Designers- Welcome!

April 11th, 2007

Thank you so much for your interest in Ravelry! We really want this site to be a great resource for independent designers. In fact, that was one of our reasons for creating Ravelry in the first place.

So, what are the benefits of being a part of the Ravelry community?

  1. A free, clear, and consise online design portfolio with information about your patterns: gauge, yarn requirements, needle/ hook sizes, link to the source of your pattern, etc.
  2. A gallery of finished objects– Ravelry shows that information on each pattern page (on the projects tab), which then could be linked on your own personal website so that other Ravelry members can easily find it.
  3. You will also be able to view the people working on your designs in one central location. In an ideal world, we’d love to see the designers participate in the pattern pages- contributing corrections, answering questions, etc. (You could easily stay posted by subscribing to an rss feed for your patterns, for example.) You can also see what modifications people made, comments on your pattern in Ravelry and out in blogland (blog post integration is built into the site), and what yarns people used – all gathered in one place.
  4. We are currently testing a low-cost pattern delivery system with Paypal. Ravelry would be used in conjunction with your own site or on its own here in Ravelry to deliver pattern .pdfs to users. After purchasing the pattern via Paypal, users can then opt to have it saved in their Ravelry library or sent to their email. This system also gives you statistics on your pattern distribution, as well as a “user activity tab” that lets you keep track of the users who are queueing, favoriting, and working on your patterns.

How to Get Started with Ravelry

  1. Create your Ravelry account (from the email invitation sent to you), fill in your profile info and photo in the About Me section.

    After that step, you can start browsing for your designs in the Patterns tab. If you notice that your designs are already on Ravelry and you would like to connect your Ravelry profile to your designs, please contact us and she will do it for you – it has to be done manually at this point. Please include your Ravelry username, the name you would like listed with your designs – first and last (we cannot accept first names or Ravelry usernamesonly)- and the name of one of your patterns that is listed on Ravelry. If your designs are not in the Ravelry database yet, you can add them by following the instructions on the Ravelry Wiki Page for Designers.

    Once Ravelry has made that connection for you, you can edit your patterns’ information and add pictures for those designs from your Flickr account or another online photo hosting source. You can also edit the information at the top of your designer profile page by clicking on the pencil at the top. Please fill this information in to the best of your ability- the more information you include, the better!

  2. You can also use Ravelry to keep track of your FOs and works in progress. We also have sections for a project queue, yarn stash and needle/ hook inventories in your personal notebook. For more information about tracking your personal projects and tools, go here.
  3. Finally, we ask that you please subscribe with your favorite newsreader (bloglines, google reader, etc) to our news blog on the front page of the site so we can keep you updated on new features: http://www.ravelry.com/news.rss

Important Things to Keep in Mind:

Ravelry is in its beta testing phase – we are adding new features every day. We really hope that this site will continue to be a way to help independent designers to get their patterns well-deserved exposure, and for all designers to connect with the knitters and crocheters who are working with their patterns.

Feel free to read the Tour and About pages, where we explain what else the site offers and who is running the show around here.

Also, as a community, we are also creating a guide to Ravelry on this wiki, where you can go to find more information.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, feel free to email us.

Thank you and, again, welcome!!

About

April 10th, 2007

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.

The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. The Yarn Harlot wrote recently about Representing, showing the world the power of our community, and I believe that on this site we can really show the strength of our numbers and the depth of our creativity.

So what can you personally do on Ravelry? You can talk about your own projects, integrate that information into your personal website, and contribute to someone else’s project a world away.

If you are not a blogger, we give you a great way to share and show off your projects, participate in -alongs, and socialize with other crafters. If you are a blogger, then Ravelry is the perfect complement to your online journal; it provides structure and organization. All of your information is easy to enter and easy to find. You will not need to update your own FO album again – it is all here on Ravelry!

Jessica’s Fantabulous Ravelry FAQ

1. I know the site is being tested now but how much will it cost to be a part of Ravelry in the future?
The site will always be free for designers, independent dyers, spinners, crocheters and knitters! We want it to be an inclusive community- not just for those who can pay for it. Instead, we have tasteful and targeted ads for fibery products and companies that we as a community are actually be interested in and want to support!
2. How did this site come about?
Well, I have been knitting and blogging for a few years now and Casey has had to listen to me complain from time to time about how difficult it was to find concise information about patterns and yarns on the web. I would be searching for the right pattern to go with a specific gauge/ yarn that I have in my stash or looking for a good alternative yarn to make that perfect cardigan. I would spend COUNTLESS hours scouring Google, Flickr, knitblogs, and knitalong sites for a photo of someone’s finished garment, trying to decipher what yarn was used and adjustments that were made. Most of the time these searches ended in frustration and I was fed up! What drove me crazy was that the information and knowledge was out there in our community but there was no clear method of finding it. As it is often discussed, knitting and crochet has just exploded in popularity over the past few years and we simply cannot sift through all the available information to find great patterns and yarns. No one has the time to read all the blogs in the world. So, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could organize your projects, stash and tools and at the same time help you find people with similar taste and interests? Couldn’t this website provide a single location in which to search for pattern and yarn information from many different producers and publishers?”The answer, obviously, is yes. We figured no one else was doing it, so why not us? Casey is a programmer by day and he thought it would be a fun opportunity to work on something together as a couple, play with a new programming language (Ruby), and provide a service to artists and crafters all over the world. Plus, we thought it would be a heck of a lot of fun. :)
3. Why is this site not open to everyone? Are you being snobby or what?
We are inviting people in bits and pieces- not because we want it to be exclusive but because we only have one Casey code monkey to keep up with updates and bugs! We are still building the site and do not want it to blow up on you guys. So if you do post about Ravelry on your blog, please let everyone know we are adding new folks as quickly as we can from the invitation waiting list… we want to include everyone! Once you are signed up, you can check how we are progressing with your invite here. Everyone really is welcome on Ravelry!
4. I have an idea that would make Ravelry better but I bet you guys are too busy, right?
Please go to the forum and check out the For the Love of Ravelry board! Casey and I really do want to hear your suggestions- the forum helps us get the information organized so that we can get it into our To Do list. We have so many plans for Ravelry and can’t wait to share them all!
5. You guys sure have a funny looking dog, huh?
Why yes… yes we do. And he doesn’t even help with the coding.

Bob Help

Update- Beginning of April

April 4th, 2007

Hi, everyone! Been a while since my last update but, don’t worry… we have been working very hard!

Want to say first a quick welcome to all the new folks! We have some great new knitters, independent dyers, and designers who have joined our growing community. Casey and I would like to thank everyone also for their continued feedback as we are getting the site pulled together. We really appreciate all the comments- positive and um, constructive. :)

So… what have we been doing all this time?

1. Casey put together a nifty pattern browser- click on the type of pattern on the pattern page and you can search by star rating, yarn weight, etc…

Pattern Searchx

2. He also has been working a slideshow and picture zoom feature. The little square thumbnails make the site look pretty but we really need to be able to see as much detail as possible, right? (Here is Elinor‘s beautiful Winter Sunrise Hat and little Beatrix- aww!)

We will be adding more detail and links to this screen in the future. To get to the slideshow, click on the little slideshow button on the top right hand corner of a fellow Raveler’s project notebook.
Slideshow

3. Casey also added a needle and hook inventory sheet to our project notebooks. Now you can really know how many needles you have. (haha, if you want to!) You can put detail into it, like what kind of needle or hook it is. (addi, britanny, bamboo, crappy, etc.) You can also print out this sheet to carry in your wallet! (That printable sheet does still need some tweaking but it works.)
Needlehook

Thanks again, everyone! Be in touch with any problems or questions!!

Casey set up a little tool to enable Ravelry to talk with your blogs!

Now when you log in to Ravelry, it should give you a message underneath the toolbar in your Notebook that you have blog posts to attach to particular projects. You can also do this by going to the Blog Posts tab in your Notebook.

After April 1, (when we have Ravelry open for business) you can just post a link to your project in a blog post and Ravelry will pick it up. Like magic!

Casey is busy working on some not so exciting, but much needed update: adding more than one yarn to projects. He wanted to work on a fancy-shmancy photo slideshow thing but sometimes code monkey does not get what he wants.

Poor Code Monkey.

[Update: Casey put in the changes to make it possible to add more than one yarn to a project. You may encounter some bugs- let us know if you do and we will fix it asap!]

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I ordered Ravelry’s server today after having a small panic attack (did anyone else get that newsletter from Interweave’s future Knitting Daily site?).  I was expecting to wait a few days for my machine but the fabulous kiwis over at Rimuhosting had the thing ready for me within a few hours! I haven’t moved the site to it’s new home yet – it’ll happen soon.

What does this mean? It means that the bills are going to start coming in, so we’ve got to get Ravelry opened up as soon as we can! I’m hoping that we can start passing out invites to you guys sometime next week.

In the meantime, I’m still plugging away on new and improved features. Send us a note if you want to add anything to my Big List o’ Task – I don’t mind.

Talk to you guys later…. Have a good weekend.

Updates- Early March

March 12th, 2007

I have been inviting new Ravelers every day and Casey has been busy adding new features since my last post. Thank you and welcome to all the new folks! yay!

I feel like a proud mama- showing off her baby for the first time. Yeah, she drools on herself a little and doesn’t really speak in full sentences, but isn’t she growing up fast? I hope that everyone who has been using the site is finding it interesting so far. It will only get better, the more we all put into it!

Updates:

– There is a new section under your friends tab called Neighbors. This section will tell you what other ravelers knit projects similar to yours. Again, this will be much more interesting once we have more people in there. :)

– In your notebook’s project section, Casey put in a new ‘pop-down’ for entering patterns and yarns. Can you check it out and see if you like it better than the old way? It seems to be loading faster on our computers…

– In the stash section, you can now add yarns to your stash from that page instead of having to go to the yarn section first. You can add yarns that are in Ravelry already and *also* ones that are not in there yet. We do have a lot of yarns in Ravelry but some of the independent dyers do still need to be added.

– You can see who in ‘people’ are in your friends list (little person icon)

– Knitalong section was created- you can now add a knitalong to Ravelry and also add a project to a knitalong. Please give us feedback on this section since we just finished it. Anything else need to be added?

– Now at the bottom of every page, you can find the contact us link in the footer. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have ideas or problems. We are trying to get to everything people suggest as quick as we can. :)

Class participation time:
Can you guys do me a favor and respond in the comments? (here)

– What browser you normally use?

– Finish this sentence! “I wish Raverly could…”

– Now that you have your projects into ravelry, what do you want to be able to do with them? pdf? list? bound book? what?

Coming soon!
– Casey is working as I write this to add a ‘queue’ section so that you can keep track of what projects you would like to knit in the future, as well as yarns you would like to use. You will be able to integrate yarns from your stash and other people’s projects as inspiration.

– Casey has been working on blog integration- soon you will be able to add your blog posts to the ‘journal’ section in you project notebook. Will be super helpful when looking for info on specific projects to see all the blog posts. We will also be adding a journalling feature for those who don’t have blogs.

Thanks, as always!

We Call Them Pirates

March 9th, 2007

Wctp3

Feeds!

March 3rd, 2007

If you subscribe to your ravelry comment feed, you will know when people put comments on your projects! You can also subscribe to your favorite peoples’ project feeds so you can see when they add a new project to Ravelry. yay!

Stalk your favorites, you know you want to. :)

To find both of these feeds, go to the feed icon in your project notebook and then paste it in your favorite blog reading software! (bloglines, etc)

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You can also subscribe to the feed for all your friends’ projects:

Friends Feed

Ravelry Blog- yay!

March 2nd, 2007

Hi Everyone! It’s Jess!

I am going to use this blog space to keep our wonderful guinea pigs beta testers up on all the new features Casey adds every day and other updates.

I hope this is a good way to do it- I know I don’t need any more emails popping up in my box. Yes/ no?

So last night, our first real night of updates since our Mexico vacation, Casey was busy updated the following:

People page

-Project Notebook Page Cleanups

  • looks a little better for editing
  • more details are shown when viewing other people’s notebooks
  • added colorway and color family (project spectrum?)
  • added made for (thanks Nikol)

(Since we added a few new fields, those of you who have been with us for a while will need to go back and fill in the information for already entered projects- sorry guys!)

-Added this news blog

Also, I noticed that a bunch of you are not using the smileys and stars for rating projects and yarns… It is my favorite part so check it out! (all found in the project details pages)

Please subscribe to this feed so we can keep you as updated as possible! As always, we really appreciate your help!! HUGS!

Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece

February 17th, 2007

Cotton Fleece