Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Convertible Mittens Testing Call!

Well, it's been a bit of a wait, but the Convertible Mittens are now up for testing on Yarnpond!

They're a set of aran-weight convertible mittens, done with cables on the back of the hand, and a slipped-stitch pattern on the front!

person wearing a pair of flip-top convertible mittens.  They are unbuttoning the left-hand mitten from the back of the hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
Anyway, onto the testing details:

Sample shown here is size XS, and used approximately 184 yards (168 meters) of yarn.

If you're thinking of testing, I'd suggest an aran or bulky weight yarn (heavy worsted would work if you can get gauge, too).  Both samples were made with wool or wool blends, but acrylic would also work well here.  Sample shown here in Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Hand-Dyes (50% Wool, 50% Alpaca). 

I'm looking for forty testers, across five sizes,  to test both the charted and written instructions. I'm also specifically looking for testers to test the large-print/screen reader accessible version of this pattern! So if that's something you're willing/able to do, just make a note of that on your Yarnpond application, and I'll send you the link to the large print pattern.

To test, you will need to make a Yarnpond account.  Don't worry, it's completely free!  From there, you can link your Instagram and Ravelry accounts, if you have either.   And, for those who can't use Ravelry right now, please, don't worry, you don't have to have a Ravelry account to participate! 

Deadline for the test is October 30th, 2020, and is a flexible deadline if need be.  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.

If you want to be notified about future testing calls, I 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, as always feel free to share this post with them! I don't usually fill my pattern tests, so, the more testers the better!

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

WIP Wed: Ar y Traeth Tank! First Look!

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I've been doing a lot of super-secret knitting for magazines recently, so I can't show you my major knitting projects. . . except now, I can!

Knitting on a circular needle in grey teal yarn.  The bottom edge is an eyelet mesh, the body is stocking stitch, and there is a lace panel between two stitch markers.

This is the first look at the Ar Y Traeth Tank (At The Beach), and it's exactly what it sounds like! It's knit in  *Rowan Creative Linen, and I'm really enjoying the yarn!    I got to try it courtesy of LoveCrafts two years ago, and it's a yarn I liked enough that I was happy to have a chance to make this tank top in it!

So it's a pretty simple tank top, as I'm still teaching myself how to grade garments, and it's designed with a lace motif at centre-back, so you can wear it over a tank top, bathing suit, or even with just a camisole.   

The needles are a 3.5 mm circular needle (I haven't measured, but I think it's a *24 inch cord) and it's knitting up wonderfully.  

With all the good things, I've got one worry  - I'm playing a game of yarn chicken.  I only have three skeins of this yarn, as I got the last three skeins in a *sale offer from Lovecrafts.  So, hopefully that's enough to make a smaller tank top.  According to my math, it -should- be, but I'm cutting it closer then I'd like.  I went down a couple of needle sizes from my initial swatch, so that's messed with my yardage calculations initially.

If I report Yarn Chicken, well, you folks have been warned!

Stitch Markers are *Sea Glass Stitch Markers from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop.  I like that the rings on these are solid rings, not jump rings, so, when they say "no-snag", they mean it!  

So that's the current new WIP Wed project!  How are your WIP's going?  Show off in the comments! 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

A Quiz About Colour!

 So, via the blogosphere (is that still a word), I found this post from Nothing But Knit, and figured I'd let you folks (especially some of the newer folks) know a bit more about me!

I happen to actually struggle with colour.  I have my favorites, but I've learned from years of dreadful fashion experience that my colour sense, does not conform to most people's expectations of colour. 

So I've learned what colours work together somewhat by rote, and somewhat by guesswork.  But, it works for me!
Anyway, onto the questions!

  1. What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting?
  2. Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades?
  3. Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color?
  4. Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?
  5. When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?
  6. Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change?
And now, my answers!

  1. Well, at least my favorite colour is easy - I run towards, blues, teal greens, and other jewel tones!
  2. I tend to prefer saturated colours.  Bright, maybe but definitely more saturated. 
  3. My colour mood?  No, I don't think it really shifts with the seasons, but I do notice more pastels, creams, and whites in my wardrobe in the summer months, but that might be more due to the practicality of wearing light colours in summer. 
  4. I avoid neons.  Don't usually use them, don't like them. 
  5. How important is colour?  Well, if I'm browsing a shop, it's what my eye is first drawn to.  But if I'm actually planning a project, I tend to look for the fiber base and the quality of the yarn, then the colour after that. 
  6. Consciously?  No.  But sometimes I get a different colour palette because I'm doing gift knitting or commission knitting, and the recipient's colour choices can be very different from my own.  And admittedly, it is a nice change to work with something different!
Well, that's a teeny bit more about me!  

I'd love to hear your answers -- post them in the comments, or put a link to your own answers!  


Friday, 4 September 2020

FO Friday: Convertible Mittens

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A person wearing a pair of flip-top convertible mittens.  They are unbuttoning the left-hand mitten from the back of the hand.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

So, for this FO Friday, the Convertible Mittens are  done!  Actually, they've been done for a while, but I haven't posted them here yet, so, lest rectify that!

Yarn *Knit Picks Muse Tonal, in "Rooted", and the needles are my 3.25 Aero needles, and these were such a blast to knit!  They're warm, and snuggly, and I hope they'll serve someone well in a cold winter!

They're knit from the cuff down, and then the mitten flap is picked up from a lifeline across the back of the hand. 

And yes, they're not named yet.  Patrons get to name them, so if you're a Patron, let me know your suggestions!  

Anyone else finish something up for fall recently?  I'd love to see in the comments, so, post away!



Tuesday, 1 September 2020

September Featured Pattern and KAL: Crisial Cowl

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Well, the Crisial Cowl is the Featured Pattern for September and is available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)  This cowl is perfect for the start of colder weather that we're starting to see, so, I'm hoping it keeps people warm into the fall weather!


a cowl knit in light-blue worsted weight yarn, with a cable that crosses columns of knit stitches.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace


The Crisial (Welsh for “crystal”) Cowl was inspired by the geometric shapes of crystals. It uses a simple two-stitch cable to create twists that make for a classic textural piece you’ll want to wear all season long. Both aran and heavy worsted weight yarn would work well with this project.  Sample was worked in *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Fjord Heather", but any heavy worsted or aran yarn will knit up well!

The Crisial Cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up. and uses only written instruction for the simple cable motif.

It is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have.

Note that gauge is not specifically important to this pattern, though changes in gauge will affect the amount of yarn used and the size of the final project.

This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software, which includes the written instruction. 

You can buy the pattern through Etsy, or Payhip, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on Payhip, you can use the coupon code on the top of the Payhip page. As always, let me know if something doesn't work! 

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of September, any finished Crisial Cowl 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 cowl by September 30, 2020! Please note that the cowl doesn't have to have been started in September, just finished in September, -- 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.