Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Siren Song Scarf

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!

Ok, so I know I said last WIP Wed that I'd be working on the Marianna Shawl. And I am. . . sort of.

I'm actually currently knitting along on my Siren Song Scarf. I started it in early 2018 as part of a knit-along. The pattern is the awesome (and adjustable) Siren Song, by Louise Zass-Bangham.

A knit lace scarf scrunched up on a circular needle and tucked into a yarn bowl. The scarf is knit in deep blue fingering yarn.  There are a large variety of stitch markers hooked into the work. How is this related?  Well, the folks who have been watching on Twitch recently have heard this, so I'll summarize.  I put a whole bunch (and I mean a whole bunch) of stitch markers into my Siren Song.  Because I kept messing up the 8-stitch repeat.  So every 8 stitches, I put in a stitch marker.  

However, this used basically every stitch marker I own.   And the Marianna Shawl has grown to the point of needing some additional stitch markers to mark the repeat -- I did spend one Twitch stream basically fixing my mistakes.  So now I need the stitch markers out of the Siren Song so I can continue working on the Marianna Shawl!

Yarn is *MadelineTosh Eyre Light in "Arctic", and I'm loving it! I've worked with it once before -- actually, I knit a sample of my Spiralling Star Mittens in it!  It's a soft yarn with a great feel. . . but it does shed.  When I was working with this at Knit Night, I got a chuckle for having a bit of blue 'fluff' on my nose!  It also is a 'sticky' yarn, so it has more of a tendency to tangle then some other yarns.  But the feel more then makes up for that!

Needles are my 4 mm Lykke interchangeable needles.  For the most part, I'm quite happy with the needles.  But, a) the interchangeable tips are a bit shorter then I'd personally like and b) the needles tend to unscrew over time!   I've found that I'm not the only knitter who reports that the needles unscrew -- apparently its something in my knitting style!  I re-tightened the needles on the cable just the other day, and so far, they haven't unscrewed again since. 

And, as you can see from the picture, it really is "all the stitch markers that aren't in other projects".  They come from a variety of sellers, including *KnittersKnook , *Fibremancy, *EfficientSense's Etsy Store, and *WineMakersSister's Etsy Store,  plus some gifted stitch markers, and more!  My estimate is 30-plus stitch markers in this project -- the cable is actually a bit heavy!  

So, I'll be glad to have this project done so that I can reclaim all my stitch markers and get back to working on the Marianna Shawl.  If I don't finish this today, I'll continue working on it on Twitch tomorrow. 

And, with that, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! I'm thrilled to be back and posting again!

And, as always, 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. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Friday, 11 January 2019

FO Friday: Anghymesur Shawl!

Well, I actually finished the Anghymesur Shawl in 2018, but I've been neglecting to post about it until now!  I'm really happy with how some of the pattern photos came out, so I've finally remembered to post this for FO Friday!  And yes, I did win my game of Yarn Chicken -- sorry for keeping you folks in suspense!
A knit lace shawl done in sock-weight yarn.  The shawl is an asymmetrical triangle, with a gradient colour progression.  The shawl is hanging against an iron fence.
Photography; Stephanie Wallace

Yarn is Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient in "Dark Crystal". I got it at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last year, and I really am enjoying it - it knit up wonderfully, especially after a good steam-blocking! I loved the yarn, but I really wasn't sure what I wanted to make with it at the time -- especially since it was only 1 skein, so socks (which were my first choice) wouldn't have matched!   I also wanted something that I could 'knit until I run out of yarn' with, to eliminate yarn leftovers, and in that, I succeeded!

I worked this on a very old pair of what I think are Aero Needles (one was bent, that's how old they are!)  They were sized in what I think was Canadian/UK sizes -- they were labeled as '11' but my needle gauge has them as 3 mm, which makes sense.  They were 14 inch straight needles, and yes, the shawl did fit on them, but only just -- I'd probably do this on circulars if I were doing it again (or if I was making it bigger). 

This shawl will be released over on Patreon as a huge 'thank you' to all my Patrons.  The Test-Knit post is live there now, and the test knit will go public on Ravelry in two weeks (and stay tuned for that post here on the blog!)

So, that's this FO Friday (even if it's a bit of a cheat, since I finished this in 2018).  But I'm glad that it's done,  and I'm thrilled that I can show it off (and wear it in what is now a properly cold winter!)  What have you folks finished this week -- I'd love to see in the comments!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl Set Up!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, and the first WIP Wed in 2019! 

This week (and for the foreseeable future), I'm working on a new pattern -- the Marianna Shawl!  I had a couple of false starts, but now I've got the shawl going strong as I figured out the pattern draft.   I'll be knitting it over on Twitch for the next little while, and it's planned as the Q2 Pattern Release for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon.   It's a square shawl, (though you can't tell that from the scrunched up lace in the picture), and there will be a textured edging and border.    I'm hoping to have it released for April/May 2019, but that will partly depend on how long this takes me to knit!  I've got 1300 yards of the yarn; so I'll be at this for a bit!  
Knit lace on a circular needle.  The yarn lace yarn in a deep blue-green colour.  There are 3 feather stitch markers and 1 dolphin stitch marker clipped into the work.

Speaking of yarn, the yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", which is a lace-weight 70% Merino and 30% silk.  The colour is discontinued, but Gloss Lace is still available!  I got 1300(ish) yards of this (3 skeins) back in 2014 during a *Knit Picks sale, and I am quite enjoying it!  It does mean that my knitting plan for this shawl is 'until I run out of yarn!'  But I'm ok with that. 

And actually, that's where the pattern name came from!  Usually I struggle with pattern names, but this time, I kept misremembering the colourway name as "Marianna" rather then "Marina", so the shawl name just came quite organically this time!  

Needles are 16-inch circular 3.5 mm (US 4) needles.  I thought they were *HiyaHiya Needles,  but I can't anything stamped on the needles or the cord and usually Hiya Hiya needles have something stamped somewhere.  So I'm not sure what needles they are, but they're doing the job quite well.   They've got a bit of a snag at the join between the cable and the needle, but now that I'm not magic-looping, it seems to work out just fine. 

The stitch pattern is actually based on the work of the wonderful Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs -- she's more then willing for designers to use her stitch patterns in their work, which is super-wonderful of her!  So I'm re-working her 'Glacier' stitch pattern for the main body of the shawl, and sorting out the repeats has been an interesting and educational process for me!

Stitch Markers are from EfficientSense's Etsy store -- the *silver Angel Wings are marking each section of the square shawl, and the *jumping dolphins are marking my beginning/end of round.   And, she's a Torontonian, as well, (spell check insists that's not a word) so shipping was super-fast for me! 

Well, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! I'm thrilled to be back and posting again! 

And, as always, 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. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Friday, 4 January 2019

FO Friday: Woodland Mittens (yes, more then one)!

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Well,  I finished the Christmas Knitting!  I didn't get the mittens done for the family party, but I did get them done.  I still need to deliver them to my Aunt, (I was hoping to do this over the holidays, but schedules (as always) didn't align.  Plus, I got sick!)

Two cabled mittens laying on top of one another, knit in a pale blue dk-weight yarn.
 So yes, they're actually done!

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, even if I still have yet to home them.

Yarn for these is Jamieson's of Shetland Double Knitting in "Prussian Blue" (top) and "Lagoon" bottom.  Both sets of yarn are from the Barrie Fibre Spirit Festival back in August. I'm really enjoying the Jamieson yarn -- this is the first time I've used it and it's working up quite well!
Two cabled mittens laying on top of one another, knit in a dark blue dk-weight yarn.

Needles were my *HiyaHiya 3.5 mm dpns. I worked the mittens actually using only two needles, (and knitting with a third), and it worked out quite well!  Sometimes I get some laddering with that technique, but not this time!

I really enjoyed working on these.  Though I can't submit my own knits into my Knit-Along (well, I could, but I won't -- that just seems mean), I encourage people to check out #sarahdawnsdesignsdecember2018  to see more works in progress of these mittens (and of anyone else who participated in the December KAL!)

I'm thrilled to have these done (the knitting was getting a little frantic towards the end there, so I'm glad to not be worrying about that any more). Though they weren't part of my continuing quest to finish up my bins of WIP's, I'm still thrilled that they're done, and quite happy with how they turned out. 

What new projects have you finished up on this first Friday of the new year?  Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

January Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Hat!

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Happy New Year, everyone! 

For the start of the New Year,   the Woodland Mittens Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of January!   With the weather turning cold now, what's better for cold weather then a worsted-weight, double-layered hat with a thick brim to keep your ears warm!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD

This hat is knit in the round from the brim up, using a provisional cast on to create both sides of this reversible hat!  

Sample was knit in Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Rock Candy and Mallowmar".  Though the particular colours are no longer available, the yarn is *still easily available.

The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written.

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 January, any finished Woodland Hat 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 Woodland Hat in the comments of this post by January 31, 2019. Please note that the hat doesn't have to have to have been started in January,  just finished in January!

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, 19 December 2018

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting -- Second pair of Woodland Mittens Almost Done!

A knit mitten with cables done in blue yarn. The mitten is still live on double-pointed needles. The thumb gusset stitches are on a stitch holder. Mitten and yarn are tucked into a wooden yarn bowl.
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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, where I'm officially continuing the frantic Christmas Knitting. I'm working on two pairs of Woodland Mittens for my younger cousins!  I finished one pair (and should post them for FO Friday), and am almost-but-not-quite done!  I didn't finish them for the family party, so I'll have to deliver them to my aunt sometime this week (or maybe on Sunday).  Oh, and lesson learned -- do not make two right-hand mittens and no left hand mittens!   I had to ravel back to the cuff of the last mitten to turn it into a left hand mitten!

Yarn for these is Jamieson's of Shetland Double Knitting in "Lagoon". which is the second set of skeins I got it at the Barrie Fibre Spirit Festival back in August.  I'm really enjoying the Jamieson yarn -- this is the first time I've worked with it (well, second time, now),   I had one knot, but it's otherwise been great!  The balls are small (25g), but two balls are still more then enough for a pair of mittens.

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 3.5 mm dpns. And, just to confuse folks, I'm actually only working on two dpns now, similar to Magic Loop. I find that I can do that with some things that are a smaller circumference.  I just split the back of the hand to one needle and the front of the hand to another needle, and I don't end up with too much laddering!

The Yarn bowl is from *Natural Knot Wood, and I've been singing the praises of it since I got it. Sadly, Wayne of Natural Knot Wood passed away in July, so the shop will only remain open long enough to deplete the remaining stock.  It's a loss to the creative community to have lost Wayne -- he made amazing tools for fiber folks, toys, and more. 

The star stitch marker is a gift from a few years ago from a fellow knitter at a National Novel Writing Month meetup!  Folks were both writing and knitting, and someone was giving out stitch markers!

Other then the mittens, it's been pretty quiet on the knitting front here.  I'm hoping to actually have this mitten finished for today.

Well I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! This is the last WIP Wednesday post of 2018, so I'll be back on Jan 9th, 2019!  Hope you're all enjoying your holiday crafting, and I shall see you folks when I return!

And, as always, 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. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting -- Woodland Mittens Almost Done!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, where I'm officially continuing the frantic Christmas Knitting.  I'm working on two pairs of Woodland Mittens for my younger cousins, and if you want to see me knitting them live, head on over to Twitch TV and I'll be working on them for my Thursday and Friday streams, so long as I'm not interrupted by the possibility of painters coming in (which is looking very unlikely now).   I have to finish these for a family party at the end of this week, and it's looking like I might have been a bit too ambitious -- I'm working on the thumb of the left-hand mitten, but there's still another pair of mittens to go.  So my Twitch Stream might become a bit more panicked!
The back of the hand of a cabled mitten.  The thumb stitches are live and on a dpn. Background is a computer keyboard.

Yarn for these is Jamieson's of Shetland Double Knitting in "Prussian Blue".  I forget the name of the vendor (shameful, I know, but it's not even on the receipt!) but I got it at the Barrie Fibre Spirit Festival back in August. The Jamieson's yarn is new to me, so I got to try it out and see why it's so well recommended.   Over on Ravelry, some folks have mentioned that a lot of the balls have knots --  I only found one knot in my balls so far, which about what I'd usually expect -- and with this yarn, if you do find a knot, it spit-splices so well it's really a non-issue.

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 3.5 mm dpns.  And, just to confuse folks, I'm actually only working on two dpns now, similar to Magic Loop. I find that I can do that with some things like mittens, just split the back of the hand to one needle and the front of the hand to another needle, and I don't end up with too much laddering! I can see why folks would get some laddering, and this only seems to work with things that are a small circumference (like kid's mittens!) 

And yes, that's the keyboard of my shiny new (well, Sept 2018) laptop in the background.  It's made my work -so- much easier having a computer that doesn't spontaneously crash!

Well I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! You can come see me knit these (and the next pair) over on Twitch --  come hang out and see me knit in real time!

As always, 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. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!