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Fiber lovers website Ravelry has over four million subscribers

Ravelry, the online community for all things fiber, hit a milestone on Feb. 28. Four million members belong to the largest online community of knitters, crocheters, pattern designers, yarn manufacturers and more, all sharing one passion-fiber.

News Anchor with NBC Natalie Morales knits to pass the time while waiting for news stories to break.
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Ravelry opened its website in beta format in 2007, designed because the developer wanted a place to keep tract of projects and patterns.

Jess had been a knitter and a blogger for a while, and, because she was an active blogger, she knew that there was all this great information out there from other fiber lovers – but with the growing number of crochet and knitting blogs, finding that information just kept getting harder! It was getting frustrating for her to try and find information about the patterns and yarns that she was interested in using. Casey thought that he would be able to build a website that could solve her problems, so they started working on it together, introducing it to a few friends at a time.

At that time people requested an invitation and waited to be admitted to the community, which took at least a month if not longer. This Examiner received her invitation Sept. 17, 2007 and created her profile same day.

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

Volunteers started the ball rolling listing books, magazines, patterns and yarn types in their stash. Soon pattern designers and yarn manufacturers decided this was the place to showcase their products to this captured audience and the rest is history.

Ravelry owners/developers have created a webpage listing phenominal stats. Here are a few, but go to the 4 million webpage for more information and interesting facts.

If you were to frog everyone's finished projects and combine that yarn with all of the unused stash, you'd have over 5 billion kilometers of yarn - enough to add 5 new (single strand) rings to Saturn.

900 million words were posted in forums in 2013.

As of February 2014, Ravelry groups & the main forums contain more than 100 million posts and 5 billion words. That's enough words to stack up to 4400 complete sets of the Harry Potter series.

Ravelry is free to use and is supported by advertising revenue, merchandise, pattern sales and amazon commissions. Read more here. Indie pattern designers now have an affordable way to sell their patterns without the expense of building a website which allows them more time to design.

We have watched you grow and learn what fiber lovers want and develop your website to our suggestions. We have crashed and overloaded your servers. We have cheered when the family of three (including Bob the official mascot of Ravelry) expanded to include Baby Eloise. You have earned our love and support.

Best wishes and continued growth to Ravelry.

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