Here’s a great tip from the knitting blog over at WEBS: when starting a new pieced sweater pattern, knit the sleeves first.
If you’re trying out a new technique, want to see how colors work together or just want to skip swatching (not that I’d recommend that!) starting with a sleeve gives you a quick way to see if you like the pattern or want to change something. And of course if your gauge is off it’s easier — meaning less heartbreaking — to rip out a couple of inches of sleeve rather than a couple of inches of body.
Speaking of WEBS, their annual anniversary sale is going on right now. It runs through the end of May, but there are some specials that are only available this month, and you’ll want to stock up early to get the best selection. This sale is the reason I have so much Cascade 220 in my house; it’s on sale for $5.59 a skein down from $8. There are tons of great yarns on sale form Berroco, Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Plymouth and WEBS’ own Valley Yarns, in addition to some needle sets. Check it out.