Wednesday, 28 August 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan Continues!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And today, is further progress on the (creatively named) Hooded Cardigan!   Name suggestions are welcome --  hop on over to Patreon and suggest a name)!

A sweater on circular needles, resting overtop of a yarn bowl.  There are live stitches kept out of the stocking stitch-work and held on a scrap of red yarn.  At the top, a shell-and-purl stitch marker is looped over the needle.

So, with a solid day of knitting at a local coffee shop; I'm -almost- to the estimated point of splitting for the front and back. CYC Size Guidelines  tell me that neck to natural waist for this size should be 16 inches.  I'm working 17 inches to the underarms, to give a bit more length and some space for the pockets to sit -- this puts the pockets 2 inches above the natural waist (if I've done my math correctly!)   And, I'm currently at 16.5 inches of work, so, wish me luck!  I might even get there today (and if not, probably tomorrow on Twitch!)


Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and it's a wonderful colour, though there's a subtle-but-visible difference between my two skeins -- I'm glad I chose to alternate skeins!   It's a OOAK (One of a Kind) colour that I got from *Tanis' Etsy Shop, and I'm glad I was lucky enough to get some!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles, and yes, they're a touch bent.   I'm not entirely sure when that happened, but, those needles are old enough I'm not surprised! 

The red yarn hanging free is holding live stitches, that will be done up as a pocket as part of the finishing -- and the *shell stitch markers are from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop -- they are on lobster claws, but, in this case, I've just hooked the clap over the needle and am using it like a ring stitch marker.

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


Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Friday, 23 August 2019

FO Friday -- Legwarmers!

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Yeay!  I finished a thing!  These are the fished Legwarmers that I've been working on.  And no, they're -still- not named!   Want to name them? Suggest names over on Patreon!

Someone wearing a blue-green lace knit legwarmer, tied at the top with a pale blue ribbon.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
I finally got *the ribbon, got all *the buttons sewn on, and got everything finished up! 

Yarn is *Dream in Color Smooshy in "Brilliant", and I'm really happy with how it worked up in these!   Both Legwarmers need about one-and-a-half skeins of yarn for the size shown (that's the smallest).  And, they will be sized for seven sizes!  (Yes, seven!)

They're quite snug, as you can probably tell from the photo -- but they're supposed to be.  I have a personal and quite intense dislike of legwarmers that sag at the top of the leg, so I specifically made them to be snugger then most legwarmer patterns would usually be.  But, the bottom section is loose enough that it will button (or zipper, other option), up over winter boots!  Again, that's by design.

So, stay tuned here on the blog (or on other social media spots), for the upcoming test-knit call!     And please, show off your own finished objects in the comments!  I'd love to see what you've finished! 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan (now with Pockets!)

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!  And today, I'm showing process on my first-ever sweater design!  It's not named yet (if you want to name it, hop on over to Patreon and suggest a name)!

I got the pocket flaps knit up and put in -- I don't have -that- much more to go on the body before I split for the underarms!  So far, this is knitting up well!  (And, I finally figured out that I've been twisting some of my purl stitches, so this is my practice piece not to do that!) 

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I'm liking the yarn and the colour!  It's an OOAK (One of a Kind) colour that I got from *Tanis' Etsy Shop (that's where the one-off colours and experiments end up!) 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles; and they're working up well for this, but the tips are sharper then my usual *HiyaHiyas. and so I'm splitting the yarn a bit.  Possibly not the best combination, but it's working out ok so far. 

a large piece of stocking stitch in dark blue yarn.  Two 4 stitch cables are centered in the knitting.
The cable you're seeing is actually two 4-stitch cables that are the centre back of the cardigan.  I'm hoping I can continue them right up to the hood -- this is where prototyping really helps!  It will help me figure out the best way for those cables to work up onto the hood. 

The little *silver wing stitch markers are from EfficientSense's Etsy Shop.    It's nice ordering from someone who's local-ish to me -- it means that Canada Post is super quick, and I don't have to worry about customs (99% of the time, stitch markers aren't a problem for customs; but that 1% of the time, a package takes a while from the US). 

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

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 5 August 2019

August Featured Pattern and KAL: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

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

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

Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/sarah-dawn-designs/477717
$2.75 CAD
These socks were the result of playing with yarn and stitch dictionaries. I wanted a stitch pattern that would show off variegated yarn and keep it from being ‘ugly’. The Ice Cream Sundae Socks were the result!  The socks are knit from the cuff-down, with either double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. They use a heel flap and gusset heel, with an slip-stitch heel flap for additional durability. The instructions are written; the lace pattern is both charted and written. Instructions are given for two sizes.

The sample was knit in *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, in "Queen Frostline Sundae" (it was a limited edition colourway)  which is a 92% Superwash Merino, and 8% Lurex (for sparkle!).   If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed to help break up repeats of highly variegated yarn, but solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will also be beautiful in these socks.

You can buy the pattern through Ravelry or Etsy, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be applied automatically on Ravelry, and be visible on Etsy. As always, let me know if something doesn't work!

Now, the Mini-KAL!

For the month of August any finished pair of Ice Cream Sundae Socks has a chance to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Ice Cream Sundae Socks in the comments of this post by August 31, 2019. Please note that the socks don't have to have been started in August, just finished in August!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, my Ravelry Group, and on Instagram, giving 4 chances to win in total!**

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and/or to my Ravelry Group if you're on Ravelry. That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

**One entry per person for each project per platform (four possible entries total for each completed project). Winners will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winners must have a valid e-mail address to receive the patterns. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.