Wednesday, 28 July 2021

WIP Wednesday: Continuing the Woodland Mittens!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday!  I've finished one Woodland Mitten, and I'm onto the second (still playing my game of Yarn Chicken, wish me luck!

A mitten in progress on double-pointed needles.   Mitten is knit in red-brown fingering-weight yarn.

Yarn is *Knit Picks Palette in "Rooibos Heather", which is stash-busting from some yarn I bought previously for some commissioned mending that ended up not being as good a colour match as I would have liked.  Needles are 3.25 mm Aero needles, which are working well with this yarn (the Aero tips are duller then some other brands, so sometimes they can be a bit fiddly, but this worked!)

The *Silver Rose Stitch Marker (you can see the background of the charm in the photo) is from *NotionsEmporium, and is being used to mark the thumb gusset from the palm.  In this case, I've just slipped it over the needle, but it can also lock into the stitches, too. 

What are you folks working on this hot Wed afternoon? I'd love to see! (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)!

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

WIP Wednesday: Yarn Chicken with Woodland Mittens

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday! And today is a new project, a bit of some frantic knitting because of upcoming deadlines!  I -thought- I had something ready for a deadline, but no, it ended up not working due to size, so, I'm playing a game of yarn chicken with a pair of Woodland Mittens!  (This also works in my favour, as it's back to above 30 C  here, so,  I don't want to be knitting anything heavy or big!)

a fingering-weight mitten in progress on double-pointed needles. It has a cable pattern along the back of the hand, and two silver stitch markers clipped in.

Yarn is *Knit Picks Palette in "Rooibos Heather", and I'm definitely playing yarn chicken.   I have one ball, which is 231 yards.  The size large of the Woodland Mittens calls for 310 yards.  So at first glance, the answer is 'no'.   

But hear me out:  I went down a needle size (currently working on my 3.25 mm Aero double-points), and the Palette is thinner then the sample yarn, so I've managed to match gauge.  I'm knitting the cuff, thumb, and hand length according to the Medium (or even Small) size of the pattern (I'm customizing these to fit my recipient as best I can!) -- the Medium calls for 247 yards, the Small for 175 yards.    Now, remembering that I usually add in an extra 10 to 15 percent to my yardage estimates. . . I -might- have enough out of one ball of Palette.  I'm weighing my yarn as I go, and the answer is so far 'maybe.' 

I'm really, really, hoping I do have enough yarn.  I mean, that was the entire point of this stash-busting exercise.  Plus, the deadline for these is coming up fast; and if I have to wait for a second ball to get to me in the post. . . well, that sort of defeats the purpose! 

Both stitch markers are from  *NotionsEmporium -- one is the beginning/end of round marker, and one I've used for marking the thumb gussets.   As usual, I -strongly- recommend locking stitch markers whenn working on DPNs, so you don't ever have to worry about them slipping off a needle end! 

What are you folks working on this hot Wed afternoon?  I'd love to see! (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)!

Thursday, 8 July 2021

July Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Anghymesur Shawl


Well, summer weather is here with a vengeance now!  I  hope everyone is staying as cool and safe as possible!  

For me, at least, this level of summer weather means light shawls to keep the sun off my shoulders.   And, I'm happy to say that the Anghymesur Shawl, the July Monthly Featured Pattern, fits that bill perfectly!  

Yes, the Anghymesur Shawl is the Featured Pattern for July, available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code JulyFeatPatt2021 at the link below!
A knit lace shawl done in sock-weight yarn. The shawl is an asymmetrical triangle, with a gradient colour progression. The shawl is hanging against an iron fence.


This shawl materialized from the question of ‘what do I do with one skein of Gradient Sock Yarn if I’m not making socks?’

This asymmetrical, triangular shawl is knit flat, using  either a set of long straight needles or circular needles. It  uses a lace pattern, with purled wrong side rows, as well as two stitch cables. The instructions are both charted and  written. The pattern is written for one size, but is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn you have.

The sample was knit using Dragon Strings Phoenix Wings Gradient, which is 75% merino wool, and 25% nylon. If you are substituting yarn, any Merino/Nylon or wool Sock Yarn will work up well. This pattern is designed for single skein gradient/obmbre yarns, but it will work up well in just about any fingering weight yarn.

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. Also, the sample was knit using almost all of the skein of recommended yarn. Please note that if you are a loose knitter, or are enlarging the pattern in any way, you may require an additional skein of recommended yarn.

This pattern has written instructions available as a secondary download, 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 "JulyFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of Julyy, any finished Anghymesur 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 Anghymesur Shawl by July 31, 2021 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.