To be perfectly honest, I don’t tend to join in just because things are popular or everyone is doing.
In this case, after living in perfect happiness out of the Ravelry world, I decided to join due to technical curiousity. I wanted to test some of the features and learn more about the related apps and widgets.
I started with the usual set up tasks, like add yarn to stash, create a project and link it to a pattern page for others to see it, etc.
Interestingly, I resolved a little technical riddle which I came across when reading another knitter’s post: how to share a link to your Ravelry project in a WordPress post without the readers having to be a Ravelry member. Basically you can allow the readers to see your project page without them having to log in into Ravelry first.
I’m not entirely sure yet, but it seems that it’s not possible to share other people’s projects, unless you first obtain the share link of their project from them. That’s because when you check someone else’s project page, you’re not able to see the sharing details (like the “magic” URL that can be shared).
A small example to make things clearer 🙂
I set up a project page for my Thistle scarf. I want to mention it in a blog post and share it with the readership, without the readers needing to log into Ravelry.
First, I go to my project page and set my project as available to the public; when this is done, it will show as “shared (public)” on the top right corner of the project page. Now I can obtain the project URL to be shared (what I called magic link in this post). The magic link for my Thistle project is shown in the picture below as http://ravel.me/ItWasJudith/t1
I have not tried to set up a pattern page myself (because I haven’t designed a pattern.. yet!), but generally linking to pattern pages doesn’t seem to require the reader to log-in.
Would you like to share your experience and thoughts?