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.

From left to right: gbina’s Flower Sun Hat, AllieCatsHats Lady Mary Sun Hat, and eponymous’ Little Lady Sun Hat.

FluseundFussel’s Shell Brimmed girls hat, pb1138’s Nicole’s sun hat, and seasonmw’s “Dress Up Time” Roses.

I hope these cute sun hats made your day a little brighter, wherever you are!

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).

This past Sunday, May 11, was Mother’s Day in many countries around the world, including the United States, where all of us on the Ravelry staff live, so for today’s Eye Candy we took a look at projects that Ravelers have made for their moms (all of these projects have “mom” in the project’s “made for” field) and finished within the last two months. So much yarny love!

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From left to right, we have litfoh‘s スケスケ Cowl, LotzSkånevantar II, and foxinbox‘s Oceanic Venus.

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Above we have FlutePrayer‘s Vintage Frisson, sjordan255‘s I Can See Clearly Now, and LouSquared‘s Crashing Gulf of Mexico Waves. If you take a peek around LouSquared’s notebook, you might notice that this is just one of 5 beautiful shawls and scarves that she has finished for her mother so far this year – how sweet!

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Our final “made for mom” projects are Spunknit‘s Pair of Keets, Lilac 99‘s Lemon Tidewater, and Sherbre‘s Green Tea T-Rex.

I had such a hard time choosing just 9 projects to highlight for this post – it is clear that Ravelers sure love to make things for their mothers. (Awwwwwwww.) Up with moms!

I often get asked why you should add your stash to Ravelry. Here is one of the many ways having your stash section up to date can be helpful.

When you are looking at a pattern you like, you might want to see what yarns you have from your stash that would work for that pattern. You can do this easily by clicking the “yarn ideas” tab on the pattern page!

If there are items in your stash that might work for the pattern, that will be indicated at the top of the page. You can click “show stashed items” there to see the items in your stash that might work.

Here are a few of mine that come up when you click that link. You will see the images and then information about how many skeins you have of each yarn listed below each yarn image.

This is way easier than digging through that yarn bin (or bins as the case may be) to find out if you have yarn for a project on hand!

Nerd Wars is an ongoing competition where teams from different parts of nerddom compete for points by proposing and completing projects in different challenges. Each Nerd Wars tournament offers a number of themed challenges that are 1 month long plus a 3 month “dissertation” project.

Nerd Wars Tournament 10 just ended a few days ago, so now is a perfect time to show a few of the thousands of challenge projects that were completed in April.

I’ve included some “nerd wars” links that will bring you to each creator’s (very cool!) proposal. Read those posts to get a feeling for what Nerd Wars is all about.

Above: millicurie’s I Want to Believe (nerd wars), LadyKatka’s Hagrid Illusion, and drdomestiKated’s 10 toward ∞ (nerd wars). Happy anniversary drdomestiKated!

Above: WonderWhyGal’s Where the Lilacs Bloom, baroquepurls’ Shocking orange shawl (nerd wars) and AlterLace’s Hedgehog Clutch (nerd wars).

Above: roben’s Robin! Girl Wonder! (nerd wars), PixelBamf’s Pillage Before You Burn!, and winemakerssister’s One Does Not Simply…. (nerd wars)

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Talented and active designers and publishers add new patterns to Ravelry all the time, and our Pattern Highlights feature can be a great way to quickly see new patterns that might be interesting to you!

Pattern Highlights have their own page and a few most recent highlights are also displayed about halfway down the right side of the main Patterns tab.

Customize your Pattern Highlights!

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With our recently added Pattern Highlights customization options, you have multiple ways to determine the types of new patterns that are shown to you. Add custom searches, select the crafts you’d like to see, and choose which options on the customization list you want (or do not want!) to see.

Try these customization options!

A couple of neat customization options I wanted to highlight (heh) for this post are the “favorite,” and “newly written up” options, and custom selection. If you, like me, have designers who might as well just keep our PayPal information on file because you want to buy every single pattern they design, you should add those designers to your Ravelry favorites (you can do this from their designer page) and make sure that you’ve selected the top “favorite” option for your pattern highlights customization choices. We’ll show you any new patterns they publish! Selecting “newly written up” patterns will show you new patterns for projects you’ve added to your favorites. If you see a cute project you love for a pattern that is being tested, definitely mark it as a favorite, and we’ll show you the pattern in your highlights once it has been published.

Add your own custom selections!

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Adding your own custom selections to your highlights will let you build a custom search so you always see new patterns that meet the search criteria you select. Building a custom search for your highlights uses our advanced search filters, so you whether you want to see new patterns for crocheted cardigans in fingering weight yarns, or stranded knit socks (or anything else you can filter and find with Ravelry searches), you can be sure to keep updated on any new patterns for your custom searches.

If you would like to customize your highlights, or if you don’t have any highlights showing for you yet, why not take a moment to create a custom search for yourself? Just click on the “customize your highlights” link on the Pattern Highlights page and you’ll see the option to add your own custom selections. Have fun!

One of the most wonderful (and occasionally infuriating) things about spinning from dyed material is how much control you can have over the color of your final product.  Today’s eye candy focuses on handspun featuring 3 color handling techniques.

First up are the barberpoles.  potentialofyarn‘s Hello Yarn Rambouillet, symonangel‘s Gift of Grace Handspun 2 ply, and SpunRightround‘s Olivia Mix.

Next, the gradient spins.  fuzzylover‘s Elven Winemommato8‘s “Salted Camel Mochaccino”, and Eskimimi‘s Stormborn.

And finally, the fractals.  Nordina‘s Karma, Lumpyjumperlady‘s Seascape, and squiished‘s All the Fun of the Fair.

I was able to find all these beautiful yarns by using the stash advanced search, using the handspun attribute filters.  Want to see some yourself?  Here are links to more barber poles, gradients, and fractals!

There are many ways to search Ravelry groups, but searching by location can be useful if you are new in town, looking for people near you or if you are traveling and trying to find out more about the yarn situation at your destination.

Since many groups cover an area that is larger than a single town or city, the location search has a few extra smarts. Searching by location will also turn up groups with members that are concentrated (according to profiles) around that region.

You can find this search on the groups tab: browse groups by location (also try choosing “only local stitch ‘n bitch groups” after searching)

(in this example, the Churchmouse group is really big, really active, and full of Seattleites so it comes up first)

Local groups can be pretty quiet compared to those that revolve around topic. You might even consider adding your local groups to your forums in case someone who is new to town comes by with a question.

Bonus: sort of on the subject of local stuff, if you like the Hot Right Now section of the patterns tab, take a look at this Hot Around the World page. It’s just something that I’m playing with and it’s not connected to anything, but it is updates throughout the day
and it’s kind of neat.

Spring has sprung where I live and things are really starting to get green, which inspired me to look up the green projects people have been working on for this week’s Community Eye Candy.


First off, from left to right: Curiosa’s Cara Mia, mini cooper’s Grisu, and bumblefish’s Crochet Tunic


And a few more recent projects: anis’ On the grass, Norde’s Kvothe im Dschungel, and spaceystacie’s Sneaky Socks

Searching projects by color can be super inspirational. The color you search for isn’t always the dominant color in the project, but it’s really fun to explore the ways people are using their yarn. To search by color, go to the projects search and typing in a color. Color Family search terms will pop up and you can choose the one that is most relevant. You can find more green projects using my green search.

We’ve posted previously about how to share your projects, but I’m going to cover it again because we have some new enhancements!

Let’s recap, how do I make something public again?

To share any item in your notebook, follow the steps below.

Neat!  But I’ve seen all this before.  What’s new?

Really, everything in your notebook.  Fiber stashes are newly shareable!

A public page for all your public projects.  The url for your project notebook – www.ravelry.com/projects/yourusername - shows all your projects to Ravelry users, and all your public projects to visitors who are not logged in.  This page is a nice gallery to share what you create with friends and family who aren’t on Ravelry.

 

Social sharing!  After you make an item public we give you the option to share it via social media or Ravelry private message.

I look forward to seeing what you share!