Ravelry

yarns 1If you don’t have a Ravelry account, STOP and go immediately to www.ravelry.com and sign up for a free account.  Ravelry is an invaluable resource for knitters.  It has a large database of free patterns and patterns for purchase.  Ravelry also has a large yarn database.  You can personalize your Ravelry account and  record all your own projects and store your patterns purchased on Ravelry in your Ravelry library.  Ravelry also has an active forum in which you can ask for help from fellow knitters and share ideas.  One of my favorite Ravelry functions is the yarns function.  Most of us have a stash,  yarn we purchase on sale, yarn purchased for a certain project that never happened, and yarn we received as gifts.  Sometimes, it is hard to find a project for our yarn.  This is where Ravelry comes in.  You can enter your yarn in the yarn database.  You can then browse all the projects that other Ravelers have completed in the same yarn.  The projects will indicate how much of the yarn was needed for that particular project.   When I browse projects completed with my yarn,  I get ideas about what type of projects the yarn is suited for.   In addition, some of the patterns are available on Ravelry and many of them are free.  I seldom leave Ravelry without a pattern when I use this method to diminish my stash.  Ravelry has MANY other invaluable functions and there are people out there who teach classes on getting the most out of Ravelry.  Since the membership is free, there is nothing to be lost and a lot to be gained by joining.  I hope to see you on Ravelry soon.  You will find me there as jpwarner.

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