Knitters and crocheters: looking for a social networking program that’s all about yarn-lovers? What about one with groups specifically for eco-minded crafters? Look no further than Ravelry.
I joined Ravelry in April, and since then, it’s my go-to place for (free!) knitting patterns and ideas. Just like Facebook or MySpace, users have a profile, make friends, and can join groups. It’s also got handy organizing features, such as a queue for projects you are working on or patterns you’d like to try, or cataloging features for your yarn stash or needle supply. It will also link to my blog and update my friends and my profile whenever I post there. It’s incredibly user-friendly–I’ve never had a technical problem using it.
There are several green-themed groups on Ravelry, each with a message board with tips for green crafting. Green Knits is a group that focuses on reclaiming fibers and found materials for reuse in knitting and crocheting projects. Members of Greenies 2008 have pledged to only use environmentally sustainable and socially responsible fibers for the entire year. The Eco-Yarn and Fiber Co-op facilitates group orders of sustainable fibers to get members discount prices. These are just a few green-themed Ravelry groups available to members. The boards on these groups seem to be pretty active, and they not only have green crafting tips, but discussion often delves into green living as well.
The only downfall of Ravelry is that since it’s still in Beta, you can’t sign up and become a member right away. You get put on a list and are e-mailed an invite as soon as they have the capacity. In my case, the wait was only a few days. Do yourself a favor and sign up today.