Tip: Try a Ravelry Wish List!

December 1st, 2016

🚨 Fun Feature Improvement Alert! 🚨

Casey has been rolling out some changes to our Wish List feature this week – some of you may already have noticed them! If you don’t see these features yet – we’ll have them available in your account soon. People who use bundles a lot may not see this yet but we promise it’s coming for you, too!

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The “Wish List” is now a special bundle in your favorites and you can wish for anything on Ravelry that you can favorite. By default, your Wish List is public and you can share the link with other people (even if they aren’t on Ravelry!). Like your other bundles, you can search it and reorder it. To add something to your Wish List, just click on the “add to favorites” button and you’ll see the Wish List option at the top of your list of bundles – select that and then hit the save button:

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Now you’ll have a new Wish List Bundle in your Favorites. It’s a little different than other Bundles because we show the prices and when you’re looking at a friend’s Wish List, you’ll see the link to buy them the gift (if it’s a pattern sold on Ravelry) right in their wishlist:

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When looking at your Wish List, you’ll find the options to share, organize, edit, or search it on the upper right.

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If you previously used the “Wish List” tab in your queue, you will still be able to see which of your queued patterns are on your wishlist and make adjustments, but there is only one list. Your wished-for items will always reside in your favorites.

This is a new and improving feature and we’ll be making changes and updates – you can chat with us about your Wish List and see a few things we have planned in this For the Love of Ravelry thread. We hope this helps you organize those special goodies you have your eye on!

Weaving is one of the crafts on my someday list, and the kind that makes me most likely to start daydreaming is tablet weaving. I love the ingenuity of using cards as your loom, and it’s so easy to think of all the button bands and trims I could make. Today’s eye candy highlights some tablet weaving projects that caught my eye.

Our first trio shows how tablet weaving can be a canvas to create pictures or words. From left: MrsCollinHobbs’ Poppies, mozartnuts’s Evergreens, and breimiepjemarnel’s key cords.

The next set is tablet weavings in cool uses. From left: reanbean’s Shoelaces, woolandneedles’ Tablet Weaving – Guitar Strap with Fish Pattern, and Hemma’s Otto (a horse leash!).

And finally, some projects that are just gorgeous. From left: llunallama’s Tablet Weaving, SingingSanja’s GothicGirlyGarger, and Peregrina1’s Köper-Seidenband.

I hope you enjoyed these projects! If you find them as inspiring as I do, check out the Tablet Weaving group on Ravelry.

Thursday Tip: Adding Your Blog

November 17th, 2016

Ravelry was started because Jess wanted a place to keep track of all the projects she was seeing on knitting blogs. It’s nearly 10 years later and while we love our database of patterns, projects, and yarns, we still love seeing what is happening in crafty blogs. Today’s tip will teach you how to add your blog to your profile, link it to items in your notebook, and where else those posts will show up around the site.

Adding Your Blog

You can add your blog to Ravelry from your profile page. Go to edit it and among the top fields on the page are the place to enter your blog’s URL and RSS feed.

You’ll notice that I have different addresses there – the blog URL is what I would type in my browser if I wanted to visit the blog, while the RSS feed is what a feedreader would use to keep track of new posts. Your RSS feed URL will depend on where your blog is hosted. If you can’t find it, check to see if it’s automatically in your template, or ask the website where you run the blog for help in finding it.

After you hit save we’ll bring you back to your profile where there will now be links to your blog in a couple places. Above your projects we’ll show a screenshot of your site that links to it. And below the about me section we’ll have a list of your blog posts. New posts won’t show up instantaneously, but we update the list regularly.

Linking To Notebook Items

Once your blog is listed you can start linking it to the items in your notebook. If you have a new blog with just an entry or two, you may want to choose the route of going straight to those notebook items and linking them from the blog posts tab there. Casey has a great post on this. If you added an existing blog and want to quickly link many items, I recommend using your blog posts page. You can get to it from the blog posts section of your notebook menu, or the link below your blog posts on your profile page.

Below each entry there’s a button to link it to items in your notebook. Additionally there’s an [x] to the right of each post that allows you to remove duplicates or posts you don’t want on Ravelry. If you want to get a post up on Ravelry right away click the refresh post list button and we’ll check for new entries.

Your Posts Across the Site

Blog posts show up in a couple places around the site. Patterns and yarns have blog post tabs that list blog posts linked to projects and stashes in user’s notebooks.

If you share a project or stash with a group, linked blog posts can show up on that group’s homepage. There’s room for the 4 most recent posts, so how long yours will stay up depends on level of group activity.

You can catch up on the latest from your friends on the friends’ blogs tab of the friends section of your notebook. You can filter that feed to show only your friends in specific Ravelry groups, or in the friend sets you’ve created.

And that wraps up my summary of blogs on Ravelry. I look forward to seeing what you’re blogging about!

Eye Candy: Warm

November 15th, 2016

I didn’t have a theme in mind when I started browsing for Eye Candy projects this week, but I quickly found myself drawn toward projects in warm colors. Here are some of my favorites, all finished so far this month:

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KnittingElse’s Dünenrose

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Squidgey’s Lacy Shell Cowl, llunallama’s Tablet Weaving, and bunnyknitter’s Scarf for Albie.

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edler007’s Frieze Shawl – Fluoro Rose, supizoo’s Arctic Texture Socks, and beforesunrise’s autumn sunlight.

Wishing you coziness, comfort, and warmth, wherever you are!

Tip: Patterns for Gifts

November 11th, 2016

It’s the time of year that many of us begin to think about holiday gift giving. I know there are lots of you who do this year round, but I am a “wait ’till the last minute” kind of girl. That said, there are lots of ways that Ravelry can help you find the perfect pattern for the gifts on your list. Here are a couple of those.

Advanced Search
The advanced search is always handy for finding patterns within our database. There are a lot of different filters you might use for searching the database, but there are a few that might be particularly handy for gifts. If you are in a time crunch, you might want to search only for patterns that are Ravelry downloads so you can download them quickly and get to work or for patterns that are already in your library that you own. You can choose these options under “Availability”

Under “My Notebook” you can also search for patterns that work with yarn in your stash if you use our stash feature. If you don’t use our stash feature, you can find some other reasons why it is handy in this post. Also, if you are in a hurry, you can search for patterns that use 0-150 yards. Since they use a small amount of yarn, you should be able to make these patterns more quickly than those that require more yarn.

Here’s the pattern search that includes all of the options I’ve mentioned above. From there, you can narrow it down even more to find the perfect pattern for the gift you are making. Don’t forget, you can save the search and come back to it later.

Bundles are a way you can group your favorites. You can group together anything that you can favorite. I have a bundle that has patterns in it that I think would make great gifts. I could extend this and add yarns that would be great for gift making, as well. Anytime I get ready to make a gift, I go check this bundle.

You may also get inspiration from bundles of your friends. For example, Mary Heather has some really great bundles like the one of teeny tiny things and another of things for the house that might make good gifts depending on the recipient. You can find your friends bundles by going to their profile page and clicking on their favorites. If they have bundles, there is an option to view them there.

Whether you’re making a gift for a friend, trying to knock out a couple of teacher gifts or making something for your entire family, I hope this post helps you to find some great patterns for the perfect gifts!

Community Eye Candy

November 9th, 2016

Above: biene3108’s Lemmy, Mitt’s Fox and babsip’s Harvest Greetings .

Above: BilaKnits’ Coat for Roxane – test, ellalc’s gamaldags, and Majonka’s Slippery Slope Socks.

If you use Ravelry on a mobile device, you may notice steady improvements as we work to optimize Ravelry for these smaller screens. Our newest improvement is to the mobile navigation menu:

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This menu is available from any of our mobile-optimized pages: forums, messages, pattern search, and project search. From any of those pages, when you are in mobile view, click on the top tab and this navigation menu will appear, making it very easy for you to go to different sections of Ravelry and quickly access your notebook.

You’ll be in our mobile view for mobile-optimized pages automatically if you are on a mobile device, but if you ever selected to switch back to desktop view with the button at the bottom of every mobile page, and want to see the mobile view again, just scroll down to the bottom of the page on your mobile device and select the switch to mobile view option.

We hope these changes make it easier than ever to get right to the section of Ravelry you are interested in, from any device you wish to use!

If you are a regular reader of the Ravelry blog, you know I love doing Halloween-themed eye candy posts (here’s 2013 and 2014). It is not that I personally go big for Halloween –  I haven’t dressed for the holiday in 10 years – it’s that I find the costume FOs to be displayed with so much pride and enthusiasm. These were needles and hooks and shuttles moving quickly to bring joy to their owners and those sharing the holiday with them. And so, here is my third post highlighting recently completed crafted costumes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This first set of FOs shows how much of a costume can be contained in a headpiece. From left: goldapp’s Bob Ross Wig, sonironi’s Medusa Hat, and nutmegknitter’s Mummy Halloween Hat.

The second set shows that not just humans look great in a costume. From left: xeniajoy’s Devil Horns, humbleluna’s lion snood dog costume, and llim’s Crab Costume for Beckworth.

And this final set highlights some projects that took creepy and turned it into classy. From left: CedarLinn’s Spooky Spider Cowl, Vanja80’s Dance of the Vampires, and woolfrog’s happy pumpkin.

Tip: People Also Like

October 28th, 2016

Some of you might have noticed the “People who like this pattern also liked…” link that appears on pattern pages. This can be a fun thing to browse, so I added it to pattern search as well.

From a search result, you can jump into related patterns (based on projects, queues, favorites, all of that). This option is available on any pattern that has more than 5 projects. It isn’t in the mobile pattern search yet.

If you have not noticed the “People who liked…” link on individual pattern pages, it’s tucked away at the bottom of the sidebar here:

Ever so often, we get on a knitting roll with a pattern, and just can’t stop knitting it. I like to call this “potato chip crafting” from the chip slogan “can’t eat just one.” There is something really nice about making a pattern you’ve made before, and I have several friends doing just that right now. This made me want to check out projects made by Ravelers from patterns they’ve used more than once. Here are a few that I found.

First off, with Halloween approaching, I couldn’t resist jknit’s renditions of Belfry & Boo-yah.

While we’re talking holidays, I love all of the variations of the Julekuler pattern made by hannekrarup. They are so festive!

Sometimes you find a sock pattern you want to stick with, as is the case with the many varieties of Vanilla Socks made by heckythump.

Finally, yarndaddyfl shows how a single pattern (in this case the Girl’s Best Friend Diamond Hat) can look very different depending on the yarn you choose.

I hope you’ll go check out these users’ projects as the ones you see here are just a few of the versions they made of each of these patterns. It’s fun to see how the choices of yarn and color impact a finished product, and it’s even more fun to see that within a single users’ projects! Thanks for sharing your “can’t stop, won’t stop” projects with us!