Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Reach of Ravelry

Many of you who read for the fiber content of the site (and you know who you are), Ravelry is an amazing place. I wrote a pattern in October of 2006, The Perfectly Pretty Facecloth, when I needed to come up with a small cloth for gift baskets around the holidays. It could also be used for a baby washcloth and honestly, forgot about it until the Crochet Pattern a Day submissions for the 2009 calendar sent out their emails. I submitted it, it was accepted and will be in the calendar (which hasn't been shipped to contributors yet, but should be available at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc in October). Anyway, Ravelry is a time chewer, I admit it. I don't hang on the forums, although KYS and ISO/Destashing is big one. I also peek at what "friends" bookmarked, etc.. Check patterns, see tweaks people came up with, check out stuff people made that I designed and what yarn they used, etc. I also admit there are FO's and items I've made that were from over a year ago I keep forgetting to add. I really should, but again, the time.

Yesterday, while looking through my design section, where you can see "User activity" for your own designs, I noticed someone made a washcloth using the pattern for the "Bubbles Baby Blanket" and then I remembered the "Perfectly Pretty Facecloth"-so I did the quick pdf and posted it on Ravelry, uploaded the pdf and again, am amazed at the reach. Within 5 minutes, I had a comment and since yesterday afternoon 38 downloads and several queued it, faved it through the pattern part and received in invite to a forum for people who design dishcloths, facecloths, etc. I am always amazed how HUGE Ravelry really is and what an awesome site it is.

If you aren't a member and are interested in fiber endeavors, sign up-the wait list seems huge, but it goes by quickly. Any errata, designer input (Doris Chan always comments on items people have made from her books, as an example), help, yarn talk, etc-it's all there, in one place. But remember, it is a time chewer, so forget housework, cooking or anything else you planned for the day............

6 comments:

Crochet Goddess said...

Hi, thanks for your visit to my blog. Yes I think this cloth would be great for you to try. Just as long as you know how to do a yarn over.

Kimberly said...

My time is sucked into Ravelry! I do love how easy it is to get your patterns and designs out there...I was awed when I posted my Weaved Hotpad at how many downloads I got that day.

WickedStitch said...

What's not to love about Rav?
Congrats with your mega uploads and submission acceptance/pub in the 09 calendar!

Kari said...

It's an awesome place that's for sure.

elaines630 said...

The more I am on Ravelry, the more I find to look at... I just about always have a Ravelry tab open when I am on the computer! Its addicting!

Anonymous said...

Forget forgetting about cooking & housework, if you don't have high speed you can forget about ravelry. I feel so left out with my stone age dial up.

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