It’s that fabulous time of year again, knitters & crocheters! It’s time for the Indie Gift-A-Long 2017. I wrote a bit of an introductory post to it last year here, so if you’re brand new to the event be sure to check it out, there’s links to all the important groups and how to participate.
This will be my second year participating, and I’m pretty stoked. Last year when I participated for the first time, I didn’t really know what to expect… and I was floored. Not only at the sheer number of designers and knitters and crocheters that participated, but the community that has grown around this event. There’s prizes, there’s lots of chatting, and there’s the shared camaraderie of everybody getting together during the holidays to craft and chat and have a ball, all while we’re creating for ourselves and those we love.
This year the sale runs from November 21 from 8pm EST to to November 28 11:59pm EST. The sale is the period is when all of us indie designers offer a selection of our patterns for 25% off. Simply add the coupon code giftalong2017 during checkout to get the discount.
The GAL itself is from runs from November 21 8pm EST to December 31st midnight EST, and that’s when we all get together on Ravelry and furiously make for almost six weeks, chatting it up and sharing what we’ve made over the course of the GAL.
I’ll be offering 12 patterns for sale (you can check out my GAL Bundle on Rav here), and they are:
Ceilidh Fingerless Gloves
Ceilidh Infinity Scarf
Crux Towel & Cloth
Pillars of Creation Socks
Vestiges of Winter
If you’re looking specifically to make gifts for your loved ones, I have a few patterns that make great gifts. Ceilidh Fingerless Gloves proved to be quite popular last year, and since they use less than 200 yds, is a great option. The Crux Cloth & Towel are a great home knit, and if you purchase the towel pattern you automatically get the cloth. And who doesn’t love handmade socks? Both Calabash and Pillars of Creation are great options, and are unisex so you can knit them for anybody in your family. And lastly, Elke uses approximately 550 yds, and can be knit in a lightweight yarn for an airy shawl, or a more substantial DK or sportweight to give you a nice warm shawl to wear during colder months.
And, of course this year I’ll be doing my round up of some patterns by other designers I want to highlight. There’ll be six weeks of fantastic patterns, all organized into categories, so you can peruse those and see what other fabulous designers are out there. Each blog post will highlight 5-6 patterns by different designers, in the categories of Hands, Hats, Sweaters, Scarves & Cowls, Shawls, Home, Socks, & Everything Else.
So I hope you will participate, and look for me in the GAL threads – I’ll be there knitting along with the rest of you (don’t be shy about saying hello – my username on Ravelry is tomatl).