Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WIP Wednesday: Lorien Cowl Preview!

Well, once again, welcome back to WIP Wednesday!

This time around, I'm happy to present my Lorien Cowl once again.  Honestly, I don't think it looks that different from the last time I worked on it, but here it is!  I did get quite a bit done on it at Knit Night last night, so I'm hoping to still have it finished for the October/November Designer's Challenge.

A cowl in the round knit in a lace leaf pattern, and dark turquoise fingering-weight yarn.
As suggested in the comments of my previous post, I really do want to make another one of these in silver and gold, since the pattern is named after the JRR Tolkien's Lothorien with it's gold and silver trees.  I also have a skein of Sweaterknits Silk Jewel Twist in a blue/purple that I also think would look amazing with this pattern!

. . . but I guess I should finish this particular cowl before I start dreaming, right!

Somewhat annoyingly, exact yardage is still in question. I'm working this "until I run out of yarn".   I'm not sure how much of this yarn (Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Fingering in "Neptune") I've got left since it was  salvaged from a previous project that was, well, kind of a disaster.  But the yarn was too pretty to waste, so, it sat until I found something I thought suited well!

That said, I know how much the skein weighed, (thank you, Ravelry!) so I can weigh my finished object to learn how much yarn it actually used.  Always good to know how much yarn you need to make the object, right?

Well, I think that's it for this WIP Wed. As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WIP Wednesday: Gauntlet Socks

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Hello again, and welcome back to another WIP Wednesday!  This time, I've got a new design on the needles -- my Gauntlet Socks!


A gradient yarn cake of blue-to-white fingering-weight yarn.  The ribbed cuff of a sock is on top of the cake of yarn, the knitting is on a circular needle.
Those who follow my Patreon behind-the-scenes are aware that it took a while for this yarn to get to me (but, the folks at Washtenaw Wool were really good about getting things sorted), but it's finally here, so off we go!

The yarn will eventually become a pair of socks!  Like my Slipped Stitch Gradient Socks, these socks won't match, but the colour difference is less elaborate then the yarn I used for those socks, so it should be less of an issue. 

Yarn is, as mentioned above, from the *Washtenaw Wool Company, and is the colourway is  *"Orion" on their Leelanau sock yarn base.  It's 80% Superwash US wool, and 20% nylon, and it knits up well so far!  I quite like the feel while knitting, I do have to say!  It's not as soft and squishy as some of the merino sock yarns I've worked with, but I personally like that -- it seems to me that the super-soft socks yarns don't wear as well, while this feels like it will wear really well. 

And, the needles are my usual circular sock yarn needles for magic loop,  the *HiyaHiya 2.25 mm circulars

I will admit to being foolish -- when I was first swatching for the idea for these socks,  I tested out a 60-stitch circumference for the stitch pattern. They were -way- too small.   So, what did I do when I cast on again?  Yep, I ignored my notes, and cast on 60 stitches for socks, completely on auto-pilot!  Arg!  So yes, I will have to rip back and cast on more stitches.  But that's not a huge loss, I didn't get too far before I realized what I'd done.  And yep, sometimes part of my job is ripping back.  At least it goes faster then the knitting goes!

Well, all that written, and that's that for an update folks!  Stay tuned for more WIP Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading!

Friday, 10 November 2017

FO Friday: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens!

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Hello all!

I know it's been a while since the last FO Friday, but, I finally finished something -- I finished the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens for Barter!

A pair of textured fingerless mittens knit in blue-grey yarn, with a single wooden button on each of the top cuffs.

It took a bit to finish these off, but they're definitely going to be worth it!  (Literally -- these are a barter with a friend of mine to help with video work for my upcoming Youtube Channel!)

Pattern is my own Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens design, and I worked it on 2.25 and 2.75 *HiyaHiya circular needles
Yarn is *Crooked Kitchen Yarns 80/20 Fingering, in "Work Jeans."
The wooden buttons came from the Etsy Shop of *Iceberg Emipre, and are actually up-cycled from an old broom handle!

Also, in a stroke of good timing, like I mentioned last post, these are eligible for the KAL Fanatics 2017 Challenge on Ravelry, and I have, in fact put them up in the Finished Object thread!    Excitingly enough, all of my designs (including any test-knits that haven't been published yet), are eligible, so long as they're finished before December 31.  And, on top of that, I'm
 also giving away prizes in the Challenge, as well!  So finishing any eligible design (WIPs are allowed so long as there's 150 yards or more of work still to be done), gives you a chance to win some awesome designs, both my designs and many other talented designers!

Well, that's about it for this particular update. These should go to their new owner this weekend.  He's already seen the WIP, so I hope the finished object lives up to his liking!

Stay tuned for more finished objects (hopefully soon, since I've got to get stuck into the giant pile of Christmas knitting!), and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

WIP Wednesday: Spiralling Star Mittens are Almost Done!

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Welcome back to another WIP Wednesday

Well, if you remember the Spiralling Star Mittens from earlier in October -- they're almost done!

A pair of blue-grey mittens with dark wood buttons at the top cuff.  There are wool ends hanging off both mittens.
I just put the buttons on them this afternoon.  Now all that's left to do is weave in the ends and they should be finished! (And that means I might actually have something for FO Friday for once!)

As requested by my recipient, I did modify them to have the buttons and a strap between fingers.  The strap is a loop of crochet chain stitch.  The buttons are from the Etsy shop of *Iceberg Empire, and they're upcycled from a broom handle!

Excitingly enough, they're also an entry into the KAL Fanatics 2017 Challenge on Ravelry.  Any of my designs (that includes test-knits!) are eligible to enter, provided they use more then 150 yards of yarn, or you have more the 150 yards of work remaining on a WIP since October 3, 2017, and is finished by December 31, 2017  Exact rules and how to enter are in the Ravelry Thread (you do have to be a Ravelry.com member, but sign-up is free, and Ravelry's pretty amazing!

Well, I think that's it for this week -- I should stop typing and get back to sewing in ends, since I'm hoping to finish these tonight.  Until next post!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Featured Pattern and Mini-KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

The November 2017 Featured Pattern is here: The Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens are 50% off at $2.50 CAD for the month of November!   
Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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You can buy the pattern through Ravelry or Etsy, the discount is available on both platforms.  The discount should be applied automatically on Ravelry, and be visible on Etsy.   As always, let me know if something doesn't work!

Now as usual, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of November, any finished pair of Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens has a chance to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns!  To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens in the comments of this post by November 30 2017.  Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in November, just finished in November!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and in my Ravelry Group, giving 3 chances to win in total!*

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and/or to my Ravelry Group if you're on Ravelry.  That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

*One entry per person for each project per platform (three entries total for each completed project). Winners will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winners must have a valid e-mail address to receive the patterns. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

WIP Wednesday: Sneak Peek from the Designer's Challenge -- Lorien Cowl

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Hello again, all, and welcome back to another (admittedly, sadly belated) installment of WIP Wednesday!

I'm sorry this wasn't posted sooner, but my computer decided to have a fit of anger and not boot properly.  I think my much-loved 8 year old laptop is in danger of finally dying a final death. Anyway, I did get it working, (and have ordered a new external HD to assist with backups and eventual file transfers), so onto WIP Wed proper!

This particular new WIP is my entry into the October/November Ravelry Designer's Challenge, assuming I can get it finished in time.  I've got the working title of "Lorien Cowl" -- me being a complete Lord of the Rings fan, it just made sense to call a cowl of falling leaves the "Lorien Cowl."

A lace leaf stitch pattern on circular needles. Yarn is a deep turquoise/teal with a cabled texture.  Knitting and yarn are both in a wooden yarn bowl
Yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Fingering, in "Neptune."   It's a bit of a sticky yarn, so frogging back when I make mistakes has proven interesting,  It's on my 4mm circular needle; and tucked inside the gorgeous yarn bowl I got from *NaturalKnotWood. 

Also, my additional apologies to those who follow my Patreon Behind the Scenes -- you won't see that much more progress, I'm afraid.  I got maybe another ten rows done between pictures.  As mentioned above, I spent most of Wed morning arguing with my laptop and hoping it would boot properly.  So, less time for knitting, sadly.

Well, that's it for this installment.  I've got some more work on the Spiralling Star Mittens for Barter that I plan to show next week, but otherwise, that's about it for now.  Until next time!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Ravelry Designer's Challenge, August/September Voting

Shwmae a chroseo! 

It's a short post today, but hello all the same, and welcome to my third successful attempt at completing the Ravelry Designer's Challenge!

A top-down view of a stranded colourwork hat.  The background colour is a blue gradient, and the foreground mandala pattern is a navy blue.
I suspect (and hope!) many readers remember my Winter Mandala Tam.  Well, even though it didn't turn out quite the way I had wanted, it is still in the running for the Designer's Challenge Voting!

As always with the designer's challenge, the entries are all absolutely gorgeous.   So, I'd very much encourage people to go check out the entries in the Ravelry Thread, and cast their vote. There's some gorgeous stuff there!  Voting runs until November 2nd, so you've got just under two weeks.  You will need to be a Ravelry member to cast your vote, but, sign up is free (all you need is an e-mail).

Thanks for taking a look, and stay tuned for the results!