On April Fools’ Day each year in the past, we have given you a hat.

This year, you can choose your hat! You can also choose from a variety of other flair for your Ravatar. To do this, go to your profile page by clicking your username in the upper right of the page.

Then, click on the “add some flair” button you see under your Ravatar. When you click on that you will see this menu.

You add flair by dragging the little icons onto your picture. If you decide you don’t want something, just drag it back out. Click “I am finished” in the bottom right when you have it just how you want it.

Now your awesome flair-filled Ravatar will show on your profile page and when you post in the forums, but only for today.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Community Eye Candy: Belgium

March 30th, 2016

This week I’d like to show you some projects made by Ravelers in Belgium

Above: Raccroc’s Comme un air de printemps, Febr12’s Flaum, and stitchnerd’s Muted and bright

aline5too’s Men’s Tracks in a field, Riversch’s Shark-a-Jack, and fanalaine’s Scallops Stärke 6

bealana’s Tunika, DominiqueBe’s Neige sur les bruyères (made for a friend), and ChristalLittleK’s Nid pour ratous

Love to everyone in Brussels and all across Belgium!

Thursday Tip: The List

March 24th, 2016

Have you ever had a great idea for how to improve Ravelry and wanted to share it with us? Or maybe you want to see if we’re aware of a bug you’re experiencing? Well today’s Thursday Tip is all about The List – the place where we collect enhancement requests and bug reports.

How do I find The List?

The list is available on your forums tab – it’s between the top navigation tabs and your list of forum tabs and tools.

How do I get something added to The List?

Post about it in For the Love of Ravelry! Ravelry staff and volunteer bug trackers keep up with that forum and are able to add ideas to The List from there. If the idea is already on the list your post can be added, which is helpful for us to gather all the feedback about an idea in one place.

I have an opinion about a List item – what do I do?

There are several ways to voice your opinion about an item on The List.

If you post about it in For the Love of Ravelry, your post can be tracked to the item, as you can see on the right of the screenshot below.

It’s also possible to visit a List item and leave feedback there. You can get to an item by clicking a tracking link in a forum post, or by visiting The List and finding it by browsing (more details on that below!). By clicking the “Yes! I’d like this too” button you add to the thumbs up votes. By clicking “Notify me if this is completed” you become a watcher of this item. That means you’ll receive a private message when we mark the item as completed.

At the bottom of the page there is also a place for comments. They’re listed on the item in reverse chronological order, so we can quickly scan for the latest thoughts on the issue. Don’t be shy about leaving detailed comments – it’s valuable to us to learn exactly what you want and what you don’t!

How can I browse the list?

First, you’ll need to get to The List. From there we have a number of browsing options available on the left side of the page.

You can filter down by enhancements, bugs, tasks, or by the section of the site the idea is related to. There’s also a search at the top of the page if there’s a specific term you’d like to hone in on. Or you can look at the items sorted by most recent comment on the right side of the page.

Gosh, a lot of these ideas are really old. Does that mean you’re never going to get to them?

Definitely not! Lots of great ideas were suggested in the early days of Ravelry and just because we haven’t gotten to them yet doesn’t mean we never will. On the other hand, an item being on The List doesn’t mean it will definitely happen. We love having feedback from Ravelers on the changes you’d like to see (or not see!) and it is a key part of our discussions about how our two programmers spend their time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this intro to how to share your ideas with us, or join in on the conversation about previous suggestions. We feel lucky to have a community that cares so much about Ravelry and its future.

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chaoskaethe’s CSD-Anhänger 18M

Sometimes yarn seems like magic. With even just a little bit of it, we can make something great! Here are a few recently completed projects made with 50 or fewer yards (45.72 meters) of yarn.

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Left, louisap’s Norwegian star pincushion #2, and right, frkgarndk’s make-up pads. Such pretty and clever home projects!

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Stormwhisper’s Amigurumi Baby Seal and kelly-ann’s Little Hedgehog are ridiculously adorable!

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Finally, I loved how pretty and practical kdmade’s heart bookmarks and Cheetah2011’s Leafy Coaster are!

Searching through these projects makes me want to look through my yarn remnants and see if I can make myself a pretty little something, as well. If you’d like to see more projects made with fewer than 50 yards, you can check out this advanced projects search link, where I entered a custom yardage range from 1 – 50 yards. Enjoy!

Quick Forum Tips

March 18th, 2016

The forums include a bunch of little useful tools and that are easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them. Here are a few things that you might not have noticed.

Topic totals

At the top of every thread, right below the title, is a summary line with a few different totals. Most of them are linked and you can click to dig into the details.

  • The number of images in the thread. Tap this to view all of the posts that include images.
  • The number of patterns that were linked in the thread. This brings you to the pattern search page and filters for the patterns that were discussed.
  • The same as above, but projects instead of patterns
  • Voices: this links to a page that shows the top posters in the thread, along with any moderators that have participated

Search inside a topic

At the top of each page of posts, above the first post, is a row of links. The search this topic link will open up a search box that you can use to either search for text in posts OR search for a particular person’s posts by putting in their username. Typing in your own name here can be a handy way to look at your own posts in a thread.

Search everywhere

There is a small search box in the top right of the main forums tab. If you are looking for something that you know has been mentioned somewhere, use the “All forums” option to search every forum/group on Ravelry. If you are looking for a particular phrase, put it in quotes. For example: “crazy goat help”.

Topic tools

The green bar that sticks to the bottom of every thread includes a button that is labeled “Tools: watch, ignore..”. Hiding in here is a useful pair of links: one that will bring you to the very first post, and one that will send you back to the last post that you read. If you find yourself catching up on an old thread, this gives you a way to jump to the beginning and then return to where you left off.

I have been drawn to this lovely gold color lately and seem to be seeing it everywhere! With St. Patrick’s Day happening this week, I thought it would be fun to put the spotlight on these gold projects, our own little Ravelry pot of gold!

First off, some solid gold (pun intended) projects.

Clockwise from upper left: akustrikk’s Julian Vest, Raccroc’s Comme un air de printemps, LucindaIglesias’ Kitra Cowl-Dulce de Leche, and MVick’s Dandelion Tree Rings.

Finally, these beautiful projects use gold as an accent, combining it with a wide variety of colors.

Clockwise from upper left: alfa’s Malsenkoften, crochet-hello’s RETRO BLANKET, kjwood1981’s Half Moon Luau and darcytx’s Going to the Majestic Theatre.

Hope you find your pot of yarnie gold at the end of your rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Every so often we are asked: what is the difference between Ravelry favorites, the queue, the library, and our shopping carts? These are all features for Raveler members’ personal use, and while all the features are related to patterns, each has its own unique functions and benefits. Today we’re going over the highlights of what your Favorites, Queue, Library, and Shopping Cart were designed for!

Favorites

Your Ravelry favorites are a record of things that you like. You can add projects, patterns, yarn (both in the database and yarn that other Ravelers have stashed or spun), forum posts, designers, yarn brands, and even Ravelry ads to your favorites!

    Some things I love about Favorites:

  • Bundles! Bundles are a way to organize your favorites into visual boards. If, like me, you like to add a lot of things to your Ravelry favorites, bundles are a great way to organize the faves you might want to find again later.
  • Hearts! Sometimes I like to add Ravelers’ projects to my favorites simply because it gives the Raveler a little heart on that project. Even if I don’t want to find it again, I like to spread a little love!
  • You can search your favorites both from the favorites section in your Notebook and through filters in the advanced search.
  • advanced search filters

  • As you can see, the advanced search will also allow you to search for patterns from designers you have added to your Ravelry favorites! I love checking that box and sorting the results by “recently published” to see what is new from my favorite designers.
    Want to read more about Favorites? Here are some resources!

  • Favorites walkthrough video (this was made before Bundles existed but has good basic info!)
  • Introducing Bundles Tips post
  • Bundle All The Things Tips post!

Queue

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Your Ravelry Queue is where you can track patterns you want to make, or yarns you want to use. You can reorder your queue to keep things you want to start soon at the top of your list, and start your projects right from the Queue section of your notebook. To add something to your Ravelry queue, just click on the “add to queue” button you see on pattern and yarn pages.

    Some things I love about my Queue:

  • If you are queueing a pattern, you can add notes to the pattern and even attach yarn from your Ravelry stash to that queued item. Later, if your start your project from the Queue page’s start project button, this information carries over to your project page!
  • I like to keep my queue limited to things I plan to begin soon, but we don’t place a limit on how many things you can queue. If you have a longer queue, you can organize it into tabs to easily find things later! If you have a long queue and want to do some organization, check out Jess’ queue to see a beautifully organized long queue in use.
  • The print button on your queue page will prepare a printer-friendly list for you, with the yarn, weight, yardage, and gauge suggested in the patterns along with information you’ve added like yarns you wish to use, and notes. This is incredibly handy if you are going to a yarn shop, fiber event, or festival!
  • queueshopping

Library

library

Your Ravelry library exists to track patterns that you own – both individual patterns and ones that are in books or magazines you have purchased- and to store digital patterns that you have purchased (or downloaded for free) through Ravelry pattern downloads. You can add books and magazines to your library from the library section of your notebook, or by using the add to Ravelry library button on pattern pages. If you purchase the pattern or ebook through Ravelry pattern sales, the pattern will automatically be added to your Ravelry library!

    Some things I love about my Library:

  • Pattern search! Your Ravelry library is most useful if you use it only for patterns that you actually own. This will allow you to accurately use the “in my library” filter in the advanced pattern search – so handy when you are looking for a pattern you can start right away!
  • pattern search filters

  • Pattern updates! If you purchased a digital pattern through Ravelry Pattern Sales, and the designer issues an update, we’ll show an “update available” button for you in your Ravelry library. Your library also has an updates section that allows you to view all pending updates at once and quickly update any patterns you wish.
  • pattern updates

  • For my queue: in your library, there is a “for my queue” section that will show you any patterns you have queued (or books or magazines that contain patterns you have queued) that you haven’t listed in your Ravelry library. If your library is up to date with the patterns you own, this section is great personal pattern shopping list!
  • for my queue

Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is something you will rarely see – it is for patterns you are purchasing and will usually only be visible for a short amount of time while you hold the patterns in your cart before checking out. While it is possible to hold patterns in your shopping cart for as long as you like, we recommend using your favorites or queue if you are keeping it in your cart because you want to remember it or make it someday.

    Some things I love about my Shopping Cart:

  • I love buying patterns to support designers! That’s about all there is to the shopping cart.

Phew!

I hope this post has been helpful to any of you who have been curious about the difference between your favorites, queue, library, and shopping cart. All of these features can do much more than I’ve mentioned in this overview post, so I encourage you to explore them further by adding something to your favorites, queue, or library today!

I am of the opinion that plaid never goes out of style. Whether you prefer a muted classic or a bright study on color mixing, it is always beautiful. I’ve already sewn two plaid dresses this year and still can’t get it out of my head, so today’s eye candy is celebrating the like-minded souls who have recently completed plaid projects.

First up, an exquisite trio of classic beauties. ememknits’ Plaid, peaceweaver’s Douglas tartan scarf, and ZhuMa’s Cowl Handwoven.

Next up, proof that plaids don’t have to be woven. annette92’s Princess Franklin Plaid Collar, HerdingCats’ Mad for Plaid, and RecycleCindy’s Tartan Blue Plaid Dishcloth.

And finally, I couldn’t resist these bright plaids! JeanneM’s Miranda’s First Birthday Play blanket, sammimag’s Double Weave Color Gamp, and Climberknits’ Baby Blanket Plaid.

I hope you loved these stripey projects as much as I did! I found them a couple ways – searching using the plaid tag, plaid free text search, and all woven projects since I knew they were good candidates that may not have plaid anywhere searchable. If you want to make your projects show up in more search results, adding tags and a description are a great way to do so!

It is easy to forget that you can favorite posts that you might want to revisit later, but with around 50,000 posts being added to Ravelry each day, there’s a lot of great information out there that you might want to find again!

To favorite a post, click the little grey heart beside the post number.

Once you favorite the post, the heart will turn pink and you can choose if you want to add notes about the post, add tags to help you better search your favorites or add it to a bundle. Adding the favorite to a bundle is optional, but it provides you with a lot of additional options. You could have a bundle of posts that you want to read again later. You might also have a bundle for a certain technique, like colorwork, and you could save patterns, projects and forum posts about colorwork all in the same bundle! You can read more about making bundles in this post.

If a post has an image in it, then the image shows in your favorites and your bundles, making it really easy to jog your memory about that post.

Shown above: Spinning Haven post by symonangel (left) and Knitting techniques post by history weaver (right)

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy way to keep track of the great things you see in the forums each day! If you aren’t already participating in our forums, you can check them out in the forums tab and find more information about them here.

Most people would tell you they know what wool is. And I guess technically they do, it’s the hair that a sheep grows, but to us fiber artists that just scratches the surface of describing wool. The sheen of Wensleydale, the bounciness of Targhee, the loft of Icelandic; these are details that we know and love. Today’s tip introduces a new feature that allows us to dig in and find the kind of wool (or other fiber!) that we love – the ability to search fiber stashes by fiber type.

First of all, you’ll see that we’ve added a fiber section to the advanced search. Now it’s easier than ever to browse fiber stashes on Ravelry. Once you get there, you can use our new fiber type filter to browse the stashes in the fibers that make your heart sing.

You can choose “All” at the top to see all of the stashes with a fiber of that type, or drill down to get specific. As always, you can also combine terms to find fibers made from your favorite blend.

Here’s a link to that last search, to get you started exploring! Enjoy perusing all the potential FOs in stashes (or use the all used up filter to trace the fiber to handspun and knitting/crochet projects!).

PS If you’re looking for these in the yarn advanced search, sorry, they’re not there yet. We’ll be adding them as more yarns have this detailed fiber type data.