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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Contest Winner and Arbor Day Links

We have a double-topic blog post for you today and they'll both be quick and to the point! 

Blog Mini Contest

First up, we want to announce the winner of this month's mini contest on the blog. We challenged you to make any CKC outfit and then make a matching knit turban using our free tutorial, then send us a picture. It was fun to see the cute ones you came up with! And the winner is...

Jen Roberts! What a darling little girl (and lucky too!).  It's hard to go wrong with My Little Pony and two tones of purple. I absolutely love this set. Congratulations to Jen! You win a free CKC pattern of your choice.


 Arbor Day 

We also want to make mention of Arbor Day. In the U.S. it is celebrated on the last Friday in April. That's tomorrow!  Most other countries have their own version of Arbor Day as well, celebrated on dates different than ours. But isn't it great to know that we're all working together to take care of this planet that we share? 

I, personally, am a big fan of oxygen.

So I encourage us all to go out and plant a tree! Or two. Or ten. If you'd like to learn more about how to "plant, nurture, and celebrate trees," here is a link to the Arbor Day Foundation's website. It is a nonprofit organization with a TON of information.

I also want to put in a plug for CKC and the ways that we help you conserve paper.  It's important to us!  If you have printed out pieces from other PDF companies you know that it's not unusual to have 30-40 pages of  pattern pieces to print! But not ours! We often only print 1, 2, 4, or sometimes 10 pages at the most. Why? Because we have found ways to cut back on the number of pages we use:

  • The biggest way to save pages is by "nesting" our different sizes into all one page. We can print just a few pages to get all nine sizes! That certainly isn't to make it easier on the designers. It's to save paper and ink on your end! 

  • We use a cutting chart whenever possible. We feel that making a square/rectangle pattern piece for everyone to print is a waste of paper when we can all just look at the chart and cut it using the measurements. This is what attracted me to CKC in the first place. We can make an entire peasant dress using one teeny little arm cutout!  

  • Anytime we see a way to combine pieces, we do so. For example, many of our non-peasant tops use all one pattern piece for shirt front and shirt back, and at the neck we have a front cut line and a back cut line.  Again, this saves on paper without reducing the quality of the pattern! We do test all of our patterns in each size to make sure our pieces are fabulous. 

  • Just the fact that our patterns are PDF is already conserving paper. Keep in mind that when you buy a new pattern you do NOT need to print the whole pattern out!  Most of us keep a computer or tablet or phone nearby so we can read the instructions on the screen. All we have to print are the actual pattern pieces themselves.  When my laptop or phone isn't available (my son likes to steal it), I read the pattern on the computer and jot down notes that will help me as I'm sewing. 

If some of these points are new to you, here are some recent blog posts we've done that explain them more in detail: 

With these resources, we can certainly cut back on the paper we use for sewing.  So let's all say thanks to our trees and take good care of them, not just tomorrow but all year 'round!  Happy Arbor Day! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

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