Monday, May 3, 2010

Social Knitworking (& Crochetworking!)

"Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums."-from

If you are a knitter or crocheter, you must check out Ravelry, a free site made especially for knitters and crocheters. Create an account & you'll be reading the newsletter "where my stitches at? This Week in Ravelry" in no time. You'll have a notebook where you can: list yarns in your stash; projects you're working on; queue up projects you soon hope to be working on; search patterns on the site & save in a favorites folder; blog; meet friends & join groups; get your questions answered in the forums; & more!

For instance, my groups on Ravelry include Anglophiles, Learn Crochet, & New Mexico Knitters. Recently I posted on the forums, looking for a pattern for an Elsa Schiaparelli hat, & had quite useful responses by the next day. & my Ravelry use has been intermittent at best-one of my co-workers has used it to keep track of needle sizes & see the finished projects of a pattern to see if it'll look good or not, as well.

If you prefer to socialize in person, the library system has several drop-in stitch groups, including Cherry Hills Library's own An Itch to Stitch, which meets Tuesdays from 10 AM to noon. If you want to work on your stitching projects together with like-minded folks, asking questions and sharing experiences, this group is for you! All ages & skill levels are welcome! This month our display case will feature handmade crafts by members of the group.

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