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Hi, YOTH followers! I have a quick knitting tip and fun giveaway to share with you today. Hope you enjoy it!
While browsing an LYS last week that I hadn't been to in awhile, I remembered that the last time I was there they had had a few skeins of Rowan Calmer in their sales bin in a pretty pastel peach color (that I do believe is now discontinued). And, what do ya know, the skeins were still there! It was less than half the normal price and so of course, I had to have them! I went home and that following Friday I cast on right away for another Spring Garden Tee - this time in a size 3 for my little niece, Natalka, that lives in Prague and I have yet to send a knitted gift to (bad auntie!). She will be turning two this upcoming Spring, but I decided to knit her a size 3 just to make sure that eventually it will fit and she won't grow out of it before the winter is over. I always feel better about knitting clothes that are too big rather than too small when it comes to children!
My hubby was out of town all weekend in Canada with friends and so I really had not much else to do in the evenings, but knit, knit, KNIT. So, as I was knitting (this is where the knitting tip comes in), I came to the portion of the tee where the stitches are divided for the sleeves (it's knit top-down raglan style, I should add) and I was to place X number of stitches on hold for the sleeves to be picked up at a later time for finishing. Well, anytime I'm asked to place stitches on hold, I use my stitch holders whenever possible and if the stitches are over a curved location (which they were in this case - sleeve caps), I use a scrap piece of contrasting yarn to hold them instead. But, I really don't enjoy picking the stitches back up off the scrap piece of yarn, because the stitches tend to collapse most of the time and it's annoyingly time consuming for me. This time around I thought to myself, why not use my extra 24" knitting cables from my interchangeable needles to hold the stitches?! Lo and behold, it worked like a charm! It was really quick to slip and transfer the stitches from one needle to another and then I removed the needles tips and placed cable caps on the ends. I also took the cable, turned it into a circle and then threaded the ends through the lace portion of the sleeves before securing the cable caps on each end, which helps keep the sleeve caps in a nice round shape. I do realize that not every project will allow me to do this, but all in all I'm really happy with my success! Now when I come back to the sleeves, I'll be able to just knit right off the cables. Warning: this has probably been mentioned or thought of elsewhere, but I'm just now figuring it out for myself!
Here's a picture of my interchangeable needle cable holding the sleeve stitches:
See how I threaded the cable through the work to keep it in place and in a round shape?
BTW, I'm in love with this peachy-orange colorway! It's just perfect for a little girl and this specific NeverNotKnitting pattern, in my opinion.
Another reason I cast on for this little tee is because it's a perfect segue into this week's giveaway! If you've been following my blog, then you probably already know who Alana Dakos is from NeverNotKnitting. You may have actually found my blog from NNK, or maybe you heard about Alana when I did a recorded interview with her back during giveaway #11. And, if you don't know who Alana Dakos is, then you've been living under a big rock! Just kidding!
Well, Alana is back on YOTH and she has recently redesigned the look and feel of her entire pattern collection and it looks amazing! If you get a chance, take a look at her blog post where she talks about the pattern redesigns in more detail. It's really neat to see the idea behind the designs!
These new professionally printed patterns are only available in yarn shops, but you can still purchase any of Alana's fabulous patterns off of her site for PDF download anytime. Each of these patterns (whether you buy the pattern at your LYS or download the PDF version) has a beautiful layout that includes hand drawings and a custom design. They truly are works of art!
Alana is sponsoring this week's giveaway with a chance for one lucky follower to win seven of her new printed patterns: Chloe, Playful Stripes, Haltermelon, Spring Garden Tee, Molly Beret, Cosette Wrap, and the brand new Shawl Collared Cowl. The winner will receive one printed copy of all seven of these lovely patterns!
Here they are all snuggled together. Aren't they cute?!
Guess who's picture that is on the left in the Spring Garden Tee pattern! It's Jasmine!
Thank you, Alana for visiting us this week on YOTH! I'm sure we'll see you real soon! Wink, wink!
I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:
1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.
2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 10/30/10. Do you have a fun knitting tip or trick up your sleeve that makes knitting life a little easier? Please share. :) If not, that's alright! Just say HI!
I'll randomly pick the winners on Sunday and post the results on Monday along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.