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!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Wrought Mithril Hat Test-Knit Call!

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I'm thrilled to announce the testing call for my Wrought Mithril Hat!

This pattern has been in development since early January 2017 and is finally finished up enough and looking for testers!  It started as a project as part of Aroha Knits Initiate Knit Design Challenge, but took a bit more time to finally become a pattern!

A woman wearing a cable and lace beanie hat, knit in light blue yarn.
The hat is worked in the round in fingering-weight yarn.  Pattern is both written and charted, with written instructions as a second file to keep the pattern to a decent size -- both files will be sent to you as part of the test-knit. 

The sample was made in *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering but any fingering or sock yarn would work well -- I'd suggest a silk, bamboo or Tencel blend with a good bit of drape, but even a basic sock yarn blend would work well too. 

 Sample was made using a 3.25 mm (US 3) circular needle, but you can knit the pattern using whatever circular knitting method you would like! (And, as always, you should use whatever hook size gets you gauge!)

Anyway, 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, and Ravelry is an amazing resource!

The deadline for this test is January 15, 2019, so as to give folks lots of time to test over the holidays.  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.

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

Well, I hope you would consider being a tester! And, if this doesn't peak your interest, that's ok!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, folks! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting -- Woodland Mittens!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! I've officially started my 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 over my next few streams! I have to finish these for a family party in mid-December, but it's looking like I should be good for timing.

Anyway, I'm done the thumb gusset and about half-way up the hand for the right-hand mitten -- I've been listening/watching a lot of webinars and podcasts recently, and it's the perfect way to pass the time!

A cabled mitten knit in dark blue yarn on a set of dpns.  The yarn and mitten are tucked into a wooden yarn bowl, and a golden star stitch marker is clipped into the mitten beside the cable panel.
Yarn for these is Jamieson's of Shetland Double Knitting in "Prussian Blue", which I picked up back at the Barrie Fibre Spirit Festival back in August.   I've never worked with the Jamieson's yarn before, so this was a new experience for me.  I can definitely see why it's recommended for fair-isle. it's got some definitely 'stickiness' to it.   It's less strong then I expected -- I was actually able to break it once by pulling on it.  But it should make some amazing knitted mittens.

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 3.5 mm dpns -- 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! When I started the cuff, I had it on three needles, but it just made more sense to have it on only two needles once I got to the split for the front and back of the hand.

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.   

The stitch marker is a gift from a knitting meetup a few years ago as part of National Novel Writing Month. Though I didn't participate this year, I have done it for several years, and one year, there was a meeting of knitters and writers, with folks giving out stitch markers!

Well I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! These are my newest project for my Twitch Stream for the time being (and I'll be working on a second pair, as well), so you can come hang out and see me knit in real time, if you'd like!

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!

Monday, 3 December 2018

December Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Mittens

So, for the month of December, the Woodland Mittens Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). They're a wonderful mitten pattern for the cold days of December -- plus, these mittens knit up fast, so if you need a last minute gift for an unexpected holiday guest, these mittens would definitely do!

Someone wearing a cabled mitten and gripping a chain. The mitten cables enclose a section of double moss stitch.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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These mittens are knit from the cuff up using DK-weight yarn, and can be knit on dpns or magic loop, or any other method you prefer.   They are mirrored mittens, with a different left-hand and right-hand. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!

Sample was knit in Baa Ram Ewe (100% British Wool). Sadly, this yarn is now discontinued. At the time of this post, there are a few remaining skeins available at the WEBS Online store, but otherwise it will be harder to find.  That said, any DK weight yarn with a high wool content would work well for these!

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 December, any finished pair of Woodland Mittens 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 Mittens in the comments of this post by December 30, 2018. Please note that the mitts doesn't have to have to have been started in December, just finished in December!

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, 28 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: One of the Symbol Gloves (but no thumb)!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've still been doing lots of knitting on the Symbol Gloves - and I finished a glove!

A fingerless glove knit in brown yarn, with a small dragon motif done in green yarn.  The stitches for the thumb of the glove are on scrap yarn.  The yarn balls and glove are set inside a wooden yarn bowl.
I've also cast on for the next glove (I was going to do the thumb, but I changed my mind), and now that I'm getting back into the hang of double-knit ribbing, I'm hoping to have these done sometime in December, even better if I can finish them before things get super-busy with Christmas stuff!

Yarn for these is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". For a sock yarn, it's not super-soft, but it's tough, which is what I want for a pair of fingerless mittens!  And it's creating a wonderful fabric for the mittens!

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. I'm glad for the sharper tip (but not super-sharp), its helpful for the two-colour cast on, among other things!

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 fiber community, as his yarn bowls and spindles really were something special.

And I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! I've been working on these a lot over on Twitch, and I'm hoping to have them done soon!

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, 23 November 2018

FO Friday: Wrought Mithril Hat

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Well, I've got more Finished Objects!  I already showed this off at the November Toronto Knitter's Guild Show-And-Tell, but now, I can show it off here too!

So, this is the Wrought Mithril Hat!  Previously, it was the Vertical Lines Hat, but, after putting the questions to the Pattern Muses on Patreon, I've changed the name to the Wrought Mithril Hat.   I originally was thinking that I could call this the Wrought Iron Hat, because the inspiration was from the lines of wrought iron fences and stained glass, but there's lots of patterns named on the theme of wrought iron, so I decided to change this the Wrought Mithril Hat, instead! (And please forgive my questionable selfie skills, as always, but haven't done a proper photo shoot of this yet!)
A woman wearing a cable and lace beanie hat, knit in light blue yarn.

It was knit on my 3.25 Aero double pointed needles, which worked out for the most part, though I had to add elastics to keep the stitches from falling off the ends of the needles, until I got to the crown decreases. 

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and I love this yarn! It creates a warm hat that's not a super-thick hat, which works well in this week's cold weather!

I'm thrilled to have this done, and I was doing some drafting of the final pattern over on my Twitch Stream, so I'm hoping to have this pattern live for a December test-knit call.  So stay tuned here (or on the various social medias) for the test knit call!

Well, thanks for reading along on my quest to finish up more WIPs! What projects have you finished up on this FO Friday? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: Symbol Gloves Thumb!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!  This week, I've been doing lots of knitting on the Symbol Gloves - I finished the Vertical Lines hat, and you can look for the FO Friday post on that coming soon, I hope!

And look, I finished the thumb gusset of the Symbol Gloves!

I ended up re-writing the pattern as I worked, the thumb gusset held out, but then I had to make some changes to my notes to make sure that the symbols lined up on the back of the Right Hand/Left Hand.  So far, so good!  

They're a bit big on my hand, but that means they should fit my gift-ee perfectly. 
Someone wearing a partly-finished fingerless glove.  The glove is brown with a green motif around the wrist.  Underneath their hand is a wooden yarn bowl with the balls of yarn inside.

Yarn for these is  *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". For a sock yarn, it's not super-soft, but it's tough, which is what I want for a pair of fingerless mittens!

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns.  I love the sharper tip of the HiyaHiyas, especially for the m1p stitch that I had to do for the thumb gusset

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. His signature is burned into the bottom of the bowl, and it still gives me a funny feeling when I see it, to think that the person who made this is no longer here on this earth.  But, it also makes me appreciate the yarn bowl even more!

The silver feather stitch marker is another awesome find from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store.  Again, I love the fact that it's a locking stitch marker, so I can put it anywhere in my knitting!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along!  I'm happy to have come back to an older project, and I'm hoping to get some more work on these done soon.

And, 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!