The Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup ended their spring semester on March 31st. These are just a few of the 2000(!!) projects that students posted in the March class threads.

To find out more about what goes on in the House Cup group, take a look at this this nifty slideshow.

Pictured above, from left to right: MrsDanvers’ Arithmancy Mandrake, simplyme5252′s Riddari cardi, and Jayannell’s Rose and Thorn Cardigan.

AnnieCC’s Charon, TheWindWraith’s Rams & Yowes….and a Collie too, and Marushka’s Summer Splendor.

kirsts’ V’s Easter basket, LarcYarn’s Cruciatus Wellwood, and frimptes’ spring roses.

Friday Tip: Group Pages

April 4th, 2014

There are thousands of Ravelry groups dedicated to just about every subject under the sun, and so many of them are fantastic sources of information. Sometimes, groups want that information to be easily accessible in a permanent place so that it’s easy for members to find. In those cases, Group Pages can be so useful!

stranded pages

Every group has a Pages tab, and if you are a group admin or mod, you can make pages for anything you choose. Common topics are things like group rules or FAQs, techniques and tutorials to reference, errata links (for designer or publisher groups). Just go to the Pages tab in your group, and click the create a new page button:

create a new page

You can then type in the information you want to post your forum page. Adding images and formatting your page works just like posting in the forums. You can also choose who can edit your pages: just the group admins, admins and mods, group members, or all Ravelry members.

group pages making

When you’re done, click the save changes button, and you’ll be all set!

For inspiration (and fun!), we wanted to share a few groups that make great use of the pages feature! Stranded pages have loads of colorwork knitting techniques, Family Favorite Recipes keeps their recipes pages updated regularly, Loom Knitters pages feature fantastic resources and tutorials, and S221b’s pages give a great overview to the way their group works as well as provide lots of links for Sherlock fans (judging from the ever-increasing number of Benedict Cumberbatch Ravatars, that’s a lot of you!).

It’s April Fools’ Day!  We like to celebrate by giving you silly hats in the forums, so today’s eye candy will be about the silly hats you create!

First up, some crocheted beauties: honeyorange‘s MD’s Silly Monster Hat, dragonbird‘s Boba Fett’s Malendorian Helmet, and PlayinHooky‘s Along Came a Spider Halloween Beanie.

And check out these knitted ones: ByGumByGolly‘s Fox Isle, Narapoia‘s Fuzzy Rainbow Shapka, and dpwisnewski‘s Lucian’s winter dragon hat.

And finally, hats that make you look like an animal.  How can you not love these? Malkyra‘s Chicken Hat, TheresaMarie1972‘s crawfish, and r-b‘s deer hat.

I hope you enjoyed these hats and that you enjoy the ones in the forums!  (And if not, April Fools’ will be over tomorrow ;)

If you blog about your projects or yarn, you can connect those blog posts to the related pages in your Ravelry notebook. If you’d like to do this, just add your blog URL to your profile and visit the “blog posts” tab on any of your projects, yarn, fiber, or spinning projects to make the connections.

If you have many notebook pages that you’d like to connect to blog posts, you can save time and update many at once by using the link that is shown in your profile (highlighted below)

I just finished a big shawl and started looking for a smaller project for a little instant (or almost instant) gratification. I found myself so inspired by the jewelry projects. They range from simple to intricate and they all add a little something interesting to whatever you are wearing. Plus, they can be completed relatively quickly and can be worn regardless of the weather!

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From left to right: MvStraelen’s thread crochet ring, willemijn’s Lakeside Galatea, and anewyarn123′s Little Dots and Spirals Bead Crochet Bangle

earrings
There are so many different varieties of earrings! Here are just a few: JAWS320′s Timeless Crochet Earrings, quiltmomoffive’s Precious Hoops, and StrayCrochet’s Simple Peacock Earrings.

Cuffs
Finally, some a few cuffs caught my eye, including katbetty’s MM14: A Sort of St. Patrick’s Day Stereo, bstebick’s Lace Julie Cuff, and genepi’s Curry Cuff.

Do you ever want to show off your Ravelry love, either electronically in real life?  Today’s tip is about how you can do so using our Ravelry buttons and printables.

 

For the bloggers, check out this wiki page of Ravelry inspired works.  You’ll find buttons featuring our logo, as well as blanks you can personalize with your username.  Please do practice internet etiquette and take care to read the directions on which images you should upload to your own site.

If you’re looking for something to print and hand out in real life, this page is your best bet.  These printables are cute and easy to personalize to advertise your group, LYS, or designs.

Want to use some of these great tools but have some questions?  The blogging and non-ravelry technical help groups are great places to ask for a hand!

March 20 is the birthday of the late, great, Fred Rogers, best known for hosting the children’s television show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, in which he changed into a zippered cardigan (all of which were handknit by his mother!) at the beginning of every episode. I hope that both he and his mom would appreciate this selection of zippered cardigans that Ravelers have finished this year!

zippered cardi 1

jettshin‘s Pump It!, booeyedee‘s Rebel Rebel, and FrauMasha‘s Groenlijk.

zippered cardigans kids

EricaG‘s Fana Goes EXTERMINATE!, AnnaE1979‘s Cherise Baby Cardi 1, and JustLivin‘s Steggie. (Extra thanks to EricaG, AnnaE1979, and JustLivin’ for giving us permission to picture their adorable littles on our blog!)

zippered cardigans 2

Finally, we have shellesbelle‘s Woodrose Cable Vision, guroskaar‘s Kjærestens Marius, and WhitneyBeth‘s Émilien!

“The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”

Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers

I always forget that I can change how I view my pattern search results, and I thought I might not be alone. We have talked about sorting before, so you can sort your results in the way that makes most sense to you, but you can also change how the results look.

The default view for search results is the “small thumbnail” view.

Small thumbnail

You can choose the drop down box, where it says “small thumbnail” to select other view options. Perhaps the prettiest way to view pattern search results is the “large thumbnail” view. You can pick that from the drop down at the top, and you will see larger images with a little box in the bottom right of the photo featuring information regarding the number of projects and favorites a pattern has (green for projects & red for favorites).

Large view

Then, if you want more information without leaving the screen, you can click that little box to see that information.

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You can also click the image to see the full pattern page. There are other view options, as well, including a list view without images and a list view with smaller images. So, when you’re searching, don’t forget that you can view things in several different ways! These are great features for when you’re searching for something in particular, or just want to lose some time looking at pretty things.

Sometimes a project starts with a special button. Sometimes the perfect button is that finishing touch. Sometimes you never get around to sewing those buttons. Here are 9 perfect pairings that were completed during the last several weeks.

Above, from left to right: addiesma’s Antrorse in Frost, strickende13′s Kleiner Pullunder, and JenniferLauren’s Miette Cardigan

Above: ClodeSuisse’s B4 Bag, yvonnegut’s No Doubt About It, and irasis’ Cabled Vintage Jumper.

Above: CometParty’s Empire of the Sun, hellskitsch’s Dark Poetry Tam and creativedesign’s 50 Shades of Grey.

Did you know that we have a special setting for the forums that will allow you to preview the first post in a thread when you hover over a forum title? You don’t even need to click on the post or open the thread to read it – so handy!

preview first post

There are two ways you can preview posts in this way: first, simply holding down your shift key while you mouseover a forum topic will bring up the post preview. Easy-peasy! If you’d like this feature to be automatic (so that you don’t have to hold down anything), we provide that option for you on the settings tab in the forums – just check the box in the “other settings” section of your forum settings tab.

forum setting preview post

We hope this helps to make keeping up in your favorite groups and forums even easier for you!