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!]