Heading West… to STITCHES West!

February 11th, 2011

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Next week, Jess, Casey, Sarah, and I will be heading out to Santa Clara for STITCHES West! This is a huge west coast yarn extravaganza- classes, a fashion show and other fun events, and an amazing marketplace. This year it is taking place from Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20. We can’t wait! If you’ll be there, we’d love to see you at the Ravelry Happy Hour or one of our Marketplace meetups!

Happy Hour on Thursday night:

Ravelry, along with STITCHES/XRX, will be hosting a Happy Hour on Thursday night, just after the Market Preview! The Happy Hour will be right in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Ballrooms C, D, E, and F from 8:00 – 9:30 pm.

All are welcome – you do not need a ticket to the Market Preview!

We’ll have a cash bar, music, lots of hello buttons, and best of all, lots of friendly faces to meet and hang out with! We are really excited to meet you all!

Daily Meetups:

We’ll also be hosting daily meetups, in the Marketplace concessions area. If you can, please come by and say hi! These meetups are always a fun way to hang out with a whole bunch of our Ravelry friends… without having to go too far away from the amazing marketplace so we can get right back to stash acquisition. ;)

The official meetup times are:

Friday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Please click on the links to the events pages of any of the events listed above – if you click that you are interested or attending you’ll be able to see other Ravelry friends who will be there as they sign up, too. It’s always fun to see! :) We’re also chatting about these meetups in the STITCHES West group on Ravelry.

Valentine’s Day Party

If you live in the area, Jess and Casey will also be at a Valentine’s Day party at A Verb for Keeping Warm’s shop in Oakland, on February 14th, from 6 pm – 8 pm. More information can be found in the Verb for Keeping Warm Group.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Unwind & TNNA!

January 24th, 2011

We had a great time at Unwind on our trip out of the cold into sunny California!  The Unwind party is always packed and full of fun people to meet and things to see.  This year was no exception!  Unwind had special guests Classic Elite there showing everyone their newest yarns and patterns and Shannon Okey signing her newest book.  It was Shannon’s birthday, so we also go to sing to her and enjoy her yummy cake.  Our favorite part was meeting (and seeing again) so many of the people who make up our Ravelry community!

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While in Burbank, we had to stop off and get some Pinkberry! A trip to Pinkberry (or two or three) has become one of our TNNA traditions. We’re always happy to get it but sad when the bowl is empty.

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We also had a great time at the TNNA industry trade show this year.  From meeting some new dyers to seeing new yarns, books and patterns, it’s always exciting to see our industry continue to grow and change. Keep an eye out for some great patterns, yarns and other accessories coming soon to your local and online yarn shops!

**Since we know you’ll want to know about the knits, in the photos at the top, Ysolda and I are both wearing sweaters from her upcoming book, Little Red in the City.

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Update: The winners have been announced!

See this post for the announcement: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/for-the-love-of-ravelry/1465110/1-25#4


Squam Art Workshops, the wonderful arts retreat in New Hampshire, has just launched its 2011 offerings and there is much for Ravelers to celebrate!

As usual, Elizabeth has lined up some amazing teachers including, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Cat Bordhi, Denny McMillan, Gudrun Johnston, Megan Ingman, Ysolda Teague, Mary Jane Mucklestone and Cal Patch.

Casey and I always have such an incredible time at SAW, not just knitting but trying all sorts of other classes, too—take a look at the printing we did last year! Super fun.

Botanical Printing with Maya

Of course, as you all may know—there will be a wee Raveler in our midst next June and so Casey and I will not be able to be there in person. I am so bummed! BUT! Instead, two lucky Ravelers are going to get to go in our place. YES—Ravelry and SAW will be sponsoring TWO fully paid registrations for June 2011. All the winners need to do is get themselves there! Classes, nightly events, jumps in the lake and wonderful food is all included.

So, this fabulous giveaway is open to all Ravelry members—simply post a comment about why you’d like to be our Squammy representative and we will be choosing two lucky winners by random number generator on Thursday, January 13th. Comment entries will be closed at midnight EST, Wednesday, January 12th.

Come on, you don’t wanna miss this!

Relaxing on the dock

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Wow, it’s 2011 – how did that happen? Happy New Year, Ravelry!

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January means it’s time for another TNNA trade show, so the Ravelry staff is flying out to Long Beach this week! Once again, we’ll be at Unwind in Burbank for a fun Thursday night get-together before the industry event of TNNA. We’re going to be joining Classic Elite Yarns and Shannon Okey aka Knitgrrl at the shop on Thursday, January 6, from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. The details are on the Unwind events page – please note that space is limited and reservations are required, so if you want to come to the party, be sure to reserve your spot through the Unwind website. (Not through comments here or emailing Ravelry, please – thank you!) We hope to see you there!

If you’ll be at the TNNA show and see us on the floor, please do say hello! It’s always such a pleasure to meet so many shop owners and Ravelry advertisers and users from around the country.

To all Ravelers, we hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying a happy start to this New Year!

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knitting nest

It’s travel time again! Next weekend, Sarah and I are headed to Austin, Texas, for a “Thankful for Ravelry” event at The Knitting Nest on Saturday, November 13 from 10 am till 6 pm! We’ll be there all day, hanging out and meeting all the awesome Ravelers who come by. The last time we did an event at that shop we had an amazing time, and now the store is in bigger and better digs – we can’t wait to check them out!

The address is:

The Knitting Nest (Google maps link)
8708 South Congress, Suite 570
Austin, Texas 78745

You can mark if you are attending on the Ravelry Events page!

I’m looking forward to this event on a pretty personal level – Stacy, the fabulous owner of The Knitting Nest, has organized a silent auction on that day (it will end at about 5:45 pm) to benefit the American Cancer Society in honor of my mom, who spent the first part of this year battling cancer. She lost her nose due to a massive tumor in her sinuses, but I’m happy to say that she is a survivor and has been cancer-free for months now… and will even be at the Thankful for Ravelry event with us! The goodies up for auction are going to be amazing – there’s a thread to check out some of the fabulous donations in the Knitting Nest Ravelry group.

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Jess and Casey are headed to New Orleans for RubyConf over the same weekend, and Jess will be posting in the Louisiana Needlers and New Orleans groups here on Ravelry about a possible meetup. Watch that group to see what the plans are – they’d love to say hello to some some Ravelers while they’re in the Big Easy!

These are going to be our last work-related trips of 2010 – time has really flown and we can hardly believe it’s November already. As our community is approaching 1,000,000 users, we often talk about how lucky we are to have the chance to get to know so many positive people on the site and in person during our events. 2011 travel plans are already getting started – we’ll be visiting some new places and meeting more Ravelers, and, as always, we’ll have the information here!

p.s. I can’t believe I forgot to link the woolies! Jess is wearing the Vivian sweater and Ripley hat – both patterns are by Ysolda Teague.

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Rhinebeck 2010!

October 22nd, 2010

This year’s New York Sheep and Wool Festival was an absolute blast! The weather was perfect – crisp and cold enough to wear our woolies (just barely cold enough on Sunday), with clear blue skies and those beautiful October leaves. Getting the chance to meet so many happy Ravelers is such a treat – thank you so much to everyone who came to our meetups and the party on Saturday night!

The Ravelry party was so much fun! It was our biggest party to date – nearly 800 Ravelers came to the Elks Lodge and there were smiles all night long. There was a bit of a wait for the shuttle bus (next year we hope to have two!) but from what we heard, folks were making all kinds of new Ravelry friends in line, which is so great!

We could not have thrown this party without our sponsors – great big thanks to you all!

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qiviut sponsors: Fabulous Yarn and Simply Socks Yarn Company
cashmere sponsors: eat.sleep.knit, The Loopy Ewe, Sandra Singh, XRX/STITCHES Knitting Expos, and Ysolda Teague
merino sponsors: Berroco, Bijou Basin Ranch, Cooperative Press, Indigo Dragonfly, Knit Picks, Potter Craft, Sweet Georgia Yarns, Twist Collective, and Webs!

Thank you all so much for your support – you all rock, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you! (Please visit those links and support our sponsors!)

Once at the party, there were lots of snacks, a great big bonfire, and an awesome photobooth that Ysolda set up! (You can see the photobooth pictures on Ysolda’s site!)

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We had a table full of seriously great door prizes donated from the sponsors – lots of oohing and ahhing (and a few squeals of glee!) from the crowd as we announced the winners!

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We also had some fun giveaway project bags printed up, designed by the fabulous Julie of symposi.com. The sponsors provided some coupons and fun goodies for inside the bags.

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Once again, we got some printed cupcakes from Deising’s Bakery – these are always a big hit! We had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, with cool printed designs that complemented the project bags and sponsor poster.

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We really want to say a huge thank you to our helpers! They worked for hours: stuffing goody bags, running errands, hanging twinkle lights and garland, moving tables and chairs, arranging cupcakes, greeting partygoers, taking pictures, handing out buttons (we gave out 1,000 buttons over the weekend!), helping to clean up the party, and pitching in all over the place as needed for the whole weekend. There is no way the party could have happened without them, and we just regret not thanking them live at the party so they could get the round of applause they deserve! Emily, Nancy, Cheryl, Laura, Ysolda, Thea, Gudrun, Julia, Kyle, and Erica, as well as Cirilia, Cecily, and Maya (not pictured but still super helpful!): we love you guys!

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We also had two great meetups during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came by our spot on the hill! There were cupcakes, hula hoopers, and many smiling faces.

Saturday

These were our largest meetups yet – especially the Sunday meetup – we’ve never had a Sunday turnout like that, it was so great!

Sunday

If you have photos from Rhinebeck this weekend or any other Ravelry event or meetup, please add it to our Ravelry Events pool on Flickr – we love checking out those pictures! There is also the great Rhinebeck group on Ravelry where you can talk about what you bought and who you saw (and, of course, what you bought!) this past weekend!

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Every time we travel to a festival or event, we come away so overwhelmed and grateful for the wonderful Ravelry community. So many people take the time to come and thank us for our work on Ravelry, and we appreciate every single one of you, but we just have to say: THANK YOU! Thank you for everything that you give to the site and to our community! Ravelers rock!

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p.s. We know that people will ask about our woolies – so here are some links for you! Casey is wearing his Seamless Hybrid that Jess knit for him for last year’s Rhinebeck, as well as his Hat of Love (an original creation by Jess!). Jess is wearing her gorgeous Vaila sweater, I’m wearing the awesome Orange Pop!, and Sarah is wearing the lovely Gwendolyn. We were warm and cozy!

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The New York Sheep and Wool Festival is next weekend in lovely Rhinebeck, NY, and once again, we’re hosting a party! This is our 4th party at NYS&W (4th! Can you believe it? We can’t!) and we think it is going to be our best party yet! The party is made possible because of the help from our generous sponsors:

Big thanks to our qiviut sponsors: Fabulous Yarn and Simply Socks Yarn Company; our cashmere sponsors: eat.sleep.knit, The Loopy Ewe, Sandra Singh, XRX/STITCHES Knitting Expos, and Ysolda Teague; and our merino sponsors: Berroco, Bijou Basin Ranch, Cooperative Press, Indigo Dragonfly, Knit Picks, Potter Craft, Sweet Georgia Yarns, Twist Collective, and Webs! Thank you all so much for your support – you all rock, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

Party Details

Once again, we’ll be at the Elks Lodge in Red Hook, in their outdoor pavilion with heated tents, plenty of chairs, music, snacks, a cash bar, amazing door prizes from our sponsors, and hundreds of your fellow Ravelers to hang out and have fun with! The party will be on Saturday, October 16, from 6:30 – 11:00 pm (we’re going to need plenty of setup time so please avoid arriving early if you can!). You can RSVP for the party on its Ravelry Events Page.

The address is:

Elks Lodge
7711 Albany Post Rd
Red Hook, NY 12571

Google maps link!

(Parking information and more below the photo!)

We wants it.

While there will be some parking directly behind the Elks Lodge, we have learned that it will fill up quickly, and street parking is not permitted, so once again we have worked with the Elks to provide a bus service from the parking lot of the Mill Road Elementary School 1 mile down the road. (Google maps link to the school!) This worked out really well last year! :) We strongly encourage folks to carpool and park at the school to take advantage of this shuttle service (it will be running back and forth all night) and save some parking headaches!

Lunchtime Ravelry Meetups!

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We also have two meetups planned during the day on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 1 pm. (Click on those links to RSVP!) The location for the meetups is shown on the map below- it is a shaded field down the walkway from the author’s tent. Come and meet your fellow Ravelers and get a Hello! username button.

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For more information about the Ravelry festivities at Rhinebeck this year, including the answers to some frequently asked questions, please check out the Final Details thread in the New York Sheep and Wool group!

Be sure to wear your Ravelry shirts and pins and carry your bags around the festival – some vendors are offering a discount to Ravelers!

We just can’t wait for all the beautiful fall leaves, sheepdog trials, fried artichokes, friends, and of course yarn, fiber, and other fibery goodies that NYS&W has to offer… See you in Rhinebeck!

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Knit Nation

August 9th, 2010

With our super busy travel schedule, I am finally getting to sit down and write about the lovely event that was Knit Nation in London- we had such an amazing time!

Alice and Cookie were so well organized and such great hosts, the volunteers were amazingly helpful, the attendees and teachers were enthusiastic and we just felt so lucky to be included.

I wasn’t able to take any classes because I can’t knit due to injury (nothing drastic just repetitive stress) but Casey and I were able to join in the fun by going around the great Marketplace, giving our talk on Ravelry, and hosting a fun party on Saturday night!

We arrived a couple days early and got to visit the V&A (the amazing Victoria & Albert museum that was literally next door to the Knit Nation venue), had lovely afternoon tea with the tutors, Alice, Cookie and Katie from Hoxton Handmade, and explored the Marketplace as everyone was getting prepared for the shoppers!

After that, Casey and I worked a bit on our talk about Ravelry as we were curiously nervous about it- we have gotten fairly used to talking in front of people but since we were doing it on our own (without Sarah and Mary-Heather) and since people were paying to see us, we really wanted to do the best we could! It ended up going well, I think, since people told us they enjoyed it during the rest of Knit Nation. :)


(Thanks for the photo, mulene!)

Then it was on to the Ravelry party on Saturday night! Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we were able to host a really fun party and even got some really cute giveaway project bags:

The bags were a big hit with the partygoers- it was fun to see them try to find all the knitting and crochet items hidden in the image. Thanks again to all our party sponsors, we really could not have done any of it without you!

Qiviut: Loop and Ysolda

Cashmere: Kollage and Socktopus

Merino: Denise Interchangeable Knitting and Crochet, Gardiner Yarnworks, Little Knitting Company, The Knitter, Mrs. Moon, Skein Queen, Soak and Rohrspatz & Wollmeise.

Ysolda was kind enough to offer the use of her fun photo booth at the party- we all had a great time going in there and getting snapshots, even the bartenders! hah!

There are Julie, Adam and Sarah in their photobooth shots. Julie and Ysolda surprised us with that image layout with the special Bob/ Knit Nation image- such a fun souvenir! I was so happy that Julie and Adam got to join us at Knit Nation- she works so hard on our graphics for events and she finally got to see them in person.

Another person we were *so* thrilled to see in person was Velvet/Louisa, one of our wonderful and hardworking moderators of the main six!


Not surprisingly, she was so sweet and got lots of compliments on that shawl of hers!

If you were at Knit Nation and want a digital version of your party photobooth images, you can see all of them here. I am nudging Casey to put up a nice gallery but that is what we have right now! There are some pretty funny ones in there.

Thanks to everyone that came out to Knit Nation to see us, the party sponsors, the volunteers and of course Alice and Cookie!!

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New Pattern Search Video

August 2nd, 2010

It’s been an exciting summer here at Ravelry as we have worked with many of you to implement the new Ravelry search! The new search has a lot of great features, but it may seem a bit complicated at first.  While we wish that we could come to each of your houses and sit down with you to show you how to use it, unfortunately that’s just not a feasible option.  Instead, we’ve put together a new pattern search video for you to show you how it all works.  It’s the next best thing and doesn’t require you to straighten up the house or get out of your pajamas!  There are more search features than what’s included here, so we hope to have some additional videos that get a bit more specific for you in the future!

To view the video bigger, you can view it full screen by clicking the arrows icon beside vimeo in the bottom right when you mouse over the video.  If you don’t see it above, you can view it here.

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Ravelry at Knit Nation

July 24th, 2010

Casey and I are preparing to head over to the United Kingdom next week. It is our first time visiting the UK and we couldn’t be more excited! We have a few fun events planned for our trip, both in England and Scotland and in between, but first up is Knit Nation, organized by Alice and Cookie, at Imperial College in London!

This awesome knitting and spinning expo starts on Thursday and ends with our Ravelry party on Saturday night. There are classes with amazing teachers, our talk on Ravelry on Friday, booksignings and a really incredible marketplace!

Our party should be tons of fun! We are borrowing Ysolda‘s photo booth and have lots of room to spread out knit, hang out and get a drink. It would not be possible if it weren’t for our sponsors:

(Click on the logos to get more information about our sponsors!)

Please check out Knit Nation if you haven’t already and are accessible to London- there are class spots still available and Marketplace tickets will be available online until tonight at midnight GMT. (They will also be available in person for £8.)

For party details and to RSVP, please go here. There are no tickets for our party, to make it welcoming to all, but RSVPing will help us get a head count.

You can also chat about all the fun happenings at Knit Nation in the KN group on Ravelry!

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