Community Eye Candy: At the Fair

September 17th, 2013

Ravelers have been busy this year, entering projects in their State and County Fairs, Agricultural Shows, Fêtes, Exhibitions… and winning ribbons for their beautiful handwork! Today’s Eye Candy focuses on some gorgeous knit and crochet pieces that have won prizes and ribbons in fairs and shows this year:

prizewinning projects 1

From left to right above: Heylor‘s Rocket Beret, bigred01‘s Grasshopper coriolois effect socks, and I-hook‘s Butterfly Baby Sandals w/ Sundress and Hat.

prizewinning projects 2

Here, from left to right, we have: phdaisy1‘s Brioche, Baby, Brioche, WouldYouBelieve‘s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and BlackberryTea‘s Sanquhar Gloves.

prizewinning projects 3

Finally, above from left to right are TXCr1cket‘s Fair Day Off, ttvphoto‘s Bingley Show Entry – Happypottamus, and lindacecille‘s Reversible Rainbow Afghan.

Congratulations to you all, and thank you for sharing your wonderful work here and at your local fairs and shows! If you’re interested seeing in more prize-winning Ravelry projects, check out the Going to the Fair Ravelry group – be sure to have a corndog or fried Oreo in hand, if you really want to set the mood. ;)

Thursday Tip: Road Trip Planner

September 12th, 2013

Have a road trip coming up soon? I love to try to visit yarn shops whenever I travel and now there’s an easy way to make sure you don’t miss one that is on your route. You can find the Road Trip Planner under the yarns tab.

Yarns tab RT planner

Click on “road trip planner” then enter your starting location, your destination and the number of miles you (or your travel mates) are willing to go off your route and choose “find shops on my route”. You’ll get a list of shops for your yarn shopping pleasure! If you click through to the shop, you’ll find the information we have about the shop like a phone number, web address, and hours so you can make sure they are open on the day you’ll be driving through. Enjoy your trip and your souvenir yarn!

Community Eye Candy: Bright Wovens

September 10th, 2013

Sometimes you just need a little color in your life.  Today’s eye candy is all about bright, beautiful wovens.

From left to right: myfinn’s Polarity, kasyafka’s 31st, and cutler070805’s Celebration dishtowels.

From left to right: dreamersplace’s J. Herriot, FatCatKnits’ Nerds Li’l Lizzy Tote Bag, genypher’s Woven Journal.

I hope these brightened your day as much as they did mine!

Group overload!

September 5th, 2013

Have you joined so many groups that your forums tab is miles long?

Christina recently added a new feature to groups – when you join a group, you can choose to place it on a tab within your forums. That way, you can split your groups into different tabs for easier browsing.

What about rearranging what you already have? You can either click the icon on any board on your forums tab to move it to a new spot OR you can go to your settings tab and make changes there (shown here)

One more handy thing – on the settings tab, you can change the size of your boards. They default to a really compact view but I like setting mine to “medium” so that they show 10 topics each.

Maybe it’s because I live in a place with particularly hot summers (and my house isn’t air conditioned), but I think it takes a special kind of crafting dedication to even think about working on a blanket throughout the summer! The reward – a cozy, completed blanket, ready just in time for crisp autumn days – is well worth it though, and I tip my hat to these Ravelers, all of whom started the beautiful blankets you see below earlier this summer, and finished them in the past week:

summer blankets 1

From left to right above, we have shazzeth‘s Owls Blanket (the eyes!! So cute), laprente‘s 7 Dwarfs Throw, and MissRain‘s Stained Glass Stars and Flowers.

summer blankets 2

Here, from left to right, are Lucybeth‘s Debbie Abraham’s Mystery Blanket 2011, electric-mama‘s Moorish Mosaic Afghan, and EmilyofMoon‘s Hue Shift Afghan.

Well done, crafters! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! To see more recently finished blanket projects, check out this advanced project search for blanket, sorted by “recently completed.”

Deep in my heart, I am a sweater knitter.  And at the end of August in Texas, I am ready to dream of fall and imagine what sweaters I might make myself this year.  As I spend my evenings browsing via the advanced search, I love using the filters to narrow down my results to help me find my inspiration.  One quick way I do that is by typing not  and an attribute in the search field: an autocomplete drop-down will appear and I can choose the attribute I’d like to exclude.

typing not in the search field brings up filters you can choose to exclude from your search

(Because sometimes you want to make a sweater for you).

Life around here recently has revolved around getting my first grader ready to go back to school, so when thinking about some community eye candy to feature, it was the first thing to come to mind.

First up, an apple for the teacher.

apple gallery

From left to right, we have kathinka14a’s Apple to go, iammine’s Chroma Apple Cosies, juliebie’s Apple for the Teacher and medorasmit’s how ya like them apples.

The other thing that I found when looking for back to school items, were pencil accessories. There are so many creative ways to embellish a basic pencil!


From left to right here are punnikIlse’s boeket bloem-potloden, lym81’s Spike the Snake, jostrong’s pencil warmers and kattarina’s Pencil Doll.

And, you need a great place to put all of those cute pencils.

pencil bags

From left to right, starting with the top row we have yarnstarved’s Shark Pencil Case, Ninja-Suse’s Federmappe “Sushi-Rolle”, and Patsy55’s Dachsie Pencil Case. On the bottom row are KatieChameleon’s A Plethora of Pencil Case, Frostkit’s Shiba Inu Pencil Case and astas’ Freysi froskur.

Whether you are in the midst of the back to school season as a student or loved one, or if like many of us, you just enjoy school supplies, I hope these projects provide a bit of inspiration.

Did you know that you can receive an email notification when you get a comment on a project, friend notification, or other Ravelry message? You can find this option under the “email settings” tab at the top of your message box page.

Sometimes it’s nice just to look around the Ravelry community and enjoy the talent and beautiful work from our members. All of us on the Ravelry staff have been looking at handspun projects quite a bit lately* and we couldn’t think of a better place to share them than right here on the front page. We hope you enjoy this little selection of highlighted projects – some of the most favorited and most viewed handspun projects finished over the past 7 weeks.

From left to right we have Minja‘s Early Bird, NoKnitSherlock‘s Handspun Voodoo, nevermore‘s Handspun Boneyard, and rahardjo-knitsHandspun Holden Shawlette.

handspun projects group 2

And here, from left to right, are Pinneguri‘s Villspunnet sau, LadyMac111‘s Into Darkness, Meya‘s Norby, and apedawn‘s Atomic Quaker.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work, everyone!

Want to see more handspun projects? You can search projects in the advanced search, and filter by handspun. From there you can apply any of our regular search filters to find exactly the inspiration you’re looking for. Enjoy!

*Yes, that just might be a hint about some upcoming spinning features! Stay tuned. ;)

June was a busy month for the Ravelry staff! In addition to our regular work on the site during June, we participated in two big events – the Squam Art Workshops (SAW) and the TNNA Summer Trade Show.

Squam Art Workshops

Jess and Casey spend the weekend in New Hampshire, enjoying all the inspiration SAW had to offer. The Ravelry Revelry on Saturday evening was full of happy, creative people – thank you so much to everyone who attended! It was great fun to meet you all. Special thanks to the Ravelry Revelry sponsors who made the event possible:

Qiviut Sponsor

Cashmere Sponsors
Classic Elite Yarns
Kelbourne Woolens
Lupine Blossoms

Merino Sponsors
Brooklyn Tweed
Green Mountain Spinnery
Journey Wheel
STC Craft
The Woolen Rabbit


We always appreciate the chance to connect with other people in the yarn industry at the TNNA trade show. For this show, we wanted to focus on connecting with local yarn store (LYS) owners and staff. We taught two classes for LYSs: Ravelry Basics and Ravelry Pro for Local Yarn Stores. Both classes started at 8:00 am, but despite the early hour, we were lucky to have classroooms full of eager shop owners and staff members! It was a real pleasure to get to speak with such nice groups of attendees.

In addition to our classes, we ran a Ravelry Help Booth. Our goal for the booth was simply to be available for any TNNA attendees with questions about how to use Ravelry. Over the course of the weekend, we were able to hear from so many shops, designers, publishers, and yarn companies, and offer assistance, get feedback, and hear about how people in every aspect of the yarn industry are using Ravelry to connect with their customers and help their businesses grow. We really appreciated all the friendly faces at our booth and in our classroom and came away from the show inspired and motivated.


As busy as TNNA was, we were also pleased to have time for plenty of Jeni’s Ice Creams – the most delicious Columbus TNNA tradition ever. Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the weekend so productive and fun!