the mystery unraveled

even though they are massively overwhelmed by the response, casey and jess have posted a sneak peek at ravelry. it appears that many (including myself) have both underexplained ravelry, and gushed so much love for it that their 1000 beta testers have turned into a queue of 6000 people waiting and waiting and waiting for their invites (some with pitchforks and torches).

this is a baby belonging to casey and jess – it’s free, but things like this cost a lot of money. servers, bandwidth, domain… and it’s a huge, complex, beautiful site that would have taken a team of developers charging thousands and thousands of dollars to put out on the webbernets. take a look around, sign up for the queue if you have it within you to wait patiently! a common misconception is that you may need to have a blog to use it well, but that’s not true! you can integrate your blog if you want, but if you don’t have one (coughalpineflowercough) and want a way to keep track of your stash, your projects, your FO stats it’s great for you too!

but be nice – this is such a project of love built by people who have full-time jobs who are dealing with real life, including a recent death of a family member. they can’t confirm that you’re on the queue, they don’t pick people they like better to sign up. it’s an amazing site and brilliant in design. it will really add to the world of the knitting webbernets.

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5 responses to “the mystery unraveled

  1. This entry needs a cheerful jingle and a voice-over tagline like this:

    Ravelry: knit one, pearl you.™

    If they use that, I want a percentage.

  2. heatherfeather

    i can float it, ed, but i think they’re using

    Ravelry: where my stitches at?

    (i can’t get the superscript tags to work in a comment… how you did that?)

  3. Yes, yes. The problem with blogging (and with Ravelry to some extent) is the whole upload/download thing – I just don’t have the time or inclination. Maybe someday… I’ll go have a closer look at Ravelry, though.

  4. Hey! You made it onto the screenshots! Told ya I’d check it out.

  5. i agree! people need to be a little more patient – no? They are doing such a great job being calm though!

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