I love handmade socks. They take something that is often very utilitarian and transform it into something beautiful. Today I decided to take a look at some of the great socks that have been made recently on Ravelry.

I am a sucker for stripes, so I just kept finding myself drawn to them. Here are a few that caught my eye.

From left to right: patskein’s teacup socks, LeahB’s Vanilla Latte, marlenasusanne’s Squircle and MerriFromm’s Pretty Strong Socks I

I just love the creativity in these socks. They really make something special out of an item made to keep your feet warm.

From left to right: JanaNav’s Shamrock Socks, choosehappiness’ Harlequino, ChezShea’s Drachenschwingen and seaofgin’s Just an Illusion FE Demo pair.

Looking at all of these socks has inspired me to go through that sock yarn stash and get started on some for myself. I hope it has inspired you in some way today, too!

Thursday Tip: Forums Tab

July 30th, 2015

It’s my turn for a tip again and I am back with another installment of the tour of our navigation tabs. If you’d like to review the previous posts, here you can learn more about the patterns tab, the yarns tab, and the people tab.

The forums section is available by clicking that tab at the top of your screen, or by visiting www.ravelry.com/discuss. This time I’m going to work from the top to the bottom of the page.

The List is at the very top of your forums page, and it is the place to go to look at the list of known bugs and feature requests. You can filter by topic, run a search, or just peruse. Once you find a list item you’re interested in it’s possible to add a comment, vote for it, or watch the item so you’ll be notified when it’s completed.

Below that are my forum tabs – I’ve customized mine, so yours will have different titles and you may even have a different number of tabs. The tabs allow you to sort your groups into different sets. I like having all my local boards together, for example, so I can get a glimpse into what’s going on this weekend. If you’d like to set up your own forum tabs, you can do so from the settings tab at the end of that row.

 Next to my forum tabs is a special tab called activity. It’s a subset of my forum activity and shows me posts in watched threads, new threads, and replies to my posts. It can be a handy way to quickly check in with all your groups at once. The default is for this tab to be off, so you may not see it on your forums – it can also be enabled on the settings tab at the end of that row of tabs.

Next up is the reports tab – another one that only some of you will have. Specifically, it’s only visible for group moderators. This is the place to look at flagged posts. If you’re a moderator who wants to know more about reports, check out this section of the wiki.

 Now we have the browse tab with the magnifying glass on it – this is a universal tab. This is another place to get an overview of the forums – you can look for threads with unread posts, threads you started, threads you’ve looked at, threads you’ve posted in, watched threads and ignored threads. And you can do all that by forum tab set or by forum.

 Second to last is radar where you can eavesdrop on conversations around Ravelry. As new replies are posted they show up here (unless the group is hidden from radar). You can read more about radar in this post from Sarah.

 And the last tab in the row is the settings tab – here is a treasure trove of settings, mostly related to the forums. You can remove the big 6 forums from your forums page, hide your voting buttons, control report messaging if you’re a moderator, organize your groups into tabs and more!

Finally, just below that row of tabs is a search box. You can enter a search term and a set of boards to search, and then we’ll take you to the advanced search for forum posts.

Next up, let’s look at an individual board.

If you want to start a new thread right from your forums page, you can use the start a topic link.

The search link will take you to the forum posts advanced search with the filter applied for that specific forum.

The more link takes you to the discussion board page for that group. From there you can see the topics, moderators and, well, more.

There’s also a handy little triangle dropdown on the view for a forum – let’s look at that, too.

If you want to mark a lot of threads as read all at once, choose the mark all read option. All the topics that are visible from the forums page will be marked as read.

The reorder this forum link allows you to adjust the order of forums right from the forums page. It’s handy for mobile devices as you don’t have to drag and drop – you just click your desired new location for the forum.

Finally, let’s check out the bottom of the page.

If you’re on a tab with one of the main 6 boards, you’ll see a link to the rules on the left.

On the right are a bunch of links to get back to parts of the forums you’ve participated in. You can see all the topics you’ve started, all the posts you’ve written and all the threads you’re watching.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the forums! I’ll be back in a few weeks with more.

Lately when looking at projects and new patterns, I find that things made with linen yarns are consistently catching my eye – I can’t get enough of that gorgeous drape! Today I’m highlighting recently finished projects made with linen and linen-blend yarns.


Above, from left to right, are NoTailKit’s -Anthi-, Antheras’ Windswept Trees, and hellodarlingknits’ ♡ phoenix ♡.


In this group are 783Nora’s Alumna Scarf, LanaTejedora’s astonish, and TeaLover’s Sea Turtle Lace Poncho.


Finally, we have MRansom79’s Jordan sleeveless pineapple top, mijette’s Greco, and kolero’s Aquarelle Creative Linen (that colorful design? It’s not intarsia – kolero handpainted those flowers right onto her finished white sweater!).

Thanks to all of you for sharing your inspiring work with the Ravelry community!

If you’d like to see more projects that Ravelers have been making with linen this year, check out this advanced search link – there are some real beauties. If they make you want to check out linen yarns, then this yarn search link will help you out. Enjoy!

Last week, Mary Heather shared how you can use Instagram photos for your project photos. You can also use your Instagram avatar for your Ravelry profile picture and it’s quick and easy to do!

1. Click your username in the upper right of your Ravelry page to access your profile page. Then, click “edit your profile”.

2. Click “add profile pics” and you will see the window here.

3. Choose “use your Instagram avatar”.

If you haven’t already, it will ask you to authorize Ravelry to access your Instagram. Once you authorize that, your new profile picture will show up on your profile page (it may take a second, depending on the speed of your internet connection).

Hope you enjoy this new feature!

This week is brought to you by a suggestion from juliafc. It’s a little different than usual because the projects shown are not all new projects.

Most Ravelry pattern pages include photos of FOs that were shared by knitters and crocheters. I looked for Ravelers that have had their finished objects featured by an unusually large number of different designers over the years. A sampling of their beautiful projects and photographs are below and you can click through to their project notebooks for many more.

clairedupont from Amiens, France: Forest Cardigan, Couleurs Caraïbes . Afmaeli, Kelpie and Exploration Station.

chitweed from Delaware: Patty Cake Cardi, Corner Start Baby Afghan, Sunday Shawl for Sis and W e d d i n g P r e s e n t .

ittybitty from Jura, Switzerland: spring blossom, winter forest, looking for the summer (her own design), and (big) sister.

roko from Tokyo, Japan: For You Blue, Crochet Bag, Hitofude Bolero (her own design) and Sheep

add from instagram

We recently added the ability to import photos to your projects and stash right from Instagram, making it easier than ever for Instagram users to update photos on Ravelry. Here’s how it works:

connect to instagram

On the photos tab of your project or stash entry, click on the upload from Instagram tab. The first time you import pics, we’ll ask you to connect to Instagram to grant Ravelry permission to access your photos.

instagram photo grid

Once you’ve given us access, you’ll see your Instagram photos appear in a grid on the upload from Instagram tab.

instagram import

Scroll through the photo grid to find the picture you’d like to import; click on it and you’ll see us start to import your picture.

all photos on tab

When we’ve finished importing, it will appear up at the top of the photos tab with any other pictures, and you can reorder it as you wish.

Ravelers of Instagram, we hope this makes it easier than ever for you to keep your Ravelry project and stash photos up to date. Have fun importing!

Community Eye Candy: Blue

July 14th, 2015

Color coordinated eye candy posts give me a tickle, so today we’re going to look at blue projects completed this month.

First up, some lace. Clockwise from top left: mustaavillaa’s Winding Way, tainarauma’s Haruni, Minskuli’s From A Distance – TdS2015-4, and DashPointGirl’s Blue Ocean.

Next, some baby-themed projects! Clockwise from top left: LitlaSkvis’ Clara, undone57’s monsters 2.0, AliceInDilbrtlnd’s Balloon Tying Creations-Elephant, and arosa55’s Menta.

Lastly, some gorgeous blue sweaters! From left: hana2’s Vasa, knittingonlap’s Etch Summer Sweater, and Franchement’s Byeline!

If you can’t get enough color-themed eye candy check out our past posts – red, orange, yellow, green the first, and green the second. Oh, and rainbows!

Thursday Tip: Emoji

July 9th, 2015


If you post on Rav with a phone or tablet, you may have noticed that things didn’t go so well when trying to include emoji in your text. Well, we fixed that.

Emoji now work in the forums and in private messages. If you insert them anywhere else, you’ll see the name of the symbol instead of an image.

but how?

  • On a phone or tablet: you have an emoji keyboard on there somewhere. It’s easy to use once you find it.
  • On a Mac: hit ⌘-control-space to bring up the emoji selector.
  • Elsewhere: find and search codes at http://emoji.codes and type the code that you want (like :sheep:) into a post or message.


If you come to my house in July, you will likely find coverage of the Tour de France on my television. I am no expert, but I love watching the riders meet the immense challenges that they encounter and seeing the beautiful shots of the areas they ride in. For today’s eye candy, I am featuring projects for each Tour jersey.

The White Jersey: Best young rider

From left to right: Vknitts’ My white summer linen top, Marionv’s Lace Flower Tunic, LadyElga’s Sommertop 2015 and NIKOL’s Белоснежная юбка.

The Green Jersey: Points leader (sprinters)

Clockwise from left: ishmaelito’s Tippi, cilvedson’s Arctic Baby Cardi, Casdena’s Guacamole Not Included and JnAknit’s Belmont.

The Polka Dot Jersey: Best climber (king of the mountain)

Clockwise from left: he cannon’s Happy Colours Blanket, koukutettu’s Pilkkulaukku, AmieC’s Clemson Polka Dot Blanket and megancooper13’s Polka Dot Stripes Cowl.

The Yellow Jersey: General Classification leader

Clockwise from left: craftycreoleJenn’s Keep on the Sunny Side of Life, Chleiti’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February), KirsiS’ From A Distance and Turtleback’s Warmish.

Each year while the Tour de France happens, spinners also come together on Ravelry to challenge themselves in different ways as a part of the Tour de Fleece. It’s fun to watch the beautiful yarn that is created in the Tour gallery, even if you don’t participate.

Thursday Tip: People Tab

July 2nd, 2015

Hi! In today’s tip I’m going to continue my tour of the navigation tabs. So far I’ve covered the patterns tab and the yarns tab and today I’ll cover the people tab.

You can get to the people section by clicking on that tab at the top of your screen or by visiting www.ravelry.com/people. Let’s start on the left side of the page.

new kids

This is where you can see the 10 most recent new Ravelers with avatars. The link at the top will take you to an advanced search for people and will include users without avatars. In June we had almost 60,000 new accounts created, so this list is changing fast!

Next, let’s look at the right side of the page!

people search

Use the people search to find people on Ravelry. We’ll search by username, first name, website, location and designer name to find you matches – so it’s a great way to locate local knitter or follow up on a favorite blogger. Below that are a few more links to find people:

  • advanced search takes you straight to the search for people with lots of filters available to narrow down your query
  • Happy Birthdays! is a list of Ravelers with a birthday today (based on the info they entered in their profiles)! You can find birthday buddies or wish a stranger a happy day :)
  • View groups by country takes you to a page to find local groups. You can search for groups by location, find groups near you, or browse groups by country.

friends activity

This shows 4 recent entries from your friends activity – this view only shows new pictures of projects or handspun, so it’s a great peek at what your friends have been creating. You can click the link to see all your friends activity.

a random assortment of favorites

Projects that have been favorited and have a picture can appear here. We pick 9 at random each time you load the page so a page refresh will reveal more surprises. The links at the top will allow you to browse more projects that have been favorited, or check out ughs – projects that have been marked with the lowest happiness rating by their owners.

And finally, let’s see what’s at the bottom of the people tab.

shows us your FOs!

Want to see the most recently finished projects with photos? Look no further! We also have a few handy links in this section:

your neighbors

This section shows you Ravelers who have similar patterns in their projects, queue, and favorites. Clicking on the username takes you to a page where you can see your versions of the same pattern next to each other.

And that’s a wrap on the people tab. The rest of the navigation tabs will be featured here in the coming months so check back if you find these helpful!