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www.ravelry.com

Website Review   by:FCakir    
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The ultimate junkie festering ground for knitting addicts, it''''s free but you have get an invitation to become a member once you apply.
Ravelry.com is an online community the likes of which have probably never been seen in any other subject matter. Thousands upon thousands of women, men and teenagers meet every day on the boards and the chats are not necessarily about knitting. There are thousands of boards to choose from. If you are a knitter who''''s addicted to a weekly dose of Grey''''s Anatomy then there’s a board especially for you. You need only bring the things that make you happy. Gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, and language are not asked about nor talked about. From the most popular to the most obscure, from the ridiculous to the sublime there are boards for everyone anywhere in the world. It is an unprecedented movement. Thousands of different people drawn together by one craft – knitting.
Ravelry does not just host simple forum boards, though. The hosts are fun, friendly people who are hands-on with news, blogs, events and meet-ups. Ravelry has swaps where people send each other packages in the post, or gifts to the other end of the world to someone they hardly know just out of the knit-goodness of their hearts. The messages and the chats are hilarious and nobody thinks twice about paying tens of dollars across continents to send someone a single ball of yarn!
Find advice, friends, cronies, swap pals, whine buddies. There are groups for soap addicts, music lovers, book lovers, expats, environmentalists, animal rights, soccer fans, politics, tatto enthusiasts. It’s an online community without the coldness of a faceless mass most forums and boards have. You know these are real people with real lives and they don’t hide behind a mask of false pretenses as is the norm with the internet. There is no place for paranoia here. And anyone who manages to gatecrash (very unlikely) is soon found out. Do not mess with the Ravelry chicks. The list goes on and on forever. Whatever your thing is, no matter how obscure or eccentric you may think it may be, you’ll be amazed to find people like you actually exist and even have a group here. You’re not alone. However, don’t be daunted if you don’t knit. Crocheters, spinners, weavers, anyone with an interest in fibers and handcrafts are welcome.
Published: February 12, 2008   
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