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What Ravelry is:
Ravelry is a social networking site for people who put themselves in the category of crocheter, knitter, yarnie, spinners and dyers.
There are groups for you to participate in or you can make a group of your own. For example I am in 10 groups. I watch YouTube videos alot to help in advancing my crocheting skills and the lady that makes most of the videos I watch has a group of her own on there. You can also find groups that are close to you! All you have to do is put in your zip code and it will tell you if there are any groups who have listed their zip code near yours.
When you sign up for a username and password at www.ravelry.com you sign in and at the top of the page on the left (next to the Ravelry logo) there is a drop down link called My Notebook. You can hover over it and the drop down will appear with lots of options or you can click on it and the drop down will be on the next page on the left. There are alot of things on your Notebook. Here are a few I find valuable to me:
Projects-When you list projects you have done (which you can put on Ravelry to show off or to let others know about patterns from other Ravelry peeps) they will show up here. When you list a project you can add pictures, what yarn and hook you used, special tips for this project, tags so others can find it etc.
Favorites-You can 'favorite' an item so you can save it for later. It's like a 'like' on Facebook. You can 'favorite' a designer so you can check up on her patterns/designs later or see what's new.
Friends-For when you want to add a person or designer to your friends or check out a person , or for when you want to add a real life friend!
The forums are a place where if you are in groups, will show what people are talking about in your groups first and then has other categories like Patterns, Yarn & Fiber, Techniques, For the Love of Ravelry, etc. Go in and start a convo if you need some help!
Tons of patterns! As of today there are over 47,000 free knitting and crochet patterns! All in all there are about 138,000 patterns together. There are significantly more knitting patterns, but hey a pattern is a pattern!
On Ravelry you can shop for patterns, (as mentioned above) you can shop for Ravelry logo'ed things like mugs, or t-shirts, etc. in the Ravelry Mini-Mart. And you can also purchase YARN YARN YARN from Spinners and Dyers.
If you like crocheting or any other needleworking like I do this is a great place to socialize and check out patterns and ideas! If you get on there look me up! My username is Stestifie.
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