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Aravis Cowl and Yarn Giveaway

Some of you may have seen by now- but this week on Yarn on the House, they are giving away Aravis Cowl patterns and yarn.  When the post went live, I was in awe of these beautiful pictures.

From the pictures themselves to the amazing styling, Ve is going to have to give me some pointers (along with her daughter, Jasmine, who helped with the styling- this girl's got a future!).

You can see more of Ve's pictures here on Ravelry.  There's also a Yarn on the House group on Ravelry- go see what they're up to!  Want a chance at free yarn and patterns?  Just stop by this post over at Yarn on the House and leave a comment for your chance to win.

Name That Cowl Contest

As I mentioned last night,  next week marks the first blogiversary of French Press Knits.  In honor of this occasion, today we will start a little contest that will lead into a new pattern release next week.  I've been holding back this cowl for some time now:

  With October Stockpile starting in the Malabrigo Junkies Group on Ravelry, I figured there's no time like the present to launch a pattern that utilizes just one skein (yes, one!) of Malabrigo Worsted.

This pattern is worked in the round with a classic fan and feather pattern.  The hood is shaped with short-row shaping within the infinty-cowl style.  Knit on size 10 circular needles, this is sure to be another great last-minute gift idea.

And here's where you come in.  This cowl does not yet have a name, and of course it would love one.   In the comments section, please leave me suggestions for a name.  If I choose the name you suggest, you will win the cowl pattern upon release, and a skein of Malabrigo Worsted in purple Mystery to get your WIP started!

And that's not all!  Be one of the first 5 people to leave a comment with a name suggestion, and you will automatically win a pdf of the pattern emailed and/or gifted to you on Ravelry when the pattern is released next week. 

The winning name will be announced on Tuesday, October 5, with the pattern going live soon after.  Comment by Tuesday morning for your chance to win!

New Pattern and Free Yarn

Now that I have your attention...

This week, I am hosting a giveaway on The giveaway will feature 3 lucky winners who will receive my new 3-in-1 Felted Baby Bootie pattern along with yarn in their choice of color.

The new pattern features 3 felted bootie designs- Mary Jane, T-Strap, and Unisex Booties- all guaranteed to be the next baby shower show-stopper!

By now you may be asking, "Where can I find the pattern for these adorable little booties?". That's the fun part... it's not quite finished, but now I have a deadline. The contest runs all week, and ends Sunday (4/25/10). Winners will be announced Monday, which is when the pattern should (... hopefully... better) be released. Looks like I have some work to do!

In the meantime, stop by Yarn On the House for your chance to win.