Friday, 27 March 2020

FO Friday! Very Belated Gloves!

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Two Knit Gloves (right hand and left hand mirrored) laying on top of each other, knit in a dark green variegated yarn.
Yeay! Dragon Scale Gloves are -finally- done! I wove in the ends this morning during virtual co-working (one of the new things in the era of COVID-19), and have gone off to my gift-ee.  

After four various re-sizing attempts, they finally fit!  And with all the ends woven in, I wanted to waste no time getting them off to where the needed to be!  (Hence the rather unglamorous photo!) 

Yarn is the now-discontinued Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in "Spruce". It's 100% Merino, and turned into a very nice pair of gloves. And, it knit up quite nice and dense on *2mm (US 0) needles.   Once I got the sizing right, they knit up relatively quickly. too!

What have you folks finished up this week?  Post in the comments and show off your stuff!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WIP Wednesday: One Convertible Mitten Finished!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, the home edition!  We're not on quarantine or strict lockdown here, we can go out for walks and such, but not much is open.   Grocery stores are open, and restaurants are open but with strict guidelines and can only do take-away.  So there's been quite a bit of knitting! Sadly, most of it has been on a sample I can't show yet.  I have, however, finished a convertible mitten!  

 A knit convertible mitten, worn closed, with a cable pattern on the back of the hand. A white button is sewn in place just above the ribbing of the cuff.
Yarn is *Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Hand Dyes in "Dungaree Blue" knit on 3.25 mm double-points.  It's made a very dense-knit fabric, but I welcome it -- at only a few degrees over freezing, my hand is already getting too warm when I wear the one mitten!

I found two matching buttons in my button jar, and I'm happy with how they look!   I clipped the other button to the finished mitt, so there's no way I can lose it (ok, knowing me, I'll manage to find a way, of course)!

The loop at the top is I-chord, and that's the one part I'm not quite sure about yet.  I always knew I'd also include instructions for a sewn-in snap, as well, but I'm not 100 % sold on the loop for the button when it's worn as a full mitten. 

What are these mittens going to be named?  No idea -- Patrons get to name them! Pattern Muses over on Patreon get to submit naming suggestions (just drop them in the comments), among other things!

So how goes everyone's crafting?   I hope folks are staying safe and well out there -- stay home and happy crafting!  And please, let me know in the comments, even just to say you're ok (or if you're not ok, that's fine too -- I'm happy to give virtual hugs to folks who need one in the comments!) 

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

WIP Wednesday: Convertible MIttens!

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Welcome back to WIP Wed, and oooh, Look! Convertible Mittens!

someone wearing a mitten in progress with a cable pattern along the back of the hand.  The mitten is knit in blue aran-weight yarn and is on double-pointed needles.

Yarn is *Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Hand Dyes in "Dungaree Blue"  This yarn is glorious, and wonderfully squishy, though it does have annoying tendency to split. Needles are 3.25 mm Aero needles, which means that these mittens will be wonderfully dense and wind-proof! 

I want to have the tops flip back and then will button them, I think.  I'm pretty sure I still have some leftover buttons from *TheWoodlot that I'm going to fish out of my button jar. 

What am I going to call these?  Well, that's up to the Pattern Muses over on Patreon!  As a Pattern Muse, you get to have a say on this pattern (including possible colour choices for another sample), and, you can help name this pattern, too!

They're knitting up quite quickly, so I'm hoping to have them finished up soon.  How's everyone else's progress on WIPs?

Friday, 6 March 2020

FO Friday, Under Cover Shawl

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Yeay! Under Cover Shawl is done!  (It's actually been done for a bit, but I haven't had the opportunity to post until now, so, here we go!)

A folded up lace blanket with a garter-stitch border.  The blanket is knit in sport/dk-weight light blue yarn
I don't have the full thing photographed (it's too darn big and I haven't yet figured out how to style it!), but, I did finish the top border using almost all of 6 skeins of *Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in "BlueBell"!  (I have another six skeins buried deep in my stash, if I get the urge to make a second blanket/shawl)  

This has turned out almost as big as the Marianna Shawl, but it is, though you may not be able to tell from the photo, more rectangular then square.

So yeah, I've finished a thing?  Anyone else finished a thing? Show off your FO's in the commments! 

Monday, 2 March 2020

March Featured Pattern and KAL -- Colours of Spring Shawl

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Well, this first week of March is forecast above freezing! While it a tentative start, it is a start to spring! And what better way to celebrate then with a shawl?  This is the Featured Pattern of the Month for February, at 50% off until March 31rst, at $3.00 CAD (Regular Price is $6.00 CAD)

A woman wearing a garter stitch and lace crescent shawl. The shawl is striped in a blue-green gradient. One edge of the shawl is out of frame, with the other end wrapped around her shoulder, with the wingspan held open
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$3.00 CAD
This garter-stitch and lace crescent shawl is specifically designed to use those mini-skein sets that are tucked away in your stash. Don't worry, it will work up just as well with a gradient yarn, or even a solid coloured yarn. Sample is shown using two *gradient sets from *OceanWindKnits.

The instructions are written, and the lace pattern is both charted and written. The pattern and has been tested and tech-edited as 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, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of March, any finished Colours of Spring 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 March 31, 2020  Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in March, just finished in March, -- 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.