I didn't but I do now!
I actually joined in August 2008 but got so confused with the place that I gave up. And, just afterwards, I started the new job which took up lots of my time.
However, I have recently been re-investgating and found it a wonderful place!
Ravelry is a site for Knitters and Crocheters. It has an ENORMOUS data base of patterns which is continually added to by its members.
There are groups and forums you can join and lots of help pages.
If you are a designer, it is even better. You can add your designs to the database all for free. You can get linked to your patterns as the designer which allows you to do all sorts of things with them. Quite what, I haven't found out yet because this takes a little while to do.
However, with 1000's of users all over the world, its a resource worth using.
So, as if you can't gues, the reason I haven't been about as much recently is that I have been busy adding all my patterns to Ravelery. I started with the Christmas ones and have been doing bits and pieces of the other - both free and for sale.
However, it is worth it. I have sold 4 patterns in the last 3 days and all of them have been recently listed on Ravelry.
I would like to think this is no coincidence!
The other thing I have been doing is working on some new patterns.
One, a free pattern for these Christmas trees is finished. Click here for the Christmas Tree Free Pattern.
The small one (about 11cm tall) is made with Dmc Petra size 5 and a 2.00mm hook. I added brads for the decorations when it was finished.
The large one (about 16cm tall) is made from DK and a 4.00mm hook. I threaded the beads on the yarn first and worked them in as I went along.
I am about to add the pattern to the Ravelery database and, if you do make them and are a member of Ravely, add them as a project.
Of course, the other thing I have bee working on is those lanterns.
I "borrowed" this lovely tree to take the photos. It looks so much better than my cupboard under the stairs!