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jennylozano 11-20-2007 05:10 PM

I guess I will need to take my time to really explore Ravelry, but after finally getting my invitation today.... I am not that excited after taking a brief look of it. :?? It has not been love at first sight... :shrug: Maybe I will need to spend time there and learning not only how to use it but how it can suit my knitter's needs....I don't know what exactly I was expecting.... Maybe I am so in love with KH that other similar sites don't seem that atractive anymore :teehee:

Samsam 11-20-2007 05:15 PM

well maybe it's because you only took a breif look at it...
but I guess that's a good thing too, KH rocks :)

starburst 11-20-2007 05:41 PM

well, there's 6700+ people ahead of me in line, so I should be in in a week haha

bip 11-20-2007 05:42 PM

If KH and Ravelry seem similar to you, keep looking! I would say the areas of overlap are very few. Have you looked through all the amazing FOs yet? Looked to see what others are doing with a yarn you have? (and maybe haven't selected a pattern for). Looked to see what problems others have had with patterns you are working on? Entered all your projects and planned projects? When I did this, I was shocked to learn I had *7* UFOs floating around. I was only aware of 3 that I was actively working on. Having them right there in black and white (since I don't take photos of WIPs), motivates me to finish so I can have that nice, shiny color picture to show off.

The queue feature helps me prioritize projects so that I don't start working on one thing, then realized I'd rather be working on a different project (well, as much as possible - I am still a bit impulsive!) And the favorites feature helps me keep track of things I love and want to remember for the future, but maybe don't want to make that exact project (like if I want to remember a unique neckline or colorscheme or that sort of thing). The stash feature helps me remember that I DON'T need more yarn, but also helps me justify new yarn purchases because I can be sure I didn't already have anything in that gauge/color/fiber.

Krystal 11-20-2007 05:56 PM

I have been on for a while, and I admit I am not OMG RAVELRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it is still a good resource, especially when it comes to patterns/yarns.

You can see pictures of a pattern you like, and see other peoples projects. Like how a sweater looks on real people. You can also see all the different yarns used for that pattern. It beats scouring google to find only a few references to what you are looking for.

I am not a terrbly social person so the rest of it is kinda lost on me. I check it out maybe once or twice a week, usually if I am looking for a pattern.

knitgal 11-20-2007 06:00 PM

I agree with Krystal. It's a good resource, but I'm not obsessed with it at all. I love to look up alternate yarns, and who made the same project as me, but I still love KH for the close knit (pun INTENDED!) community feeling.

efooey 11-20-2007 06:07 PM

I'm desperately in love with ravelry. When it comes to asking questions and stuff I def. use the the forums here, but you can't beat the info on rav.

The access to patterns is amazing, being able to see what colors people have done and what yarns they have used. Then if you run into issues you can find someone who has done it and ask that person. It's also nice to have friends and look through their queue or FO's to see what they are up to!

I'm MRSEFP if you want to add me as a friend!

Jan in CA 11-20-2007 06:09 PM

Look up a pattern that you are interested in and see what yarn other people have used, how it looks in different colors, etc. If you have yarn that you don't know what it wants to be look up the yarn and see what others have made with it.

I used it mostly as a resource. It's the first place I go to look up patterns or find something to with a yarn I have, etc. I bought some Encore DK the other day to make fingerless mittens, but didn't have a pattern specifically. I typed in DK and then found patterns that had been made with that weight yarn and I found several that worked! All in one place!

jennylozano 11-20-2007 06:14 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions on how to get the most out of ravelry.... It definitively makes more sense reading how you guys are using it... By the way, my name there is jennylozano, the same I have here, just in case. I will take my time to explore it and I hope it will be useful once I get used to it.

dip's mom 11-20-2007 08:03 PM

i like the groups too -- I have found knitters that live near me, knitters that went to a similar college, knitters that love their horses like I love mine, plus lace groups, stranded groups., knitters that like the same designers as I do, knitters that enjoy reading like I do. i think that is really neat -- there is a group for everyone ( or 2 or 3 or 20)

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