Wednesday, 29 August 2018

WIP Wednesday: Anghymesur Shawl and Woodland Hat!


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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and thanks for sticking with me!   I've actually been super-productive and have got two projects to show today, my Anghymesur Shawl, and my Woodland Hat!

First, the Anghymesur Shawl.

This shawl is an asymmetrical shawl that will work for a single skein of sock yarn, and it's going to be released as a Patreon-exclusive pattern, as a huge 'thank you' to my first five Patrons! So if you want to have a good look behind the scenes of the this shawl (including previews of pattern drafts and other fun stuff) I'd love it if you joined me on Patreon!
A gradient lace asymmetrical shawl knit up on a straight needle.  The long end is tucked under the end of the straight needle, and the gradient goes from purple to teal.

I'm really enjoying working on this shawl, though the rows are definitely starting to get long. The lace is a bit too complicated for television knitting, I find, but not so difficult as to be unenjoyable.  If I'm working with this with the television on, I'm finding it's a good thing if I already know the show. Otherwise, I occasionally loose track of the episode plot, being a bit too focused on my knitting.   But, the lace isn't super-complicated -- I took it to Knit Night two weeks ago without trouble. 

 The stitch pattern is actually based off of the amazing work of Naomi Parkhurst, and her encoding of words into lace. I've just adapted it, changed a few stitches for my own preference, and figured out how to fit it into the increases and decreases of the asymmetrical shawl shape.

Yarn is Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient in "Dark Crystal".  I got it at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last year, and honestly wasn't sure what to do with it!   I love gradient yarn, but I don't love that a single ball of gradient sock yarn makes non-matching socks (I like my socks to at least mostly match)!  So, a shawl was the perfect way to work with this yarn, and I'm thrilled about how it's working out! 

Needles are my very old needles (I think they're very old Aero Needles but I'm not sure!)  They're labeled as size 11 Canadian, which converts to 3mm. (I don't see modern needles in Canadian/UK sizing, it seems to be a hold-over from older needles!)  They're straights, but quite long, (I think they're 14 inches), and I have, in fact, knit a sock yarn shawl on them before, so I should be able to keep this on these needles the entire time!

Second project this week is the Woodland Hat!

The second part of the hat is actually identical to the first.  Picking out the provisional cast on was a pain-in-the-behind, but I got it done without too many problems.  And I have, happily, ditched my makeshift elastic system from last post,(and yes, my elastics did qualify me for the *Eat.Sleep.Knit "Pull A MacGyver" badge!)  

A doubled hat.  The blue hat has stitches picked up from the bottom brim and knit with white yarn, to create a second hat, joined at the bottom brim. The hat is a worsted-weight cabled hat. Yarn is *Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Rock Candy" and "Mallowmar", both of which were  *Eat.Sleep.Knit exclusive colourways from 2017.   If you're looking for these colours now, you might be out of luck -- a quick Ravelry Search doesn't turn up either "Rock Candy" or "Mallowmar" as 'for sale or trade', but you might be able to find some by asking very nicely in a destash group.   The colours in the photo aren't quite true-to-life (it's what I get for trying to photography on an overcast day), the blue is actually brighter then it looks! (This post's photos are closer to real-life colour).

Needles are now my 4mm old Aero circulars.  It's a stiff cord, but that's not a problem for making hats!  And I can Magic Loop/Travelling Loop with these needles enough to finish the hat crown, which is the important part, right?

The *silver rose stitch markers that you can see in both pictures are from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store -- you can see that the set gets a lot of use!  The *Celtic Knot Stitch Markers that I'm also using for the Anghymesur Shawl are from the same store, too!

Well, I think that's it for this week.  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, so I can be amazed by your awesome work! Until next week!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Pattern Release: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

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Well I'm thrilled to announce that the Ice Cream Sundae Socks Pattern is now available for purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy!

Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$5.50 CAD
These socks were the result of playing with yarn and stitch dictionaries. I wanted a stitch pattern that would show off variegated yarn and keep it from being ‘ugly’. The Ice Cream Sundae Socks were the result!

These socks are knit from the cuff-down, with either double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. They use a heel flap and gusset heel, with an slip-stitch heel flap for additional durability. The instructions are written; the lace pattern is both charted and written. Instructions are given for two sizes.  The pattern has been tested and tech edited.

The sample was knit using *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sparkle Sock a 4 ply Superwash Merino yarn with Lurex blended into the plies. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed to help break up repeats of highly variegated yarn, but solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will also be beautiful in these socks.

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.

 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

WIP Wednesday: Anghymesur Shawl WIP

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday!  This week is a newer project, once I haven't yet shown on the blog (though I have mentioned it on Patreon), the Anghymesur Shawl. 
A cake of purple-to-red gradient yarn and an asymmetrical knitted lace triangle, still on the needles.  3 silver rose stitch markers are hooked into the lace.  Both the yarn cake and the lace are inside a wooden yarn bowl.

This shawl is an asymmetrical shawl that will work for a single skein of sock yarn, and it's going to be released as a Patreon Exclusive to thank my first 5 Patrons!  I'm really enjoying working on it, though the rows are starting to get long.  The lace is complicated enough I do need the stitch chart open, but not so complicated that I can't do other things -- I took it to Knit Night, without too much trouble.

The stitch pattern is based off of the amazing work of Naomi Parkhurst, and her encoding of words into lace.  

Yarn is Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient in "Dark Crystal", that I got at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last year.  it feels a bit rougher then most sock yarn, but wears really quite well. It's a merino/nylon blend.  I thought about using it for socks, but then my socks wouldn't match, and I think this shawl should nicely show off the gradient better then socks will!

Needles are an inherited pair of needles.  They're listed as '11' on the needle end, but my needle gauge gives them as 3mm needles.  (Which means that they're sized in Canadian/UK sizes, which makes sense, since these were inherited.)  They're a tiny bit bent, which should be a surprise, since they're older then I am!  They're longer straights (I haven't measured them, but at a guess they're 14 inch straights).  So they should hold this shawl for a good while, and I have knit a shawl on these needles before, so they should hold all the stitches!

Yarn bowl is from the amazing *Natural Knot Wood, and I've been singing the praises of it since I got it.  Sadly, the artist behind Natural Knot Wood has passed away, so now I'm treasuring this yarn bowl even more, knowing I can never get another one like it.  His Etsy store will remain open with the last few stock under the care of of his wife, and then, that's it, the shop will shut down. 

Stitch markers are the same set of the *Silver Rose Stitch Markers that I was using for the Woodland Hat.  I got a set of 10 of these from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store, and you can tell they get a lot of use!

Well, I think that's just about it for this week's update.  I hope you like the look at a new pattern!

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, so I can be amazed by your awesome work!  Until next week!

Friday, 17 August 2018

FO Friday: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

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Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks.  The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Well, welcome back to FO Friday!  It's been a while, hasn't it!  But, I'm quite thrilled now to show off the (finished) Ice Cream Sundae Socks!  They're actually quite finished, the test-knit is completed, and the pattern is with my amazing Tech Editor now!

They were knit on my *2mm HiyaHiya dpns, which makes them quite snug -- it's a good thing that the pattern has a good bit of stretch to it.   Yarn is *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, in "Queen Frostline Sundae", which was an Eat.Sleep.Knit exclusive colourway from 2017.  Honestly, it was a bit of an impulse purchase, I wasn't sold on it until I started working with it!  But (like I mentioned last post), it knits up very differently from how it looks in the skein

These socks are the Q3 release for the Pattern Muses on Patreon.  So, if you're a Patron, stay tuned for your final copy of the pattern!  And, if you're not a patron, don't worry, the pattern will be going live on Etsy and Ravelry very soon (I'm hoping for sometime next week)!  I'll make the release announcement here on the blog, and on the various social media channels, so, follow me or sign up for my e-mail newsletter, to make sure you don't miss it! 

What crafty things have you finished this FO Friday? I'd love to see them in the comments!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

WIP Wednesday: First Half of the Woodland Hat

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So I've missed the last few WIP Wed posts, and for that, I'm supremely sorry.  I had no desire to do so (it actually feels a touch odd to not have posted WIP Wed for this long!)  Between it falling on the 1rst (and conflicting with the Featured Pattern Release), and then the 8th, (the same date as the start of my Birthday Giveaway), I just didn't have an opportunity to post, and didn't want to spam you folks with double posts!
A blue hat laying flat.  The hat is knit in worsted-weight yarn, and cabled.  It has a long bottom edge knit in 1 by 1 ribbing.
But, this week, I've actually been productive -- I've done some work on my Woodland Hat!  Those who follow my Studio Livestreams over on Youtube might have seen some work on it -- but now, it's half-done!

I finished the first part last night at Knit Night, and even got my ends woven in!  Now, I've got to pick out that provisional cast on, and work the other half of the hat! (Note to self, don't use a provisional cast on in a similar colour to what you're actually knitting -- it's going to be a pain to get that scrap yarn out!)

Yarn is *Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Rock Candy", which was an *Eat.Sleep.Knit exclusive colourway from 2017.  Needles are my old 4mm Aero DPNs (I was going to pick up another set of 4mm Lykke Interchangable tips at Knit Night, but sadly, they were sold out at that particular moment, which is rare!  Maybe next week!)    In order to keep the stitches on the ends of the dpns, I've been using elastics, and I was hoping I wouldn't have to do that.  Oh well, it's not the end of the world. And, the use of elastics means I can submit this project for the Eat.Sleep.Knit "Pull A MacGyver" badge -- if you have no idea what I'm talking about, *click here for the info on the Eat.Sleep.Knit badge program!
1 by 1 ribbing in-the-round on double-pointed needles.  Rubber Elastics are wrapped around the needles, and a silver rose stitch marker is clipped into the work.  Yarn is a deep blue.

The *silver rose stitch marker that you can see in the second picture is one I've shown here before, from *Efficient Sense's Etsy Store.  I've shown these markers a few times now, I think, which shows how much I love and use them, I hope!

The first prototype of this hat (knit way back in 2015) was knit on 4.5mm needles, and came out a touch big.  On the 4mm needles, at the moment, it's a teeny bit small, but that's before blocking. It will grow with wet-blocking, so it should be just perfect!

Anyway, I know I've been quiet with WIP Wed for the last little bit, so thanks for reading, and thanks for bearing with me!

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, so I can be amazed by your awesome work!  Until next week!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Birthday Giveaway!

Hello folks!  So I've got exiting news!

It's my birthday coming up, and I've always enjoyed the art of giving, as much as receiving!

Starting today, and running until August 15th, one lucky winner will win a copy of my entire self-published pattern library -- all 7 patterns, plus a copy of my next pattern release, will be given to the winner (so 8 patterns total)!  Just put your entries in through the widget below!

And, if you can't use the widget, you can click on this link, instead.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For a the list of patterns, click here.

Also, you can enter by clicking above, then leaving a comment on this blog post about which pattern you'd love to knit!

Good luck, and happy crafting!

Winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter Widget.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

August Featured Pattern and KAL: Garden Lace Socks

Well, folks, we're into the heyday of summer here in Canada!

For the month of August, the Garden Lace Socks Pattern is now 50% off for the month of August at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD).
Someone wearing a pair of green socks. They have a lace leaf pattern along the leg and top of the foot
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
These socks are knit cuff-down, with a standard heel flap and grafted toe. While the sample was knit on dpns, the pattern is written to be knitted using any circular knitting method. The lace motif is both written and charted. Instructions are given for two sizes.

Sample is knit in Fleece Artist BFL Sock  in "Jade."  Sadly, this particular yarn has been discontinued, but any fingering-weight nylon/wool or nylon/merino blend would substitute nicely.

The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written. The pattern and has been tested and tech-edited as well.

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 August, any finished pair of Garden Lace Socks 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 Garden Lace Socks in the comments of this post by August 31, 2018.  Please note that the socks have to have been started in August, just finished in August!

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.