Wednesday, 29 April 2020

WIP Wednesday: Feather on the Wind Fingerless Mittens

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Welcome back to WIP Wed! So, my newest WIP is for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon, first inspired by finding yarn I'd forgotten I had while I was stash-diving!  I've actually come up with a tentative name for these all on my own (shocking, I know), but if you have a better name suggestion, feel free to chime in over on Patreon!

The stitch pattern I found for these is the Feather Stitch (and thanks to this wonderful tutorial from Hooked by Robin that showed me how to do it!)  But, because it looks a little bit different in the round vs worked flat, the mitten doesn't spiral perfectly.  It goes a bit wonky where the thumb is.  So "Feather on the Wind": a feather drifting this way and that in the wind. (Also a paraphrasing of one of my favorite lines from the movie 'Serenity.'!)

Someone wearing a fingerless mitten done in a spiralling textured crochet stitch.  The yarn is a variegated blue-purple, and there are yarn ends still hanging from the mitten.
If you look closely, you can see, I still have many ends to weave in!

And yes, the thumb is a bit loose for my liking.  I think I might rip out the thumb and put in a few decreases to better shape the thumb gusset.  Shall experiment on mitten number two!

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Amber Label in OOAK Colourway "Luxe", and I'm really happy with how this is working up. . . . even if the yarn itself did horribly tangle in the skein. The skein had become untwisted after several years in stash storage, making winding an adventure.  I did, in fact, have to cut the yarn in a few places to salvage it.  But once I got it untangled I was felt much more charitable towards it, and have really enjoyed working with it.  It feels -glorious- on the hands with the cashmere and silk in the blend, and it's wonderfully squishy and warm, too.  Also, I definitely won't use all the skein, so there might be a second pair of these in the future. 

Hook is a *5 mm hook from Darn Good Yarn -- it came in the first month of the *Darn Good Yarn Subscription Box  (which was ever so generously gifted to me by JennyKnits on Twitch!)  The hook has been wonderful to work with (the purple ombre has rubbed off a bit with a lot of use, but hasn't done any harm/rough spots to the hook itself).   And the subscription box was fun -- the skein of yarn was a *glorious multi-coloured worsted silk, that I have to swatch with more to figure out a pattern for! (It included a knitting pattern and a crochet pattern, too, but I'd much rather play around with this yarn myself!) 

So, these  are coming along nicely, and I hope to have them done soon!  With the Stratford festival broadcasting on Youtube now, there's no shortage of stuff to watch while I work!  

What are you folks crafting to during this time?  Podcasts?  Movies?  TV shows?  Audiobooks?  Share in the comments!  

Friday, 24 April 2020

FO Friday: Birthday Hat is Done!


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So for this FO Friday, I finished a Woodland Hat!  This is going off to a friend for their birthday -- they will likely have their birthday during the COVID-19 shutdown, and are struggling with the 'no people' requirements right now.  So, I'm going to have to figure out how to mail this thing!

A knit purple hat with cables, with a folded up pale pink brim.

I originally planned to make some yarn purchases from a couple of Local Yarn tores, but of the colours my gift-ee requested, they were sold out!  So I stash-dove instead!  Pink yarn is a very old acrylic I inherited from my mother's stash, while the variegated purple is *Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in an older colourway ("Violet Hill")  

This has been a lot of my podcast/Netflix knitting, and it's gotten done quite quickly, yeay!  What have you folks been knitting/crocheting during this shutdown?  Has crafting been helpful to pass the time?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Pattern Release: Cosmic Crochet Cowl


Well, just in time for spring, the Cosmic Crochet Cowl Pattern is now available on Ravelry and Etsy!
 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
CAD $ 5.50
This cowl came out of a desire to find a crochet stitch pattern suitable for a skein of variegated sock 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!

With a variable circumference, it can be a close-to-the neck cowl, or a long infinity scarf, the pattern is written for five different sizes/lengths! (Sample shown in the smallest size -- the close-to-the-neck cowl).

Circumference is: 18 (21.5, 25), 28, 32.5 inches (45.5, 54.5, 63.5), 71, 82.5 cm

Sample was done in the (now discontinued) Fleece Artist Sea Wool. If looking for a substitution, Fleece Artist Tree Wool was designed as a substitute, but any fingering/sock yarn will work up well in this. 

The patter is both written and charted, 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.

So, to all the crocheters out there, thank you for waiting, and I hope the new pattern is enjoyable!  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, 15 April 2020

WIP Wednesday: Striping Ar Lan y Môr Socks!


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Welcome back to WIP Wed!  I've been neglecting these posts, but, I have, in fact, been knitting even more since we've been stuck at home -- and one of the things I've been trying to get off my needles are the Ar Lan y Môr socks!   I'm almost to the heel flap, so, with a bit of luck (and some more podcast binging), maybe I can get at least one of these done soon!

A textured sock on double-pointed needles.  The sock is striped blue/cream/grey.  A small celtic knot stitch marker is clipped into work.
These are my sample Ar Lan y Môr Socks  done in *TurtlePurl Striped Turtle Toes yarn. This is in "Winter is Coming" which doesn't seem to be available any more, but there's always fun new colours in the shop!  Needles are *2.25 mm Hiya Hiya dpns (with one longer needle, because who said I was organized?) 

The *Celtic Knot Stitch Marker is from *Efficientsense's Etsy Shop -- I do like the lobster-claw stitch markers when working on dpns, since I can just clip them into the work!

And, I'm actually working on these to put them up as a set of Tutorials on my Youtube Channel -- you can see me winding the yarn for these here, and there are more tutorials coming soon!

Well, that's my project update for this week (it was this, or some Birthday Knitting for a hat!) I hope folks are staying safe and well out there -- stay home and happy crafting! 

Monday, 6 April 2020

Pattern Release: Diamond Lace Boot Toppers

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Well, it's been a wait, but the Diamond Lace Boot Toppers, are now available on Ravelry and Etsy!

Someone wearing a sky blue boot topper knit in worsted yarn; with lace eyelets visible
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$CAD 5.50
These boot toppers can be mostly attributed to curiosity. Before I got into knitting as an adult, I’d never even heard of such a thing! But, thanks to the amazing pattern database that is Ravelry, I quickly found out that boot toppers are “a thing”, and a thing I wanted to try out in a Canadian Winter!  

Throw in some inspiration from the Pattern Muses over on Patreon, a couple of hours of knitting time, and you have a pair of Diamond Lace Boot Toppers!

They’re knit in worsted-weight yarn, so they knit up very quickly, Any wool or wool-blend worsted-weight yarn will work up well for these, though I suggest a solid or a tonal, rather then a highly variegated yarn.

They're sized Adult Small to XL,  at 10 (11.5, 13, 14.5) inches, (25.5, 29, 33, 37 cm) around.  Done on 3.25mm (US 3) double pointed needles (though you could also use Magic Loop, the pattern's written for any circular knitting technique), the sample knit up quite well in *Spun Right Round's Superwash Merino Worsted.  

The patter is both written and charted, 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.

Thanks for your patience with the new pattern release schedule, and, 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, 1 April 2020

April Featured Pattern and KAL -- Garden Lace Socks!

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Well, it's April, and it is finally starting to warm up a properly, taunting us from within our houses and apartments.

So, for those who have access to backyard gardens or plots, the Garden Lace Socks pattern celebrate the joy of gardening! And for those who don't, or who's gardens are limited (There are two pots of dirt on our balcony that -might- grow something this year, depending on what seeds we have in the cupboard), these socks are (hopefully) a reminder that awesome things can also grow in adversity!

The Garden Lace Socks pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of April!

 Someone wearing a pair of green socks. They have a lace leaf pattern along the leg and top of the foot.

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$2.75 CAD
These socks are knit cuff-down, with a standard heel flap and grafted toe. While the sample was knit on dpns, the pattern is written to be knitted using any circular knitting method. The lace motif is both written and charted. Instructions are given for two sizes.The sample was knitted with (now discontinued) Fleece Artist BFL Sock, in "Jade" which is 80% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and 20% Nylon. Any fingering weight nylon/wool or nylon/merino blend should substitute nicely.

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 April, any pair of finished Garden Lace Socks 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 socks in the comments by April 30, 2020!  Please note that the  socks have to have been started in April just finished in April, -- 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!

Stay home, and don't let Spring lure you out of your homes quite yet!  Make these socks instead!

**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.