Wednesday, 20 March 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl -- On the Corners!

A shawl with a knitted-on leaf lace edging in progress. The edgiing is laying flat, and has been shaped by short rows to be at an angle to the body of the shawl. Numerous stitch-marker charms are clipped into the work.
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For this week's WIP Wed post, I'm working on the first full corner of the Marianna Shawl! (I started the edging at a corner, so that's a little bit different.)

So I've done one full side of the square now, and am working on turning the first corner.  

Line Art Diagram of knitted on edging.  Two rectangles arraigned as two sides of a square, both labeled: edging   Where the rectangles meet to form a corner is highlighted in blue Here's the thing.  For this style of edging, where the edging is knit flat and joined to the shawl. . . well, it poses problems at corners.  It works just fine as an edging for tubes or flat edges, but when you get into circles or squares, it won't work so well without getting a bit inventive.  

Hence, short-rows come into play!

It's a bit hard to explain, but, basically, to make the knitted border lay flat along the corners, you add in short rows -- shown in the (very simple!) diagram as marked in blue.  So, when I'm turning the corner, I work short rows to add extra rows to the outer edge of the edging, so that it will lay flat at the corner. 

So, far, so good!  I'm just hoping it lies flat-enough, because I don't think I could put more short-rows in!

Yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the now-discontinued colourway "Marina".  I'm a good bit into my third skein now, and I'll definitely have enough to finish (which was my worry originally). It knits up quite well.  I was worried about the possibility of it pulling, but so far, it really hasn't, which is great!

The various and sundry stitch markers all come from *WinemakersSister's Etsy Store.  They've been incredibly useful in marking my place, and the ones on the edging itself are marking the various short-row wraps. 

Well, that's it for this week!  And just a quick reminder -- if you'd like access to the draft charts, notes, and even more behind-the-scenes, you can get access to them over on Patreon -- so please, check it out!

 Stay tuned for further updates, and thanks for reading this week's WIP Wed!  Happy Crafting, folks!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl Edging

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For this week's WIP Wed post, I'm finally to the edging of the Marianna Shawl!

someone holding a knit lace leaf pattern flat across their hand.  The lace is knit flat, and joined to the body of a larger shawl.
I've been charting and working on it over on Twitch, as well as off stream.   It's coming together slowly, as is to be expected with something that's 580 stitches around!  The photo isn't quite true-to-colour (blame a really grey sky today), but it hopefully shows the edging well!   True colour is more of a blue-green, and you can see it better in some of the previous posts

I'm still hoping for a late May release, depending on how long it takes for me to finish the cast off, and how long it needs for testing.  

Yarn is skein two of three of my stash *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", -- 70% Merino, 30% silk.  The colour is (sadly) discontinued, but the yarn is still available! 

I actually managed to finish the shawl with skein two, but with only a tiny bit left.  I'll probably be joining in skein three tomorrow, but I should have more then enough yarn left over. 

Needles are 3.5 mm 16-inch circulars, and surprisingly, the stitches all fit!  I was worried I'd have to transfer to a bigger circular, but, no, I didn't! 

And yes, this WIP Wed went up with only half-an-hour to spare on Wed.  But it totally counts, right?  You can blame that on some schedule changes (same reason my stream times are changing), and it's going to take me a bit to adjust!

Well, that's it for this week's post!  Thanks for your patience with my late post.

I'd love to see what you're working on this Wed (well, really, whenever you see this blog post!)  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 #sarahdawnsdesignsso I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

WIP Wednesday: Montego Shawl, Chart 5!


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Well, I'm continuing work on my Montego Shawl!  For those didn't see last week's post, it's a very old WIP from 2014 that I'm trying to get off my needles. I'm currently working through Chart 5, with only Chart 6 to go (Chart 6 is the edging with beads).

A blue lace shawl live on the needles  The shawl is spread out to show various lace panels and patterns.  A stitch marker with a shell charm is clipped into the knitting.

Pattern is Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's knitting up wonderfully! The pattern is very large, because it has instructions for a number of different shapes, but I promise, it's worth it!  The set up took a bit of figuring out at the time (depending on the shape you choose, some charts are mirrored and some are not), but once I figured it out it worked out very well.

Yarn is the now-discontinued *Claudia Handpainted Yarns Silk Lace in "Baby Boy"  Since it's 100% silk, it's gorgeous to work with, but you can see the distortions in my tension, since silk is rather unforgiving in such matters.  This will definitely need to be blocked, and the beads on chart 6 means that my usual steam-blocking method isn't an option. I'll have to figure that one out (and no, I haven't made the final decision on what beads I want to use yet!)

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  I'm actually thrilled I have them -- they work really well with the slippery 100% silk.  But the nickel plating is still leaving a weird smell (even after years of use).  I notice it more as the needles warm up.  These are my only plated needles so I have no idea if this is normal.  I haven't heard any accounts of this on the internet, but admittedly, I haven't looked too hard. 

The stitch marker you can see is a set of *Ocean Shells from *WineMakersSister Etsy Shop. It clips nicely into the work.  I don't have it on the needle, because it was causing some laddering (you can see a few spots where that's an issue), so clipping it into the centre spine stitch worked out a lot better!

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update! Hope folks are staying warm in what I hope is the last cold blast before spring! I'd love to see what you folks are making, be they warm knits for the cold, or light knits for the onset of spring!  Post your work in the comments, or, use the hashtag  #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

March Featured Pattern and KAL: Garden Lace Socks

Well, it's March! And it is finally starting to warm up a little -- I'm finding myself thinking about what plants to start for our garden! So it was an easy choice as to what pattern to feature!

The Garden Lace Socks pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of March!
Someone wearing a pair of green socks. They have a lace leaf pattern along the leg and top of the foot.

$2.75 CAD
These socks are knit cuff-down, with a standard heel flap and grafted toe. While the sample was knit on dpns, the pattern is written to be knitted using any circular knitting method. The lace motif is both written and charted. Instructions are given for two sizes.The sample was knitted with (now discontinued) Fleece Artist BFL Sock, in "Jade" which is 80% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and 20% Nylon. Any fingering weight nylon/wool or nylon/merino blend should substitute nicely.

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 March, any finished pair of Garden Lace Socks can be entered to  win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Garden Lace Socks  in the comments of this post by March 31, 2019. Please note that the socks don't  have to have to have been started in March, just finished in March!

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 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: Montego Shawl

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Well, I'm taking a break from the Marianna Shawl.  I've finished to where the edging begins, and now it's up to Patrons to decide the edging! (Poll closes March 4th, so get your votes in!)

In the mean time, I'm continuing my quest to finish up old WIPs, in this case, a very old WIP from 2014 (eeek!)  I started it as a KAL project, and never remotely finished it.   I do still love it, though, so it's now my quest to finish it up.   Pattern is Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's knitting up wonderfully!  The pattern is incredibly customization, but it does take a minute to figure out how it goes together, especially for the version that you've chosen.  Once you get there, though, it works out just fine!  
a blue lace shawl live on a circular needle, tucked into a wooden yarn bowl.  There is a stitch marker with a shell charm clipped into the work.

Yarn is the now-discontinued Claudia Handpainted Yarns Silk Lace in "Baby Boy"  It's gorgeous, but it's definitely slippery, being 100% silk. It's also very sensitive to changes in my tension, so this will -definitely- need to be blocked. I'm not sure how I will block it, because the border is beaded.  Usually I steam-press lace to block it, but I can't do that as well with the beads. I -think- I should be able to block the edging using the iron and a damp towel, but I'm not sure.

 Anyway, I've got a few different options for beads -- I'd like to use some bigger beads from my stash -- the shawl is super light-weight and I think the weight of some beads would help it out. 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  I got them years and years ago at a boxing day sale, and I do quite love them.  They've been in this WIP for a while, and I'd actually forgotten that they were my only pair of Addis.  I do quite like the Addis, on coming back to them.  But, I find -- and this may seem weird -- that the nickel plating smells strange, and leaves a strange smell on my hands and the yarn.  It's a metallic smell. (Does that seem perfectly strange? I have no idea). 

The stitch marker you can see is a set of *Ocean Shells from *WineMakersSister Etsy Shop.  It clips nicely into the work, and is showing the centre of the shawl. 

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update! Right here, we're in the midst of a major snowstorm, so please, stay safe out there! 

Final note -- if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesignsso I can find you on Social Media, and see all the awesome things you're making!

Friday, 22 February 2019

FO Friday: Siren Song Scarf!

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So I'm on a roll with finished things, and finally also got my Siren Song Scarf Blocked!

Pattern is the awesome (and adjustable) Siren Song, by Louise Zass-Bangham, and it's a pattern I well recommend  -- just make sure you read it all the way through, don't forget the bottom edging, like I did!

a lace scarf folded up on itself, knit in dark blue yarn. The lace is a shell motif, progressing into smalls and finally into a mesh.

Yes, the pattern is -supposed- to have a garter stitch edging on the long sides. I didn't do that. I didn't read the pattern fully, jumped right into the lace, and meandered along for quite a bit before realizing that I'd skipped that part!    But, if I'd done the edging, I would have probably not have had enough yarn to finish. .  . so, I'm ok with that, and still happy with how it turned out!  Yes, this was another game of Yarn Chicken!  (And yes, like most of my scarves, I had to fold it up to get a good shot of the stitch pattern, haha!)

Yarn is *MadelineTosh Eyre Light in "Arctic", and it's a gorgeous yarn.  It does pill very easily, but it's wonderful to work with, and has made the most wonderful, squishy scarf!  I'm a bit worried about how the scarf will pill with wear, but I think this will probably be more of a springtime scarf, so it's not going to get oodles of friction under my coat. 

I worked this up on my 4 mm Lykke interchangable needles.  And I've determined that while the needles are wonderful, they're not for me.  I still keep unscrewing them, and now, disorganized me has managed to loose one of the needle tips right out of my needle bag! (I seriously don't know how I managed that one -- unless it is due to the cats, but they haven't shown any interest in the tips, so I'd be surprised!)

 So I think it's better for me to simply stick to fixed circulars, but that's through absolutely no fault of the Lykke needles -- they were wonderful to work with, they just kept unscrewing due to my knitting style!  I'll keep the two sets of tips I have, and use them, but I don't think I'll make the investment in any more. 

I've been productive in trying to clear out long-langushing WIPs, and I'm glad this is another one off the needles.  It's slowly getting warmer out (it being the end of February and all), so I'm hoping I'll be able to wear this out in a few weeks.

What have you crafty folks finished up in this last weeks!  Post in the comments, I'd love to see!  

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: Almost to the Edging of the Marianna Shawl

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, everyone!  I'm still working away on the Marianna Shawl, but it's (finally) getting close to done!  I'm at row 132 of 142, but each row is over 420 stitches now, so it's taking a while!  I'm not sure if I will get 10 more rows out of the last of skein two, but I should be able to finish the shawl.  

A shawl on a circular needle, tucked into a yarn bowl.  A person has their hand behind the shawl, showing the mesh lace pattern and two stitch markers.
I have a plan for the edging -- I'm going to do a sideways edging with double moss stitch and some eyelets.  The exact form of this will be up to the Pattern Muses over on Patreon -- I'll post up a few pattern repeats and see what folks think, if they like it, I'll post the edging chart for Patrons, and finish the shawl!

Given that this is coming together, it looks like it should be a late April or early May release.  I hope I can give my testers enough time to finish it -- folks, would two months be a reasonable test-knit time for this?  Thoughts?

Yarn is skein two of three of my stash  *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", -- 70% Merino, 30% silk.  It's a gorgeous yarn, frogs well, and winds up well.  My second skein did have some yarn barf (or "yarf" as it's been called on Twitch!), but I attribute that to user-error -- I'm the person who wound it, after all!   It wasn't too bad, and I just hand-balled the other end.  Took about 20 minutes while watching Netflix.

Stitch markers from a bunch of different makers, but the majority (and both the ones that you can see here), are from *Fibremancy -- the earring backs make them nicely versatile to use with a bunch of needle sizes (and I could use them with crochet, too!

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update!  Stay warm in all the snow and rain out there, and I'd love to see what you're working on to keep warm and snuggly!   So, 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!