Wednesday, 14 April 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and with a few more things sorted, I can get started on some commissions -- the first of which is a Dr. Who scarf (yes, the absurd 12 foot long one!)

a striped scarf in garter stitch.
I originally swore I would never make one of these, but, surprisingly, it knit up really fast, I think because it's all garter stitch, so I can do it during class/meetings/etc.   I've been working on it over on Twitch, and enjoying it immensely!

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle".  In my research for this project, I found an amazing fan-site that's dedicated to putting together information for all the Dr. Who scarves throughout the seasons, and they were an amazing resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf.   The only colour I couldn't match from their list was the Green -- I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research.  (For some reason that I no longer recall, I also ordered a skein of "Meadow", but that's skein is definitely not going to colour match at all; so that will become something else!)

Needles are some Aero 5.5 mm needles, as suggested from the original BBC pattern. Apparently, though the official pattern is somewhat inaccurate (it was published a minimum of 6 years after the scarf was made); the needle size it suggested worked out almost perfectly for me.  I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is a bit more important in this pattern to get the absurd length correct. It's a teeny bit wider then the original scarf is suggested to be (estimates put the original scarf at somewhere between 11 to 12 inches in width, while mine is sitting at 13), but as the scarf will stretch with wear and time; I'm not too worried about that.  If I went down to 5 mm needles, it's enough of a difference to make the scarf a bit less drapey and compress the stripes a bit from their original estimated measurements, so I'll take the compromise of a bit wider scarf instead. 

This has been -perfect- balcony knitting, now that the weather has become quite glorious!  Once I finish a few other submission knits; I might take a day and just knit on this in one of the local parks!  (It's also become my knitting for my Welsh Class -- because it's just garter-stitch with a slipped-stitch edge, I can knit on it while keeping my attention on the class!)

What are you folks working on this week?  Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share?   Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk.  But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)

Thursday, 1 April 2021

April Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Spring Leaves Market Bag

 Welcome to April!  Spring is finally here, (along with a plethora of birds!) And that means a new Knit-Along and Featured Pattern!  The Spring Leaves Market Bag is the Featured Pattern for April, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)!

A drawstring bag mesh bag left partially open. The bag has apples inside.

The inspiration for this Market Bag came from the (now defunct) Ravelry Designer’s Challenge with the theme of “spring awakening”.  The bag starts with a pinhole cast on. Increases are worked into a leaf lace pattern to form the base of the bag. The leaf lace transitions to a lace mesh, and finishes with a garter stitch edging. A twisted cord allows for easy carrying and helps to keep the bag tied shut!

The sample was knit in FibraNatura Good Earth Solids, (which is, sadly, now discontinued), a worsted/aran blend of 53% cotton and 47% flax. The flax content makes the yarn quite durable, so if substituting yarns, I’d suggest a cotton/flax or cotton/hemp blend. 

This pattern has written instructions, and the 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 only 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 "AprFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of April, any finished Spring Leaves Market Bag 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 bag by April 30, 2021.  Please note that the bag doesn't have to have been started in April, just finished in April, -- 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 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.