Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ravelling Merrily Along

If you knit or crochet and have the Internet, chances are you've heard of Ravelry.

If you're a member of Ravelry, when you logged in this week, you should have seen the announcement.

Ravelry now has TWO MILLION MEMBERS!

Two Million yarncrafters on one site. And with surprisingly little drama. There are a few dust ups in the boards now and then, but everyone generally keeps to the Ravelry motto of "be excellent to each other."

If you're not familiar with Ravelry , I need to explain.  It's not just another yarn site with a forum. There  are really many many forums, but the best part of Ravelry is the specialized tools that are available for use.  You don't even need to look at anyone else's avatar if you don't want, and just focus on your own account. Why? You can keep track of your hooks and needles. You can virtually sort your stash and projects, (as well as share them with a group to get feedback). The pattern database is so huge, I don't even have a word for how huge it is. Gigantomungous.  It really is a unique environment.  I can't even think of any other hobby website that can even come close to half the functionality of Ravelry.

It kind if reminds me of my early days in Paganism, when the Internet was just starting to be helpful. It was a highly specialized community. Ravelry takes this one step further. Community PLUS productivity.

All this came about from two people who loved to knit, and had mad programming skills.
So thank you Casey and Jess (and Bob). You have literally changed the way that yarncrafters interact on the internet, and for the better.

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