Friday, 21 January 2022

FO Friday: Fireside Mittens!

Whelp, the Fireside Mittens are finally done!  Took multiple tries and a lot of unravelling,  but I've finally got them sorted!  I admit, they look a bit weird after blocking right now, as the mesh stitch has a tendency to grow vertically after blocking - this is one of the few times I'd actually be really glad of a mitten form - I had to do a bit of fabric manipulation to get some of that growth of the yarn to shift to the horizontal - but that's ok.  So, yeah, they might look a bit weird on the blocking towel, but, they work out just fine on my hand! 

Someone wearing one crochet mitten with the other mitten laying flat on a towel.  The mittens are crocheted in a textured stitch,  and worked in dark yarn with flecks of yellow, orange, and red.

They turned out a bit more of a mesh then I'd originally planned,  but, I think I like it! A regular in my Twitch chat suggested wearing them over plain gloves, and I plan to do just that - I  have a pair of thinner plain  black gloves that these should look awesome with while modeling!   I do, eventually, want to see how these turn out with a thicker yarn - I'll keep the same hook size, nd I think they would be really interesting at a tighter tension (if I end up doing this, I'll release it as a variant of the same pattern!). 

Yarn is an unknown Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend that came to me as an amazing act of internet kindness.   While I don't know the dyer, I was told the yarn content, and that's enough for me to work with!  The cashmere makes these nice and warm, even with the more open-work fabric; and I'm quite happy with how these turned out!

The hook I  used was my 3.5 mm (US  E) hook from Leither Co.  I won it on the (now apparently defunct), Yarn Thing Podcast, and I'm glad I did - it's not a style of hook I would have considered buying, but getting a chance to try it was definitely a good thing!

Hopefully I can get these photographed and up for testing soon  - so, stay tuned over on Yarnpond for the testing call! And Pattern Muses over on Patreon will have downloads of the draft pattern, plus guaranteed spots in the testing process, so, stay tuned for those downloads, too! 

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

WIP Wednesday: Another Cosmic Crochet Cowl!

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When I started writing this post, I went 'uh oh, I  don't think I have another current WIP that I can show,  now that the Fireside Mitts are done and waiting for blocking!'   Then I realized, that yes, yes, I do!

Previously on Twitch, I was working on a second sample for the Cosmic Crochet Cowl.  And as that sample got set aside (since the Fireside Mittens needed to be finished for the Pattern Muses on Patreon), I'd completely forgotten about it!

Someone crocheting a crochet cowl in a shell star stitch, with variegated yarn.  There is a stitch marker with a shell charm clipped into the work.
But now that the Mitts are finished (I'm hoping to get them up for FO Friday this week!), I realized that this has become my next shareable WIP!  I've got another WIP that I am working on, but it's for a magazine submission, so, once again, I can't share it (yet).  But, I have this cowl and it's awesome yarn!

Speaking of the yarn, its from the wonderful and amazing LoonyLoomworks.  They're a weaver, spinner and yarn fiber person over on Twitch, and they make amazing stuff!  I was lucky enough to win this yarn as a prize during one of their charity streams, and it's absolutely gorgeous! 

Hook is the same hook I was using on the mittens - It's my 3.5 mm (US E)  hook from Leither Co.  I wouldn't have bought it, but I won it back on the Yarn Thing Podcast ages ago (looks like the podcast has shut down now, sadly); and that gave me a chance to try it out, and I'm quite impressed!  I'm skeptical of the larger-handled hooks, as a lot of crochet hooks tend to cause my hands to cramp, but this one?  Nope!  Only downside of  it or this particular pattern is that it's got the shorter shaft, and when you've got seven loops on the hook it can get a bit much. 

Stitch marker is a *Shell Stitch Marker from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop.  As I mention often (because it's a mistake I see new crocheters make), you absolutely need a locking stitch marker for crochet.   The ring stitch markers, as pretty as they might be, just don't work for crochet, only knitting.  

And now, I've got to finish typing and rescue my darning egg from a cat who thinks it's a toy. (The joys of knitting with pets in the house!)  So, happy crafting, everyone!

Monday, 17 January 2022

Pattern Release: Caley Fisherman's Rib Scarf in I Like Knitting!

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Just in time for one of the biggest snowstorms we've seen here in a while, the Caley Fisherman's Rib Scarf is now live on the I Like Knitting Website - and, it's free

A thick squishy scarf, easy to knit up and works with only two balls of bulky yarn.  Perfect for a snow day like today!

A woman wearing a bulky-knit reversible scarf. The scarf is knit in two-colour fisherman's ribbing, forming vertical stripes in two colours, off white and dark blue.
Photography: I Like Knitting

If you’re in need of a quick and easy scarf pattern and you want to try out the trendy and classic Fisherman’s Rib, Caley is the scarf for you. The vertical stripes and two-color rib that’s reversible is easy to love and easy to knit while watching TV.

The scarf is worked flat with two different colours of bulky yarn, though, please note that it does need either *double-pointed needles or a *circular needle to do the Fisherman’s Rib worked flat.  

The sample is one size, using almost exactly two balls of *Knit Picks Wonderfluff, (284 yards /260 meters, or 142 yards  /130 meters of each colour) but, you can customize the size to the amount of yarn you have. 

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 and, tag @ILikeKnitting so they can see your wonderful projects, too! 

And, if you've got feedback, comments, or questions about the pattern, you can comment here, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

WIP Wednesday: Fireside Mittens!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday, and I've been working on the Fireside Mittens
a textured crochet mitten laying flat; worked in dark yarn with flecks of yellow, orange, and red.  Someone's hands are visible, crocheting the matching mitten-in-progress.

These mittens started as inspired by a magazine submission call.   But, I liked them so much I put them up as an option for the Pattern Muses over on Patreon, and, now I'm finishing them up and am open to ideas and input from Patrons!  I had to put them on hold for a bit, but the hook that I'm using is actually shared between 3 different WIPs, so I'd really like to get them off the hook! 

And, speaking of the hook, it's a 3.5 mm (US E) hook from Leither Co. that I was lucky enough to win on the Yarn Thing podcast.  I was skeptical about the hook because usually I don't like the larger handled crochet hooks (I'm picky about my hooks as many cause my hands to cramp), but this hook, no hand cramps and I quite enjoy working with it! 

The yarn is random yarn - it came to me as an an amazing act of internet kindness; and while I don't know the dyer, I do know that it's a Merino/Nylon/Cashmere blend; and it was dyed to the theme of 'fire'..  So, I think it suits quite well!  I do want to see what this stitch pattern does in a solid with a thicker yarn, so I might (eventually), swatch and test out a second version of these mittens at a later date.  But that's a project for future me. 

 The *Silver Feather Stitch Marker is from  *NotionsEmporium  and, I can't sing the praises of the lobster-claw stitch markers enough!  They can be a bit fiddly sometimes to mark a specific stitch (as you can see if you've been watching me work on these over on Twitch,  but it's just -so- necessary to have locking stitch markers if you're working crochet - especially for me, as someone who isn't nearly as confident in reading where I am in my crochet. 

So yeay for getting back to WIP Wed!  Hope you've all had some fun,, and I'd love to see any WIPs for the start of 2022!  

Saturday, 1 January 2022

January Featured Pattern and Knit-Along: MacAskill Scarf

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We're into January (when did -that- happen?) and, although the winter is mild here right now, I've definitely been needing a scarf while being out and about on Christmas walks.  And the MacAskill scarf fits the bill!

It's available at 50% off (currently $3.00 CAD, regular price, $6.00 CAD)! Use the code JanFeatPatt2022 after clicking the button below!

Photograpy: 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.

That about sums up this scarf.  Huge, squishy and warm; it definitely does it's job in protecting you from the cold!  I can and will happily attest it holds up to previous Canadian Polar Vortexes - it hasn't been to put to a true test this winter, (yet).

Sample is done in *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.

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 "JanFeatPatt2022"

Now, onto the Knit-Along!

For the month of January, any finished MacAskill Scarf has a chance to win a Digital Copy of Nomadic Knits Issue Ten!   To enter on the blog, simply post a link to a picture of your completed scarf by January 31,2022!   Please note that the scarf don't have to have been started in January, just finished in January,-- 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 #SarahDawnsDesignsJan2022 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. Prize will be distributed by Ravelry coupon code or by e-mail,  winner's choice of method.   Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.