Ravelry visits Yarnmarket!

June 17th, 2010

Last Thursday, we had a really nice visit with Yarnmarket and got to meet some local Ohioans! We usually are so busy when we come to Columbus for TNNA in June that we fly in and out pretty quickly, so this was quite a treat!

Deborah and Alex from Yarnmarket were such great hosts- they let all of us run around their (omg yarn up to the ceiling!!) warehouse and hang out in the lovely showroom and office.

They even invited the great people from Della-Q, Kollage Yarns and Denise Needles to come show off their products and hang out with us all.

We wished we got more photos but apparently we were too busy talking with all the Ravelers and enjoying our sandwiches. Thanks so much to Yarnmarket and to all the Ohio Ravelers who came out to see us!

If you are in the Pickerington area, definitely stop by and see Yarnmarket! They have a nice showroom to sit and knit, with couches and lovely yarn to touch. Info here!

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Squam Art Workshops!

June 16th, 2010

Casey and I had an amazing time at the beginning of June when we traveled up to New Hampshire for the Spring session of Squam Art Workshops. We relaxed, hung out with new and old friends, and had fun learning new crafty skills from the amazing teachers!

We also had a little table at the Squam Art Fair- we brought some yummy cake and beer to share.  We were in great company, the vendors were just incredible. My only regret was that I didn’t bring enough cash ;) Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to say hello to us- next year we will bring a little more cake!

Thank you so much to Elizabeth and all of her helpers!

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Jess and Casey are having a great time at the Squam Art Fair! Sarah and I holding down the fort, and we’re all getting excited as we get ready to travel to Ohio next week – we’re heading to Columbus for the TNNA (The National Needlework Association) summer trade show. We always come home from TNNA with so many ideas for making Ravelry better for all of us! This year, we know we’re going to have an extra fun time – we’re hosting two events in Columbus: a party at Yarnmarket’s store and an Ice Cream Social for TNNA attendees and exhibitors. Want details? We got ’em!

banana split

Thursday, June 10, 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Ravelry at Yarnmarket

Deborah from Yarnmarket graciously invited us to have a party in her shop, and we really can’t wait! This is a great chance for us to meet some folks in the local knitting community while in town for the trade show. This evening is open to all (with RSVP – space is fairly limited) and is sure to be a fun time! If you’d like to attend, please email Deborah at ravelryATyarnmarketDOTcom (just replace the AT and the DOT with their regular email symbols). She’ll be able to put your name on the list while there is still room, confirm your place, and set you up with directions to the shop!

Friday, June 11, 8:30 – 11:30 PM: Ravelry Ice Cream Social at TNNA

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) hosts industry-only trade shows in Columbus each summer, giving us the chance to see what is coming next in the fiber world and get caught up in a whirlwind of activity and people and lovely new yarns and designs. We are so lucky to be in an industry full of so many creative, talented, passionate, and just plain nice people behind all the companies we love to support, and we thought it would be great fun to start off the weekend with a bang meeting and networking with our fellow convention-goers… over yummy ice cream! After all, Columbus is the hometown of Jeni’s Ice Creams (otherwise known as the fuel of the Columbus TNNA show. Seriously. We may or may not eat it multiple times a day when we’re in town… ahem).

The generous support of our sponsors helped us to turn our fun (and perhaps slightly silly) idea into reality:

Ysolda Teague Rowan Namaste Malabrigo Knitter's Magazine Buffalo Gold Lantern Moon Bijou Basin Ranch Classic Elite Yarns Kollage Yarns Skacel Dream in Color Yarn St-Denis

Banana Split Sponsors:

Rowan
Ysolda Teague

Waffle Cone Sponsors:

Buffalo Gold
Knitter’s Magazine
Malabrigo
Namaste

Single Scoop Sponsors:

Bijou Basin Ranch
Classic Elite Yarns
Dream in Color Yarns
Kollage Yarns
Lantern Moon
Skacel
St-Denis

Thank you so much, sponsors – we truly appreciate having the support of such fabulous companies!

The Ravelry Ice Cream Social at TNNA is going to be held in the foyer (across from the bar) of the Hyatt Regency Columbus, just after the TNNA Fashion Show. We’ll have drink tickets, music, plenty of room to hang out and meet with your fellow TNNA attendees and exhibitors, and lots of delicious Jeni’s Ice Cream! It’s sure to be a great time – if you’re coming to TNNA and would like to attend the Ice Cream Social, please RSVP on its Ravelry Events page. We think this is going to be a very memorable industry soiree!

We’re really looking forward to this trip: meeting lots of Ravelers, brainstorming new ideas for Ravelry, and lots of ice cream sounds like the makings of a pretty fantastic week. See you soon, Ohio!

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Squam Art Fair

June 1st, 2010

Casey and I have almost finished preparing for our weekend at the Squam Art Workshops up in Holderness New Hamshire- we have all our class materials ready and are doing the last load of laundry!

Before we head out, I had to remind local folks of our event on Saturday- we will be at the Squam Art Fair on Saturday, June 5th.  There will be some great vendors there, including:

We will have some local beer and some Hello buttons so come by and say hello!

Directions here!

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We had a fantastic time in Atlanta last weekend at STITCHES South! Friendly people, great food (ok… really great food, and lots of it), fun events, and lots of amazing goodies in the marketplace: what’s not to love? Our weekend was jam-packed and full of happy, positive people – we just loved meeting everyone.

The entire event had a wonderful community feel throughout the weekend. The marketplace, classes, and evening events all took place in the same hotel at which many attendees were staying, so the seating areas in the lobby were full of crafters throughout the day and late into the night… so was the hotel bar. ;) This gave the weekend such a cozy and casual feel – it was kind of like camp for yarn-loving grown-ups (who’d rather sleep in a hotel than a tent).

StS Party

We started our weekend with a bang, hosting the Ravelry party on Thursday night. Around 350 happy Ravelers came by for some music, snacks, drinks, giveaways and door prizes… and even a chocolate fountain!

Cam and the Chocolate Fountain

Thank you again to all of our fabulous sponsors – we wouldn’t have been able to host this event without your help, and the generous door prizes and giveaways you all donated made lots of attendees very, very happy. :)

Knitter's Magazine Skacel Knitting eat.sleep.knit WEBS Trendsetter Yarns Handknitting.com Discontinued Brand Name Yarn Kollage Yarns Bijou Basin Ranch Sassafras Creations Interlacements Yarns Mirth Lion Brand Yarn della Q Knitting Notions Miss Babs Knit Witch Lisa Souza Only Ewe & Cotton Too

Whenever we work with sponsors to throw an event like this, we are reminded of just how lucky we are to be in an industry with such lovely people behind the companies we all support. Please visit these links and check out the fantastic yarns, designs, notions, and goodies from our sponsors!

Qiviut: Knitter’s Magazine

Cashmere: Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, Eat.Sleep.Knit, Handknitting.com, Kollage, Skacel, Trendsetter Yarns, and WEBS

Merino: Bijou Basin Ranch, Della Q, Interlacements Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Lisa Souza, Knitting Notions, KnitWitch, Mirth, Miss Babs, Only Ewe and Cotton Too, and Sassafras Creations

Special thanks also to our fabulous party volunteers (Lauren, Kim, Jessica, and Kathy) who helped us set up before the party, clean up after, and took care of all the attendees as they entered the room. We also owe a huge thank you to the good folks at XRX, especially Benjamin and Molly, who helped us with our trip to Atlanta every step of the way, and Lisa, who seemed to be everywhere at once taking pictures of the event, and let us use some of her great photos for this blog post. Planning our attendance and party at STITCHES South was a breeze (and fun, too!), thanks to their help and support. It’s easy to see why STITCHES events are so popular when you meet the warm and friendly people behind them all. :)

with volunteers, Benjamin, and Molly

The party was only the beginning of a whirlwind weekend. STITCHES events are packed with fun things to do! Friday began with the opening day talk (block your swatches!) and lunch with the fantastic teachers in attendance, and ended with the big fashion show. Sarah, Jess, and I were all so inspired by the fashion show garments, particularly the beautiful summer wear in warm-weather fibers. The weather is heating up where we all live, so the drapey tanks and skirts really caught our eyes.

On Saturday night, we served as special guest judges at the Student Banquet and Fashion Show. This event allows attendees to get on stage and walk the runway in their favorite projects from the past year, and all we had to say was: WOW. It was great fun to see such amazing pieces, and really hard to choose a winner! In the end, we gave our prize to this stunning sweater from Phyllis (who we are pretty sure is ngaknitter on Ravelry – we forgot to write her username down but the name, location, and fact that she’s been knitting for about 3 years definitely match)!

Phyllis

The sweater is her own design, knit entirely in reversible cables, and can be flipped not only inside-out but also top to bottom to change the look of the sweater’s length and shaping around the neck. It was a stunner! As you can see, Phyllis was absolutely glowing – who wouldn’t be, after finishing such a gorgeous garment? We were proud to give her a special Ravelry prize pack (a tote bag filled with goodies from the Ravelry minimart).

phyllis casey hug

Naturally, we hit the marketplace floor every day – there were lots of wonderful vendors, and it’s impossible to get tired of looking at such lovely wares. Even Sarah’s little one, Cam, had fun checking everything out! The Atlanta Knitting Guild and the North Georgia Knitting Guild even had a table set up right as you entered the marketplace, greeting everyone with a warm welcome and a table full of swifts and ball winders to use after a few purchases. :)

sarah cam market

out and about

It was so great to travel as a team to a new part of the country and take part in such a big event. Thank you, XRX, for inviting us to come!

If you were an attendee and have photos from the Ravelry party or meetups this weekend at STITCHES South, please add them to the Ravelry Events pool on Flickr! Thanks so much to everyone who gave us such a warm welcome in Atlanta. We had a blast, and hope your weekend was wonderful, too!

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Happy 4th Birthday, Bob!

April 23rd, 2010

Happy Birthday, faithful and snorty mascot!!

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Ravelry at STITCHES South!

April 8th, 2010

Here in the US, spring is in the air – temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and it makes us think of one thing… the season for big fiber events is just beginning! We’re so excited to announce that this year we’re going to be kicking off the season in a part of the country we haven’t visited yet – we’re heading to Atlanta, Georgia for STITCHES South!

We love getting to go to explore new areas and meet new people, and naturally, we knew we had to host a party! ;) As always, we have to extend big huge thanks to our party sponsors for making this event possible – we’re truly grateful to have such a supportive community that will help us throw an awesome event for all of us!

Knitter's Magazine Skacel Knitting eat.sleep.knit WEBS Trendsetter Yarns Handknitting.com Discontinued Brand Name Yarn Kollage Yarns Bijou Basin Ranch Sassafras Creations Interlacements Yarns Mirth Lion Brand Yarn della Q Knitting Notions Miss Babs Knit Witch Lisa Souza Only Ewe & Cotton Too

We’re going to be right in the Waverly Hotel in Ballrooms 3 & 4 on Thursday, April 22, from 8:00 – 10:30 pm (just after the STITCHES South Market Preview). We’ve created a Ravelry Events Page for the party – if you plan on attending, please RSVP! All Ravelers are welcome to this event – you don’t need tickets to the Market Preview. Come on by and have a fabulous time!

We’re going to have music, snacks, and drinks (we will have drink tickets; after they are gone we’ll have a cash bar), door prizes and giveaways from our generous sponsors, and a great time hanging out with all of our Ravelry friends.

Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors:

Qiviut: Knitter’s Magazine
Cashmere: Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, Eat.Sleep.Knit, Handknitting.com, Kollage, Skacel, Trendsetter Yarns, and WEBS
Merino: Bijou Basin Ranch, Della Q, Interlacements Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn, Lisa Souza, Knitting Notions, KnitWitch, Mirth, Miss Babs, Only Ewe and Cotton Too, and Sassafras Creations

You guys rock!

The party is going to be great, but that’s not all we’re doing – the folks at XRX have been so welcoming to us, and our STITCHES agenda is really packed! We’re going to have daily meetups on the Marketplace floor, as well! Please come on by and see us in the concessions area at the following times:

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

We’ll also be at the Fashion Show on Friday night, and we’ll be special guest judges at the Student Banquet and Fashion Show on Saturday night! We can’t wait to see all the fabulous goodies on display.

If you’ll be attending STITCHES South, please do come by and say hello! It’s going to be a great show – we’ll see you there! :)

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Ravelympics 2010

March 17th, 2010

 

We’ve all been recovering from the crafting marathon that was Ravelympics 2010 so we’re a bit late in posting about it!  The Ravelympics is a time to set a goal of seeing a crochet, knitting, spinning, or dying project through from beginning to end (or reviving a work in progress) during the Olympics.  The training was intense, trying to decide what to make and which event to enter, and the competition itself flew by much faster than most of us anticipated.

In the end, of the 9,538 Ravelers that took on the challenge, 6,296 earned their Medal of GLORY (and many others came really, really close)!  Starting a project knowing that over 9,000 other folks were starting alongside you during the opening ceremonies was an incredible experience.  The support found in the more than 440 teams kept everyone going even when they experienced setbacks and injuries.


There are a few folks who made all of these fun festivities possible.  We’d like to thank the Ravelympics Moderators, Kimberli, msknottyknits, paksenarrion, rchrispy, and zzwhitejd for their hard work in choosing events, keeping the teams and group going and spending countless hours assisting Ravelers in their pursuit of Ravelympic glory.  Also, a big thanks to the Team Captains for keeping your teams going and to each Raveler who participated!   This truly would not have been the same without each of you!

In addition to having a lot of fun, Ravelympics also raised money for Special Olympics through the sell of our Badge of Glory pins (awesome artwork by octagonfudge).  So far, $3,200 has been sent to Special Olympics thanks to your purchase of the pins!  If you didn’t get a chance to buy your Badge of Glory, go to the Badge of Glory product page and click on the little box beside “notify me when this item is re-stocked”.  Then, you’ll receive a Ravelry message when we have more available!  A big thanks to the folks at Sprocket Express, our fulfillment center, who have gotten these pins out to our Ravthletes so quickly!

Casey ran some fun post-game stats for us to share with you so you can share in some of your fellow Ravelers’ achievements, some of which are included below!

Overall Achievements

  • Total projects entered into the Ravelympics – 24,284
  • Total projects completed by closing ceremonies – 12,878
  • Number of countries participating – 65
  • Total yardage used – 8,068,000
  • Total yardage spun/dyed – 448,000

Team Achievements

Ravthletes with the most projects completed

Most Prolific Spinners & Hand-dyers (by yards completed)

Congratulations to all who competed!  Even if you didn’t cross the finish line in time, it was a fun way to challenge ourselves and get to know our fellow Ravelers!  We’re already looking forward to the next games in the Summer of 2012!

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Squam Art Workshops 2010

January 29th, 2010

I am so excited that we are able to attend Squam Art Workshops (SAW) again this June!  Last year we had such a wonderful time at this lovely New Hampshire summer camp/ art retreat for adults.  We took classes with amazing teachers, enjoyed the scenery and delicious food and we were so thrilled when Elizabeth said that she was holding another Spring session this year.

Registration begins February 1st and we are busily trying to pick our classes- it is really hard since there are so many great ones!  There are classes on so many subjects: spinning, knitting, writing, yoga, sewing, printmaking, embroidery and more!  The teacher list is incredible again this year, including:

There will also be some fun activities after the classes are over for the day!  Jonatha Brooke is coming back for another concert, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be giving a talk and we have some Ravelry fun planned for Saturday night during the Squam Art Fair. The Fair and Ravelry event will be open to all, not only SAW attendees and we’ll post more information about that as June approaches.

If you want to read more, you can check out my blog post from last year (where I have linked to other attendees’ blog entries) or you can look at the Raves section on the SAW site.

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TNNA and Unwind!

January 22nd, 2010

The Ravelry team had a great time last weekend as we headed to California for the Anniversary party at Unwind in Burbank and also for the TNNA trade show in Long Beach.  I found it so hard to leave snowy and slushy New England but sometimes you just have to sacrifice for your job, you know? ;)

First we headed to the event at Unwind- it is such a nice spacious shop and we always have a great time there!  We got to see some new and old friends, see some beautiful yarn, and Casey found another crocheted guy to play with. Thank you to Stephanie,  her wonderful staff and all the Ravelers who came to say hello!

 

Before we left the Burbank area, we had to give Casey something for his hobbies so we stopped at a great comic shop.  Mary-Heather and Sarah even found something special for their guys at home!

Then we were off to Long Beach where we reunited with our colleagues at the trade show.  As usual, we came away from the show energized and full of ideas on how Ravelry can help support the industry and our community so stay tuned for that!

This TNNA was also the launch of a collaborative effort between Ravelry, Louet and Soak.  As you probably know, we have been working with Jacqueline Sava at Soak already with our Unleash Soak and she had the great idea to come out with a color range of Ravelry inspired Louet yarn, with fun pattern support and kits.

There will be more information on this soon, in the Soak-worthy group, but you can see Jacqueline’s patterns here and the colors here, on the Unleash yarn page. The Unleash Soak, yarns, patterns and kits are going to be available soon at a yarn store near you!  Jacqueline will be updating this post here with the stores that are carrying them.

We have had a lot of fun working on this with both Soak and Louet and look forward to seeing what Ravelers can do with these fun Ravelry inspired colors!

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