I made myself a promise that this year I will be better about tracking my knitting on Ravelry. I was an early tester of Ravelry (my number is 31!) and I used to be obsessed with it, constantly checking my friend activity page, queuing up lots of patterns, taking and sharing photos of my knitting and handspun. In recent years, though, with the advent of Facebook and Instagram, Ravelry just became another social media platform and I got overwhelmed with trying to stay on top of it. So I just sort of stopped. I didn’t stop knitting and I didn’t stop using it for finding and purchasing patterns, but I definitely stopped tracking things – my knits and yours, too.
I have a plan, though, for using Ravelry more and I bet you know, since today is Thursday, that my plan is a 3 pronged approach.
Thing the first: getting my project page caught up with the things I knit last year. I spent some time on this the other day and made pretty good progress. Once I photograph Peace Cowl #2 (it’s currently blocking) and once I block and photograph the Islington Shawl, I will be completely caught up there. And that gives me a chance to start fresh with 2018. I love a fresh start.
Thing the second: Using my phone to get update Ravelry. First, I set up a shortcut to Ravelry on my iPhone. And then I read about how to start a project on Ravelry from my phone. I’m a big app user but there’s no app for Ravelry. Turns out, though, that it’s pretty friendly for mobile use and that will make a world of difference to me. For one, it means I can add a project no matter where I am when I start it or think of doing it. For another it means that I can add photos of my project right from my iPhone. That alone will make it super convenient for me to keep my project page current.
Thing the third: The Ravelry Project Challenge. You know I can be a bit, errrr, competitive and the idea of a knitting challenge truly appeals to me. I haven’t made any definite decisions yet of how I will use this challenge but at it’s simplest it will be similar to the GoodReads challenge I set for myself every year. Seriously, if I can commit to reading 75 books then I really ought to be able to commit to knitting a specific number of knitting projects. Plus, I think it’s a great way to narrow down my queue to the things I really want to knit soon.
I bet you all are big Ravelry users and if you’ve got tips and tracks for how to use it to my best advantage I’d love to hear them!
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