Thursday, 30 March 2017

(Almost) One Year Sale!

The title's a little weird, I know.

But, it was one year ago to the day that I actually went and signed up for the Business Development Program from TBDC.

So, to celebrate my life-changing (and terrifying) step forward towards self-employment, I'm having a sale!

The words 'Sale' in colourful text
Yep, a sale!

So, until end-of-day March 31, 2017 (that's -5 GMT), you can get 50% off any of my self-published patterns via Ravelry or Etsy with the code: BIZCLASSSTART2017

If you've had your eyes on my patterns before, now, here's your chance to pick them up half-price.

I hope you enjoy!

Pattern Release -- Snowdrop Lace Cowl!


Hello all!

So I'm quite pleased to present the release of a new pattern -- the Snowdrop Lace Cowl!

A woman holding a bulky-weight knit cowl over her mouth and nose
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
This cowl was originally created as part of the Initiate Knit Design Challenge, hosted by Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits. The goal of the challenge was to help people get their design ideas off the ground, and this super-bulky lace and cable cowl was the result!


The cowl is worked in the round, with garter stitch edging and the Snowdrop Cable and Lace Pattern forming the body of the cowl.
The yarn used in the pattern is Blue Sky Fibers Bulky, which is 50% alpaca, 50% wool. It is classified as a super-bulky, so for substitution purposes, you’ll want to double most yarns if you want to knit this in anything below a bulky-weight. Also, if you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a yarn with at least 50% wool content.

A woman sitting with a bulky cowl loose around her neck.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

To purchase, you can visit the Ravelry Download Page or my Etsy Shop Listing.
http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/sarah-dawn-designs/389173
5.50 CAD
Feedback, comments, and questions are, as usual, quite welcome!  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, 22 March 2017

The Initiate Knit Design Challenge (aka, the humble beginnings of my Snowdrop Lace Cowl).

Here's a bit of designer irony:  people often ask me 'where do you get your ideas?'

The answer to that is: usually, at the most inopportune moments, an idea will pop into my head.  It will occur at a time when I have no way to write it down.  In the shower, or half-asleep.  Or maybe when I've got my hands covered in paint (my other hobby).  And my ability to sketch in a hurry leaves a lot to be desired.  My last attempt to sketch a shawl design. . . well, lets just say I opted to hand-write some notes, instead.

It's not about a lack of ideas when it comes to designing.  Quite the opposite -- I've got a long list of pattern ideas I haven't even really swatched for yet!    Instead, it's about the ability to translate those ideas into an actual, functional, pattern, something that someone else can knit, and a pattern that will actually create the thing that you envision in your mind.

Enter: the Initiate Knit Design Challenge:

A background image with a skein of yarn, a small plant, and the hand of someone sketching in a notebook. The foreground is a text overlay: "Join us for the Initiate Knit Design Challenge.  Transform your yarn into designs of your own making."  A small banner at the top of the image reads: "Starts April 3".  A banner at the bottom of the image reads: "www.initiateknitdesign.com"
Run by the wonderful Aroha Knits,  it was this program that gave me the design for my Snowdrop Cable and Lace Cowl.  It was the perfect kick-start to go from rough design idea to finished project.   You don't have to finish the project (and you wouldn't be able to finish most projects in the 10 day span of the challenge, anyway), but it's about getting to a point where the design is solid, and this challenge does that very well!

And, as a bonus, the challenge is free to sign up.  Yep, that's right, it's free.  I'm always amazed that Francoise Danoy (the woman behind Aroha Knits) is willing to run this challenge for free.  This challenge stands on its own, and while she does have other classes that are not free, this challenge is solid even without those courses.

I'm entering again, so I'll see what inspiration is sparked this time!  To sign up, click on the image above, or go to www.initiateknitdesign.com/.

Well, I hope to see some of you in the challenge!  It starts April 3, so there's still plenty of time to sign up.

See you there!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Toronto Knitter's Guild -- March 2017 Skills Exchange!

 Yes, that's right!

The Toronto Knitter's Guild is hosting their Skills Exchange again, and it should be amazing!  I attended last time they did this (you can see pictures in their Flickr feed), and it was totally worth it, even if I haven't yet finished up the mini-project from one of the classes yet. . . (and oh, look, I should get a picture of that half-finished project!  Whoops!)

Ahem.


Well, anyway, this time around, I'll be there, but I'm not attending, I'm teaching!
http://torontoknittersguild.ca/event/mar2017/


That's right, I'm the Sarah Dawn who's teaching the 'pick up and purl' mini-workshop.

Why 'pick up and purl?'  Because it's something that seems to scare off knitters, especially when I mention it in combination with Entrelac.  But it's not that scary, and if I can demistify it for a few people, then I think that's a great thing!

For details, follow the image link to the March 2017 meeting page!

If you're in the Greater Toronto Area, I hope to see you there! 




Monday, 6 March 2017

Sarah Dawn's Designs is a Sponsor for the Aroha Knits Colourwork KAL.

As seems to be usual for me, the title says it all, but let me go into a bit more detail.

I'm one of the sponsors for the Aroha Knits Colourwork KAL, which starts today (wow, it's already March? When did that happen!), and as a prize for the KAL, I've offered up a coupon code for a current or future self-published pattern from my Ravelry Store. 

You can see all of the patterns for the KAL by clicking on the image below.  I'd enter myself, but I still haven't finished the last Aroha Knits KAL, so that just seems like tempting fate a little too much!

http://www.ravelry.com/bundles/colorwork-bundle-5-for-15
Copyright: Aroha Knits

I will, however, be checking in on the KAL over the course of the month, to see the awesomeness that's being created, and I wish you all the best of luck!