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Clearly, no time to blog

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I just have to pop up again and say that I am still alive.

I miss my blog!!

Anyway- you can find me on Ravelry (of course) and on Flickr– I have time every once in a while to pop some pictures up there.

I am definitely not giving up this blog permanently. Hopefully, things will be less crazy in a month or so. We are in the big push to get everyone who is waiting into the site and getting it into public beta (open to the public but still in development) We can’t wait to see you all there!

We update the Ravelry blog waaay more than I do this one. (Our last post is about how we were on Stash and Burn– super fun talking with Nicole and Jenny!)

Casey and I are going to Rhinebeck! We are thinking about having a Ravelry get-together on Saturday evening that complements Morehouse Merino‘s event (so people can attend both if they choose). If you are attending the festival, please go here and let us know if and when you would be able to attend.

Oh and one last thing! For those of you who are in Ravelry already, we are selling three Beta t-shirts. They are only going to be available while we are in Beta (and probably not that long now!) go to the main Ravelry page for a link. I am super excited about them.

This post is sorta lame- so here is a photo from the fabulous Julie Prem. (She was also our wedding photographer). We are at Maya and Steve’s awesome wedding a couple weeks ago! (Visual proof that we get out of the house and away from Ravelry sometimes!)

Jc At Wedding

Whoa! Where'd I go?

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

I have an immense feeling of accomplishment at this moment. Guess how many messages are in my inbox? 15!!!! That is almost a single digit! weeee! It only took me all day but whatever- I am so happy.

It’s been kinda crazy around here- Casey and I have been super busy trying to get Ravelry open to the public. We have been filing paperwork to make us a real company, getting business bank accounts and PO boxes. Casey has a spot for us saved at a data center down the street from us that will be ready in about a month.

(We originally wanted to go with a solar-powered center in New Mexico but they are just not focused on our type of website. We would happily spend more money to go with a green choice, but this was a *lot* more money. Also – if something went wrong it, well, is in New Mexico. You should check them out though for your website, if you have one. Their regular hosting prices are competitive and every little bit helps!)

It is starting to feel real! We are doing this thing! I just feel so overwhelmingly grateful to this wonderful community of ours… thanks so much for helping us push our dream along. (cheese factor = 10)

We also got Ravelry World Headquarters assembled (desks from ikea). Casey’s is not camera ready since he hasn’t put up his stuff on the walls but you can see mine by clicking that link. We even have a white board- fancy!

Casey and I have also been getting out and exercising- we joined the YMCA and have been swimming and doing cardio at the little gym. It has been fun to move after all these months of sitting on our butts working on the Rav.

It has been just awesome having Casey here at home- we work hard and long but we cook together and go places and see movies occasionally. Casey is the one in the house who likes to cook so I have gladly relinquished the reins to him on that… I am still a faster chopper though. 🙂

Help! The veggies are taking over the house!

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We also went up to Manchester, NH for the Knitting and Crochet Guild summer show. We ran into some Ravelers (thanks for saying hi, guys!), including Cirilia and Kathy from Webs. I totally forgot to take out my camera until Cirilia reminded me. I think we were both equally excited to see each other!

Guildshow

Casey was giving the guy on his shoulder the evil eye- not Kathy or myself. 🙂

What else? In list form because I am brain dead:

1. I have been laughing my butt off watching the Flight of the Conchords on HBO. Watch that show. Seriously!

2. OH! Anybody wanna scare some muggles? Check this out. Be nice and thoughtful in your comments, if you chose to make one- rise above! (I shook my fist a time or two at the screen reading those comments!! ack!) The Feedburner thing says that 440,000 people read that site.

3. I saw John Edward (his site is down for some reason so wikipedia it is) on the streets of Boston the other day. Casey didn’t stop the scooter. I may never forgive him. I squealed, “That’s John EDWARD!” and tried to jump off but then decided against it. John. Edward. ahh!

4. And lastly, what would a fg post be without some Bob love??

These are from the 4th of July- when we went up to NH to Casey’s mom’s lake house. Apparently, fish are very scary! He was a total nutjob- barking and growling at them. Then, fully recovered a little while later.

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Ravelry Sneak Peek

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Casey put up some info and screenshots on the site so that people who are waiting can take a look at what the site is really all about! (Just in case you missed seeing it on the Ravelry blog.)

Go here to see it.

(I will post about other things besides Ravelry, I promise. snooore.)

Waiting for a Ravelry invite?

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Casey wrote up a little page for you guys.

Please read it.

It is now linked on the front page of Ravelry.

Thank you so much. This is certainly a great learning experience. 🙂

(Please – don’t make too much of a fuss over this. We don’t want to start any trouble- just want to try and communicate with the people who are patiently waiting to get in.)

Ravelry- the State of Things

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Just two weeks ago, I put a post up on the Ravelry blog letting our beta testers (at that time a little under 100 people) that it was okay to talk about the site on their blogs. We needed a few more testers and thought we would get maybe 1000 people who would be willing to put up with some bugs to get a head start… well, we were wrong.

Earlier tonight, the invite request list has exceeded 4,500 people.

Casey and I are so thrilled that our little website idea has resonated with so many knitters and crocheters out there. It is such a great feeling to know that all our hard work for the past few months has been worthwhile… that Ravelers are having fun organizing, playing and meeting new people. It is like a dream come true. We have had to pinch ourselves more than once during the past couple weeks.

I have heard some things through the blog grapevine that people are unhappy though- I have not checked the blogs out myself because, frankly, I do not have time. I spend all day and all night working on Ravelry and Casey works on it almost the minute that he walks in the door at night. (yes, he has a real day job on top of this!)

I know that we should have just taken the invite request list down at some point but this is our first time doing this and we just got caught up with the excitement of it all. We are not a large corporate entity with a business plan- we are a guy and a girl who had an idea and are pulling it off the best that we can.

So I would just like to ask for a smidge more of everyone’s patience. I know that everyone is anxious to get into Ravelry and get started! We want you all in just as badly!

We are aiming to have the whole waiting list into Ravelry within the next month- Casey is making improvements to the site so that it can handle that many users and we are working out a way that we can make some money to help with the costs of running a much larger website.

Thank you all… really.

[Edited to add: If you would like to be super prepared for when your Ravelry invite arrives, you could get all of your knitting/ crochet projects and stash into Flickr. That will make it much easier for you to get started at Ravelry- most of the getting started period for me was getting everything I wanted into Flickr, finding the pattern and yarn info, etc. Just an idea!)

[Edited to add on 6/4: Please read this page for more info on what is happening with your invite request! Thank you!]

Leaving for Maryland!

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Thank you so much everyone for all the interest in our new little baby! We have been so overwhelmed with the response to Ravelry… We knew that it was a good idea but didn’t realize how quickly the word would spread through blogland!

A quick note to people who have signed up for an beta account: We will be sending out some more invites next week to people on that list, in order that they were received. Since Casey and I will not have much computer access while we are in Maryland, we don’t want people to need help if we are not around. We really appreciate your interest and hope you can wait just a little bit while we find our feet! Everyone is welcome at Ravelry- seriously.

So I am trying to get out of the house to get our plane so I better go but check out the Ravelry swag we got for Maryland!

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First up, are my silly “business” cards. They are Moo Cards, and are SO COOL. I totally need more of these. We also ordered some Ravelry buttons to give out to people at MDS&W- aren’t they fun? WE crack ourselves up. The folks at Button Arcade were awesome about getting them to use super fast and they came out great. I think we maybe should have ordered more- we got 500. Oh well.

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I also got a Ravelry tote bag and am pretty happy how this turned out- the 3 colors on the yarn ball are not showing up well but it is still fun. See how Bob helps with photo shoots? He would not move out of the way. Take a picture of me! I am much cooler that that stupid bag.

Do come say hi at Maryland! I will have Ravelry buttons! 🙂

Introducing Ravelry.com!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

So, it is with great pride and excitement, that I announce that my big secret is out!

Casey and I have created a new knitting and crochet community website, Ravelry.com.

What is it? Well, it is a place where you can organize your knitting and crochet projects, your stash and tools and also connect with other crafters from all over the world! It will have many blog integration features so that you do not feel like you are duplicating efforts, and the blog- free will finally have a place to really showcase their projects.

The site will also be a kind of gathering place for pattern and yarn information on the web. Tired of searching for the right worsted weight to make that Central Park Hoodie? What did other people use? It is all on Ravelry. No more endless Google searching!

We have a few people in the site now, helping us test the site and fill in information. The feedback from these beta testers has been amazing; everyone seems to really enjoy the site… which makes all our hard work seem worthwhile.

We really just want it to be a fun place for people to get good information about yarns and patterns and also connect with other knitters and crocheters with similar interests.

If you are interested in being a beta tester, you can sign up for an invite here. We will be sending out the invitations pretty regularly. The only reason why we are doing it invite-only is that it is just Casey and I pulling the strings back here and we only have so much time! (Casey works a full time job on top of this.) Everyone is welcome!

Here is a clip from the front page- so you can get more of an idea:

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I am so excited that I can barely contain myself!!!!

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