It seems like there are now social network sites for everything. I’m one of those people who are completely addicted to Facebook but do not want to admit it. I’m an online junkie who needs to recheck everything, including my knitwerks site, regularly. I wake up, take a shower, go online.
There are many knitting social network sites out there, but my favorite and probably the most popular is Ravelry. It is a community for knitters, crocheters, spinners and dyers to join, share, and talk about the crafts they love. There are thousands upon thousands of patterns available both free and for a fee. You can search by yarn, by needle size, or even designer. Their notebook section allows you to add yarns, needles, books and projects. It is a great way to organize that mess of a stash you may have!
One of my favorite features is the groups. You can join other crafters based on favorite tv show, region, school, or similar interests. There is a group for Knitty fans, for tea lovers, for cat people, for House fans and for nearly every local knitting shop. Inside, you can commiserate, discuss events, and share projects that you are working on and have finished.
I love to browse the patterns. You can use key words to help guide your search, but I generally wander aimlessly through page after page of recently added items, favoriting the ones I like the most in hopes that I come back to it. This is a great inspiration and makes me warm and fuzzy inside.