I love Ravelry because it’s really the best example of how people in a community of craft can work together to learn and enrich their craft. I have to say, I have learned so much from the Ravelry community and I’ve only been on it for a few weeks.
On the way down to San Francisco, I listed to the Y Knit (Episode 4) where the Y-Knit team interviews Jess and Casey. They mentioned that the restricted membership was a turn off to some. I have to admit that I was one of those people. I felt that peoples’ membership to the site was promoting an exclusive culture (most likely unintentionally). People would talk about Ravelry, but then you’d realize that you couldn’t get in. It seemed like only “Ravelry People” were ‘in the know.’ In fact, I was so turned off by this that I didn’t even bother trying to sign up until a month or so ago.
I’m really glad I did.