Whoa! Where'd I go?

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. πŸ™‚

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!


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

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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50 Responses to “Whoa! Where'd I go?”

  1. Sarah Says:

    There you are! YAY! I miss you. Thanks so much to both you and Casey for working so very hard to bring Ravelry to the world. You guys are doing an amazing job.

  2. JessaLu Says:

    Okay I left a comment on the Tech-Crunch site. I have to admit, the first comment on there had smoke coming out my ears but I managed to pull it back and be polite ;o)

  3. Sandra Says:

    ohmygosh, look at that! Ravelry is already getting buzz in the miggle world, so exciting, whee!! Congrats! (altho I was most tempted to reply back to those commenters with some snippy comments of my own. I mean, do these people know knitters are the largest users of Bloglines? that there are over 3,000,000 hits when you google in “knit blog”? To imply that knitters weren’t all that computer/tech savvy was kinda annoying. Oh, muggles!!)

    and i am totally loving the new Ravelry headquarters!

  4. schrodinger Says:

    Busy, busy, busy huh? Sounds like a good kind of busy though. Congrats on getting so much done. Thanks for the earth-friendly hosting link.

  5. Kat with a K Says:

    Nice to see you back! I’m loving Ravelry. I spent a lot of time in Manchester this weekend but unfortunately couldn’t go to the show. πŸ™ My parents were visiting and they were less than interested…

  6. Carrie Says:

    Ha! Those comments over on TechCrunch are so funny. Surprise! all knitters aren’t old ladies who don’t know how to use computers. Knitters are so gonna take over the world soon.

    That is an impressive inbox number, my friend. YAY!

  7. carrie m Says:

    “ridiculous reason” — please! that’s just unbelievable.
    let’s focus on the positive. a lot of the commenters saw the ingenuity of ravelry. i have to tell you, i was on vacation last week and used ravelry a LOT. it’s just a fabulous resources, and so much fun. thank you thank you!

  8. Lindsay Says:

    Hey, I’m so glad to hear that you and casey are getting to spend some more quality time together now that Ravelry is a full time gig. I’m still waiting for my invite, and as excited as I am to get in, I was worried that you had let it take over your lives, because even from the outside I can see how much work has gone into everything. Congrats on being geniuses and creating something that not only is really cool for all of us, but also gives you a chance to work on something that you love with your man.

  9. Jeanne B. Says:

    My comment has been left at TechCrunch and I agree with JessaLu about that first comment! Oh, PLEASE! We’re all 80-year-old grandmas who mistake the computer for a microwave. But we must forgive them for being too buried in MegaFighterKombatMidgets III to realize the coolness of fiber addictions. Isn’t it amazing that Ravelry became so popular in such a short time with NO commercial advertising whatsoever, based only on word-of-mouth by bloggers? That is modern guerilla marketing at its finest! I wish Ravelry had been around last semesterÒ€”perfect topic for the Creativity & Innovation for Entrepreneurs class I took. I’ve said it already several times, but Jess and Casey are geniuses.

  10. Carole Says:

    Your work space is lovely! I’m glad this is working out for you and Casey.

  11. Casey Says:

    Nice picture of me πŸ™ Sheesh!

  12. Lolly Says:

    I am so happy for you two! what fun times! Kris is the cook in our house too. I am the chopper and the dishwasher πŸ™‚

    That solar-powered data center is so cool. It is a great concept. I assume that a long-term contract would more than pay for itself, but like you said, it is in NM, so it is kind of hard to get too…

    Have a good week, girl~

  13. Jenn Says:

    Poor Bob, that’s my reaction when I see a pile of fish, too! I prefer my fish to be underwater and swimming.

  14. Macoco Says:

    Those fish are scary! I can’t believe Casey didn’t stop the scooter for a John Edward sighting.

  15. jess Says:

    Woo, the new desk area looks fantastic! πŸ™‚ Hooray on the new data center!

    BTW, my boxer Ging did the same thing as Bob, barking and growling at the fish we caught. Boris the pug just sniffed them and did the cocking-the-head-to-the-side quizzical look. πŸ˜‰ Silly dogs, all of them!

  16. Wannabe Says:

    Best office area ever. And I love how you don’t have to reach very far to fondle…um, your yarn. πŸ˜‰

    Your table o’ veggies looks like our house. Love.

  17. Mary Says:

    Am I missing something? I don’t see a link to click in item #2 in your list….

  18. Sarah Says:

    Um, excuse me, but — dead fish ARE scary! I’m with Bob!

  19. anne Says:

    Have I mentioned lately what a fantastic job you guys are doing? It’s so much fun! (And not just because I got to set up a Red Sox group.) I’m glad you guys are getting to take a *little* time off, though. πŸ™‚

  20. JessaLu Knits (and Spins!) Says:

    […] On a ‘Muggle Scaring’ note – Jess (aka FreckleGirl) mentioned on her blog that Ravelry was mentioned on Tech Crunch.  If you are in the mood to do a shout-out for knitter power head on over to this post and say hello. ;o)  Just be sure to take a couple of deep breaths before hitting the ’submit’ key on a narsty comment – some of the non-knitter comments are a little infuriating. […]

  21. lomester Says:

    i love the ravelry headquarters!! Love the yarn on the wall! I wonder if i can pull that off at home… hmmm….

  22. Stacey Says:

    Bob seems to be saying, “You eat those?”

  23. heather Says:

    you guys rock! Thanks for doing so much for the knitting community , it really is terrific! πŸ˜€

  24. Yueli Says:

    Hi, I’m glad that my friend showed me the ravelry website. And guess what? Months ago, I had proposed to develop this similar idea for sponsorship in my part of the world (S.E.A). However, the idea was rejected and I am working it alone so impossible to develop this project requiring intense work and commitment (I’m running a small crochet and knitting shop at present). I am envious that you have a good team of friends working together and I’m sure it will be a great success. Look forward to seeing the launch of ravelry.

  25. --Deb Says:

    Okay, I played nice…..

  26. Sara Says:

    Hmm… I have a hard time playing nice lately… so maybe I should be good and not click? *lol*

    I didn’t know that there was something in Manchester… does that happen every year??

  27. Knitterella Says:

    Thank you for Ravelry! It is such an awesome place! Keep up the good work you two!

    Yes, I have to catch up on Flight of the Concords, I saw one episode and it was sooo funny – thank goodness for On Demand!

    Your dog is such a charmer!

  28. carolyn Says:

    Ahhh! Bob is such a cutie! He looks like he’s in great shape too. At 9 years old my BT is getting a little bit porky.

  29. Kathy Says:

    I saw we knit them something green, because they are all obviously envious.
    And lovely, lovely office you have there! πŸ™‚

  30. Amy Boogie Says:

    Hooray for all the businessy stuff – and for working well at home together. Husbeast and I would kill each other. Happy happy Bob. I understand his problem – fish belong in water or on the dinner plate. Out running around on the grass, they just look like they’re trying to take over the world.

  31. KrisSuthe Says:

    Hey Jess! You and Casey are doing an awesome job on Ravelry. Muggles are muggles, and they shake their fists at what they don’t understand. As part of the 20-something knitting crowd, I salute you guys, all fellow knitters regardless of age, and anyone willing to give you “net-cred” for your site.

    Even if the muggles have to question their judgement.

  32. Amie Says:

    Bob RAWKS. What a sheet pooch.

  33. Nichole Says:

    I finally gave in and found out about your Ravelry world… only to discover you are a knitting dog Mom too… and you have a beauty at that (I have special place in my heart for bostons!). πŸ™‚ Very cool… and love the desk too!

  34. Cheryl Says:

    Lovely veggies–yum, yum. Was excited (then bummed) that your deal didn’t work out in NM for your site–that’s where I live! We are excited about this new business and it would’ve been fun to have the connection. Oh well. Still come to NM if you’re ever in the southwest!

  35. Holly of HollYarns Says:

    I SO l-o-v-e Flight of the Conchords. It is too hilarious.

  36. Sarah Says:

    I love the picture of Bob staring down the fish. Too cute.

    Isn’t it funny how even though we think our knit blog community is huge and well publicized, it’s still pretty isolated among knitters? I was pretty shocked how much people questioned our community and how it functions (or that your site could be so popular!!?? – obviously they don’t know about knitters and how savvy we are!) πŸ™‚

  37. Amanda Says:

    I am back on planet Earth now. Ravelry – tres cool. I dig it.

  38. Natalie Says:

    All of those tech comments were made by people who just don’t understand. I think everyone is guilty of assuming a stereotype as a fact at one time or another (fortunately, most of filter and check ourselves before typing or saying them). Oh well, at least the people I love get it!

  39. Dorothy Says:

    That techcrunch site got buried in comments praising Ravelry. As for the other comments, I don’t get gaming and stuff like that but I would never assume that all gamers are pasty white, geeky, single men sitting in dark rooms surrounded by junk food wrappers and empty pop cans. Why others assume so much about things they don’t get is beyond me. I guess without any twits, we would have no bar to rise above. πŸ˜‰

    Love Bob and the fish! So funny. Apollo would have sniffed them then tried to roll in them. Bugger dog loves to roll in stinky things.

  40. World Of Warcraft Says:

    World Of Warcraft…

    World Of Warcraft…

  41. emmy Says:


    I just checked my spot on the Ravelry waitlist and I see that I am at 24!! YAY! I am getting ready to leave for vacation and I am not sure of my internet connection. Please don’t let my invite run out of time!! I will be back late on Sept 3rd. IF my internet connection turns out to be working it looks like I may get me some quality Ravelry time!

    Thanks and I can’t wait.

  42. emmy Says:

    No worries! I have internet and lots of time on my hands!! Yipee!!! Life is good.

  43. Sarah S. Says:

    So sorry to ask this question on your personal blog, (which is fab, btw! I just started reading it a couple months ago) but I tried to email you and my service said that it was undeliverable, so here goes: I am so excited to have received my ravelry invite, but when I try to get in using my email addresss, it won’t let me. I’m sure that I must be missing some important detail due to my un-savvy tech inabilities. What must I do? Again, apologies for not contacting you in a more appropriate manor. Continued best wishes for your amazing new venture!

  44. MissBea Says:

    What a great comment thread on the TechCrunch site! I defintately shook my fist at the screen when I read Chris’s comment, but the rest of the conversation was absolutely great. I work in tech support for professional, custom installed, PA, and home theater audio, and I’m the only female specialist out of a department pushing 150. I am surprised and gratified daily by my coworkers interest in my knitting, it’s so great to see knitters mentioned on a site like that! Congrats!

  45. Sarah Says:

    I came across your website and I’m pretty sure I went to high school with you in NJ (NHHS). I was a freshman when you were a senior. I just wanted to say hi and tell you that you have a great website you’re creating!

  46. Angie Says:

    Thanks to you and Bob for the invite. I’m excited but a bit hesitant. I’ll do my best to show my work and my dreams. I’ve chosen lela for my name. Hope you have time to enjoy it, too.

  47. Ellen Says:

    Thanks for the invitation to Ravelry — I look forward to participating. And I also have a Boston Terrier — a three year old little girl named Ginger.

  48. Eileen Says:

    I would like to be able to read bob’s mind..:)

  49. Jade Says:

    If you’re new to The Flight of the Conchords you MUST look for The Humans Are Dead. By far my favorite skit from them and the live version never fails to astound me that they could actually perform it all with no laughter!

  50. Blondieknits Says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I was actually able to navigate to that page, read the comments, scream at “Chris” (let’s see him knit anything) and then navigate back here to comment on this, seeing as how I’m so tech un-savvy.
    Knitters are people too!