Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Pattern Release: Ribbed Bag of Many Things

Well, here it is, and I'm super excited!

This is my first formal pattern release, for my first (and free) pattern:  The Ribbed Bag of Many Things!

This pattern came about as something I made up for my roommate to put her headphones and mp3 player in, but it could be used to hold just about anything!. It’s a bag knit in the round using 1 by 1 ribbing, then seamed at the bottom with whip stitch, or mattress stitch if you prefer. Eyelets at the top allow for a twisted cord or optional I-chord drawstring.
The sample shown was made in a now discontinued sport-weight acrylic yarn, but the pattern is highly adaptable to almost any yarn weight. It’s best to use a yarn blend without a lot of drape so the bag is less likely to stretch out of shape.

To download, you can either visit the Ravelry Pattern Page, or you can get the direct PDF download.

Since this is my first release, feedback, comments, and questions are welcomed.  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, 12 October 2016

My Haul from the Haliburton Studio Tour!

Hello all!

So, every year my family and I go up to Haliburton, Ontario, for the Haliburton Studio Tour, and we went up this year.

It's absolutely gorgeous, plus I love being up at the cottage.  Sadly, I'm a horrible picture-taker, so I keep forgetting to take pictures (but I promise, I will try and get some decent pictures next year.)

Anyway, one of the studios we got to see was FibersDen Studio.  Marty Gyrciuk, is very sweet, and we chattered about knitting and spinning for a bit; before I picked up a skein of her handspun, and some fiber to try my own hand at spinning again.

This is her Merino/Nylon sock yarn that came home with me.
 A skein of yarn, in a natural beige colour.
I don't remember if it has cashmere in the mix -- I was told, but now I don't remember (which serves me right for not taking better notes!)

And this is a bag of MCN Fiber that I'm going to try spinning up:

Image Description: A bag of spinning fiber, blue in colour. The label is partially visible, sideways, and describes the fiber content (Merino/Nylon/Cashmere), and the dying method (sun dyed with food colouring), in handwritten letters.
My spinning skills are still pretty rudamentary, but practice always helps, right?

Anyway, so that was my fiber haul from the Studio Tour, and I'm already looking forward to next years tour.

Facebook and an E-mail List!

As usual for my posts, the title really does say it all.

I've started up both a Facebook Page and an E-Mail List (Sign Up Link); and I'll post links to them on the main body of the Blog as well.

I'm going to keep updating my Resource List with some of the material I post to Facebook, so if you're not on Facebook, don't worry,  you're not missing anything.  In addition, I'm compiling a detailed list of resources in my Ravelry Group, where you can suggest any resources or tools that have been helpful to you.