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.