October 3rd, 2013
The Ravelry database is the heart of the website, and the pattern browser and advanced search (linked on the top left of our patterns tab) is without a doubt our most popular feature. Using our advanced search, you can filter your pattern search with the 239 filter options for everything from yarn weight to design attributes. But did you know that across the top of the screen in the advanced search, we have advanced searches for things other than patterns as well, with their own filters and sort options to help you find exactly what you are looking for?
From left to right, at the top of the advanced search page, the first options you will see are all related to patterns.
The next search options are all related to yarn.
Finally, we have the community-related searches.
We hope these search options help you find whatever information, inspiration, or just plain awesomeness awesomeness you are looking for!
October 1st, 2013
It has been a few years since I was last able to attain the most glorious trophy: a completed sweater in time for New York Sheep and Wool. These days, I am more of a Rhinebeck hat person. So if you are like me and are looking for a relatively quick yet festive wooly to celebrate the autumn season, here is some inspiration.
September 26th, 2013
The Ravelry forums are home to more than 2.5million topics (y’all are chatty!), and the topic tools are how I manage the conversations I want to follow. From the topic tools menu I can choose where to enter the thread, adjust which posts are marked as read, and choose to watch or ignore it. Ignored threads no longer show on my list of topics, while watched threads will show at the top of their forum when there are new posts, so I’m guaranteed not to miss them!
You can pull up the topic tools menu by clicking from the topic list, as shown by the green arrow above. It’s also available while you’re reading a thread in the bottom right of the screen. Enjoy wielding your power over the 10.5 million forum posts!
September 24th, 2013
Sometimes, when I’m having a bad day, I search Ravelry for pictures of animals in clothes. I don’t know why, but they never fail to make me smile. I particularly love animals in hats, and creative Ravelers have made it possible for their animals to have a hat for every occasion. Here are a few of my favorites:
From left to right above: pnwbookgirl’s Leeloo’s Halloween Hat, flintknits’ crushmouse, and –Kath–’s Pet Beret.
You can see the most recently completed pet wear projects using this search. If you need to save it for a rainy day, just click “save search” at the top left of the page after you click the link & it will be stored in your magnifying glass tab. Hope it brightens your day like it brightens mine!
September 19th, 2013
This one is new and it still needs some refining – but we’d love for you to give it a try.
When you see a project with notes that are helpful to you, you can click to mark to them as “helpful” and then highlight the useful parts. Your highlights will show up on the “projects” tab for that pattern and we hope to use popular highlights to help others in the future.
Note that highlights might not yet be offered if you have an older browser
September 17th, 2013
Ravelers have been busy this year, entering projects in their State and County Fairs, Agricultural Shows, Fêtes, Exhibitions… and winning ribbons for their beautiful handwork! Today’s Eye Candy focuses on some gorgeous knit and crochet pieces that have won prizes and ribbons in fairs and shows this year:
Congratulations to you all, and thank you for sharing your wonderful work here and at your local fairs and shows! If you’re interested seeing in more prize-winning Ravelry projects, check out the Going to the Fair Ravelry group – be sure to have a corndog or fried Oreo in hand, if you really want to set the mood. ;)
September 12th, 2013
Have a road trip coming up soon? I love to try to visit yarn shops whenever I travel and now there’s an easy way to make sure you don’t miss one that is on your route. You can find the Road Trip Planner under the yarns tab.
Click on “road trip planner” then enter your starting location, your destination and the number of miles you (or your travel mates) are willing to go off your route and choose “find shops on my route”. You’ll get a list of shops for your yarn shopping pleasure! If you click through to the shop, you’ll find the information we have about the shop like a phone number, web address, and hours so you can make sure they are open on the day you’ll be driving through. Enjoy your trip and your souvenir yarn!
September 10th, 2013
Sometimes you just need a little color in your life. Today’s eye candy is all about bright, beautiful wovens.
I hope these brightened your day as much as they did mine!
September 5th, 2013
Have you joined so many groups that your forums tab is miles long?
Christina recently added a new feature to groups – when you join a group, you can choose to place it on a tab within your forums. That way, you can split your groups into different tabs for easier browsing.
What about rearranging what you already have? You can either click the icon on any board on your forums tab to move it to a new spot OR you can go to your settings tab and make changes there (shown here)
One more handy thing – on the settings tab, you can change the size of your boards. They default to a really compact view but I like setting mine to “medium” so that they show 10 topics each.
September 4th, 2013
Maybe it’s because I live in a place with particularly hot summers (and my house isn’t air conditioned), but I think it takes a special kind of crafting dedication to even think about working on a blanket throughout the summer! The reward – a cozy, completed blanket, ready just in time for crisp autumn days – is well worth it though, and I tip my hat to these Ravelers, all of whom started the beautiful blankets you see below earlier this summer, and finished them in the past week:
Well done, crafters! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! To see more recently finished blanket projects, check out this advanced project search for blanket, sorted by “recently completed.”