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.