Friday, 29 October 2021

FO Friday: Cabled Boot Socks!

 Well, the Cabled Boot Socks are finally done!  These have just been blocked and are currently drying on my feet (the easiest and best way to block socks, if possible, at least I think so!)

someone wearing a pair of blue cabled heavy socks.

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a local Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.   So far, it's super comfortable and quite warm (not that I need that right now -- while the temp is dropping outside, we live in an old apartment with an overpowered radiator!

The socks were done on my 3.25 mm (US 3) aero double-pointed needles.   These are definitely my workhorse needles, and worked really well for this yarn -  with one catch: because the yarn is closer to handspun, there were a few thick-and-thin sections.   The thick sections were no problem, but the needles didn't have sharp enough tips to make the thin sections really work well.  Oh, they were useable, but I always noticed when I came to a thin section in the yarn, because it  was harder to pick up the yarn and work the stitch. 

That said, I plan to wear these extensively this winter, rumour has it we'll be getting lots of snow

Thanks to all the folks on social media who suggested two-at-a-time socks as  a way to combat Second Sock Syndrome!  Sadly that's a technique I've yet to master, my last attempt resulted in tangles, and some strong language, and I've never quite quite figured it out! 

I'm hoping to have the test-knit call up soon, but will have to sort some scheduling-related stuff with my photographer, so final photography may take a bit longer then usual.  Either way, you can get notifications of all my test-knit and test-crochet calls in my testing pool over on Yarnpond!

Anyway, what have you folks finished up this week?   Anything exciting?  Please, share in the comments and let us all know!  



Wednesday, 27 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Second Sock Syndrome Defeated!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the Statement Cabled Boot Socks are on to the second sock!

I keep being amazed  at how fast worsted-weight socks come together, which is a really nice change from fingering/lace weight knits!

And the pattern is easy enough to remember (it's a variant of the cable pattern on my Statement Scarf -- I liked it so much I decided to use it again!), so this has become my Netflix/Podcast/Occasional-Bus -Ride Knitting. 

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.  It looks a bit scrunched up right now, but it blocks out well, and stretches nicely on the feet.  I err my socks on the side of being a bit too snug -- I'd rather have socks that are a bit too snug then a bit too loose, and these are snug but not too snug -- the cables do pull the yarn in just a touch, but it all works out!

Needles are my inherited 3.25 mm Aero needles, and I am -so- glad for my inherited needle collection.  While there are a few questionable needle choices in there, a few flimsy plastic needles that I don't use nearly as often, most of the needles in there are solid metal workhorse needles, and there's a bunch of 14-inch long straight needles, as well, which is the length of straight needle I actually prefer! 

It's really something to know that the needles I'm using on these might be the same needles that my mum made skate socks for me on when I was young.  

And the *Silver Rose Stitch Marker continues to mark my beginning/end of round.   Do I need it?  Strictly speaking, no; because I work my cuff-down socks so that the beginning/end of round falls between two needles at the centre bottom of the sole of the sock.  Does it help?  Absolutely!  Without the stitch marker as a visual reminder, my ADHD brain will easily knit an extra row or two where there really shouldn't be an extra row.  The stitch marker serves as an additional reminder that I'm onto the next cable row. 

Usually, a finished sock  languishes without a mate for ages in this apartment.   This time, I defeated Second Sock Syndrome, and I call that a win for this week!  What crafting wins have you had this week?   Big, Small, please, share in the comments!  

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to do Ribbing in the Round

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So here's the last of the back catalog of Youtube Tutorials now posted -- this one's all about ribbing!

Welcome to this tutorial on how to knit 2 by 2 ribbing in the round on dpns!  

Working on double-pointed needles has been sometimes likened to "wrestling a porcupine"! So, for those who've struggled with knitting 2 by 2 ribbing in the round on dpns (double pointed needles) this tutorial is for you!  

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Pattern is the Diamond Lace Boot Toppers

Stitch Marker is an *Ocean Shell Stitch Marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Heel on the Cabled Boot Socks!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and the Cabled Boot Socks continue! 

A sock-in-progress in worsted-weight yarn on double-pointed needles.  A cable pattern runs down the front leg and instep of the sock.  A stitch marker with a silver rose charm is clipped in at the back of the sock.



I'd forgotten how quickly worsted-weight socks come together -- it's nice to have a quick-knit project like these!  Since the Dr. Who scarf is done, these actually have become my knitting for the rare times I have to take a bus or streetcar  (unfortunately, getting a bit more necessary now that the weather's getting colder here),  The cable pattern is relatively easy to remember -- after one repeat, I occasionally have to double-check the chart just to make sure I'm on the right round, but otherwise, it's been fine! 

If you're interested in testing these socks once they're ready, Pattern Muses over on Patreon get guaranteed spots in the test-knitting process, as well as sneak previews of the draft charts and pattern!  

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend.  I was a touch worried about it not having any nylon, but the tension is pretty dense -- I'm getting 6 stitches per inch before blocking, and the cables are snug enough to sometimes be challenging on the hands!  I don't think I'd want to be knitting these much tighter, honestly.  

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero Double-Points, and it looks like they were the right call for tension.  I actually could have probably gone up a needle size, but I'm expecting these socks to grow a touch when I wash them, so we shall see with the first sock.  

If you're not a traditional swatcher,  like me, I still strongly advocate washing whatever part of the project you start with -- take it off the needles,  thread it on a contrast-yarn, and give it a wash, before you get too far along your project!  Better to find out your yarn grows massively when you're a few inches into your project, rather then with the entire project!  So, in this case, I'll be washing the first sock before I start the second.  I'm not expecting any problems, in that when I tried on the first sock-in-progress this morning, it fit but was a bit snug, so unless this yarn grows A Lot, I will be fine.  And if it doesn't grow at all, I will just have snug socks, which isn't a bad thing.  

The *Silver Rose Stitch Marker is one of my favorites from *NotionsEmporium (you've probably seen it on the blog before!) and it's currently marking centre back of the sock which is also the beginning/end of the round. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, locking stitch markers are absolutely amazing for working with DPNS, because they don't need to stay on the needles, which is great, especially if you have to mark something at the beginning/end of a needle.  And if you can't find them immediately at your favorite stores, try looking for stitch markers specifically made for crochet, or, sometimes they'll also be called 'progress keepers'.  

And if you still can't find them, I get most of my locking stitch markers from *NotionsEmporium, *WineMakersSister on Etsy, or *Fibremancy

So yeah, that's my knitting progress for the week.  What have you been working on!  Let me know in the comments!


Friday, 15 October 2021

FO Friday: More Crochet Corals!

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For this FO Friday, these are the last of my Crochet Corals the Ontario Satellite Crochet Coral Reef! Thanks to everyone on Twitch, who had me making these!

Different coloured mock coral forms made with crochet yarn.


The light blue Bulky Coral is leftovers of Dream in Color Groovy from very deep stash,  while the small blue one is leftovers of Tanis Fiber Arts from the Hooded Cardigan prototype.  

The yellow is the very last of my Alpine Hat, and it's Wool with Neps from Wool Is The Answer.  

And finally, the red, grey and purple corals are all *Stylecraft Special DK -- they're leftovers of the Dr. Who Scarf (which -did- go out to my customer, finally, so I hope they're thrilled with it!)

The exhibit runs until Oct 31, so I'll be dropping those off, hopefully over the weekend! And while I'm done making corals, if you want to make more, you can still make them and participate virtually with the hashtag #OntarioSatelliteReef I'd love to see your fun coral creations!

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Cabled Boot Socks

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Welcome back to WIPWednesday, with a new cast on!  See, I loved the cable pattern from the Statement Scarf so much, I figured I'd bring it over to a pair of heavy cabled socks!

The cuff of a sock done in 2 by 2 ribbing on Double-Pointed Needles.  They're knit in blue worsted-weight yarn, and there's a silver rose stitch marker clipped into the knitting.


These socks will be available to the Pattern Muses over on Patreon (who will also get access to draft patterns, previews, and first-dibs on test-knitting)

Yarn is from All Sorts Acres Farm, and it's a Finn/Gotland/BFL blend that I'm really hoping will work up well for socks!  

Needles are my 3.25 mm Aero Double-Points, and it looks like they were the right call for tension. I'm not sure how this yarn will change with blocking, so I'll want to do a test, see what happens when I get it wet and how that impacts the tension. 

The *Silver Rose Stitch Marker is one of my favorites from *NotionsEmporium (you've probably seen it on the blog before!) and I'm using it as a beginning/end of round marker.  It's nice because it's a locking stitch marker, so it works really well for working with DPNS. 

What have you folks cast on this week -- I'd love to see 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)!

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to do the Long Tail Cast on On Double-Pointed Needles

 And so one more tutorial video from my back catalog is now posted!  


Wondering how to do the Long Tail Cast on on Double-Pointed Needles?  Well, keep watching to find out!  This Video will teach you how to do the long tail cast on, and knit in the round using Double-pointed needles (DPNs).

This video has described video available, as well. 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

WIP Wednesday: Weaving in Ends on the Dr. Who Scarf!

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Welcome back to WIPWednesday!  This time I've got something a little different, the Dr. Who scarf is done!  Now it's just weaving in All. The. Ends. 

the wrong-side of a garter stitch scarf.  Someone is using a tapestry needle to weave in ends behind the existing stitches.

Most of the yarn in the scarf is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle."    And I'm weaving in the ends in a manner that yes, is slightly visible, but as the scarf does have a wrong-side (you can see it where the stripe is in the photograph, where the purple and the red stripe change), I'm weaving in all my ends there. 

The needle I'm using is a *Clover Darning Needle.  If you're doing any kind of sewing with knitting, it's always best to use a dedicated tapestry or darning needle (they have different names, but it's the same thing) -- that is a needle that has a dull tip, designed for sewing up knitting and crochet.  While you can use a standard hand-sewing needle, I wouldn't suggest it -- most yarns are too thick for the eye of a hand-sewing needle (they're designed for thread), and also, the sharp point means that you could pierce the plies of the yarn and possibly weaken it. 

So very, very soon (hopefully later today) the Dr. Who scarf will be completely done and be able to go out to my customer!  

What projects have you folks finished off (or, are near to finishing off?)   I'd love to see 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)!

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Youtube Tutorials: How to Wind Yarn Using a Nostepinne

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 So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I've been meaning to embed my Youtube Tutorial series here too, and here's the next video! 


Wondering How to wind yarn using a Nostepinne?  Well, watch the video above to find out! 

This video is has captions, to listen to it with described video, click here

What is a Nostepinne? It is a way of winding yarn that doesn't need a traditional ball-winder, and it creates a center-pull ball of yarn. 



Friday, 1 October 2021

October Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Cosmic Crochet Cowl

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And with fall properly upon us, we're getting into the season of scarves and cowls!

The Cosmic Crochet Cowl s the Featured Pattern for October available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code OctFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!

A woman wearing a crochet lace cowl done in a variegated yarn. The cowl is pulled up over her mouth and nose.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

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This cowl came out of a desire to find a crochet stitch pattern suitable for a skein of variegated yarn! Often, variegated yarn can turn into an ugly mess of colours, and I wanted to avoid that, so after much experimentation, the Cosmic Crochet Cowl was born!

The yarn used for the sample is Fleece Artist Sea Wool, in the colourway "Seastorm" .  As this yarn is, sadly, discontinued, when looking for a substitute, any Merino/Tencel or Merino/SeaCell blend would work well, or any wool blend with a high drape.

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 in my Web Shop, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be be visible on Etsy, To get the discount on my web shop, you can use the coupon code "OctFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of September, any finished Cosmic Crochet 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 October 31 2021!   Please note that the cowl doesn'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 #SarahDawnsDesignsOct2021 and/or 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.