Friday, 22 June 2018

Canada KAL/CAL 2018 on Ravelry!

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Hello folks!

So, once again, I'm offering prizes and a discount in the Canada K/CAL!
An image of the Canadian Flag

Last year, though I didn't do a lot of knitting, I did a lot of cheering, and it looks like the same will happen this year.  But I still love seeing all the awesome things that have already been posted!

Just like last year, I'm jumping into offer prizes, and to also offer all my self-published patterns at a 25% discount to KAL participants,  with the code 25CanadaKAL/CAL.  

Also, anything I self-publish between now and the end of August will also be eligible for the coupon code!

All of my patterns are eligible to win prizes in the KAL, (including the *MacAskill Scarf and my free patterns), so feel free to jump in!

You do have to be a Ravelry member to participate in this KAL, but if you're not on Ravelry, I do strongly suggest it as a really good fiber resource!

For the KAL rules and sign up, go here; for the 25% off on my patterns for KAL participants, go here. (Also, I'm not the only designer giving discounts, so you can check out that thread for other Canadian designers who are giving pattern discounts for the KAL).

So, after all that's said, I'd love to see you there, and I look forward to seeing your wonderful FO's!  

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

WIP Wednesday: Hermione's Everyday Socks

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Welcome back!  This week, I've been doing a lot of knitting on stuff that I can't quite share yet, so, I'm doing the uncommon thing, and showing a WIP that's not one of my own designs! (Actually, one of the best ways for a designer to learn is to knit other folks patterns!)   And yes, this might actually qualify as a half-finished object (it's only one sock), but, it's also a WIP, so this is where I've decided it goes! 
Also, can you tell I often suffer from Second Sock Syndrome?  I finished that first sock December 2016! 

A finished sock laying flat, the foot is folded up.  The sock is textured, made in blue with flecks of brown and gold. Anyway, they got pulled out of deep hibernation, since I needed a temporary new knitting bag. So, I took the big tote these were in, (I just re-purpose reusable tote bags and grocery bags as project bags, I admit it!), and am using that tote while my knitting bag is in the laundry.   Also, my apologies for the photo, the sock didn't want to lay flat no matter what I tried!  I think it was crunched up in the tote bag a little too long . . . 

So, these are my Hermione's Everyday Socks.  The pattern is a free pattern from Ravelry, and this is actually pair number two!  It's a wonderful, simple sock pattern, that does great things about breaking up variegated yarn colour runs. The stitch pattern is simple enough that you memorize it quickly, and overall, it's just a great pattern!

Yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns Astral, in "Pluto."  It's 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina, for some sparkle!  I got my skein from *Eat.Sleep.Knit, as a 2016 exclusive colourway (so the colour isn't available any more), Sadly Eat.Sleep.Knit isn't stocking the Astral sock base any more, but, Nerd Girl Yarns is still producing the Astral Sock and it's still available on their webite.  

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. as always. I find I do much prefer dpns over Magic Loop, for socks.  I can do both, I don't hate Magic Loop (I actually quite like it for things like hats, where I have to decrease and am too lazy to find other needles!)  but I prefer dpns for socks. 

I'm honestly not sure how much I'll actually get done on these. It's far more likely they'll just go back into hibernation until I have time to work on them again. But, pulling them out was a good thing, it reminded me just how much I love this combination of yarn and pattern.  So maybe I will work on them as my 'brainless project' -- that is, something I take to meetings and on the transit.  I haven't decided yet. 

Well, as always, thanks for reading along! As always, please post your own crafty WIP awesomeness to the comments -- I love to see what folks are working on!  Until next week, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WIP Wednesday: Pattern of the Symbol Mittens!

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Welcome back to the next WIP Wed!  I'm glad to have you still here!

A double-knit mitten still live on double-pointed needles.  Someone is trying on the cuff. The yarn is green and brown, and there is a silver feather stitch marker clipped into the knitting.
Well, now that I've finished the Ice Cream Sundae Sock, I can show you folks the Symbol Mitts again (they are mitts, rather then gloves, by my brain categorization process -- gloves have fingers, mittens don't! So yes, I'll probably end up re-naming the pattern.)

I've been working on them here and there between other things, so there's not a lot of progress -- but, you can see the pattern now!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso."  It's a bit more splitty then some of the other Merino/Nylon blends I've worked with, but it's not the end of the world.  The silver feather stitch marker is another awesome find from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store

My yarn is twisting less, now that I'm not doing double-knit ribbing. I think it's something in my knitting style that has the yarn twisting up as I work. I have the same problem in colourwork if I'm not extremely careful about my yarn dominance, so I'm sort of used to it, but I'm wondering if anyone else has the experience of their yarn twisting while they're doing two-colour double knitting?

And double-knitting definitely is easier (and goes faster) when you're not knitting ribbing!

Anyway, that's it for this week's WIP Wed!   As always, please post your own crafty WIP awesomeness to the comments -- I love to see what folks are working on!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Pattern Release: Colours of Spring Shawl

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A woman wearing a garter stitch and lace crescent shawl. The shawl is striped in a blue-green gradient. One edge of the shawl is out of frame, with the other end wrapped around her shoulder, with the wingspan held open.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Well I'm thrilled to announce that the Colours of Spring Shawl is now available for purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy!

This garter-stitch and lace crescent shawl is specifically designed to use those mini-skein sets that are tucked away in your stash. Don't worry, it will work up just as well with a gradient yarn, or even a solid coloured yarn!  The shawl as written used 880 yards (805 meters) of fingering-weight mini-skeins. 

Sample is knit using 2 *Gradient Yarn Sets from OceanWind Knits, in "Gabriola", but could easily be knit in other mini-skein sets as well. The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written. The pattern and has been tested and tech-edited as well.
CAD $6.00
This pattern is also the second-quarter release for the Patreon Pattern Muses, and the pattern is also live over on Patreon for those who have pledged! 

And, 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.  

Friday, 8 June 2018

(Half) FO Friday: Ice Cream Sundae Sock is done!

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Someone wearing a knit sock.  The sock is blue with flecks of other colours, and knit in a stretchy ribbed lace.Hello, and welcome back to FO Friday!   It's a bit of a bad habit for me to post only one sock as a Finished Object, but, hey, I can be glad that I finished even half-a-thing, right?  

I'm actually quite happy with how it turned out!  I have another version in different yarn in progress, but I'm leaning towards this one, personally. (Pattern Muses, the poll's still open on which one I should knit up for the pattern sample!)  I knit the small, and it's a bit snug at the heel right now, but I'll see how it sits after I block them.  But I'll wait for the second sock to be done before I block them, for efficiency's sake.  It seems a little silly to me to only block one sock! 

For those who missed my previous WIP Posts, the yarn is *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, and the needles are my *2mm Hiya Hiya needles.   I was a little skeptical of the Super Sparkle yarn, and honestly, got it last year as an impulsive purchase of an exclusive colourway!  But it knits up very differently from how it looks in the skein, so I'm quite thrilled with this particular impulse buy.

With one sock finished, that means I can jump into setting up for the test-knit call (and finishing the other sock, too).  Look for this test-knit in mid- to late- June, and stay tuned here and on social media for the test-knit call!


What crafty things have you folks finished on this FO Friday?  I'd love to see them in the comments!

P.S  Knit In Public Day is tomorrow!  I'll be out with the Toronto Knitter's Guild at Wychwood Barns, and I'd love to see you folks there!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

WIP Wednesday: Ice Cream Sundae Socks with Toes!

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Whoot!  Well, this WIP Wed feels a bit more exciting -- I'm almost done the first sock of the Ice Cream Sundae Socks!

The tip of a sock at the foot.  Only a few stitches remain on double-pointed needles.  The top of the foot is a textured lace pattern.
I'm actually done the knitting.  I had to stop right before I got to Kitchenering the toe.  (My spell check is insisting that I can't use 'Kitchener' as a verb. Clearly whoever wrote the dictionary for the spell check isn't a knitter!)

Also, the colour on this photo is a touch off -- it's a grey morning, and I couldn't get the colour quite right.  The colour is closer to real life in my previous posts. Sometimes, the camera just doesn't like me, it seems!

Anyway, getting one sock done (ok, almost done) means that these should be up for testing at the end of June, at the latest!  And, on that note, a quick reminder that these are the Q3 release for my Pattern Muses on Patreon, and Pattern Muses and above get a guaranteed spot in the pattern test, if they want it. 

Yarn is *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, and this yarn is seriously changing my mind about sparkle yarn.  I usually don't like a lot of sparkle in my yarn, but this, this I like!     Needles are *2 mm Hiya Hiya double-pointed needles.   I'm glad I went with 2 mm and not 2.25 mm (I'll use either for socks, depending on exactly the fabric I want) -- I think 2.25 mm needles would have been a touch too loose. 

Well, I hope you folks enjoyed seeing the Ice Cream Sundae Socks come to fruition! I've got a few other things I'm working on at the immediate moment, but I'm still hoping to get these Kitchenered and the ends sewn in.  Then, it will be a photo shoot and a test-knit call!

It's a grey Wednesday morning here, so I'd love to see what other colourful and awesome things you folks are working on!  Please, post links to your crafty projects in the comments, and thanks for reading!

Friday, 1 June 2018

June Featured Pattern and KAL: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag

Hello everyone, and welcome to my June Featured Pattern!  
The Spring Leaves Market Bag is now 50% off for the month of June at $2.50 CAD! (Regular Price, $5.00 CAD). 
With the advent of summer weather, small project bags to carry knitting on holidays are needed, and this mitered bag is just the thing! It's made using mitered squares, and used half-a-skein or less of the each colour of the suggested yarn. So, it's perfect to use up those odds and ends in your stash! The pattern is written for four colours, but could easily be customized for more or less colours! The pattern is written only (there are no charts), and has been tested and tech-edited as well.
A drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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CAD $2.50
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 June, any finished Mitered Drawstring Project Bag 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 Mitered Drawstring Project Bag in the comments of this post by June 30, 2018.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in June, just finished in June!

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.