As a new crocheter, it was suggested to me to join Ravelry, a free community website.

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.

About Ravelry

The website requires an account to get into so when I first visited I didn’t actually sign up right away. The front page, while colorful, didn’t immediately grab my attention much. I thought, Meh, maybe I’ll bother with it later.

Well, I’m glad I did!

This website is amazing. And when I say “amazing”, I mean it will probably blow your mind as to the sheer magnitude of resources, tools, and patterns available, and much of it for free! Free!! I can’t wait to see my mother’s reaction when I show it to her.

I do appear to be hooked. Ravelry has a “library” area for users where people can store patterns they like. My first random foray through the site had me add about twenty patterns to my library. That in turn sent me off to visit a few stores…

My growing yarn stash and supplies.

My growing yarn stash and supplies.

Somewhere in the house I have a few more bits of yarn hidden away that I need to find to add to the pile. The hooks are a set of eight tapered throat anodized aluminum crochet hooks in pretty pastel colors, ranging from 3.25mm to 6.5mm. This adds to the 4.5mm and 7mm hooks Mom gave me to practice with and the 3mm hook that came with the Jolly Santa kit (that I still can’t quite figure out). No duplicate sizes either! I also got a set of locking stitch markers which I think will help me a lot with keeping track of starting chains and rounds.

Once I had this, I went back to the site and spent some more time (actually, an embarrassing number of hours) going through the pattern categories…

My Ravelry library.

My Ravelry library so far.

Amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures) seems to be something I’m going to spend most of my time on! (But there are also a few fingerless mitten patterns in there.) The patterns I’ve collected so far are all adorable and many of them are gaming related.

GrumBee by Dennis van den Brink

GrumBee by Dennis van den Brink

This bee doll caught my attention because 1) he’s grumpy, and 2) the bee is an iconic symbol in EVE Online, for Goonswarm. I’m tempted to crochet this and send it to Mittens for lols. I also came across several other doll patterns that at first glance look like good candidates to make EVE characters with. :D

My crocheting isn’t going to be all about gaming or EVE though.

Pretty fish! Pattern by Aurélie MarieMad

Pretty fish! Pattern by Aurélie MarieMad

This fish is gorgeous. Look at the detail! As an aquarium lover I just have to try it.

Lastly, what kind of a geek would I be if I didn’t get on the recent hype?

OMG ADORBS! Star Wars minis by Lucy Collin

OMG ADORBS! Star Wars minis by Lucy Collin

Based solely on this image I ordered the Star Wars Crochet pattern set. It will be here next week.

No idea what I will do with my creations other than the dolls I hope to commission, but even so I’m looking forward to this! There are also so many patterns to choose from now, I have no idea where to start!