Wednesday, 14 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: Everyday Socks Heel Flap!


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I know it's been a bit since I showed you folks the Everyday Socks.   The pattern isn't mine, it's a free pattern available on Ravelry from designer Erica Lueder. But, I took the socks to the Toronto Business Marketing Forum  (and got called out for knitting during a presentation, but he was cool with it!)
A sock on double-pointed needles, with the heel turn completed. The sock leg is textured, and knit with fingering weight yarn.  The yarn is blue and grey with flecks of brown and yellow. There's a stitch marker with a shell charm clipped into the top of the heel. The heel of the sock is resting on a fabric double-pointed needle case.

And, I got to the heel flap!  For some reason, on these socks, I ended up with only 28 sts (rather then 32 sts) on the instep.  I have no idea why.  But I didn't want to unravel the entire sock, so I decided to just add two extra stitches from the gusset on each edge. It's a cheat, but it won't be too noticeable.
The yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns Astral, in the colourway "Pluto," which is 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina for a bit of sparkle! Sadly, this particular colour is no longer available, since it was an exclusive dyed up for *Eat.Sleep.Knit in 2016. But the Astral Base is still available from the Nerd Girl Yarns Web Store!  The colour is actually a  bit more blue then the photo here, it's one of those colours that's hard to photograph true-to-life, it seems!

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns.  I like knitting my socks on the smallest needles I can manage, I've even knit on 1.5mm needles but I didn't like those, they were just too thin to be comfortable.  I find the socks wear better on smaller needles, since they're more dense. 

The little *shell-and-purl stitch marker is from *Winemakerssister's Etsy Shop.  I actually got two sets, since I think they're so cute!  And the needle case is a new find from *SewSandySew's Etsy Shop!  I got a couple of them, and they make it -so- much easier to travel with stuff on double-pointed needles!

I'm hoping to finish these socks over the next little while -- these have become my transit knitting, or the knitting I take to public places, so I'll be working on them off and on.   This is sock number two, so it actually won't take super-long to finish!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading! 

And, I'd love to see what you're working on -- please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things. And, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find it on Social Media!

Monday, 12 November 2018

Pattern Release: Woodland Hat!

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Well I'm thrilled to announce that the Woodland Hat is now available for purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$5.50 CAD
The design for this hat came about thanks to two things: first, the Ravelry Designer’s Challenge, based on a woodland theme, and second, my roommate needed a new hat! It’s the sister pattern to my Woodland Mittens.

She wanted something that was thick and warm with a brim that could fold up over the ears. So, I started experimenting with different hat designs, but most of them didn’t seem warm enough. After trying various knitted linings, I came up with this idea. It’s thick, warm, and heavy enough to keep all but the worst of the winter winds out!

The result is a cabled hat knit in the round from the brim up, using a provisional cast on to create a double-layered, lined hat. It is completely reversible, so you don’t have to worry about which way you wear it!  The yarn for the sample is *Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Mallowmar" and "Rock Candy".  When looking for a substitute, the yarn should have a good bit of structure to it. Something multi-ply with a high wool content is recommended.

The stitch instructions are both charted and written, and the pattern has been both tech-edited and test-knit, so folks can knit from either the chart, written instructions, or both, as they desire!  And, though it's knit in the round, you can knit this using any method of circular knitting you like!

This is also bundled with the Woodland Mittens Pattern on Ravelry.  You can buy both patterns together for 10$ CAD, or, if you already have the Woodland Mittens in your Ravelry Library, you should get an automatic discount of $1 on the Woodland Hat, bringing the cost to the same cost as the pattern bundle.  If you bought the Woodland Mittens Pattern on Etsy, and would like to purchase the Woodland Hat at a discount, please message me on Etsy with your Order Number from the Woodland Mittens, and I can set up a discounted purchase of the Woodland Hat for you.

As always, I look forward to seeing what you make, and please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things! If you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, post to the Ravelry Pattern thread, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I do hope you enjoy my newest pattern release, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat at over Half-Way!

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Well, I've been working on this hat off and on on my Twitch Streams, and I'm thrilled to say it's getting near the crown decreases! I'm on round 40 of 48, and it looks like I won't need a second pattern repeat to make the right depth of the hat! I still have to go through and figure out the crown chart -- I usually try and keep the crown decreases in pattern as much as I can, but that shouldn't take too long, I hope!
A fingering-weight hat still live on double-pointed needles, the needles have household elastics wrapped around their ends. The hat is knit in pale blue fingering-weight yarn with a lace and cables pattern. There are two stitch markers.  One has a small silver seashell charm, while the other has a small silver flower charm.

Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles. They're duller tips then some of my other needles, but that could be from years and years of use, since they've had at least one owner before me! I do find them a bit slippery when working with silk-blend yarn like this hat, (hence my wonderful hack of household elastics)! The elastics do work as a knitting hack, but I do plan to get a couple of these *Point Protectors/Stoppers from Knit Picks, While the elastics do work, it always takes a moment to pull them off, and that disrupts my knitting 'flow'. (Writing that looks ridiculous, but I hope that fellow knitters/crocheters know what I mean!)  

I do have to admit, I think that for a second sample, I'll probably hold off and work this on circulars.  There's the occasional cable that has to cross between dpns, and that's always a pain-in-the-behind.  But, the dpns work out ok for this for the most part, so that's the important part right now!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and I love this yarn! It's a bit slippery with the silk content, but it's gorgeous yarn! It's one of the rare points I wish I had this on wooden needles. But wooden dpns and I do not agree -- I have a major tendency to somehow snap them.

I did have a bit of trouble winding this yarn on my ball winder, since it is a bit slippery, so I'm occasionally getting small 'yarn barfs' as I work, But I figure that's user-error, and none of them have been serious tangles (though, of course now that I've written that I'll end up with a major tangle today -- Murphy's Law, right?)

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. I'm using them to mark the pattern repeats -- though I did remove them from where the pattern repeats fell between needles, since they were causing a bit of laddering.     And, the beginning/end of round marker (that you can see in the picture) is a cute *little shell marker from *WinemakersSister's Etsy Shop

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading!  If you'd like to see me knit (or attempt to knit) the Vertical Lines Hat, it's currently one of my projects on over on my Twitch Stream! (I also stream my pattern design process, as well, so you'll probably see the drafting of the crown decrease chart, too!)

 And, I'd love to see what you're working on -- please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things. And, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find it on Social Media!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Crochet Hood and Scarf Test-Knit Call!

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I'm thrilled to announce the testing call for my Crochet Hood and Scarf Pattern!
[A woman wearing a hood with a scarf.  The hood is done in worsted-weight crochet in a chevron pattern.  The yarn is variegated yarn that runs between purple, black, and grey.

This pattern has been in development since early January 2018, and is finally finished up enough and looking for testers!

This hood and scarf is worked in DK/Worsted yarn. The scarf is seamed at the centre and is worked flat from end to end. Pattern is both written and charted, and is written in US crochet terms.

The sample was made in *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Single Silky Targhee, but any DK or Worsted yarn should work up well!  It was made using a 3.75 mm (USF) crochet hook.  (And, as always, you should use whatever hook size gets you gauge!)

Anyway, if people are interested, sign ups are here on the Ravelry Thread! You will have to be a Ravelry.com member to view and post to the thread, but sign up is free, and Ravelry is an amazing resource!

The deadline for this test is December 3rd 2018. Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as one pattern of their choice from my self-published patterns.

Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new testing calls, you can PM me on Ravelryto sign up in my test-knitter's thread. I'll also post testing calls here on the blog, and to my other social media platforms (Facebook, G+, Patreon, Instagram and Twitter ), and, I'll send out calls to those on my mailing list, as well, so hopefully, anyone who's interested will see my testing calls.

Well, I hope you would consider being a tester! And, if this doesn't peak your interest, that's ok! Plus, I have my first crochet test coming soon, so if you're a crocheter, please, stay tuned for that as well!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, folks! Happy crafting!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November Featured Pattern and KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

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Well, with the weather turning colder, it's more and more important to keep your fingers warm -- but, in this day and age, you still need to be able to use your phone!

So, for the month of November, the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD).

These fingerless mittens are thin enough to not get in the way, warm enough to keep your warm, and still leave your fingers free!

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
$2.75 CAD

They're knit from the bottom up in the round with fingering weight/sock weight yarn, and can be knit on dpns or magic loop, or any other method you prefer. The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written. Sample was knit in *Madelinetosh Eyre Light (60% Merino/20% Silk/20% Alpaca), but any fingering-weight yarn with a high wool content would work well for these!

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, 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, 2018. Please note that the mitts doesn't have to have to have been started in November, just finished in November!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, my Ravelry Group, and on Instagram, giving 4 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 (four possible 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, 31 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat Progress

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

Am I wearing a costume?  No, not this year.  Sometimes I do, but not this year.  (That said, a bunch of us are getting together for a scary movie marathon, which sounds like fun!)

So, no Halloween themed post from me this year.  Sorry folks!

Anyway, I figured I'd show you folks progress on the Vertical Lines Hat! I've been working on it off and on in my Twitch Stream, and I'm about half-way through the pattern repeat!  The chart is 48 rows, and it's looking like I might only need the one repeat of the chart to get me to the point where I can begin the crown decreases. 

A knit hat with live stitches on double-pointed needles, knit in a cable and lace pattern.   The needles have elastics on the end.  The yarn is a pale blue fingering-weight yarn.
Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles. These are inherited needles from my mother,  They're duller tips then some of my other needles,  but that could be from years and years of use! They're a bit slippery, especially with the silk-blend yarn, hence the elastics that are wrapped around the needles!  With my next "big payday" I plan to get a couple of these *Point Protectors/Stoppers from Knit Picks,  They will be easier then pulling off the elastics each time I get to the end of the needle, I hope!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and I love this yarn!  The only challenge is a challenge from user-error -- when I wound this on my ball winder, the yarn must have slipped.  So I keep getting minor yarn barfs as I work, ugh!  But that's the fault of me and the ball winder, not the yarn!

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. I got ten of these markers, so I use them in a lot of places!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed!  If you'd like to see me knit (or attempt to knit) the Vertical Lines Hat, it's currently what I'm working on over on my Twitch Stream! (I also stream my pattern design process, as well!)   And, I'd love to see what you're working on -- please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things.  And, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find it on Social Media!

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat Cables!

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Well, welcome back to another installment of WIP Wed!

Well, I'm continuing work on the Vertical Lines Hat.  I was working on it earlier on my Twitch Stream, but once I got past the ribbing, I couldn't knit and talk, so I switched out to another project.   The cable and lace pattern is complicated enough that it demanded my full attention.   There are a bunch of 7 stitch cables, so yeah, it's not as easy as some of the other stuff I've done.  

That said, it's coming along nicely!
A hat on double-pointed needles.  The hat is knit in fingering-weight pale blue yarn.  Stitch markers with silver rose charms are clipped into the knitting, and elastics are on the end of the double-pointed needles.
Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles.  These are inherited needles from my mother, and they're good workhorse needles!  They're duller tips (I find that with most of my Aero needles), but that could be from years and years of use!  They're working just fine for the two-stitch twist, and I'm using a cable needle for the central 7 stitch cables. 


Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal".  I'm still in love with this yarn, though I think that next time I work with it I won't use my Aeros.  It's just slippery enough that it can be a bit tricky to work with on these needles.   And yes, I'm still using my elastic needle stoppers!

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. Those who have read other my other blog posts are well aware of how much use these markers get, so it says how much I love them!

Well, thanks for reading this update!  With the colder weather now here, what are you working on this WIP Wed?  I'd love to see in the comments!

P.S.  My online activity will be limited starting tomorrow, as I've been called in for Jury Duty Selection!  Hopefully, it won't take too long, and I'll be back online soon.  If not, don't worry, I'll still be able to respond to messages and such, but blog posts and such will likely slow down.