Ravelry Raves

Today, I finally got my invitation to join Ravelry and started to take it for a spin. Though I’ve noticed a few glitches (to be expected of any beta service), I love what I’ve seen so far. It’s like your favorite blogging application, Flickr, and LibraryThing, all rolled up together (in fact, the creators were smart enough to integrate all three into their service) in a social networking site specifically for a community of knitters and crocheters.

Here’s a screenshot of the projects in my notebook, a place to collect my various FOs and WIPs:

Ravelry_ briansawyer_s Projects.jpg

Here’s what a page for a particular project looks like:

Ravelry_ briansawyer_s My First Sweater.jpg

And here’s the beginning of my library:

Ravelry Library

The site also allows you to join groups, organize your stash, network with stitching friends, share pattern information, feed posts from your blog (though this feature isn’t working for me yet), and a lot more.

It’s still invitation only, with quite a waiting list, but I get the impression they’re rolling out access a lot more quickly now, so I’d recommend getting in line as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you there. If you want to find me and check out all of my knitting projects I have records of all in one place, I’ll be right here.

UPDATE: It’s just been brought to my attention that pages on the site are not viewable by nonmembers. That’s a real bummer and doesn’t make much sense to me. You’d think that opening up viewing would help build interest in the site.