if you're not on ravelry yet, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. i made some notes today about how i used it today, which was a pretty light ravelring day for me.
i'm knitting a pair of socks from an online pattern. i don't have to print or even bookmark the pattern; it's in my projects in my ravelry notebook, so i just go to my projects and click the pattern. i can note which round i'm on and any mods i make as i go right there in my notes field. ravelry has noted that it's one of my wips, so it's right at the top of my projects tab, the first, default page of my notebook.
i browsed through what projects people are making or have made with yarns i have in my stash, to get ideas for things i might make and see how their projects have turned out. i can see progress and finished-object photos as well as yardage requirements and, for patterns available online, click through to the patterns themselves. i can even read comments that people have about the things they've made, seeing, for example, whether they're happy with them or not and why.
i can make notes in the stash part of my notebook about what i bought that yarn for or what i might want to use it for (especially after browsing the patterns), since i can track how much i have and the patterns tell me how much i'd need.
i can send messages to users to ask them questions about things they've made.
and of course i can find out about patterns i never would have found otherwise. there are patterns--all in one place--from online, book, and periodical sources. everywhere imaginable. and i can see all the different versions people have made, what yarns they used, and what they thought of the pattern and their results, all with one click. if i'm not sure about a yarn, i can click through to more information about that, too.
some days i do more than this, but this is what i did today. i have loved not having to worry about bookmarking patterns on a zillion different web sites any more or remembering which books have which patterns that i'd thought about making for whom--ravelry lets me keep all of that information in one place. when i want to start another project, i can just look at the queue page of my notebook to see what i've got queued up and choose something to cast on. all the information i need is right there--where the pattern is, what i need to make it, and, if i'd thought about it, for whom i'd wanted to make it. i could even have noted by when i needed to make it. (lately, i've been noting just lots of patterns i want to make for me--bad bee.) it's delicious. see you there soon! :)