October Free Giveaway Begins Next Week!

Hey knitters!
I’d like to make an announcement: 7 days from now you will be able to enter my first monthly giveaway! October’s giveaway includes 4 skeins of Cash Iroha yarn. These are perfect for a scarf, hat, or maybe something fun like a pumpkin–or several pumpkins. Whatever your project may be, I’m sure you’ll enjoy its softness and the bright autumn colors. This will be a great way to start off the fall season!

40% silk, 30% lamb’s wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
Each skein is 40g (91m)
Recommended needle size is 8 US (4.5mm)
To enter:
Go to my website: www.atightknitgathering.com and go to the contact tab. Submit your info and include “October Giveaway” in the subject line. In the message box please include the city and state in which you reside. You have between October 1-20 to enter. On October 22nd I will reveal the winner (chosen at random). Please submit only once for multiple requests will not make any difference in your winning chances.
Note: If you are the winner I will contact you for your mailing information.
Good luck!

Simple Ribbed Hat Pattern

After having taken three exams earlier this week, I decided to take a little break and hang out with my friend Meagan. I have to say that it was a very nice change of pace. I haven’t seen her since I got back from China, and I have to admit, it had been way too long.

A nice little memento from China  😀

There was much to discuss and a lot of catching up. Also, I was able to have her volunteer as a guinea pig for my new hat pattern 🙂 Hopefully she enjoyed the slouchy beanie and will wear it proudly.

This hat is reversible!

This hat is size large. If you would like to make it smaller, just adjust it in multiples of 10 sts.

Materials
1 skein of medium weight yarn (100g/155yds/142m) [I used Peruvian wool]
Size 8 (5mm) and 10 (6mm) circular needles
Size 10 DPN
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Pattern

With size 8 needle, cast on 100 sts; place a marker to mark beginning of round.

Rd 1 (RS): (K2, P2) repeat to end of round.

*Repeat Rd 1 until ribbing measures approximately 1.25″ (4cm) from cast on edge.

Body
Change to size 10 circular needle.

Rd 1: (K3, P7) repeat to end of round.

*Repeat Rd 1 until hat measures approximately 8″ (20.5) from cast on edge.

Cap Shaping
Change to DPN when needed.

Rd 1: (K3, P2tog, P5) repeat to end of round.
Rd 2: (K3, P6) repeat to end of round.
Rd 3: (K3, P2tog, P4) repeat to end of round.
Rd 4: (K3, P5) repeat to end of round.
Rd 5:  (K3, P2tog, P3) repeat to end of round.
Rd 6: (K3, P4) repeat to end of round.
Rd 7: (K3, P2tog, P2) repeat to end of round.
Rd 8: (K3, P3) repeat to end of round.
Rd 9: (K3, P2tog, P1) repeat to end of round.
Rd 10: (K3, P2) repeat to end of round.
Rd 11: (K3, P2tog) repeat to end of round.
Rd 12: (K3, P1) repeat to end of round.

Cut yarn leaving an 8″ (20.5cm) tail and weave yarn through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close and weave in end.

There you have it. Enjoy!

It’s Noodles Time!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to take a break from knitting a bit. Yesterday I was really craving noodles so I took a trip to our local Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon House. I can’t stress this enough: the Vietnamese makes the BEST noodles EVER!!! Nothing better than a bowl of pho (rice noodles in beef or chicken broth) to warm up your tummy 🙂 Check it out:

I ordered beef pho w/ thin slices of steak and brisket. It comes w/ bean sprouts and a variety of herbs. Unfortunately, this particular evening they were out of bean sprouts so I got extra onions instead.
Extra basil, limes and jalapenos to compensate for the bean sprouts. By the way, can’t have pho without Sriracha hot sauce and hoison sauce. Ummmmmm so good!
And finally, my dessert drink: a mixture of water chestnut pearls, jello, beans, and coconut milk served over crushed ice. A great way to finish off a DELICIOUS meal.

One of the perks of Vietnamese cuisine, besides it being absolutely tasty, is that it is low in fat. Most Vietnamese dishes consist of fresh vegetables and grilled meats–VERY healthy and refreshing.

New Video! (increase stitches k1, k1 tbl, k1)

Hey guys! I am excited to say that I have created my very first video made specifically for you knitters. I’ve got some feedback from fellow knitters about the increase stitches for the Very Berry Scarf. So, in response to this here is a how-to video for this increase (k1, k1 tbl, k1) technique:

Knitting in front of a camera is a lot harder than I expected. LOL!

Knitting Pains

A subject that I would like to discuss today is hand, shoulder, back pain due to the stress of knitting. Knitting shouldn’t be painful. It should relieve stress–not cause it. But this issue is quite common among knitters. I know that when I’ve been knitting for a while my hands get tired due to repetitive motions during long periods of time and requires a good stretch.

Here are some useful exercises to relieve pain.

Also, there are gloves that claim to reduce stress due to knitting.

I have to say, these are not the most fashionable gloves known to man but my knitting buddies swear by them. These are supposed to help keep the hands warm and not stiff therefore allowing for a couple extra hours of knitting without pain. These gloves can be purchased at most craft supply stores.

Remember, these are all useful ways to reduce stress and pain of the body due to knitting but most importantly, take frequent breaks and do other activities between knitting sessions. We all want to push ourselves to finish our current projects and start a new one but don’t push ourselves too hard because our health comes first and foremost.