I decided to make a post about Ravelry

purplepeoplelickingtruthpeddler:

I’ve recommended it to many people over the years, mostly elders who hadn’t considered the internet being that useful, and usually they’re like, “aw? A website? No thanks, it’s not necessary”. Which is fine even if internally I was like “plsssss no it’s so good”. 

A lot of gen-z are getting into fiber crafting and that is exciting.

So, here’s a little intro

This is the homepage, after making an account 

Up on the top right is your notebook, which you’ll probably visit the most because it contains all of the tools for organizing your projects.

That’s your notebook, on the left bar are your various tools. Projects are lined up neatly on the rest of the screen. There’s a Handspun tab for spinners, Stash is where you organize your yarns, uQeue is where you list upcoming projects, Favorites is where you can save and organize your favorite projects/patterns, Needles & Hooks gives you a chart that you can fill in with what you already own, Library is a digital library of patterns and even representations of the physical books that you own.

Each of these can be customized, for example in favorites in there is a place to bundle them, so that if you wanted to say make a bundle of everything you want to knit as Christmas presents throughout the year, you can do that. In Queue you can link the called for yarn and the yarn you are going to use, linked from stash or otherwise, you can make notes on each entry. I will often note whether I need needles and what kind, so that if I drop by the store, the info I need is just a couple of clicks away. There is even a place in the stash to note where you got your yarn and how much it cost.    

I’m not going much more deeper into that, but if ya’ll want me to do a post about specific tools let me know. 

The most attractive part of Ravelry for me is easily searchable database of patterns.

If you click on the Patterns button at the top left of the homepage, it takes you here.

I typically go straight to pattern browser & advanced search through the link under the search bar. 

The great part of this are the filters on the left. You can filter by category of clothing, if and how it’s in your notebook, by craft type, by it’s availability (like whether it’s free, downloadable, or purchased elsewhere), whether or not it has photos (because there are many self-published designers), by attributes such as shape, techniques, texture, and types of colorwork, by age, size, ease, fit, and gender, by weight of the yarn called for, by yardage required, by number of colors used, by pattern source, by needle size, by star rating, by difficulty, by origin of crochet terminology, and by language. There are many more search options after the main filters. 

So for example if I had exactly 700 yards of worsted eight yarn in two colors, and I knew I wanted to make a scarf, using bobbles and colorwork, I could search that. 

Not only that, but you can customize the filters to combine traits:

I could make my selections and hit advanced where I’ve circled in red and,

specify that I want merino, and cashmere, or silk, but not nylon. I still got 27 matches from that search, but that’s how big the database is. 

And the same goes for the yarn tab at the top left of the homepage next to patterns. You can search through pretty much every yarn available, from red heart to indie fiber artists, using similar characteristics to narrow it down.

I hope someone found this useful and if you’re a knitter or crocheter, it’s seriously worth a look. I’m not very active lately, but It’s where I go for inspiration if nothing else.  

Ravelry rocks!

thats-what-sidhe-said:

Misogyny and ageism aside, the message that older women should leave fandom and stick to conservative activities like “knitting and taxes” reveals a major ignorance of the nature of knitters.

They obviously haven’t looked at the nsfw sections of ravelry (among other things we knitters get up to).

elodieunderglass:

fen-uliet:

eartheld:

elodieunderglass:

alittlemothboy:

that is some next level knot magic.

 it isn’t though!!! it’s because most relationships aren’t worth the effort. The “sweater curse” is actually most commonly called the “BOYFRIEND sweater curse.” Which=heteronormative, but the curse most often falls on a woman knitting a sweater for a boyfriend. Before she finishes the sweater, they break up – pop culture would have you believe it’s because the boyfriend freaks out do to the weirdness/clinginess of having a sweater made for you, but I think knitters are wiser than that.

It’s because after spending serious £££ on materials, and then HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF LABOR on the creation of the item, with every stitch a prayer of totally focused intent, creating a large display of technical skill – it is then gifted to a non-knitter who does NOT APPRECIATE the work/effort/skill/cost/TIME it took to make it, and in fact thinks you’re a bit weird and making a big deal out of a piece of clothing, and after they go “oh thanks” and shove your creation in the cupboard next to a sweater they got for £15 at an M&S sale, then they never wear your sweater because it’s too tight because when you asked them how their favorite sweaters usually fit they said “I ‘unno” and when you measured them for the fifth time and asked, rather tersely, if they had enough room in the chest, they said “I guess,” and then if pressed they say they don’t really like the sweater design, but then you point out that they were supposed to participate in helping you design it and they say they don’t really care about how things look, and when you say that you tried to match it to their other clothes so how can they hate it, then they say that honestly their mother still buys all their clothes because they hate going shopping, and that they hate all their other clothes too, well. That’s when a sensible knitter goes “Fuck this shit. And you know what? Fuck this man.”

This is what happens when someone posts in a knitting forum “Attack of the sweater curse!” – this is the usual story. It has a rigid plot. It is as old as myth.

That’s when you look at the time you spent and realize, “I could LITERALLY have written the first draft of a novel instead of doing this.” That’s when you go “I could have taken that £200 and bought myself a new wardrobe.” That’s when you go “I could have taken all that intent, all that willpower, all that creative force, and laid down some fucking witchcraft, all right?” That’s when you go “I basically spent 100 hours straight thinking about this bastard while making something amazing for him, and I have no evidence that he ever spent 10 hours of his life thinking about me.”

And “I could spend this time and energy and money in making myself an enormous, intricate heirloom silk shawl with just a touch of cashmere, in elvish twists and leafy lace in all the colors of the night, shot through with subtly glittering stars, warm in winter and cool and summer and light as a lover’s kiss on the shoulders, suitable for draping over my arms at weddings or wrapping myself in to watch the sea, a lace-knotted promise to myself that I will keep for my entire life and gift to my favorite granddaughter when I die, and she will wear it to keep alive my memory – but instead I have this sweater, and this fuckboy.”

The sweater curse is a lesson that the universe gives to a knitter at an important point in their life. It is a gift.

Knitting a sweater for a husband or wife generally doesn’t call down the curse, because the relationship is meant to be stronger than 4-ply.

(Although I say this, but I’ve taken over 5 years to finish a pair of mittens for my husband, because he casually asked me to do something customized with the cables, and I still can’t get the math to work on the right hand.)

this post is so much better with that commentary

Accurate post is fucking ACCURATE

Did I do this? IDEK. If you reblog someone else’s post with an addition, and then someone replies and at some point it goes viral, then you’ll never know if it was you who did it, since you never see it again until it crosses your dash. 105,000 notes? Was some of that me? Who knows.

Anyway, as we recently learned… Dr Glass has now been waiting over 6 years for the Other Mitten… but yesterday I found the original pattern notes unexpectedly on Google Drive, so maybe I’ll get the math to work sometime this year.

“enormous, intricate heirloom silk shawl with just a touch of cashmere, in elvish twists and leafy lace in all the colors of the night, shot through with subtly glittering stars, warm in winter and cool and summer and light as a lover’s kiss on the shoulders, suitable for draping over my arms at weddings or wrapping myself in to watch the sea, a lace-knotted promise to myself that I will keep for my entire life and gift to my favorite granddaughter when I die, and she will wear it to keep alive my memory”

Anyone have a pattern for this shawl? Cos I want it.

elodieunderglass:

fozmeadows:

knitsyknits:

“[Knitters] are clearly a superior life-form.”
#truth #knitting (at Needlepoints West)

@elodieunderglass an article to speak to your very soul

that is so very kind of you! Thank you! I will pretend I haven’t studied the eldritch art in dreadful detail even if I’m not very good at it

I have a friend who insists I (and all other knitters) am a creative mage – In the sense of creation, not creativity – because I can create beautiful garments out of string and sticks. 

I’ll take it.

dailymarvelqueens:

Hayley Atwell: ‘Oh, she’s [Dottie] a slippery bitch. We haven’t seen the

last of her. Peggy has male baddies that she fights, but to have someone
who is physically her equal – she’s a Black Widow, incredibly capable
and very smart – I think that shows some balance for Peggy, like a flip
side of the same coin. You’ll see more of her in Season 2.’

That’s a really nice cardigan… must find a larger version of these images to see if I can duplicate it.