Ah, Ravelry! Yes, there is a metric ton of patterns (which I spend way too much time browsing), but the discussion boards/groups are really where Ravelry turns it up to eleven. What an incredible resource! I can say with total certainty that I would not be half the knitter I am were it not for all the help and information found on Ravelry, but the boards are so so much more than just knitting help. There is a real feeling of community and “We’re all in this together” on those boards which I just love. And then there is the base level awesomeness of seeing other people’s amazing work.
So today I wanted to highlight some of my favourite groups, discussion boards, and even specific posts that I personally really enjoy, featuring one a day all week long. Obviously it would make sense for you to join Ravelry in order to see and participate in these boards, but the membership is free and I see no idea why you wouldn’t want to!
Day One: Gorgeous Gradients
This board is all about colour gradients, both in terms of gradient yarns but also gradient finished objects. It is very much a welcoming group, and a lot (maybe most) members seem to have been directly sought out and recruited by the moderator when they saw that they had a gradient knit! That is how I found this group. Lots of inspiration, ideas, and eye candy. And even pattern suggestions that show off the gradient!
There are some particular threads on that forum that I keep an eye on:
- Gradient FOs (Finished Objects) – The place to go to see some of the most beautiful gradient projects you can imagine. It is page after page of eye candy. Sometimes I actively avoid looking at that thread for a few days/week so that I can bank up more new posts for me to swoon over all at once!
- Homemade Gradients Yarns – Having tried my hand at dying my own gradient yarn in the past I really like to keep and eye on this thread, see what other people have been able to do.
- Techniques for making gradients – self explanatory. Lots to learn (and try) here!
- Vendor Promotional Thread – a great way to find new gradient fiber/yarn.
This forum has lots more to offer, and is a great place for anyone in love with gradient knits!