Wednesday, 30 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Crown of the Alpine Hat

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Alpine Hat has progressed!  I'm finally past the crown increases and working on the main body of the hat!  The only work I've been able to do on this is some quick work between other projects, and a bit on the transit, so, for the limited time I put in, I'm thrilled at how well and how quickly this is working up!

Someone crocheting around the edge of a crochet hat.  The yarn is yellow fingering-weight yarn with flecks of black, and is held with two strands together.  The crochet hook is metal with a wooden handle.
Yarn is Wool is the Answer 4-Ply Superwash Merino with Neps in "Mustard", held double! I'm thrilled to have  some leftovers from a previous yarn support request -- this hat takes less then one full skein, which is great!

I'm really enjoying working with it, it's 100 % Merino wool, with Neps (the little black bits), made from Donegal Tweed.   I suspect, however, that this wouldn't make good socks, because of the neps -- they're probably just work their way out of the yarn and shed little bits on something super-hard wearing like a sock.  But for a hat (or, likely a shawl), this yarn would be perfect!

Hook is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co., (which I won from the Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast)!   I admit, I was initially worried about this hook, as I'm very particular about my crochet hooks (or I get hand cramps), but I've been working on this for a bit now, and no hand cramps!  Yeay! 

The *Silver Feather Stitch Marker I'm using to mark my rounds (I hook it into the slip-stitch of each round), is from *EfficientSense's Etsy Shop, and it's in crochet that these stitch markers really shine.  You can hook them into the crochet wherever you need them to be, and I haven't lost this one at all!  (I've had other locking stitch markers work loose over time, but not these ones!)

So, that's my weekly progress on my crafting today!  I'd love to see what you folks have made during the week!  Post in the comments and share away!

Friday, 25 October 2019

FO Friday! New Lace Scarf!

Welcome back! And today, FO Friday happens with another project I've more been knitting along with "in the background" as it were -- a yet-to-be named Worsted Weight lace scarf!  It will be 2019's Patreon Exclusive Pattern, like the Anghymesur Shawl (and yes, the Anghymesur Shawl was published in 2019, but started in 2018 -- no one said scheduling is my strong suit!)

Yarn for this is Wisdom Yarns Poems in "Enchanted Forest", which, like many yarns I fall in love with, has since been discontinued!    It's Aran-Weight, 100 % Wool, and wonderfully squishy!  The colour changes aren't quite identical per ball, so the scarf is a touch random, but I love it!    Only downside is it's a bit sticky.  So if you need to frog it, it can be a bit of a pain (ask me how I know that, haha!)
A folded lace scarf, knit with worsted-weight colour changing yarn  Colour changes from beige; grey; brown; black; and forest green.

And this particular set of skeins is souvenir yarn -- I got a chance to stop into Pretty Skeins, in Windsor, Ontario, while I was travelling.  I was between rehearsals for a choir I was singing with,  and spent a wonderful afternoon chattering with Heidi, the shop owner, and drinking my tea!   The shop is a neat little gem, tucked away in downtown Windsor (FYI, Google Maps had me on the wrong side of the street when I was trying to find it, so, keep your eyes open!)  

Only downside is that the shop, sadly, isn't wheelchair accessible, there's a set of steps up to the front.   But I managed that on my cane without too much trouble. 

Needles I used were an old set of 5.5 mm Aero straight needles that served the job quite well -- except they did have the nasty habit of slipping out of the project while it was in storage!  Usually my Aero needles don't do that, so I'm not sure what's going on there! 

As for the knitting itself, it's definitely a stashbuster!  I worked right up until the end of the skein, leaving nothing left (I actually was a bit ambitious and forgot the garter stitch at the other end of the scarf and had to frog back!)  So it's great to use every inch of some souvenir yarn or something you want/need to use up without leftovers! You can end the scarf basically after any wrong-side row, so you really can eke out all of your yardage. 

I'm not sure what the final home for this FO will be -- I was originally planning it as a Christmas Gift, but I've rather fallen in love with it, so now I'm indecisive  (not that I need more scarves, of course!)  So, those who've given away well-loved FO's -- how did you part with your project?

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Alpine Hat Number Two

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! Today is a second Alpine Hat! This hat is the size small (provided I've done my math correctly, so we shall see!) 
someone holding a small circle of crochet, worked in the round, and a crochet hook.  The hook is metal with a carved wooden handle, and the yarn is yellow sock yarn with black flecks, held double.
Yarn is Wool is the Answer 4-Ply Superwash Merino with Neps in "Mustard", held double!   Graciously, I have some leftovers from a previous yarn support request, and I'm thrilled with that!  I get to use the leftovers for another project, and this hat seemed perfect!

It's wonderful yarn -- it holds up well to frogging, and has a great feel to it while I work it.  That said, I don't think it would work for socks, though as a) it has no nylon content, and I like my socks to have nylon if they're not BFL, and b) I'd be worried about the Neps wearing out.  But for other stuff, it works up very well. I'm holding it double to get about the equivalent of DK (or maybe a light worsted), and that works well!  

(And yes, there is another project in this yarn coming soon -- stay tuned!)    

Originally I wasn't thrilled with the Neps, -- I usually don't like 'bits' in my yarn, but, this yarn is definitely growing on me. The Mustard colour isn't my usual colour choice, but that's one of the wonderful things about yarn support -- it makes you look outside your natural colour choices!

For hooks, I started the hat with my 3.75 mm (US F) hook from Turn of The Century, but my tension wasn't quite accurate, so I went back to my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co., (which I won from the Marly Bird Yarn Thing Podcast), and that's the hook you see here! 

The Leither Co. hook originally had me wondering if it would work for my hands and crochet style -- many crochet hooks cause my hands to cramp up.  But, no, the Leither Co. Hook actually works quite well for me, which is quite exciting -- I tend to be a bit of a a "Goldilocks" when it comes to crochet hooks. 
 
I'm only a few rounds in with this picture, but it grows pretty quickly!  Hopefully I'll have more to show you folks next week!

So what are you folks working on today? Any new cast-ons?  Post them in the comments -- feel free to share! 

Friday, 18 October 2019

FO Friday -- Alpine Hat!

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Welcome back!  And today, FO Friday happens with something many of you haven't seen before!  This started as a Magazine Submission. . .  but I kind of fell in love with it, so, now it's done, and II plan to self-publish it!

This is the Alpine Hat!
A textured crochet hat laying flat.  The hat is made in a pastel variegate red/white/purple yarn.

Yarn and Hook are both from a *Leither Co. Kit!  Hook is one of their *crochet hooks (3.5 mm /US E), while yarn is * "Blushing Sage" on their DK Weight Base.   I won the kit in question from the Yarn Thing Podcast by Marly Bird, and I'm thrilled, because I never would have found or tried this out otherwise!

I was actually originally worried, given that I find a lot of crochet hooks cause my hands to cramp.  But, not this hook, which is great cause for celebration!  It's also not too big for my hands (another common challenge I find!)  And the yarn is 100% Superwash Merino, and while soft, it's doesn't pill like some merino yarns I've worked with.  It's held up well to some frogging, so, that's always a bonus!

The hat you're seeing is actually a size Large, at 25.5 inches in diameter.  It's nice and squishy. . . but too big for me.  So it will be going up in my Etsy shop, once I get everything sorted.   This does mean that I will have to make a second (size small) hat for me to model for pattern photo shoots, so that's going to be a thing over the next couple of months!  And that means the testing call for this hat is still a bit away, but, still, stay tuned!

Anyway, what have you folks finished on this glorious FO Friday?  Share your Finished Objects in the comments!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Diamond Boot Toppers, Take Two!


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Welcome back to WIP Wed! And this week's WIP Wed project starts with a failure -- I did, in fact, fail at Yarn Chicken on the previous attempt at the Diamond Boot Toppers.  I got one and a half toppers done, and just didn't have enough yarn to continue.   I pulled out a different skein of yarn -- now I'm working in *Spun Right Round's Superwash Worsted in "The Water's Fine," and I know I'll have enough for these!

someone holding ribbing in the round on double-pointed needles.  It's knit with teal coloured worsted-weight yarn, the yarn is speckled with many other colours.   A silver shell stitch marker is clipped into the work.
I was originally skeptical of the speckles, but, they're growing on me quite quickly!  

Needles still are my 3.25 mm old Aero needles.  These are honestly workhorse needles, which, they should be,  considering I think they're older then I am!

I know there's not much here yet, but stay tuned, these should knit up pretty quickly! And as always, names for these patterns are always appreciated -- Patrons can suggest names over on Patreon!

And, the pretty little *Shell Stitch Marker is from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop -- I love the fact that it's a lobster claw, so I can clip it into the work.  Makes it wonderful for working with dpns!

So what are you folks working on today?  It's gotten cold enough for me to pull out the knitwear today -- soon I'll be very grateful for my various knits!  What knitting or crocheting are you getting excited about?

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

WIP Wednesday: Diamond Boot Toppers!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed!  And this week's WIP Wed project is a visit to the very old archives -- pulling out an old pattern draft and getting back to work on it!

A cuff knit in 2 by 2 ribbing in self-striping yarn on double-pointed needles.  A hand-balled yarn ball is beside the needles.
I've cast on a pair of Boot Toppers for the Pattern MusesI cast on a pair years ago, but that pair is now languishing somewhere in a WIP box.  So; time to update it! 

I'm playing a bit of yarn chicken with my one skein of  Striped TurtlePurl Worsted from *TurtlePurl Yarns.  I've got a half-skein left, and I hope it's enough, but I figured the self-striping yarn would suit well for these!   So far, so good!

Needles are my 3.25 mm old Aero needles, which are absolutely perfect for this project.  They've got the length so that there's no risk of stitches falling off the needle tips, and they're working well with this particular yarn. 

I know there's not much here yet, but stay tuned, these should knit up pretty quickly!  And as always, names for these patterns are always appreciated -- Patrons can suggest names over on Patreon

So what are you folks working on this grey and cool Wednesday?  Staying warm (or cool), I hope?  Regardless, I'd love to see what you're up to -- post links in the comments! 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

October Featured Pattern and KAL: Woodland Mittens

Welcome to October and. . . yeah, some folks are reporting the possibility of snow!  When did snow become a possibility?  No idea, but that's what the weather is saying!

Well, with snow comes mittens!  The  Woodland Mittens are the October Featured Pattern, which is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, October 31rst!

: Someone wearing a cabled mitten and gripping a chain. The mitten cables enclose a section of double moss stitch.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
The mittens are mirrored, with a different left-hand and right-hand mitten. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!)

They're knit from the bottom up in the round with light DK-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 up in the (now discontinued) baa ram ewe Dovestone DK, which is a wonderful blend of British Wools.  If you're looking to substitute yarn, any wool or mostly wool blend should work 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, the Mini-KAL  And there have been changes!

For the month of October, any finished pair of Woodland Mittens has a chance to win a $25 USD gift card from *EatSleepKnit; and one 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 October 31, 2019. Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in October, just finished in October! 

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). One Winner will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winner must have a valid e-mail address to receive the pattern and electronic gift card. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.