayed up late in our cabin chatting and laughing with friends, crocheted on the dock, and ate s’mores… so many s’mores.
The Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry on Saturday night was a blast. Fantastic vendors set up booths in the main hall, and eager Squam attendees and locals lined up before it opened, ready to browse and buy these indie goods.
Across the road, our Ravelry Revelry had beer, cake, bunting and twinkle lights, and plenty of room for sitting down, craft in hand, and catching up with old and new friends. The evening was the perfect ending to this event, and we are especially grateful to our sponsors for making it possible!
The JOY level sponsors are:
and Purl Soho
There were even more participating sponsors who can be found on the Squam website.
Thank you so much to everyone at Squam for making it an unforgettable event!
June 12th, 2014
It’s time for another round of “What Do I Do With That Skein?”, the blog post series that helps you get from cherished skein to beloved finished object. Last month I posted about looking at projects made from a specific yarn. Today’s focus is going to be on finding the patterns that have a specific yarn as a suggestion.
To start, let’s go back to our handy yarn page tabs and check out the pattern ideas. (An example.)
On this page I see a listing of patterns that were designed for this yarn, and even examples of projects knit from it! The filters on this page allow me to narrow down the patterns to a single category, so I can focus my search.
For those of you who love the flexibility of the advanced search, you can perform the same one there. In the dropdown at the top of the screen there’s a filter called “Suggested yarn name” – filling that out will pull up patterns designed for that yarn. Then you can sort, filter, and peruse those results to your heart’s content! (Again, an example.)
I hope you’re enjoying this series and that you’re finding the inspiration to cast on your favorite yarns!