Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Fasten Off 2020 Yarn-Along!

 Well, today is a hopefully fun announcement -- the start of the Fasten Off 2020 Yarn-Along!

YAL 2020 Logo.  Text Reads: Fasten Off YAL Designer 2020

This started when the amazing Rachy Newin and Kathleen Sperling got the idea to host an off-Ravelry alternative to the annual GAL, due to the accessibility issues still plaguing Ravelry.   They put their brains together, and the Fasten Off Yarn Along was born! 

What does this mean?   

Well, it means 93 indie crochet and knitting designers offering 2084 patterns at 25%  with the discount code FO2020! (This discount works on many places, including my own Etsy Shop!)  The discount runs to Dec 5th; and you've got until the turn of the new year to get your finished objects done!

It means amazing prizes, a wonderful Twitter and IG community, an active discord, and a lot of fun (and we're still only on the first day!)

How do I enter?

Tag your projects with #FastenOff2020, or #FastenOffYAL on various social medias (or, post your pictures to Discord).   Then, submit them via this online form!

(And yes, you'll be able to double-dip with the FastenOff Yarn-Along and my December Featured Pattern Knit Along!)

So, come hang out with all of us and craft away the last month of 2020!  I'd love to see you there! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

WIP Wednesday: Riotous Noise Socks!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I have a WIP to show off (finally!) 

A sock on double-pointed needles, with stitches picked up from the gusset edge of a heel flap.  The sock is knit in brightly coloured variegated yarn, with a smocked diamond stitch on the leg of the sock.
In an attempt to clear my needles of some WIPs (so that I can do even more sample knitting), I've made a focus on clearing out a pair of socks.  I started these ages ago for a magazine submission that wasn't accepted; and now get to show them off to you!

Needles are 2 mm (US 0) *double-pointed needles (which as my personal favorite way to do socks, and work quite well for this stitch pattern!)
Yarn is Tina's Toasty Toes Sock in "Ben Day Dots", and it's such a fun colour!  I got introduced to this yarn via an act of Random Yarn Kindness from Rachy Newin Designs, and I'm adoring it!  This type of 'rainbow' yarn isn't my usual choice of colours, but these socks have been such fun to knit!  One minor grumble -- because this yarn is so wonderfully colourful, it took several tries to find a stitch pattern that wasn't just a jumble of colours (and let's face it, this is still a jumble of colours, but I like it!)


I'm tentatively calling them the Riotous Noise socks.  They're wonderfully colourful, and 2020 definitely needs a colourful, joyful pair of socks!  But they're also named such because 2020 has been riotous (in both the literal and non-literal sense!), exposing the faults in our societies and bringing many social issues to the forefront -- something I hope that folks continue to remember.   Just because the civil disobedience across the world isn't making the news (or Twitter) anymore doesn't mean these issues have magically gone away. 

My very original name for these socks was the "Joyful Noise" socks, drawing from Psalm 100 of the Bible, but that didn't quite fit, mostly because I can't claim that 2020 has been joyful.   "Riotous Noise" just seemed to fit a lot better. 

I'm working on these to clear the needles for another upcoming magazine submission -- so I'm -so- excited to have something to share here on WIP Wed again!

How is your crafting going?  What WIPs are you working on!  Feel free to share in the comments! 

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

November Featured Pattern and KAL: MacAskill Scarf!

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Welcome to the first snowfall of the year here in Toronto!  And, to help keep you warm during the upcoming cold months, the MacAskill Scarf is the  Featured Pattern for November, available 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!
Click here to purchase on Etsy!  The original inspiration for Woodland Mittens was the Woodland Hat, also based on the same woodland theme. This stitch pattern brought to my mind the image of moss in the knots of trees, with it’s double-moss stitch enclosed within the cable sections, and the Woodland Mittens were born as well!  The mittens are mirrored, with a different left-hand and right-hand mitten. Each mitten has a cable pattern on the back of the hand and a slipped-stitch textured palm. The extra yarn on the palm helps keep the hand warm and provides an additional layer against friction and wear (as well as providing help in making snowballs!)  This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted.  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 "OctFeatPatt2020"   Now, onto the Mini-KAL!  For the month of October, any finished pair of Woodland Mitens l 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 pair of Mittens by October 31! Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in October, just finished in October, -- 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.
Photography: Knit Picks


Striding through the damp and windy winter moors, even the largest Scotsman in recorded history, “Black Angus” MacAskill, would have welcomed this giant scarf. Big enough to reach your ears while wrapped around your neck, deep enough to make a hood thrown over your head, and bulky enough to keep you warm no matter how you wear it.

The cable stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes the written instruction.

The sample is shown in *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Fjord Heather". If looking to substitute yarn, any aran/bulky weight wool will substitute well, or, you can knit with sport or dk-weight held double.

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 "NovFeatPatt2020" 

Now, onto the Mini-KAL!

For the month of November, any finished MacAskill Scarf 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 scarf by November 30th! Please note that the scarf doesn't have to have been started in November, just finished in November, -- 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.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Pattern Release: Garden Trellis Hat:

Well, after a bit of a delay, the Garden Trellis Hat Pattern pattern is now available on Payhip, and Etsy, just in time to keep the snow off your head! 
A woman wearing a crochet lace hat. The hat is made in a dark teal yarn; with textured post stitches and crochet bobbles.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace



These mittens are a sister pattern to the Garden Trellis Fingerless Mittens; done in the same yarn -- the amazing Scuttleship Romney from Bobolink Yarns.

It's a hat in three sizes, designed a touch big to go over headphones, hair braids etc. With simple bobbles and post stitches, it's a good introduction to slightly more 'adventurous' crochet, while still being simple enough to work on while watching tv or commuting on the train!

Head Circumference: 17.5 (22, 26) inches, (44.5, 56, 66 cm)
Hat Depth: 8 (8, 9.5) inches (20.5, 20.5, 24 cm)

Sample is size M, shown in Scuttleship Romney, in "Pine", and uses 1 to 2 skeins, depending on the size. 

The pattern is both written and charted, and, there is a large-print version available as well, that is also compatible with screen-reading technology! 

As always, I love 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, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy the mittens, and happy crafting!