Wednesday, 17 June 2020

WIP Wed: Ar Lan y Môr Sock Number 2!

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So, I realized I hadn't posted my progress on the Ar Lan y Môr Socks! And, excitingly, I have the cuff of the second sock in progress!  I've been neglecting it a bit in favour of other WIPs and some deadline stuff (including some stuff for magazines, so, stay tuned!) 

the cuff of a sock on double-pointed needles.  The sock is knit in fingering-weight striping yarn, which stripes between teal, royal blue, tan, and grey.  There is a stitch marker with a celtic charm clipped into the knitting.
The pattern is the Ar Lan y Môr Socks, published in Knotions Magazine and available on Ravelry.    I want to get these finished so that I can have some more pattern photography -- wish me luck! (And yes, soon it will be to hot to -wear- socks, but they do make very good summer knitting!)

Yarn is the glorious *TurtlePurl Striped Turtle Toes in the colourway "Winter is Coming", which I don't think is available any more, but there's many other glorious colours that are!

Needles are *2.25 mm Hiya Hiya dpns, with one longer needle that I got from a local yarn shop (because who says your dpn sets have to match, right?) I actually do like the longer needles, but they are a bit unwieldy, and the 8 inch ones don't fit in my *my needle cases so, it makes them harder to carry on the subway and streetcar (not that there's been much of that recently!)

The *Celtic Knot Stitch Marker is from *Efficientsense's Etsy Shop -- for those struggling with stitch markers while using double-pointed needles, finding that locking stitch markers exist changed my world!  They use either lobster-claw or earring hook clips, so you can hook them right into your knitting (and they work for crochet, too!)

I hope that you folks are all enjoying the summer weather, and that you're staying safe out there!  Keep Crafting and being awesome!  

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

WIP Wednesday: Trellis Fingerless Mittens

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Well, I got squishy mail, so, here's a new project WIP!  

The squishy mail (what a wonderful thing to get in the mail!) was from the folks at Bobolink Yarns, who are trying to bridge the gap between local shepherds and local yarn stores in the New England area of the U.S.!   They sent me 3 skeins of their Scuttleship Romney yarn, as yarn support, and I've been noodling around with a pair of crochet fingerless mittens!

Someone wearing the cuff of a crochet mitten. The crochet is a bobbles and lattice pattern done in deep teal fingering-weight yarn.  They are holding a crochet hook with a wooden handle, and there is a stitch marker with a rose charm clipped into the work.
Isn't the colour glorious?  It's definitely in my usual colour palette, even if I'm not 100% sure where I will wear these yet.  This is actually mitten number two, I've already finished number one.  Sadly, I don't think this is due to any particular speed at my end, I will say I've been stress-crocheting these while I've been trying to get my computer fixed.  Computer is now fixed, and now I'm working through the back-log of things have happened since then, both in terms of knitting and crochet stuff, and in terms of stuff happening around the world!

Hook is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from *Leither Co, that I was lucky enough to win on the Marly Bird Podcast!  I did find that doing some of the bobbles with the shorter shaft of the hook was a bit tricky, but nothing I couldn't get over with a touch of caution.  

Stitch Marker is one of my *Silver Rose Stitch Markers that I got from *EfficientSense's Etsy Store -- I'm thrilled past me invested in a bunch of locking stitch markers, since you can't use ring markers with crochet!  I hook the marker into the slip-stitch I use to join each round, and it's the perfect way to keep track of which round I'm on!

So, I'll close today with a different question -- what style of stitch marker do you prefer, and what do you use for your stitch markers?  

I happen to be a fan of sparkly stitch markers, though, I admit,  when I first started knitting, I followed my mum's lead, and my stitch markers were all just scraps of yarn!  What about you folks?




Monday, 1 June 2020

June Featured Pattern and KAL: Ice Cream Sundae Socks

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I've been craving ice cream from our local ice cream place, ever since the heat came up at the very end of May.  So, as a safer way to get an ice cream sundae, I present, for June, the Ice Cream Sundae Socks!   They are now 50% off at $2.75 CAD. (Regular Price, $5.50 CAD). until the end of June!

 Someone wearing a pair of ribbed lace socks. The socks are blue with flecks of white, pink, and yellow.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

(Ok, I admit, they're a poor substitute for tasty ice cream, but I do hope you still enjoy!)

These socks were the result of playing with yarn and stitch dictionaries. I wanted a stitch pattern that would show off variegated yarn and keep it from being ‘ugly’, and these were the result!

They are knit from the cuff-down, with either double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. They use a heel flap and gusset heel, with an slip-stitch heel flap for additional durability. The instructions are written; the lace pattern is both charted and written. Instructions are given for two sizes. The pattern has been tested and tech-edited as well.  

Sample is shown in *Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle, a 4 ply Superwash Merino yarn with Lurex blended into the plies. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed to help break up repeats of highly variegated yarn, but solid, tonal, and gradient yarns will also be beautiful in these socks.

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 June, any finished Ice Cream Sundae Socks have 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 bag in the comments by June 30, 2020! Please note that the socks don't have to have been started in June, just finished in June, -- 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.