I wanted to show my support for the truly amazing Ravelry.  So I bought a shirt:


I could write pages and pages about why I love Ravelry, about how many hours I’ve goofed off on the site, about how many friends I’ve made through it, about how I have become a better knitter because of its existence. 

If you’re a knitter, you already know.  But if you’re not, trying to explain the true brilliance of Ravelry is a challenge –akin to the challenge of describing precisely why you love your child.  (If you don’t already know Ravelry, it’s also hard to explain what “agree (1)” means.  By the way, I wanted the shirt that says “love (1)” but they didn’t have my size.)  I tell civilians, “It’s like Facebook — for knitters.”  But that’s not exactly right.

Ravelry’s concept is positively inspired — a wealth of patterns and projects and yarns that are impeccably cross-referenced.  But it has become so much more.  Somehow Jess and Casey created a dynamic, kind and educated community where it’s as fun to read about the tubular cast on as it is to dish about the latest episode of America’s Next Top Model.

Ravelry, I love ya.