With over 3 million users, Ravelry has truly come into it's own. For the non-knitting readers, Ravelry is a social networking site for people who do fiber crafts. It includes yarn databases (both your personal stash and a compendium of every yarn ever known), book and magazine database, forums on any topic (even topics completely unrelated to fiber, and places to document and store your knitting projects.
How I Use RavelryBelieve it or not, I first started this blog for the reason I now primarily use Ravelry...to document my knitting projects. I wanted a place where I could look back on a project I knit and know which pattern I had used, what yarn, which size needles and how long it had taken me to complete and to post photos of projects in progress, or completed. Ravelry does this much better than my blog.
So here are the ways I use Ravelry:
- Tracking personal projects
- Keeping up with the Men's Knitting Retreat communities
- Looking for patterns of garments I need to make (recent baby gifts were found on Ravelry)
- Documenting my stash (I haven't been very diligent with this)
- Documenting my knitting library (again, not so diligent)
- Selling patterns/designs of mine (the Koigu Cross-Stitch Scarf is by far the most popular design thanks to Theresa, the Keyboard Biologist, who has knit a few of them and has beautiful photos of her work)