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!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Collar of the Hooded Cardigan!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm to the collar on the left front!  I've been knitting along during online workshops; Youtube Videos, and podcasts, trying to get this done for you folks!  It took a bit of figuring to get the collar to do what I want, so a huge thanks to Techknitter's amazing tutorials to get the collar edge right (and it looks like I can, in fact, have the cables carry up the hood like I wanted!)  The next step from what's in the photo is to take the border/cable stitches, put them on scrap yarn, and continue working up to the left shoulder. 
A sweater on a circular needle, knit in deep blue yarn. One side of the knitting is garter stitch and a simple cable, and then the rest is in stocking stitch.  On either side of the cable are two stitch markers with silver rose charms.

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I did manage to find my third skein (I had a bit of a worry I'd misplaced it somewhere!).  And yes, I think I can eek the sweater's smallest size out of 3 skeins -- 3 skeins at 450 yards each gives me 1050 yards, which should be enough though, it will be close. 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  They're one of the many needles where I've managed to bend them (I have no idea how, but I'm not the most organized person -- they could have easily been left on the couch at one point!)

The *Silver Rose Stitch Markers are marking the cable, because I was, somehow, constantly forgetting where exactly to put the cable. . . even though I've now done this cable for many many rows.  I chalk that up to the same part of my brain that can mess up a 8 stitch pattern repeat!.  

So, that's what I've been working on this week. And I'm hoping, with my Twitch Streams, to have the front and back done within the next couple of days, which would just leave the sleeves after that!

I'd love to see what you're working on, too, so, please, post links to your projects in the comments! 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!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

September Featured Pattern and KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens!

Welcome to September folks! And, it's finally starting to cool down here (especially at night)

So, to keep fingers warm (and free) during the colder evenings, the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens are the September Featured Pattern! The pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, September 30th!

Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
They're knit from the bottom up in the round with fingering weight/sock 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 in MadelineTosh Eyre Light (60% Merino/20% Silk/20% Alpaca), but any fingering-weight yarn with a high wool content would work well for these!

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 September, any finished pair of Spiraling Star Fingerless Mittens 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 Mittens in the comments of this post by September 30, 2019. Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in September, just finished in September!

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.