Sunday, May 27, 2012

What's In Store

A few days ago I asked on Facebook and Twitter if people would like to have the option to purchase yarn dyed to order directly from my website. The answer was a resounding "yes!" So, next week I'll be starting to work on getting a shopping cart up and running. I don't expect the function to be available for use until the end of June (fingers crossed). All of my standard colorways will be available through FiddleKnits.com and you'll be able to choose what base you'd like it dyed on and the quantity. Since the yarn will be dyed to order the wait time will longer than order from my Etsy shop (since everything on Etsy is dyed and in stock). To start I'm going to say I'd be able to mail order approximately 7 days from the order date.

The Etsy shop will remain open for business after the shopping cart is active on my main website. In Etsy you'll be able to find one of a kind colors and any colorway that's too unpredictable to offer as dyed to order.

I'm pretty excited about this project. Now hopefully all the coding doesn't kill me!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Buy 1 Get 1 Pattern Sale!

To celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the official unofficial start to Summer I've decided to have a Buy 1 Get 1 Free pattern sale. Sale includes all patterns, even collections! If you've been eyeing any of my 4 pattern collections now is definitely the time to go ahead and treat yourself.

Sale ends at 11:59pm eastern time Monday night.

Interested in more than 2 patterns? You'll need to checkout twice. The way the shopping cart is set up only allows for 1 free pattern at a time. Just choose 2 patterns, checkout, and then repeat as many times as you like.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Knitting Love

The photo says it all.

Photo: Erica Jackofsky
Taken while I was waiting on Chris in the Dentist office.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rainy Day Designing

It's raining out. It might be more accurate if I said it's actually pouring. A nice Spring drenching to quench the thirst of all the pretty flowers that I planted.

I know a lot of people complain about the rain, but I'm rather enjoying it. Over the years I've found that there's nothing quite as good as a rainy day for knitting inspiration. So today I sit surrounded by yarn with the rain beating at the windows and am busily swatching, swatching, swatching. And writing. Six design swatches and pattern proposals are what's in the works. I love them all. Hopefully the companies they'll be getting shipped off to love them as much! (Keep your fingers crossed!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Allure Shawl

Allure – Shawl #4 from the Mythos Collection



Meet my new favorite design: the Allure shawl! It was just released on Sunday as part of the Mythos Shawl Collection. Allure is available for $6.00 as a single pattern PDF download, or for $20.00 as part of the 6-pattern Mythos Collection. The pattern provides fully charted and written instructions. Guidelines are also given for resizing the shawl to suit your style and yarn.

With the Allure shawl I once again visit side-to-side shawls. The finished product has me wondering why I don't knit these more often! Sideways shawls are hands down my favorite. They practically fly off your needles. I'm guessing this is because rows never get to long and cumbersome to slow you down. This structure also has the benefit of being easily resized depending on the yardage you have available. There's so many pros and no cons that I can think of. Now I'm itching to get started on another sideways shawl!





Yarn 
1 skein Fiddle Knits Fibers, Aria
[75% superwash merino / 20% nylon / 5% stellina; 438 yds / 400 m; 100 g; fingering weight],
Color: “Aphrodite” (Mythos Club exclusive color)

Needles
US 6 / 4mm 30” circular needle,
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge 
Pre-Blocking: 20 sts & 28 rows = 4” in Stockinette
Post-Blocking: 18 & 24.5 rows = 4” in Stockinette

Notions 
2 stitch markers
Blocking pins/wires

Finished Size
80” across wingspan x 17.5” deep at center
*Measurements taken after blocking.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yarn U: An App Review

One sentence summary – Yarn U, a perfect app for the yarn obsessed.


App: Yarn U
Price: $2.99
Use On: iPhone and iPad

Size: 15.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Sutro Media © Mary Beth Klatt


What It Is: A yarn reference guide.
Every entry includes a description of the yarn and specs like fiber content, weight, gauge, and yardage.  Pros and cons (like "good stitch definition" and "not easy to frog") are listed. It also tells you where the yarn is made, the approximate price per skein, and suggestions on where to purchase it or find more buying information. Basically anything you can know about a yarn without touching it for yourself is what you're going to find in Yarn U.

Open the app and you'll see an alphabetical listing of yarns. I'm not sure how many yarns are represented in this app, but it's a lot and it seems to get updated pretty often. (I need to get the Fiddle Knits Fibers yarns into the list!)

Currently there are over 2,780 color images of yarn and designs.

My Thoughts
This app is a great reference tool for yarn addicts and designers alike. There's a whole bunch of yarns I've never heard of before, and I love that. As a designer I feel it's important for me to have knowledge of a wide variety of companies and yarns.

One thing I don't like is how "About the Author" shows up in the alphabetical list of yarns smack between "5-ply Guernsey" and "Adorn". "About Yarn U" also used to show up in the yarn listings, but it has since been moved and now rests at the top of the page where it doesn't get in the way and is also easy to find. It's not a big deal at all, it's mostly just aesthetics.

In the approximately 2 months that I've had Yarn U it has been updated at least once. I like knowing that the author is staying on top of her work and adding new listings as they come to her attention. You can easily send your own comments in by pressing the comments bubble in the bottom left of every yarn listing.


I have to say that I'm not a fan of the photos section. The way it's formatted seems awkward and a little sloppy to me. It's doubtful that I'll use this part of the app very often. Instead of having the photos be their own thing, I would have rather seen a link off a specific yarn page to photos of that yarn and photos of designs in that yarn. For instance, if I click "Cotton Fleece" I would have liked a link to photos featuring Cotton Fleece yarn. Instead, if you want to see photos of this yarn (if there even are any) you have to browse and sort through the nearly 3,000 images. The only filters provided for an image search are broad categories like everything, aran, bulky, crochet, DK, fingering, hand dyed, etc. There's no search by name, which would have been immensely helpful.


Overall Yarn U is a nice little app to have if you're curious about yarns and want to expand your horizons.




Disclaimer: This app (Yarn U) was provided by the author free of charge to be considered for review. Other than the gift of this item there was no further payment or agreement having to do with this review.