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.
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5.00 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!