Wednesday, 9 June 2021

WIP Wednesday: Feather On The Wind Mittens -- Oopsie!


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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday! And today, the second sample for the Feather on the Wind Mittens is -almost- done!  Now, originally, I thought they'd just need their ends sewn in and the bottom round sewn up  (they use a half-double crochet foundation rather then the usual foundation chain, so there's a one-round gap at the bottom of the cuff). 

Two crochet fingerless mittens on top of one another, laying flat.  The top of the hand is wider on the bottom mitten then the top mitten.
But no, as you can see,  I inserted some extra stitches when working the second mitten, probably in messing up around the thumb opening! So, that's going to have to be undone and frogged back!  The thumb opening edging is separate, so none of this should be too hard to frog, but this wasn't part of the plan! 

 This pattern got accepted into the WeCrochet IDP program, and so, this is sample number two, done in  *WeCrochet's Gloss DK, in the (gorgeous!) colourway "Kenai".   (Psst, this yarn is glorious! Just make sure you hand-wash it, as it's a bit delicate!)   

The hook I used is a *5 mm hook from Darn Good Yarn.  This hook is in the first month of the *Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box (which was ever so generously gifted to me by JennyKnits on Twitch;  who sadly, doesn't seem to be streaming any more!) 

Once I fix it and get them sewn up and blocked, then it's off for photography and the start of the testing process!  I'll be posting the testing call on Yarnpond when it's ready to go!  (Oh, and if you want to get a sneak preview of the draft pattern,  that will be available for Pattern Muses over on Patreon!)

I'm actually really excited that these are almost done, and really disappointed that I have to frog back (I -hate- frogging, but it has to be done!)

So, given my need to frog back, I'm hoping to live vicariously through you this week!    Anything you folks are happy to have off the hooks and needles?  Feel free to share in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you've finished up!)

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

June Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

Yeay for Summer Weather! And Summer weather means Ice Cream! 

 And yes, it also means new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern Sale!  The Ice Cream Sundae Socks are  the Featured Pattern for June, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code "JuneFeatPatt2021" at the link below!

Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.

These socks were the result of playing with yarn and stitch dictionaries. I wanted a stitch pattern that would show off variegated yarn and keep it from being 'ugly'. The Ice Cream Sundae Socks were the result!

These socks are knit from the cuff-down, with either double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. They use a heel flap and gusset heel, with an slip-stitch heel flap for additional durability. The instructions are written; the lace pattern is both charted and written. Instructions are given for two sizes.

The sample was knit using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, a 4 ply Superwash Merino yarn with Lurex blended into the plies. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed to help break up repeats of highly variegated yarn, but solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will also be beautiful in these socks.

This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes only the written instruction.

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "JuneFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of June, any finished pair of Ice Cream Sundae Socks has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed pair of socks by June 30, 2021 Please note that the socks don't have to have been started in June, just finished in June, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

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

Friday, 14 May 2021

FO Friday: Penny Hat Commission

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Whelp, it's FO Friday, and the Penny Hat is done!  It's been washed, steam-blocked, and had the labels sewn in --  (sadly, my *fabric pen is running out of ink, so the writing on the labels is kinda faint -- I'll have to get another pen soon)

A knit lace hat.  Hat is knit in deep green tonal fingering-weight yarn.

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", and it's been wonderful to knit with!  It's a touch rougher on the hands then some of the other Knit Picks Sock yarns with Merino in the blend, but it's still been great to knit with.   I was worried about the colour maybe bleeding in the wash (deep blues/greens/reds are the worst culprits for colour bleeding, but it washed up just fine!) 

As for needles, the needles I used are an old set of 2.75 circular mm needles, and then some 2.25 mm double-pointed needles for the ribbing.

Yeay for a project off the needles!  What about you -- got any finished Objects you want to share?  Post pictures in the comments of the blog! (Or, come join my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook, and share them there, too!)

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission Continues!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday!   And the Dr. Who scarf knitting continues!  (With assistance from the new ShadowKitten, of course!)
A striped scarf on a straight needle, a black cat is sitting next to the knitting needle.

Honestly, his commission hasn't been as onerous as I'd been afraid of.   While it's definitely time-consuming, it actually knits up fast, and being able to see my progress has really helped me keep my interest in it.   And because it's all garter-stich, I can work on it in meetings, workshops, and even on the bus to a vaccine appointment! (Yes, I've had my first COVID shot now, yeay!)

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle."  And this amazing fan-site was a superbly useful resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf. The only yarn I couldn't figure out how to match without making many orders from many places was the Green - I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research. 

When I first started this project, I looked at the BBC's official pattern, and it suggested 5.5 mm needles -- which actually worked out for my tension!    I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is actually more important for this pattern, as it's more about making each stripe line up as close as possible to the original then it is to duplicate the exact width.  It will continue to stretch with washing and wearing (apparently, the original scarf stretched to over 20 feet long with time!) 

Just after writing this, I'm taking this scarf and hopping over to a *Teachable Webinar  -- and I'll be taking this scarf with me!  So hopefully I can get some more work done on it today. 

So, same question as last time -- what are you folks working on this week? Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share? Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Friday, 30 April 2021

May Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Colours of Spring Shawl

 Whelp, it's May! And in addition to proper spring weather now, it means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern Sale! The Colours of Spring Shawl is the Featured Pattern for May, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!  Use the code "MayFeatPatt2021" at the link below!


The idea of a striped shawl using gradient sets had been something I’d been considering for a bit. It was some experimentation with gradient swatches that led to the creation of this shawl!

The Colours of Spring Shawl starts with a Garter Tab Cast on, and then is shaped into a crescent by 4 increases every two rows. The shawl is knit in alternating sections of garter stitch and lace. It was specifically designed to work up using mini-skein sets. The instructions are written and the lace motif is charted and written. There are two options for edging the shawl. The sample is edged with an i-cord bind off, but the pattern includes instructions for a ruffled edge, as well.

The sample was knit using two of a fingering-weight 100% Superwash Merino gradient set from OceanWind Knits.  If you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a fingering or sport weight with a mostly wool content. The placement of the garter stripes can be adjusted to account for differing yardages between mini-skein sets.

This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes only the written instruction.

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code "MayFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of May, any finished Colours of Spring Shawl has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed shawl by May 31, 2021. Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in May just finished in May, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog. Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along. IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, 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 share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook! That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

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

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Penny Hat Commission -- almost done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and this time, I've got an almost-done project!  The Penny Hat is off the needles, but still needs to be blocked and have the labels sewn in before it goes off to its home!

A lace hat knit in dark green fingering-weight yarn.

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", which I also am very much in love with! It's a touch rougher on the hands then some of the other Knit Picks sock yarns, but I'm really enjoying it!  Right now, the hat is scrunched up and the kettle-dyed yarn is a bit busy, but I'm hoping it will even all out with blocking.   I plan to block it over a baking bowl and see what that does to the lace.  I also  have to sew in my labels (since I'm selling this hat a as commission, the law says I have to have a label with fiber content and mailing address). 

As for needles, the needles I used are an old set of 2.75 circular mm needles, and then some 2.25 mm double-pointed needles for the ribbing. 

So yeay for a project I can share for WIP Wednesday!  And if you want to show off your  WIP Wednesday projects, feel free to post them in the comments, as I love ooh-ing and aah-ing over peoples amazing projects! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Penny Hat Commission

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I've got a second project to share -- and this is one of the rare times I get to knit someone else's pattern!

A fingering-weight lace hat in progress on circular needles, knit in a deep green yarn.
For another commission piece, I was asked to make a Penny Hat, by TinCanKits; and I was happy to oblige.  I've knit from a bunch of TinCanKnits patterns (and even been lucky enough to test-knit a few!); and always know they're worth it.  (And yeay for an off-Ravelry designer!)

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", which I also am very much in love with!  It's a tighter twist then some of the other Knit Picks Sock yarns, so it's not super-soft on the hands like merino, but it's still a nice yarn to work with, and it feels sturdy without being rough on the hands.   

Needles are a very old set of 2.75 circular needles -- they might be old, but they're up to the task! 

The *"Faith" Stitch Marker is from *NotionsEmporium, and I absolutely adore the lobster-claw stitch markers for working in the round.   No more worries about a stitch marker slippiing off if I stop my knitting at the beginning/end of round!   (Yes, this happens, and yes, I'm clumsy!)

The ribbing took a bit of fiddling, as it isn't just standard 1 by 1 or 2 by 2 ribbing, but it's ribbing that matches the lace, so I messed that up a few times.   But the actual lace pattern is pretty easy to memorize, I almost don't have to look at the pattern chart any more, except to double-check  that I'm on the right row of the chart, so it's also something I can work on in meetings, while watching Netflix, ect.  Though, as you can tell from the picture above, this is a pattern that will need to be blocked to bring the lace out to its full glory, as right now it's still rather scrunched up. 
   
I'm actually really happy I have projects I can share here again -- it's nice to be able to show stuff off!  And if  you want to show off your projects, feel free to post them in the comments, as I love ooh-ing and aah-ing over peoples amazing projects!  (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)