Lost in Ravelry

December 26, 2008 in Just News

ravelryroundfeed128I got my invite to Ravelry today and so far all I can say is “wow!”  It’s as though they took a corner of the internet and condensed it down to only yarn-craft related things.  I heard about Ravelry awhile back but since I was just getting started I felt like it was way over powered for anything I’d need.  Even though I now have my own baby stash of yarn and tools I still feel overwhelmed by all the site has to offer.

For the hyper-organizational, the site is a dream.  It  has areas to record and track progress on your existing projects, keep notes on future projects, catalog and share your yarn stash and tools, and will even link an RSS feed of your blog to your profile… and that’s just the tools for showing off your own stuff.  They also have forums, user groups, and searchable directories of yarns and patterns.  If all you care about in life is crocheting or knitting you could just make Ravelry your home page and never leave it.  Unfortunately, this all makes for some serious information overload.  I think, at least for now, the best way to make use of it is to find the parts that will be most useful and to ignore the rest.

If you want to check out Ravelry, I suggest you sign up for an invitation because it takes about four days to process.  The reason for this is that the site is still in beta and they’re adding people slowly so they can control how much load the site is dealing with.  The Ravelry beta is free and the site will be free too so other than waiting a few days for the invite you’re not giving up anything.  I’m not sure how much I’m going to be using it right now but I definitely plan to keep an eye on it and see what other goodies the developers come up with.