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!

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!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: Everyday Socks Heel Flap!


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I know it's been a bit since I showed you folks the Everyday Socks.   The pattern isn't mine, it's a free pattern available on Ravelry from designer Erica Lueder. But, I took the socks to the Toronto Business Marketing Forum  (and got called out for knitting during a presentation, but he was cool with it!)
A sock on double-pointed needles, with the heel turn completed. The sock leg is textured, and knit with fingering weight yarn.  The yarn is blue and grey with flecks of brown and yellow. There's a stitch marker with a shell charm clipped into the top of the heel. The heel of the sock is resting on a fabric double-pointed needle case.

And, I got to the heel flap!  For some reason, on these socks, I ended up with only 28 sts (rather then 32 sts) on the instep.  I have no idea why.  But I didn't want to unravel the entire sock, so I decided to just add two extra stitches from the gusset on each edge. It's a cheat, but it won't be too noticeable.
The yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns Astral, in the colourway "Pluto," which is 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina for a bit of sparkle! Sadly, this particular colour is no longer available, since it was an exclusive dyed up for *Eat.Sleep.Knit in 2016. But the Astral Base is still available from the Nerd Girl Yarns Web Store!  The colour is actually a  bit more blue then the photo here, it's one of those colours that's hard to photograph true-to-life, it seems!

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns.  I like knitting my socks on the smallest needles I can manage, I've even knit on 1.5mm needles but I didn't like those, they were just too thin to be comfortable.  I find the socks wear better on smaller needles, since they're more dense. 

The little *shell-and-purl stitch marker is from *Winemakerssister's Etsy Shop.  I actually got two sets, since I think they're so cute!  And the needle case is a new find from *SewSandySew's Etsy Shop!  I got a couple of them, and they make it -so- much easier to travel with stuff on double-pointed needles!

I'm hoping to finish these socks over the next little while -- these have become my transit knitting, or the knitting I take to public places, so I'll be working on them off and on.   This is sock number two, so it actually won't take super-long to finish!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading! 

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

Monday, 12 November 2018

Pattern Release: Woodland Hat!

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Well I'm thrilled to announce that the Woodland Hat is now available for purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$5.50 CAD
The design for this hat came about thanks to two things: first, the Ravelry Designer’s Challenge, based on a woodland theme, and second, my roommate needed a new hat! It’s the sister pattern to my Woodland Mittens.

She wanted something that was thick and warm with a brim that could fold up over the ears. So, I started experimenting with different hat designs, but most of them didn’t seem warm enough. After trying various knitted linings, I came up with this idea. It’s thick, warm, and heavy enough to keep all but the worst of the winter winds out!

The result is a cabled hat knit in the round from the brim up, using a provisional cast on to create a double-layered, lined hat. It is completely reversible, so you don’t have to worry about which way you wear it!  The yarn for the sample is *Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Mallowmar" and "Rock Candy".  When looking for a substitute, the yarn should have a good bit of structure to it. Something multi-ply with a high wool content is recommended.

The stitch instructions are both charted and written, and the pattern has been both tech-edited and test-knit, so folks can knit from either the chart, written instructions, or both, as they desire!  And, though it's knit in the round, you can knit this using any method of circular knitting you like!

This is also bundled with the Woodland Mittens Pattern on Ravelry.  You can buy both patterns together for 10$ CAD, or, if you already have the Woodland Mittens in your Ravelry Library, you should get an automatic discount of $1 on the Woodland Hat, bringing the cost to the same cost as the pattern bundle.  If you bought the Woodland Mittens Pattern on Etsy, and would like to purchase the Woodland Hat at a discount, please message me on Etsy with your Order Number from the Woodland Mittens, and I can set up a discounted purchase of the Woodland Hat for you.

As always, I look forward to seeing what you make, and please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things! If you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, post to the Ravelry Pattern thread, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I do hope you enjoy my newest pattern release, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat at over Half-Way!

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Well, I've been working on this hat off and on on my Twitch Streams, and I'm thrilled to say it's getting near the crown decreases! I'm on round 40 of 48, and it looks like I won't need a second pattern repeat to make the right depth of the hat! I still have to go through and figure out the crown chart -- I usually try and keep the crown decreases in pattern as much as I can, but that shouldn't take too long, I hope!
A fingering-weight hat still live on double-pointed needles, the needles have household elastics wrapped around their ends. The hat is knit in pale blue fingering-weight yarn with a lace and cables pattern. There are two stitch markers.  One has a small silver seashell charm, while the other has a small silver flower charm.

Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles. They're duller tips then some of my other needles, but that could be from years and years of use, since they've had at least one owner before me! I do find them a bit slippery when working with silk-blend yarn like this hat, (hence my wonderful hack of household elastics)! The elastics do work as a knitting hack, but I do plan to get a couple of these *Point Protectors/Stoppers from Knit Picks, While the elastics do work, it always takes a moment to pull them off, and that disrupts my knitting 'flow'. (Writing that looks ridiculous, but I hope that fellow knitters/crocheters know what I mean!) 

I do have to admit, I think that for a second sample, I'll probably hold off and work this on circulars.  There's the occasional cable that has to cross between dpns, and that's always a pain-in-the-behind.  But, the dpns work out ok for this for the most part, so that's the important part right now!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and I love this yarn! It's a bit slippery with the silk content, but it's gorgeous yarn! It's one of the rare points I wish I had this on wooden needles. But wooden dpns and I do not agree -- I have a major tendency to somehow snap them.

I did have a bit of trouble winding this yarn on my ball winder, since it is a bit slippery, so I'm occasionally getting small 'yarn barfs' as I work, But I figure that's user-error, and none of them have been serious tangles (though, of course now that I've written that I'll end up with a major tangle today -- Murphy's Law, right?)

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. I'm using them to mark the pattern repeats -- though I did remove them from where the pattern repeats fell between needles, since they were causing a bit of laddering.     And, the beginning/end of round marker (that you can see in the picture) is a cute *little shell marker from *WinemakersSister's Etsy Shop

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading!  If you'd like to see me knit (or attempt to knit) the Vertical Lines Hat, it's currently one of my projects on over on my Twitch Stream! (I also stream my pattern design process, as well, so you'll probably see the drafting of the crown decrease chart, too!)

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

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Crochet Hood and Scarf Test-Knit Call!

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I'm thrilled to announce the testing call for my Crochet Hood and Scarf Pattern!
[A woman wearing a hood with a scarf.  The hood is done in worsted-weight crochet in a chevron pattern.  The yarn is variegated yarn that runs between purple, black, and grey.

This pattern has been in development since early January 2018, and is finally finished up enough and looking for testers!

This hood and scarf is worked in DK/Worsted yarn. The scarf is seamed at the centre and is worked flat from end to end. Pattern is both written and charted, and is written in US crochet terms.

The sample was made in *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Single Silky Targhee, but any DK or Worsted yarn should work up well!  It was made using a 3.75 mm (USF) crochet hook.  (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 December 3rd 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.

Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new testing calls, you can PM me on Ravelryto 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! Plus, I have my first crochet test coming soon, so if you're a crocheter, please, stay tuned for that as well!

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

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November Featured Pattern and KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

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Well, with the weather turning colder, it's more and more important to keep your fingers warm -- but, in this day and age, you still need to be able to use your phone!

So, for the month of November, the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD).

These fingerless mittens are thin enough to not get in the way, warm enough to keep your warm, and still leave your fingers free!

Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD

They're knit from the bottom up in the round with fingering weight/sock weight yarn, and can be knit on dpns or magic loop, or any other method you prefer. The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written. Sample was knit in *Madelinetosh Eyre Light (60% Merino/20% Silk/20% Alpaca), but any fingering-weight yarn with a high wool content would work well for these!

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

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, 31 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat Progress

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

Am I wearing a costume?  No, not this year.  Sometimes I do, but not this year.  (That said, a bunch of us are getting together for a scary movie marathon, which sounds like fun!)

So, no Halloween themed post from me this year.  Sorry folks!

Anyway, I figured I'd show you folks progress on the Vertical Lines Hat! I've been working on it off and on in my Twitch Stream, and I'm about half-way through the pattern repeat!  The chart is 48 rows, and it's looking like I might only need the one repeat of the chart to get me to the point where I can begin the crown decreases. 

A knit hat with live stitches on double-pointed needles, knit in a cable and lace pattern.   The needles have elastics on the end.  The yarn is a pale blue fingering-weight yarn.
Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles. These are inherited needles from my mother,  They're duller tips then some of my other needles,  but that could be from years and years of use! They're a bit slippery, especially with the silk-blend yarn, hence the elastics that are wrapped around the needles!  With my next "big payday" I plan to get a couple of these *Point Protectors/Stoppers from Knit Picks,  They will be easier then pulling off the elastics each time I get to the end of the needle, I hope!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and I love this yarn!  The only challenge is a challenge from user-error -- when I wound this on my ball winder, the yarn must have slipped.  So I keep getting minor yarn barfs as I work, ugh!  But that's the fault of me and the ball winder, not the yarn!

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. I got ten of these markers, so I use them in a lot of places!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed!  If you'd like to see me knit (or attempt to knit) the Vertical Lines Hat, it's currently what I'm working on over on my Twitch Stream! (I also stream my pattern design process, as well!)   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.  And, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find it on Social Media!

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat Cables!

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Well, welcome back to another installment of WIP Wed!

Well, I'm continuing work on the Vertical Lines Hat.  I was working on it earlier on my Twitch Stream, but once I got past the ribbing, I couldn't knit and talk, so I switched out to another project.   The cable and lace pattern is complicated enough that it demanded my full attention.   There are a bunch of 7 stitch cables, so yeah, it's not as easy as some of the other stuff I've done. 

That said, it's coming along nicely!
A hat on double-pointed needles.  The hat is knit in fingering-weight pale blue yarn.  Stitch markers with silver rose charms are clipped into the knitting, and elastics are on the end of the double-pointed needles.
Needles are my 3.25 Aero double-pointed needles.  These are inherited needles from my mother, and they're good workhorse needles!  They're duller tips (I find that with most of my Aero needles), but that could be from years and years of use!  They're working just fine for the two-stitch twist, and I'm using a cable needle for the central 7 stitch cables. 


Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal".  I'm still in love with this yarn, though I think that next time I work with it I won't use my Aeros.  It's just slippery enough that it can be a bit tricky to work with on these needles.   And yes, I'm still using my elastic needle stoppers!

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. Those who have read other my other blog posts are well aware of how much use these markers get, so it says how much I love them!

Well, thanks for reading this update!  With the colder weather now here, what are you working on this WIP Wed?  I'd love to see in the comments!

P.S.  My online activity will be limited starting tomorrow, as I've been called in for Jury Duty Selection!  Hopefully, it won't take too long, and I'll be back online soon.  If not, don't worry, I'll still be able to respond to messages and such, but blog posts and such will likely slow down. 

Friday, 19 October 2018

FO Friday: Crochet Scarf and Hood

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Well, I've finished up a few more FOs, one of them being the Crochet Hood and Scarf!  I've had this finished for some time, it just needed ends woven in and blocking, which I finally did this morning!  (And yes, I know, it needs a better name!)

A woman wearing a hood with a scarf.  The hood is done in worsted-weight crochet in a chevron pattern.  The yarn is varigated yarn that runs between purple, black, and grey.
But, I was right, blocking got rid of the 'Pointy Hood Syndrome' (you can see it before it was blocked on my Twitch Stream)  It's caused by how this style of hood is constructed -- you just fold it in half and seam it, but that causes a point to form at the top of the seam. Blocking got rid of that, which was nice!

Yarn is one of the January *Exclusive Colourways from *EatSleepKnit -- "Sea Witch" on *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Targhee. It's a wonderful yarn to work with -- I was worried about how it would pool, but the pooling's actually worked in my favour! It's a single, which means that it's quite warm, but it will pill easily (one downside).  That, and the skeins of Silky Targhee are absolutely huge -- this used just about half of one skein!  And, for those who still want some of the 'Sea Witch' colourway, at the time of this writing it's *still available on the "Featherlight" base.

The hook I used is a 3.75 mm (US F) hook from Turn of the Century. I absolutely love these hooks -- I can't say enough awesome things about them! I find they work far better for me then the metal Aero hooks I was using before!  

I'm hoping to have this up for testing soon, hopefully for the end of October or early November.  So stay tuned for the test-knit call here on the Blog, or on Ravelry!   

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, 17 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Vertical Lines Hat Cast On!

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Well, welcome back to another installment of WIP Wed!  Thanks for reading along this far with me!

And, for this week, I've revived an old project and swatch, the Vertical Lines Hat! (It's a working name, I don't know if I'll keep it!)  This is the 2019 First-Quarter release for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon, and I've just started the revamped version (at a slightly looser gauge then my first swatch, but it should work out, if I've done my math right!)  

The ribbed brim of a hat on double-pointed needles.  The yarn is fingering-weight and pale blue. Locked into the knitting are stitch markers with a silver rose charm.  There are different coloured household elastics on the ends of the double-pointed needles.
So far, the ribbing is working well.  It's not a basic ribbing pattern, since it's designed to flow right into the cable-and-lace of the hat, so it takes a bit of memory, but I can still do it while watching Netflix!

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero dpns, and they're being their usual workhorse needles.  I inherited most of my Aero needles from my mother and grandmother, and for the most part, I love them!  The only thing about the Aero double-pointed needles is that the tips tend to be duller (though that could be from years of use), and so while they're having no problems with the fingering-weight yarn, they can be difficult with lace-weight.   

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Merino/Silk Fingering, in "Ethereal", and it's wonderful stuff! It has an amazing feel while working with it, it's very soft and the silk gives real shimmer and beauty.   It will grow with blocking, so I do hope that the hat won't grow too big when washed -- my swatches tend not to grow too much, but swatches lie

And yes, I'm once again using my absolutely glamourous needle stoppers in the form of old household elastics!  The silk content makes this yarn quite slippery, so after losing a few stitches at the ends of the needles, I re-introduced my elastics!

The stitch markers are my usual *silver rose stitch markers from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store. I use these markers a lot (I got a set of 10 of them!) so that should say how much I love these particular makers!

Well, as always thanks for reading along! With the weather getting colder, what are you folks working on this WIP Wed? I'd love to see, so please, share in the comments!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Progress on the Symbol Gloves!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!   With the Anghymesur Shawl done and now just waiting to be blocked (and yes, I did win my game of Yarn Chicken!)  I've gone back to working on some other projects, and the Symbol Gloves was the next thing-that-needs-to-be-finished. 

Double-knitting in the round on dpns.  The yarns are green and dark brown.  The increases for the thumb gusset are marked with silver dolphin stitch markers, and the work is sitting in a wooden yarn bowl.
I'm still working along on the thumb gusset.   Despite putting in a good bit of time on these, it's a bit disheartening that it doesn't seem to show!  But, there is progress.  The thumb gusset is wider still, and I'll soon be putting those stitches onto a stitch holder.   Double knitting isn't hard anymore, but I don't think I'll consider it fast anytime in the near future!

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

Needles are *2mm HiyaHiya double-pointed needles.  Right now, I'm thrilled I have the HiyaHiyas for this this.  I have a set of Aero 2mm needles, but I find that Aero points tend to be quite dull (I find that true of all the Aero needles I have, but that might just be wear!)  Even with the HiyaHiyas, I'm still having the occasional trouble on the m1p stitch for the thumb gusset -- I don't want to think about how hard that would be with a duller tip!

The *dolphin stitch markers are awesome finds from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store. Though they are the opening stitch markers (they use a lobster claw), I've just got them looped over the needles for the moment.  I do much prefer opening stitch markers, I've knit closed ones into my knitting one too many times!

Yarn bowl is from the amazing *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 gives me a funny feeling every time I see it, to think that he's not in this world any more.  But his work lives on in his beautiful yarn bowls, spindles, and wooden toys, which are sure to be treasured!

With a bit more knitting time coming up in my schedule, I'm hoping to dedicate some more time to these.  These are a proof-of-concept for an idea -- eventually, I'm hoping to do a whole set of double-knit fingerless mittens with different geometric designs and patterns -- but I want to make sure the idea is solid, first, so this is my first proof!  I'm a bit concerned about fit, since the circumference ended up at 63 sts, which is running a bit big. The stitch pattern is 21 stitches, so I had to work in multiples of 21.  But, so far so good!

Anyway, thanks for reading along!  So, what are you folks working on this WIP Wed?  I'd love to see, so please, share in the comments!



Wednesday, 3 October 2018

WIP Wednesday: Playing Yarn Chicken with the Anghymesur Shawl

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Hello once again folks, and welcome back to WIP Wed!  This week's post is all about the game of Yarn Chicken I'm playing with my Anghymesur Shawl!

I know I said that I was almost done.  Then this got sidelined while knitting for some deadlines, but, now I'm working on it again, and I'm still 'almost done'.  But I really am!  I have only a tiny bit of yarn left, and I'm hoping I can make it through a repeat!  This stitch pattern, (used with permission from the amazing Naomi Parkhurst), stops after row 16 or 32, and I'm hoping I can get there.  I think I might be underestimating my yarn!

A lace shawl on a set of straight needles.  The yarn is a gradient from blue to red, and there is a small amount of yarn left in the cake of yarn.  There are a number of stitch markers with silver charms looped around the needles.
Yarn is Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient in "Dark Crystal". I got it at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last year.  I was struggling with what to make with it, since I only got one skein, and I'm one of those folks who wants their socks to match, so socks were not an option with this yarn.   But, this shawl design lets me customize exactly how much yarn I'm using, so, I should be good (current game of yarn chicken aside, of course!)

Needles are a very old pair of what I think are Aero Needles.  (the age being why the one is bent!) I think these needles might be older then I am -- they were inherited from my mother's needle stash, and I believe from my grandmother's as well!  The needle ends have '11' marked on them, but I think they're sized in Canadian/UK sizes  which makes sense -- conversion charts say that 11 Canadian is a 3 mm needle, which is what my needle gauge says these are as well!

The various stitch markers are from  *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store --  I've used two different sets to mark the repeats, one is the *silver rose stitch markers and the other is the *Celtic Knot Stitch Markers.  Both have worked out really well for this project -- the lobster claws are big enough to slip over the needles. 

This shawl will be released, when done, for my first five Patrons over on Patreon, as a huge (and exclusive) 'thank you' for the first five folks who support me (and will remain available to all Patrons after that!)  So, if you're interested in this pattern, I'd love to have you join my crafty yarn adventure over on Patreon!   And, if you join before the release, you'll also get exclusive access to pattern drafts, a guaranteed spot as a test-knitter, and more!

Well, thanks for reading along this far!  I hope you're enjoying WIP Wed as much as I am!  As always, I'd love to hear and see what you folks are making! Please, feel free to post your crafty projects in the blog comments, or tag them with #sarahdawnsdesigns on Social Media, so I can be amazed by your awesome work! 

Until next week!

Monday, 1 October 2018

October Featured Pattern and KAL: Snowdrop Lace Cowl


Well, there's definitely a 'nip' in the air these days and nights -- Fall is definitely upon us!

So, for the month of October, the Snowdrop Lace Cowl Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD).

This cowl, worked in super-bulky yarn, will keep you cool for the cold Fall nights. Plus, it knits up absurdly fast on larger needles, so it also makes a great quick-knit gift!
A woman wearing a blue bulky knit cowl. The cowl has a lace and cable pattern.
Photography: Douvlak Photography
$2.75 CAD
It's knit from the bottom up in the round. The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written. Sample was knit in Blue Sky Fibers Bulky (50% Alpaca/ %50 Wool), but any super bulky yarn with a good bit of wool content will work well in this cowl (or, you could knit with two strands of worsted yarn held together!)

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 October, any finished Snowdrop Lace Cowl 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 Snowdrop Lace Cowl in the comments of this post by October 31, 2018. Please note that the cowl doesn't have to have to have been started in October, just finished in October!

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.

Friday, 28 September 2018

FO Friday: Spring Leaves Market Bag and Yarn Review!

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Well, I'm thrilled that I've got several more FO's to show off, and this week's FO is the Spring Leaves Market Bag!

The amazing folks at LoveKnitting.com were kind enough to send me the yarn to try, (yeay, free yarn!) but don't worry, all the musings are my own, I promise!

So, yes, I did finish the bag.  
A mesh bag knit in dark yarn. The bottom of the bag is a lace leaf pattern.
So here I was, trying to figure out what to put inside the bag for the photograph (otherwise, the bag looks really crumpled and weird!) 

Well, the answer is  -- I'm a knitter, 'yarn' would seem like the easy answer, and absolutely, this bag would make a good bag to go yarn shopping with!  I wouldn't suggest it as a project bag, though, since needles and notions would very likely escape the lace.    

Anyway, it's yarn that's definitely the star of the show here today. The folks at LoveKnitting sent me some  Rowan Creative Linen, and I think I'm in love!  This yarn was absolutely wonderful to work with!  It's a 50/50 blend of cotton and linen, and I'm quite impressed!  I was originally not sure on the yarn, since I tend to find linen yarns harsh on the hands.  But this stuff worked out amazingly well, and wasn't harsh at all!  It also didn't dry out my hands the way some cotton yarns have done.   And, despite the dark colour of the 'Stormy' colourway, the yarn didn't bleed at all!

Winding was pretty painless -- it comes in a twisted skein, so you do have to have a way to wind it.  You can't knit right from the skein.   But a basic ball winder and swift will do the trick, (or, I just used a nostepinne and my knees)!

Packaging and Shipping was great too!  Since I'm in Canada, I often have 'adventures' when it comes to international parcels, but, absolutely no trouble with customs or Canada Post, and LoveKnitting ships to Canada without a problem.  Even better, they show prices in Canadian Dollars, so no more guessing at the exchange rate!  And, if you're looking to save on shipping, they offer free shipping if you spend more then $100 Canadian. 

So yes, I'm really enjoying this yarn!  There's only one thing I wish, in a dream world, that were different, and that's that it would be even more awesome if the yarn were made with organic cotton, rather then conventional cotton.  I do try and use Organic cotton wherever I can, so if this were organic, that would be absolutely amazing!

Well, shifting topics slightly to the pattern -- this bag pattern is one of my own designs, the Spring Leaves Market Bag, and the yarn is a perfect match to the pattern!  I went down a couple of needle sizes to a *4.5mm needle, (I wanted a smaller bag), and I majorly shortened the drawstring tie.  I want to loop this over the shower head in my bathroom and use it to put stuff in, so I wanted a very short tie.  

Well, I can't think of anything else to write at the moment! (I'm that impressed with the yarn, I guess!)  So, I'll close with my usual question -- what crafty things have you folks finished over the week?  I'd love to see, so please, post them in the comments!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

WIP Wednesday: Cottage Knitting on the Hermione's Everyday Socks

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Hello folks, and welcome back to WIP Wed!  This week is all about the cottage knitting!  I went up to my Aunt's cottage in the Haliburton area over this last weekend, and managed to get some knitting done on my Herminone's Everyday Socks!  I figured these were the perfect pattern to bring, since they're relatively simple, so I could knit them in the car, and didn't have to be glued to the pattern.  (I also got the chance to knit on the end of the dock!)

For those who follow my Instagram, you might be wondering 'why no pictures?'  Well, the answer is two-fold.  

One, there is no internet at the cottage, (and I don't have data on my phone).  That's intentional -- and I loved it!  It was weird-but-great to not be online, and it wasn't too big a problem.  The only thing I had to remember to do was download some Netflix stuff to my tablet, and then I watched in the car when I wasn't knitting.  (Actually, I didn't do very much car knitting at all, I found.  Don't know why!)

The second reason is, although I use IG, I've never been the type of person to document my life on social media.  So the concept of stopping to take a picture for me (let alone for other folks to see), is still a bit of a strange mind-set to me.  I'd much rather enjoy being in the moment then trying to capture it when it happens.  Even of my own personal pictures, I don't have very many at all.   So it usually doesn't occur to me that I could take a picture or video of something until well after the fact!   It's something I'm trying to bear in mind as a designer and creative -- how to be more spontaneous with my photography and video work, especially in the age of social media -- to show you folks more of my creative life, and figure out the balance of simply 'being' in a moment versus 'capturing' a moment for me and the folks who follow me.  Still working on that one, I'm afraid!

Anyway, I've digressed from the Knitting!  Ahem:
A sock on double-pointed needles.  A shell stitch marker is clipped into the knitting.  The yarn is fingering-weight yarn, dyed blue with flecks of gold.  The sock pattern is a simple knit and purl texture.

So, I did get some further progress done on my Everyday Socks.  The pattern isn't mine, it's a free pattern available on Ravelry from designer Erica Lueder,  I've already knit one pair of these, and now I'm trying to finish up the second!   The pattern makes great travel/transit knitting, since it's one of the patterns where you can put it down and pick it up again without too much trouble at all!  

The yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns Astral, in the colourway "Pluto," which is 75% Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina for a bit of sparkle! Sadly, this particular colour is no longer available, since it was an exclusive dyed up for *Eat.Sleep.Knit in 2016. That said, the Astral base is absolutely beautiful, (I'm not usually a sparkle-yarn person, but I like this stuff!) and still available from the Nerd Girl Yarns Web Store

Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns.  I actually had a discussion with my Aunt and fellow knitter, who was shocked that I made socks on 2 mm needles!  I've always had to go down a couple needle sizes in most of my knitting, so it's not that strange to me.  Sometimes I'll make socks on 2.25 or 2.5 mm needles, but usually only for stuff like colourwork.   Besides, I  love my socks densely knit -- they last longer and wear better, I find!

The little *shell-and-purl stitch marker is from *Winemakerssister's Etsy Shop.  I've gotten a lot of questions and compliments on this particular stitch marker set (I got two sets, but I'm kind of obsessed!)   I love the fact that they're the lobster claw stitch markers -- as you can see in the picture above, I haven't hooked it over the needle, but rather clipped it right into the work.  I much prefer that, especially when working with double pointed needles.

Well, I think that's it for this week's WIP!  I've got some other stuff on the needles (some of which I can't talk about yet).  I was hoping to finish up the socks at the cottage, but that. . . was probably too ambitious!  That said, I've got a couple of finished objects (or almost finished objects) for this week's FO Friday, so stay tuned!

What are you working on?  What have you almost finished?  I'd love to see in the comments below!