It’s that time of the year again, during which I don’t work on my own designs, but knit other designer’s patterns – better known as the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry.
You haven’t heard about it yet? Then let me explain:
From the official Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry:
“What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!
The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers.”
This year, there are over 300 participating designers, and until November 28, midnight EST you can get select patterns from each of them for 25 % off if you use the code giftalong2017 during checkout! I am glad to be part of that group of designers for the third time this year, and part of the crafters for the fourth. My sale patterns can be found here, but don’t forget to check out the rest of the designers.
All for sale patterns of each participating designer can be used if you want to join a C/KAL in one of the 8 categories of the Gift-A-Long. You can craft along with lots of other people, admire their creations, get inspiration and even help. And there are prizes too!
If you got curious, join the Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry and jump right in – and if you have questions, feel free to ask, thanks to people being from all different time zones, there is almost always someone around who can help you.
My plans for the GAL:
Every year, I make big plans for the Gift-A-Long, or GAL for short, and usually I end up not quite finishing everything – but I get to a lot more things than during the rest of the year.
My current plans are so far, to knit at least two hats, two pairs of fingerless mitts, a pair of slippers, a washcloth or two and two baby items, with more to be decided at a later time.
The first project I cast on this year was a Spume hat by designer Ranée Mueller. I am almost at the crown decreases already and must say, it is a quick, enjoyable knit. A total of three wide cables makes the knitting interesting, while the twisted rib flies off the needles.
The next hat on my list is Hot Cocoa hat by Loraine Birchall – it is done in mosaic knitting and looks great when knit in two colours – I’ve made one for my boyfriend in the past. I especially like that the garter brim is deeper in the back – shaped with short rows – and covers the back of your neck as well.
Then I want to knit a pair of 1 shot, 2 shots, 3 shots fingerless mitts by designer C.C. Almon for the girlfriend of my son, in the longest version. I think I’ll use KnitPicks comfy fingering in purple for them, but not quite sure yet.
And of course I need something for myself. I picked the Ordinary Magic Mitts by designer Pauliina Karru because I like the combination of cables and texture in them. And I can never have too many fingerless mitts.
Now I need to get back to my knitting, and stay tuned for the rest of my plans tomorrow. On Monday, I’ll show you how far I got during the first week of the GAL (it already started on Tuesday).