Community Eye Candy: Under Cover

February 21st, 2017

I have been spending lots of time looking at home design things lately, and that got me looking at the stunning things for the home that people have been making on Ravelry. I found a lot of really great blankets to share with you!

First off, I love the simplicity of these three blankets. The color blocking and simple edging make for great finished items. From left to right, Dee’s blanket by nomysteryleft, Burusia from anatejeyteja and Neon Blankie from K8Craft.

The patterning on these two is just striking. On the left is the Evening Mesa Blanket by knitlomat and on the right are the Saterglantan blankets by wexford.

Finally, these blankets are so bright and cheery. I love the colors used in each one! On the left is radioselma’s Paint Box Blanket, top right is saltypurl’s Quilt for Mom and bottom right is MaresiB’s Octagon Throw.

Blankets are a large project, so I’m in awe of the time and effort spent on the blankets featured here and the thousands of other blanket projects Ravelers have created. I hope you found these projects to be as inspiring as I did!

Today we are sending you all some love and hearts – Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some recently completed Valentines-y projects.

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ehalf’s Kierki Hat looks like it was made with love!

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Above, kmspillman’s Heart Coaster or Mini Doily, bevans59’s heart, and mmhiscox’s I Heart U.

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Here are mzcurran’s Heart and Flower Bunting, mvckr’s Woolly Kiss for DH, and delighted40’s Valentine’s Day Wreath.

Fun reminder: we have Valentine’s Day Ravelry cards available for sending again this year!

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To send a Valentine, just go to the Ravelry profile of the person to whom you want to send it, and click on the special send Valentine link you’ll see just under the regular send message link. (If the Raveler has Ravelry messages disabled, you won’t see either of these options.) Once you click on the send Valentine link you’ll get to choose from among several cute vintage Valentines. Type in your own note if you want, and send your friend some love! These are available for the rest of the day – we hope you enjoy!

The most commonly asked question I see about the forums is how to get back to conversations that you’ve joined. There are so many options available to you that today’s tip post is all about keeping up with conversations in the forums.

Get an Overview of Your Forum Activity

At the top of your forums page, between your forum tabs and your settings is your forum activity, overview of what has been going on in your forums since you were last there. You’ll see replies to you, new threads in your groups and posts in threads you’re watching. It’s easy to remove content you don’t want to see from this feed.

We also grey out posts you’ve already read, trying to keep it to the thing you’ll be most interested to see.

Finding Direct Replies to Your Posts

If someone has replied directly to you, you’ll see this at the top of your forums page. Click on that link and you can get back to the discussion.

Finding Unread in Your Threads

It’s possible to reply directly to the thread instead of any specific user. In that case, you don’t get a notification on your forum page. To find those, you can go to the bottom of your forums page where you’ll see your stats.

Click on the posts you’ve made or topics you’ve started to go check out a list, and navigate back to any discussion you want to check back up on.

Browsing Forum Threads I Have Participated In

Your browse tab is also a great place to check up on conversations you’ve participated in.

Select which threads you want to look at from the selections. Then you can look at the table to see when it was last posted to and if there are any posts you haven’t read yet.

I hope this makes it easy to remain a part of chatter you’re interested on the forums!


Tip: Pattern Database FAQ’s

February 9th, 2017

The patterns tab is where the Ravelry pattern database lives and we get a lot of questions about how it works, so here are a few frequently asked questions that you may be wondering about, too!

1. How does a pattern get added to the database?
Our pattern database is user maintained. Patterns can be added by designers, publishers or members who are familiar with a particular pattern (often someone who has made the pattern and wants to link it to their project). We also have volunteer editors who help us make sure that what is added to the database meets our pattern database guidelines.

2. How does a pattern become “Hot Right Now”?
Automagically! :) No really, the Hot Right Now pattern order is generated automatically based on traffic from the last 24 hours. It is updated more than 50 times a day, so it changes frequently allowing you to see what is getting the most interest right now. You can sort patterns by “Hot Right Now” at any time in the advanced search by choosing that option in this little drop down menu.

3. This pattern is no longer available, why can’t you just delete it from Ravelry?
When you add a project to Ravelry, you are able to link it to the pattern entry. Then, you can look at all of the projects made with that pattern. Therefore, we allow any pattern that has been available to be added to the database. Even if it isn’t currently available, people may still have that book on their bookshelf or that file saved on their computer and will still be making projects from it. You can search for patterns that are currently available as Ravelry downloads under the Availability heading in the advanced search. This can be found on the left of the page with the other filters.

4. My most frequently received question about the pattern database is “How do I get that pattern?”
I have written a much more involved post about that where you can find all of the steps for finding a pattern depending on the pattern source.

The pattern database is one of the most helpful parts of the site. The ability to look for patterns using a lot of different criteria and to see projects made with those patterns before embarking upon your own project can be really useful. I hope the answers to these questions help you understand the database just a bit better.

February is my least favorite month in New England because it I start to feel like I am finished with winter and I’ve forgotten, again, that it’ll be a long time before things are green. I’m not really sure what that has to do with fruit. I started looking at garden-related projets and then I got a little sidetracked after finding this Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Above: BistitchualE’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (complete with fruits, vegetables and sweets!), fleurdelys516’s Pineapple Beanie and SweetBeej’s Carrots and Beets.

Pepsie’s Fruit Trio, Dirka’s Garden playmat for her grandaughter, and Yvonne2104’s Orchidee.

kitknits1’s Beekeeper Hats, amberfyre’s Fruitmarks, and vikkyzm’s *legwarmers* made using the Garden Dreams Mittens pattern.

Many of these were gifts and wow, I wish there had been photos of the happy people receiving these awesome presents!

This tip is a repeat – but it’s such a handy feature that we want to make sure everyone knows about it!

You can link your Instagram account to Ravelry and easily import photos to your projects and stash, or use the hashtag #ravelry on Instagram to send your photo here automatically! Here’s how it works:

Link your Instagram account

On the photos tab of your project or stash entry, click on the upload from Instagram tab. The first time you import pics, we’ll ask you to connect to Instagram to grant Ravelry permission to access your photos. Once you’ve given us access, you’ll see your Instagram photos appear in a grid on the upload from Instagram tab.

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Now that your account is linked, you’ll always be able to select photos from this tab when you are adding photos to your stash and projects. So convenient… but wait! There’s more!

The Magic of #ravelry

With your Instagram account linked to your Ravelry account, you can use the #ravelry when you are uploading a picture to Instagram.

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When you do, you’ll get a Ravelry message from our lovely mascot Bob!

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From that message click on the yes, add this photo button and you’ll be taken to a page where you can add your photo to an existing project or stash entry or create a new project or stash entry with the picture. If you create a new project, you’ll be directed to the project entry page so you can fill in the rest of the project details. If you add the photo to an existing project or stash entry, we’ll take you to the photos tab of that entry so you can rearrange the order of your pictures there if you like.

Quick Note

The #ravelry hashtag will only work with newly added photos. If you want to add older Instagram pics to your Ravelry projects or stash entries, you can do that through the photos tab when you connect your Instagram account as described above. I have a step-by-step blog post about connecting your Instagram account here if you’d like more details.

We hope our users who are also on Instagram (lots of you!) enjoy this easy photo-adding option! 📷

Eye Candy: Brioche

January 31st, 2017

Recently I was looking for a way to stretch some precious handspun to make legwarmers for my daughter. After looking through Ravelry projects using 2 colors of yarn I found myself most inspired by brioche, a stitch pattern that creates a distinctive ribbed appearance. Today’s eye candy highlights some recently completed brioche projects so I can share my inspiration with you.

One thing I love about brioche is the texture, and how well it mixes with other stitch patterns. These projects really highlight that! From left: fingertips’ Dusky 1 , millefleurs’ Brio-Garter Hat, and takychik’s Crochet à la Brioche Scarf (yes, this is crochet that looks like brioche but eye candy is about beauty, not technicalities).

I also enjoy how brioche can be a fun way to play with color. These combinations all make me swoon. From left: megswd’s Ramble shawl, NapaGal’s Buttery (Crocheted) Brioche (yes, more bri-croche), and behutsam’s Pink Frost (I think this is my platonic ideal color pairing).

And of course, I always love seeing how crafters apply a technique to an entire garment. From left: kuduja’s Rips + patent nr 4, evasnitkin’s Chunky Brioche Cardi, and megy’s Counterpane.

Eye Candy: Making History

January 24th, 2017

This weekend, millions of women and friends marched all over the world, many of them wearing “those pink hats.” The PussyHat Project was an amazing display of what can happen when knitters, crocheters and other crafters unite behind something that is important to them. The project, started by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, had a group on Ravelry & resulted in over 8000 projects in Ravelry under the pattern designed by Kat Coyle (but many more than that since some project entries are for multiple hats and some folks used other patterns, as well). Here are just a few images from the marches featuring the PussyHats.

From left to right, photos from nopork4me and mewmewbecky.

While it was hot in Texas (where I am) on Saturday, those hats really helped keep people warm on many marches where it was cold and snowy. From left to right, photos from Saffship and sparkley.

I love seeing all of the people together and all of the hats. Clockwise from the upper left, photos from TheSnarkyLlama, ploughman, saomai and RippenKitten.

Also, in case you missed it, Casey made this awesome mosaic using images from the PussyHat project pages.

A little note about this post: We understand that this march had opposition, but we felt like this effort in craftivism needed to be shared in one of our Eye Candy posts. If you disagree with this post, please do not message those featured here, as they were not involved in the making of the post. Instead, you can contact us.

Tip: Mobile Project Search

January 19th, 2017

Last year we introduced you to our mobile pattern search, and today I want to walk you through the mobile project search – a mobile-device friendly interface for the projects section of our advanced search.

The hardest part about the mobile project search is getting there! When you’re on any other mobile page on Ravelry (forums, pattern search, messages, library) you can click on the name of the page at the top to open the mobile navigation. From there click on the search link to get a handy pop-up with links to all the section of advanced search, including project search.

Just like in the desktop version, the advanced search for projects allows you to enter search terms, sort your results, and select from several views of the output.

You can also filter the results to narrow down to exactly what you’re looking for.

Each project result comes with 3 tabs. The main tab you can see above features a big photo so you can get up close on the details of the project.

The yarn tab shows the yarns used, with the total for the project up big at the top. I make use of this tab when I am studying projects to determine how much yarn I need – I can scroll easily through the yardage used for multiple projects without leaving the advanced search screen.

And finally there’s a notes screen with the project notes. Again, I love that I can see the notes for multiple projects from the advanced search page without navigating away to individual projects.

Let us know what you think of the search in this thread. We hope you find it as helpful as we do!

Eye Candy: Grellow.

January 17th, 2017

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liz4ka’s Grey Yellow SikSak

I’m always drawn to the color combination of grey + yellow, and something about that duo seems extra cozy to me this time of year – wintery and calming but cheerful at the same time. While checking out the project search for projects completed so far this month, these “grellow” FOs seemed to jump off the page at me.

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Above: gaievans’ Sunshine, thewoolclub’s Geode Cowl Sample, and carriert0ne’s Riddari.

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Above: avelinux’s Asklöv, lanarossa’s Drachenfels, and Aranel11’s Richard 2.

As I wrote this post I realized, I haven’t made a single project in this color combination. Must remedy that! If you’d like to see all the projects finished so far in January 2017, just check out this Project Search. Project search is such a great way to get a look at all the beautiful things the Ravelry community is making – in every color and color combo you can think of!