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Old 11-20-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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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... 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

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Old 11-20-2007, 05:15 PM   #2
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well maybe it's because you only took a breif look at it...
but I guess that's a good thing too, KH rocks
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:41 PM   #3
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well, there's 6700+ people ahead of me in line, so I should be in in a week haha
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:56 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:00 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:07 PM   #7
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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!

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Old 11-20-2007, 06:09 PM   #8
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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!

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:32 PM   #9
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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.
Lol, I know what you mean. Even my mom asked me what the "friends" feature was for. I was like, "I have no idea!" She said she noticed I have a lot of friends and she was wondering how I got them. I explained that most are from KH

When Ravelry is more open, it might be a more fun place to chat, but for now it's kind of like a big empty room. This is more like the corner coffee shop.
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