Ravelry Searches

I have gotten some questions lately about the best way to choose a project for an evolution.  Some of you are interested in how best to use a gradient in general, and I will cover that in another article coming soon. The most pressing issue at the moment is that you have a sizable Twisted Stash, are ready to choose a project, and are having a hard time making a decision.  Ravelry to the rescue!

There are a few different ways to use the advanced search functionality on Ravelry to narrow down the field.  My favorite way is to use the “Recently Shared Projects” box on the main page of our group.  Go to https://www.ravelry.com/groups/twisted (you must be signed into your account for this link to work) and join our group if you have not already done so.  Then, click on the “view all projects” link at the bottom of the box.

This will bring up pages and pages of projects that have been shared with our group by its members over the years.  Most of them have a number of photos, and progress notes that can be very helpful.  Now it is time to employ that advanced search option to narrow the field a bit.

So here is the question: I have a Tasty Large Evolution in my stash. What can I make with it?

  • Once you are on the view all projects page select the red advanced search button at the top of the page.
  • Type “Tasty” (in quotation marks) into the search bar.
    • Now you should have pages and pages of projects created using our Tasty base.  This might be enough for some of you.  I like to get a little more detailed.  If you are like me continue as follows…
  • I am a knitter, so the very next option I chose is always in the Craft field.
    • Select Knitting or Crochet – whichever is your preference.
  • Next, I am a visual person, so in the Has Photo field I generally select yes.
  • Now, I know that my cake of yarn is a size large and that it has about 510 yards on it.  How do I know this?  It’s on the yarn band.  Take a peek, there is a lot of info packed onto that little paper band.
    • In the Yardage field I select the 450 – 600 yards option.  It is not exact, but it gets me in the ballpark!
  • Finally, I know that I am in the market for a shawl so in the Pattern Category field I select
    • Accessories, then Neck/Torso, then Shawl/Wrap
    • WHEW!!!
  • I now have the search narrowed down to 5 pages of projects that I can browse through quickly to help me decide what in the world I’m going to make!

Hint: Remember that only projects that have been shared with our group are found using this search.  You can widen that result by doing a similar search of all projects on Ravelry, not just those in our group.

  • Click on the Projects tab in the bar at the top of the page.
  • Type “Twisted Fiber Art” “Tasty” (both in quotation marks) into the search bar.
    • This will bring up ALL projects that listed our Tasty base when they created their projects.
  • Now select the same fields as listed above Craft, Photo, Yardage, and Pattern Category
    • Voila!

Published by twistedfiberart

Twisted was started in 2005 as a way to help support my family while I was a stay-at-home mom until I went back to work. Eventually I realized I was at work. I think it's safe to say that Twisted is going to be around for a while! I was lucky to start selling my handspun around the time Etsy was catching on. I learned a lot about yarn and knit fabrics and what I wanted them to look like. This information was crucial to the development of my current process. Soon I was selling lots of striping sock yarn (mostly Arial and Duchess). Demand grew and so did Twisted. Aggie came to work with me. She could skein so precisely and measure dyes so accurately! (I still miss her. But she is now a stay-at-home mom and volunteer for animal rescue and I wish her well!) While she was here we moved to our current studio space and switched to our own website. My mother, Anne, is even more experienced with computers than she is with knitting (very!). She helped a ton with the new site which allows for more options, customization and flexibility. She also does our sample knitting and lots of random yarn and computer tasks. My husband does the books and washes the yarn. Both of our kids help out as their busy schedules permit. I love having a family business! I was lucky to start selling from my own site about the time Ravelry was catching on. I think that might be the magic ingredient to my small business success! Thank you Casey and Jess! As much as I love striping sock yarn, I was longing to move in a new direction: Evolutions. This had been part of my master plan from the beginning, but sock yarn kept me busy until I couldn't hold it in any longer. Then I really needed more help! Anne Bohl joined the team and added her style and skills to the mix. She quickly became indispensable and is now a partner in the business. We are both so grateful for the opportunity to be able to put our families first while helping support our families and interact with the lovely yarn community! Thanks to all of you for making this possible! The Twisted Studio was housed in the servant's quarters of my 150 year old Italianate home for seven years until we were bursting at the seams. We are now located around the corner in a great store called Kean's - a crafter's paradise that has been run by the same family for nearly 100 years. It is the cutest store around and we are lucky to have enough space there to do the dyeing for our webstore as well as a small but beautiful retail spot. So come see us, we'd love to meet you face to face! See store hours, address and contact info here. Cheers! Meg

2 thoughts on “Ravelry Searches

  1. This information is so helpful, Meg! Thank you for taking time out of your already very busy schedule to share this information with all of us!

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