Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WIP Wednesday: A wider thumb gusset on the Symbol Gloves!

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Hello, and welcome back to WIP Wed!  I haven't been doing much knitting this week -- those who follow me on Social Media may have already seen that I was out in Ottawa with friends!  I actually didn't get any knitting done at all over the course of the trip! But, it was fun!

But, I did get some knitting done before and after, and the only thing I worked on is my Symbol Gloves.  Sadly, there's not a lot of difference to show between last week's post, but, the thumb gusset is, in fact wider.   I've still got a good bit of increasing to go before it gets to where I want, though. 
A double-knit mitten on double-pointed needles, knit in contrasting colours of green and brown yarn. There are two dolphin charm stitch markers on the needle, marking the increases for the thumb gusset.
Yarn is the same as always,  *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso"    This isn't the softest sock yarn, but I don't want soft for these, I want something that can take the abuse of being gloves, and this yarn should work very well!  
Needles are *2mm HiyaHiya needles.  Now, usually, I'm not too particular about my needles (except for the fact that I can break thin wooden needles).  But for this project, I'm glad I'm working with my HiyaHiya's rather then my Aero needles.  The Aeros are a bit less slippery, but the Hiya Hiya's have way sharper points.  I can't imagine doing the m1p increase for the thumb gusset with the duller points of the Aero needles.

The *dolphin stitch markers are awesome finds from 
*EfficientSense's Etsy Store.  These are the lobster-claw style ones (I much prefer the claw style stitch markers, I can't accidentally knit them into my work!), and they're marking the thumb gusset. 

Now that I'm not doing either ribbing or colourwork, double knitting is settling into a nice rhythm.  I find I quite enjoy it, but it is still quite a bit slower then 'normal' knitting.  But, I can now work on these while doing something else, like playing computer games (Fallout 4 at the moment) or watching Netflix (I'm getting caught up with the second season of Jessica Jones). 

Well, here's hoping I can take advantage of a quieter week this week.  For those in the Toronto Area, I'll see you at The Great Toronto Yarn Hop this weekend!  I'm a team captain for Team Angora, and there's still one spot available! (P.S.  I've also got a new design launching concurrent with the Yarn Hop, so feel free to check that out as well -- it'll be free for Yarn Hop participants!)

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ice Cream Sundae Socks Test-Knit Call!

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So, I've been quite productive over the past few months, and have another test-knit call now live!

This pattern is the Ice Cream Sundae Socks, and these are slated as the third-quarter release for the Pattern Muses on Patreon!   These socks have been in development for a bit, and actually underwent a change of yarn partway through my prototyping.  But, I'm really happy with how they turned out, and I'm glad to have them up for testing!

Someone wearing a knit sock.  The sock is blue with flecks of other colours, and knit in a stretchy ribbed lace.
These socks are stretchy ribbed lace socks designed for fingering-weight yarn.  They are knit cuff down, using a gusset and heel flap.  The toes are seamed with Kitchener Stitch. 

The sample was knit on *2 mm double-pointed needles, but the pattern is written that they could easily be knit using magic loop or two circulars, if you wanted.  Also, the socks are designed to have a bit of negative ease, since the lace and ribbing is so stretchy.  If you wanted slightly larger socks, you could easily go to 2.25 mm needles and a slightly larger tension.  The yarn I used is  *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, but any sock yarn should work well for these socks.  With these socks, you can go for a bit more variegated, since the pattern helps break up the colours of the yarn. 

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.

The deadline for this test is July 24, 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.  Please note that you only have to finish one sock to count for the test!

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

Well, I hope you would consider being a tester!  And, if this test doesn't strike your fancy, I have a few more on the way, so something upcoming will hopefully be more to your style.  A
s always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

WIP Wednesday: Thumb of the Symbol Gloves!

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Well, this week has seen a lot more knitting time.  And I've finally had time to sit down and do some more pattern drafting on the Symbol Gloves.   So, I'm past the chart and onto the thumb!  

This is a good prototype, and for my first time doing double-knitting, it's not bad at all!  I found one spot where I didn't cast on properly, and the two layers of fabric aren't joined, but I can stitch that down after the fact.  But the thumb gusset's been interesting.  M1P is always a fiddly stitch at the best of times, and now I have to do it with another layer of yarn in the way!  So far so good, though!  I think that this is definitely a pattern I'll plan a Youtube Tutorial for. (Yes, the Youtube Channel is still in development! It's taking a lot longer then I thought to set up, but it is still going, I promise!)

A double-knit mitten on double-pointed needles, knit in contrasting colours of green and brown yarn. There are two dolphin charm stitch markers on the needle, marking the increases for the thumb gusset. Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso" and I'm quite enjoying working with it!  It splits a bit sometimes (especially on that darn M1P stitch), but otherwise, no problems!  It's not the softest sock yarn I've worked with, but that's a good thing.  The super-soft yarns tend to pill and not hold up to friction as gloves. 

Needles are *2mm HiyaHiya needles (and this time I'm glad of the sharper points of the HiyaHiya needles.  They really help with the m1p.  I would not want to be doing this on my old Aero needles!)

The *dolphin stitch markers are awesome finds from 
*EfficientSense's Etsy Store.  These are the lobster-claw style ones (I much prefer the claw style stitch markers, they're far more versitile), but in this case, yes, I just have the claws hooked right over the needles.  The 2mm needles are small enough for that!

I do have to say, double knitting isn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be!  It just requires some figuring, that's all.  I'm starting to wonder if I should dare brioche knitting again?

Anyway, that's it for this week!  As always, thanks for reading!

Oh, folks in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- I'll be up there soon, and it looks like I'll have some free time around the downtown!  Any suggestions for yarn shops that are open on a Saturday? 


Sunday, 1 July 2018

July Featured Pattern and KAL: Colours of Spring Shawl

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Well, folks, welcome to summer!  
For the month of July, the Colours of Spring Shawl Pattern is now 50% off for the month of July at $3.00 CAD. (Regular Price, $6 CAD). 
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer's finally here, in all it's glory!  So, I figured a light-weight fingering shawl was the perfect pattern for this summer.  Light enough to not be too warm, but thick enough to keep the sun off, and perfect for when the air-conditioning gets a bit too cool!  The pattern is written for two five-colour mini-skein sets, but is easily adjustable.  And don't worry, it will work up just as well with a gradient yarn, or even a solid coloured yarn.
The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written.  The pattern has been tested and tech-edited as well.
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
CAD $3.00

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 July, any finished Colours of Spring Shawl 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 Colours of Spring Shawl in the comments of this post by July 31, 2018.  Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in July, just finished in July!

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, 27 June 2018

WIP Wednesday: The Second of the Hermione's Everyday Socks

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Welcome back to WIP Wed folks!  

So this week I didn't get to do that much knitting.  I got to go do a bunch of awesome workshops --  I even got to go to the Launch of Collision 2019! Collision is a Tech Conference, but I went to feel out some new technology and ideas to support my digital stuff like Livestreams and even this blog!  I don't know if I'll go to the full conference, but when I got an invitation to the launch, I was like 'sure, lets check this out', and it does look amazing. 

The cuff of a ribbed sock live on double-pointed needles.   Yarn is a blue flecked with deep gold. However, with all the workshops and things this week, there's not been a lot of knitting.   But, last night, I cast on for the second of the Hermione's Everyday Socks.   And yes.  though it's a good thing I cast them on (lets see I I can finish a long-languishing pair of socks, right?), I really only cast them on to have something to show you folks today, I admit!

This pattern isn't one of my own designs, it's from fellow Ravelry Designer Erica Lueder, and it's her free Hermione's Everyday Sock Pattern, available on Ravelry or from her Blog.  It's a great, simple-but-fun pattern, and it makes amazing 'transit knitting'.  The stitch pattern is simple enough to memorize, but interesting enough to be, well, interesting!

Yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns Astral, in the colourway "Pluto." It's 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina, and I find the sparkle from the Stellina really does come through in real life! It's subtle, but it's definitely there!  Sadly, this colour is no longer available, since it was an exclusive dyed up for *Eat.Sleep.Knit in 2016.  (You might be able to find it in a destash, but it will likely take some searching!  Sorry!)  But the Astral base is absolutely beautiful, and still available from the Nerd Girl Yarns Web Store

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns.  I do prefer dpns over Magic Loop, specifically for socks.  (It's probably because I learned my sock knitting on dpns!)

Well, thanks for putting up with my somewhat pathetic knitting progress this week.  I do hope to have more to show you next week!  As always, thanks for reading, and I'd love to see what you're working on! So, please, post your crafty and awesome creations to the comments!


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!