The Ravelry talk was given by Jess & Casey Forbes themselves, freshly arrived from America a few days before. As we were waiting for the official start time, the lady sitting next to me said "I don't know what they are going to find to talk about for an hour and a half, that seems rather long." Well, they easily filled their time slot and we actually ran over a little with all the questions from the floor.
After the history lesson (which included screen shots of early versions of Ravelry including the first hand drawn logos), they talked through a few of the great things you can do on Ravelry which are perhaps lesser known.
- Goodies: there is a link at the bottom of the front page apparently (haven't looked yet) to a Goodies page with Iphone apps and other random stuff to do with Ravelry.
- The new Search page has all sorts of custom filters for things like 'short sleeves' or 'colour work', and a really neat feature at the bottom right where you can add a pattern to your basket to compare with others. So you could select, say, 10 cardigans from your search results, then compare all 10 on the same screen. Or you could compare 100, and use the same filters/attributes to search through your chosen 100 cardigans.
- You can now categorise your friends (they won't see the categories). So you could group, for example, the friends that you know personally or from your local group. Then when you look at Friends Activity, you can quickly filter down to a particular group of friends.
- You can use Ravelry to see the nearest yarn shop to a given location, and as well as having information like opening hours, it will show you who has been shopping there, and what they have been buying, so it gives you an idea of what the store stocks.
Back tomorrow for my morning class and the Rav party in the evening!