OMG - it is a *visually-oriented* haven for fiber enthusiasts, but developed primarily for knitters & crocheters. It's still 'officially' in BETA, but getting quite close now to public.
NO FEES of any kinds. Go to www.ravelry.com
and sign up. Used to take MONTHS, now a matter of days.
There is a *HUGE* group for Raleigh, very active. And groups for projects, foods, professions, interests, designers, etc. There's even a group for denizens of KnittingHelp.com!
Warning: Ravelry is a serious time-drain ... but also a fabulous tool. You can inventory your stash, library, pattern books, all with pictures. You can look at, and search, yarn & patterns for days ....
I'm "Lakeout" up there, once you get your invite drop me a line & say hi, be glad to try to help you out, it's rather overwhelming