Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn 2012 Accessories: Wrap-up

Well, people ... I've done it. I've properly introduced my first five babies ... er ... designs in my first-ever collection. I'm so thrilled with the response; it's been very positive - I cannot thank everyone enough. I've also learned a lot in this process for which I'm pleased and grateful.

I did have some help. One of the biggest shout-outs I must make is to my wonderful test stitchers. They all helped in ways big and small in making the patterns as error-free as they possibly can be at this juncture.

I do need to show off one of my tester's finished accessory - Kim (Kimothy76 on Ravelry) tested the Enveloped Cowl for me. Besides her very insightful questions and comments, she also had the good sense to pick wonderful yarn and then do an absolutely fabulous job with her first ever broomstick lace project:

I knew she would turn out one sassy cowl, and she's as fashionable as they come, don't you think? Kudos to a beautiful rendition of one of my designs, Kim. You've done me proud!

All of the individual patterns I've introduced, as well as the e-book, are in the Ravelry database. The collection is very reasonably priced at $14.99, much less than if one bought each of the patterns individually. Additionally, there is one more design to be included in the e-book by November 15th, so it's actually 6 patterns for that price - not too shabby. Of course, anyone who purchases the entire pattern collection prior to the release of that final design will receive it once it's published.

On the e-book note, I have winners of the three e-books I'm giving away as part of this collection introduction. Each unique person who left a comment received one number (except those who are associated in some way with the project) - so I plugged 1-13 in the random number generator. Out popped 7 and 12, and then I chose 3 just because it felt good to me, so the corresponding winners are:

                                                      Kathryn Ray

Congratulations! I'll be getting in touch with each of you about delivery of your prize.

Finally, my collection is going on a wee bloggy tour! Commencing next week, the collection will be visiting the following blogs, each of which will review the collection and then give away one e-book from the comments they receive:

                            w/o 10/22: Knitspiring Odyssey
                            w/o 10/29: Underground Crafter
                            w/o 11/5:   Bits 'n Pieces
                            w/o 11/12: Life on the Double Point
                            w/o 11/19: Wisdom Begins in Wonder
                            w/o 11/26: Knitted Bliss

Each of these women will have a unique take on the collection, so I hope you will visit each blog and check out what they have to say.

FYI - This was Thanksgiving in Canada - I'll take it!


  1. oooh, I love that version of the cowl and the photographs are just stunning! I look forward to being in the blog tour and I wish you much success with your collection.

  2. Oooo... I'm so excited! Thank you very much!!

    Kimothy76 and her cowl are beautiful.

  3. Thank you so much! I'm so excited I've already downloaded and browsed my copy trying to decide what to try first!
    Everything about the book is perfect - If you didn't say it was your first collection I'd say you were a seasoned pro!
    Congrats on a great job!

  4. Oh Denise, I am blushing all different shades of crimson... you are too kind! I cannot thank you enough for asking me to be a pattern tester. You encouraged me to take the leap and try something new, and I am so thrilled with the result. I've worn this cowl several times already, and I get compliments every single time. This is such a fabulous, versatile design, kudos to you!

  5. Thank you so much for the eBook! I love all the designs in this collection and I have plans to spin some yarn to make the Piaf Scarf, but I'm also eyeing the Enveloped Cowl! You're absolutely right about Kim's rendition, it's gorgeous. Thank you again :D