Wednesday, 29 January 2020

WIP Wednesday: Belated Christmas Gloves. . . continued.

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, . . . and one Christmas Glove -was- done, but it -still- didn't fit!  I'm frogging back one further pattern repeat, and now they should fit (I'm really hopeful now -- it's rather disheartening to have to keep re-doing this part of the pattern!)
Someone wearing a partially finished dark green knit glove. The thumb and little finger are complete and the remaining fingers are not.  The remaning stitches are held on scrap yarn. At the base of the little finger a small stitch marker is clipped into the work.

They were my Knit Night project, so I got everything frogged back, and one finger done. At least it's quick knitting, so I'm hoping to have these sorted soon.

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.   And my gift-ee is being very patient with the fitting problems!  

Stitch Marker is a  *"Faith" Stitch Marker charm from *EfficientSense's Etsy Shop  I particularly like these stitch markers for gloves, since they're lobster-claw style, you can clip them right into the work for marking fingers. 

(Also, my computer is currently being cranky, so pictures are from my poor tablet today. 

So yes, I'm -still- working on belated Christmas knitting.  Anyone else in the same boat?  Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Pattern Release: Ar Lan y Môr Socks


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Well, I'm thrilled to say, after staying quiet about these for a while -- the Ar Lan y Môr Socks are now available in Knotions Magazine!
A person wearing a pair of pale blue fingering-weight lace socks
Photography: Kellie Nuss for Knotions Magazine

The Ar Lan y Môr (Welsh for ‘by the seaside’) Socks were inspired by the ripples of seaweed and other water plants that grow just below the waterline of many lakes, rivers and seas around the world, as well as the imagery of the Welsh folk song of the same name – flowers and grasses rippling beside the sea.

The garter and stockinette stitch lace gives the socks some stretch without being too snug on the leg. The leg and foot length are both adjustable to the wearer’s preference, and the stitch pattern is complicated enough to keep some interest, while simple enough to be ‘television knitting’.

Socks are available in two different sizes, at 7 and 8.25 inch leg circumferences  (18 (21) cm)

The sample is knit in Cascade Yarns Heritage in the colourway "Anis", but any wool or wool/nylon sock yarn world work up wonderfully in these socks.  The suggested needle size is *2.25 mm (US 1) needles, and you can use either DPNs or Magic Loop -- the pattern is written to be "needle agnostic." They're knit from the cuff down, and the lace pattern is both charted and written

Well, now that these are released and I don't have to keep them a secret any more, I look forward to seeing what you make! And please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome socks!

If you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, post to the Ravelry Pattern thread, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy, and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

WIP Wednesday: One Christmas Glove (finally) done!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, . . . and one Christmas Glove is done (except for ends, but those won't take long!)

A knit glove with a textured pattern on the back of the hand.  It is knit in variegated dark-green fingering-weight yarn, and there are ends of yarn loose at the tips of the fingers and thumb.
I've been working on these between other projects, and they're also my current transit knitting.   So I'm hoping to have them done relatively soon, it just depends on if I can clear some swatches for submissions and such!

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.   My gift-ee is quite satisfied with how they turned out, I just have to make the fingers a little bit longer then the first time I made them (and now that it's after Christmas, I can have my gift-ee try on the gloves so I know they fit!)

So yes, I'm -still- working on belated Christmas knitting (I've also got another gift that, while finished, has yet to go out to its final person)  I'm really hoping I'm not alone -- wish me luck in the comments!  

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

WIP Wednesday: Belated Christmas Gloves


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A partially finished textured knit glove.  Two fingers are finished, and a third finger is tucked inside a fabric double-pointed needle case.  The ends have not been woven in.
Welcome back to WIP Wed, . . . and the Christmas Gloves aren't quite done yet.  I mean, that does seem to be the way of gift-knitting, doesn't it?  It's very often belated!

I gave my gift-ee the first finished glove, only to find out that it didn't quite fit right at the hand.  So, I'll be finishing the second to my gift-ee's hand measurements, and then ripping back and re-doing the first glove.  I got a good bit finished at yesterdays Knit Night (every Tues night), and am hoping to get some more done today.

The gloves are mirrored, like many of my mitten/glove designs are.  And I almost knit two right-hand gloves, but, not quite, thank goodness!

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and it's knitting up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles. I wish the pooling on the fingers had happened differently, but, hey, you can't have everything, right?  

The *DPN Case is from *SewSandySew's Etsy Shop, and it's proving it's worth as I took these to knit night -- no more needles poking through my project bags!  Yeay!

Is anyone else still working on belated gifts?  Let me know in the comments and we can wish each other luck!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

"How Do I Knit That"? Podcast, Episode 8! Holiday Crafting!

Hello folks!

So for those who don't know, I have a podcast! The first six episodes are available on Patreon, while Episode 7 and onwards are available on Youtube as well!

Anyway, this is Episode 8; all about Holiday Knitting!  It was originally posted just before Christmas 2019, but, now I'm early for Christmas 2020! 

Have a Question for the Podcast? Head to Youtube and Leave a Comment! Questions should be related to knitting, crochet, or yarn. Questions about specific knitting/crochet patterns may or may not be answered, depending on if I have access to the pattern. Oh, and Patrons can submit audio or video recordings of their question, plus, they get early access to the podcast!  (Quick apology here, I have no idea what happened to the Patron Podcast post for this episode -- it seems to have vanished into cyberspace!  I will be far more careful with Episode 9!). 

Anyway, hope you enjoy! Episode 9 will be available Mid-February! And remember, Yes, you can, in fact, knit that!

Monday, 13 January 2020

Diamond Lace Legwarmers Test-Knit Call!

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Whoot!  It's testing time for the Eyelet Lace Boot Toppers!

So, I'm looking I'm looking for 12 testers, 4 for each size (Small, Medium, and Large), with some folks testing the written instruction, and some following the chart.

Someone wearing a sky blue boot topper knit in worsted yarn; with lace eyelets visible
These boot toppers are knit in the round, starting with a ribbed section, then the diamond lace, and then finishing with the cast off.

Sample was made in *Spun Right Round Superwash Worsted, in "The Water's Fine".  When looking for a substitute yarn, any worsted or aran yarn should knit up well! 

Deadline for the test is February 29th, 2020, (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!

Friday, 10 January 2020

FO Friday: Christmas Scarf

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Hello folks and, welcome into 2020 with another FO Friday!  This was frantic Christmas/Gift knitting -- I got a respite on the deadline, because I was ill and couldn't give this in person (which, I definitely needed!)  It's a variation of the *MacAskill Scarf, with the ends sewn together (at my gift-ee's request) to make an infinity scarf!

A grey knit scarf folded on top of itself.  The scarf is cabled with a celtic-knot style pattern, and has a seed-stitch border.
And my apologies for the not-so-great photo. I didn't really have a lot of time to get a good photo, but wanted to get one before it went off to it's new home.

Anyway, yarn is very deep stash that has since become separated from it's ball band. I -think- it's a 25% acrylic /75 % wool blend (I have other balls that are very similar that are), but I'm not 100% sure.  I held it double to get the right yarn weight, and I think it worked out well! 

Needles are an old pair of 5.5 mm Aero straight needles -- I'm one of those odd souls who actually likes working on straight needles!

Well, not only did I get some gift-knitting done, I managed to stash-bust, too!  How have other folks started their crafting in 2020 -- I'd love to hear your adventures (or your goals) in the comments!

Monday, 6 January 2020

January Featured Pattern and KAL -- Marianna Shawl

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Happy new year, everyone!  And now that I've returned from celebrating; I'm thrilled to say, the Marianna Shawl is the Featured Pattern of the Month for January! It's 50% off until Jan 31, at $3.50 CAD (Regular Price is $7.00)
 A woman wearing a large blue-green lace shawl. She is holding the shawl at her neck with one hand.



CAD $3.50
The 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.  Shawls uses just under 1600 yards of lace-weight, though it would work up well in a fingering-weight as well.

Sample was knit in *Knit Picks Gloss Lace, in "Marina". Though the particular colour are no longer available, the yarn is still available.

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 January any finished Marianna Shawl 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 shawl in the comments by January 31, 2020. Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in January, just finished in January -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

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.