Free knitting patterns for Pan Protectors - Life Beyond the Kitchen had a great idea to replace paper or store bought protectors for stacked pans with knitted protectors. She offers 4 knitting patterns but you can make your own. You can even re-purpose leftover knitting swatches. Great stash buster!
A provisional cast-on keeps cast-on stitches "live" so that they can be knit later. It's a very useful technique when you're not sure what kind of edging you'll want or how long to make something. With a provisional cast-on, you can make these decisions at the end of a project, allowing you to respond to the actual garment. I made this tutorial to go with my 70's Ski Hat Project Journal, the provisional cast-on is used to make a cashmere lining for the hat.