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LindaDavie’s Rainbow Amineko Cats

Today I’m sharing bright, beautiful rainbow projects!

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From left to right: Ullamarike’s incredible Rainbow Umbrella, psyche-dog’s incredible Horse Sculpture, and RadicalWeft’s cheery “Izzy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Wrist Warmers. (Thanks to Raveler missmalarkey sent me a message alerting me to psyche-dog’s incredible project while I was writing this post – I was delighted to see the rainbow colors matched today’s theme, and also, WOW.)

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Above are Ambiknitrix’s cozy Double Happiness Socks, Beth02116’s cool bike rack (and adorable dog Purl!), and redvoodoo’s moody woven rainbow scarf.

I hope these rainbows brightened your day!

Tip: Blog Post Archive

June 22nd, 2017

When we see people in person, they often tell us that they enjoy our blog posts. We are so happy to get this feedback and wanted to show you how to look through the blog post archive in case you missed a post or two.

When you are on Ravelry, click the help tab that shows next to the magnifying glass.

When you scroll down, you’ll see a Blog Posts heading. To see our full post archive, click “go to the blog post archive” at the end of the list of recent posts.

If you are looking for something specific, you can search for it in the search box in the help tab, instead. The search looks for your search topic in both blog posts and wiki pages that are community maintained to help you.

Our past posts contain a lot of great information and inspiration, so we hope that you find it helpful to access all of it in the same place.

Today in the Northern Hemisphere, we are enjoying the Summer solstice: the day of the year with the most daylight! Where I live, we’re also hitting highs of 100 degrees (and up!) Fahrenheit all week, and I thought it would be appropriate to share projects made with bright, sunny colors.

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First up, beautiful bright sweaters: Hiiragi’s Holiday test, Julieanne02’s For the love of speckles and stripes, and Louice’s Flower Power.

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Next we have sunshiney shawls! Woll-moe-re’s Summerleaf, citric4blue’s Eight Tiny Foxes, and aduary’s Sevilla Shawl.

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Finally, a few vivid projects: RavenEphemera’s Sweetgrass Prairie Socks, tanace’s Diagonal Beach Skirt, and zoltnerly’s Owl’s eyes cowl.

All of these have been completed so far this month! If you’d like to check out more projects in these colors, try this project search link.

Eye Candy: Bags!

June 7th, 2017

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MrsDanvers’ Spring Hexagons bag – so pretty!

I love a good bag (handmade or otherwise), and today I found some great bag projects to share with everyone! So far this year, Ravelers have made well over 4,000 bags – here are just a few that popped out at me when I searched those projects.

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Above: mustrimardikas’ woven laptop bag and iKnitnstitch’s Felted Boho Knot Bag are so chic.

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I love the whimsical Unicorn Farts Bag from lindseyatk and Zin-Carla’s Shark Bait!

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Finally, aren’t these vibrant colors gorgeous? Crochet green purse from Santtuqs, TracyMarie’s Beach Day Tote Bag, and Marionv’s Mochila Liza.

There are a lot of really great groups on Ravelry, but sometimes it might feel overwhelming to find one you are interested in joining. The ability to find groups using tags could help you find groups you didn’t even think to look for! To do this, go to the groups area and click “search by tag” on the right side of the page.

On the search by tag page, you can enter a particular tag or if you scroll down, you can choose a tag to see the groups associated with it. The bigger the tag, the more groups that have that tag.

Let’s say you are looking for some crafty podcasts. You can click the podcast or podcasts tag. For this post, I chose “podcasts”.

Then, you’ll be taken to a page which shows all of the groups with that tag and you can click more to find out more about the group and the podcast.

There are so many different tags to choose from that I’m sure you will find something that interests you in one of our groups. I could browse this way for hours, but I guess I’ll have to take a break to do some knitting at some point.

sweater bundles

I love making sweaters, but I also love the simple act of dreaming about and planning the sweaters I want to make. Even better: dreaming about sweaters I want to make with yarn I already have in my stash. One way I do this is, of course, to attach stashed yarn to the pattern I plan to make with it when I add the pattern to my Ravelry queue. Because I keep my queue small, with only projects I really plan to knit in the immediate future (and only with yarn I already have), I use another Ravelry feature to organize the sweater quantities of yarn I don’t yet have plans for: bundles!

I made a bundle called Future Sweaters, to which I’ve added all of my sweater quantities of yarn. It’s one of my most practical bundles and makes it really easy to find stashed yarns I want to use when I am ready to start a new sweater project, or when I just want to think about what type of sweater I’d like to make next.

If you’d like to make a similar bundle, you can do it in a couple of ways, depending upon whether or not you’ve added your Ravelry yarn to your stash.

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If you track your stash in Ravelry, you can sort your stashed yarn by most yardage to quickly see all the yarns you bought with intentions for solid-color sweaters or other large projects. From here, click on the stashed item, add it to your favorites, and then select or create your sweater quantities bundle from the resulting pop-up.

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If you haven’t yet added your stash to Ravelry, you can still make a sweater quantities bundle by going to the Ravelry yarn page of the yarns you own sweater quantities for, and adding them to your favorites and then your bundle.

There are so many different ways to organize things by bundles! It’s nearly 90 degrees where I live today but I figure dreaming up sweaters is appropriate no matter the season. Sometimes I just like looking at my Future Sweaters bundle and admiring the photos of my pretty yarn. I’m sure you understand!

Eye Candy: Skirts

May 23rd, 2017

We have featured eye candies from all sorts of pattern categories – sweaters and jewelry and socks and dresses – but one we haven’t covered yet is skirts. So, this week I’m highlighting recently finished skirt projects.

First up, some skirts for kids. Frida’s Fluffy skirt, LeneV’s Mirabilis, and dadinako’s Yacht Club Skirt.

Next up, some form-fitting FOs. LadyFick’s “She’s Electric” Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt, Tuesdaynightknits’ Fair Isle Skirt, and gaylefrancis’ Sweet Treat Pencil Skirt.

And finally, some flowing skirts! masayocchi’s Y-389 Kureyon Sock Yarn skirt, natakuteev’s Жемчужная юбка, and katyazag’s Летний Дождь.

Here’s a search for skirt projects on Ravelry. If you want to search for skirts or another type of FO, check out the pattern category filter in our projects advanced search!

Eye Candy: Natural

May 16th, 2017

I’ve been trying to decide on a natural colored yarn for an upcoming baby project lately. I’m usually all about color, but sometimes you just need a nice natural yarn to really make a project stand out. Today I’d like to share some with you.

First off, some great natural sweaters. From left to right: foxonline’s bright sweater, stefandstuff’s March Basic (which, as an aside, she made for a cosplay of Molly Weasley!) and cocorina’s a fresh start sweater.

Next up, here are some natural accessories that will go with just about anything: ChordSpinner’s Mandarin Orange Shawlette, supergra’s Baby blanket and krismbeal’s Urban gypsy boho bag.

Finally, a natural yarn really sets off the colors you use in your projects when you combine the two together as is the case with IvaKnitsCZ’s Outing Shawl, crochet-hello’s LITTLE DOTS and neetsey’s Gentle Fade.

Sometimes less is more, and in the case of natural colored yarn, a little less color can sometimes show off more of the design elements of your creations. These made me look outside of my color box a bit and I hope they inspire you, as well.

Tip: May 11 Q+A

May 11th, 2017

Hello! It is another month and another Q+A!

Today, May 11, I will be running a Q+A from 9:00 – 9:15pm eastern time. You can join in here to watch me narrate my screen and ask me your questions! I’m going to start with a tip on setting a default craft for your advanced searches.

I hope to see you there! The video will remain on our YouTube channel so you can watch it later if you can’t join us live!

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mushinweaving’s beautiful Naturally Dyed Striped Silk Tsumugi

I just love browsing projects that were made with handspun yarn. Today I looked at recently completed handspun projects and pulled just a few of the many beautiful items for this post. I wish I could squish them all!

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pholling’s Scottish Memento Cardigan is a total stunner, FearlessFA’s Summer Sword Lily is so gorgeous it inspired me to make “handspun” the theme of today’s Eye Candy, and I just love the way LaurieM striped her colorful and black handspun in her Rainbows in Winter cardigan – it reminds me of stained glass!

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kaystir’s San Serif fits so perfectly and looks wonderfully cozy! pallasathena23’s Kjole til Victoria is just charming – it is for a very lucky baby! Dimples74’s Chains of Love socks would cheer anyone up on a cold winter day. Handspun, handknit socks are my kind of luxury!