2013, giveaway, Knitting for Boys, Vest

Name it and Win it: Pattern Giveaway

I am almost done with this cable vest for boys and girls and I am all set to release it. Except I don’t have a name for it yet. Yes, this is the vest I have an urge to name ‘Thirteenth Time Lucky’ because it took me 12 attempts to get this right. Or should I name it ‘Phew!’?

Humor apart, no matter where I look for inspiration, I seem to draw a blank, so I am turning to my friends and blog readers to help me out. I love word plays, so the name could be a play on the cable (staghorn) or the technique (cable) or anything that you think which suits the vest. Here is one of the photos from the shoot. Not the best, but I don’t want to reveal the best until the release.

Just leave a comment with your suggestion(s). Two winners will receive a copy of this pattern, sent to them on Ravelry or emailed to them. The first winner will be the one who suggested the winning name and the second winner will be randomly picked, so even if your suggested name does not get picked, you still stand a chance to win.

Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your suggestions.
2. No limit on the number of names you can suggest
3. If I decide to use the name you suggested, you will win a copy of the pattern, sent to you as Ravelry gift or PDF e-mailed to you.
4. Contest ends on Jan 15 2013.
5. Winner will be announced once the pattern goes live.
6. As a thank you to the other participants, I will draw a name randomly who will win a copy of this pattern.

Put on your thinking cap and comment away.

Baby, circular knitting, Finished Object, hat, Knitting, RAK, short rows

The RAK Hat

When I took up knitting as a hobby, I never realized it will affect and touch my life in so many ways. Ravelry (for those who don’t know, it is a site where knitters come together and knit and chat and do all sorts of things) has increased my friends circle. I met other talented knitters in Bangalore who motivate me to challenge myself in knitting and who urge me to learn crochet. The local group of knitters, fondly called The Bangalore Brigade, meet quite often, though I miss out on most of the meets. Whenever we meet (invariably in Cafe Coffee Day), we gossip, knit, show off our knitted objects, admire others’ work of art and drool over recent yarn possessions. Some sweet ladies even bring gifts for others. In short, my life is rocking, thanks to knitting and Ravelry.

Another important change that knitting has brought in is to bring together knitters across the world. A group called Random Acts of Kindness on Ravelry is especially responsible for this. It is a group of knitters who want to do small gestures of kindness by fulfilling other knitters’ wishes, knitting-related or otherwise.  Non-acrylic yarn is a luxury in India, so a common wish from Indian knitters is yarn. So, when I posted a wish for yarn around 2 years ago, many knitters sent me packages with yarn. Yarn in all possible colors and hues, in hanks and skeins and balls. The yarn that I used to make this hat comes from the same pool of RAKed yarn. The pattern is a RAK from Terri (Azlynn on Ravelry). No prizes for guessing why I call this The RAK Hat.

I was treasuring the yarn all this while and finally and thought it right to use it for this pattern. The Rushty hat looks cute on Ninad and keeps him warm.  The pattern is quick and well written. The earflaps are made using short row techniques and I thought it was really cool. No seaming, just knitting in round and the ear flaps sit snugly on the ears. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a pattern for kid’s hat.

Three unrelated knitters across the world came together to make this hat possible and that is the beauty of knitting and Ravelry.