I log in to Ravelry often, but I don't really utilize many of the features that I see at a glance. I stash my yarn (At least some of it. The world might not be ready for the size of my stash.) and I put projects in my queue. I even search projects by "most helpful notes" or something like that.
What are some features of Ravelry that you use a lot? And are there particular tips or features that you use that you find really helpful? I'm looking to use this website more efficiently and browse it more too.
I'd also be interested in things that are no-no's on Ravelry. I haven't spent much time in groups or forums yet, and I don't want to embarrass myself by asking dumb questions or saying something I shouldn't.
Thanks for your help,
Wrapped up in Ravelry
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Five years ago today we opened our doors in this location to you, in our 1940's restored post office. Hired more fiber fanatics, doubled the amount of yarn on site, started our own dye studio and never looked back. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for allowing us to grow with Poste Yarn, our kits and clubs, our special edition collaborations with our dyers. For helping us support small dyers and families and allowing us to do something we love and are proud of every day.
Our place in this universe is small, but we do what we do the best we can and I hope it shows. Thank you so, so much.
Me and my team (top left clockwise: Rachael, Angela, me-Allison, Heather)
Heather and her soon-to-be-dream-stash
A gorgeous Tosh sweater on and even more beautiful person
Jodie knitting away
Rachael's beautiful smile and shawl
Heather putting together our 10th anniversary kits last year
The past months have brought a lot of good, yet hectic, change in my life and the life of my family. So much change that I haven't had much time for knitting. Here and there I've found a few minutes, but not much more than that. But two nights ago I started a pair of socks and haven't looked back.
I LOVE THIS. (If it shows as sold out, we will continue to dye more so check back.) It has reminded me of what I love about knitting. It gives my mind the chance to stop thinking about our big move and about James' starting third grade. Or how Henry just keeps growing and growing and I no longer have a baby.
Instead I think about tiny stitches and how this one looks a bit green, but the next one has flecks of amber. And I get to think about how I can't wait til I finish this row and the colors changes from purple to saffron. Or how I dropped a stitch a few rows back but it's easily fixable, unlike most of the problems we encounter in our life. Thank goodness knitting is there for me. Every room in my home may be full of boxes. Every item I need in the kitchen may be packed away. But I have sticks and string to help me meditate on what's important.
And I have a house that's brimming with love and smiles. And a bit too much talk about disgusting boy things. But you'll have that.
Heather and Angela have been busy in our Poste Yarn dye studio, dyeing up striping requests of yours, and I now have several that you have been waiting for, including a dose of spooky Halloween goodness in time for you to make new socks and wear them all season.
In what can only be called a landslide vote, you chose to name this new one Goblin Forest. And because I had to have Heather dye up a mini skein to coordinate with my own socks (yes, I started on this last night) I'm currently offering this color as a set with a matching mini for just $10 more than usual. And if you'd just like the striping skein and not the coordinating mini, I'll be offering those in a few weeks.
Just in case haven't yet been part of the frenzy.... new yarn from Heather at House of a la Mode!
I've been a fan of Heather's for quite some time now, and I'm so pleased she's able to make time to add us to the small list of shop's she dyes for.
I have her yarn in Bangin Cash Sock, Swirling Fingering and Dreamy DK. I know that several of the colors sold out super fast, and we will get more in the fall. I'm so glad of the wonderful response, and I know that dyer Heather is too.
Shown here are all Dreamy DK in colors Dirty Snowcone, Hello Sailor and Ode to Anthro.
So many lovely color options in these String Quintets and patterns. Totally makes me want to get ready for fall and knit some warm accessories!
What else is new from Lorna's Laces? I'm glad you asked (I mean, you did, right?)... SPECKLES. Yes, that's worth shouting. Lorna's Laces has released a series of dappled skeins to us on their Shepherd Sock and Solemate yarns. Really lovely to add to a pattern that needs a fun skein or to simply knit an awesome pair of cabled socks. I love speckled skeins for cabled socks or things like Zigzagular, where you want the yarn to shine but you also want a little bit of texture and flair.
I called Amanda (Queen of Yarn at LL) yesterday to ask what was with all the names of the speckled colors. She said that the new names like Paris and Prague are named for places that their staff would love to live. And then Minneapolis? Well. that purpley skein is named for Prince. How cool is that?
You may have noticed how quickly the Mineville Wool Project MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) blend in the sale section is selling. Some colors sold out in less than a day, and I realized a few days ago that I forgot to add a few colors (Beet, Penguin, Puffin....) and so you'll see some more of that too. If you love the great deals we get from our Canadian friends, then take a look at the sale section again because I just added some amazingly soft merino DK single ply yarn. We had the same yarn (put up in different sized skeins) last year, and now you'll find it in the typical 100g skeins for just $14.40 a skein.
Seriously, this yarn glows with color. See?
What would you knit with this? Here's what we knit with this a year and a half ago when we were lucky enough to get it the first time.
I have a new blend from Mineville Wool Project! A merino/cashmere/nylon blend with 15% cashmere. It's super soft and perfect for socks, sweaters, you name it. This particular blend isn't machine wash, but since most of you don't machine wash your garments anyway, you'll appreciate it for the softer texture and unbeatable price.
You might remember that Mineville Wool Project is the arm of Fleece Artist (35-year veterans in the fiber arts) that buys short runs of yarn at a great discount from the mills and then passing the savings right along to us for the sale section. So if you see something you like, it's unlikely that you'll see it here again in the same blend and put up.
I have a stunning single ply Merino DK for the sale section as early as next week. It's similar to one we had last year, only a 100g skein instead of the 125g from before. I think you'll love it too.
Even after the droves of knitters pounced on our recent huge shipment of Hedgehog, we still have a perfectly envy worthy display of it in the shop. Yes, many colors are gone (and already on order), but we will have those back in a few short weeks. I mean, take a look at all this loveliness.
And it could be that she's considering another little something with this eye catching combo of Bounce, Envy and Graphite on Skinny Singles.
Needless to say, if you kick things up a notch in color, we have what you need. Thanks to Beata and the crew at Hedgehog Fibres for continuing to dye us amazingly beautiful stuff and getting it to us so quickly!
It was a big day here yesterday, with a dozen boxes stuffed full of beauties from the Texas dyers we all know and love! Madelinetosh has released their new BFL Sock and you'll find it now here at SSYC! Big thanks to the team at Madelinetosh for making SSYC a priority and getting this to us so quickly.
I think it's hilarious that the sticker reads "DO NOT OPEN WITH SHARP OBJECT" as if a cotton ball or finger tip will be able to split open shipping tape.... Guess what cuts shipping tape. SOMETHING SHARP.
Not only will you find all your colorful faves, but also Madelinetosh's new colors like Stormborn, Dubrovnik and Rey.
Anne over at Wooly Wonka Fibers has found time in between fairs to dye us up a new batch of Arianrhod Gradients, including two new colors!
Beach Cove knits up in shades of shades of blue, from icy blue to cobalt. Anne designed the Beach Cove Shawl to best take advantage of this gradation of color.
Pattern photos courtesy of Anne Podlesak
Rainbow in the Cloudsknits up beautifully with blues, pinks, and just the perfect touch of gold. Show off the lovely colors with Anne's Rainbow Cowl, shown knitted in the Rainbow in the Clouds colorway.
And if you're a fan of all the Anne's variegated hues, I have fresh batches of Aerten Sock (merino cashmere nylon), Artio Sock (merino silk), and Arianrhod Sock (merino nylon with sparkle).
Of course, you could show off any of these colors with the patterns featured here. Want your chance at winning the Rainbow Cowl pattern? Anne is giving 10 lucky knitters a free Ravelry pattern code. All you have to do is tell me in the comments below which of these gradient colors you'd choose to knit the pattern. I'll choose 10 people at random to win. Enter by noon EST on Friday, July 22 and I'll let you know who wins! And for those who want these patterns now and don't want to wait, Anne is offering a 20% off code on Ravelry. Use the code "SSYCyarniversary" through the end of the month to get a discount on these two patterns.
It's shaping up to be a busy couple of weeks here, and I thought I would share some sneak peeks of what's in the oh so many boxes heading this way.
Hedgehog Fibers could be here as early as next week, with many old favorites (Boombox, Teacup, and EVERYTHING else) as well as their newest offerings, all on Sock, Skinny Singles, and DK. Some of my favorites, photos courtesy Hedgehog Fibers.
And a group shot of all of them:
In addition, we'll be getting all of the new colors from Madelinetosh, as well as a new base, BFL Sock! Look for that at the beginning of August.
Also at the beginning of August, I'l have for you a new offering from Mineville Wool Project. You might remember them as the branch of Fleece Artist that dyes short runs at a fab discount (for our sale section). This time it's a fingering-weight cashmere blend. Here's a close-up. Doesn't it look delicious?
Of course, I'll post here when all these beauties arrive so you don't miss out. I've been getting A LOT of questions about Hedgehog, and as soon as it clears Customs and gets to our door, you'll see a first heads up on Instagram, followed by here after I get it all photographed an on the website. Til then, we have some amazing Sock Yarn Duo Sets and Skinny Single Duo Sets to tide you over.
I've opened up sign-ups for our next SSYC Sock Yarn Club! In this 16th club, we are focusing just on our in-house dyed Poste Yarn, and in honor of our 11th anniversary the yarn is 11% off! Discounting the club is a first for us, but I'm glad to be offering it as another THANK YOU for all your support over the past eleven years. You all ROCK and deserve everything I can give you!
We have amazing colors in the works for this club. The first month you'll receive a 6-color striping sock yarn with a coordinating mini skein. The second month, an all-American-from-sheep-to-skein HUGE half pound skein of DK weight merino, and the third month an awesome surprise. You won't want to miss out on your opportunity for a super surprise each month at an unbeatable price. This option gives you over a pound of yarn total!
And for those of you who typically order more than one club for yourself or friends or just to have more on hand, I have a special option. Choose the Twice as Nice club to receive double the amount each month. You'll get the original club colors like everyone, but you'll receive a SECOND special edition colorway that you could combine with the first selection or use separately if you like. If you are part of a knitting family that likes to trade or share, or if you are buying a gift for someone special, or if you just don't want to miss out on the awesome colors at a great price, then this is for you. This option gives you more than TWO POUNDS of yarn over three months time.
Shipments arrive mid-to-late August, September and October (we need time to dye the yarn, so later in August and earlier in the following months) and you also receive e-mails from us about pattern ideas and color inspiration.
As usual, please make sure this is the only item in your shopping cart when you check out. Of course, order multiple clubs on one order if you like, but please put yarn or needles on a separate order if you want other items today.
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ask in the comments below if you think they are questions others might like answers to as well. I'm totally looking forward to sharing what we are cooking up in our dye kitchen this summer/fall and I'm happy to help you decide if this club is for you. *hint hint* IT IS. Believe me.
Last month wrapped up the 15th installment of our Yarn Club (signups and information about Yarn Club 16 coming TOMORROW!). The theme for this round was minis, and it's been so exciting to see what's being made with those.
Claudia knit an Enfilade with Hedgehog minis. To go along with it, she has also written a very helpful blog post about testing yarn for colorfastness before using in multi-color projects.
Many thanks to Claudia, @knottyengr, and Anne for letting us share!
Do you want to take part in our next club? This next three- month club will start sign-ups tomorrow and will focus on our Poste Yarn, which we dye in house. And to celebrate the summer of our 11th anniversary, the cost of the club will be 11% off! Details coming tomorrow, and I typically keep sign ups open for two weeks to give you time to decide. Each time we do a subscription club, the numbers go up, which tells me that not only are previous club members happy, but you're telling others about us. I'm told that not only do you like the surprise each month, but you also find great value in it each shipment. Afterall,we charge you only for the yarn and shipping and not patterns and gadgets that you can find anytime.
Again, details on the next club will be post here tomorrow!