Pressing Questions Answered

April 3rd, 2008

Wow – April 1st was a particularly busy day for us! You guys were full of questions. We received a hundred-ish queries (about half were regarding Fabio), so I figured that I’d answer you all at once. Here we go…

What happened to my avatar’s head?

Why, it was Hat Day, of course! Ravelers who did not bring their own hats were supplied with loaner hats. Shame on you all – Jess, Mary-Heather, and I were the only ones who remembered our headgear. Jess and MH wore halos and I wore a fine chef’s hat.

I handed out hats willy nilly and we were all surprised by the number of perfect fits. If you spent all day surfing around the forums and looking at hats, don’t feel bad. We all did. We’ve since taken our loaner hats back, so your heads are all back to normal. Or back to the way they were, at least.

I couldn’t fit all 50,000 hat wearers in this post so I made a tiny montage.

..and just a little bit of Radar chatter:

Are you really selling Ravelry?

No, of course not! That was only a rumor started by ktb38 and corroborated by meggle. I met meggle in person while she was wandering around Stitches West wearing a Completely Pointless and Arbitrary shirt. She is not to be trusted.

There are some strange books in my library!

Indeed! This was part of a special promotion. Unfortunately, we only received a paltry $2.81 for the 281 clickthroughs to the Fabio fan club and we decided to discontinue the program.

Did Julia Roberts really join Ravelry?

Maybe! She does knit, after all ;)

We all had a lot of fun on April Fool’s Day – thanks guys!


edit – doh! I forgot the mention the forum post voting buttons (educational/interesting/funny agree/disagree love) that ran away from your mouse when you tried to click them! Oh well – I’d need a video to explain that one and I didn’t make one…

Welcome to April!

April 1st, 2008

The 10th issue of This Week in Ravelry is out!

Thanks, TWIR reporters for all of your hard work and 10 awesome issues. I love that our little town has its own newspaper and you all have been doing an amazing job with the articles. We say this a lot but we can’t say it enough – big big thanks to the many thousands of Ravelers that make us what we are.. I don’t know if every site gets to have this much fun and we’re thankful for what we have.

…and welcome to April.


One Hundred Thousand!

March 25th, 2008

Woohoo! Aussie jesikajack became our 100,000th registered user on Friday night. Jess and I NEVER thought that this many people would be interested in our site.

I was having trouble coming up with the right words for the occasion but I really wanted to post a little something …then I saw the new issue of This Week in Ravelry (Ravelry’s user-created weekly newspaper). phoenix Toni – you’ve REALLY outdone yourself this time! Thank you so much :D

Guys – you’ve got to see this:

(There are comments on the article’s page in This Week in Ravelry)

Welcome, Mary-Heather!

March 5th, 2008

Guess what? We hired our first employee! Welcome, rainydaygoods Mary-Heather!

Ravelry is now a little (just a little ;) bigger than the for-fun project that we started in our living room last year. We’ve been feeling very overwhelmed for the past several months. Even with all of the help that we’ve received from amazing and generous users (editors, soopers, helpers, moderators, everyone!), Ravelry has become too much for the 2 of us.

Mary-Heather is a longtime Ravelry user, volunteer editor, helper and designer. She’ll be working on pretty much everything (just like Jess and I) but we are especially excited that she will be sharing her project management and organizational experience with us. Mary-Heather is full of enthusiasm and energy and we are so happy that she is joining us. :D


PS – the shrug that MH is wearing is one of tragicheroine Kelly’s free patterns – Ribbed Lace Bolero :)


February 25th, 2008

Whoa. Stitches West ended last night and boy are we tired. We’ll write up a Stitches recap (with Passport winners and all!) once we’ve rested – there is just SO MUCH to say. For now, I just wanted to let rainydaygoods Mary-Heather announce the new issue of This Week in Ravelry. Take it away, Mary-Heather!….

It’s that time again! Ravelry users →  Read TWIR Issue #5 now.

Balancing our fiber pursuits with our professional and family lives is a
daily task for most of us. This week’s issue focuses on various
professional groups on Ravelry, where people are bonding not only over their
love of fiber, but also over their common daily jobs. With articles on
groups for attorneys, mathematicians, librarians, writers, academics, and
more, we invite you to read about the connections that are drawn between
work with yarn and our daily work for a living.

We also have a recap of the whirlwind weekend at the Ravelry booth at the STITCHES West 2008 Convention. Jess and Casey’s trip to California was worthwhile – STITCHES attendees came out in droves to meet Ravelry’s creators and share their love for the site! Regular features Forum Funnies and Dear Auntie Bubbo Pants are also included.

This Week in Ravelry is a group effort! Anyone can join the This Week in Ravelry Group and contribute links, article ideas, and questions for Auntie Bubbo Pants.
Please join – and help us all keep up-to-date on what is going on each week in Ravelry!

Our every Ravatar mosaic:

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Local Yarn Stores

February 20th, 2008

Ravelry users – you’ve probably noticed that you can link your stash to a yarn store when you add it to Ravelry. What you may not have realized is that there is a whole bunch of yarn store stuff hiding beneath the surface. We still have a lot to do when it comes to providing information on local stops (and online shops too) but I wanted to show off a few of the things that we have today.

Buying options

Whenever you see a yarn on Ravelry (on a yarn page, as part of a project or pattern, in somebody’s stash) you might also see a little “buying options” box. LYS owners who advertise with us list the yarns that they carry so that we can show them as a buying option for people in the vicinity. Here is an example:

…and then if you like, you can click through to see a whole page of buying options. In this case, there is only one local store that is advertising that they carry Malabrigo to folks in Boston:

LYS Pages

From there, you can continue on to see the LYS listing in Ravelry. The LYS listing currently shows business information, users who have shopped at the store, yarns that were purchased at the store.

We’ve also got the usual search and Google map thingies in case you want to find stores in a particular area or find a store’s page. Our directory is built by a group of yarn shop lovin’ volunteers and it contains yarn stores from all over the world. It’s far from finished and certainly isn’t close to being as polished as other sites (like KnitMap). However – it is nice because you can look up a store and get a feel for it – how many Ravelry users shop there and who are they? What yarn brands are commonly purchased? A few countries (including the US) are complete and the rest are getting there.

More to come…

LYS directories are nothing new on the web, but we think that this is going to be pretty cool when it is finished. A few things yet to come: shop exterior and interior photos, yarn shop notebook sections for Ravelry users who wish to track their travels and their favorites, connections to owners and employees that use Ravelry, stats on customers and popularity of different yarns, a fast and pretty iPhone interface, and all of the usual connections to the rest of Ravelry (groups, forum posts, projects…)

Box full of love

February 11th, 2008

You guys are too sweet! We opened our post office box today and SO MANY Valentine’s cards popped out – kablam!

What a nice surprise! THANK YOU ALL!

PS: So people always tell us that Bob is photogenic. He is most definitely not. Jess just takes a lot of pictures. Here are some outtakes:


Another week in Ravelry

February 4th, 2008

This second issue of This Week in Ravelry is out!

Ravelry users →  Read TWIR Issue #2 now.

This Week in Ravelry is a community published newspaper that is all about Ravelry (what else?). News, tips and tricks, cool and useful information from all over the site. This second issue is a big one – 13 articles and 9 reporters. We really hope that you enjoy it!

Great job, reporters! As always, you can contribute your ideas for future issues
in the This Week in Ravelry group.

Special features in this issue:

  • Ravelry as a Resource for Designers
  • Indy Pattern Designers’ Resources with Marnie MacLean
  • Moderating Groups for Independent Products
  • Lost that Lovin’ Feeling: V-day happenings
  • 2007 Bobby Awards winners
  • Confessions of a Ravelry Addict
  • Indie Is In!
  • Flickr help

..and don’t forget the regular features: Forum Funnies, Did you know?, Groups in the Spotlight, Craft News and Alongs, and this week’s Ravelry News.

Ravelry stats

January 30th, 2008

People ask about our stats from time to time. January is nearly over, so I’ll share the January stats that we have so far (from Google analytics)

As for the number of unique visitors, we are most interested in counts of active users:

  • Total # of registered users: 72,879
  • # who used Ravelry within the last 7 days: 43,199
  • # who used Ravelry within the last 5 days: 39,898
  • # who used Ravelry within the last 2 days: 32,086
  • # who used Ravelry within the last 24 hours: 25,833

edit Don’t worry guys! I think that the average time is diluted by all the unregistered people that can’t get past the front door – I’m sure that their visits are very short :) Check it out:


This Week in Ravelry

January 28th, 2008

The very first issue of This Week in Ravelry is out!

Ravelry users →  Read TWIR Issue #1 now.

A lot happens in Ravelry each week – the site is constantly growing and changing. New features are often added daily, groups and events pop up left and right, the forums are atwitter 24 hours a day… It can be hard to keep up with what is going on. This Week in Ravelry is a weekly newsletter that is put together by a group of Ravelry users. A small group of volunteer reporters edit the articles and organize the issues, but anyone who is interested can contribute to the paper or submit tidbits for inclusion.

This week’s articles:

  • Need Help?
  • Ravelry’s Welcome Wagon
  • You spent HOW MUCH on yarn?
  • Craft-alongs: Join the fun!
  • Forum Funnies
  • Happening Around Ravelry
  • Did You Know?
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Group: The BobBoosters
  • Groups in the Spotlight
  • How-To for Groups: A Quick Summary

Thanks to all of the reporters and all of this week’s contributors! This is a really cool idea and I think that it is about time that Ravel-land had a newspaper.