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,

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:


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

PSA end.


62 Responses to “Introducing!”

  1. Cecilia Says:


  2. Macoco Says:

    This is a very exciting project –big kudos to you and Casey. I can’t wait for more people to join. 😉

  3. Kathode Ray Tube Says:

    Nice work! Can’t wait to try it out.

  4. Carrie Says:

    woo-hoo!!! Ravelry, baby! I’m so excited for you guys. It looks fabulous and works fabulously and I lovelovelove it.

    I will miss seeing you guys at Maryland. Boo.

  5. lynne Says:

    that looks amazing! i bought the knitable software recently, but it just isn’t working for me. this looks like it will be perfect.

  6. danielle Says:

    Ravelry looks awesome! You guys did a great job setting that up and it looks like it will be an amazing tool.

  7. Ewe-niss Says:

    I like it! Congratulations 🙂

  8. pixie Says:

    wahoo, looks great. I gotta get back to knitting so I can interact!

  9. Stacie Says:

    Yay!! I love Ravelry 🙂

  10. Sherry Says:

    Yea, I am so excited. I went on the site as soon as I saw it and signed up. I cant wait til its up and working!!! You guys rock!!

  11. Michelle Says:

    That is so awesome! I’m always googling the project I want to do to see what yarn other people are using. Can’t wait to check it out!

  12. Christie Says:

    whoo hoo!!!

  13. Veronique Says:

    Yay! Your secret is finally out!
    I’ve been having so much fun uploading all of my projects on Ravelry, as well as checking out what other people are making… It’s sure to be a hit 🙂

  14. Sandra Says:

    YAY, Jess! You finally made the big announcement, woohoo!

    You and Casey have done a fabulous job, you two should be quite proud of yourselves. 🙂

  15. jess Says:

    congrats! 🙂

  16. Skylar Says:

    Holy Shizz! So totally excited! I just sent an inquiry about being a beta tester! So jazzed! This is totally something that I need! Can’t wait! Woo hoo!

  17. kris Says:

    I want in I want in I want in!!! It looks HAWESOME!

  18. yuvee Says:

    yay! glad it’s finally out there, can’t wait to have more people in ravelry!!

  19. Angela Says:

    Hooray!!! Congratulations to you and Casey. Such an excellent tool! I can’t wait to see how quickly the word spreads!

  20. Lolly Says:

    I am so excited about the possibilities! YEA!

  21. lomester Says:

    You guys have done an AMAZING job! I am so excited to be part of this and can’t wait to watch it grow!

  22. maya Says:

    youse guys need some oompaloompas.

  23. Bookish Wendy Says:

    No oompa’s, they scare me! How about some cheerleaders with yarn pom-poms?

  24. scout Says:


  25. kat Says:

    Go Ravelry!

  26. hpny knits Says:

    awesome idea!

  27. mel Says:

    Very, very cool – it sounds awesome, can’t wait to check it out! Kudos!!

  28. Sara Says:

    Yay! The big announcement is here!! Love love love ravelry!

  29. Kristin Says:

    I just want to say that I’m excited about this idea, and look forward to seeing this site launch. I’m being lazy because it’s much easier to post a comment than send an e-mail, so I’d like to make a suggestion (it’s an easy one!!).

    You have no background color set on the site, so it will show whatever default background color is set on each user’s browser. Most people have them set to white, as any other color generally doesn’t look great with everything. I have mine set to grey, so that’s what I see on most of the page.

  30. molly! Says:

    So glad your secret is out–congratulations! Can’t wait to try it out for myself. 🙂

  31. Schrodinger Says:

    YAY!! So exciting, it’s really great work, you both should be proud – it’s going to be a big hit.

  32. JJ Says:

    FINALLY! Something for us blogless ones! Thanks Freckles, and good job!

  33. Kim Says:

    Woo hoo! Yay! It looks incredible, Jess!

  34. carol Says:

    Oh jess, It looks Awesome 😀 great job.

  35. Michelle Says:

    It looks awesome!! I just signed up for beta. Congratulations!!

  36. Betsy Says:

    Woot and

  37. Steph VW Says:

    Jess! It seems to work on explorer here at *cough, cough* the office! I won’t have to wait for Mr. Happy to bring home the computer!

  38. Sarah Says:

    Congratulations! It is such a wonderful tool – love it!

  39. Juno Says:

    Hey – this looks like a fantastic thing…..if you’re still looking for beta testers, I’d love to try.

    Hope to spot you Saturday……

  40. maurene Says:

    WOOT! I’m so proud of you and Casey! I feel like I don’t knit enough to be a beta tester quite yet (see my Hall of Shame post), so once it’s up and running full speed I will mos def join…now that Ravelry’s *almost* done and I’m done with school, maybe we can start hanging out again too?

  41. Wannabe Says:

    I love it so much! Thanks so hard for all your hard work!!!

  42. Johanna Says:

    How wonderfully exciting to be rolling this out. Best of luck to both of you and Ravelry’s success!

  43. Lisa Says:

    Can’t wait to see how this site takes off! It’ll catch on like wild-fire, I’m sure. You should let the blog “” know about ravelry. They cover all things social-networking. It be some great press for you and Casey!

  44. Maureen Says:

    Congratulations! And what a great idea. I can’t wait to see it fly 🙂

  45. Emilee Says:

    That looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it out!

  46. kma Says:

    I’m new to your site, but WOW does Ravelry rock! I signed up to beta test, and can’t wait until it’s open. Congrats!

  47. Amanda Says:

    Wow, it looks incredible!

  48. Dorothy B Says:

    Awesome! It looks great and sounds even better!

  49. Jenni Says:

    Fantastic! I wasn’t sure what to expect but now that I see the site, I am thrilled (so thrilled, I signed up to beta test). Best wishes for a successful venture!

  50. Monica Says:

    What a GREAT idea! Congrtulations! I can’t wait to try it.

  51. Ava Says:

    I’ve signed up for an invitation and can’t wait to use it!

  52. Valerie Says:

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! Not two nights ago I spent way too much time ingnoring my family and searching for versions of Cat Bordhi’s moebius. Do you see what you’re doing here? You’re saving children from neglect, that’s what! Brilliant!

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  54. knittingnurse Says:

    Oooh, ooh. I so NEED this. How do I get in?????

  55. Jackie Says:

    WhooHOO! It looks amazing Jess!

  56. Stacey Says:

    It really IS so cool. I am kicking myself for not getting on board sooner 🙂

  57. Alexis Says:

    This is an absolutely incredible project and I wish I was part of the development. If you are looking for a website administrator that can test it out, just contact me. I can’t wait to try this out, I’m so obsessive compulsive and the idea of organizing EVERYTHING related to my knitting is really exciting!

  58. Allison Says:

    I’m a little (okay, WAY) behind on my blog reading. I just wanted to let you know that this is a super wonderful fantastic idea and once it’s completely up and running I know that I will be using it SO much! Finally, a way to keep up with my stash! You guys are providing such a great (and MUCH needed) service to all of the yarnies out there!

    Give Bob a big smooch for me!

  59. Christy Says:

    I can’t wait! This sounds awesome.

  60. Chris Says:

    Did you are your husband develop this on your own or did you hire a company? It looks great!!!

    I know you’re busy but if you could send me an email about this it would make my day.



  61. Susan Dingle Says:

    WOW!!! I have been a knitting fiend since I was 4 or 5 years old (not saying how many total years) and I am sooooo excited about this site. There are a bunch of people ahead of me in line – I do hope I can get on pretty soon. The features look marvelous!

  62. Gretchen Briden Says:

    I am 75 and have been knitting since I was 7. I have been teaching since I was in high school. Do you think I will get on the the list in my lifetime? I am so excited to make it. I check every day, but it is such a slow process and I am hoping that things pick up faster for you and for me and everyone else. We need this!!!