We’re still so excited at hitting our 4 million users milestone, so for today’s eye candy I couldn’t resist a few more related things.

First up, some millionth projects.  angelaknits’ Red Leaves was the 4 millionth project, CarreenWarner’s An Armadillo for a Friend was the 4 millionth finished project, and califlamingo’s Skipping Stones was the subject of the 4 millionth favorite.

Casey calculated some fun statistics about the site, and among them was the fact that more than 4% of Icelanders are on Ravelry.  So, let’s celebrate some of our great Icelandic Ravelers!  auduragla’s Turtles peysa is a wonderful take on the traditional lopi, LitlaSkvis’ Solid granny square blanket is such colorful crochet, and DagnyAsta’s Silkitoppur looks both sweet and luxurious.

Thank you to all of you for being a part of your community.  And if you missed it, make sure to check out these awesome infographics about Ravelry at 4 million!

We are going to begin periodically featuring some of the fun things happening within groups on Ravelry. Recently, almost 8,000 people challenged themselves to work on a project (or many projects) for the 2014 Ravellenic Winter Games, so we thought it would be fun to see some of their creations

Knit Ravellenic
Some of the knit projects that caught my eye are as follows: LilyLilyLily‘s Laneway, miyokomeow‘s my between the cloud, BookcaseHat‘s Grey Sands, and alicealice‘s crazy stripy rainbow socks.

Ravellenic Crochet
There were also some great crochet projects. These selections are greatly influenced by the fact that I am planning to make some stuffies and an afghan soon. They are kedema‘s Ravellenic Games 2014 Blanket, tinypurrsStarburst Bunny, ClodeSuisse‘s Groovyghan, and missworld‘s Chick in a bunny costume X6.

The Ravellenic Games had a lot of great projects. This post barely scratches the surface. You can see them here, by searching for the ravellenic2014 tag in the project search.

I currently have 107 projects on Ravelry!  And let’s be real, sometimes I just like to look at them and enjoy the memories of creating each item.  The advanced search* is great if I want to look at built in filters like all my crocheted projects, or the sweaters, or everything made from purple yarn.  But sometimes you want to use more personal categories: gifts made for my family, lost projects, items that required time-consuming finishing work.  For that sort of organization, I use project tabs.

I can get started in the project section of my notebook, by clicking on the organize tab.  From there, I can start creating sets, which are based on tags.

And then I can page through my projects and add them to the appropriate sets.

When I’m all done, my new project tab is visible from my projects section of my notebook, right next to the organize tab, so it’s easy to refer back to those projects anytime I like.  And now, if I use those tags in any future projects they’ll automatically be added to the existing sets.

I hope you enjoy setting up some tabs for your projects and basking in the trips down memory lane.

*You can see your own projects in the advanced search by editing the user filter to be your own username.

Today I felt like browsing toy projects on Ravelry. Here are some of the many adorable recently finished cuties!

I think large softies look extra huggable:

KnitsForLife‘s Verne the Squid, shoukea‘s K’s Christmas Whale, and norwain‘s Giant Strawberry.

While smaller ones seem extra fun to pose:

HolofernesTribute to Kasimir & Luna, Saralai‘s Hank the Dorset Down Sheep, and granmama‘s My Little Bluebird goes cheep cheep cheep.

And these (very) small projects are just ridiculously cute:

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JodieBodie‘s Teeny Ducks on a Pond, Kimmycup‘s Teddy Bear in a Top Hat and Vests, and ArgT‘s Micro-er Bunny.

If you need a little cheery inspiration, browsing the finished softie projects just might put a smile on your face like it did mine!

This may not be the most exciting tip ever, but I help people on a daily basis who have an old email in their profile and they have forgotten their password. I’m happy to help, but I would love to help prevent that situation in the first place! We use the email address in your profile only to help you if you forget your password, so it is important that you complete that field and that your address is accurate there. To check your address, click on your Notebook tab, then click “about me”.

about me

Then, click “edit your profile”

edit profile

The email address is the very first field there. Make sure that you have an address there, and that it is an address you can access.

One other quick reminder, if you receive message notifications from us and your email address changes, make sure you also update your address in the “email settings” tab of your messages area.

A lot of you have been Ravelers for a while (yay!), and we know that email addresses change over time. Thanks for taking a few minutes to make sure your information is correct so that you don’t lose access to your account!

Community Eye Candy: Remixed

February 12th, 2014

This week, I chose projects where the creator repurposed a pattern or combined more than one pattern to get the result that they were looking for.

Above, from left to right: lacesockslupins’ Foolish Virgins Mittens, revi-and-noa’s (finall)ease! and Maud-Bailey’s a n a r.

Above: 4runner8’s A Tiger Named Tim, AnMiwe’s Animal mobile, and some’s Venezia Snood.

Above: beforesunrise’s Ingwaz, Shivaji’s Festive Cowl, and lotfoh’s Fairy SnowRikke.

Ravelry’s mobile site (accessible at m.ravelry.com from any mobile phone or device that can access the internet) has some brand-new features, and we’re so excited to share them with you!

New for Mobile Site Pattern Search: Hot Right Now, Faved Patterns, and Saved Searches

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On the mobile site you have long been able to search the Ravelry pattern database – very handy when on the go. Now, we’ve added our popular “Hot Right Now” feature to the mobile site to the patterns section, allowing you to browse and search within the patterns that are getting lots of buzz on Ravelry at any moment, wherever you are!

From the patterns section of the mobile site, you can also now view, browse, and search your favorite patterns. In addition, if you have saved any pattern searches on Ravelry, you can access those saved searches quickly right on the mobile site. You can see my saved searches on the left side of the screenshot above, with the little magnifying glass indicator next to them. Clicking on a saved search will display the patterns from newest to oldest, so you can easily see the new pattern of your dreams.

New Mobile Site LYS Features: Amenities Indicators, Hours, Store Photos, and Yarns Carried

new mobile site LYS features

On the LYS section of the mobile site we’ve added more information to correspond to the directory listings here on Ravelry. When you search for LYSs in a certain area, like I did for Denver, CO in the screenshot above, you can see a green “r” symbol if the shop is participating in our In-Store Pattern Sales program. Click on an LYS entry now and you can now see lots of useful information about a shop (if they have listed the information on their Ravelry directory page), including their hours, whether they are wheelchair accessible, have seating available, and more!

Shop entries will also have a “details” tab, on which we show a photo and description of the shop if we have one on its directory page. If the shop is running a LYS ad on Ravelry, we will even display a list of the yarns they are advertising that they carry. (If they are not running an LYS ad, we will display yarns that have been purchased at the shop and stashed by Ravelers – we do have a note in those cases letting you know that the yarn list there might not be up to date.)

We love our Ravelry-friendly LYSs and hope that these features help bring many more happy shoppers through their doors! If you are a Local Yarn Shop owner and want to be connected to your shop’s directory listing on Ravelry (whether or not it is listed yet), or if your shop is not yet activated for In-Store Pattern Sales and you’d like to be, LYS Quick Start Guide, which has the information you need on how to get set up.

Bonus Tip!

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Our very first Thursday Tip was about email notifications for your Ravelry messages. We have an update to that tip: if you are getting your Ravelry messages delivered to your email, you can now reply directly to that Ravelry message right from your email!

Sorry, y’all, but down here in Texas it is running season.  I’m loving running when it’s not dreadfully hot, but this season’s colder weather has me wishing I had some knitted running accessories.  So I found myself searching for your activewear FOs this week.

First up, you gotta keep those hands and feet toasty!  runningtwig‘s Catawbas, whatthehay‘s Podsters, and runwithjen‘s Runner’s Sock.  I think fancy running socks are one of life’s greatest luxuries!

Next are the hats!  clairegirl‘s Pink Birdie, elineof‘s Runners beanie, and tjadensr‘s Runner’s ponytail hat.  What a great solution to avoid uncomfortable ponytail/hat collisions.

And finally, some goodies I couldn’t leave out.  shadkitty‘s Pod Protector, Knit24-7‘s Mufflehead, and LauraPNW‘s Future State Champ.  May piped running short never go out of style!

I was able to find all these amazing projects by searching the tags “run” or “running”.  I hope that tags can help you find inspiring projects, too.

Use the RSS, Luke

January 30th, 2014

This is more of an advanced tip.
The crocheted Obi-Wan is by Lepida!

You may have seen these little orange icons in various places on Ravelry. These are links to RSS feeds, which are documents that automatically update with new photos, notes and other content whenever certain types of information are added to the site. All kinds of other web sites and apps can take advantage of these updates. We provide them for your projects, your friends activity, forum threads and boards, new FOs on pattern pages, new for-sale stash, and more…

I’ve started a thread in For the Love of Ravelry where I’m hoping people will share how they are making use of the feeds that we provide. If you are finding our RSS useful or fun on any way, please stop in and let everyone know what you are doing with it.

Here it is: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/for-the-love-of-ravelry/topics/2833907

One simple thing you can do is install an RSS reader app on your tablet or phone so that you can easily flip through updates. Hopefully some people will share the names of their favorite apps in the thread that I started.

Another neat tool that you can use with RSS is If This Then That (ifttt.com). This site lets you glue sites, apps and email together so that changes in one place can cause something to happen on the other. Here are some cool things things that you could do with your RSS feeds and IFTTT:

  • Receive a text message when a certain colorway of a yarn that you need becomes available for trade or sale.
  • Automatically post a status update to Facebook whenever you queue a new project.
  • Tweet from a special account any time a new thread is started in your local knitting group’s board.
  • Receive an email when a new finished object appears for a new pattern that you’ve had your eye on

Community Eye Candy: ZigZag

January 28th, 2014

Chevron patterns are everywhere these days, and I love them, so I thought I’d explore Ravelry to see how people are using yarn to make the zigzag happen.

From left to right are some great blankets featuring the chevron pattern: wildechick’s Rainy Day Jackson, coloradobrit’s Zig and Zag and RevengeMe’s JUVENILE

I also found some great chevron cushions! From left to right they are laurielamont’s chevron pillow, rettgrayson’s small zigzag cushion, and Julia123’s Zig Zag

Finally, there were some garments that I ran across, as well. I love how the different use of colors and patterns make for a very different final look, even with the presence of zigzags in all three items. From left to right: penchant4yarn’s I got cat class, and I got cat style, LucciolaS’s Alpaca cowl and pennicontreras’ Arizona Cowl-ote

Now I need to stash dive so I can find some colors to make a chevron creation of my own!