Friday, 20 December 2019

Pattern Release: Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers!

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Hello folks! So the Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers are now live on Ravelry and Etsy

Photography: Stephanie Wallace:
$ 5.50 CAD
These are lace and cable legwarmers in 7 sizes, knit in sock/fingering yarn!  They're 23 inches (58 cm), but can be made longer or shorter as you desire! Sizing runs from a 14 inch/36 cm circumference to a 31 inch/79 cm circumference.

Why the "Necessity of Innovation"?  Because I got tired of having to take my boots off to take off my legwarmers!  So, these are knit flat, then  fasten up the side with buttons or a zipper (instructions for both are included). See?  Necessity inspired innovation! 

The samples are shown in *Dream in Colour Smooshy, in the colourway "Brilliant" 

Buttons shown on the sample are *12 mm buttons from *BonjourHandmadeDIY, but any 12 or 14 mm (1/2 or 5/8 inch) buttons would work nicely for the button-up version.    

The pattern also has the option to add a piece of ribbon or cord at the top, to help keep the legwarmers from slouching down your legs over the course of the day. Sample also uses *Organic Cotton Ribbon, from *TheSewingRetreat, but since this doesn't require a lot of ribbon -- 79 to 96 inches (200 to 244 cm), depending on your size -- it's a great way to use up the end of a spool of ribbon! (You could also make an i-chord to use up some stash yarn, too!)

The lace and cables pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology!

Well, as always, I look forward to seeing what you make, so 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.

Also, this post wouldn't be complete without thanks to my amazing Pattern Muses over on Patreon! And the pattern is now available to Pattern Muses over on Patreon!

I hope you enjoy, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: First Dragon Scale Glove Done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and the last WIP Wed post of 2019 (how did that happen!  Eeek!)

A textured glove, knit with variegated dark green yarn. The cut ends of the yarn are dangling from the tips of the fingers and the bottom of the cuff.

Well, this means I have exactly a week to finish the Dragon Scale Gloves, and I'm doing relatively ok, with one glove done, and a second glove started!

These gloves are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, (and yes, I will be publishing these gloves at a future date!)

The gloves will be mirrored, like many of my mitten/glove designs are. I like having the slipped-stitch palm, both for texture and for durability. So far, I haven't knit two right hand gloves, and I'm rather hoping I don't!  Oh, and yes, this glove doesn't quite fit my hand properly -- this is Christmas Knitting, and it's going to someone with larger hands then me, so my attempts at modelling leave a bit to be desired.

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.  It pools quite differently on the fingers then the body of the glove, no surprise, but I'm still happy with it! And yes, I still have ends to weave in, but those won't take more then a minute or two!

Well, that's it for 2019!  So, a question, to round out the year on a high point -- what did you folks accomplish in 2019 that you're proud of?  It can be anything -- share in the comments below!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: Dragon Scale Gloves Thumb Gusset!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And, the Christmas Knitting continues!  

the cuff of a textured glove on small double-pointed needles.  Two stitch markers show where the thumb gusset increases have been placed.
These are a start to the Dragon Scale Gloves. which are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, and they're going to be a Christmas Present!  I would be further, except that I had to unravel back a good bit to fix some mistakes (you can see that debacle on Twitch, if you like)!  

The gloves will be mirrored, like many of my mitten/glove designs are.  I like having the slipped-stitch palm, both for texture and for durability. (This does mean, however, that I must pay attention, or risk knitting two right handed mittens and no left-hand mittens, (this has happened before. . .)

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce" that has been in my stash for a bit now.   It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.  It is a bit of a 'sticky' yarn, as evidenced by the frogging, but, otherwise it's working up well! 

The stitch markers are *Sea Glass Stitch Markers from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop.  In a break from my usual tradition, these are not lobster claw stitch markers, but instead are solid metal rings that slip over the needles.  However, because these metal rings are solid, there's no risk of the yarn snags that can sometimes happen with jump rings (or, even lobster claw stitch markers)! 

So yes, the holiday knitting continues, and I might actually finish!  How goes your knitting over this holiday season?  Sound off in the comments! 

Sunday, 8 December 2019

"How Do I Knit That"? Podcast, Episode 7! Yarn Weight and Yarn Fibres!

Hello folks!

So for those who don't know, I have a podcast!  The first six episodes are available on Patreon, while Episode 7 (and future episodes), are available on Youtube as well!

Anyway, this is Episode 7; an overview of yarn weights and yarn fiber types.

Have a Question for the Podcast? Head to Youtube and Leave a Comment! Questions should be related to knitting, crochet, or yarn. Questions about specific knitting/crochet patterns may or may not be answered, depending on if I have access to the pattern.  Oh, and Patrons can submit audio or video recordings of their question, plus, they get early access to the podcast!
Anyway, hope you enjoy! Episode 8 will be available Mid-December! And remember, Yes, you can, in fact, knit  that!

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WIP Wednesday: Christmas Knitting (Dragon Scale Gloves)


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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And, the dreaded Christmas Knitting has started (Honestly, I probably should have started sooner!)

Knitting on a set of double-pointed needles  The yarn is fingering-weight in shades of green, brown, and deep blue.  There is a silver rose stitch marker clipped into the work.
 These are a start to the Dragon Scale Gloves. which are based on the same motif as my Silver Dragon Cowl, and they're going to be a Christmas Present!

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce" that I picked up at a yarn sale a couple of years ago.  It's 100% Merino, but considering I'm knitting it on *2mm (US 0) needles, it is so far coming out quite dense!   Even with the yarn over stitches in the pattern, these should turn out nice and warm for my gift-ee! 

Stitch Marker is one of my *Silver Rose Stitch Markers  that I got from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store. It's quite nice for working with DPNs, since the lobster claw means I can clip it right into the work, rather then have it falling off the tip of the dpn. 

So who's started their Holiday knitting (and, even more importantly, who's -finished- their holiday knitting?)   Post your successes (or your overambitious projects!), in the comments!  

Sunday, 1 December 2019

December Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Hat

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With the weather turning cold now, and another Polar Vortex predicted for North America, what's better for cold weather then a worsted-weight, double-layered hat with a thick brim to keep your ears warm!

So, the Woodland Hat Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of December!

A woman wearing a blue cabled knit hat with the brim folded up, revealing an off-white layer underneath.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
This hat is knit in the round from the brim up, using a provisional cast on to create both sides of this reversible hat.  One side is cast on and knit, then, the provisional cast on is picked up, and the second layer of the hat is knit.

Sample was knit in Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in "Rock Candy" and "Mallowmar". Though the particular colours are no longer available, the yarn is *still easily available.

The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written.

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 Mini-KAL!

For the month of December, any finished Woodland Hat has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Hat in the comments of this post by December 31, 2019. Please note that the hat doesn't have to have been started in December just finished in December!

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). One Winner will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winner must have a valid e-mail address to receive the pattern and electronic gift card. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Friday, 29 November 2019

FO Friday: Cosmic Crochet Cowl!

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a crochet cowl, done in a crochet cluster stitch.  The cowl is variegated colours of deep blue, bright green, dark purple, and brown.
Yeay for another FO Friday! I've been on a bit of a roll with Finished Objects; and this week, I finished the Cosmic Crochet Cowl quickly enough that it didn't even get a WIP Wed post!  

And my apologies for the not-so-great photo, but I wanted to get this up for FO Friday, considering I skipped WIP Wed this week.  I actually haven't blocked this yet (yes, I know, I know), but I wanted to grab the photo before it went dark here.

Anyway, yarn is the (discontinued), Fleece Artist Sea Wool in 'SeaStorm'  I've had this languishing in my stash for a while, because I couldn't get it to look right when I knit it up.  It always came out 'wonky' (yes, that's a technical term!), because of the variegation!  But, in this crochet pattern, it works out quite well!

Hook is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co, that I was lucky enough to win on the Marly Bird Podcast!  It works very well for this pattern, with one catch -- the shorter shaft of the hook makes crocheting 6 stitches together a bit of a challenge, but it still worked out well enough!

These will be up for testing soon(ish), again, as soon as I get the pattern written up! (Oh, and if you want a guaranteed spot as a test-knitter, and the chance to have a say in future pattern designs, check out the Pattern Muses on Patreon!

Well, I've been on an FO kick. Have you folks finished something up over this weekend -- and, it a long weekend for the folks in the US -- happy Thanksgiving, for the folks south of the border!  I wish you lots of tasty food and an enjoyable long weekend with lots of crafting time!  

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Gift Ideas for the Knitter or Crocheter in your life!

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So, I'm trying something new!  

I know from my own experience that the non-knitters and non-crocheters among us have no idea what to get us crafty folks as gifts over the holidays.   So, after being inspired by the Etsy Gift Guides, I put together a list I hope will be helpful!

If you're a crafter, feel free to check out and pass on what I've posted; and if you're a non-crafter, hopefully this will give you a starting point for gifts for the knitters/crocheters in your life!

I'll also include a few of my own thoughts on each thing, as well!
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

Lets start with Yarn:

So, for yarn, there's -so- many brands of yarn I could recommend, but one of the dyers I've worked with and loved is *oceanwindknits.  I've worked with their yarns before,  using her *Gabriola Mini-Skein Sets and  I can say that their yarns are absolutely wonderful!  Each mini-skein 25 g, so the set of 5 works out to 440 yards (about the same as a skein of sock yarn).  And yes, there are *full skein fade sets available too!  

Also under Yarn is *TurtlePurl Yarns.    I've been lucky enough to work with several of her yarns -- I've worked with her TurtlePurl Worsted (sadly, not available through her Etsy shop), and her *self-striping sock yarn (though that project is a secret for a bit longer, more on that coming soon!)

A crochet hat in the alpine stitch, laying flat. The hat is done in a speckled pink/purple/grey/whiteAnd last on the yarn list is *Leither Co's Superwash DK -- I got the chance to try the *"Blushing Sage" colouway, when I won a skein from a podcast; and it's a very nice yarn to work with --  I worked one of my sample hats in it!   It's softer then I expected for a Superwash, but still is quite a durable yarn, able to survive several froggings!




Next on the list are crochet hooks!

Someone holding a small circle of crochet, worked in the round, and a crochet hook. The hook is metal with a carved wooden handle, and the yarn is yellow sock yarn with black flecks, held double.  I'm particular about my crochet hooks in particular, and I've recently fallen in love with the *Leither Co. Crochet Hooks.  I -love- the fact that they go down to a 2.25 mm (US B) hook, and the metal shafts mean that there's a much less risk of me snapping the hook.    The one I have is a 3.5 mm (US E) hook that I've been using on a few different projects recently because I love it so much!  I'm thrilled I actually won this hook from a podcast; because I'm definitely going to go out and get a few more! 

And now Stitch Markers. 

A close up view of a locking stitch marker with a silver crab charm.
Not sure about what else to get?  Stitch Markers usually go over relatively well!  I get most of my stitchmarkers from various Etsy Shops, from*EfficientSense's Etsy Shop*WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop, and Fibremancy's Etsy Shop.   I love the fact that all of these shops have stitch markers that can open and close, so that they can be used with crochet. Indeed, the little crab stitch marker on the right, came from one of *my favorite stitch marker sets -- a set of shells with purls, and then a little crab! (You can also pick a narwhal, dolphin, or seahorse, if you want!) 

Finally, how did I forget various notions! 

Buttons and Ribbons are something most crafters love to have in stash as well! 

I've had the chance to try various wonderful buttons from various Etsy shops, including these beautiful *coconut shell buttons from  *BonjourHandmadeDIY,  as well as oak *buttons from The Woodlot!

And ribbon?  Ribbon, at least in my opinion, is a wonderful crafting tool, and finding *organic cotton ribbon made my month!  What makes it even better is that you can buy by the meter, so you don't have an entire extra spool of ribbon sitting around in storage. So for this one, I suggest finding out how much ribbon your prospective crafter might need. 

So yeah, there you have it!  I hope one of those links is helpful, (or, at the very least, entertaining!)  And if you're still stuck for ideas for gifts, Etsy has put together a bunch of *gift guides to help!

Friday, 22 November 2019

FO Friday! Diamond Lace Legwarmers!

Two boot toppers laying flat.  They are knit with 2 by 2 ribbing in the round, and the top is done in a diamond lace pattern.  Yarn is blue with speckles of many colours.
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Yeay for another FO Friday! The Boot Toppers are done!

Yarn is *Spun Right Round's Superwash Worsted in "The Water's Fine."  I have to admit, I think the lace got a little lost within the speckles, but, for a first-try, I'm quite happy with these!  I think I will try a second sample in a solid or tonal to see how those work up, but, again, I'm happy with these (and will be happy to wear them in our predicted Arctic air mass this winter!)

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero dpns.  I have to admit for a certain nostalgia for my Aero dpns.  They're workhorse needles, they're inherited, and  I love them! I also love them for the length, too -- most of the modern needles I find are shorter, while these, being longer, can actually be used for hats and such!

These will be up for testing soon(ish), as soon as I get the pattern written up!  (Oh, and if you want to name it -- Pattern Muses on Patreon can help and suggest a pattern name!)

So what have you folks finished up?  Post links in the comments -- I'd love to see what you've made!

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

#ThankYouPatrons! 2019-2020 Toronto Knitter's Guild Membership!

Well, it's #ThankYouPatrons day!

And I'm thrilled to have all of my Patrons supporting my work, both past and present, making what I do a little bit more possible!  Thank you for all your support!

What does that mean!  Well, this year, Patrons graciously and wonderfully covered the cost of my membership in the Toronto Knitter's Guild!

Line Art of a smiling sheep holding balls of wool, there are hearts above the sheep's head.
Image Credit: Toronto Knitter's Guild
And why is that important?  The Toronto Knitter's guild is a wonderful group of knitters (and crocheters), but it's also one of the centre meeting points for Toronto's professional Fiber Arts scenes.   Local dyers, shops, designers, and more, as well as knitters and crocheters of all stripes, come together once a month to make, learn, connect, and inspire!

And what else does membership do!  Well, it gets a discount at the local yarn stores, does that count?

But why post this at all -- I mean, wouldn't a 'thank you' note somewhere on the internet have worked just as well?

Maybe.  But I also believe in trying to show my patrons (and everyone else who supports me!)  where the money goes.  Sure, there's rent and groceries and cat food, but if I say "oh, at this goal on Patreon I'll do 'x'" then I feel it's important to show that's actually what I'm doing, and I've done the thing I said I'm going to do with that money!

And what's upcoming with the Guild?   Why is this an important thing now?  Well this month's meeting is Kyle Vey of VectorKnits, the designer behind the now-viral Wingspan Shawl!  So that promises to be wonderful!

It's thanks to my amazing Patrons that I have a chance to meet these people, one designer to another.   So thank you again for opening up this amazing opportunity!


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

WIP Wednesday: Twitch Community Blanket!


Welcome back to WIP Wed! I've finished up a few things, so, this week, I'm showing off my Twitch Community Blanket!  If you've ever heard my talk about Subscriber Squares on my Twitch Stream, this is what I'm talking about!

 A blanket made of mitered squares, with names embroidered on each square. One square is in progress on a set of wooden needles.
Yarn is various colours of Briggs and Little Atlantic, picked by subscribers to my Twitch channel -- and then I embroider their names on the blanket square!  So far, it's been a fun project (even if I am a bit behind!)

Pattern is a very basic mitered square blanket setup (you can find basic instructions here) that I've altered to do what I specifically want it to do,  I'm also adding edging and eventually an I-chord border -- and the colours of the edging and border are and will be chosen by the folks who donate bits over on my Twitch Channel

Needles are my 7 mm Turn of the Century Wooden Needles.  They're long straights, so they're a bit unwieldy for working on the camera, but I love them anyway. 

Eventually, this blanket will be double-sided. . . and even further in the future, the blanket will be finished and put up in a huge Twitch Giveaway!  Yes, when it is done, it will go out to one lucky person in my Twitch Community!

Want to see this blanket being made live?  Check out my Twitch Channel at 10:30 am (Eastern Time), every Friday!  

And I admit, with temps hitting -20 C this morning, I'm looking forward to working on this blanket again on Friday (I primarily work on it on stream, so folks can see their squares being made!)  So it's great to have a nice squishy wool blanket on my lap!    What are you folks working on -- feel free to show off in the comments! 

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Pattern Release: Marianna Shawl

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Hello folks! So the Marianna Shawl is finally live on Ravelry and Etsy!  

A woman wearing a large blue-green lace shawl. She is holding the shawl at her neck with one hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
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$7.00 CAD
It's a large square shawl (sample measures 68 inches /170 cm square), knit from the centre out with lace-weight yarn, and using approximately 1600 yards of yarn!

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.  In addition, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology!

As for the shawl itself?  It came about after exploring the beautiful Stitch Patterns of Gannet Designs. They seemed the perfect stitch patterns for the mesh lace of a larger shawl.

The sample shawl is knit in *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the colourway “Marina” (which sadly, has since been discontinued).  And this inspired the name of the shawl, because, during the entire production process, my brain kept insisting that the colourway was called “Marianna”! Hence, the Marianna Shawl!

As always, I look forward to seeing what you make, so 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.

Also, this post wouldn't be complete without thanks to my amazing Pattern Muses over on Patreon! And the pattern is now available to Pattern Muses over on Patreon!

I hope you enjoy, and happy crafting!

Friday, 8 November 2019

FO Friday: Alpine Hat Number Two!

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And yeay for another FO Friday!   Yes, I finally finished the size-small sample for my Alpine Hat!  (P.S  I've got a test-knit call up for this hat -- I still need some testers for the Large Size!)

A crochet hat done in a textured stitch.  The hat is mustard-yellow with small flecks of black.

Yarn is Wool is the Answer 4-Ply Superwash Merino with Neps in "Mustard", held double!  I was lucky enough to have enough leftover from my Silver Dragon Cowl (and you can find that project in Issue 109 of Now Magazine -- more details coming soon!

I'm really enjoying working with it! It's 100 % Merino wool, with Neps (the little black bits), made from Donegal Tweed. Working with it held double is a bit of an adventure, since I was working under 4 strands at once, but it wasn't difficult at all!

Hook is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co., (which I won from the Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast)!  The Leither Hooks are actually quite nice, (I'm finding I much prefer the wooden handles) and I will have to keep them in mind as I build up my crochet hook collection!

Anyway, I've finished the second hat (and both hats will be up for sale in my Etsy shop soon!)!  So, what things have you finished on this FO Friday?

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

WIP Wednesday: Diamond Lace Boot Toppers -- Almost to the Lace!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!   This week, I've gotten a bit more done on my Diamond Lace Boot Toppers, and am now just one row below the lace pattern!

A tube of 2 by 2 ribbing on double-pointed needles. Yarn is worsted-weight sky blue yarn, with speckles in many colours. There is a shell stitch marker clipped into the work between the dpns.

Yarn is  *Spun Right Round's Superwash Worsted in "The Water's Fine,"   and, the speckles have really grown on me!  I really wasn't sure originally, but now, I quite like it!  I want to see how they work up when I get into the lace section!  

Needles are my 3.25 mm old Aero needles. I find that I'm really quite find of most of my old Aero needles, -- and I don't see them in shops any more!  

I admit, I've actually been neglecting these in favour of other work, but I've still gotten a few rows here and there. And the name is still a work-in-progress -- Patrons can suggest names over on Patreon!

The pretty little *Shell Stitch Marker is from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop --  I went and got a whole bunch of lobster claw stitch markers from her shop a while ago, and they're great for working with DPNs, because you can hook them into the work, rather then have them going over the needles. Means, that I can put markers between my DPNs! 

So what are you folks working on today? We're supposed to get our first actual snowfall this afternoon, so it's definitely getting into proper 'knitting season'!  Show off your warm winter knits (and crochets) in the comments below, I'd love to see!

Friday, 1 November 2019

November Featured Pattern and KAL: Snowdrop Lace Cowl

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Welcome to November! 

We're getting into colder weather here in the Northern Hemisphere; and we're also getting into the holiday 'crunch' of time!   So, perfect solution -- My Snowdrop Cowl is warm, comfortable, and can be knit in a day! And, it's now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, November 30th!

A woman wearing a blue bulky knit cowl. The cowl has a lace and cable pattern.
Photography: Douvlak Photography
$2.75 CAD
The cowl is worked in the round, with garter stitch edging and the Snowdrop Cable and Lace Pattern forming the body of the cowl.  The yarn used in the pattern is Blue Sky Fibers Bulky, which is 50% alpaca, 50% wool. It is classified as a super-bulky, so for substitution purposes, you’ll want to double most yarns if you want to knit this in anything below a bulky-weight. Also, if you’re substituting yarns, I’d suggest a yarn with at least 50% wool content.

The pattern has been test-knit 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, the Mini-KAL And there have been changes!

For the month of November, any finished Snowdrop Cowl has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Cowl in the comments of this post by November 30, 2019. Please note that the Cowl doesn't have to have been started in November, just finished in November!

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). One Winner will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winner must have a valid e-mail address to receive the pattern and electronic gift card. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Crown of the Alpine Hat

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Alpine Hat has progressed!  I'm finally past the crown increases and working on the main body of the hat!  The only work I've been able to do on this is some quick work between other projects, and a bit on the transit, so, for the limited time I put in, I'm thrilled at how well and how quickly this is working up!

Someone crocheting around the edge of a crochet hat.  The yarn is yellow fingering-weight yarn with flecks of black, and is held with two strands together.  The crochet hook is metal with a wooden handle.
Yarn is Wool is the Answer 4-Ply Superwash Merino with Neps in "Mustard", held double! I'm thrilled to have  some leftovers from a previous yarn support request -- this hat takes less then one full skein, which is great!

I'm really enjoying working with it, it's 100 % Merino wool, with Neps (the little black bits), made from Donegal Tweed.   I suspect, however, that this wouldn't make good socks, because of the neps -- they're probably just work their way out of the yarn and shed little bits on something super-hard wearing like a sock.  But for a hat (or, likely a shawl), this yarn would be perfect!

Hook is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co., (which I won from the Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast)!   I admit, I was initially worried about this hook, as I'm very particular about my crochet hooks (or I get hand cramps), but I've been working on this for a bit now, and no hand cramps!  Yeay! 

The *Silver Feather Stitch Marker I'm using to mark my rounds (I hook it into the slip-stitch of each round), is from *EfficientSense's Etsy Shop, and it's in crochet that these stitch markers really shine.  You can hook them into the crochet wherever you need them to be, and I haven't lost this one at all!  (I've had other locking stitch markers work loose over time, but not these ones!)

So, that's my weekly progress on my crafting today!  I'd love to see what you folks have made during the week!  Post in the comments and share away!

Friday, 25 October 2019

FO Friday! New Lace Scarf!

Welcome back! And today, FO Friday happens with another project I've more been knitting along with "in the background" as it were -- a yet-to-be named Worsted Weight lace scarf!  It will be 2019's Patreon Exclusive Pattern, like the Anghymesur Shawl (and yes, the Anghymesur Shawl was published in 2019, but started in 2018 -- no one said scheduling is my strong suit!)

Yarn for this is Wisdom Yarns Poems in "Enchanted Forest", which, like many yarns I fall in love with, has since been discontinued!    It's Aran-Weight, 100 % Wool, and wonderfully squishy!  The colour changes aren't quite identical per ball, so the scarf is a touch random, but I love it!    Only downside is it's a bit sticky.  So if you need to frog it, it can be a bit of a pain (ask me how I know that, haha!)
A folded lace scarf, knit with worsted-weight colour changing yarn  Colour changes from beige; grey; brown; black; and forest green.

And this particular set of skeins is souvenir yarn -- I got a chance to stop into Pretty Skeins, in Windsor, Ontario, while I was travelling.  I was between rehearsals for a choir I was singing with,  and spent a wonderful afternoon chattering with Heidi, the shop owner, and drinking my tea!   The shop is a neat little gem, tucked away in downtown Windsor (FYI, Google Maps had me on the wrong side of the street when I was trying to find it, so, keep your eyes open!)  

Only downside is that the shop, sadly, isn't wheelchair accessible, there's a set of steps up to the front.   But I managed that on my cane without too much trouble. 

Needles I used were an old set of 5.5 mm Aero straight needles that served the job quite well -- except they did have the nasty habit of slipping out of the project while it was in storage!  Usually my Aero needles don't do that, so I'm not sure what's going on there! 

As for the knitting itself, it's definitely a stashbuster!  I worked right up until the end of the skein, leaving nothing left (I actually was a bit ambitious and forgot the garter stitch at the other end of the scarf and had to frog back!)  So it's great to use every inch of some souvenir yarn or something you want/need to use up without leftovers! You can end the scarf basically after any wrong-side row, so you really can eke out all of your yardage. 

I'm not sure what the final home for this FO will be -- I was originally planning it as a Christmas Gift, but I've rather fallen in love with it, so now I'm indecisive  (not that I need more scarves, of course!)  So, those who've given away well-loved FO's -- how did you part with your project?

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Alpine Hat Number Two

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! Today is a second Alpine Hat! This hat is the size small (provided I've done my math correctly, so we shall see!) 
someone holding a small circle of crochet, worked in the round, and a crochet hook.  The hook is metal with a carved wooden handle, and the yarn is yellow sock yarn with black flecks, held double.
Yarn is Wool is the Answer 4-Ply Superwash Merino with Neps in "Mustard", held double!   Graciously, I have some leftovers from a previous yarn support request, and I'm thrilled with that!  I get to use the leftovers for another project, and this hat seemed perfect!

It's wonderful yarn -- it holds up well to frogging, and has a great feel to it while I work it.  That said, I don't think it would work for socks, though as a) it has no nylon content, and I like my socks to have nylon if they're not BFL, and b) I'd be worried about the Neps wearing out.  But for other stuff, it works up very well. I'm holding it double to get about the equivalent of DK (or maybe a light worsted), and that works well!  

(And yes, there is another project in this yarn coming soon -- stay tuned!)    

Originally I wasn't thrilled with the Neps, -- I usually don't like 'bits' in my yarn, but, this yarn is definitely growing on me. The Mustard colour isn't my usual colour choice, but that's one of the wonderful things about yarn support -- it makes you look outside your natural colour choices!

For hooks, I started the hat with my 3.75 mm (US F) hook from Turn of The Century, but my tension wasn't quite accurate, so I went back to my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co., (which I won from the Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast), and that's the hook you see here! 

The Leither Co. hook originally had me wondering if it would work for my hands and crochet style -- many crochet hooks cause my hands to cramp up.  But, no, the Leither Co. Hook actually works quite well for me, which is quite exciting -- I tend to be a bit of a a "Goldilocks" when it comes to crochet hooks. 
 
I'm only a few rounds in with this picture, but it grows pretty quickly!  Hopefully I'll have more to show you folks next week!

So what are you folks working on today? Any new cast-ons?  Post them in the comments -- feel free to share! 

Friday, 18 October 2019

FO Friday -- Alpine Hat!

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Welcome back!  And today, FO Friday happens with something many of you haven't seen before!  This started as a Magazine Submission. . .  but I kind of fell in love with it, so, now it's done, and II plan to self-publish it!

This is the Alpine Hat!
A textured crochet hat laying flat.  The hat is made in a pastel variegate red/white/purple yarn.

Yarn and Hook are both from a *Leither Co. Kit!  Hook is one of their *crochet hooks (3.5 mm /US E), while yarn is * "Blushing Sage" on their DK Weight Base.   I won the kit in question from the Yarn Thing Podcast by Marly Bird, and I'm thrilled, because I never would have found or tried this out otherwise!

I was actually originally worried, given that I find a lot of crochet hooks cause my hands to cramp.  But, not this hook, which is great cause for celebration!  It's also not too big for my hands (another common challenge I find!)  And the yarn is 100% Superwash Merino, and while soft, it's doesn't pill like some merino yarns I've worked with.  It's held up well to some frogging, so, that's always a bonus!

The hat you're seeing is actually a size Large, at 25.5 inches in diameter.  It's nice and squishy. . . but too big for me.  So it will be going up in my Etsy shop, once I get everything sorted.   This does mean that I will have to make a second (size small) hat for me to model for pattern photo shoots, so that's going to be a thing over the next couple of months!  And that means the testing call for this hat is still a bit away, but, still, stay tuned!

Anyway, what have you folks finished on this glorious FO Friday?  Share your Finished Objects in the comments!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Diamond Boot Toppers, Take Two!


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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And this week's WIP Wed project starts with a failure -- I did, in fact, fail at Yarn Chicken on the previous attempt at the Diamond Boot Toppers.  I got one and a half toppers done, and just didn't have enough yarn to continue.   I pulled out a different skein of yarn -- now I'm working in *Spun Right Round's Superwash Worsted in "The Water's Fine," and I know I'll have enough for these!

someone holding ribbing in the round on double-pointed needles.  It's knit with teal coloured worsted-weight yarn, the yarn is speckled with many other colours.   A silver shell stitch marker is clipped into the work.
I was originally skeptical of the speckles, but, they're growing on me quite quickly!  

Needles still are my 3.25 mm old Aero needles.  These are honestly workhorse needles, which, they should be,  considering I think they're older then I am!

I know there's not much here yet, but stay tuned, these should knit up pretty quickly! And as always, names for these patterns are always appreciated -- Patrons can suggest names over on Patreon!

And, the pretty little *Shell Stitch Marker is from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop -- I love the fact that it's a lobster claw, so I can clip it into the work.  Makes it wonderful for working with dpns!

So what are you folks working on today?  It's gotten cold enough for me to pull out the knitwear today -- soon I'll be very grateful for my various knits!  What knitting or crocheting are you getting excited about?

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Diamond Boot Toppers!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!  And this week's WIP Wed project is a visit to the very old archives -- pulling out an old pattern draft and getting back to work on it!

A cuff knit in 2 by 2 ribbing in self-striping yarn on double-pointed needles.  A hand-balled yarn ball is beside the needles.
I've cast on a pair of Boot Toppers for the Pattern MusesI cast on a pair years ago, but that pair is now languishing somewhere in a WIP box.  So; time to update it! 

I'm playing a bit of yarn chicken with my one skein of  Striped TurtlePurl Worsted from *TurtlePurl Yarns.  I've got a half-skein left, and I hope it's enough, but I figured the self-striping yarn would suit well for these!   So far, so good!

Needles are my 3.25 mm old Aero needles, which are absolutely perfect for this project.  They've got the length so that there's no risk of stitches falling off the needle tips, and they're working well with this particular yarn. 

I know there's not much here yet, but stay tuned, these should knit up pretty quickly!  And as always, names for these patterns are always appreciated -- Patrons can suggest names over on Patreon

So what are you folks working on this grey and cool Wednesday?  Staying warm (or cool), I hope?  Regardless, I'd love to see what you're up to -- post links in the comments! 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

October Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Mittens

Welcome to October and. . . yeah, some folks are reporting the possibility of snow!  When did snow become a possibility?  No idea, but that's what the weather is saying!

Well, with snow comes mittens!  The  Woodland Mittens are the October Featured Pattern, which is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, October 31rst!

: Someone wearing a cabled mitten and gripping a chain. The mitten cables enclose a section of double moss stitch.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
The mittens are mirrored, with a different left-hand and right-hand mitten. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!)

They're knit from the bottom up in the round with light DK-weight yarn and can be knit on dpns or magic loop, or any other method you prefer. The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written. Sample was knit up in the (now discontinued) baa ram ewe Dovestone DK, which is a wonderful blend of British Wools.  If you're looking to substitute yarn, any wool or mostly wool blend should work 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, the Mini-KAL  And there have been changes!

For the month of October, any finished pair of Woodland Mittens has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Mittens in the comments of this post by October 31, 2019. Please note that the mittens don't 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). One Winner will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winner must have a valid e-mail address to receive the pattern and electronic gift card. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan: One Sleeve Done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- one sleeve is done!  The other sleeve. . . . needed to be ripped out.   I made it far too big.

A knit cardigan in dark blue fingering-weight wool, lying flat.  One sleeve is sewn into the armhole and is folded over the body.
So, I knit up the second sleeve, and checked if that sleeve fit!  The answer was, yes, it did! It took a touch of easing to get the set-in-sleeve sewn into the armhole, and I'm not 100% sold on that, but after recalculating several times, I'm not sure I want to redo it -again-.   And a couple people who have seen the prototype quite like the look, so ok!   With a couple votes of confidence,  I frogged the first sleeve back to the first set of increases, and am re-knitting it again, with much better success. 

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea".  And I can say with confidence, it frogs very well!  I've had a number of folks compliment me on the colour, and I wish I could say it was still available, but I was lucky enough to get it as a one-off colour through *Tanis Fiber Arts Etsy Shop!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles, and I've been using travelling loop to knit the sleeve on the same needles as the body sweater for less possibility of tension difference.   But, like I mentioned on a previous Twitch Stream,  my tension is still fluctuating between 5 and 6 stitches per inch, depending on where I'm knitting (subway knitting always seems to run a tad tighter); how tired I am, what I'm watching on Netflix, and a bazillion other variables.  I'm glad I stuck to the same needles, I didn't need any further variables messing with my tension!  

In terms of getting this off the needles, I've been getting a lot of the sleeve work down while watching the various *Teachable Live broadcasts, which has been great -- if anyone is interested in branching their creative business into course creation, then the free workshops and broadcasts in Teachable Live will hopefully be very interesting!  Yes, they're free (and yes, there's a sales pitch for *Teachable at the end of some of the workshops), but honestly, I've been using it to plan out my own online course (basically, how do alter and design knitting patterns using cables), and it's quite a good quality piece of software!   And even if you're not looking at making an online course, if you're a fellow creative business person, the livestreams and broadcasts are still really helpful!  I'll be watching the broadcasts today and tomorrow (September 25th and 26th) as well as their broadcast on the 27th that are reserved for folks who are customers, like me. 

So I'm going to be busy with my knitting today!  How are you folks spending your Wednesday!  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan: Sleeves!

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the top of a sleeve on a circular needle.  There is a cable running up the sleeve marked off with two stitch markers with silver flower charms.

Welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm onto the sleeves!  I'm still about worried about yarn chicken and having enough for the hood, but, we shall see!

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea". The sleeve has been done in my third skein (there's still some of the second skein left that I'm planning to alternate with for the hood); and so far so good on that risk of yarn chicken. .  but it depends on how much yarn the second sleeve takes, too.

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles, and I've been magic looping (and as the sleeve got bigger, I switched to travelling loop) along on the sleeve.  While given my first choice, I prefer double-pointed needles, for the sleeve, I'm glad I didn't.  It means that a) the sleeves were knit on the same needles as the rest of the sweater, so there's no chance for any tension weirdness because of different needles; and b) the top of the sleeve would have had enough stitches to risk falling off the double-pointed needles.   

The *Silver Rose stitch markers are still marking the cable for the sleeves -- I still seem to have trouble counting 10 stitches. It really does help just to keep me on track to have stitch markers for just about everything!  

With all that said, though, I've not been knitting on this, though, and instead, doing the math to shape the sleeve cap.  

From a fashion sense, I like set-in sleeves.  But from a design sense.  . well, it takes some work to make a sleeve cap that works.  So I've been doing the math for that, rather then actually knitting. I'm hoping that I might even finish the math today and can go back to knitting the rest of the sleeve today.   Wish me luck in the math-ing today!  

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan: It's starting to be a sweater?

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm finished the back and on to the right front!  I've been knitting away to try and get this done!  I'm quite happy with how the shoulders and back are coming together, with no small thanks to Techknitter's amazing tutorials

A dark blue sweater with the right front on a circular needle.  The other parts of the sweater are tucked in a yarn bowl under the right front.  The right front has been partially bound off for the armhole, and a single-twist cable runs along the other edge of the knitting.
Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I did manage to find my third skein while cleaning up and sorting the yarn bins in my bedroom!  (See, it does sometimes pay to clean your room, folks!)   And I still think I can eek the sweater's smallest size out of 3 skeins.  I'm hoping I can, because there's no way for me to get more of this yarn! So, wish me luck on my potential game of Yarn Chicken!  

With only a bit on the Right Front to go, I plan to do the sleeves with the third skein, then alternate the last of skein 2 and skein 3 for the collar and hood, and that should work out, I hope!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  They're one of my few nickel-plated needles; and honestly, I don't notice that much of a difference between these and my aluminum Aeros.  But, they're still quite nice to work with!

And, in my search for Organic Cotton Zippers.  I found these *Organic Cotton Zippers from *The Sewing Retreat! I do wish they came in additional colours, but otherwise, those look like they should work just fine!  It's the same shop I got *the Ribbon for the Legwarmers from, so if the zippers are as nice, that will be perfect!

The *Silver Rose stitch marker that's marking my cable repeat is from *EfficientSense's Etsy Shop.   And yes, I need a stitch marker for a 10 stitch cable repeat.  Eve with the markers, I've still messed it up and had to correct on some rows!  Sometimes I suspect that the simpler something is, the easier it is to mess up! 

Anyway, my plan today is to do some more work on this (in additional to other things)  What are your crafty (or, non-crafty) plans for this Work-in-Progress Wednesday?  Let me know in the comments!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!