Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Updates to my Etsy Shop -- Stretchy Knitted Bag!

Well, here's exciting news!

I've updated my Etsy shop with my first-ever knit goods! (Can you tell I'm still rather nervous?)

A knit ribbed drawstring bag, knit in pale blue yarn. There is a twisted cord drawstring at the top of the bag
$70 CAD -- Stretchy Drawstring Bag
It's a stretchy ribbed bag, perfect for storing dice, small headphones or other small objects.  It's made from 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton, and the drawstring at the top lets you tie it completely closed.  It measures 8 inches by 4.5 inches (measurements taken while flat), and has an approximate circumference of 13 inches, with a lot of stretch.

Shipping is a flat rate of CAD 15 to both US and Canada, with delivery confirmation, for any number of items purchased.

This bag was made from my Ribbed Bag of Many Things pattern.  The pattern is a free pattern, and can be downloaded from Ravelry, or by clicking here.

As always, any questions, please feel free to reach out -- you can comment below, find me on Facebook, Etsy, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WIP Wednesday: Sneak Peek of the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

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Well, here it is, another look at the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mitts!

An image of textured mittens.  They're half-completed on dpns, and being worn on the left hand.  The yarn is varigated green/black/blue, and there's a locking stitch marker with a silver celtic knot visible.

For those of you who've been following the test of this pattern on Ravelry, you know that there was some hiccoughs in the testing process.   For those of you who weren't following, my apologies for the delay in releasing this pattern, since it became clear my original prototype didn't work as well when I created the additional sizes.

So, I did a second (and third) sample, and it seems like I've fixed the problem! The pattern's with my Tech Editor now, so I'm hopeful to have it published before the end of the month.

Anyway, this is try number three, and my first try of these mittens with variegated yarn.   The yarn is Fleece Artist Merino Slim, and it's a colourway from the Canada Parks Collection, which was dyed up specifically for the Canada 150 celebrations.  This particular yarn was inspired by the Aurora Borealis in the Yukon Territory, and while I was originally concerned that it would look wonky, I'm actually really happy with how the colour's pooling! 

The stitch marker you can see came from Cindy of Efficient Sense, and if you're ever short for stitch markers, her Etsy Store is like a treasure trove! Plus, she's a fellow Torontonian, so shipping was superbly fast.  If you're curious, the specific marker you can see above is from her Celtic Knot set of stitch markers, and I'm definitely in love.

So, to close, here's my contribution to WIP Wednesday,  and I'll be writing again here soon!

Until next time!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Free Pattern With Newsletter Signup!

Yes, absolutely, you read that title right!

Everyone who signs up for my e-mail newsletter will now get a coupon code for a free pattern!

A gold box, wraped with silver ribbon and tied with a bow on top.
Here's how this works.

After signing up, check your e-mail inbox. You should have a welcome e-mail.  It lays out the types of things I'll send you; and, it has a coupon code.    If you didn't get the e-mail, check your spam filter.  If you still didn't get the e-mail, contact me and I'll sort things out.

That coupon code is valid on Ravelry for any of my self-published patterns!  And you don't have to be a Ravelry.com member to use the coupon code (though, if you are, the pattern you choose will be stored in your Ravelry Library).

How to sign up?  You can click this link, or, there's a signup box in the sidebar of my blog.

But wait, what about current newsletter subscribers?

Well, stay tuned to your inboxes if you're already a subscriber.  There will be a coupon code for a free pattern heading your way, as well!

As usual, let me know if you have questions, comments, concerns, or if something isn't working! 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

E-mail Newsletter Updates and Changes

Well, I'd like to announce some updates to my E-mail Newsletter.

An image of the front page of a newspaper.  The Headline reads: Newsletter

Starting very soon, my e-mail newsletter will be monthly, coming out near the first of each month.  Each newsletter will feature that month's Featured Pattern, a round-up of new additions to my Fiber Arts Resource List, any upcoming or ongoing events I'm involved in, and any other new and interesting news I hope to share.  E-mails will still also go out for pattern releases and test-knit calls.

I'm really hoping for feedback (both good and bad) on the monthly e-mail format, so if you have any thoughts, concerns, or things you'd like to see, please let me know.  You can comment here, or you can send me an e-mail, or, you can get in contact with me on Ravelry.  Whatever works out for you!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

July Featured Pattern: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag

As usual for many of my blog posts, the title says it all.

So, I've had the idea of doing monthly featured patterns. Each month, a pattern will go on sale for half-price.   And, that's basically the entire idea.  Simple, I hope!

For the month of July, my half-price featured pattern is my Mitered Drawstring Project Bag!

This shows a drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

You can buy the pattern through Ravelry or Etsy, the discount is available on both platforms.  The discount should be applied automatically on Ravelry, or already be visible on Etsy.   As always, let me know if something doesn't work!

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and/or to my Ravelry Group if you're on Ravelry.  That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Me Made May Weeks 3 and 4

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I made it!

It took me a while to compile the photographs; and for that, I apologize.    Anyway, onto the last two weeks of Me Made May 2017!
A single fingering-weight blue sock, with lace and texture, being worn on someone's foot.
#MMMay17: Day 15
 These are my Cadence Socks, by VeryBusyMonkey. Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label, in the "Jean Jacket" colourway. And despite having cashmere in the blend, these socks have held up well for over half-a-year now despite many trips through the washer/dryer.

A hand wearing a fair-isle fingerless mitten. MC is pastel turquoise, CC is close to Sky Blue
#MMMay17: Day 16
 For Day 16, here's another picture of my (tentatively titled) Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts that I wore. The pattern is still in the draft stages, but I'm hoping for a September release for these.  Yarn is Juniper Moon Farms Moonshine in "Azure Skies" and "Seaside"

A woman facing the camera. There is a shawl wrapped around her shoulders. The main body of the shawl is off-white, but there is a gradient stripe across the shawl, going from purple to green.
#MMMay17: Day 17, 19, 27, and 28
Once again, I had the chance to knit out on the balcony, which was great! But at the time, it still wasn't just t-shirt weather. So here I am, still wearing my First Point of Libra Shawl (pattern is by Laura Aylor).

A hand wearing a fingerless mitten. The mitten is in Entrelac, knit in a green gradient yarn. Edging at the top and around the thumb is a contrasting bright blue.
#MMMay17: Day 20, 21 and 26
 Well, here is another sneak peak, this one inspired by the Ravelry Designer's Challenge!

These are my Entrelac Mitts (another working title) worked in a gradient from Freia Fine Handpaint Fibers. Because they're made from a single skein of gradient yarn, they're fraternal, not identical fingerless mitts (Scroll down for a picture of the other mitt and you can see the difference).

They're a lot of fun to make and to wear (even if I did puzzle over Entrelac in the Round, at first!).

For the curious, I'm hoping to have these up for testing end of June/Early July 2017, and I'll post my test-knit calls here, as always.

A short-sleeved cardigan laying flat. Most of the cardigan is open, but there are 6 buttons at the top yoke. The yoke is lace, while the rest of the cardigan is stocking stitch.
#MMMay17: Day18, 22 and 23

So for Day 22 and 23, here's a full picture of my Low Tide Cardigan by TinCanKnits. I've been loving this ever since I finished it, but I realized that (along with having to finish my updates to MMMay), that folks hadn't seen the full picture of it!

 A sky blue open cardigan with ribbed front bands and eyelets along the bottom edge. It's laying flat on a wooden surface
#MMMay17: Day 24 and 25
So it's a repeat of an earlier photo, but it's still accurate! My Staring at Stars Sweater (pattern by Alica Plummer) makes really good 'house clothes' for being warm, thick and fuzzy. The reason I don't wear it out as much is because it has a tendency to gape open at the front. Lesson Learned: any cardigan for me needs at least one button!  

A woman faceing the camera. She is wearing a blue felted hat with a brim
#mmmay17 Day 29
Day 29 is an older project (but something I still wear often!)  It was originally done as part of a knit-along by EatSleepKnit, but I still wear it often.  
Anyway, this is my Felted Hat. Yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in "Azul Bolita", and the hat is a Ravelry Freebie and can be found here.

Despite it being wool, it's actually really good for keeping my head cool. It keeps the sun out of my eyes, and my hair doesn't get nearly as sweaty as when I wore baseball caps and such. 

#MMMay17: Day 30
While not the best picture, these are my Gox Socks by Valerie Wagoner! Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in "Frost".  I made these quite some time ago, and they've held up well! Admittedly, this is an older picture (I didn't get a picture when I was wearing them on May 30th), but I promise I was!
Two entrelac gloves knit in a blue-green gradient
#MMMay17: Day 31.  Photography: Stephanie Wallace

 Day 31 is another sneak peek at my own Entrelac Mitts. This is actually a behind-the-scenes from our photo shoot for this pattern, so I'm hopeful that it will be up for testing very soon!

Yarn is Freia Fine Handpaint Fibers, Merino Sport Silk blend, in the colourway "Atlantis".

And that should now be all of my Me Made May posts caught up!  I really enjoyed it, actually, despite my inability to post timely photos (to which I thank you all for your patience).
I'm already looking forward to next year, and wish me luck!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

WWKiP Day Recap, and sneak peeks for Canada 150!

Well, I'm back from Leslie Grove Park, folks, and I had a blast!

Sadly, I didn't do a lot of (ok, any) photo taking. I was too busy chattering and knitting.

I was a bit late getting there, since part of the Subway was down for maintenance over the weekend.  But, I made it in the long run, which is the important part.   Originally the weather looked like we might get rained out, but, nope, it was actually perfect weather. Underneath the trees in the shade, we were quite comfortable!

Since it was about knitting in public, I brought with me a new WIP I've started up recently.  Though I didn't get photos while there, I've taken some now so you folks can see!

This is a prototype of my Zig Zag Lace Tank Top (as usual, working title)!  This particular photograph is the beginning of the back panel.

Flat Knitted lace on two wooden needles, with a bottom edge of ribbing. The yarn is a fingering weight, and varigated blue-green-brown.

The yarn is Fleece Artists' Canada 150 Yarn, in the New Brunswick Colourway, and the needles are Maple needles from Turn of the Century.

And oh my goodness, this yarn is gorgeous!  I picked up a few different colours while I was The Purple Purl last time, and I'm -so- glad I did, it's selling out all over the place!  I have plans to make my second sample of this tank in the Northwest Territories colourway; and I've also got a skein of the Yukon colourway as well that I have different ideas for.

But that wasn't the only excitement.  The wonderful staff of The Purple Purl were doing giveaways, and I ended up with this wonderful bag!

A bag striped in Purple, Turquoise, and Black.  It has two handles and a zippered top.
I managed to remember the various KAL's that the store's done over time (after stammering for a moment, because I forgot the names of the patterns) so I that's how I won this bag. It's got a zippered top and an interior zippered pocket that defied photography, and it's actually quite sturdy. So, a huge thank you to The Purple Purl for the awesome new project bag!

Anyway, that's my update from WWKiP 2017.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year's KiP!