June 13th, 2014
Last week, all five of us on the staff here at Ravelry retreated to the woods of New Hampshire for the Squam Art Workshops. This is an event that Jess and Casey have attended nearly every year since its inception, though for me, Sarah, and Christina, it was our first year getting to be Squammies. I’ve seen the pictures and heard about the classes and environment that Elizabeth has nurtured for years, and knew that we were all in for a treat, but the experience of actually being by the lake, taking classes in cozy cabins, and spending time with the other Squam attendees left me feeling truly nourished and inspired.
Between us we enjoyed classes in knitting taught by Nancy Bush and Franklin Habit (two of the many incredible yarn-y teachers present), art, writing, and photography – a wonderful sampling of the subjects available at Squam. When we recapped our classes with each other, we all kept talking about how we knew we’d be reflecting on the things we learned for some time. We also heard a talk by Jared Flood, swam in the lake, ate yummy food, hiked through beautiful woods and admired the yarnbombed treasures everywhere, listened to loon calls, stayed up late in our cabin chatting and laughing with friends, crocheted on the dock, and ate s’mores… so many s’mores.
The Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry on Saturday night was a blast. Fantastic vendors set up booths in the main hall, and eager Squam attendees and locals lined up before it opened, ready to browse and buy these indie goods.
Across the road, our Ravelry Revelry had beer, cake, bunting and twinkle lights, and plenty of room for sitting down, craft in hand, and catching up with old and new friends. The evening was the perfect ending to this event, and we are especially grateful to our sponsors for making it possible!
The JOY level sponsors are:
and Purl Soho
There were even more participating sponsors who can be found on the Squam website.
Thank you so much to everyone at Squam for making it an unforgettable event!
June 12th, 2014
It’s time for another round of “What Do I Do With That Skein?”, the blog post series that helps you get from cherished skein to beloved finished object. Last month I posted about looking at projects made from a specific yarn. Today’s focus is going to be on finding the patterns that have a specific yarn as a suggestion.
To start, let’s go back to our handy yarn page tabs and check out the pattern ideas. (An example.)
On this page I see a listing of patterns that were designed for this yarn, and even examples of projects knit from it! The filters on this page allow me to narrow down the patterns to a single category, so I can focus my search.
For those of you who love the flexibility of the advanced search, you can perform the same one there. In the dropdown at the top of the screen there’s a filter called “Suggested yarn name” – filling that out will pull up patterns designed for that yarn. Then you can sort, filter, and peruse those results to your heart’s content! (Again, an example.)
I hope you’re enjoying this series and that you’re finding the inspiration to cast on your favorite yarns!
June 10th, 2014
Casey, Jess, Christina, Sarah, and I spent the past week at the Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire. We’ll have a full recap post up later this week, but it’s safe to say we all came away relaxed and inspired by the time we spent in the woods creating, taking classes, laughing around campfires, eating meals with friends old and new, and of course swimming in the beautiful lake. For today’s Eye Candy post I looked for projects that reminded me of this special week.
During the Squam Art Workshops, the grounds of the camp are full of whimsical yarn bombs: everything from a canoe cozy to garlands of pom-poms hanging from the trees. (Don’t worry, everything is taken down when the camp ends, and the camp staffers are as enthusiastic about finding these treats in the woods as the Squammies are.) I found a few fun yarn bombs made by Ravelers this year: nirvyarnah‘s Locks of Love, monibknits‘ Stop Sign Flower, and miloco‘s 2014 UrbanYarnage Travisaurus Rex.
So many Squam campers were wearing handmade tunics and smocks (especially after Cal Patch’s Squam Smock class the first day) that I even heard one sweet tunic-clad camper call them “the Squam uniform!” I’m definitely feeling the urge to make a cozy, summery, smock-y tunic now, and Patstar‘s Hexa-Penta v4, ichstrickewieder‘s Lanesplitter Tunika, and MissKadri‘s Still Light Tunic are such inspiring project examples.
June 4th, 2014
Ravelers in the Netherlands finished 2000 projects in April and May. This week, we’re showing off a few of those projects.
I wanted to say something clever in Dutch but the only word that I know is “sinaasappelsap”. My high school spanish teacher taught us a few of his favorite words in other languages, and the his favorite in Dutch was the word for “orange juice” :)
May 30th, 2014
Have you ever wanted to quickly find a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook that you just knew was in a project bag somewhere, along with a long-lingering work in progress? (Oh gosh, please tell me I’m not the only one!) Before you go out and buy your ninth size 6 24″ circular (ahem… the more I type, the more I hope I’m not alone in this), did you know you can use the advanced search for your projects to help you quickly find your missing tool? Here’s how!
From the projects section of your Notebook, click on the advanced search link to search your projects.
You can narrow your search down to just your WIPs (works-in-progress) and projects you’ve marked as hibernating with the “status” filter in the sidebar on the left.
In the left sidebar, you’ll also find filters for needle and hook sizes; the sizes with numbers indicate which are being used. Click on the checkbox with the size of the hook or needle you’re looking for, and our search will narrow down to the project you are currently using it with. Now you just have to decide if you really want to pause that project and start something new, or if it would make more sense to finish it up. ;)
Unfortunately this feature will not help you find the needle that slipped between the couch cushions or the hook you accidentally left on an airplane last month, but if we ever come up with something magic like that, you can bet we’ll post about it here!
May 27th, 2014
Do you have a project that you started ages ago and is hiding in a closet somewhere? Or maybe a long-term project you’ve been working on for years? Well the projects in today’s eye candy used to be long-term unfinished objects, but now they are done and they were worth the wait!
My favorite part of finding all these projects was reading the notes – so many of them detail year-long sagas to create these beautiful projects, capturing the inspiration and advice picked up along the way. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
May 23rd, 2014
In just two short weeks, all of us at Ravelry will be heading to the Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire, and we can’t wait! This will be the first time that the entire Ravelry staff has attended Squam and we are especially excited about the Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry on Saturday night – if you are in the area, we would just love to see you there.
The Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry will take place on Saturday, June 7, along the shores of beautiful Squam Lake in Holderness, NH – directions and distances can be found here. Jam-packed with wonderful vendors, it begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Best of all, it is free (yay!) and open to all – not just Squam attendees (double yay!).
Elizabeth, the lovely creative force behind Squam Art Workshops, wrote about this event on the Squam blog in case you’d like to see more enticing photos.
The evening promises to be filled with creative inspiration, crafty booths with fabulous vendors, lots of camaraderie with happy crafters, and did we mention it is free and open to everyone?
We are so happy to thank the generous sponsors on hand who helped make this event possible! The JOY level sponsors are:
and Purl Soho
And even more fabulous sponsors can be found on the Squam website. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors – we are so lucky to have such wonderful companies participating in this event.
See you at the lake!
May 23rd, 2014
We have a bookmarklet that you can use to quickly transport yourself from a pattern page elsewhere on the web to the corresponding Ravelry page. If the matching pattern page can’t be found, it will instead bring you to the pattern search and fill in the page title as the search text.
To install the bookmarklet on your computer, just drag this button to your bookmarks bar.
An example (using Knitty) is shown below. Click the image to see how it works
If you are on Internet Explorer and dragging doesn’t work, try right clicking and choosing “add to favorites”. You can also use this when mobile if your mobile device syncs from your desktop Safari or Chrome. Chrome on Android users: type “ravel it” into the location bar and activate it from there.
Bonus: you can also use this on Twitter and Instagram to jump to any Ravelry profile that has the matching social site information filled in. Try it out on instagram.com/rainydaygoods or twitter.com/jessicamf.
May 20th, 2014
As summer approaches here, I find myself on the hunt for summer accessories that will keep me (and those I love) cool and protected from the sun. So, inspired by that, I found some sun hats to share with you today.
I hope these cute sun hats made your day a little brighter, wherever you are!
May 15th, 2014
Sarah talked last week about finding yarn substitution ideas for a pattern you’re excited about. Today, I want to talk about one of the ways you can go the opposite direction – find a pattern when you have a skein you’re in love with.
At the top of any yarn page is a tab called “projects” where you can see all the projects made with that yarn. I love this for using other Raveler’s projects as inspiration. (Here’s an example.)
Right on this page you can filter these projects based on how other Raveler’s have rated them, the craft used, and lots more!
On the other side of the page are a series of buttons. Advanced search allows you to look at the projects made in this yarn with even more filtering options! The paired buttons control the look of the projects – the card view includes notes whereas the large is all photo eye candy. Both views highlight the pattern used for the project, so you can be gathering ideas for what you’ll make with your special skein.
This is just one way to find patterns to match a yarn. In future weeks we’ll show you some other ways to get ideas for the skeins in your stash (or soon to be there).