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Musings on the closing of Remnants

If you are a member of Ravelry, you know by now that the infamous forum Remnants has been retired for good. You can read, if you haven’t by now, Casey’s poignant announcement here. The loss of the Remnants forum makes me feel kind of sad, to be honest. I know and understand why it had to be this way, and I support the very tough decision TPTB had to make. But while Remnants had become this huge and unwieldy thing, it was also the kind of thing that was unique to Ravelry. At least it felt that way. I know in my heart of hearts that Ravelry itself, what Ravelry really IS, is not going to change that much, if at all. Already at least one group has sprung up to take its place. And even though I didn’t even spend a lot of time posting there, I did spend an inordinate amount of time reading it. I am really going to miss it. For realz.

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The Paradox of Ravelry

I have been extremely obsessed lately with looking at patterns for felted slippers on Ravelry. So much so that I’ve spent more time doing pattern searches and clicking through the results than I’ve spent knitting anything. I’m especially taken by the ballerina style slippers (especially the ones available only in German, damnit!) and these extremely cute crochet’d ones. Then again, these ones are nifty too. If I spent less time on Ravelry I could have knitted (or crochet’d!) dozens of pairs of slippers by now, but if it weren’t for Ravelry I wouldn’t know all those patterns even existed. Erg. My head hurts.

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I did it again.

I realized this evening, after checking the Ravelry forums again and getting sucked in (again!) to some drama on the Big 6, that I might have a problem. I’m a member of 20 groups, not counting the Big 6, which every Raveler is a member of. I’ve spent so much time on Ravelry the last couple of days that I haven’t had any time to knit. Or blog about knitting. Or do the dishes. I think I’ve hit bottom. Excuse me while I go leave some groups and get my head out of my ass so I can function in life again. Damn you, Ravelry! Why do you have to be so awesome?!

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Wasted Time

I love browsing getting sucked into wasting time on the Ravelry Forums, but sometimes its a lot like this:

That is all.

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Across the Ravelverse

(Apologies in advance to John Lennon and Paul McCartney…)

I am queuing up the
Projects that I want to knit the most
I have the yarn at least, that is, according to what’s it my stash
Should I cast on now or wait
Until tomorrow I don’t know
I guess that’s just the way it goes

Jai Bo—-ob deva om
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world

Now it’s time to check up on
The forums and see if there are replies
Or if someone clicked on agree or disagree
Copyright and nudity and swearing are still topical
And then there are random groups that
Make their way across the Ravelverse

Jai Bo—–ob deva om
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world

Browsing patterns stalking yarns
And searching for that perfect hat
Exciting and inviting me
Knitting less but Ravelry is like a drug I don’t want to stop, yes
It calls me on and on
Across the Ravelverse.

Jai Bo—–ob deva om
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world
Ravelry has changed my world

Jai Bo—ob deva
Jai Bo—ob deva
etc…

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I (still) Love Ravelry

Cassie over at the Mario Scarf blog is wondering what the point of Ravelry is and I’ve heard others voice the same sort of questions. I’m not sure if I’m more organized or if Ravelry changed my life, but I certainly enjoy using it. So, rather than commenting on her blog directly, I thought I’d post here about why I love Ravelry and what I do with it (and encourage others to do the same).

Although Ravelry is also a good way to see what others say of their experiences with certain yarns or patterns, I can’t say that I’ve ever decided to (or not to) buy a yarn or do a pattern based on what someone has said in a Ravelry forum. Frankly, I find the groups and forums to be a huge time suck and I try not too spend much time in there. It’s all to easy to kill an entire morning or afternoon day in the forums. The last thing I need is to spend that much time and energy debating knitting vs. crochet or the merits of various yarn weights or the finer points of copyright law. And I don’t want to get sucked into discussions of politics or different TV shows/movies/books or get into any “big issues” debates. Blah! But, even if there were no Ravelry forums, I would still be using it.

I often use Ravelry to find patterns for yarns I have in my stash, but that have never had a clear destiny (I tend to buy yarn because it called my name and is smooshy/soft/brightly colored). So, I go into “yarns” and see what others have knitted with it. Or, if I’m looking around for another project to cast on (likely because I am bored with my current projects), I spend entirely too much some time browsing “patterns”.

I try to keep my queue organized with projects that I REALLY am going to do. For those projects I love and fantasize that maybe I’ll do some day, I use favorites. While I only have listed a few of my yarns under “stash”, I do document each of my projects. I like to have a record of items I’ve knitted since much of what I do is given as gifts. I’ve found that I really do enjoy going back and reminiscing about projects I’ve done and thinking about where they are now.

You’re not less of a “hard-core” knitter if you don’t use Ravelry or are just not that into it. You’re just not that kind of knitter. And that’s okay. Knitters come in all flavors.

Any other Ravelers out there? Do you still like it? Blog about your experience and link back to Cassie (and me if you want)!

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Funniest. Tag Cloud. Ever.

Sorry folks, it’s a Ravelry link. I just couldn’t resist. Probably Definitely nsfw/children/the elderly/unicorns.