I already have Firefox, and I use it for a couple things (NFL website), but for the majority of my internet stuff I use Maxthon. Based off IE, but SO much better. It has tabs, and is much safer. I love it, even more than Firefox. I haven't had any problems using Ravelry with it.
On the needles: Mystery Stole 3 (Zephyr), Monkey Socks (Running Wild Yarn), Steelers Socks (KnitPicks Essential)