Wednesday, 28 February 2018

WIP Wednesday: Colours of Spring Shawl

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!, and thanks for reading along this far!  

So, this week, I'm revisiting the Colours of Spring Shawl.  I have been knitting on it since I last posted about it -- it's usually the project I take to Knit Night, among other things. And, for those wondering about the state of the Gauntlet Socks, well, I did finish one sock, yeay! (Pictures over on Instagram and Facebook), and I'm hoping to post the test-knit call soon!

A shawl on a circular needle, laying on top of a wooden yarn bowl. The shawl has alternating stripes of garter stitch and lace, and the yarn is a striping gradient yarn. The Colours of Spring Shawl is a crescent shawl, meaning it grows by 4 stitches on the right side and none on the wrong side. That means that it has quite a long wingspan compared to it's depth. . . so I'm honestly not quite sure how to photograph it as a WIP!  I tried here to show the lace and garter sections, plus the colour changes of the *Oceanwind Knits Gradient Kit I'm using. (I'm actually using two of the same gradient kits for 880 yards -- I like big shawls over small ones!)

I'm working it on my 3.5mm *32-inch Hiya-Hiya fixed circulars, without too many problems with bunching at the moment, but it's still got some growing to do.  I'm wondering if I should to to a *47-inch or even a *60-inch circular. (Though I'd have to buy either of those, so it would be nice if I could keep it on the needle it's on now!)  

It's tucked in my yarn bowl from *NaturalKnotWood.  The one downside to mini-skeins is that I find they tangle easily, so I only have out the mini-skein I'm currently working with, and the rest of the mini-skeins live tucked away in the project bag.  That means that this shawl has basically been living in my yarn bowl (but hey, there are a lot worse things, right!)

The only thing is, I haven't decided on the edging I want for this shawl yet.  When I first swatched for this shawl (mid-2017, if I remember right!) I made my swatch with a ruffled border, but I also think this might suit an i-chord bindoff.   

That said, since this is slated to be the April Release for my Pattern Muses over on Patreon, I've put the question out to my Patrons!  So, please, head over to Patreon and make your voice known as to how I should edge this sample!  (I'll include the instructions for both the ruffled edge and i-chord border in the actual written pattern, don't worry about that -- but I'm not sure which will look better for the edging in my sample!)

Well, I think that's just about it for this week's WIP Wed!  Stay tuned to the blog, especially for more on the Gauntlet socks, now that one sock is actually finished.   Until next time, and thanks for reading!

Edit: And since a couple of people have asked over on G+, the crab stitch marker is from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Store, and the set can be found *here!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

WIP Wednesday: Past the heel of the Gauntlet Socks

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week's WIP Wednesday, where I'm thrilled to announce that it looks like the short-row heel worked out!  I've been knitting pretty much exclusively on these, trying to get them done since, I admit it,  I'm already behind schedule with them. (Ugh).  I did, however, cheat and take the Colours of Spring Shawl to Knit Night, just to have something different, but otherwise, this is it. 

A knit sock laying flat.  The heel is tucked behind, and the colour is transitioning from a royal blue at the cuff to a sky blue past the heel. The foot is not complete, the stitches are live on dpns. I'm actually really excited about this, it's the first time I've been able to knit past the heel on these socks and have them fit!

So, I'm onto the foot proper, and the gradient is starting to show! I always love it when colour changes in colour changing yarn (gradients, self-striping, etc) start to happen, and the *Washtenaw Wool Leelanau sock is no exception! I think I enjoy it because I can clearly see my progress and that I'm getting somewhere.  

Random Tangent: This is why I'm one of the folks who love *Noro Yarns, with all their wonky colour changes!  I actually do want to (eventually) see how this looks in something like *Noro Silk Garden Sock -- I'm curious how shorter-run colour changes would look with this pattern. 

Anyway, I'm actually hoping I can take these to the Knitter's Guild Meeting tonight and finish them up there.  Once I have one sock done, I have something I can take some preliminary photographs with and set up a test-knit call.  Since the left and right socks will be identical, I don't have to make sure the pattern mirrors (unlike the Woodland Mitts, ugh), so one sock is enough to have a functional prototype.  I just have to make sure the toe works out ok. I think it should, but I'll have to figure out the best way to close the toe since the top of the foot is still knit on the bias.  

My one other concern still is the fit along the foot.  I didn't decrease any stitches for the sole of the sock, (which isn't knit in the bias), and I'm a bit worried it might be too big further along the foot.  But, if it ends up being an issue, I can always frog back and add in some decreases. 

Well, there you are, some progress for WIP Wed! Thanks for reading, and if all goes well, the test-knit call will be live soon!

P.S.  For those in the Toronto Area, if you're free tonight (Wed, Feb 21)  I've donated a print copy of *Knit Picks Windward Collection (including the MacAskill Scarf)  to the Toronto Knitter's Guild Raffle! So you could have a chance to win your own copy of the Windward Collection.  Plus, this month's guest is Kim McBrien Evans of IndigoDragonfly (who is absolutely wonderful, and very good at what she does).  I have a few of her yarns in stash -- I think they'll become shawls -- and her work is beautiful stuff!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WIP Wednesday: Gauntlet Socks with a Garter-Stitch Heel!

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Welcome back to this week's WIP Wednesday, where, after taking a break and working things out, I'm back to working on the Gauntlet Socks, with what should be (hopefully) a functional heel short-row, garter-stitch heel!

A sock in blue yarn on double-pointed needles.  The cuff of the leg is done, and there are a few rows of garter stitch short-rows at the beginning of the heel.   The sock, along with the ball of working yarn, is in a wooden yarn bowl.
Those who are following my Patreon Behind-the-Scenes are aware that there have been several tries to get the heel right, and even the lifeline I mentioned in my previous post didn't actually save me.  I ended up frogging back (more then once!) adding in some ribbing between the bias-knit panels, and going up a needle size to 2.5 mm needles.   I unraveled several tries, in fact, which is why I started working from the other end of yarn!  The white end of the *'Orion' gradent was finally getting a little fuzzed up from so much knitting and unraveling! (But the fact that it's still held out well is one of the things that's really impressive about the *Washtenaw Wool Leelanau base!)

But, now it finally seems to be working out, and I've finally got a sock that fits properly over my heel.  So, I'm hoping to finish one sock over the next little while, draft the pattern, and get this out to my amazing test-knitters!  Stay tuned here, on Social Media, and to my e-mail newsletter, for the test-knit call!

I've still got other things on the needles (those who know me in real life know that I have -lots- of WIP's around the apartment), but now that I've (really hopefully!) got these socks figured out, I'm really hopeful I can get them finished.   But don't worry, I'm not neglecting my other WIP's either, I promise.

Well, thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoy my WIP Wed, and don't worry, I'll be back with another (or the same) WIP next week!

P.S.  I was given the yarn as yarn support for this design, but all opinions about the yarn are my own!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

WIP Wednesday: Crochet Scarf and Hood

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Well,  'must-cast-on-all-the-things' happened, and I decided to start a new project.  That said, it's not 'cast on' so much as 'chain'. 

A rectangular piece of crochet lace, pooling with black, purple, and smaller patches of pale blue and white.  There is a live stitch on a wooden hook at the top of the rectangle, with a row still in progress.Yep folks, that's right, I've finally got the nerve to work on my first crochet design!  (Eeep!)  My crochet skills are not nearly as strong as my knitting skills, so please, don't expect miracles, but, here we go!

So, this is the start of what will be a hooded scarf!  I'm actually really excited about how this is turning out.  I was terrified my crochet skills wouldn't be up to the task. 

The yarn is the *EatSleepKnit January Exclusive colourway "Sea Witch" from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, dyed up on the *Single Silky Targhee Base.  At the time of writing, there's still a few skeins of this colour left on the *BMFA Featherlight base, for anyone who wants some of this colourway. 

I was absolutely terrified that this would crochet up and be ugly, given the variegation in the yarn.  But, I'm thrilled at how this is pooling -- I probably couldn't have planned it better if i tried!

Hook is a 3.75mm (Size F) wooden hook from Turn of the Century.  I was introduced to Turn of the Century through one of the Ravelry groups I frequent, and I'm very glad I was.  It's a bit of a different ordering process then the usual online cart(orders are done by e-mail), but it's not hard, and absolutely worth it.   I'm absolutely in love with my Turn of the Century hooks (I've got a few knitting needles from him, as well!)

Anyway, I'm actually really happy to say that the crochet designs that have been in my head are now finally coming to life.  I've had several people comment to me that they crochet but don't knit, so I've always felt bad about not having anything available for crocheters! Well, now I will!

So, that's the update for this week's WIP Wed, folks!  Thanks for reading, and there's more to come!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

February Featured Pattern and Mini-KAL: Spring Leaves Market Bag

So, in honour of Groundhog Day (and to hope for a shorter winter!) the February 2018  Featured Pattern is now live.  The Spring Leaves Market Bag are 50% off at $2.75 CAD for the month of February!
A cream-coloured mesh bag with a drawstring. The drawstring is pulled closed and has been tied into a bow
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 February, any finished Spring Leaves Market Bag 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 Spring Leaves Market Bag in the comments of this post by Feb 28, 2018.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in February, just finished in February!

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.