Monday, 5 August 2019

August Featured Pattern and KAL: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

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Welcome to August! And at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the days of Summer Festivals, swimming at the beach, and yes, Ice Cream! So, socks celebrating Ice Cream Sundaes just seemed the perfect fit (especially with the warmth places have been having recently!)

So, it seemed perfect to make my Ice Cream Sundae Socks the August Featured Pattern!  The pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, August 31!

Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/sarah-dawn-designs/477717
$2.75 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!  The 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 sample was knit in *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, in "Queen Frostline Sundae" (it was a limited edition colourway)  which is a 92% Superwash Merino, and 8% Lurex (for sparkle!).   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.

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, the Mini-KAL!

For the month of August any finished pair of Ice Cream Sundae 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 Ice Cream Sundae Socks in the comments of this post by August 31, 2019. Please note that the socks don't 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.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Pattern Release: Crisial Cowl

A woman wearing a light blue cowl that hangs loosely about her neck.
Photo Courtesy of I Like Knitting
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Hello folks!  No more sitting on the secret, my Crisial Cowl pattern has gone live in the new I Like Knitting Collection!  (And, I'm super-excited that my pattern was chosen for the cover!)

Anyway, you can find the pattern in the One Skein Knitting Patterns Collection.

The Crisial Cowl was inspired by the geometric shapes of crystals in nature ("Crisial" is Welsh for Crystal!)  It is knit in the round from the bottom up. and uses only written instruction for the simple cable motif.  It is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have -- so, no worries about running out of yarn!  It's the perfect project to use up that 'special' skein of worsted or aran yarn!    And, because it only uses 1 skein, knit on 5 mm (US 8) needles, it knits up wonderfully fast!

A woman wearing a dark blue worsted/aran weight cowl. She is holding it just over the bottom of her face.
Photo Courtesy of I Like Knitting
Samples are shown in two different yarns (and two different amounts of yarn), to show how easy it is to customize the cowl to the amount of yarn you have. 

The light blue sample is knit in *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, in the colour "Fjord Heather," while the dark blue sample is knit in Briggs and Little Tuffy, in "Denim"

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 hope you enjoy, and happy crafting!

Friday, 26 July 2019

FO Friday: Montego Shawl

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Well, I almost failed at Yarn Chicken, but, the Montego Shawl is done! 

A lace, light-weight blue shawl hanging over a fence.  There are black circular beads in the edging.
(Actually I did, in fact, fail at yarn chicken, but the pattern offers a few spots where you can end a row or two early.  So I finished after Row 38 of a 42 row Border Chart!) 

Also, yes, I couldn't figure out how to photograph this to actually fit in frame.  This is the best I could come up with!

Pattern is the gorgeous Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's been a blast to knit!  While the stitches aren't hard (nothing more complicated then sl1-k2tog-psso, and optional beads), there's a few spots where you do have to 'fudge' the pattern -- so I wouldn't suggest it as your first shawl pattern, but if you've done a couple of shawls, you'll be able to fly through this wonderful customizable shawl pattern!  And don't be intimidated by the huge size of the PDF -- it has instructions for various shawl shapes, -- just choose the shape you want and discard the rest.  This is the 'triangle' shape.

Yarn is *Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Silk Lace in "Baby Boy" (I got this yarn back when it was just labeled 'Silk Lace', and the colourway has since been discontinued).   It's gorgeous yarn, and it blocked out -so- well! It did, in fact, block out most, if not all, of my tension issues.

I'm glad of the beads, though, because otherwise this thing would be -so- lightweight!  

Oh, and on that note, beads are actually very old beads from Fire Mountain Gems, dug out of my stash of beads from my brief foray into jewelry making! These seem to be Snowflake Obsidian 6mm beads.  It's been an adventure, working with these -- on the one hand, they're bigger then the usual seed beads I use for knitting, which is nice, but the hole is smaller, so getting my crochet hook through was a bit of a trick!  They've added a good bit of weight to the shawl, which, honestly, it really needed.  Otherwise, I feel like it would have blown off my shoulders at the slightest gust of wind!

I admit, I'm thrilled to have this off the needles.  It's been a WIP since 2014 (!!) so, I'm glad it's finally done!

It makes me wonder who else has finished a long-languishing WIP this week!  Post in the comments if you've got an old WIP you've finished (or are finishing!)

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

WIP Wednesday: Montego Shawl Bind Off!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I'm binding off on my Montego Shawl!

Pattern is Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's been quite a wonderful knit.  I wouldn't suggest this for a new knitter, though, for a few reasons.

A knit lace shawl mid-bind off.  The shawl is knit with sky blue lace yarn and is beaded with round black-and-grey beads.
1) The pattern has a few 'just fudge it here,' instructions, especially for the triangle shawl shapes.  In addition, sometimes, the charts are mirrored and sometimes they're not.  With a quick comparison to the written instructions, it was easy to figure out, but it could easily be confusing if you haven't made a shawl like this before. 

2) The pattern is -huge-!  It has full written instructions; plus, instructions for a whole bunch of different shawl shapes. . . but it's a huge pattern.  So, if skimming through a 20+ page PDF isn't your thing, this isn't the pattern for you. 

But; that customizability is actually a really nice pattern feature -- at least, I think so!    In addition, full written instructions are always appreciated!    

Plus, the pattern offers several notes on where you can stop when you're running out of yarn, and I, in fact, had to do just that.  I didn't make it to Row 42 (the last row of the border chart), but instead, ended up doing my bind-off after row 38.   It means the points of the border won't be quite as pronounced as the sample; but I'm ok with that!

Yarn is *Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Silk Lace in "Baby Boy" (I got this yarn back when it was just labeled 'Silk Lace', and the colourway has since been discontinued).  It's gorgeous yarn.  It has an annoying tendency to split with my 0.50 beading crochet hook, but pretty much any yarn will do that if I'm not cautious.   

It is, however, completely unforgiving of any tension mishaps on my part.  There's a few wonky spots on this shawl that I'm -really- hoping blocking will even out.   Usually, blocking hides most sins, so, here's hoping!

Beads are actually very old beads from Fire Mountain Gems, dug out of my stash of beads from my brief foray into jewelry making! These seem to be Snowflake Obsidian 6mm beads, and they've been interesting to add into the knitting, since they're larger then the usually seed beads I use.  There were a few dropped beads (I found one that had rolled into the kitchen last night and escaped the vacuum!) but it was basically no different then beading with seed beeds, except I think the hole is a little bit smaller.

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles -- I'd honestly forgotten how much I love these needles! The finish is really nice, and they work quite well with the slippery-ness of the silk!  I can't wait to get this cast off -- I have plans for a sweater on these needles!

Well, thanks for reading along! And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

WIP Wednesday: Montego Shawl Border Chart!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!  This week, the great Work-In-Progress decluttering continues, and I'm working away on my Montego Shawl!  I've been working on it over on Twitch, and I only have 10 rows to go!  

Knit Lace in a leaf motif, knit in pale blue lace-weight yarn.  There are large round black and grey beads knit into the lace.
Pattern is Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's a wonderful pattern!  Don't let the size of the pattern PDF scare you away -- this pattern has instructions for a bunch of different sizes and types of shawls!   One catch -- because of that, the instructions are a bit fiddly to figure out sometimes, because some things only apply to one shawl shapes, or some charts are mirrored and others are not.  But, the shawl also has full written instructions, as well!

Yarn is *Claudia Hand Painted Yarns  Silk Lace in "Baby Boy" (I got this yarn back when it was just labeled 'Silk Lace', and the colourway has since been discontinued). It's 100% silk lace, and it's wonderful!  It's a bit tricky to work with, being a) very slippery, and b) very fine. But, it's knitting up well; and I'm curious to see it when it's blocked!

And, beads!  Beads are actually very old beads from Fire Mountain Gems, dug out of my stash of beads from my brief foray into jewelry making!  These seem to be Snowflake Obsidian 6mm beads, and they've been interesting to add into the knitting!  They're bigger then the usual seed beads I use in my knitting, but so far, it's been working out well!   They've added in a lot of weight to the shawl (which is good, because otherwise it's superbly light). I'm curious to how it will wear!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  They're nickel-plated; which is an exception for my knitting needle stash.  I find that while the nickel-plated needles are a wonderful finish, sometimes they have an odd metallic smell!  It doesn't seem to be any kind of problem, just slightly odd!

So yes, the stash-busting and knitting of WIPs has been progressing.  And, nicely, enough, the final rows of the border chart are simple enough that I don't need the chart for this any more. . . so now I can take this to Knit Night and other public things!  

Well, thanks for reading along!   And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

WIP Wednesday: Gradient Mittens and a Thumb!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!  Transit knitting has worked in my favour, and the Gradient Mittens are inching closer to done!
A fingerless mitten knit with two yarns held double -- a dark yarn and a gradient yarn.  The thumb stitches are on double-pointed needles, and a stitch marker with a small blue crystal is clipped into the knitting.

I actually had someone on the streetcar today ask if this yarn was from *Noro Yarn (fibre folks have a way of finding one another! So hi, if you happen to be reading!)  But it's not Noro, it's  *Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in "Pegasus,"  and  *Alpaca Cloud in "Midnight Heather (colour is now discontinued), held double.   Why double?  Because knitting the Alpaca Cloud on it's own would have been a challenge.  Black/Dark yarns are hard to see, and thusly hard to work, and the fineness of the yarn only adds to that challenge. 

They're knit on 2.25 mm double-pointed needles.  3 of the 4 needles are my  *HiyaHiya double-pointed needles, but there's one needle that's different.  I -know- I have more 2.25 mm double-points, but I really couldn't find them. They've either been claimed by one of the feline 'helpers' (and will be found under the furniture when we move), or, they're in one of my many WIPs.   Not sure.  

That said, the HiyaHiya's are working up just fine.  I'm glad that they're sharper tips then the Aero needles, because working with the yarn held double means that these require a bit more attention to make sure I've got both strands of yarn on the needle when I'm working stitches. 

So, I've got the stitches for the first thumb on the needles and have started the first few rounds of thumb ribbing.   I did have to cut the yarn and match it -- otherwise the thumb would have had quite the unexpected colour jump, but I didn't loose too much yarn in doing so. 

The little crystal Stitch Marker that I'm using to mark the beginning/end of round for the thumb is from *Fibremancy's Etsy Shop,  (though, I have had the joy to meet her in person at a couple of fibre shows), and, it's really useful -- it's an earring back, rather then a lobster claw!  So it clips into the knitting or crochet quite nicely, but is still big enough to slip over a larger knitting needle!

Well, that's this week's WIP Wed -- thanks for reading along! And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

WIP Wednesday: Gradient Mittens Number 2!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! I've been knitting away again, and have gotten to the second of the Gradient Mittens!  (They're not yet named, but I'm thinking something like the '"What was I thinking?" Mittens', because really, what -was- I thinking, buying 2 skeins of black alpaca lace weight?)

I digress.
A pair of fingerless mittens, knit with yarns held double -- one yarn is black laceweight and one is a fingering-weight rainbow gradient.  One mitten is laying flat with a slipped-stitch pattern on the palm, one mitten is on double-pointed needles and laying palm down, showing stocking stitch and a small eyelet motif.

But yes, that is where the idea for these mittens came from.  I bought two skeins of *Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, in the (now discontinued) "Midnight Heather" colourway.   Now, don't get me wrong.  Alpaca Cloud is a gorgeous yarn, and I'd love to make a full shawl in it one day. . . but not in black.  No.  Just no.   As much as I do like the Alpaca Cloud, I can completely see why the Midnight Heather colourway was discontinued.  Knitting black lace is very challenging, because you can't really see the yarn to work it. 

So, instead, I doubled the *Alpaca Cloud with a skein of *Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in "Pegasus,"  and that has worked out very well!

They're knit on 2.25 mm double-pointed needles -- mostly my *HiyaHiya double-pointed needles, but there's one needle that's different, because I couldn't find a full set of four (that says something about my organizational skills yes?) 

I've finished the previous mitten, (except for the thumb) and have started the second mitten.  They are mirrored (left hand and right hand are different), but the pattern isn't super complicated, so that hasn't been an issue for my knitting.   Oh, and although I called them 'Gradient Gloves' in my last post, technically, they're mittens, and I need to remember that!     These have been serving me well as a portable transit project, so I'm hoping to finish them up over the next few weeks; whenever I need to travel.   I will have to probably do a bit of colour-matching on the *Chroma Fingering, so that the colour of the thumb matches the colour of the thumb gusset, but that shouldn't be too hard at all.   And I should have enough yarn to make a second pair, which is exciting!

I figure that the two yarns put together seem to come out to around a heavy fingering or sport weight, so for the folks who don't want to double yarns (or, don't have a foolish yarn purchase like mine languishing in their stash!)  These should knit up very well in sport or heavy fingering yarn as well!

The little crystal Stitch Marker from from *Fibremancy's Etsy Shop, and is marking my beginning/end of round.  It's actually made with an earring-back, rather then a lobster claw, which is nice and easy to remove from the work as need be.

But, that's it for this week's WIP Wed -- thanks for reading along!  And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

July Featured Pattern and KAL: Spring Leaves Market Bag

It's July, and I was reminded about Plastic Free July by TheVikingBunny! And, what better way to reduce your plastic use this month, then a reusable, washable, bag!

The Spring Leaves Market Bag Pattern is now 50% off at $2.50 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, June 31!
 A cream-coloured mesh bag with a drawstring. The drawstring is pulled closed and has been tied into a bow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.50 CAD
The bag starts with a pinhole cast on. Increases are worked into a leaf lace pattern to form the base of the bag. The leaf lace transitions to a lace mesh, and finishes with a garter stitch edging. A twisted cord allows for easy carrying and helps to keep the bag tied shut!

The sample was knit in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, a worsted/aran blend of 53% cotton and 47% flax. The flax content makes the yarn quite durable, so if substituting yarns, I’d suggest a cotton/flax or cotton/hemp blend.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 July, 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 July 31, 2019. Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in July, just finished in July!

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, 26 June 2019

WIP Wednesday: Legwarmers with Buttons!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! The Legwarmers are done! Ends are woven in. . . now for the ribbon at the top (not shown) and buttons!

So, first, the ribbon.  I could have sworn I had a stash of ribbon bought for a project years ago, but I can no longer find it. I found many other things (including some of my old jewelry-making stuff!), but not the ribbon. 

What to do? 

A flat piece of knitting; folded and buttoned.  Yarn is a variegated, fingering-weight blue-green yarn, knit in a lace pattern.  Small brown buttons with engraved leaves are buttoned up on a garter-stitch button band.
A) Though this photo doesn't show it, I made some temporary twisted cord from some leftover yarn (*Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky) to make sure that these would come together the way I wanted, and the answer seems to be yes!

B) I went ribbon hunting on Etsy.   I was looking for either vintage ribbon, or ribbon that has some sustainability/ethical sourcing behind it.  And while I found lots of vintage ribbon, it was all too wide to fit in to the eyelets of the top row.  But, I did find *organic cotton ribbon!  It's sold by the meter, but that works out for me, since I don't need much.  So I'll have to put that order in -- I'm thinking the "Sky Blue" will be the best.   It's coming from the UK, so hopefully it won't take too long to arrive. 

Onto the buttons!  The buttons are these gorgeous  *Coconut Shell Buttons engraved with leaves. They came via regular mail, so took a teeny bit longer, but arrived right when I needed them. 

Only catch is, I failed at math, and will actually need more buttons. Well,  I'll have to make another order!  

In terms of the pattern in general?   I admit, I'm glad that these are off the needles.  The second skein I bought tangled horribly while winding (to the point that I had to cut it and ended up with several different balls (which you can see on my IG, here)  But that, I think, is user-error, rather then any fault of the yarn. 

Yarn, by the way,  is *Dream in Color Smooshy in "Brilliant", and I'm really happy with how it turned out!   I was worried it would obscure the lace pattern, but, no, it's working up well!    I did end up buying a second skein, and I -might- not have needed it. I still have a little bit of yarn left over from the first skein while I was alternating.  I'll have to remember to weigh the other legwamer before I put the buttons on (it would have made sense to weigh them both, but, hey, I'm foolish sometimes!).   The weight will give me yardage, and I can do the math from there.  If I didn't need both skeins, it was very, very close. 
And, yes, these legwarmers are still, as yet unnamed. If you'd like a chance to name them, I've put that exact question to the Pattern Muses on Patreon!

Alright, I think that's it for this week's post! I'm really trying to get back into being more consistent with WIP Wednesday, so, I'd love to see what you folks are working on, as inspiration!  Please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

My Thoughts on Ravelry

Long Post Warning!

So, I suspect many of you have seen Ravelry's stance that was unveiled over the weekend; about not allowing any content that supports Donald Trump, or the current US administration.

This makes sense to me. 

I've posted a bit about it on Twitter, but I wanted to expand on it a bit. 

The most telling, to me, is that the backlash and hate from this has caused Ravelry to stop accepting new membership applications; unpublish their Facebook page, and now, people are hacking unused or rarely used Ravelry accounts to post some of the most vile content I've ever seen (no. I won't link, It's terrifying). 

This wasn't civil questions about 'why did you do this?' or even 'what prompted this?' (Edit: Those comments were there too, but that's not what I'm immediately addressing). This was rage-fulled incoherent, terrifying threats. And in that environment, you can't do anything else but block and ban. There is no space for discussion, the only way to keep the environment from becoming totally toxic is a blanket ban. 

I also wasn't immediately aware of the major instigating incident, which was (I'm told) someone coming across a MAGA hat pattern and trying to ask that it be taken down. Because Ravelry didn't (it does now) have a pattern reporting system, that persons' personal information was doxxed by the designer. 

So, yes, this makes a sad amount of sense. 

A few counter arguments I often hear.

1) "Knitting is not political!" 

Uhm, no. Knitting has been political forever. Knitting has been political since the medieval (male-dominated) knitting guilds, the advance of (and protests against) mechanization of the industrial revolution, the 'knit for the troops' drives in World War 1, and so, so much more -- yes, up to the modern pussyhat!

And even today, knitting is politicized. It's decided who can be 'a knitter' and who can't. And as someone who often is completely left out of the fibre sphere (go check and see how many of your Local Yarn Stores, Class Spaces, and Fibre Festivals are wheelchair accessible. You'll be surprised!).
I've always been aware the the Fibre Spaces are, in fact, quite political. 

So Ravelry 'being political' is not a surprise. In fact, the ability to say 'knitting is not political' only comes when your a) ability to participate freely isn't in question, and b) your ability to be treated equally is not in question. 

I mean, I get it. People come to knitting as an escape from all the horrible things on social media and in the news, they're overwhelmed with all The Bad. I have that experience too, and knitting is indeed, one of my forms of self-care. Wanting to escape into your fibre arts is a perfectly understandable thing! But many of us don't have that luxury, because there's no guarantee we'll be accepted/allowed, or, that we'd be safe. 

2) "But I support Donald Trump, why are you censoring my views?"

Ok, just to be 100% clear, I -do not- support the US Administration. Moving on. 

Here's the thing. If you support the current US Administration, you are supporting an organization that believes that human beings dying of neglect is an acceptable thing. 

Now, usually, on political matters, I'd say "well, no, I'm not censoring political support -- I don't have to agree with someone to respect them, and as long as disagreements stay civil and respectful, it's ok!"

That doesn't work here. There is no other moral ground, there is no policy that can be debated. How can you argue that human beings dying is a desirable or acceptable thing? You can't. And many of these people have shown that they are incapable of being civil and respectful (see the above response to Ravelry). 

Does that mean all Republicans/Conservatives are horrible people?  

Absolutely not -- I know a bunch of people who are conservatives or US republicans who are appalled by what's going on, but don't know what do to or where to turn.  And these folks aren't the folks spewing this sort of crap, and they're the folks who you -can- have a civil discourse with.  Unfortunately, they're the folks who often get drowned out in the shouting matches.

3) "MAGA stuff isn't racist/sexist/etc"

So it's supporting the current US admin -- see point 2. 

Also, yes it is. MAGA, and the support of Donald Trump is being used as a weapon against minority folks. I know when someone says "I support Donald Trump" that I have to be very cautious -- I have had death threats merely for being disabled, and almost all of them have come from people who are clearly within that far right-wing stance. 

Remember, the basic premise is that America will be made great when "the undesirables" either can't come in or are controlled. Who are the undesirables? Immigrants, POC, indigenous folks, women, LGBT+ folks, disabled folks, and more. So yes, it is, in fact, sexist/racist/ableist, etc. 

So, as I thought through all of this, I realized that Ravelry's stance was sort of the only one they can take to protect their wider community. 

I wish it hadn't come to this. One of the things that I do know is that many on the far right are there because they are terribly isolated. The far-right is frighteningly good at its own form of radicalization, and it's for that reason, I do always try and keep lines of communication open (as much as I can without jeopardizing my own safety or the safety of my community). I try to model more of Daryl Davis' work in how I do my advocacy. Because despite all the hate and illogical behavior, we're still -all- human beings.   But, despite that, my first priority is keeping this corner of the internet safe for my community, and that means there are things I will not tolerate here -- hate speech being a big one. 

And, this isn't just about unlearning hate, which happens on an individual level. This is about protecting an entire community, and Ravelry's staff is already overwhelmed just trying to keep the community safe. It's the idea that you must put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help your neighbor -- you must make sure you and your own community are as safe as you can be before you can even consider reach out to those who are radicalized.

For my readers, what I care about are your actions. I care that you're here. That you believe enough in what I'm doing to be here. I care that you're human, and that you try and treat other human beings in this space with respect, compassion, and understanding -- and that yes, we may sometimes mess that up! We're all learning! I care that you abide by the rules that I set out for this blog. And I care that I can (hopefully) make a space where if someone is harmed, unintentionally, by words, actions, or inactions, we, as a community (including me), can figure out what to do and how to lift that member back up. That common human bond? That does transcend politics, and that is (I believe)  what's going to get us out of this. ❤️

. . . I'm leaving comments open for the moment, but I reserve the right to turn them off, and, they will be going through a moderation queue. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

WIP Wednesday: Gradient Gloves!


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Welcome back to WIP Wed! I've been knitting away again, and while I'm still working on my legwarmers, I've got a new project on the needles too! Patrons saw this yesterday, but now, here's the updated version! 

These are fingerless mittens in-the-round, knit on my *2.25 mm HiyaHiya double-points.   Yarn is *Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in (now-discontinued) "Midnight Heather", and *Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in "Pegasus" held together!

A fingerless glove on dpns.  The glove has been knit to just above the thumb gusset. The yarn is a fingering-weight gradient from purple to blue to green, and is held double with a black lace-weight yarn, creating a marled look.  The glove has a cuff of 1 by 1 ribbing and a slipped stitch texture.
And why did I start these gloves?  Well, . . I was foolish in buying the Midnight Heather.  Through no fault of Knit Picks -- the yarn is gorgous, and has a wonderful feel (it's 100% alpaca!).  But, black yarn is hard to work with, and black lace?  Even worse.  There is a reason you won't often see a lot of black lace-work.  The yarn requires amazing light to be able to see it to work it. 

But, stranding the Midnight Heather with something else had been in my book of ideas for a while, and with the proper kick-in-the-behind, I got these on the needles!

How do the yarns work up, held together?  Quite well, actually!  The knitting is dense, but that's an ok thing for Fingerless Mittens.    And these are now my travel project. I made the mistake of taking the Legwarmers out for World Wide Knit in Public Day, but the lace chart was just a tad too complicated.  I needed another portable project, and these fit nicely!  

The back of the hand has a small eyelet motif, and the palm (like many of my mitten designs) has a slipped stitch pattern.   So far, it's working out quite well!

Alright, I think that's it for this week's post! I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Pattern Release: Anghymesur Shawl

Hello folks!  So, I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that the Anghymesur Shawl pattern is now finished and live over on Patreon!

A knit lace shawl done in sock-weight yarn. The shawl is an asymmetrical triangle, with a gradient colour progression. The shawl is hanging against an iron fence.

If you're already a patron, head over and get your download!  If you're not a Patron, I've love to have you join me!

And for those of you who aren't familiar -- what is Patreon?  Patreon is a monthly membership platform specifically geared towards artists.   It's a way for folks to support the artists they love; and for those artists to give back to their community! 

For as little as $2 a month, you'll get access to this (and future) exclusive patterns; (and any errata, as well)! You'll also get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at my life and work, credit here on the blog and in my Podcast; and more!  And Patreon makes it super-easy to edit or cancel a pledge, so don't worry, there's no risk there!

With that said; what about the pattern?

So, this shawl materialized from the question of ‘what do I do with one skein of Gradient Sock Yarn if I’m not making socks?’   The answer is, well, knit a shawl!

This asymmetrical, triangular shawl is knit flat, using either a set of long straight needles or circular needles. It  uses a lace pattern, with purled wrong side rows, as well as  two stitch cables. The instructions are both charted and written. The pattern is written for one size, but is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have.

Also, this pattern has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. If you choose the accessible option, it includes the written instruction.  All versions are included when you become a Patron!

The sample was knit using Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient, in "Dark Crystal" which is 75% merino wool, and 25% nylon. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed for single skein gradient/obmbre yarns, but it will
work up well in just about any fingering weight yarn -- I'd love to see this in a speckled yarn!

I always look forward to seeing what you make, and please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns,  or post them in the Patreon Community, 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, and happy crafting!

Sunday, 2 June 2019

June Featured Pattern and KAL: Mitered Drawstring Project Bag

It's June!  And that means wonderful fun summer knitting (including World Wide Knit in Public Day!) 

So, need something to transport your knitting or crochet? Looking for a way to use up those leftover partial skeins?  

Well, the Mitered Drawstring Project Bag is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, June 30!  It's made using mitered squares, and used half-a-skein or less of the each colour of the suggested yarn. So, it's perfect to use up those odds and ends in your stash! The pattern is written for four colours, but could easily be customized for more or less colours! The pattern is written only (there are no charts), and has been tested and tech-edited as well.
This shows a drawstring bag made primarily of joined mitered squares. The top has eyelets with a twisted cord threaded through them, and a skein of yarn is partially out of the open bag.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
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 June, any finished Mitered Drawstring Project 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 Mitered Drawstring Project Bag in the comments of this post by June 30, 2019.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in June, just finished in June!

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.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Marianna Shawl Test-Knit Call!

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Hello folks! So, I'm superbly thrilled to announce the testing call for my Marianna Shawl!

: A woman wearing a large blue-green lace shawl.  She is holding the shawl at her neck with one hand.
I've been shifting my tests over to YarnPond, and the Marianna Shawl is the next one up!  I'm looking for six testers, three for the charted instructions, and three for the written instructions!  If folks are interested, you will have to sign up to YarnPond to participate, but the sign up is quite simple, and is free!

This Shawl is knit in the round from centre out. The edging is knit flat and joined to the shawl as you work. The main lace mesh motif and the edging pattern are both charted, with written instructions available as a secondary download.

Sample was made in *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the now-discontinued colourway "Marina". When looking for a substitute yarn, any fingering-weight or lace weight yarn would work well. I’d suggest anything with a good bit of drape -- silk, bamboo, or alpaca blends.  And any lace or light fingering yarn should work up well.  Just be aware, this calls for 1600 yards of yarn; so it is quite a large shawl -- the sample measures 68 inches (170 cm) square!  

And, on that note, -- gauge and yarn weight are both flexible for this pattern, though it will change the appearance and/or size of the finished object.

This pattern has written instructions available as a secondary download, and I'm hoping to have those tested as well. 

Deadline for the test is July 7th, 2019 (though I'm willing to extend the deadline on an individual basis, if needed).  Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as two patterns 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. And if you'd like to be added to my Yarnpond Testing pool, let me know your Yarnpond name! 

I'll also post testing calls here on the blog, and to my other social media platforms (Facebook, 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.  And if you know someone else who might be interested, please, feel free to share this post with them!

P.S.  And, if you're a Patron, you're already guaranteed a spot in the test-knit if you want it, so please, do let me know if you'd like to formally test-knit! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

WIP Wednesday: Legwarmers!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!  I've been a bit neglectful in these posts the last few weeks -- I've been knitting frantically on a pair of legwarmers!

Honestly, I should have started these a month ago, since they're slated for a September release, so it's an utter scheduling fail, but, regardless, I'm knitting now!

So, yes these are legwarmers.  

A large lace and cables swatch knit in blue-green fingering-weight yarn, knit on a straight needle. There are various stitch markers visible on the needle
They're knit flat on my 3mm Aero Needles (at least, I'm pretty sure they're old Aeros) -- the needles are old enough that they're showing the old Canadian Sizing on them, which always makes me chuckle!   The reason they're knit flat is that they'll be buttoned (or zippered).  

Why?  Because I've made myself legwarmers in the past. And my one grumble with them is that they're knit in the round, so, to get them off my leg, I have to take my boots off.  With these?  No such problem!   Also, with this construction, making multiple sizes gets a lot easier! 

Yarn is *Dream in Color Smooshy in "Brilliant".  Originally I wasn't sure that it would work well for these (I was worried the busy lace would get lost with the colours of the yarn), but no, it's working out well!  And it's a nice yarn to work with, soft, but not -too- soft.  Hasn't shed or pilled at all, even with a full unraveling.   I may need another skein, depending on how these knit up, but it's a pretty easy yarn to order online, if needs arise. 

This particular sample will be button-up, and, since they'll need at least 10 buttons each, I'm going to have to get more buttons.  I've narrowed it down to two options: 

The first option is these beautiful *Walnut Buttons from *TheWoodlot (I've bought their buttons before and love them!)  The second option is some gorgeous *Coconut Shell Buttons engraved with leaves.  I've not bought from this Etsy seller yet, but they are very well-reviewed, so I'm willing to see how they are!

Stitch markers are from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop -- both the *shell and the *sea glass charms are still in stock last I checked.  I particularly like the sea glass charms, because they're not jump rings, they're actually solid metal rings, so there's no join, however, small, for yarn to snag on, which is great!  The shells are on lobster claws, which make them great for crochet as well as knitting (and no risk of knitting your stitch marker into your work!)

And yes, These legwarmers are as yet unnamed.  If you'd like a chance to name them, I've put that exact question to the Pattern Muses on Patreon!  

Alright, I think that's it for this week's post!  I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!







Friday, 17 May 2019

FO Friday: Marianna Shawl!

 A woman with her back to the camera.  A large green-blue lace shawl is over her shoulders.  The shawl is square and hangs down over her back.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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After a (failed) game of Yarn Chicken, the Marianna Shawl is finally done. . . and yes, it's huge. 1578 yards huge.    And a huge thanks to the wonderful knitter who stepped up and mailed me yarn so that I could finish the pattern! 

Yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the now-discontinued colourway "Marina". The yarn base is still available, just this colourway was bought during a sale several years ago.  (Hence why running out of yarn was a serious problem)! 

It's worked in the round from the centre out on a 3 mm circular.  I did (barely) manage to fit all 580 stitches on a circular with a 16 inch cable, (much to my surprise), but that was helped by the fact that the edging is knit flat and joined.  (The edging, much to my surprise, took an entire skein in and of itself, but I'm thrilled at how it turned out!)

I'm thrilled to have this done -- I'm so happy with how it came out, but I'm also glad to have it done and off the needles.  It was getting. . . rather unwieldy!  

Anyway, stay tuned for the test-knit call coming soon; and, on that note, a quick reminder that Patrons get access to the test-knit draft and have a guaranteed spot in the test-knitting process!  

What have you folks finished in the past few weeks?  Post your links in the comments so I can admire your awesomeness!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

WIP Wednesday: More Fingers on the Symbol Gloves!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves, while I try and get the Marianna Shawl done and out for test-knitting (Hoping for a test-knit call some time next week, if all goes well)

A double-knit fingerless glove on double pointed needles. Two fingers are complete and another finger is on the needles.  A sewn double-pointed needle case is just behind.
So my actual big project for this week I can't tell you about yet (sssh!  It's a secret!  More will be forthcoming as soon as I can talk about it!)    But, I've also gotten further on the fingers on the Symbol Gloves!  I'm working on the fourth finger now, and I've figured out a much neater way to pick up stitches from the cast-on edges (it does involve the dreaded "pick up and purl", but it's not too bad!

Yarn is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso".   Not my usual colour palette, I know, but these were a requested project and are a gift, so, I picked out what my gift-ee wanted!   Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and they're working out well -- I was originally worried that the 2 mm needles would be too dense, but not at all, the fabric is working up well!

And the *DPN needle case I got from *SewSandySew has been -so- helpful, especially as the fingers got more fiddly.  Much less losing the needles in transit (or even to feline 'helpers' around the house!)

Well, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

May Featured Pattern and KAL: Spring Leaves Market Bag

It's May, and it's finally Spring (thunderstorms included!)  With the farmer's market's finally in full tilt, and wonderful spring produce coming in, what better then a reusable bag to carry it all in?

The Spring Leaves Market Bag Pattern is now 50% off at $2.50 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, May 31!
 A cream-coloured mesh bag with a drawstring. The drawstring is pulled closed and has been tied into a bow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.50 CAD
The bag starts with a pinhole cast on. Increases are worked into a leaf lace pattern to form the base of the bag. The leaf lace transitions to a lace mesh, and finishes with a garter stitch edging. A twisted cord allows for easy carrying and helps to keep the bag tied shut!

The sample was knit in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, a worsted/aran blend of 53% cotton and 47% flax. The flax content makes the yarn quite durable, so if substituting yarns, I’d suggest a cotton/flax or cotton/hemp blend.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 May, 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 May 31, 2019. Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in May, just finished in May!

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, 24 April 2019

WIP Wednesday: Fingers on the Symbol Gloves!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves!  The Marianna Shawl is done and blocked -- pictures coming soon!

This week, I've separated out for the fingers on the second of the Symbol Gloves.  The first glove is, in fact, done (except for the thumb), but I forgot to do the fingers on it, so I've got to unravel and do that first.   Figured it was better to do the fingers on this one, first!

Double-Knit Gloves laying on a computer keyboard.  The top of the glove has been separated into two fingers, with the remaining stitches on a stitch holder.
Honestly, they're a bit messy.  The picking up of stitches means that a few things are showing through where the fingers join together.  I'm glad these are a proof of concept. 

That said, the yarn is working out well.  I was worried how well it would work up with the picking up of stitches -- I have to pick up purlwise for the green side of the work, and wasn't sure if the yarn would cooperate, but it does!  Yarn is  *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". I was worried it would be too dense on 2 mm needles, but it's not!  Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and they're working out well.

Quick update, I know, but I wanted to get something out today -- I've missed the last few WIP Wed posts, mostly due to the busyness that was Holy Week.  

As always, I'd love to see what you're working on, so, 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!


Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pattern Release: Wrought Mithril Hat

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

A fingering-weight cable and lace beanie hat laying flat. The hat has a lengthy ribbed rib that flows into intricate cables and lace.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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$6.00 CAD
The Wrought Mithril Hat is a fingering-weight hat with lace and cables, knit in the round from the brim up. It's a perfect piece for those not-quite cold spring night, or as a hat to wear under a winter hood!

The cable pattern and crown decreases are charted, with written instructions available as a secondary download.  Also, this pattern is my first pattern that has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. If you choose the accessible option, it includes the written instruction.  All versions are included with the purchase!

This hat was created as part of the Initiate Knit Design Challenge, hosted by Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits. The goal of the challenge was to help people get their design ideas off the ground, and this lace and cable fingering-weight hat was the result!

For the initial prompt, I drew inspiration from the vertical lines of wrought-iron fencing and the leading of stained glass. The result is a hat that’s lightweight, but still warm!

The yarn is *Northbound Knits Merino/Silk Fingering.  and the sample is knit in the colourway "Ethereal"; shown in size Small.  When looking for a substitute, most fingering-weight yarns would work well. I’d suggest wool or alpaca for a cold-weather hat, but you could also work it in cotton or linen for warmer weather.

And finally, this post wouldn't be complete without thanks to my amazing Pattern Muses over on Patreon!  This was the first release for the Pattern Muses in 2019, and the pattern is now available to Pattern Muses over on Patreon!

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, 3 April 2019

WIP Wednesday: Second Symbol Glove!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! This week, I've gone back to the Symbol Gloves (while I try and hunt down yarn for the Marianna Shawl, since I did, in fact, fail at Yarn Chicken.

I'm working along on the thumb gusset for the second glove. .  but, I will have to double back.  

See, these are a gift for my photographer.  She knows she's getting them, and asked me to make them.  But, I'd forgotten that she'd asked that they be fingerless gloves -- that is, that the top of the glove separate into fingers.  So, I'll have to undo the cast off on the other glove and go back and give it fingers.   Whoops!  (I also still have to do the thumb on the other glove, as well!)
A double-knit glove live on double-pointed needles  Yarn is brown, with a dragon motif around the cuff knit in green.  Two stitch markers with charms that read "Faith" are clipped into the work, and a stitch marker with a silver feather charm is at the side of the work.

I'd originally hoped to have them done for Christmas. .  yeah, that didn't happen.  But I'm ok with that and so is my Photographer. 

Anyway, yarn for these is *Northbound Knitting Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering, in "Littoria" and "Espresso". It's a merino/nylon sock yarn blend, and it's quite good and solid.  I'm really happy with the fabric that's it's creating! Needles are my *HiyaHiya 2mm dpns. and I'm glad I chose these needles.  The sharper tips are really helpful, especially for the m1p (make 1 purl) stitch on the thumb gusset. 

Stitch markers are more from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store -- the *Silver Feather stitch marker is my beginning/end of round marker, while the *"Faith" stitch markers are for the thumb gusset.   Both are technically 'crochet' stitch markers, meaning that they're lobster claws, so I can clip them over small needles, or I can clip them right into the work -- I love the versatility!

Well, that's it for this week's update!  As always, I'd love to see what you're working on this Wed (well, really, whenever you see this blog post!) so, 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!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 1 April 2019

April Featured Pattern and KAL: Colours of Spring Shawl!

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It's April, and it's finally starting to feel like Spring! The snow has (mostly) melted, and stuff is starting to grow! What better way to celebrate then with a shawl? Light enough to be packed away when you don't need it, but heavy enough to keep you warm in the cool nights!

The Colours of Spring Shawl Pattern is now 50% off at $3.00 CAD (Regular Price $6.00 CAD) until 11:59, April 30!

A woman wearing a garter stitch and lace crescent shawl. The shawl is striped in a blue-green gradient. One edge of the shawl is out of frame, with the other end wrapped around her shoulder, with the wingspan held open.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace


$3.00 CAD
This garter-stitch and lace crescent shawl is specifically designed to use those mini-skein sets that are tucked away in your stash. Don't worry, it will work up just as well with a gradient yarn, or even a solid coloured yarn.  Sample is shown using two *gradient sets from *OceanWindKnits.

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, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of April, any finished Colours of Spring Shawl can be entered to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Colours of Spring Shawl in the comments of this post by April 30, 2019 Please note that the shawl doesn't  have to have to have been started in April, just finished in April!

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.