Wednesday, 30 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl Setup Continues!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, everyone!  Hope you're keeping warm in what is, officially, now a polar vortex.  Yeah, that's happened this year again. 

Well, regardless of the cold, the Marianna Shawl is still growing.  I'm almost through the first of three balls of yarn, and the shawl is now 200-plus stitches and still going strong.  
Lace knitting on the needles.  Yarn is a deep turquoise lace-weight yarn, and there are multiple sets of stitch markers clipped into the work.

And I'm -still- drafting the setup chart.  I feel like that's eye-roll worthy, for how big a set up chart this is going to be!  I might end up just charting the whole shawl and splitting it into parts.  If you're a Pattern Muse over on Patreon, I've recently uploaded the most recent version of the draft for you folks to stare at (and make fun of, there's at least two new mistakes in there!)

Anyway, I'll be drafting the next section of the shawl over on Twitch for the next little while (and once I finish the drafting, I'll go back to the knitting!)  And it's planned as the Q2 Pattern Release for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon.   It's rather scrunched up on the needles (curses of a 16 inch circular), but if all goes to plan, it will be released in April/May! 

Yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", which is a lace-weight 70% Merino and 30% silk. The colour is discontinued, sadly, but Gloss Lace is still available!  It holds up well, and I've had no trouble with yarn barf from my centre-pull ball.  I've had a few moments where the yarn has slip-knotted around itself but they've all come untangled really easily. And it held up to some serious tinking without any trouble whatsoever. 

The stitch pattern is actually based on the work of the wonderful Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs! She's freely allowed designers to adapt her stitch patterns, which I think is wonderful!  So go check out her stuff!

Stitch Markers are from *Fibremancy, and I got one set at the Barrie Fiber Festival back in August, and the other set over on her Etsy Shop.  They're marking my pattern repeats, and they've saved me -so- much trouble by doing so! 

So I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update!  I hope you folks are enjoying these posts!    And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on -- please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things. Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Pattern Release: Chevron Stitch Hood and Scarf


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It's with great trepidation that I announce my first Crochet Pattern -- the Chevron Stitch Hood and Scarf, which is available for free on Ravelry!

A woman wearing a hood with a scarf. The hood is done in worsted-weight crochet in a chevron pattern. The yarn is variegated yarn that runs between purple, black, and grey.
You can find the design on Ravelry, or, you can download the PDF directly by clicking here!

So, where did this scarf and hood start, and what prompted me to design in Crochet? Well, I wanted a hood and scarf that even a newcomer to crochet could make and was inspired by this beautiful but, simple, crochet lace stitch pattern. By adding some seaming to make a hood, a beautiful, unique accessory is created that even a beginner can make!

The scarf and hood is worked flat as a rectangle, then seamed to create the hood. It uses chain stitch and double crochet to make the crochet lace. The lace pattern is both written and charted. It is written for one size, but is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have.

The sample was made using *Single Silky Targhee from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which is 70% Targhee wool and 30% tussah silk. If you are substituting yarn, any DK or Light Worsted single yarn with 50% or more wool will work up just as well.  It works up well to help break up more varigaged yarns, but will also work up well in a solid or semi-solid yarn as well!

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 on the blog, 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!

Friday, 25 January 2019

Anghymesur Shawl Test-Knit Call!

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

I've been shifting my tests over to YarnPond, so that was part of the delay in getting this posted up and sorted. Sorry about that, folks!
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.

This shawl is an asymmetrical shawl knit with one skein of fingering/sock yarn.  Pattern is both written and charted, with written instructions as a second file to keep the pattern to a decent size -- both files will be sent to you as part of the test-knit. 
The sample was made in Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient, in the colourway "Dark Crystal"  but any fingering or sock yarn would work well.  Testers who can work in a gradient will be given more consideration, but if you don't think you have a suitable gradient yarn, don't be afraid to still apply to be a tester!

Sample was made using a 3 mm (US 2.5) straight set of needles,  but you can knit the pattern on straights or circulars, so long as you have long enough needles (I'd suggest 14-inch straights or longer).  (And, as always, you should use whatever hook size gets you gauge!)

Anyway, if people are interested, sign ups are here on YarnPond! You will have to register with YarnPond (if you're not already registered), but to register as a tester is free! 

The deadline for this test is March 31, 2019, Testers who complete the test will receive the finished pattern for free, as well as one pattern 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, G+, 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.

Well, I hope you would consider being a tester! And, if this doesn't peak your interest, that's ok!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, folks! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Growth of the Marianna Shawl!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed,

The Marianna Shawl continues to grow!  I'm still working on drafting the set-up chart so that everything aligns properly, but it is still growing!   I'll be knitting it over on Twitch for the next little while, and it's planned as the Q2 Pattern Release for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon. Despite it being a scrunched up mess, I promise, it's actually going to be a big square shawl. with a textured edging and border. I still have a tentative release planned for April/May, and I shall see how productive I am (and how long this takes when the rounds get super-long!)

Knit lace in a wooden yarn bowl.  The lace is live on a circular needle and scrunched up within the bowl.  There are flat disc stitch markers hanging from the needle.

Yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", which is a lace-weight 70% Merino and 30% silk. The colour is discontinued, but Gloss Lace is still available, and it's a wonderful yarn to work with.  So far, no pilling or splitting, despite having to do some frogging and tinking.  I had trouble photographing it true-to-colour  -- the previous post's photography is far more true to the colour of the yarn.  I'll blame the really grey weather today for that one. 

Needles are 16-inch circular 3.5 mm (US 4) needles, and I honestly don't know who the manufacturer is.  I originally hought they were *HiyaHiya Needles, but usually there's information stamped on the cord or on the needles, and here, there's nothing. I will want to go to a circular with a longer cable, eventually, but for now it's working out.

The stitch pattern is actually based on the work of the wonderful Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs!  I'm really glad that she's willing to allow her stitch patterns to be used by designers with no fuss (stitch patterns themselves aren't copyright, but the photos and text that's used are, and that can be a headache). She's opened up her wonderful creations to all, which is think is amazing.

Stitch Markers are from *Fibremancy, and I got them at the Barrie Fiber Festival back in August.  There's two different sets marking my pattern repeats (I originally was only marking the quarters of the shawl, but I found that I need to mark each pattern repeat to help keep me from making mistakes!)

Well, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along!

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

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Siren Song Scarf

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!

Ok, so I know I said last WIP Wed that I'd be working on the Marianna Shawl. And I am. . . sort of.

I'm actually currently knitting along on my Siren Song Scarf. I started it in early 2018 as part of a knit-along. The pattern is the awesome (and adjustable) Siren Song, by Louise Zass-Bangham.

A knit lace scarf scrunched up on a circular needle and tucked into a yarn bowl. The scarf is knit in deep blue fingering yarn.  There are a large variety of stitch markers hooked into the work. How is this related?  Well, the folks who have been watching on Twitch recently have heard this, so I'll summarize.  I put a whole bunch (and I mean a whole bunch) of stitch markers into my Siren Song.  Because I kept messing up the 8-stitch repeat.  So every 8 stitches, I put in a stitch marker.  

However, this used basically every stitch marker I own.   And the Marianna Shawl has grown to the point of needing some additional stitch markers to mark the repeat -- I did spend one Twitch stream basically fixing my mistakes.  So now I need the stitch markers out of the Siren Song so I can continue working on the Marianna Shawl!

Yarn is *MadelineTosh Eyre Light in "Arctic", and I'm loving it! I've worked with it once before -- actually, I knit a sample of my Spiralling Star Mittens in it!  It's a soft yarn with a great feel. . . but it does shed.  When I was working with this at Knit Night, I got a chuckle for having a bit of blue 'fluff' on my nose!  It also is a 'sticky' yarn, so it has more of a tendency to tangle then some other yarns.  But the feel more then makes up for that!

Needles are my 4 mm Lykke interchangeable needles.  For the most part, I'm quite happy with the needles.  But, a) the interchangeable tips are a bit shorter then I'd personally like and b) the needles tend to unscrew over time!   I've found that I'm not the only knitter who reports that the needles unscrew -- apparently its something in my knitting style!  I re-tightened the needles on the cable just the other day, and so far, they haven't unscrewed again since. 

And, as you can see from the picture, it really is "all the stitch markers that aren't in other projects".  They come from a variety of sellers, including *KnittersKnook , *Fibremancy, *EfficientSense's Etsy Store, and *WineMakersSister's Etsy Store,  plus some gifted stitch markers, and more!  My estimate is 30-plus stitch markers in this project -- the cable is actually a bit heavy!  

So, I'll be glad to have this project done so that I can reclaim all my stitch markers and get back to working on the Marianna Shawl.  If I don't finish this today, I'll continue working on it on Twitch tomorrow. 

And, with that, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! I'm thrilled to be back and posting again!

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

Friday, 11 January 2019

FO Friday: Anghymesur Shawl!

Well, I actually finished the Anghymesur Shawl in 2018, but I've been neglecting to post about it until now!  I'm really happy with how some of the pattern photos came out, so I've finally remembered to post this for FO Friday!  And yes, I did win my game of Yarn Chicken -- sorry for keeping you folks in suspense!
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.
Photography; Stephanie Wallace

Yarn is Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient in "Dark Crystal". I got it at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last year, and I really am enjoying it - it knit up wonderfully, especially after a good steam-blocking! I loved the yarn, but I really wasn't sure what I wanted to make with it at the time -- especially since it was only 1 skein, so socks (which were my first choice) wouldn't have matched!   I also wanted something that I could 'knit until I run out of yarn' with, to eliminate yarn leftovers, and in that, I succeeded!

I worked this on a very old pair of what I think are Aero Needles (one was bent, that's how old they are!)  They were sized in what I think was Canadian/UK sizes -- they were labeled as '11' but my needle gauge has them as 3 mm, which makes sense.  They were 14 inch straight needles, and yes, the shawl did fit on them, but only just -- I'd probably do this on circulars if I were doing it again (or if I was making it bigger). 

This shawl will be released over on Patreon as a huge 'thank you' to all my Patrons.  The Test-Knit post is live there now, and the test knit will go public on Ravelry in two weeks (and stay tuned for that post here on the blog!)

So, that's this FO Friday (even if it's a bit of a cheat, since I finished this in 2018).  But I'm glad that it's done,  and I'm thrilled that I can show it off (and wear it in what is now a properly cold winter!)  What have you folks finished this week -- I'd love to see in the comments!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl Set Up!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, and the first WIP Wed in 2019! 

This week (and for the foreseeable future), I'm working on a new pattern -- the Marianna Shawl!  I had a couple of false starts, but now I've got the shawl going strong as I figured out the pattern draft.   I'll be knitting it over on Twitch for the next little while, and it's planned as the Q2 Pattern Release for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon.   It's a square shawl, (though you can't tell that from the scrunched up lace in the picture), and there will be a textured edging and border.    I'm hoping to have it released for April/May 2019, but that will partly depend on how long this takes me to knit!  I've got 1300 yards of the yarn; so I'll be at this for a bit!  
Knit lace on a circular needle.  The yarn lace yarn in a deep blue-green colour.  There are 3 feather stitch markers and 1 dolphin stitch marker clipped into the work.

Speaking of yarn, the yarn is *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", which is a lace-weight 70% Merino and 30% silk.  The colour is discontinued, but Gloss Lace is still available!  I got 1300(ish) yards of this (3 skeins) back in 2014 during a *Knit Picks sale, and I am quite enjoying it!  It does mean that my knitting plan for this shawl is 'until I run out of yarn!'  But I'm ok with that. 

And actually, that's where the pattern name came from!  Usually I struggle with pattern names, but this time, I kept misremembering the colourway name as "Marianna" rather then "Marina", so the shawl name just came quite organically this time!  

Needles are 16-inch circular 3.5 mm (US 4) needles.  I thought they were *HiyaHiya Needles,  but I can't anything stamped on the needles or the cord and usually Hiya Hiya needles have something stamped somewhere.  So I'm not sure what needles they are, but they're doing the job quite well.   They've got a bit of a snag at the join between the cable and the needle, but now that I'm not magic-looping, it seems to work out just fine. 

The stitch pattern is actually based on the work of the wonderful Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs -- she's more then willing for designers to use her stitch patterns in their work, which is super-wonderful of her!  So I'm re-working her 'Glacier' stitch pattern for the main body of the shawl, and sorting out the repeats has been an interesting and educational process for me!

Stitch Markers are from EfficientSense's Etsy store -- the *silver Angel Wings are marking each section of the square shawl, and the *jumping dolphins are marking my beginning/end of round.   And, she's a Torontonian, as well, (spell check insists that's not a word) so shipping was super-fast for me! 

Well, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed, and thanks for reading along! I'm thrilled to be back and posting again! 

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

Friday, 4 January 2019

FO Friday: Woodland Mittens (yes, more then one)!

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Well,  I finished the Christmas Knitting!  I didn't get the mittens done for the family party, but I did get them done.  I still need to deliver them to my Aunt, (I was hoping to do this over the holidays, but schedules (as always) didn't align.  Plus, I got sick!)

Two cabled mittens laying on top of one another, knit in a pale blue dk-weight yarn.
 So yes, they're actually done!

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, even if I still have yet to home them.

Yarn for these is Jamieson's of Shetland Double Knitting in "Prussian Blue" (top) and "Lagoon" bottom.  Both sets of yarn are from the Barrie Fibre Spirit Festival back in August. I'm really enjoying the Jamieson yarn -- this is the first time I've used it and it's working up quite well!
Two cabled mittens laying on top of one another, knit in a dark blue dk-weight yarn.

Needles were my *HiyaHiya 3.5 mm dpns. I worked the mittens actually using only two needles, (and knitting with a third), and it worked out quite well!  Sometimes I get some laddering with that technique, but not this time!

I really enjoyed working on these.  Though I can't submit my own knits into my Knit-Along (well, I could, but I won't -- that just seems mean), I encourage people to check out #sarahdawnsdesignsdecember2018  to see more works in progress of these mittens (and of anyone else who participated in the December KAL!)

I'm thrilled to have these done (the knitting was getting a little frantic towards the end there, so I'm glad to not be worrying about that any more). Though they weren't part of my continuing quest to finish up my bins of WIP's, I'm still thrilled that they're done, and quite happy with how they turned out. 

What new projects have you finished up on this first Friday of the new year?  Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

January Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Hat!

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Happy New Year, everyone! 

For the start of the New Year,   the Woodland Mittens Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of January!   With the weather turning cold now, what's better for cold weather then a worsted-weight, double-layered hat with a thick brim to keep your ears warm!

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!  

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 January, any finished Woodland Hat 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 Woodland Hat in the comments of this post by January 31, 2019. Please note that the hat doesn't have to have to have been started in January,  just finished in January!

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.