Wednesday, 29 July 2020

WIP Wed: Ar Lan y Môr Socks, More Progress!

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The cuff of a sock-in-progress on double-pointed needles.  The yarn is self-striping fingering-weight yarn, striping through blue, teal, light tan, and grey.  There is a stitch marker with a celtic knot charm clipped into the sock.
Well, there's more progress on the Ar Lan y Môr Socks!  As it is has been very warm here, socks have been the perfect television project, so, that's what I've been working on during zoom calls and other virtual meetings. I confess, part of why I often have my camera off during zoom calls is to be able to knit during meetings!  Other part is because bandwidth is proving an issue, as folks who've watched my Twitch stream can attest to! 

Pattern is my Ar Lan y Môr Socks, published in Knotions Magazine.   Sock number one is done, and this is sock number two, so yeay for defeating second sock syndrome!   And yarn is the glorious *TurtlePurl Striped Turtle Toes in the colourway "Winter is Coming".  I don't think that particular colour is available any more, but there's lots of other glorious self-striping yarn in their shop, so, yeay!

I'm getting pretty close to the heel of the second sock, and I admit, I'm a little nervous, I want to make sure the heel stripes line up as close as I can, and I'm hopeful they will, but, we shall see. 

Needles are mostly *2.25 mm Hiya Hiya dpns, with two mismatched longer needles, because, organization?  Nope.

The *Celtic Knot Stitch Marker is from *Efficientsense's Etsy Shop. I like that it's a locking stitch marker, so that I can move it up the work as I go.  Plus, having it hooked into the knitting is -so-  much easier then having to fiddle around with a stitch marker on the first stitch of the round on double-pointed needles. 

So that's my current knitting progress (there's also some progress coming on the second Garden Trellis Hat, so I'll see how long that takes me to finish!)   How are you folks progressing with your summer knitting projects?  Share in the comments! 

Friday, 24 July 2020

FO Friday: Trellis FIngerless Mittens

Well, for this FO Friday, the Garden Trellis Mitts are also done! These have been done for a bit, I just haven't had the chance to show them to you yet!

Two crochet fingerless mittens laying on top of each other.  They are worked in fingering-weight yarn.   The mitten on top has a lace and bobbles stitch on the back of the hand, mitten below is palm up, with alternating rows of single crochet and double crochet.  There is a grey cat paw in the top right corner.
They still need to block, and looking at this photo, I can see that.  The trellis stitch does need some blocking to come out neat-looking. That said, I'm hoping that with the single/double crochet on the palm, they don't grow as much as the matching hat did.   According to my initial swatches, it shouldn't, but, I'll link it again, Swatches lie.

(Oh and yes, if you look at the top right of the photo, you'll see an intruding little grey paw.  I had a feline photobomber today!)

But, they're done, ends are woven in, so this is a Good Thing!  I'm hoping to get these up for testing soon too, so, stay tuned on Yarnpond, or, sign up for my e-mail list, to get notified of the testing call (quick reminder - if you sign up for the e-mail list, click the checkbox for 'crochet' under chosen crafts if you want the testing call for this pattern!)

Yarn is Bobolink Yarns Scuttleship Romney and I can't say enough about it.   The amazing folks at Bobolink Yarns sent me 3 skeins as yarn support, and it's wonderful.  Now, to be fair, it's 'sticky', so, if you have to frog, it's a bit of a pain.  And the matching hat did grow.  A lot.  But, that's not surprising with natural fibers, all it means is that you have to do the dreaded swatching (and, wash your swatch too!) to make sure it will come out the way you want in the end.   But it was wonderful, and made for perfect heat-of-summer crocheting!  Plus, the gloves are definitely warm! They're actually too warm to wear for any length of time in the summer heat right now, but they should be great for fall, or to layer over mittens for winter!

The hook I used  is my 3.5 mm (US E) hook from Leither Co, that I was lucky enough to win on the Yarn Thing Podcast!  It worked out very well, though I would suggest making sure that the shaft of your hook has enough length to have all 6 stitches on the hooks, as that would just be fiddly.

But yeah!  I'm thrilled these are done, and I'm hoping to get them blocked and washed as well, so I can get them up for testing too.

What have you folks finished up in the last week?  Share away in the comments!

Friday, 17 July 2020

FO Friday: Garden Trellis Hat

And, the Garden Trellis Hat is done!  I haven't been posting as much about WIP Wednesday recently, so I'm probably surprising you all with a Finished Object,

A crochet hat done in dark teal fingering-weight yarn; with columns of bobbles and raised post stitches.I've just set it to block, and it's drying in the sun -  the finished object grew even more then I expected when blocking, so this. . . . this might actually math out to be a large.  (whoops!  That's a tension fail!)  In which case, I will run the math and make a size small for me to model for the pattern.  I have one more skein which should be more then enough to do a smaller hat, since this hat took just a smidge over one skein.   (Oh, and this is why you check your tension/gauge -after- blocking, not before!)  

I was actually worried about this yarn felting when I washed it, because it is a very 'sticky' yarn.  I still do think it would actually felt gloriously -- might be worth an experiment if I've got leftovers!  But apparently, if I'm not tying to felt it, it grows.  A lot more then my first tests suggested.  (See the Yarn Harlot's post on why swatches lie)  

But, that's not a Bad Thing, it just means I have to account for it when I write the pattern -- especially because this is being written up specifically in this yarn -- it's Bobolink Yarns Scuttleship Romney yarn.  The amazing folks at Bobolink Yarns sent me 3 skeins as yarn support, and I've worked up both the hat and a matching pair of Mitts!  I've completely fallen in love with the colour -- it's right in my usual colour palette, which, of course, means that, while this particular hat is too big for my head given how much it grew, the small version is absolutely going to end up in my stash of personal knitwear!  (And given this tension fail, I'm now -very- glad that they sent me three skeins!) 


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'm actually really thrilled that I won this hook, as it was a company that was completely new-to-me at the time!   It's wooden with a metal shaft, and is really quite comfortable to use.  When I initially got it, I was worried it wouldn't work for me, as I tend to prefer thinner hooks.  But, no, I'm been quite enjoying it!  The one minor grumble I have with it is that as the shaft of the hook is shorter, doing the 5 stitch bobbles in this pattern got a bit tricky, but nothing that couldn't be solved with just a bit of caution.

I'm hoping to get this up for testing very soon, so, stay tuned on Yarnpond, or, sign up for my e-mail list, to get notified of the testing call (click the checkbox for 'crochet' under chosen crafts if you want the testing call for this pattern!)

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

July Featured Pattern and KAL: Marianna Shawl


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Well, the Marianna Shawl is the Featured Pattern for July, and is available at 50% off (currently $3.50 CAD, regular price, $7.00 CAD)  Patterned using stitch patterns from the amazing Gannet Designs, it's the perfect shawl for a cool summer evening (or, to keep the sun off of your shoulders!)
 A woman wearing a large blue-green lace shawl. She is holding the shawl at her neck with one hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

The sample shawl is knit in *Knit Picks Gloss Lace in the colourway “Marina”. And this inspired the name of the shawl, because, during the entire production process, my brain kept insisting that the colourway was called “Marianna”! Hence, the Marianna Shawl!

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.  In addition, this pattern has a large-print download available that is compatible with screen-reading software. 
 
When looking for a substitute yarn, any fingering-weight or lace weight yarn would work well. I’d suggest anything with a good bit of drape -- silk, bamboo, or alpaca blends.

Note that gauge and yarn weight are both flexible for this pattern, though it will change the appearance and/or size of the finished object.

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Ravelry, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, and will be applied automatically on Ravelry. As always, let me know if something doesn't work! **Note, there are no direct links to Ravelry available due to seizure/migraine risk**

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of July, 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 a picture of your completed shawl by July 31, 2020! Please note that the shawl doesn't have to have been started in July, just finished in July, -- so it's a good reason to pull out any WIPs!

Please note, due to the seizure/migraine risks, you may not post links to Ravelry.com in the comments of this blog.  Such links will be removed and will not count as entries to the Knit-Along.  IG posts, public Facebook posts, blog posts, or even direct image links are all acceptable alternatives.

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, and on Instagram, giving 3 chances to win in total!**

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and share them to my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook!  That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

**One entry per person for each project per platform (three 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.