I put up a publicly viewable sneak peek. I figure that the cat is out of the bag and people are already posting screenshots to Flickr and stuff. We might as well show people what they are patiently waiting for!

http://www.ravelry.com/tour/peek

Hi all. I just posted an important letter to http://www.ravelry.com/tour/sad.

It’s linked the the front page that you see if you are logged out or if you don’t have an account.

Please – don’t make too much of a fuss over this. I don’t want to start any trouble, I just want to try and communicate with the people who are patiently waiting to get in.

Oops

May 28th, 2007

I updated the site several times today and a nasty bug snuck in. Sorry about the 500 errors dudes.

I know that many of you have taken *really* nice photos of your stash yarn.

Ravelry needs featured photos for yarns and it will be a little while before we have time to go through and send a photo request for each yarn. So.. I opened things up a bit more and made it easy for people to send in their stash photos.

Share your pic by clicking the “Help! Ravelry needs a pretty photo.” link on any of your stashed yarn pages. If you don’t see the link, it means that someone else beat you to it. First one to click gets their photo in the spot :)

Thank you, beta testers

May 23rd, 2007

When we first let this secret out (almost 3 weeks ago?) we were *totally* unprepared for what would happen next. At first, we were nearly paralyzed by the volume of stuff – new data in ravelry, emails and contact us forms, tons of discussion threads..

Now that we are more organized and more clear headed, we are trying our best to make this site awesome. First order of business? Taking care of the issues that are keeping this thing in beta. I need to fix bugs (“crappers!” bugs and browser bugs), build better tools for editors and moderators, and make sure that managing the amount of data coming in is a snap. Oh, and the site needs to handle an assload of knitters and crocheters.

I know that lots of you have sent in your bugs, requests, and ideas and most of those are still somewhere on The List. I’m confident that our progress during the next couple months will be just as fast as Ravelry’s first 3 months but I think that a lot of the work that I am doing right now will be somewhat invisible. So – I just wanted so say a bunch of thank yous..

* Thanks to the folks with IE6, Safari, and Opera! There will be lots more of you when the site opens. Thanks for the bug reports and for all of your patience. You’ve been dealing with some annoying issues for far too long.

* Thanks to the crocheters – we want you to feel like the first class citizens that you are and I know that we aren’t there yet.

* Thanks to everyone outside of the US. We’re still not international enough when it comes to currency, the metric system, conversions, and even books. We certainly don’t want to be US centric – we just needed outside help (which we have plenty of now!)

* Thanks to everyone who has ever seen a “Crappers!” error message. Your misfortunes produce a wonderfully detailed bug report.

* Thank you thank you designers, dyers, and spinners! We want to do so much more for you and we are so happy that you want to be a part of this. I’m really excited about the future – I’ll be proud to help get some exposure and sales for indie crafters.

* Thanks for everyone who has spent time jotting down their ideas in the forums. I read every single post (although I don’t always reply) and I’ve received a ton of valuable feedback and many great ideas for improvements.

* Thank you editors, moderators, and community members who have been flagging, checking, cleaning, and merging data. In less than 1 week, duplicates have been disappearing like crazy and 29% of our 3800 patterns have been checked and approved. This is AWESOME. We were not ready to the amount of data that came in and I’m so grateful that you guys have helped clean up the mess. The beta testing has helped us learn and formulate a plan but the expense was a large amount of stuff that needed to be sifted through. I’m working on improving the site so it is easier to manage and harder to dirty up. You guys need a rest :)

* Thank you to each and every Ravelry user. The site is nothing without your contributions – every time you enter a project, you make the site better.

PS – the blog that is behind this newsfeed is yet another unfinished task. Someday it will be the official Ravelry mouthpiece. You can comment, if you come in the back door: http://blog.ravelry.com

Away

May 23rd, 2007

Just a quick note to let you guys know that Casey and I are not going to be around today. Casey’s 94 year old grandfather had a stroke last night and we are with him.

Thank you…

Pattern Pages

May 20th, 2007

How do I find a specific pattern?
Go to the main Patterns Page by clicking the "patterns" tab on the top navigation bar. You can use the search box on the top right of this page to search for a pattern by its name, author, or the book / magazine or other source it’s published in. Alternatively, you can browse for patterns by tags (keywords users have attached to the pattern) using the list of popular tags on the top left of this page. Additionall, you can use the Pattern Browser, found on the left at the bottom of this page. (As of 5-15-07, this feature is still under development and doesn’t work properly in Internet Explorer – we’ll add more info when this feature is fully functional.)
How can I see a list of patterns by a certain designer or in a certain book / magazine?
Use the search box on the main Patterns Page to find a designer or a book. This will bring up search results for all patterns that match your search terms. If you’d like to go to the main page for that designer or publication, click on one of the patterns, and then on the pattern page, click on the designer’s name to go to the designer’s page, or click on the source name to go to the source’s page. Note: This may change in the future.
There’s no photo on such-and-such pattern – how do I add one?
For copyright reasons, we’re not allowing users to add photos to the pattern pages at this time. We are adding photos to pattern pages individually, requesting permission from the designers and/or publishers to use the official photos, or from Ravelry users who’ve finished the pattern to use their photos.
There are patterns I know of that aren’t currently listed on Ravelry. How do I add them?
There’s currently no one-click way to simply add a pattern to the database. If it’s a pattern you’ve used for one of your projects, you can add it when you’re adding your project. (Click here to see how to add a project.) If you haven’t yet used the pattern, the easiest way to add a pattern to the database is to go to your queue (my notebook → queue) and click the "add to my queue" button on the top of the page. In the pop-up window, type in the name of the pattern and hit the search button to the right of the pattern field. If no patterns come up, click the "Add it to Ravelry" button and enter the information for the pattern – pattern name, pattern type, name of book or site, pattern URL, and author. Then click the "Save" button at the bottom of the pop-up window. The pattern has now been added to the database.
How do I add yarn to my stash?
Go to your Notebook and click on "stash" in the left-hand menu. On that page, click the "Add New Yarn" button. On the page that loads, type in the name of the yarn you want to add, how many skeins of this particular yarn you have in your stash, and any other information about the yarn you’d like to add.

Important: Once you’ve started typing here, you’ll see a link button appear to the right of the field. If you click this button, Ravelry will search the database for your yarn and bring up the results in a pop-up window. If you’re using a handspun or other unique yarn, click the button that says "Unique yarn – don’t add" If you’re using a commercially available yarn, select the correct one from the list. If the yarn you used isn’t listed there, trying using fewer search terms. If you still don’t see it listed, you can add it to the database by clicking the button that says "Add to Ravelry" For more information on how to add yarns to the database, please click here

Select the correct status for the yarn (e.g. currently in your stash, used up, to be traded/sold, already traded/sold), and then click the "Save and add photos" button at the bottom of the page. If you don’t have any photos of the yarn, then you’re done. If you do have photos, then you can add them by clicking on the "photos" tab up on the top right-hand side of the page. To add another yarn, click the "details" tab and then click the "Save and add another yarn" button on the bottom of the page.

How do I add photos to my stash?
Go to your stash page (my notebook → stash), select the stash item you want to add a photo to, and then click the "photos" tab on the top right-hand side. Select the photoset from your Flickr account that the photo is in (if it’s not in a particular set, choose "All Photosets") and click the "Refresh" button. Drag and drop the selected photo to the box with the dashed border — another box will appear. You can add as many photos as you like. The photos are saved as you go along, so there’s no need to go back to the "details" page to click the "save" button when you’re done.
How do I remove a photo from my stash?
Go to the photos page for your stash item (my notebook → stash → stash item → photos) and click the "X" directly below the photo you want to remove. This does not delete the photo from Flickr — it only removes the photo from this stash item.
How do I remove an item from my stash?
Go to your stash page (my notebook → stash) and click the "X" button below the item you want to delete. (This does not delete the yarn from the Ravelry database — it only removes your particular item from your stash listing.)
I used / sold / traded / etc. an item from my stash. How do I change its status?
Click on the stash item you want to change the status of (my notebook → stash) and change the status from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the page. Click the "save" button when you’re done.
How do I change the viewing options on my stash page?
To view your stash as thumbnails, click the first button (with the little squares on it) to the right of the "add new yarn" button at the top of your stash page. To view as a list, click the second button (with the lines).
How do I download an Excel spreadsheet of my stash?
Click the third button to the right of the "add new yarn" button at the top of your stash page. A pop-up window will appear that asks you whether you’d like to open it with Excel or save the file to your computer. Choose whichever option you prefer.
How can I search for / view other peoples’ stashes?
If there’s a specific person’s stash you’d like to view, you can go to the People page and search for them by their Ravelry username. Click the link to go to their profile, and then click their projects link on the right-hand side of their profile page. You’ll then see their notebook links on the left-hand side: click the “stash” link to view their stash.
If you’d like to see everyone’s stash images of a specific yarn, go to the Yarns page and search for the yarn you want to see. On the search results page, click the link of the yarn that you were searching for, and then click the “stashes” tab at the top of the specific yarn page. To view information about any of the stash items, you can click on the image or the text link, and you will be taken to that person’s stash details page for that item.
How do I add a new project?
To begin adding projects, click on the My Notebook tab up on the top navigation bar. Once you’re on this page, click the “add knitting” or “add crochet” button. This will bring up your new project page where you can add pictures (from Flickr) and fill in the pattern, yarn, and other information about your project. When you’re done, click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page.
Okay, I’m at the New Project page. What do all the different fields mean?
Within the Project Page, all the fields are optional, so you only have to fill in those that you have information for.

Name: What you call the project – it can be the name of the pattern or anything else you’ve been calling it

Made For: Who did you make it for? Yourself? A friend? A swap pal?

Size Made: If there are different sizes available for the pattern, which one did you use?

Pattern: What pattern did you use?

Important: Once you’ve started typing here, you’ll see a link button appear to the right of the field. If you click this button, Ravelry will search the database for your pattern and bring up the results ina pop-up window. If you’re using a made-up pattern that you wrote yourself, click the button that says "It’s made up – don’t add" If you’re using a published pattern, select the correct one from the list. If the pattern you used isn’t listed there, trying using fewer search terms. If you still don’t see it listed, you can add it to the database by clicking the button that says "Add it to Ravelry" For more information on how to add patterns to the database, please click here

Tags: What tags do you want to add to the project? Is it a sweater? Socks? These tags are used for searching through your projects, both by you, and by others.

Needles – Size: What size needles did you use for this project? If the needle size isn’t listed, choose the closet approximation. If you used more than one size needle, you can click the button that says "add needle" below this field.

Yarns – Yarn: What yarn did you use? If you used more than one size needle, you can click the button that says "add yarn" below this field.

Important: Once you’ve started typing here, you’ll see a link button appear to the right of the field. If you click this button, Ravelry will search the database for your yarn and bring up the results ina pop-up window. If you’re using a handspun or other unique yarn, click the button that says "Unique yarn – don’t add" If you’re using a commercially available yarn, select the correct one from the list. If the yarn you used isn’t listed there, trying using fewer search terms. If you still don’t see it listed, you can add it to the database by clicking the button that says "Add to Ravelry" For more information on how to add yarns to the database, please click here

Yarns – Colorway: What is the name or number of the color yarn you’re using? In the drop-down menu to the right of this field, you can select the color family that this colorway is in. If none of the options are exact fits, you can either leave it blank or choose the closest approximation.

Yarns – Dyelot: What is the dyelot number of the colorway you’re using?

Yarns – Skeins: How many skeins did you use (or do you think you’ll use, if this is a WIP)?

Notes: You can use this space to write anything else you’d like to document about the project – your gauge, any alterations you made to the pattern, funny stories about working on the project, whatever you like.

Status: How far along are you with this project? Is it done (finished)? Is it a WIP (in progress)? Have you set it aside for a while (hibernating)? Have you dismantled it to use the yarn for something else (frogged)?

Satisfaction: These are the smiley faces to the right of the "Statys" field. Choose the smiley face that most accurately represents your satisfaction with the project.

Started & Completed: When did you start the project? When did you finish it?

How do I add pictures to my project?
You must first upload your photographs to your Flickr account. Once you’ve done that,go back to your project page on Ravelry – you’ll see a few tabs up on the top right-hand side of the page. Click the one that says "edit photos." On that page, select the photoset from your Flickr account that the photograph is in (if it’s not in a specific set, you can select "all photosets") and click the Search button. Your photographs should appear below that. Select the photo you’d like to add to your project and drag it up to the box with the dashed border that says "drag photo here." Once you’ve done that, another box will appear. You can add as many photos as you like. Your photos are saved to the project as you go along, so there’s no need to go back to the Details page and click the save button.

Important! You must have a Flickr account, and you must associate your Flickr account with your Ravelry account in order to add photos.

How do I delete pictures from my project?
Go to your project page and click the "edit photos" tab on the top right. Click the "X" that’s directly below the photo you want to remove. This will not delete the photo from Flickr – just your project page.
How do I associate specific blog posts with my project?
Go to your Notebook and click on "Blog Posts" from the left-hand menu. Choose the post that you want to associate with a project and click the "…" button to the right of the post title. This will drop down a brief summary of your post and a drop-down box with all the projects you’ve currently listed. Select the project you want to associate this post with. The post title will then be down the page under the heading "posts about projects." If you want to associate a post with more than one project, click the "…" button again and select another project. There is no limit to how many projects you can associate with a post.

Important! In order to associate blog posts with projects, you must add your blog link to your Ravelry profile. If your posts are not showing up, give it a little time – sometimes it takes a while for the feed to update. Keep in mind that depending on your feed settings, only about 6-12 of your most recent posts will show up here.

If you want to associate an older post (i.e. one that doesn’t show up under Blog Posts page), go to your project page and click on the tab that says "no blog posts" (or "1 journal entry," etc.). On this page, click the button that says "Add older blog posts" and type in the URL of the post you want to add, clicking the "Add blog post" button when you’re done.

I added the wrong blog post. How do I delete it?
Click on the blog posts / journal entries tab on your project page and click hover your mouse over the blog post you want to delete. A small trashcan will appear below the listing. Click the trashcan, and then click "Ok" in the pop-up window that appears.
How do I leave / view comments for my / someone else’s project?
Click the comments tab on the project page to view comments (the tab will tell you how many comments have already been left). To add a comment, click the "Leave a Comment!" button. You can use HTML or the buttons above the text box to format your comment. When you’re finished, click the "Add comment" button below the text box.
How do I change the sort order / viewing options for my projects?
You can change the sorting order of your projects by selecting your sorting preferences from the drop-down box at the top of your project page. You also have the option of viewing only projects with a specific status, using second the drop-down. Or you can use the search tool to the right of that to search for a specific project within your projects set. The buttons to the right of that provide you with additional viewing options – the first button allows you to view your projects in a table (or if you’re already in the table view, clicking it will take you back to thumbnail view); the second button will take you to the RSS feed for your projects; the third button will take you to a slideshow of all your project photos; the fourth button will take you to your flickr account.

Getting Started

May 20th, 2007

Ok, I’ve signed up. Now what do I do?
Click on your user name in the top right corner to go to your profile page and fill in the About Me section. Then you are on your own :) Explore!