Friday, 16 May 2008

Ravelry and flikr

Finding crochet through the internet is quite a time-consuming exercise. As with most things, there is a wealth of material and it would be impossible to follow the trail of breadcrumbs through the wood. It's certainly fun to run along the links from blog to website and back but sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. If you're in a hurry there are a couple of places - after you've visited chaincreative! - where you can browse the many and various. A relatively new friend for me is Ravelry where I've just had my application accepted. Let me explain if you're a new kid to Ravelry's block. The main content is community comment, pattern, advice and ideas on all aspects of knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning and, I suppose, anything else you can do with wool. The forum was set up after much frustration at not finding concise information on patterns and yarns on the web and now here is a site that is almost all-singing and all-dancing. It is huge and I know that some blog types are concerned that it will replace the independent blogger as more and more use Ravelry as their main method of communication. We shall see. Anyway, chaincreative is hanging in here!! If you're not one already, becoming a member requires you to submit your e-mail and then, about a week later, you'll receive your green light and then off you go.

Another place for the curious is flikr which is 'almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world'! That's some claim!!! It's a huge archive of pictures (many free for public use) of designers and civilians. The picture I've featured today is from the photostream of a designer I plan to discuss on chaincreative very soon, MarianneS. If you follow the link you'll get a clear example of just what I'm talking about, and at the same time see some very inspiring crochet work. How great is that??

Let me just say, however, that I don't think anything beats a concise and edited website where the info out there is sorted for you without any effort on your part. Hurray chaincreative. Enjoy!

3 comments:

Hilde said...

Hi - thank you for your comment on my blog. Of course it's ok to include me in a feature about scandanavian designers and makers. And... I have finished the dress! :)

Bee Creative said...

Lovely - and nice to meet you!!

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