Ravelry Favorites

August 20th, 2012

We have an instructional video to share – it’s all about the Favorites feature here on Ravelry! Adding projects, patterns, stashed yarns, yarn brands, designers, forum posts, and Ravelry ads to your favorites is a great way to spread a little love and keep track of these things for later. This video covers the basic features and has some handy tips and tricks on using your favorites to find recent designs from designers you love, discover what your Ravelry friends are adding to their favorites, and more!

Mini-Mart Updates!

August 2nd, 2012

Minimart Collage

You may have noticed that we have lots of new things for sale in our Mini-Mart, some of which are featured above. The Mini-Mart is a great way to support Ravelry while purchasing project bags, tote bags, t-shirts and other items. We don’t usually post every time we add new inventory to the store, but there are ways to make sure you don’t miss anything!

First off, we have a Mini-Mart Chatter group where you can give us feedback on what you’d like to see become available in the store. We may not be able to make everything that is requested, but we definitely use information that we get from folks in that group in creating new products. Within that group there is also a thread where we announce anything that is added to the store. You could watch that thread or, if you use a feed reader, you can subscribe to that thread’s RSS feed for updates, as well.

If you like something that we have but notice that it’s out of stock, we have a handy “notify me” check box on each product page that you can check and you will receive a Ravelry message when it comes back in stock.

Notify Button

When you click the box you will see that little checkmark which indicates that you will be notified when it comes back in stock. Right now the out of stock item in biggest demand is the Design Contest Project bag. We will have more of those in stock this month and will notify you when they are in stock if you have clicked the notify button on that page.

In the coming months, we will be updating the store with new inventory more regularly and discontinuing more items that we had previously stocked. Make sure you pick up some of your old favorites before they are gone (all discontinued designs are 30% off) and check out the new things we have available!

Ravelry Mobile App Roundup

June 19th, 2012

One of the things that I’ve been working on this year is a Ravelry API that allows developers to create applications that connect to Ravelry.

I know that a lot of you want better ways to use Ravelry from your phones and I wanted to tell you about some of the cool things that have been created by other developers and during the last few months.

In case you haven’t heard, we aren’t developing official Ravelry apps for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone or other individual devices. Ravelry is only 4 people and I’m the only programmer and we just can’t support apps for both iPhone and Android. Instead, I’m doing two other things: I’m building and improving the API (a way to connect programs to to Ravelry) and working with developers who want to write Ravelry-related applications to make sure that we’re providing the things that they need and want. I’m also working on a Ravelry Mobile site that is designed for small mobile devices.

We’re pretty excited about the cool applications that Ravelers have created so far. Here is a roundup of things that are especially for mobile:

Ravelry Mobile

The Ravelry Mobile site (m.ravelry.com) is designed to work especially well with small touch screens and slower connections.

It works on iPhone, Android, and Blackberry 6 and higher.

We’re slowly adding features and we hope that it will eventually be a faster and more fun way to use Ravelry from your mobile device.

It’s very much a work in progress but here are afew useful things that you can do today:

  • Look up patterns and view the pattern information

  • Download pattern PDFs that are free or in your library, purchase patterns that are available as Ravelry Downloads

  • Browse the forums, reply, and edit posts

  • Look at your queue and projects

  • Upload project photos (this requires an extra free app)

Wooly

Wooly is the first Apple iOS app to provide on-the-go access to your Ravelry Notebook. Built by a couple of real knitters with Love for all you fiber fans out there.

Features include:

  • View and edit your Project details and add Project photos
  • Access your Queue and each queued project’s details
  • Access your Stash and each stashed yarn’s details
  • View a list of your Friends, their Projects and their project details
  • Add Photos to your Projects and Stash
  • Built in photo editor allows you to make enhancements to your photos before uploading them directly to Ravelry
  • Edit and update information about Projects in your My Projects list

The knitters behind Wooly (MenKnitToo & dstys) want you to know that we’re here for the long haul…like that never ending scarf you’re knitting. Contact us through the in-app feedback system and get a nearly instant response about your ideas and feature requests.

Please join our Ravelry Group with over 900 members and say hello!

Stitch

Stitch is a Windows Phone 7 app that will allow you to access your Ravelry information on the go! You can see your projects, queued projects and the patterns for both of these from the slick Windows Phone styled interface. You can view free patterns on the phone, and you can also upload photos to your projects making it even easier to share your work with the world.

Stitch is completely free and is an open source project which is continually being worked on and improved to add new features – for more information check out the website at http://stitch-app.com

Ravulous

Ravulous is an Android app which uses the Ravelry API to offer a couple of potentially useful knitterly things on-the-go. It’s no substitute for the amazingness of the Ravelry website, but here are some things you can do from your pocket:

  • Upload photos to projects and stashed yarns straight from your phone’s camera or gallery! (Requires Ravelry Photo Uploader, a separate free app)
  • Receive notifications when you get new Ravelry messages and unread forum replies
  • Search for patterns and yarns by name, and look at photos and yardages required
  • Look at your queued projects, with recommended yarn and yardages required – handy for yarn shopping!
  • See your project details and edit your project notes
  • Admire your stash

Ravulous works on both phones and tablets and is in both the Google Play Store and the Amazon Marketplace. Come and say hello in the Ravulous group if you want to find out more!

Yarma

Yarma is an iOS camera app designed to work with your Ravelry notebook. Take a picture of your latest WIP, FO or new yarn, apply filters to finesse your image and upload it direct to the relevant project or stash!

Designed to work with iphone & ipod touch, it will also work on your ipad.

$0.99 on the Apple App Store

Ravelry Photo Uploader

Upload your photos directly to Ravelry.com from your Android phone or tablet!
Works with:
– Ravelry mobile site
Go to m.ravelry.com to find out more…
– Ravulous
Take a photo with your phone’s camera, or choose one or more photos from your gallery, and select Share with Ravulous. Your photos will be uploaded to Ravelry, and you can add them to a project or stashed yarn!

KnitKapp

KnitKapp is the full-featured, cross-platform app for knitters that doesn’t require a Ravelry account. But if you do, you unlock the power of a Ravelry-fueled knitting life! Manage projects, yarn stash, needles & hooks on the go, and use the handy tools in the app to keep track of in-progress projects. As the Ravelry API expands, so will this app. Keep an eye on this space!

County Plus

Knitting / crochet row counter.
Super simple user interface, with a big friendly number to tell you what row you’re on. Tap the screen at the end of a row to count up or down. The phone stays awake while you’re on the counting screen, so you don’t have to keep turning it back on again.
The Plus version allows you to have multiple row counters going. Ravelry users can also import your current WIP names, and edit your project notes. (Press menu on the first screen to sync with Ravelry – other counters you have set up separately won’t be overwritten).
You can also share finished projects on Twitter/Google+/Facebook/email/whatever other sociable type apps you have installed on your Android device!

And the winner is…

May 22nd, 2012

After two rounds and 117,056 votes cast on more than 200 entries, we have a winner for the project bag design contest! A big thank you again to all who participated, either through submitting a design or taking the time to vote! I know that the voters had a really hard time deciding between the excellent designs.

And the winner is….
Elloknits!

Winner1

Winner mockup

As a reminder, the first place winner will receive $500 and an additional $500 if more than 500 bags are sold. We hope to have the project bag in the mini-mart in about two weeks so you can have one of your own! Make sure you go to the voting page to choose to be notified when the bag is in stock and we’ll send you a message to let you know.

We also wanted to acknowledge the designs that came in second and third. These winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to the yarn shop of their choice.

Second place was designed by manfredovna.

Second Place

Third place was designed by worksweet.
Third Place

We have been impressed by the immense talent of the people who submitted designs to the contest. Elloknits did a great job using the theme and incorporating many elements of Ravelry in her design. We’re glad it was up to a vote, though, as if it had been up to us, it would have been really hard to pick just one! We can’t wait to see the finished project bag!

PS – are you wondering which Raveler created your favorite design? We’ve updated the contest page and added usernames/avatars next to each of the entries: http://www.ravelry.com/contests/bag.

Finalists

A big thanks to the nearly 73,000 people who voted in the first round of our project bag design contest. The finalists have been determined, based entirely on your selections, and you can now vote in the final round of the contest. Voting will be open until Monday, May 21st at Midnight EST. You can only vote for one design. Vote now at http://www.ravelry.com/contests/bag

Congratulations to all of the finalists and thanks to each person who took the time to submit a design! This contest would not have been nearly as much fun without each of your submissions.

This is the final round in the contest, and the winner will have their design printed on a project bag that will be made available through the Ravelry Mini-Mart! If you didn’t vote in the first round, this one only has one page of images to choose from, so please take the time to vote. Ten voters will be randomly selected from this round of voting to receive a free project bag made from the winning design. We can’t wait to see which one you choose!

design contest submissions

We are excited to announce that the voting is now open for the Ravelry design contest! You can review all of the submitted designs that fit the guidelines and vote between now and Tuesday, May 15th at midnight EST at http://www.ravelry.com/contests/bag

Each Raveler will get one vote. Since there are so many submissions, there will be another round of voting to select the final project bag design. We will announce the next round after we process the results from this one.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a design! We had a great response from Ravelers of all ages and are looking forward to seeing which ones are your favorites! If you have questions or comments about the contest, you can talk about it in For The Love of Ravelry.

Design Contest Update

May 7th, 2012

A big thank you to everyone who submitted designs to our contest! We had such a large response to our design contest that we won’t be able to open voting on May 7th as we had originally planned. We’re working as fast as we can to go through all of the submissions and make sure they meet the guidelines. Then, we’ll be setting up a voting system to make it easier for everyone to vote on the design they like the best! We’ll update you when voting becomes available. Thanks again to all who submitted! We can’t wait for you all to see them!

The Ravelry Welcome Wagon group was founded in November 2007. Over the past few years they have sent well over 1 million messages (!!) to new users shortly after they joined, welcoming each new Ravelry member with a friendly letter introducing them to some basic Ravelry information and reaching out to them as a fellow Raveler. When the Welcome Wagon was first founded, Ravelry had about 500 new members each day. These days, there are about 1,800 new members every day!

Some time ago, the Welcome Wagon moderators decided that it was time to close down the group, as the time commitment was substantial and we here on the Ravelry staff have been working to increase the help information and tutorials available on the site. April 30 was the last day that letters were sent, and today, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered with the Welcome Wagon over the years! You all are a big part of what makes Ravelry so wonderful.

Thank you so much, Welcome Wagoneers! You have helped make Ravelry a happier place, and we are so proud to have you in our community. We are so thankful for everything you have done – and we hope that you have even more time to knit and crochet now!


Today marks 7 years since the idea of Ravelry was shared with the world (or at least the readers of Jess’ blog), a day we refer to as Bobmas!

Casey & Jess started work on Ravelry in January of 2007, so this year is Ravelry’s 5 year anniversary. To celebrate, we’re holding a contest! We know there are ton of talented ravelers out there with talents not only for knitting and crochet, but also graphic design. We are calling on you to create a design for our newest project bag.

Blank bag

Here are the contest details!

  • The design should fit with the theme of “A Ravelry Celebration”.
  • Designs should be submitted to designcontest@ravelry.com by Friday, May 4th at 5 p.m EST. They will then be voted on by Ravelers (possibly with more than one round of votes, depending on the number of submissions).
  • The winning design will be printed on this project bag and will be made available for purchase in the Ravelry Minimart*.. This is the same bag as was used for our Organic Logo Drawstring bag.
  • The winning designer will receive $500 in prize money, with an additional $500 if more than 500 of the bags are sold.
  • We have created an area in the wiki with the full competition guidelines as well as details regarding the design specifications. If you have any questions about the contest, we’ve started a thread to help answer those.
  • Ravelry has really been built by the contributions of our members. Through volunteer editing, making suggestions, participating in groups and forums, adding your projects to the database, and a ton of other ways, you add to Ravelry each day. We really appreciate the time that you take to add to this community and look forward to seeing the designs that you create to celebrate with us. If you aren’t a designer, you can still participate! Keep an eye on the For the Love of Ravelry forum so you can vote when the designs are posted.

    *We’ve had a lot of requests for new things to buy in the mini mart! We have several new items in progress and hope to have them available very soon.

    DFW Fiber Fest Fun!

    April 3rd, 2012

    posttalk

    Sarah and I had such a great time at the DFW Fiber Fest in Grapevine, Texas this past weekend! It was a quick trip and packed full of fun. Our first festival event (after checking out the marketplace) was our “Unraveling Ravelry” presentation on Friday night. We shared details about the history of Ravelry and how it grew into a business with a staff of four (plus Bob) and over 2 million members, and then gave some tips and tricks on how to use the site. It’s always our goal with these talks to share details that won’t overwhelm newer Ravelers, while also showing longtime regular users some features they may not have seen or tried yet. We also talked a bit about some upcoming Ravelry features (yes, the mobile site!) and answered some questions from the audience.

    ravpresentation

    After the presentation was done, we had cake! HUGE thanks to everyone who came to our talk – your friendly faces were so encouraging! Special thanks also to the evening’s sponsors, who helped the DFW Fiber Fest bring us out to Texas: Brooks Farm Yarn, The Buffalo Wool Co., Butterfly Girl Designs, Jacob’s Reward Farm, and MadTosh!

    cake

    On Saturday, we had more time to check out the vendors in the marketplace, and what a great show floor it was! You can guess from the list of vendors that there were lots of beautiful yarns, fibers, tools, bags, etc., and we couldn’t resist bringing home a few goodies. ;) At noon, we hosted a meetup in the Stitching Lounge (which could have easily been named the Spinning Lounge – there were so many spinners hanging out!). It’s always a joy to meet Ravelers in real life, and see folks who have been Ravelry friends for a long time (sometimes years) meet each other in person for the first time, and this event was no exception.

    meetup

    This is a local/regional event for both of us (since Sarah lives in Texas, and I live in New Mexico) and we’ve wanted to attend since we first heard of the festival a few years ago. We’re so happy to have had the chance to go – it’s a fun, well-organized event with great vendors and teachers and loads of friendly attendees!

    Thanks so much for hosting us, DFW Fiber Fest! If you’d like to stay posted on next year’s event, check out the DFW Fiber Fest Ravelry group.