Wednesday, 24 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: More Hat Knitting!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday.  And the Mosaic Hat is further along!  Yeay! (I've been actually neglecting this somewhat due to some swatches and samples for magazines, but I've still gotten a few more rows done!) 

A colourwork hat on circular needles, knit in blue and grey.  Silver flower stitch markers are clipped into the stitches.
Alright, so I've -finally- got the hat doing what I want in terms of tension.   I have one repeat of the mosaic colourwork pattern, then, I turn back with a purl row (not required, I just like the look), and start mathing out the decreases for the crown of the hat.   I want the decreases to stay in pattern with the colourwork, so that will definitely need some playing around with the pattern!

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a  dyer who's since gone out of business, and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool, and honestly, it's a bit sad. There's a number of places where I've been able to snap the wool, which does not bode well for a high-twist wool.  If they were still in business, I'd be contacting them with a quality control issue, sadly.   Since I don't like wasting yarn, I've been using the various shorter pieces and joining them in as needed  - there's going to be a whole bunch of ends to weave in on this one! 

I'll definitely be doing a second sample of this somewhere down the line, to see how it works in a different yarn.  

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  I bought them on a splurge a few years ago and, honestly, while I don't hate them, I wouldn't use these on fingering yarn again. . The tips are just a bit duller compared to my *HiyaHiyas, and really noticing that as I knit.   I  suspect they'd be fine for worsted and up, though!   The other problem I'm having is that the interchangable tips are too short for me.  I have the same problem with 9 inch circulars - I just don't find the short needle tips comfortable, at all!  I mean, I'll use them, since I own them, but I'm not going to be buying more.   Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but I'll probably just stick with the *fixed circulars instead.

And yes, there are still many, many stitch markers and yes, knitting on this during my langauge class proved that I still, in fact, need them so I don't mess up the repeats!  

 My beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop , while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses*Celtic Knots, and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Statement Cabled Socks Test-Knit Call!

 Alright!  Sample Knitting is done, and the (tentatively titled) Statement Cabled Socks, are now up for testing on Yarnpond!  

The Statement Socks are specifically designed to be beautiful heavy socks, perfect for cold winter weather or for participating in winter sports!

someone wearing a pair of blue cabled heavy socks.
Sample is shown in size S (there are four adult sizes, Adult Small to XL) and used approximately 160 yards (146 meters) of yarn. It is shown in some beautiful Finn/Gotland/BFL from All Sorts Acres farm, but, as that's not really a commercially available yarn I'd suggest a Worsted or Aran weight multi-ply wool, or a wool/nylon blend designed for heavy socks (sometimes labeled 'boot socks').

I'm looking for sixteen testers, across all 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 (you do need to sign up if you haven't before, but, don't worry, it's free, all you need is an e-mail address!)  From there, you can link your Instagram and Ravelry accounts, if you have either. And, for those who can't use Ravelry, please, don't worry, you don't have to have a Ravelry account to participate -- I just need somewhere I can see some examples of your work, so Instagram, or even a blog, is perfect! 

Deadline for the test is December 31, 2021, 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 (FacebookPatreonInstagram 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, 10 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: Mosaic Knit Hat. . . . again.

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday.  Remember how I said I'd already had to frog the Mosaic Hat once?  Yeah, I had to do that again. Twice.  /sigh/ So now I'm. . . almost exactly where I was last week.  

The brim of a hat on circular needles, knit in two-colour ribbing with grey and blue fingering-weight yarn.

The ribbing is 2 colour fishermans rib, which, while a stitch that I very much love, is a -very- different tension then the mosaic-knit main body of the hat. So it was either: jump down several needle sizes, (which I could do), or, do an absolutely absurd increase round.   Since I'm personally the sort of knitter who doesn't like having to find more then one needle size for a project, I went with option number two, which sees the amount of stitches on the needle more than double in a single round! (That was interesting to figure out, believe me!)  After two different tries of trying to get the increase count working right, I finally got it this time! (I'll have to re-math it for the other sizes when I get to my grading, but that's a problem I can foist off on Future Me). 

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a now-defunct dyer; and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool. You'd think it would be super durable, but sadly, no.  There's a number of places where I've been able to snap the wool, which is, honestly, really disappointing, because I've tried other high-twist yarns and loved them!  If they were still in business, I'd be contacting them with a quality control issue, sadly.   Initially, I thought it was just some of the skeins getting a section sliced/nicked in shipping/packaging, but no, it's a bigger problem then that, unfortunately.

I'll definitely be doing a second sample of this somewhere down the line, to see how it works in a different yarn.  

This does  mean, however, since I don't want to waste the yarn, I've got a whole bunch of ends of the different parts of the skein that I'm going to have to weave in!   But I don't actually mind weaving in ends too much, I just put on a podcast or something on Netflix, and it goes pretty quickly. (And yes, I'm a huge podcast listener, my current binge is Queer Theology, and I'm trying to catch up on back episodes!  It's not to everyone's interest,  but I find it absolutely fascinating!). 

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  Honestly, I wouldn't use these on fingering yarn again. . The tips are just a bit duller compared to my *HiyaHiyas, and I'm noticing that.   They'd be fine for worsted and up, though!   The other problem I'm having is that the interchangable tips are too short for me to be super-comfortable.  Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but I'll probably just stick with the *fixed circulars instead of the interchangables if/when I need to buy more needles

And yes, there are still many, many stitch markers.  I dropped the number of repeats from 11 to 9, and the hat should still work out fine.   But, yep, I still needed them, it was still too easy to mess up  a repeat!  My beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop , while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses, *Celtic Knots, and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WIP Wednesday: Mosaic Knit Hat!

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the brim of a hat on circular needles.   It's knit in two-colour ribbing. in grey and royal blue.  Various stitch markers with charms are sitting on the needle.

Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and a new project! I've technically had this hat on the needles for a while, but it had to be frogged, as the sample was -way- too big. 

This is a mosaic knit hat, originally inspired by the Pattern Muses over on Patreon (and patrons will get fun stuff like access to the rough drafts and a guaranteed spot in the test-knitting!) 

The ribbing is 2 colour fishermans rib, which is -very- similar to brioche.  I'm not sure this was the best choice for 2 colour ribbing, but the first time I tried  this, carrying the yarn behind traditional ribbing caused a very non-stretchy ribbing; so I'm hoping this is a better choice, even if it's still not as compact as traditional one-colour ribbing.  I will have to see!

The yarn is deep stash.  It's from a now-defunct dyer; and it's a high-twist 100% Merino Wool. So it should be super durable?  I'm not sure, I've had several broken strands and weak points in this yarn.  If the dyer were still in business, I'd be contacting them for issues with their skeins.  But, when it doesn't have the broken strands or weak points, I can feel the difference between this and a standard Merino/Nylon sock yarn, and I do like it!  It's a subtle difference, and hard to describe, but it's there. 

Needles are my 4mm *Lykke Interchangable needles.  And for the most part, they're solid needles.  I like the feel of the wood.  They don't have the super-sharp points of some of the metal needles, but for this sort of knitting?  They're perfectly fine; with two big 'buts'.  

One:   I unscrew most interchangeable needles as I knit.  I asked someone to help me tighten these, and they really went at it.  I don't unscrew these now, but I also -can't- unscrew these now!  So functionally, these are a pair of fixed circulars now!  But usually, I tend to unscrew interchangeable needle tips, which makes them not worth it for me. 

Two:  The needle tips are only 3.5 inches.  They're uncomfortably short.  For some people this is a non-issue, but for me?  They're uncomfortably short. Lykke does offer a *5 inch needle tip that I might try;  but honestly, given point one, I'll probably just stick with fixed circulars (which Lykke does offer as well!)

Finally, the many stitch markers!  This hat size is 11 repeats of the mosaic colourwork, and I found that yes, I do need to mark the repeats.  I was missing them and messing up the pattern!   So, my beginning/end of round stitch marker is a *shell stitch marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop (the small purl has finally come loose, sadly, but I still love it!), while my repeat markers are *Silver Roses and *Silver Flowers  from *NotionsEmporium.  In this case, I'm not using them as locking markers -- I don't have to, the lobster clasps are big enough to slip nicely along the needles and the cord.  

Do you have a project you're frogging/fixing/redoing? I'd love to see your success stories in the comments!  


Monday, 1 November 2021

November Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers!

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Well, I've been pulling out the winter clothing.  It hasn't snowed yet, but it's only a matter of time now.  

And one of the things I've been pulling out is my legwarmers; to go over stockings and help keep me warm! So, it's perfect timing that the Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers are the Featured Pattern for November! 

They're available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code NovFeatPatt2021 after clicking the button below!
Someone wearing a blue-green lace knit legwarmer, tied at the top with a pale blue ribbon.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

These legwarmers came about because “Necessity is the Mother of Invention!” And, because I wanted legwarmers I could remove without taking off my boots. These lace and cable leggings are knit flat, and then fasten up the side of the leg with either buttons or a zipper -- directions for both are included!

The yarn used for the sample is *Dream in Colour Smooshy, in the colourway "Brilliant" .  Any superwash wool/nylon blend would also work up well as a substitution. 

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 "NovFeatPatt2021"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of  November, any finished pair of Necessity of Innovation Legwarmers 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 legwarmers by Nvember 30th 2021!   Please note that the legwarmers don'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 #SarahDawnsDesignsNov2021 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.