Friday, 30 December 2016

Sneak Peeks from the Designer's Challenge: Convolution Hat

I seem to be in the habit of writing very succinct post titles, but once again, the post title basically describes all that you need to know.

Here's my unfinished entry into the November/December Ravelry Designer's Challenge.

An incomplete hat made of blue yarn, with live stitches on a circular needle.  The hat is being knit from the brim up, with a ribbed brim and a spiraling cable pattern.
It's tentatively titled 'Convolution Hat'.  I was hoping it could be done for my father as a Christmas present, but a major tension fail set me back quite a bit of work (and that's why proper swatching is important folks!)

The themes of the challenge were to make a hat that involved texture, and I immediately thought of something that curled around itself.  I'm hoping to have all the cables come together at the crown.  It -should- work, but I haven't knit that part yet.

Anyway, though I haven't finished the hat yet, the Designer's Challenge give partial credit if you're over halfway done, so, I'm over halfway done, and it's not looking like I'll get the chance to finish this tomorrow.

That's it for the moment folks!  Here's hoping your New Year is awesome!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Mitered Drawstring Project Bag -- KAL Extension: Deadline of Jan 31, 2017

Announcment:  Please note that the deadline for the Mitered Bag KAL, has been, in fact, extended to Jan 31, 2017.   The discount codes have also been extended to be valid during that time!

Hello all!

So I know this is short notice, but I have just dug myself out of the pile of holiday knitting.  And I highly suspect I'm not the only one.

Anyway, the question being put to my wonderful peoples is this:  Would you be interested in extending the deadline for the Mitered Bag KAL to Jan 31?  The discount code would be extended as well, so no worries if you're only jumping in now.

I'm asking for responses/thoughts/comments by tomorrow evening (I apologize for the short turn-around on this, as I did just dig myself out of the holiday knits pile!), and you can comment here, on Facebook, or vote in the Ravelry KAL thread.   I'll post what the details about the extension are here (as well as on Facebook, my e-mail newsletter, and Ravelry), so you should have no worries about missing the information.   Look for that tomorrow evening (so, Jan 30, -5 GMT, in the evening), and as usual, drop me a line if you have any concerns.

If you're a newcomer looking for what this is all about, you can find all the detailed information in the Ravelry KAL thread and/or by looking back through my latest KAL posts about the Mitered Drawstring Project Bag here.  Everything you need to know should be in the header of the Ravelry thread, and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Back from the Holidays!

Just a quick post this time:

So I'm back from visiting friends over Christmas Day, and so, it will be business as usual in my little corner of the internet for the 27th, 29th, 30, and 31rst.  Jan 1, and Jan 2, I will likely not be online, as my family is doing a New Years Party.

Also, please note that I'm not going to be online December 28th, as I'm going to a friends wedding!

. . . now my only question is finding something nice to wear.

Anyway, I hope you've all had great holidays, and that Santa brought you all the yarn you wished for!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Mitered Bag KAL Reminder!

Hello everyone!

I haven't posted as much recently, I know.   Sometimes I think the holiday season is the universe's effort to syphon time away, because it always seems to get unimaginably busy.  I'm now wondering if it's the same phenomenon that causes the dryer to create mis-matched sock pairs?    However, despite the universe's efforts, I'm still here, still alive, and still frantically knitting Christmas gifts.  Hopefully I can finish before December 24th.  Last year I had to deliver a few things on New Years, which I'm hoping not to do this year.

So, as an attempt to procrastinate on the pile of Christmas gift knitting, I wanted to write this post and remind people that the KAL for my Mitered Drawstring Bag is still running, and will continue until Dec 31, 2016.  The discount is valid until then also, so don't worry about being a late-comer; late-comers are quite welcome!

A picture of the Mitered Drawstring Bag.  It has a striped garter-stitch top with a twisted cord. Half in the bag is a skein of yarn.

For more details, or to sign up, feel free to check the Ravelry Thread, here.  Right now, there are no KAL finishers, so you've still got a pretty good shot at wining the two prizes!  And the Bag itself could make a very good gift for other knitters as a project bag, or anyone who could use a drawstring bag to carry small objects around (dice, I'm thinking of you)!

Anyway, hope to see you in my Ravelry Group, and please comment here or on the Ravelry thread if you have any questions!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Sneak Peek: Spiraling Star Fingerless Mitts

Hello everyone!

So here's a chance for a sneak-peek at one of my forthcoming designs; my (tentatively named) Spiraling Star Fingerless Mitts.   It's done up in Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Fine in "Hush", which means it doesn't have a lot of stretch to it, but I'm still quite happy with how it's turning out.

 A blue-white fingerless mitten knit in fingering-weight yarn. It has a ribbed top and bottom cuff and is made in a spiraling stitch pattern. The ends of the yarn at the thumb and at the palm are not woven in.
As you can see, it's not quite done yet (did the yarn ends give it away?), but it was a lot of fun to figure out. 

I've currently got the XS (which is shown) and the Large graded and figured out, the Small and Medium size will take a bit of different math. Because the stitch pattern continues on the thumb gusset, I've still got to figure that one out.

I'm not entirely sure when these will be up for a test-knit -- I'm hoping to finish the other mitten by the end of December, so probably sometime around then.   If you're hoping to test these, I will post here (and on Facebook and Ravelry) when I call for test-knitters, so keep your eyes open!


 

Monday, 21 November 2016

My Very First KAL!

Hello everyone!

 As seems to be a trend for me, the post title says the basics of what you need to know -- I'm hosting my very first KAL.

It's for the Mitered Drawstring Project Bag.

It runs until December 31st, so there's plenty of time to get involved, and, participants can get 20% off of the purchase price of the pattern!

You do have to be a Ravelry member to participate in the KAL, but if you're not on Ravelry, it's free to sign up (all you need is an e-mail address), and it's an incredibly useful resource.


Details are in the KAL Thread on Ravelry, and I look forward to seeing your finished bags!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Pattern Release: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag

I'm super excited (and once again, a little nervous) to present my first paid pattern, my Mitered Drawstring Project Bag!
A picture of the Mitered Drawstring Bag.  It has a striped garter-stitch top with a twisted cord. Half in the bag is a skein of yarn. A close up of a single mitered square, showing the line of raised stitches created by decreases

Inspiration for this Mitered Drawstring Project Bag came from the Ravelry Designer’s Challenge. The challenge was to create a bag using mitered squares, and this was the result! I was looking for something durable, big enough to be a project bag for my knitting, and something that would use up those leftover skeins I had in my stash.

 To purchase, you can visit the Ravelry Download Page.
Buy Now
4.50 CAD

Feedback, comments, and questions are welcomed, since I'm still relatively new to this designing thing.  You can comment here, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com


I hope you enjoy, and I'd love to see your FOs!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Toronto Small Business Forum

Hello again all!

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I've had lots to do in follow up to my attending the Toronto Small Business Forum  a week ago Tuesday.

The first thing I would say is that it was absolutely amazing.  There was so much to learn there!  I spent the whole day there, and feel like I barely scratched the surface of what was available.  Marketing, Customer Relations, Finance, it was all there.

The second thing is that I ran into the good folks from the Toronto Business Development Centre, and got to chatter a bit with them.  If anyone in the Toronto area is interested in starting their own business, I can't recommend these folks enough.  

Third thing is that I walked away with a bunch of resources, including contacts to help with future video tutorials, which is very exciting for me, since I, myself, am not the greatest at video work.

I also got the chance to chatter about fiber arts to anyone who saw me there, since I was wearing my prototype for a future pattern -- my Snowdrop Cowl.  

All it all, it was a good day.  A long day, but a good day.  I definitely intend on going again next year.

In terms of future stuff, there's a lot of follow-up coming out of the forum; plus, I'm hoping to have another pattern up in mid to late November, so things are busy in my studio space right now! Plus, on the personal front, I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month, so it's going to be a busy month.   But I don't mind, it's all stuff I like doing.


Well, that's it for the immediate moment!  Until next time!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Pattern Release: Ribbed Bag of Many Things

Well, here it is, and I'm super excited!

This is my first formal pattern release, for my first (and free) pattern:  The Ribbed Bag of Many Things!




This pattern came about as something I made up for my roommate to put her headphones and mp3 player in, but it could be used to hold just about anything!. It’s a bag knit in the round using 1 by 1 ribbing, then seamed at the bottom with whip stitch, or mattress stitch if you prefer. Eyelets at the top allow for a twisted cord or optional I-chord drawstring.
The sample shown was made in a now discontinued sport-weight acrylic yarn, but the pattern is highly adaptable to almost any yarn weight. It’s best to use a yarn blend without a lot of drape so the bag is less likely to stretch out of shape.

To download, you can either visit the Ravelry Pattern Page, or you can get the direct PDF download.

Since this is my first release, feedback, comments, and questions are welcomed.  You can comment here, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com


I hope you enjoy, and I'd love to see your FOs!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

My Haul from the Haliburton Studio Tour!

Hello all!

So, every year my family and I go up to Haliburton, Ontario, for the Haliburton Studio Tour, and we went up this year.

It's absolutely gorgeous, plus I love being up at the cottage.  Sadly, I'm a horrible picture-taker, so I keep forgetting to take pictures (but I promise, I will try and get some decent pictures next year.)

Anyway, one of the studios we got to see was FibersDen Studio.  Marty Gyrciuk, is very sweet, and we chattered about knitting and spinning for a bit; before I picked up a skein of her handspun, and some fiber to try my own hand at spinning again.

This is her Merino/Nylon sock yarn that came home with me.
 A skein of yarn, in a natural beige colour.
I don't remember if it has cashmere in the mix -- I was told, but now I don't remember (which serves me right for not taking better notes!)

And this is a bag of MCN Fiber that I'm going to try spinning up:

Image Description: A bag of spinning fiber, blue in colour. The label is partially visible, sideways, and describes the fiber content (Merino/Nylon/Cashmere), and the dying method (sun dyed with food colouring), in handwritten letters.
My spinning skills are still pretty rudamentary, but practice always helps, right?

Anyway, so that was my fiber haul from the Studio Tour, and I'm already looking forward to next years tour.

Facebook and an E-mail List!

As usual for my posts, the title really does say it all.

I've started up both a Facebook Page and an E-Mail List (Sign Up Link); and I'll post links to them on the main body of the Blog as well.

I'm going to keep updating my Resource List with some of the material I post to Facebook, so if you're not on Facebook, don't worry,  you're not missing anything.  In addition, I'm compiling a detailed list of resources in my Ravelry Group, where you can suggest any resources or tools that have been helpful to you.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Math and Swatches; Two Scary Words

Have I scared you off yet?

Now I'll admit, I -despise- swatching. I can't stand it.  It seems like a waste of time and yarn.

But I've also discovered that I kind of have to swatch.

Now, there are some things, that, as a knitter, you may not have to swatch for.  Anything that isn't fitted, for example (scarves and shawls),  gauge is less important; because being a bit tighter or looser isn't going to result in something that is unwearable.

But even then:  yardages for scarves and shawls is calculated by whoever designed it with the assumption of the same gauge.  Alter your gauge and you need more or less yarn. I have, in fact, run out of yarn on a shawl, because I was knitting at quite a different gauge.

So where does the other hated concept (math) play into this?

Math is useful if you want to alter patterns, or if you want to design your own. But to use the math, you need your swatch.

Then, it's not that hard (I promise).

Take your swatch, measure out how many stitches and how many rows you have per inch (I find it helpful to use the blunt end of a needle to help me count stitches, but you might not need that)  If you don't want to work by inches, you can also work by pattern repeats.

Then divide, multiply, and estimate.  That's it.   No algebra, calculus, or trigonometry, I promise. :)

For example:  I just finished up the swatch for a new pattern of mine over the weekend.  My swatch told me that each pattern repeat (9 stitches), was 2.75 inches wide.  So, to get my plans for the cowl I wanted, (24 inches, approximately),    24 inches, divided by 2.75 inches, gives me the ugly number of 8.72 (repeating infinitely.  Ugh).  But it still gets me close to where I need to be.

Ok, so 8 times 2.75 inches is 22 inches, while 9 times 2.75 inches is 24.75 inches.  I'd like the cowl to be a bit bigger rather then a bit smaller, so 24.75 inches it is!

So, 9 times 9 is 81.  There's my cast on.

See, I promise.  Not that hard.

But what does it matter if you're not ever going to design a knitting pattern?

Well, knowing how to do this lets you do things like make a knitted object wider or thinner, or to add length to something knitted sideways.  It's actually really useful to be able to use math to adjust your knitting, and the satisfaction of having something perfectly knit to your exact body is incredibly comfortable.

So while swatches may seem like a waste of time, they're not. I promise.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Yarn Harlot on How to Salvage Cables

Yes, there's a blog called the Yarn Harlot; and her work is amazing. You can find her work cited in a lot of discussions on Ravelry and other knitting online communities.  If you have the opportunity, I strongly suggest a read-through of her work.

And, she saved a project of mine.

See, I'd done this on a sweater I was working on (I'm making this one from a DROPS design; and I've yet to finish the full sweater yet):

The picture shows a few inches of sweater sleeve, still on the needles.  The sleeve shows a cabled celtic knot pattern, and the centre cable is obviously wrongly crossed.
And not noticed until much further down the sleeve.  Needless to say, I didn't want to ladder down to fix it. 

So as I sat there agonizing about what to do, I came across the Yarn Harlot's post about darning over wrongly-crossed cables. 

And  huzzah, the cables look right now!  I haven't yet finished this sleeve, so there's no celebratory picture yet, but there will be whenever I finish this sweater.  It's been in and out of hibernation for the past four years(!) so there are no promises to whenever I finish it!

But, I thought I would share with you one of the best tools in my arsenal for dealing with cable mistakes.  It really is helpful when you just can't ladder down to fix a wrongly-crossed cable.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Mailing List Beta!

Hello all!

So; at the suggestion of a college from the Business Development Class, I've been looking for a way to create a mailing list; so that people can be notified of, well, stuff, when it happens, instead of finding out about it here, or on Ravelry.

And, now I have a Mailing List in testing!  Yeay!

If people are interested in signing up; the sign up link is here.  Please let me know if you run into any glitches/problems/things not working as they should. 

Right now, the Mailing List is a work-in-progress, so also please let me know if there's any features you'd like to see in it, as well!

That's it for the moment, and thank you!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Math Made Easy

Hello again all!

It's time for another resource link; this time, it's KnittingFiend's  Calculator Tools!

These tools are an absolutely  huge help for figuring out a lot of things. From sleeves, to increases/decreases across a row, to adding bust darts, there's a lot here.

KnittingFiend is still in the process of updating her own blog and resource page, so if the link above doesn't work, please let me know!

My personal favorite is How to Increase Evenly Across a Row calculator.  This has simplified so many older patterns for me (a lot of older patterns have instructions such as 'increase 5 stitches evenly across next row), and this is one less piece of math I need to do.

It's also a great shortcut for designers, if you want to double-check your math.  I've caught more then a few errors in rough-draft patterns by checking my numbers against the calculators.

Well, that's about it for the moment!  I'll add the calculator tools to the Resource Links momentarily, and I hope people find it helpful!

Until next time!

Friday, 19 August 2016

How I learned to do Lifted Increases

Ok, so I'm trying to post to a once-a-week schedule, and one of the things I want to do more of is to share the useful resources I've found around the internet.

One of those resources is Knotions E-Magazine.

In addition to publishing a bunch of free patterns, (many of which have definitely caught my eye) they also produce tutorials, and it was their tutorials that I found when I was frantically searching the internet wondering what an LKI stitch was.

Answer:  An LKI stitch is a Left Knitted Increase (or, as Knotions puts it, a Left Lifted Increase).

This was the first tutorial that made sense to me on how to do the lifted increases.  Though I personally still prefer the M1 (M1L is my direct preference unless there's a reason for M1R), the Lifted Increases can be easily done, aren't fiddly, and aren't difficult to do with purl stitches, so I definitely see the appeal.  

The only downside from a designer's perspective, is I find that the lifted increases have more of a slant to them then the various M1 increases.  So I have to consider the direction that the stitches are/will be traveling.  That could be my own knitting style, though. I've also noticed that the lifted increases don't seem as common as some of the other increases, but the knitting lexicon of stitches is always changing, so lifted increases may become more common.

Anyway, I've linked the Lifted Increase tutorial further up in this post, and I'm also adding a Resource Link for the many technique tutorials published by Knotions, in the hopes that people will find them useful!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Mitered Bag Test-Knit

Well, the post title pretty much says it all.

I'm hosting a test-knit for my newest pattern, my Mitered Drawstring Bag:
An image of a knitted bag, made up of mitered squares knitted in four colours.  It is laying flat, and open.  The top has eyelets and a drawstring cord.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

A zoomed in image of the bag showing one single mitered square
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

If people are interested they can get details and sign up on the Ravelry test-knitting thread.  All of my test-knits do take place on Ravelry, so you do have to be a member to participate. 

Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new test-knits; you can PM me on Ravelry to sign up in my test-knitter's thread!

That's about it for the moment -- stay cool out there in the summer heat!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Resource Links!

So this is something I've been thinking about for a while.  I'm always finding new and awesome things on the internet that I'd love to share with my readers.

But I was never sure where to put them!  I didn't want to dedicate an entire blog post to basically what was going to be a single repost or link as that just seems silly to my mind (yes, my mind can be a very odd place some times, but I like it!)


Enter my new solution:  A sidebar of resource links!  As I find things I think will be helpful for my readers, I'll post them here in the sidebar for people to peruse!  And so, the first one:  a Zipper Tutorial from Tanis Fiber Arts

I could have used this very much last year.  My adventures in putting a zipper in a cardigan were. . . well lets just say I drank lots of wine when I finally got it right!  I'm still not fond of putting a zipper in knitwear, but I recognize that there are times when it is a good idea.

That's it for the moment, but stay tuned for updated resource links!  And, feel free to send me resource you think might help your fellow fiber artists, as well!



Friday, 15 July 2016

Compliation of Questions

I'd like to think the post title says it all.

I've posted several more questions in my Ravelry Thread, to help gauge all sorts of questions and ideas about this whole pattern-selling business.  And here are a few more:


Here, we're starting with a two-part question. One question is more for designers, the other part is for knitters; but feel free to answer both parts if you like, (or you can completely ignore both questions, I promise I won’t be offended!)

For Knitters: What do you consider when you are choosing a pattern? For designers: What is your biggest consideration when writing up a pattern?

Next, a couple of questions on pattern pricing:

Here’s a question just for the designers among my readers: Do you provide free patterns? Why/Why not?

And here's another two-part question:

For Knitters: What things do you consider when you look at the price of a paid pattern?
For Designers: What things do you consider when deciding how to price patterns?

Finally, an overarching question that I hope will let me create the best patterns possible:
What is the number one complaint you have with patterns overall?

If any of these questions have prompted thought, please, don't hesistate to leave a comment here, or to leave a comment on my Ravelry thread.  I really want to get conversations going around some of this.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Sneak Peaks from the July/August Designer's Challenge!

Well, here we are.  Now that I'm finished the Business Development Class, I'm kicking into high gear with designing (which is actually a lot of fun!)

And here is a sneak peak of the yarn I'm using for the July/August Designer's Challenge!

(And yes, I sort of lost the argument with the ball winder on this one.  I admit it.)

A cake of brown and grey yarn.  The centre has several loops tangled in it.
Anyway, the yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in "Stone", which I think is quite fitting, considering that the theme for the Designer's Challenge is that of 'Travel Adventure'.  Well, every summer I try and go up to my Aunt's cottage, and the stone colour reminds me of the stones of the Canadian Shield.  As a kid, on summer holidays, I would wander the back woods and paths for most of the day, and I -loved- it.   Now, I try and go up there for at least one weekend in the summer, though, realistically, it usually is only one weekend in the summer I seem to be able to manage!

It's going to be a textured tank-top, (the other requirement for the designer's challenge is that it be a sleeveless top), but since it's made with the 100% merino wool, not only will it be wearable in Summer, but it will also be wearable in Fall as a layering piece to go under or over other tops.

So, there's my latest new project and idea!  Here's hoping I can get it finished for August.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Two More Questions for my Readers:

Hello again!

Pretty short update this week:  I've been coalescing my questions to my readers into a thread on Ravelry, and, so, there are a few more questions for you, my readers.

I do want to point out that please, please don't feel obligated to answer these -- answer as much or as little as you like (and honestly, I have no way to know if you just are completely ignoring me, so don't worry about that!)

It does occur to me, though, that perhaps this post should be titled 'Two more -sets- of questions', since each is a two-part question.   And the second question is split between knitters/crocheters and designers, so, feel free to answer either one, both, or none, as your situation warrants.

Anyway:

1) What is your favorite thing about knitting/crocheting? Alternately, what part of the knitting/crocheting process do you like the least?

2) For Knitters: What do you consider when you are choosing a pattern? For designers: What is your biggest consideration when writing up a pattern?

Thank you for the feedback so far, and I hope to hear more from people soon!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

You are Cordially Invited to my Ravelry Group!

Well, the post title pretty much says it all, so this is going to be a short blurb of an update today:


I've gone ahead and started up a Ravelry Group.

It's a space to ask questions, comments, chatter, show off your finished projects, or anything else of that nature.

So, feel free to chime in there as well as here!    Hope to see some friendly faces!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Input sought for pattern ideas! (PS, I -hate- the cold virus).

Hello all!

Well, I'm glad that I don't have to do a lot of phone calls for this business.   I've picked up some sort of cold virus (ugh).  And while I'm over the 'I just want to stay in bed and sleep' phase, I'm still coughing, and I sound horrible.  So many people over the last few days are telling me that my voice sounds awful. 

. . . .they're probably right, but beyond that, I seem to have kicked this bug.  So I'm trying to insist that I'm reasonably fine, but I admit, I don't sound like I'm fine.

All that this means for you folks is that thank goodness none of you have to listen to me today!  Just that you, hopefully, are kind enough to be reading this blog.

Anyway, last week I mentioned that I had some questions for my readers.  So, here's another one for you kind readers.  It's similar to last week's question, but a touch different. :)

 What is the one thing that knitting/crochet patterns don't have that you wish they did have?

Conversely, what is the one things (if anything), that knitting/crochet patterns do have that you find you don't use or don't need?

Thanks in advance for any input!  This really helps me hone my patterns so that I can write patterns that are helpful to you, my readers and customers.  After all, there's no point in making a pattern for the aweseomest sweater ever, if no one can make sense of the pattern, right?

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Class Updates and a Question to my Readers:

Hello all!

It's pretty quiet in my fiber world right now, I've been working away on a shawl (not one of my own design, though) for a friend for her birthday.   So, sadly,  no new pictures right now.

(Random tangent:  Can I just comment that I'm totally jealous of most of the photography skills and the beautiful pictures I see in the blogsphere?  I would love to be able to pull off that kind of photography spontaneously.  But photography is most definitely not one of my creative skills.)

Anyway, I do still have some exciting news: I was accepted to the self-employment class from the Toronto Business Development Centre!    The classes are pretty intense, which is good, but it's definitely been a big change for me. It feels strange to be going 'back to school'.  It doesn't help that I am not a morning person by nature, so now I have to get up to go to class . . . I will admit to missing my university days when I could sleep in as much as I wanted.

Through this class, I'm quickly discovering that there's a lot to do when getting a business off the ground. Not that I mind, I love the challenge, and the class is really great!  What that means for my readers is that this week, and over the next few weeks, I might post some questions here.  Feedback from my readers (and potential customers) would be an amazing guide for me to figure out exactly what knitters/crocheters are looking for in pattern design -- and would definitely help me make the most sensible, best-layed-out design I can. 

That said, my first question is pretty general:  What would you like to see me do with my patterns?  Or, conversely, what would you -not- like to see in my patterns?

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sneak Peeks!

Well, the post title pretty much says it all.

I've finished swatching and playing with yarn for another pattern:  my Traveling Vines Vest.  It took some time to get a look that I liked for the fabric, but I'm happy with how my latest swatch turned out:


The yarn is MadelineTosh Pashmina, in "Amicalola", an exclusive colourway dyed up last year for EatSleepKnit, which I was lucky enough to get my hands on -- and enough to make a vest, as well!

It languished in my stash for some time, until I finally had inspiration and ideas for it, and, this is the preliminary result!

I'm hoping I can show you more over the coming months as I work on this thing.  Stay tuned!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Test Knitting Time!

Hello all!

So, it is with great pleasure (and a lot of stage-fright), that I present my first pattern up for test-knitting:

Image of a knitted ribbed bag made of green yarn, laying open with a pair of headphones half-out
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
The pattern is my first-ever pattern.  It's a Simple Ribbed Bag, knitted in the round in 1 by 1 ribbing, then seamed at the bottom.  Eyelets at the top allow for a twisted cord.  Here it's shown in a DK weight acrylic yarn, but just about any DK/Worsted weight yarn should work. 

It is already in the Ravelry Database in a preliminary form; since I published it on my personal blog a while ago.  My intent with the test-knitting is to clear up some errors, and then have it as a free Ravelry Download.

Here is a link to the test-knitting thread on Ravelry  All of my test-knits will take place on Ravelry, so you will have to be a Ravelry member to participate.

 I look forward to hearing from people who are interested!  

Monday, 11 April 2016

It's been Quiet Around here! Here's why!

Hello again everyone!

I know it's been quiet around here for some time.  I've been doing less knitting, and more 'trying to get the structure of a small business off the ground.'


That being said, I'm trying to get involved with a course for small business startups, run by the Toronto Buisness Development Centre.  It looks really promising (and will hopefully help me understand some of the tax elements that right now I don't understand!).  I should hear back if I've been accepted into the program any day now, which is super exciting!

Also on the logistics front,  I've now got someone lined up for layout/design, text editing, and photography, which is also very exciting!   I'm hoping this means my layout work will got a lot faster from here on in, because I'm quickly discovering that I'm not the best nor fastest at layout and design, at least for PDFs.

My upcoming plans are to do a photo re-shoot for my Small Ribbed Bag and Mitered Bag, so hopefully, both of those should hopefully be up for testing soon-ish.

I also want to clear a few other projects off the needles and start transcribing my hastily scratched notes into some proper patterns (complete with figuring out different sizes!)

Finally, I'm currently fiddling with swatches for a Lace Vest idea, though that, of course, will take more time.