It was less than a year ago that I have been introduced to Ravelry by the owner of our rather new fabric and yarn shop that moved in across the street from where I work in February of 2015. I made an account and quickly became addicted to finding patterns on there and adding them to my Ravelry queue. It was like Pinterest for me (a whole other addiction we’ll talk about later) but specifically catering to my yarn and crochet addictions.
What Is Ravelry?
For those of you that haven’t ventured onto Ravelry yet, I’ll give you a run down. It’s a pretty complete database for almost any crochet or knitting patterns on the internet. Most pattern makers online will post their free and paid patterns here, with a link for where you can find them. Many of the paid patterns you can purchase right there on Ravelry!
I am one of the many designers that post my patterns on Ravelry. You can find my shop here.
You can friend me on Ravelry by clicking here, and clicking the “add to my friends’ button below my Profile name and above my profile image. There’s also a link if you’d like to contact me via Ravelry with questions, commissions or requests.
So Why Am I Telling You About Ravelry?
It’s because I want to tell you about my favorite part: The QUEUE! Dun-dun-DUN!
While searching for patterns on Ravelry, you have several options to choose from if you find something you like. The first option is to add it to your favorites. This adds it to a list of things you really like. You can add notes and tags to help you find it easily later.
Another option is to ‘Hook it’ – or ‘cast on’ for knitting patterns. This puts it into your Projects, where you can upload work in progress and finished photos, and let others know where you’re at on this project. I have to admit, I’m currently pretty bad at keeping up with projects that are in progress on Ravelry, but I hope to get up to speed on it soon.
The final option is to add it to your queue. This has to be one of my favorite – and probably the most overused (for me) – option available on Ravelry. Similar to favorites, you can add notes and tags to help you find it easier in your list. But you can also add other information, like who the project is for, and even project deadline dates if you want.
I currently have 187 projects in my Ravelry queue, and that doesn’t include any personal patterns that I’m developing now or in the future!
The Top 6 Projects in My Ravelry Queue
Several years ago, there was this really fun, addictive game from Japan called Katamari Damasy. You were this little bitty prince that had to roll up things with a ‘sticky’ ball called a Katamari.The game itself is completely silly, but the gameplay is addictive as you roll around, stores, cities, homes, and even whole worlds picking up everything you could to make the Katamari as big as you possibly could within the time limit, which was the goal of this game.
Well, this pattern embodies my full love for the game. I can’t wait to create this and incorporate the magnets into the work – I just haven’t gotten the magnets yet. I’ll probably use this to hold office supplies at home or work when it’s finally done.
I guess it comes as no surprise to you that the Geeky Sagi is a Doctor Who fan! I first started watching the show with the 9th Doctor, who will always be my favorite. One of my favorite quotes, which I use as often as I can is “Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!”
One of my favorite episodes though was when they first met the Dalek in Henry van Statten’s underground collection. I won’t give you any spoilers, but Rose was incredible! Though she was scared and alone, she took on a Dalek all by herself without any weapons but compassion and humanity.
I’m not going to lie, while this project holds emotional value with me in the show, I really just want to make this Dalek so I can chase my kids around the house yelling “Exterminate!”
Arguably one of the best anime film writers of all time, Hayao Miyazaki is famous for things like Howl’s Moving Castle, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. To be quite honest with you, I’ve only seen a couple of his films. Call me a slacker if you want, but I just haven’t been able to get my hands on copies of most of them.
My Neighbor Totoro is one of the ones I haven’t seen, but I would love to be able to make this and hold onto it during my first viewing!
The truth is, Loki is probably one of my favorite super villains of all time. I have a love for all types of mythology dating back to my early primary school years. The idea of gods and great men and tragedies involving the two has always excited me.With Loki being the god of mischief (and lies), I can’t help but find it exciting and thrilling to see what the trickster is going to do next.
I will say that added this particular pattern to my queue because I wanted to learn a few techniques, but it’s also something I would like to display on my desk at work, and if I get around to making two, I know someone who would love a mini version of his Loki cosplay.
Calvin and Hobbes was probably my favorite cartoon growing up. If you’ve never read it, there are many complilations out there that you can pick up. They’re well worth it. The comic is a story about a young boy named Calvin, and his stuffed tiger named Hobbes. While I had imaginary friends and stuffed animals, I never had a friend like Hobbes.
While Hobbes is just an ordinary stuffed animal, he comes alive when no one’s around and is Calvin’s best friend. They go on all sorts of misadventures together. They get mad at each other, make up, play, and contemplate the world through a child’s perspective.
I added this pattern because I’ve always wanted to have a Hobbes of my very own. Knowing my luck, I’ll have to make 2 or my youngest son will steal him like he does all my other amigurumi!
I was a total tomboy when I was younger. I watch He-Man, She-Ra, and the Thundercats all the time, but when I wasn’t watching those and being all ‘tough’, I was watching Care Bears and My Little Pony. I had a few pony figures of my own when I was little, and enjoyed playing with them much more than brushing their hair.
When they remade the series into My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic, I didn’t think I’d like it. When I finally broke down and watched it on Netflix, I was addicted once again. I even got my 6 year old son into it too, though I think it was mainly because ‘Mommy’ liked it.
I actually added this one because I really want to know how to make the specific shapes in the design, though I wouldn’t mind at all having one of these of my own. Which pony am I going to make? It’s anypony’s guess!
If you’re looking for some fun, exciting projects to do this weekend, why don’t you try one of these out? Let me know how it goes if you do! I’d love to hear from you.