Episode 54 – Ravelry Founders Jessica & Casey
In Episode 54 our feature interview is with Ravelry founders, Jessica and Casey Forbes. Inside of 10 years Ravelry has turned the knitting industry on its head, enabling independent producers to really flourish, so it’s really cool to get to meet the couple who helped make this happen. We also meet the German indie designer Katrin Schneider as our guest in ‘Knitters of the World’, some fantastic sock designs are presented in ‘New Releases’ and our daughter Madeleine gives a quick update on her project. There’s another hike to a castle ruin on the edge of the Black Forest in #extremeknitting and a couple of finished objects to bring and brag about!
Ravelry Founders Jessica & Casey Forbes
Back in 2005 Jessica was very much involved in the knitting blogging community and was feeling very frustrated with not being able to keep track of the detailed information that bloggers were sharing about their knitting projects. Casey, her future husband, put his computer science brain to this problem and the result was the launch of Ravelry in 2007. Ravelry now has over 6 million users and it is still a private company with Casey and Jessica at the helm and 3 employees. During the interview you get to hear the early struggles and challenges that Jessica and Casey went through but also the wonderful and generous contributions that came from their early supporters.
Finding Jessica & Casey
- You can find Ravelry at ravelry.com (We’ll you just never know…)
- Jessica is:
- frecklegirl on Ravelry
- jessica.mf on Instagram
- jessicamf on Twitter
- Casey is:
And… Jessica is wearing her Metal Cardigan by Amy Christoffers.
Katrin is a truly passionate knitter and designer. When she isn’t working as an IT specialist, she’s knitting. Her first design came out in 2016 and was an immediate hit and her Ravelry Store now has over 22 gorgeous highly wearable designs. Katrin’s designs first came to our attention at the EYF earlier this year when Aimee from La Bien Amiée showed us the Winterfell cardigan, designed to showcase Aimee’s latest colourway of the same name.
Patron Discount – Katrin Schneider
Katrin is offering our Patrons a 25% discount on all her patterns in her Ravelry Store. We are very excited that she has offered this because we think her designs have a very wide ranging appeal.
Finding Katrin Schneider
Paper Daisy Creations – Socks of Wonderland
Lisa Ross of Paper Daisy Creations has created some super cool sock designs. We particularly love the mosaic socks called Impossibly Possible. As Lisa writes, it is a chance to make the impossible possible – with mosaic knitting you can give the illusion of stranded colourwork while only working one colour at a time.
Patron Discount – Paper Daisy Creations
Lisa has offered our patrons an amazing discount of 50% off all her patterns in her Ravelry store. Lisa has some great sock patterns but also quite a lot of kids patterns including little cardigans and jumpers for both boys and girls which you will see modeled by her very cute kids. Patrons enjoy this offer!
Finding Paper Daisy Creations and the Socks of Wonderland
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Andrea is thrilled with her minimally modified Zweig. She used Eden Cottage Yarns for the main body colour and the Norwegian Sandnes Garn (alpaca, silk blend) for the yolk. The main modification was the change of gauge. The pattern is 24 st, 31 rows to 10 cms with 5-10 cm positive ease. Andrea used her gauge of 28 sts and chose a larger size ending up with a garment that has around 2 cm negative ease. This gives the sweater a more fitted look which she prefers. She also added a couple of rows of the yellow at the end of the cuffs because she just loves the yellow!
Hearten and Float by Kim Hargreaves
Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston
Madeleine is learning new skills on this simple and elegant fitted cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. It’s her first time doing lace, three needle bind off, picking up stitches around the armhole and German short rows. You can find our interview with Gudrun Johnston in Episode 38.
Whelk by Martin Storey
The back piece of the vest is now being celebrated as a finished object and we are hoping the front will speed along!
What we are wearing
Madeleine is wearing Lovage by Marie Wallin
Andrew is wearing Guido by Carlo Volpi
Andrea is wearing Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major Eroica, Op. 55 – IV. Finale Allegro molto, Public Domain
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Love your podcast. Thank you . I have learned a lot. Eva
Hi Andrea and Andrew, I started watching your podcast recently while on vacation. I am enjoying it so much that I think I will begin subscribing soon. However today I am in the middle of watching episode 54 and enjoying the Bring and Brag section. During the pan in on Andrew’s vest back I noticed what looked like a loose dropped stitch on the right side. If you follow out from the centre diamond to the sixth knit part of the rib pattern to the right where the change from right leaning to left leaning is, you will see what looks like a loop sticking up. I took a screen capture but don’t know how to post it in a comment. I sincerely hope I am wrong because Andrew is doing such nice work. And your blog is great, keep up the good work.
Hi Colleen. Great to hear that you’re enjoying the show, and thanks for your feedback on the program notes. I’ll check that out when I sit down, but I suspect it’s where we swapped to a new ball of wool. You’re very observant!! Cheers, Andrew.
hi there, andrea and andrew! as always, your podcasts are very appreciated. was fantastic seeing the interview of ravelry’s founders—i use their site daily. kudos to you for this labor of love of yours. wishing you much success, diana
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What sweater is Andrew wearing in the Extreme Knitting segment?
Hi Marsha. We call that the “Hiking Jacket” – for obvious reasons. Andrea designed it (and I made it – Andrew). She has made some progress in writing up the pattern, but it is not complete. You can hear about the yarn in Episode 10. And you can hear more about the Hiking Jacket in Episode 21.
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