Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring Construction: Resource List, Errata, and Social Media Changes

Hello again all!

So now that Spring has finally appeared, it seems that it's the time for my blog to undergo some construction.

A crossed hammer and wrench on yellow warning sign.  Text underneath reads: Under Construction

As I learn more about the Blogger Interface, I've been adding more features here (you may have noticed!) But it's not just that. I'm slowly expanding both my knowledge and my web presence, and the changes here are going to reflect that! 

So, without further ado, here's what's changed in the past little while, and what's going to change in the near future:
  1. First and Foremost, I'm now on Google+!  So those who were looking to find me there before, well, now you can!
  2. Second, in relation to that, I've added in a Social Media Widget on the Sidebar, replacing my previous list of links.  The Widget has links to Facebook, Ravelry, Google+, Pinterest, and my Etsy Store. I had to do some tweaking to get things to do what I wanted, so if something isn't displaying correctly, or a link isn't working, please let me know!
  3. Errata!  Those who follow me on Ravelry or have seen my listings on Etsy have seen that I've added Errata links to my pattern pages, and those are hosted here on my blog.  It means that if you have a copy of my patterns and aren't getting the Ravelry Updates when I correct something, you now can access Errata for the patterns.  You should be able to see the list of pattern Errata in a new list of links on the sidebar.
  4. Resource List: I'm slowly working to migrate my list of Fiber Arts Resources from the sidebar to their own page, and I'm getting close to done!  So please don't panic when that list vanishes; the list has simply been moved (and added to)!
  5. Mailing List Sign Up.  Yep, you can now sign up for my (infrequent) Mailing List right from the blog.   Just check the sidebar!
  6. I've added in a 'Follow By E-mail Option, also in the sidebar.  It's a bit different then the Mailing List, though it will keep you up to date just as well -- it will e-mail you when I post a new blog post here. 
  7. And right at the top of the Blog Sidebar, I've added in a Search.  Just in case people want to find something in older posts. 
Thanks for all your patience during these changes -- I hope they work for you to find what you're looking for here, and feedback is always appreciated.

Now, I'm going to go back out on my balcony and enjoy the spring weather.  Until Next Time!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sneak Peak from the IKD Challenge!

Well, the Initiate Knit Design Challenge from Aroha Knits has finished up, and I wanted to share with you all what I came up with!

A small swatch of cable and lace knit in the round; done in sky blue fingering-weight yarn.

I know, it doesn't look like much, but this little swatch will one day become a hat!

The inspiration's been kicking around the back of my brain for this one for a while.  Where I live used to be a factory/industrial area, and now the factories and such are being converted into condos, lofts, and office buildings.   But there's still some quirky architecture around, and one of those quirks is still some slats of corrugated metal on the side of buildings that create vertical lines -- except when they don't create lines due to wear, rust, or decay.   So, I wanted tight vertical twists of cables, with a few open holes; and this is the stitch pattern I came up with.

The yarn for this is Northbound Knitting Merino Silk Fingering, and it's a gorgeous yarn to work with. The Merino gives it a bit of stretch, and the silk gives it sheen and amazing drape.  Even my Fuzzy Knitting Helper approves of this yarn:

A black fluffy cat curled around a wound up ball of yarn.  The cat looks to be asleep.
The rough release timing for this pattern is probably sometime in November 2017, if everything comes together properly, so keep your eyes open here late September/early October for the test knit call!

That's it for now, so until next time!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Spiralling Star Fingerless Mitts Test-Knit


My apologies for not posting this sooner to my blog, but the Holiday weekend did play about with my schedule.  So, here I am!

Anyway, here's the test-knit call for my newest pattern, my Spiralling Star Fingerless Mitts.

a pair of blue fingerless mittens in a textured pattern being worn and displayed against a brick wall.
These are fingering-weight fingerless mittens, worked up in Star Stitch (also known as 3 into 3, if you look for it in Estonian stitch databases!). The sample shown is in Sweet Georgia Merino/Silk Fine in "Hush"

If people are interested, sign ups are over in the Ravelry Thread.

Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new test-knits; you can PM me on Ravelry to sign up in my test-knitter's thread!  I'll also post test knits here and on my mailing list (sign up link), but the Ravelry notifications are usually the fastest.

That's about it for the moment. There are a few more exciting things coming down the pipe, so stay tuned for more information, test-knit calls, and other fun stuff!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Me Made May 2017

I saw the Me Made May challenge last year, but found out about it quite late.  So, this year I'm in!

'I, Sarah Dawn of Sarah Dawn's Designs sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavour to wear one piece of clothing made by me each day for the duration of May 2017' 

I don't have an instagram account, but I'll be documenting this daily on Facebook. Weekends will likely be tricky, since I tend to be lazy about my clothes on the weekends, but I'll see how this goes through! Since my selfie-taking ability is questionable at best, I don't know how much photography will happen, but again, I'll see what I can do!

Most of my MMMay17 choices will probably be socks. I do have a good number of hand-knit socks. Mittens, too (it can be still cold enough to need fingerless mittens, and they're great at keeping the gunk off my hands!).  I do have two sweaters that I've made for me (with another on the needles), so those are another option.  I have lots of shawls, so those are another thing that I can wear.

For those who are curious exactly what this is, you can check out the image link, which will take you to the explanation and 2017 sign ups.

Wish me luck!