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.