Wednesday, 31 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: Colours of Spring Shawl On the Needles!

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As always, welcome to WIP Wed here on the Sarah Dawn's Designs blog!


Well, it seems like my title for this was quite appropriate, as Toronto is getting snow as I type, and the weather is forecast to drop to a high of -8 C by Friday.  I'm now very grateful this is my job -- I can sit here snuggled in a sweater, and knitting on a shawl where the colours remind me very much of Spring!  (Well, that and work on the final pattern draft of the much-delayed Woodland Mittens, I do need to get those done, too!)
A gradient garter-stitch and lace shawl laid out with live stitches sill on a circular needle.
Some of my Patrons have already seen the preview of the Colours of Spring Shawl, but I got a bunch more done on it at Knit Night since those photos, so, here we go!

I'm really quite loving the *gradients from *OceanWindKnits!  They knit up quite well, and there's enough in each skein to get a decent stripe of colour (I'm actually using two gradient sets, so 2 skeins in each colour). 

And then there are the stitch markers from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop!  These arrived in my mail on Monday Night, and I think they're absolutely adorable, and immediately put them to use. They're designed to *match the various mascots of the *2018 Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon, though I got a *different set and then added my team's Eat.Sleep.Knit Mascot. (I do think that the little crab charm is adorable!)

A close up view of a locking stitch marker with a silver crab charm.
And, to top it off, WineMakersSister is very kindly offering a discount to those who are on Ravelry and following along in the *Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon!  If you're a Ravelry member, you can see the relevant Ravelry Post here.  That said, the discount is only valid until Jan 31, so you'll have to hurry!

A close up of two locking stitch markers.  Each stitch marker charm is a half-shell with a purl inside.  One is a teal blue, the other a pale pink.It's funny.  While writing this I realized just how much my attitude towards stitch markers has changed.  If you'd asked me two years ago, I didn't really care, and was using scrap yarn and odds and ends.  Now, I quite enjoy all the pretty stitch markers I've gotten (both as gifts and ones I've bought), and I really think it adds just a touch of something that's lacking when it's random scrap yarn. 

Don't worry, though, I still save my yarn scraps -- long ones become spare yarn for provisional cast ons and such, and short ones are saved -- I use yarn scraps in the place of fiberfill when I need to stuff something! 


Well, as always, thanks for reading along! And, I'd love to hear your thoughts on stitch markers -- do you use them?  If you do, which style of markers do you like?  Please, feel free to sound off in the comments!

Until next week, folks!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: Colours of Spring

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Hello, and welcome back!  My utter and sincere apologies for missing last week's WIP Wed, I had a doctor's appointment, and just didn't get the chance to post.

That said, I've started a new project!  I was stumped on what to call this one for a while, but the colours of this *gradient set from *OceanWindKnits remind me so much of Spring. . . and that became the name of the shawl!
A clear plastic bag containing 5 small skeins of yarn, ranging from dark blue to green in a gradient.

So, this will be the 'Colours of Spring' shawl, or, in Welsh, Lliwiau'r Gwanwyn. I'm not sure if I like the Welsh or English title better yet, so I'm making notes for both, haha!  I plan for it to be alternating sections of garter stitch and lace, with the sections (roughly) matching up to the gradient.

And, I know, with the blues in the set, it doesn't look completely like spring, but now the name's nicely stuck in my head, it seems!

This is slated to be the April pattern release thanks to my Patreon Pattern Muses, so I'd better get to it, yes?   The garter stitch sections should go quickly, provided I don't mess up the increases, and the lace pattern isn't superbly difficult.   My intent with this pattern is to create something that's easy enough for 'television knitting' while still being interesting, while still taking advantage of all the gorgeous fade-style gradient kits that are out there.

The yarn is a beautiful *Gradient Set from *OceanWind Knits on Etsy, and I'm working it on my *3.5 mm fixed HiyaHiya circular, though I'm working flat, and so far, it's coming together nicely.  Hopefully I'll be able to put some pictures up for you folks for next WIP Wed!

And, for those wondering about the status of the Gauntlet Socks, I'm currently on try number six (ugh), but, I realized I might be well served at this point by going up a needle size.  So, try number 6 is on the needles, and I'll keep you updated on those, as well!

I think that's about it for this week! Hope you enjoyed, and, as always, thanks for reading!


Monday, 15 January 2018

Pattern Release in KnitPicks Windward Collection -- MacAskill Scarf!

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Well, I'm superbly excited to announce that I have a pattern available in Knit Pick's Windward Collection, the MacAskill Scarf!

A woman sitting on a log, wearing a wide cabled scarf draped over her shoulders. The scarf comes down to just above her lap, and has fringe on the ends
Photography: Knit Picks
This scarf came about because I have a love of big scarves that can double as hoods (which are amazing given the recent cold weather)!

It's written for one size; 13.5 inches by 55 inches (34.25 cm by 140 cm), and that doesn't include the length of the fringe.  But, it's very easy to lengthen, and the pattern does include notes on how to make the scarf longer.  

To Purchase both the print book and/or the digital pattern, you can do so from the Knit Picks Website, *here

If you're looking for the Ravelry Database Page, you can find it here.

In terms of construction and techniques, most of the pattern is pretty straightforward.  It's knit flat with cable stitches worked on the Right Side only. I worked my sample using 7mm  (US 10.75) 14 inch straight needles from Turn of the Century,  so this pattern is eminently suited to working on straight needles if you prefer them.  The main cable motif does have one cable stitch that uses two cable needles, so I do strongly suggest that you do use cable needles for the cable motif! 

The pattern has written instruction, but the entire cable motif is both charted and fully written, so this pattern is accessible to those who cannot read knitting charts. 

For yarn, the sample shown used four skeins  (548 yards/534 meters) *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Marble Heather", but could also be worked up easily in any wool blend bulky or aran yarn!  If you are thinking of yarn substitutions, I'd suggest sticking with a mostly-wool blend of yarn.  The scarf is a reasonably quick knit, because of the larger needles and bulky yarn, though it still requires some time and attention, because of the cable pattern. 

This is the first pattern collection I've ever had a design in, and it's actually quite thrilling (if a little terrifying to actually see my name in print)! But I very much enjoyed designing this, and I'm excited about the possibility of working with Knit Picks for future designs in one form or another!

Well, as usual, I always look forward to seeing what you make, so please, link me on social media, or tag your  projects with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things! If you've got feedback, comments, or  questions about the pattern, you can comment here, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.  

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: The Heel of the Gauntlet Socks

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Hello everyone, It's WIP Wednesday!  And that means, that today I get to show you more on the Gauntlet socks!
A knit sock laying flat.  Someone's hand is holding the beginning of the heel flap flat against the wooden background.  A dolphin stitch marker is locked in the work on one side.

So, while working on these at Knit Night last night, I got to where I want the heel turn. And yes, the only way to really show you folks the heel turn is to hold it in place right now for a photo. That's because of the way the fabric is biasing.  It's rather annoying, since it makes taking good photos hard. 

Getting the heel right's going to take a bit of figuring, since I want the heel turn to incorporate some of the patterning, plus, I don't want to mess too much with the striping if possible. The 
*"Orion" colourway from *Washtenaw Wool Company is a gradient yarn, but I think these would also work in a striping yarn, too, so I don't want to mess around too much. 

I'm going to put a lifeline in here, and I'll see how it goes.  I'm abandoning my previous idea of short rows to even out the heel, for now; and I'm thinking instead I'll change my increase position to level out the bias in the knitting.  Now it's just to see if it will work?

I'm also absolutely in love with the *jumping dolphin stitch marker you see there under my hand.  It's another wonderful find from  *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store.  It's a bit heavier then some of the other markers I've used, but I kind of like that it has a bit of weight to it. I particularly like it for beginning/end of round marking, but I think that's just my brain being it's usual weird self!

Well, that's it for this week's WIP Wed.   Stay tuned for more updates, and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

WIP Wednesday: Birthday Sweater -- First Sleeve is Done!

Hello all, and welcome back to the first WIP Wed of 2018!

What have I been up to over the holidays?  I've been working along on the now very belated Birthday Sweater. And yes, it's quite late, I know.
A sweater sleeve knit in the round.  It is laying flat on a wooden floor.  Three cables run down the sleeve.

And oh, look, what's this odd-looking thing?  Well, it's a sweater sleeve.  Only one sweater sleeve, that refused to lay flat (or in any other decent position) to get a good photograph.

But, photography woes aside, it's still progressing along.  I took this to Knit Night and got many compliments on the yarn.  Sadly, the yarn is discontinued -- yarn is Dream in Colour Groovy in the colourway "Emerald Darkness."

As of last night, I've started the second sleeve, so I'm hoping to have this finished soon-ish. The pattern (Sterling Cables Sweater, from Bernat) says to have all the sleeve cable crossing the same way, but I've decided to mirror the cables on the second sleeve.  We'll see how that looks!

Also, I've discovered that my usual trick of  knitting through loading screens and dialog holds true with Fallout 4 (it was my treat I got with Christmas Money, so yeay!), so I've been working along with that, as well.

I did get a chance to try the sleeve on my gift-ee.  It looks odd knit up, but on the arm, it looks like it should actually fit.    Yeay!  I was worried about fit, considering I'm knitting the Medium size, but with a few mods, since my giftee didn't want quite that much positive ease.

Well, I'll keep working on this for now, though there are several other projects coming down the pipes.  Stay tuned for more of what I'm working on, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

January Featured Pattern and Mini-KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens

The January 2018  Featured Pattern is here: The Spiralling Star Mittens are 50% off at $2.75 CAD for the month of January!
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
CAD $2.75
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 January, 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 January 31, 2018.  Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in January, just finished in January!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and in my Ravelry Group, giving 3 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 (three 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.