Retro Ravelry

Did you know that when Ravelry first started, you couldn’t join unless you were selected off the invite list? It was (and still is) the coolest club around so we did an extreme creep on the original Ravelry. Some of us were around when Ravelry was first born but, if you’re curious about the features of Ravelry from 2007, keep scrolling through this blog post. We found some interesting things.

We are going to start out with a photo explaining what Ravelry is when nobody knew. As you can see, the creators (and lovers) that started Ravelry have a wonderful sense of humor. They played perfectly on the popularity of MySpace and “Tom” being your first friend. Jessica will always be our first Ravelry friend; whether she knows it or not!

Here are some of the very first friends to join Ravelry? Do you recognize anyone? See yourself?

If you look closely at these two photos, you will see the top yarns and top patterns from 2007. The top 4 yarns are:

  1. Cascade 220
  2. Koigu Premium Merino
  3. Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash
  4. Noro Kureyon
  5. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (Worsted?)

The top 5 patterns are:

  1. Monkey
  2. Jaywalker
  3. Chevron Scarf
  4. Clapotis
  5. Baby Surprise Jacket

These pattern links are our best guesses so, if you have any insider information (especially about the Monkey pattern), let us know in the comments! Updated thanks to this wonderful community!

Remember when flickr was a thing? Instagram has pretty much taken over as a place to upload photos from but flickr used to be Ravelry’s and their user’s JAM!

If you can believe it, this is what the “Pattern Ideas” tab used to look like. It showed you what other people have done with a side-by-side photo of their Ravatar and their project. Do you prefer this?

There are plenty of other photos you can look at from the original post made by Ravelry. Finding this page can be tricky since it’s so old so check out the waybackmachine search we did. You can even use this website to see what the original Eat.Sleep.Knit. website looked like!

12 thoughts on “Retro Ravelry

  1. I joined Ravelry January 23, 2008! I can’t remember how long I was on the waiting list but I was so excited when I received the notification. I remember the Pattern Ideas tab quite well!

    Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane.

  2. I remember being on the waiting list- 5000 or so was my number; and daily I would check in to see what # they were up to—- could not wait for my turn😍

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