November 7th, 2014
If you have a Ravelry group with pages or posts that are list of links to patterns, yarns, projects (and more) you can now make those lists browseable and searchable by turning them into a bundle.
To see what I mean, click the image below to look at Sock Knitters Anonymous’ bundle of 120+ self striping socks.
Here’s how: First, go to the bundles tab in your group and create a new bundle. Next, click “add to this bundle” and you’ll see an option to add from a group page or a list of links.
November 4th, 2014
If you’ve used the Ravelry forums before, you’ve probably noticed the little icons that pop up after you type certain words, we like to call them Rav-moji. Today’s eye candy was suggsted by the Raveler dustyboyer – items that echo those icons! And to make it seasonal, I focused on our recent Halloween Rav-moji.
First up, we have some skulls and some candy corn. Clockwise from top left we have: RaeADay’s Fall hats and scarves, inagaddadonita’s Candy Corn Socks, Wollsause’s Skull Shawl, and SoulEcho’s Sugar Skull Bag #2.
Next up, we have the haunted houses. In the top row we have peacockmom’s Haunted House cloth and sweepsheep’s zu Hause im Glück ToLa. They both used the same pattern, but one with intarsia and one with doubleknitting. Both are spooky! And on the bottom there is bronnyaur’s Haunted House, which is an incredible collection of pieces!
And finally, Frankenstein’s monster. jandcmitch13’s Frankenstein Hat and Diaper Cover is adorable. As is Pobby’s Halloween Frankenstein Hat. And knitsublime’s Frankenstein is part of a sweet Halloween tableau.
I hope everyone who celebrated had a great Halloween, and that all Ravelers enjoy our seasonal Rav-moji!
October 30th, 2014
Adding photos to your Ravelry project pages can help you keep a beautiful visual record of your crafts, as well as help Ravelry as a whole by providing helpful pictures for patterns and yarns. Browsing Ravelry projects is a guaranteed way to find yarny inspiration, thanks to the wonderful photos contributed by this community!
Today, I’m going to show you how to add photos to your project from the photos tab on your project’s Ravelry page on your computer or mobile device. (We’ll cover uploading from the Ravelry Mobile Site in a future tip someday!) Let’s get started!
On your Ravelry project pages, the photos tab in the upper right gives you four options for uploading your photos: flickr, photobucket, slurp from web, and upload from computer (or Android/iPad/iphone/Windows phone if you are on a mobile device), all of which are free on all your project and stash pages.
upload from your computer (or Android/iPad/iPhone)
Our default photo adding option is easy and fast – it even allows you to upload multiple images at a time, right from your computer, Android, iPad, or iPhone!
Select the “upload from…” tab on the photos tab of your project. (I’m uploading from a computer here, but if you’re on an Android, iPad, or iPhone, you’ll see that device name shown.) Click on the “choose files” button and then browse to find your photos. You can select multiple images to upload all at once.
After selecting your photos, click on “upload” and you’ll see a progress bar that tells you how far along you are in the upload process. Once the photos are uploaded to Ravelry, we resize them for you and add them to your project. You can reorder your photos on your project if you want, and adjust the thumbnails.
If you like to use flickr, this is a great and simple option for you! On the flickr tab at the bottom of your photos tab, link your flickr account (we’ll remember you if you’re already linked). You can search for all public photos in your stream, specific sets, or tags. Once you see the photos you’d like to use, just drag them up into the light grey photo space, adjust the thumbnails with the green arrows, and drag to rearrange in the order you’d like.
On your project page, we’ll show your username and a link to the photo on flickr underneath each picture.
Photobucket works much the same as flickr. On the photobucket tab at the bottom of your project’s photos tab, enter your photobucket username. (As with flickr, we’ll remember you for future photo uploads.) Select the album from which you’d like to upload photos (they must be public) and click the search photos button. Once your photos are displayed you can click on them and we’ll upload and resize; from there you can adjust the thumbnails and drag to rearrange.
slurp from web
This option will allow you to import photos from other websites (as with all the other options, this is, of course, to be used only for photos to which you have the rights). We do links to more detailed help guides about this option right on the “slurp from web” tab so you can see exactly how to get the URL from specific websites.
Here, I want to use a photo on my blog. Right-click/command-click on the image and choose “copy image url” or “copy image location.” Back on your Ravelry projects’ photos tab, paste the link to the image in the slurp from web box and click “slurp it!” We’ll upload and resize the image and you’ll then be able to drag it into the right order and adjust the thumbnail.
Have fun adding photos!
October 28th, 2014
One of my favorite things about Rhinebeck is getting to see all of the beautiful things people have created to wear at the festival. Since I know not everyone can make it out to Rhinebeck, or other similar events, I thought that I would share some of the beautiful creations.
Lots of people take advantage of the beautiful scenery to take some great pictures of their finished objects. We took some of Christina’s new sweater one morning, and noticed others doing the same throughout the day. The leaves make an excellent backdrop.
The other great thing about Rhinebeck is meeting up with friends, some of whom only see each other in person once a year or have not yet met in person! Here are some great pictures I found in Ravelry projects of people together. You can’t fully see these projects in some of these pictures, so make sure you click through the links under the pictures to see the finished objects for extra inspiration!
Top row (left to right): sarahbee’s Rhinebeck Cardigan and Veriton’s The way to Rhinebeck hat
Middle row: costumechick’s Mom’s rhinebeck hat
Bottom row (left to right): SariMor’s Solstice and MADuNaier’s Entwife Harvest Cloak
And, I ran across this just before finishing the post and had to share it, as well.
Found on notsocrafty’s All Paige’s Fault project page, but if you look in the projects for the pattern, you can find the project notes and more pictures for a few of those seen here. They are amazing!
If you attended NYS&W this year and came by one of our meetups – thank you so much! See if you can find yourself in the group pictures below:
Saturday we had a huge crowd – next year we’ll have to stand on a bench to get the group all the way back!
Sunday’s group – thank you all so much for saying hello! I came home so inspired by the incredible talent of others and I hope this post provides you with a little inspiration, as well.
October 23rd, 2014
Your profile page is the place to introduce yourself to Ravelry! You’re in charge of that space and there’s no wrong way to use it. Today we’re going to cover all the fields on the profile page to help you fill it out to your comfort.
The link to edit your profile is on the left side under your username. We’re going to go through the edit page section by section.
On the left side of the page are your Ravatars. You can click the button to upload a new profile picture (if you want help with that check out my blog post on that process). The Ravatars below can be deleted, or dragged into a new order.
- Email Address: The first field is for your email address. If you click the change link you’ll be able to update it and select whether you have your Ravelry private messages forwarded to your emails. We only use this if you use contact us to send us a message, pattern links are emailed to the email address associated with your Paypal account. And so you know, we never sell or share your information.
- Blog URL: The blog URL is the place to enter the web address for your blog if you have one. Once that field is filled you’ll have the option to enter an RSS feed to link your blog entries to your Ravelry profile – we’ll show your posts in your profile and if you mention Ravelry projects we can link to a thumbnail of those, too (you can see an example on Sarah’s profile page).
- I measure yarn in: Choose what units you prefer – metric or imperial. We’re still working on supporting this option everywhere across the site, but in places where we show only one unit, we refer to this field to figure out what to show you.
- Privacy: These checkboxes allow you to configure how much you reveal about the time you spend on Ravelry. While there’s a checkbox to allow people to chat with you, we don’t have one-on-one chat right now. If you’re looking for a place for that, I’d recommend finding a group with their chatroom turned on!
- Update your password: Enter a new password here and you can change your password after clicking the submit button at the bottom of the change.
- Change your username: Click the link to change your username. You get 3 changes, so use them wisely!
- Apps with access to your account: If you have used any of the mobile apps that link to Ravelry, you can control whether they can access your data here.
- First name: This shows up when people hover over your Ravatar across the site so tell us what you want us to call you!
- Birthday: If you fill this in your get a little cake icon on your Ravatar on your birthday.
- Where are you?: Filling in your location helps customize Ravelry for yourself. It lets you see local yarn shops near you that carry certain yarns and anywhere on the site that you can search nearby (users, yarn shops, etc) we use this information. It also shows up when people hover over your Ravatar. If you don’t feel comfortable naming your actual town, you could try your county, or another town in the area.
- Years knitting, crocheting: Just for fun, a place to let us know how long yarn has been in your life.
- Any pets? Kids?: Again, a fun way to share a bit of your life with other users.
- Favorite colors: If you engage in swaps, this is a great piece of information to fill out to help your swapee learn about you.
- Fave curse word: Some folks put a real curse word, some a funny phrase. I like punctuation since it lets you use your imagination.
This is where to let people know where else they can find you on the internet. We have a long list so check it out if you want to be linked elsewhere in the online world.
The about me section is totally free-form. You can enter links, images, videos. If you think there’s a question we should be asking, answer it here! This is really your space to tell us what you want Ravelry to know about you :)
We hope that you love Ravelry and never want to leave, but if you do, this link at the bottom of your profile page is the way to do so.
Now you know all about your profile. Everything in there is optional, but whatever you want to share we want to see!
October 22nd, 2014
Gradients were everywhere at Rhinebeck this weekend! Here are a few recently finished gradient projects from all over. If you like these, you might like to visit the newish (started 5 months ago) Gorgeous Gradients group.
October 14th, 2014
October means Sweater Weather (the most wonderful time of the year!) for many Ravelers. So far this month our users have finished over 3200 sweaters! Here are a few gorgeous October Sweater FOs (finished objects) that caught my eye:
Finally, we have molliebatmit’s Power, mellie0031’s Class of 99, Please Don’t Pull Our Plugs Too Early, and colombe2332’s Antler. There’s nothing like finishing a beautiful, well-fitting sweater – and you can tell from the smiles of these Ravelers that they are really feeling the love.
If you are working on a sweater right now I wish you a perfect fit!
October 8th, 2014
I’ve been thinking lately about our favorite patterns, the ones we go back to over and over again. So today’s eye candy features Ravelers who have made the same pattern more than once.
Next up, we see someone who has perfected her go-to baby knit! Here are just a sampling of the projects morganmagic has made from Milo. There’s one with a matching hat, a gorgeous tree pattern, a feminine lacing detail, and green and yellow stripes.
When I went searching for projects for this post I was blown away to find that of the projects completed in October, over 2,000 of them were repeat patterns! It’s so fun to see the different ways we tackle the same project over time.
October 2nd, 2014
Today’s tip is going to go over adding a project to your Ravelry notebook. This is the second of four posts in an Intro to Project Pages series; you can also check out the first post in the series if you’d like to see a Project Page Overview.
Let’s get started with adding a project!
Start a project!
You can start adding a project to your Notebook in several ways:
1) go to your Notebook section (you can get there by clicking the “my notebook” tab at the top of the page) and click on the “add project” button:
2) from the pattern page, click the cast on or hook it options you’ll see in the upper right:
3) if you’ve queued the project, you can go to your queue and click the start project link under the pattern thumbnail:
Fill in the basic information!
Then you can enter the basic details about your project. If you started this project from your queue or the pattern page, you’ll need to click on the yellow pencil to edit these details, and some things (like the pattern name and source, and even yarn and notes if you filled that in on your queued item) will be completed for you already! If you are starting a project from the “add projects” button in your Notebook, you’ll see the following screen.
- Name your project: the project name can be whatever you like! Use the pattern name, or call it something else silly or sweet. This is the name that will show above your project on your main project page (like in the very first screenshot above).
- Which craft? this dropdown will let you select the craft you used. On Ravelry you can add knitting, crochet, loom knitting, machine knitting, weaving, and spinning projects.
- Where can people find the pattern that you used for this project? Here, you can select your pattern source from the following options – this will help us search the database for you so that your project can be properly linked to the pattern, if you used one:
* Book or magazine
* Website or download
* Handout, pamphlet or sheet
* Based on a stitch from a dictionary, etc
* Not available – this is a heavily modified version of a design
* Not available – I improvised this design
- Name of pattern: if your pattern was published and has a name, enter it here. (You’ll only see this field if you selected one of the first three options for pattern sources above.)
- Pattern source: If you selected “book or magazine,” “website or download,” or “handout, pamphlet or sheet,” you can enter the name of the source here.
After filling that out, you’ll get the chance to confirm the pattern on the next screen (again, if you start a pattern from your queue or the pattern page you can skip this step):
Now you can fill in more detailed information about your project! Here is what you’ll see along the middle of your project page – here are the items we haven’t gone over already:
- Made for: was this a gift? Did you make it for yourself? Enter that here!
- Link to Raveler: fill in a Ravelry username in the “link to Raveler” field if you made it for someone on Ravelry! We even have a Thursday Tips post specifically about that feature.
- Size made: here you can enter the size or measurements of your project. Filling in the size you make can be really helpful for Ravelers browsing projects made from a specific pattern. For me this info is also useful for projects like hat and sock gifts where I’m not using a pattern – I just put in the circumference or head/foot measurement and I have that info handy if I make a gift for the same person in the future!
- Additional patterns: this allows you to link to additional patterns if you’ve used some of their elements in your project. We have a previous Thursday Tips post all about this feature, too!
Next up we have:
- Tags: use tags to help you label, filter, and organize your projects.
- Needles or Hook: here you can select the needle or hook size you’re using. As you may have figured from my Project Page Overview post, I definitely recommend filling in at least this info on your project pages! (Unless you are more organized and finish projects faster than I do… which is pretty likely.)
- Yarns: You can select the yarn you are using either from the Ravelry database (by clicking the add yarns link) or right from your Ravelry stash (with the use stash yarns link). These options are both pictured below – add yarns on the left, and use stash yarns on the right.
Start/Complete Dates, Happiness, Sharing
On the top right of your project page, you can note when you started the project with the start date, how far along you are with the progress bars, and how happy you are with your project with the little happy faces. Just underneath these options you can choose to share your projects with any of your Ravelry groups!
Next Steps (Coming Soon): Photos and Notes
Once you’ve filled in the basic info, you may want to add photos to your project page and start keeping notes in the notes field. I’m going to cover adding photos in my next Intro to Projects post, and then finish up the series with some ideas for keeping notes on your projects that are helpful to you and to other Ravelers.
Keep in mind that all of this information is completely optional – you are the boss of your project pages and whatever record you want to keep is A-OK! We hope that recording and sharing your project is useful for you, and that your project notebook is a fun place for you to look back and remember the wonderful things you have made.
September 30th, 2014
As October begins, my thoughts go to pumpkins, the changing leaves and trick or treating. When thinking of eye candy to show you today, I kept being drawn back to orange projects that remind me of October.
First, there are some eye-catching ones (clockwise from top left): XannA71’s Orange Night, toyvolvo’s Aran Socks & sherryn76’s Moondance Socks.
And, I can’t write a post about October and orange without including some pumpkins: LorrieP’s Patch, WhiteMountainMama’s Trick-Or-Treat Pumpkin and Alicia1018’s Pumpkin the Dragon (okay, okay, so he’s not really a pumpkin, but his name is pumpkin and he was too cute to leave out)
Here’s to an October filled with fun & orange!