Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WIP Wednesday: Under Cover Shawl Top Border!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and the shawl is almost done!   

Though I haven't started it in this picture, I'm onto the top garter-stitch border!  So, only 5 rows to go!  Once I finish, I'll measure it and get the final size -- I haven't measured it yet for the math, I will!  It's at least lap-blanket size, and I wanted something that was big enough to snuggle under -- the sample isn't quite square, but I'll include sizes for a bunch of different things, lap blanket, shawl/stole, twin blanket, ect!  
 a lace blanket live on circular needles, knit in sky blue yarn. Snowflake stitch markers are clipped over the needle.
Yarn is *Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in "BlueBell" and Needles are my *4.5 mm Hiya Hiya circulars.  

The snowflake stitch markers are from *FiberMancy's Etsy Shop, and they're very appropriate for today - we're under a snowfall warning!

I'm happy this is getting so close to done.  Who else has got some WIP Wednesday projects they're working on with this snowfall?  Show them off in the comments!   

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

"How Do I Knit That"? Podcast, Episode 9! Knitting for Pets, and Felting


Hello folks!

So yeay for another episode of the "How do I Knit That?" Podcast? (And 'knit' also means 'crochet, spin, cross-stitch'  but, it just didn't sound as good!)  The first six episodes are available on Patreon, while Episode 7 and onwards are available on Youtube as well!

Anyway, this is Episode 9; all about knitting for and with pets!


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!


Anyway, hope you enjoy! Episode 10 will be available Mid-April! And remember, Yes, you can, in fact, knit that!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Pattern Release: Alpine Hat!

Well, it's been a wait, but my second-ever crochet pattern, the Alpine Hat, is now available on Ravelry and Etsy!
A woman wearing a crochet hat done in the textured alpine stitch
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$5.50 CAD
The Alpine Hat is a hat for youth and adults, with a head circumference of Head Circumference of 17 (23, 25.5) inches (43, 56, 65 cm), and a customizable depth!

This hat was one of my early forays into crochet design, worked up in the wonderfully squishy and dense Alpine Stitch! The hat comes down over the back of the neck and over the ears, with a dense stitch pattern to keep the wind away and the sizing runs a touch large, to go over headphones, ponytails, and hair buns! It starts at the crown with a crochet magic loop, then increases out to the full head circumference. The Alpine Stitch tends to curl, so a few rows of single and double crochet round out the bottom rim.

 The hat has written instruction, with charts for the crown, and, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology!  This pattern has been both tested and tech edited.

Sample Shown in Wool is the Answer SW Merino/Nylon with Neps in "Mustard", and was made with a 3.5 mm (U.S. E) crochet hook.

Well, as always, I look forward to seeing what you make, so please, tag your creations on Social Media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things!

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, 19 February 2020

WIP Wednesday: Under Cover Shawl!





a lace blanket live on circular needles, knit in sky blue yarn. Snowflake stitch markers are clipped over the needle.

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and oh, look, again, I've started something new!

Well, actually, it's old. I started this as a magazine submission, but decided that it would be better served to self-published it!

So I started this shawl in response to a submission prompt. I'm a sucker for huge blankets I can snuggle under, and something about me loves the texture of lace done in cotton where I can stick fingers or toes through (come on, folks, you always knew I was strange!)

Yarn is *Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in "BlueBell"  and Needles are my *4.5 mm Hiya Hiya circulars -- I wanted the circulars because this thing is quite large -- I cast on 122 sts for this!  I haven't done final measurements, but

The snowflake stitch markers are from *FiberMancy's Etsy Shop, and at least, this time, they're seasonal!   

I've been working on this on Twitch, to try and get it done before the publishing deadline. You're more then welcome to come and ask me questions!  

Monday, 17 February 2020

Cosmic Crochet Cowl Testing Call!

A woman wearing a crochet lace cowl done in a variegated yarn. The cowl is pulled up over her mouth and nose.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Hello folks! So, I'm superbly thrilled to announce the testing call for my Cosmic Crochet Cowl!

Well, I've been working on getting some new patterns up for testing, and now the Cosmic Crochet Cowl is up! I'm looking for 15 testers, 3 for each size variant, and to test both the charted and written instruction (or a combination of both) 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 cowl came out of wanting to find a crochet stitch pattern suitable for a skein of variegated yarn! Often, variegated yarn can turn into an ugly mess of colours, and I wanted to avoid that, so after much experimentation, the Cosmic Crochet Cowl was born!

Yarn used is the (now discontinued) Fleece Artist Sea Wool in “SeaStorm”. When looking for a substitute, any Merino/Tencel or Merino/SeaCell blend would work wonderfully as a substitute, or any wool blend with a high drape.

Pattern is written in US Crochet Terminology, and the lace stitch is both written and charted

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.

Deadline for the test is March 23, 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, 7 February 2020

FO Friday: Gradient Mittens for Both Hands!

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Hello folks and, yeay for another FO Friday! These are the finally-finished Gradient Mittens -- after I'd made two right-hand mittens, I (finally) got around to making a left-hand mitten over on my Twitch stream!

two fingerless mittens knit in a rainbow gradient marled with black.
Yarn is two yarns held together, *Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in "Pegasus," and *Alpaca Cloud in "Midnight Heather (colour is now discontinued),  Why are they held double?  Because knitting the Alpaca Cloud on it's own would have been a challenge.   My mistake when I bought the Alpaca Cloud was not in buying it, it was in buying it thinking I'd make a shawl out of it.  Knitting Black (or almost-black) lace is generally a very difficult proposition.   So, by stranding it with the Chroma Fingering, I created a soft, warm fabric, and dulled down some of the brighter colours of the "Pegasus" colourway.

They're knit on 2.25 mm double-pointed needles. 3 of the 4 needles are my *HiyaHiya double-pointed needles, but there's one needle that's different, and bought at a local yarn store, instead.  Yes, I'm always scavenging to find small dpns -- I have a bad habit of leaving them in half-finished socks! 

The back of the hand has a small little faux-cable, and the palm has a slipped-stitch texture pattern -- I like adding texture to the palms of my mittens and gloves, even if that does mean I have to remember to mirror the pattern. It helps with friction and gripping objects, and seem to keep my hands a bit warmer, too!

So what have you folks finished on this snowy FO Friday?  Post and show off in the comments!

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

WIP Wednesday: Ar Lan y Môr Socks Sample!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and oh, look, I've started something new! Who's really surprised by this? 

I'm working on my own sample-knit version, this one in *TurtlePurl Striped Turtle Toes yarn.  This is in "Winter is Coming" which doesn't seem to be available any more, but there's lots of other fun colours in the shop! 

Needles are *2.25 mm Hiya Hiya dpns (except for one longer dpn that's from a different set -- no one said I was organized, right?)

I've been working on these on Twitch, actually doing some tutorial filming for my Youtube Channel using these socks, so these will appear on my Youtube channel soon!  I'll be thrilled to have a sock done, so then I take these as my transit knitting, rather then knitting them in front of the webcam. 

Anyway, those are my adventures this week!  What have you folks been up to this week?  

Saturday, 1 February 2020

February Featured Pattern and KAL -- Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens


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Well, it's February. Many folks claim it's the dullest month of Winter, so, this month, have a little colour in your February with the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens Pattern!  They're  the Featured Pattern of the Month for February, at 50% off until February 29th, at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price is $5.50 CAD)





 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.
$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, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of February, any finished pair of Spiralling Star 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 by February 29th, 2020. Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in February just finished in February,  -- 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!**

Also, you can also cross-post your Knit-Along Entries into the Toronto Knitter's Guild De-Stash/Re-Stash Make Along!

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.