Extreme Makeover: The CrochetMe Edition

Jan 21, 2010

What do you think of the new look?
We've had a makeover here at the CrochetMe enewsletter. And even better, we've had a makeover at CrochetMe.com.

We have a fine community center at CrochetMe.com. But you know how things get a bit cluttered
over time. You can't find that tool you need to finish your project. You've lost track of a memo you had to ask someone something. And, good golly, could someone move that pile of stuff off my chair already!

So we had a little feng shui action. All the good stuff is still there—free crochet patterns, forums, blogs—but we've organized them into new drawers and cabinets, so they're easier to find. We spruced up the walls, so you can hang pictures of your works in progress and finished objects in the Galleries. You can settle in with a read at the Blogs—all our posts are there in case you want to catch up. And you'll find a cache of CrochetMe enewsletters—no more sifting through your email for that crochet tip! Catch up on a conversation in the Forums. And you can preview our print magazine Interweave Crochet right there, instead of skipping over to another site (just click on Magazine). And there's lots more—head on over and start opening drawers and see what you can find.

And, yes, we've moved that pile of stuff off your favorite chair, so come on over and crochet awhile.

I'll meet you there!



Marcy


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Caty_Did wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 4:29 AM

i love the new look of the layout, but for some reason, the font is so small it's nearly impossible to read. just the font of the posts, and not the font of the rest of the page :) thanks for a great site!

KristiLou wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 6:59 AM

I agree with Cat that the font on your blog page is waaaay too small.  Other than that, I think content is great!

acwilliams wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 8:51 AM

I don't know if I like the look...Some of the fun seems to be drained from the site.  I don't really like the new phrase "linking the crochet community."  Crochet me is "fueling the crochet revolution."  It is ment to empower the crocheters out there!  The site looks nice but it just does not have the zest that it had before.

on Jan 21, 2010 2:32 PM

I like it.  Good job with the slideshow.

Happy Trails,

dd

ConnieR wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 2:40 PM

I have finally been able to see all the patterns in the free pattern section.  Before the changes I would browse around, but there were many cute ones I missed.  So much thanks for the way you have organized them.  It makes looking at patterns much easier.  I cant comment yet on all the changes, but if they are as good as the pattern section I will be very happy.  Thanks for all the hard work!  

KareyS wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 2:42 PM

Now how did you know how much stuff I had piled on and around that favorite chair?

JoyB wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 2:54 PM

Not sure yet about the site. It's very 'internet-modern'. I agree the font is somewhat small.  Fueling the Crochet Revolution does it more for me than whatever the new slogan is. I was not able to find everything , specifically I had a WIP thread going  that seems to have disappeared. As for zest (what a great word!) I think it will return once people get used to where everything is.  It's always been the people who give this site zest!

Tracismom1 wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 7:18 PM

I went thru the over 500 free patterns, selected a few and couldn't print them out, why not?  Ladytyger13@embarqmail.com

Ceci777 wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 8:20 PM

my emails always come through with the html tags instead of links? no other email I get (from many other knit/crochet/yarn sources) have this problem. can you fix it?

gmtz16 wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 8:42 PM

I'm actually having a lot of trouble finding patterns. I know they are all there but I don't like how they are not categorized. Or are they? The new format is a bit confusing to me.

I also agree that "fueling the crochet revolution" works better than "linking the crochet community" because "linking....." adds to the thought of crocheting being matronly and old fashion, but this site has really cute and modern stuff!

I need help figuring out the site! Someone help me?

E.L wrote
on Jan 21, 2010 9:06 PM

The "cache of CrochetMe enewsletters" appears to be blended into the rest of the blog posts. Couldn't it be stored separately as a searchable archive with a link at the top of the home page?  On my screen, there's a wide black border, and when I click to change pages, there's a momentary totally black screen -- like falling down a hole. What about filling the whole screen with the white background, and enlarging the copy? Onward and upward.

on Jan 22, 2010 3:23 AM

I love everything about the "newness". I have always loved your site but sometimes had problems remembering where that project was I wanted to see again, or sometimes had to search for a long periods of time. Great improvement, I haven't had a problem reading or finding anything on the site. I like that you can browse interweave without leaving the site and I wish you even more success and goodwill for 2010, Thank you for keeping our needles busy, our receivers content and now with an even more refined site-- we can all get more done!! Thanks.

skipnil6 wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:05 AM

Looks great! a little more like ravelry, but still different, sleeker and easier to get around...

shayb wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:46 AM

For specific site help, please email our Customer Support department at customerservice@interweave.com.

gmtz16 - Is there a specific pattern you are looking for?  They should all be there, but if we are missing any, please let me know and we will get them added.

Cecilia77 - It sounds like your email server has a filtering system set up.  Can you forward us an email that you are seeing this problem with?  Email it to customerservice@interweave.com and I will have our Email Specialist take a look at it.

Tracismom1 - It sounds like there is a setting between your computer and printer that is causing the problem, but can you give me any more information?  Is your computer giving you an error when you try to print?

As far as the font size, I am consulting with our Web Developer on that.

Keep the questions and comments coming!  I will answer them all as quickly as I can.

Thanks!

Shay Black

Customer Support Manager

Interweave

customerservice@interweave.com

866-949-1646

shayb wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 8:47 AM

Oh, and threads526 - Marcy knows everything!!  ;)

Shay

OGiRl wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 9:37 AM

It's very pretty (bordering on twee), but you seem to have removed the wit and sparkiness in favor of the standard "Oh aren't crocheters such lovely, cuddly people!".    

on Jan 22, 2010 12:36 PM

I just love things that are unique and have their own identity clearly defined, as the old Crochet Me Site did.  Now it is just another gear in the works at Interweave.  What a shame to rob the site of something that set it apart from the rest.

zoe cro-z wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 2:27 PM

I really miss how each member's website name and link was visible in their Bio,  this was part of my enjoyment of the site is that I can check out other members' work that interest me and get to know them a little bit through their website. On this new set up, this is no longer the case.  Are members still allowed to have a link from Crochet Me to their blogs or website on this new Crochet Me?  I feel that  the new set up does not encourage this anymore.

AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 3:05 PM

Hi zoe cro-z! You can still link to your bio and put whatever you'd like in it. Just click on the "Edit Profile" link in the upper right-hand corner. There's space in there for you to talk about yourself, and below that, list your location, your birthday (if you desire to share that with everyone), and below that a web address and blog entry.

WeaversYarn wrote
on Jan 22, 2010 4:29 PM

I appreciate the slightly more stream-lined appearance, but why does the home page have to be topped with a big ad for the store. It feels too commercial.

Also, you just HAVE TO go back to "fueling the crochet revolution" or something similar. "Linking" feels to tech-y, not energizing enough.

Oh, and for people who are bothered by the dark borders on the sides, those are probably there because they want the site to present nicely in all browsers on all computer operating systems. So, if you have a snazzy 17" laptop (yeah, I know, it's more of a desktop replacement), you're going to have side borders because you have more room for "stuff" than lots of other people. Though maybe a different color or a funky design would be nicer.

gmtz16 wrote
on Jan 23, 2010 12:09 PM

ShayB-

There isn't a specific pattern I am looking for. I just think categorized patterns make the sight user friendly. Its a little annoying to have to look through every single pattern of afghans and baby booties if I just want to look at bags.

lellojello wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 10:44 AM

I really like how the patterns are organized with thumbnails now.

I wish you'd kept the slogan "Fueling the crochet revolution"!  The new slogan and site design are rather bland.

Laurpud wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 12:14 PM

I admit that I AM technologically impaired, and maybe I'm missing it, but I can't find (&miss) the Recent Tips section. Otherwise, looks good!

AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 3:29 PM

For those of you having trouble navigating the pattern sections, I've got two hints to hopefully make the process easier.

First, there's a search engine bar in the upper right hand corner. If you're looking for a pattern for a bag, type in "bag" or bags or any variation there of and you'll get a list of all bag patterns on the site.

Second, if you click on the pattern link in the navigation bar, then click on the Free CrochetMe Patterns, and then scroll down a little ways, you'll see what we call a "tag cloud." It's full of the most commonly-used tags on the site, and you'll see that "bags" has made the list. Clicking on the word "bags" in the tag cloud will bring up every pattern in the Free CrochetMe Patterns gallery that is tagged as being a bag pattern.

Explore, push buttons, try to break the site (and let us know if you do, so we can ask the IT folks to fix it!), and have fun crocheting!

gmtz16 wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 4:45 PM

Alright I think I've figured out the new site more. Thanks for all your help!

PBMissions wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 6:25 AM

This is one of the best articles I've read in recent times. Thanks for sharing this information with all the users. :)

<a href="http://www.pbmissions.com">Air Horn</a>

on Jan 29, 2010 9:50 PM

this is great!

on Jan 29, 2010 10:15 PM

this has given me great ideas.