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That is the question. It seems like everyone else has a Ravelry account. I am happy with my little Knit Picks page and gleening ideas from many other places on the web, but am I missing anything? Are all the cool patterns on Ravelry? I don't have time to get sucked into that, I'm sure I would get lost and never return to reality. I have a hard enough time getting off of the computer as it is. For now, I think the answer is NOT.

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Comment by PurlGirl on October 22, 2008 at 5:03am
Thanks for your comments. I think I've decided I would rather knit than spend too much time online (which I know I would if I joined Ravelry.) I have so many projects that I want to do and not a lot of "guilt-free" time to work on them!
Comment by SuzieKnits on October 22, 2008 at 4:41am
I agree that spending time on Ravelry can really eat up time. I had joined this group first and have been happy with it, but I signed up with Ravelry out of curiosity. At first I would visit the groups I had joined to listen to the conversation. But after a while I began to wonder how any of these knitters have time in their lives for all that on-line socializing. Some of the discussions go on and on. Not for me. I now like to visit Ravelry for other purposes. One of my favorite features is that you can list your collection of knitting books in a personal library. When you click on the book it brings up everyone else's projects that were knit from patterns in that book. It is an amazing reference. I also like that you can search yarns and see what other people are making out of a yarn that you own, especially if it is an older, discontinued yarn. Some people have yarns for sale and I found some yarn that had been discontinued that had become a favorite of mine. I didn't actually buy it, but I thought about it (already have too many yarns waiting...) The resource is there. But the fact that the site is so huge is a bit overwhelming. The numbers of knitters on line at any one time is staggering, and makes me feel pretty insignificant. I have liked the contacts I've made with other knitters here on Knitpicks and will continue to use it more. I also really like the Blog feature here, even though lately I have been too busy working at my job to have time to blog. I plan to post an entry and some new pics as soon as I can figure out how to transfer images from my newest digital camera.
Comment by jackielemon on October 16, 2008 at 4:49am
I agree with Bonnie. Get your Ravelry ID and get acquainted with the features. I joined Ravelry so I could organize myself. It is great to have a cyberplace to keep track of your stash, your needles, your library, and your projects. Its easy to use.
I have used the pattern and yarn features quite a lot. I have lots of old patterns that reference yarns that are not available and I have found information about gauge and fiber content about all of them in someone's stash. It nice to be able to see and read comments and tips about patterns you might want to make and new patterns that you might never see anywhere else.
I have just recently joined a few groups but you don't even have to do that. It does tend to suck up the actual knitting time.
Comment by Bonnie on October 14, 2008 at 9:52am
I like both the Knit Picks site and Ravelry. In fact there is a Knit Picks group on Ravelry that I just joined. My advise to you would be to get a Ravelry ID and check out the site. You can limit the amount of time you want to spend on line with this site. Some of the features they have like patterns, many of which are free, and comments abou mostly all yarns out there is really nice. There is bound to be some features that you will really like. There a definitely more knitters on Ravelry and a lot more information.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on October 12, 2008 at 8:45pm
I too think that Ravelry is a bit too involved. I personally prefer the more simple Knit Picks site. However, I have a Ravelry ID, and enjoy the ability to search for new patterns, and have gotten several great ideas. My advice, join Ravelry, get the advantage of free patterns and ideas, and don't worry about postig information about yourself. I've purchased several pattern books and collections for A PATTERN, and been disappointed with the remaining items. That is a tremendous waste of my time and money. I use several internet sites when I'm looking for a new pattern idea. These resources are priceless.

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