Ravelry switched over to a new site theme on the 16th of June, 2020.
Unfortunately for many users, this new look is triggering migraines, headaches, eye strain, seizures and other visual disturbances, as well as physical strain in the wrists. Whether they normally suffer from these types of things or not, people are reporting medical issues from minor to severe.
Visiting the Ravelry website may cause harm.
As a side note, Ravelry’s response to the complaints has been problematic at best. I’ve lost all trust in the Ravelry staff and no longer feel welcome on their website, so you may see much more activity here on my blog while I transfer projects from my Ravelry notebook and find alternative ways to store the information I have there.
Update (4th July, 2020)
Ravelry has since given the option to use “Classic Ravelry” and then made it the default. Far too slow for my liking, given how many people have reported medical issues as triggered by the new look, but better late than never. (And don’t even get me started on how people suffering issues were supposed to even get to the old look if they couldn’t get past the new login screen to do so.)
Be aware, however, that “Classic Ravelry” is not quite the old look, despite what the moderators insist in their forum updates. Many people in the For the Love of Ravelry board (on Ravelry) have shown screenshots evidencing changes, minor though they may be, and many more are saying that something about “Classic Ravelry” is still causing problems. (I’m personally noticing less symptoms on Classic compared to New, but I am still struggling to use the site for more than a few minutes without a headache or eye strain, compared to spending hours at a time there on the True Old Rav.)
Anyone using Ravelry should still be cautious.
Update (6th August, 2020):
I keep wanting to post a really long rant outlining the history of the NuRav debacle, but others have and continue to do a much better job at it than I ever could. Search #ravelryaccessibility on Instagram or Twitter if you want details.
The long and short of it is that Ravelry’s staff have behaved abominably since NuRav released on the 16th of June, and continue to behave abominably even after the co-owner’s letter (ostensibly an “apology” that is problematic in and of itself) on the 30th of July.
I cannot and will not continue to support a site where staff has shown such disgustingly ableist behaviour — especially one that continues to claim it is inclusive and friendly on both its Instagram and Twitter accounts.
I’m deleting my Ravelry account as soon as I can; I’m currently going through my faves and making sure I have copies of any patterns I’ve purchased or that I can’t get elsewhere.
Update (13th October, 2020):
I’ve mostly stopped following the #ravelryaccessibility issues, but I just learned that Classic Ravelry is officially going away next March (2021). They have so far released two new “versions” of NuRav, both of which are reportedly still problematic, and the Ravelry staff’s behaviour continues to upset the disabled and designer communities.
You now have five and a half months to find an alternative if you need to.