I firmly believe that you need to have the right tools to get any job done.
Now check this out:
This is a Chic-a Single Yarn Caddy that I purchased from The Loopy Ewe. Pop your ball of yarn inside, pull the end through the eyelet in the top, and zip it closed. It keeps a center-pull ball tidy as you knit from it. I wind my yarn with swift and ballwinder into center-pull balls, but usually use the yarn from the outside of the ball to keep it from collapsing in on itself once I’ve used half the ball. The yarn caddy keeps it from collapsing. It also keeps it out of the paws of inquisitive kitties. (I’m not naming names here.) You can get caddies that hold 2 and 3 skeins of yarn at a time too — great for colorwork!
I’ve got another caddy working for me:
My buddy L-B gave this to when we got together at the beginning of this month. Now I don’t know how I managed without it. It’s great for carrying my knitting around the house. Not only my knitting — when I’m ready to move to another room, I can toss in my phone, my iPad, a water bottle, and anything else I might need. And I only have to make one trip!
I’ve got a good part of the right side front of my jacket completed, by the way:
The other day I was sent a new booklet for review from Annie’s Knitting:
This is Easy How-To Techniques for Simply Stylish 18″ Dolls by Andra Knight-Bowman. It includes patterns for seven outfits for (you guessed it) 18″ dolls.
The cool thing about this book is that each pattern includes a lesson for a different technique — knitting in the round, jogless stripes, cables, etc. So as you knit you can learn new techniques, or brush up on ones you already know. I think these doll clothes would make great gifts for little girls who have the dolls of course, as well as being hot items for a charity sale or raffle.
I’m giving away my review copy. Who’d like it? To be entered into the drawing to receive my copy, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, November 18, 2012. I’ll draw a comment an random to receive the booklet.
Lucy seems pleased that I have no plans to knit little outfits for her.