R Is for Ravelry
August 24, 2007
Have you ever been in a hotel for, say, a sock-making workshop, while there’s a wedding going on in the next ballroom? You see the sign for “Wedding Reception: Newport Ballroom” and you can’t resist poking your head in to see what’s up. When you open the door, you are hit with a wall of people and a ton of sound and a great band and a beautiful bride and a handsome groom and what surely must be the biggest party you ever saw. All you want to do is to head for the bar and find somebody to dance with, because the Kool and the Gang is just cranking up.
GOOD LORD, WOMAN! I just sneaked into Ravelry, masquerading as KayGardiner because I’m so far down the list of registrants. (Still can’t believe you gave me your password–do you know the havoc I could wreak if I started posting as you?)
What a party! What an out-of-control nutcase wingding Ravelry is going to be! The groups are killing me. There are already 600 groups formed, with more appearing every day. A few of them:
Wool Shop Sleepover: for anyone who has spent the night in a yarn or spinning supply shop
Yarn and Falafel: for Israeli knitters and knitters who love Israel (knitters who just like falafel are welcome too)
Fans of Fake News
Fun Fur Anonymous
1040 Knitters: for tax preparers and consultants
There’s already a Mason-Dixon Knitters group that I’m dying to join, but I can’t until I’m allowed to register, which will apparently be a while. It’s so amazing to see everybody’s projects looking so great. And all you Mitered Square Blanket people, I have so much recent experience with this particular topic!
The brilliant part of Ravelry, apart from the groups, is the way the databases are going to become so very rich and deep. Imagine how much information is going to be in there after a while. I can’t wait to see how it evolves.
Anybody who hasn’t signed up yet–get over there ASAP. They’ve already got the chocolate fountain going, and there’s going to be macarena action at any moment. Cousin Billy is going to do his Clay Aiken impression. It’s a whale of a party.
Here’s the group I’m starting: Knitters Who Are Not Yet Ravelry Members And Wish They Could Be Doing the Macarena Too.