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!