Wednesday, 27 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: Montego Shawl

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Well, I'm taking a break from the Marianna Shawl.  I've finished to where the edging begins, and now it's up to Patrons to decide the edging! (Poll closes March 4th, so get your votes in!)

In the mean time, I'm continuing my quest to finish up old WIPs, in this case, a very old WIP from 2014 (eeek!)  I started it as a KAL project, and never remotely finished it.   I do still love it, though, so it's now my quest to finish it up.   Pattern is Montego by Cheri McEwen, and it's knitting up wonderfully!  The pattern is incredibly customization, but it does take a minute to figure out how it goes together, especially for the version that you've chosen.  Once you get there, though, it works out just fine!  
a blue lace shawl live on a circular needle, tucked into a wooden yarn bowl.  There is a stitch marker with a shell charm clipped into the work.

Yarn is the now-discontinued Claudia Handpainted Yarns Silk Lace in "Baby Boy"  It's gorgeous, but it's definitely slippery, being 100% silk. It's also very sensitive to changes in my tension, so this will -definitely- need to be blocked. I'm not sure how I will block it, because the border is beaded.  Usually I steam-press lace to block it, but I can't do that as well with the beads. I -think- I should be able to block the edging using the iron and a damp towel, but I'm not sure.

 Anyway, I've got a few different options for beads -- I'd like to use some bigger beads from my stash -- the shawl is super light-weight and I think the weight of some beads would help it out. 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  I got them years and years ago at a boxing day sale, and I do quite love them.  They've been in this WIP for a while, and I'd actually forgotten that they were my only pair of Addis.  I do quite like the Addis, on coming back to them.  But, I find -- and this may seem weird -- that the nickel plating smells strange, and leaves a strange smell on my hands and the yarn.  It's a metallic smell. (Does that seem perfectly strange? I have no idea). 

The stitch marker you can see is a set of *Ocean Shells from *WineMakersSister Etsy Shop.  It clips nicely into the work, and is showing the centre of the shawl. 

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update! Right here, we're in the midst of a major snowstorm, so please, stay safe out there! 

Final note -- if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesignsso I can find you on Social Media, and see all the awesome things you're making!

Friday, 22 February 2019

FO Friday: Siren Song Scarf!

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So I'm on a roll with finished things, and finally also got my Siren Song Scarf Blocked!

Pattern is the awesome (and adjustable) Siren Song, by Louise Zass-Bangham, and it's a pattern I well recommend  -- just make sure you read it all the way through, don't forget the bottom edging, like I did!

a lace scarf folded up on itself, knit in dark blue yarn. The lace is a shell motif, progressing into smalls and finally into a mesh.

Yes, the pattern is -supposed- to have a garter stitch edging on the long sides. I didn't do that. I didn't read the pattern fully, jumped right into the lace, and meandered along for quite a bit before realizing that I'd skipped that part!    But, if I'd done the edging, I would have probably not have had enough yarn to finish. .  . so, I'm ok with that, and still happy with how it turned out!  Yes, this was another game of Yarn Chicken!  (And yes, like most of my scarves, I had to fold it up to get a good shot of the stitch pattern, haha!)

Yarn is *MadelineTosh Eyre Light in "Arctic", and it's a gorgeous yarn.  It does pill very easily, but it's wonderful to work with, and has made the most wonderful, squishy scarf!  I'm a bit worried about how the scarf will pill with wear, but I think this will probably be more of a springtime scarf, so it's not going to get oodles of friction under my coat. 

I worked this up on my 4 mm Lykke interchangable needles.  And I've determined that while the needles are wonderful, they're not for me.  I still keep unscrewing them, and now, disorganized me has managed to loose one of the needle tips right out of my needle bag! (I seriously don't know how I managed that one -- unless it is due to the cats, but they haven't shown any interest in the tips, so I'd be surprised!)

 So I think it's better for me to simply stick to fixed circulars, but that's through absolutely no fault of the Lykke needles -- they were wonderful to work with, they just kept unscrewing due to my knitting style!  I'll keep the two sets of tips I have, and use them, but I don't think I'll make the investment in any more. 

I've been productive in trying to clear out long-langushing WIPs, and I'm glad this is another one off the needles.  It's slowly getting warmer out (it being the end of February and all), so I'm hoping I'll be able to wear this out in a few weeks.

What have you crafty folks finished up in this last weeks!  Post in the comments, I'd love to see!  

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: Almost to the Edging of the Marianna Shawl

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, everyone!  I'm still working away on the Marianna Shawl, but it's (finally) getting close to done!  I'm at row 132 of 142, but each row is over 420 stitches now, so it's taking a while!  I'm not sure if I will get 10 more rows out of the last of skein two, but I should be able to finish the shawl.  

A shawl on a circular needle, tucked into a yarn bowl.  A person has their hand behind the shawl, showing the mesh lace pattern and two stitch markers.
I have a plan for the edging -- I'm going to do a sideways edging with double moss stitch and some eyelets.  The exact form of this will be up to the Pattern Muses over on Patreon -- I'll post up a few pattern repeats and see what folks think, if they like it, I'll post the edging chart for Patrons, and finish the shawl!

Given that this is coming together, it looks like it should be a late April or early May release.  I hope I can give my testers enough time to finish it -- folks, would two months be a reasonable test-knit time for this?  Thoughts?

Yarn is skein two of three of my stash  *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in "Marina", -- 70% Merino, 30% silk.  It's a gorgeous yarn, frogs well, and winds up well.  My second skein did have some yarn barf (or "yarf" as it's been called on Twitch!), but I attribute that to user-error -- I'm the person who wound it, after all!   It wasn't too bad, and I just hand-balled the other end.  Took about 20 minutes while watching Netflix.

Stitch markers from a bunch of different makers, but the majority (and both the ones that you can see here), are from *Fibremancy -- the earring backs make them nicely versatile to use with a bunch of needle sizes (and I could use them with crochet, too!

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update!  Stay warm in all the snow and rain out there, and I'd love to see what you're working on to keep warm and snuggly!   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!

Friday, 15 February 2019

FO Friday: MacAskill Scarf

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So, the MacAskill Scarf was the victim of Yarn Chicken.  I got to the cast-off. . . and ran out of yarn with only a few stitches remaining in the bind off.  It took until January to get the spare yarn from my last skein (of which I only needed a few yards), and then until today to block the darn thing!
a bulky-weight scarf with a Celtic knot style cable.  Scarf is folded up with the ends tucked underneath.

The pattern does offer the option for fringe at the ends, which I was hoping for, but I just didn't have quite enough yarn left over for the fringe without going further into my last skein. 

Yarn is *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, in Fjord Heather, which Knit Picks was kind enough to give me as yarn support for this pattern! It's great workhorse bulky yarn, and I'm thrilled with how it took the blocking. I haven't yet tested the scarf outside in Winter, but I'll wear it tonight and see how it does!

I worked this on my 7 mm wooden needles from Turn of the Century, and as always, I love these needles! They're wonderful, lightweight, and super comfortable to knit with!

And the pattern is my very own MacAskill Scarf  -- you can find the pattern on the Knit Picks website, either as a single  *digital download, or, as part of the *Windward Collection Book!

Well, that's this FO Friday done, and I'm glad to have this scarf blocked and fully done!  I'll put it to good use over the next week (weather forecast says we're hovering around freezing for the rest of this week and into the next), and see how well it holds up!

What have you folks finished up this week?  Please, post in the comments and share your works!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: And the Marianna Shawl is Still Growing!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, everyone! I've been travelling, and knitting on the train -- and the Marianna Shawl is still growing!    It's getting harder and harder to show this off in photographs -- the photos don't really do it justice anymore since it's so scrunched up on the needles. 
A lace shawl on a circular needle, sitting in a wooden yarn bowl.  The lace yarn is dyed to a deep blue-green, and there are many stitch markers along the circular needle.

It's come up to about 320 stitches around, and I'm still not through the setup!  It's gotten big enough that I've had to order additional stitch markers -- I've decided on *these ones from WineMaker's Sister, because the rings are completely solid (they're not jump rings) and won't snag on the lace-weight yarn. 

I'm still hopeful this can be a late April or early May release, it's really going to depend on how long it takes me to finish it, and how long it takes to test and edit.  I'm hoping a 2 month testing cycle will give folks enough time for it, but that still depends on how long it takes me to finish this. 

So, I've wound and attached in my second skein of this yarn, which 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! My second skein is a bit tangled in the centre, but that's user-error, I think!  

The stitch markers I'm currently using come from a couple different makers -- Fibremancy makes the earring-back ones, and the chainmaille Stitch Markers are from *Knitters' Nook!

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update, and I'm sorry it was so much later in the day!

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, 6 February 2019

WIP Wednesday: Marianna Shawl Setup Still Continues!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed, everyone!   The Polar Vortex seems to have broken (though folks say it has merely shifted west, so my apologies to everyone who is now shivering!)  And the Marianna Shawl is still growing.

I've finished the set-up chart, and it came to 143 rows.  That's. . . bigger then I would have preferred, is the polite way of saying that.  I'll definitely have to split the chart up when I get to the final pattern draft.  The newest version of the chart has been posted for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon,   I think I corrected the mistakes in the last version (I hope!)

I may have been over-ambitious in my planning -- I don't think this will be an April release -- I'm hoping for May at this point.  And the simple explanation is that I completely underestimated how long it would take me to knit 1300 yards of lace!  Each round is about 300+ stitches now, so this is going to be wonderfully huge, which is exactly what I was hoping for, I just failed at time estimation.

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's tangled a bit a the the end of my centre-pull ball, but has held up quite well, even with some tinking and frogging! 

The *Silver Dolphin Stitch marker is from EfficientSense's Etsy Store. while the Chainmaille Stitch Markers are from *Knitters' Nook!  And both are working quite well with the lace -- I've had a few moments where the lace yarn has caught, but nothing elaborate or hard to untangle, which was one of my worries.

Anyway, I think that's it for this week's WIP Wed update!  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!

Friday, 1 February 2019

February Featured Pattern and KAL: Snowdrop Lace Cowl


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Well, it's officially very cold now!  So, to help keep people warm, the Snowdrop Cowl Pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of February! With the weather turning cold now, it's the perfect reason to knit up a super-warm and super-squishy cowl!
A woman wearing a blue bulky knit cowl. The cowl has a lace and cable pattern.

$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, 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 February, any finished Snowdrop Lace Cowl has a chance to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Snowdrop Cowl  in the comments of this post by February 28, 2019. Please note that the cowl doesn't have to have to have been started in February, just finished in February!

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.