Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2017

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:

Calabash
Ceilidh Fingerless Gloves
Ceilidh Infinity Scarf
Clovis Point
Crux Cloth
Crux Towel & Cloth

Dappled Shade
Elke
Heather June
Hilton’s Edge
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).

Knitted Ornaments – Low Stress Holiday Knitting (Vol. 2)

Last year I made this post about knitted holiday ornaments and low-stress holiday knitting (which I am all about). I decided this year to do a hybrid re-post and updated version, to include some new fun knits, along with updating what I’ve made.


minisweatersSome people go absolutely crazy with the knitting for holidays thing. I do not. I find it stresses me out, and I was constantly working feverishly on Christmas eve (sometimes later, ahem) to finish up a gift for somebody.

My family does a draw of names – we each get one other family member to shop for, we set a limit (which I may go over, ahem again), and in theory that’s the only person we’re supposed to shop for. Always not one to follow the rules, I started knitting up little tiny ornaments for everybody in my family. I could argue that I wasn’t really buying anything – I mostly use left over yarn from projects I make throughout the year. Besides maybe buying a pattern, which technically was buying something for myself, I’m not really purchasing anything for anybody.

Plus, I just like giving people things.

Doing a quick search for holiday knitted ornaments is a bit of a crapshoot I’ve found – there are really beautiful things out there that you can knit for everybody’s trees. And there are some that are… well, let’s say not to my taste.

So I wanted to create a mini-compendium of lovely little knitted ornaments that you can peruse through. These make great little stocking stuffers for family, or a neat addition to your own tree, and they have the added bonus of extremely low-stress holiday knitting. They can be done with those ends of skeins you have sitting around, and it’s amazing how many you can turn out in a day if you put your mind to it.

The ones I’ve made…

Mini Sweater Ornaments
Tiny Sock Ornaments
Icy Seas (really beautiful tiny knitted toques)
Mini Mitt Ornaments

Other Patterns

These are the ones I’ve come across while searching, and haven’t made yet, but are on the to-do list for future years

Christmas Trees
Candy Cane Christmas Ornament
Sanquhar Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Lights
Christmas Robin
Sheep Christmas Balls
Snowflake Ornaments

Non-Traditional Ornaments

Because sometimes balls and candy canes can get a little monotonous – how about sprucing them up with something a little less traditional?

Mini Envelope Ornaments
Orbital Ornaments
SantaCob
Owl Ornaments
Batman, Wonderwoman, and Superman Balls
Nerd Holiday Ornaments
Grumpy, The Lump of Coal
Arctic Attire Ornaments
Penguin Ornament

Spooky Christmas…

We started doing this a few years ago, because I love Halloween (like, a lot). So these fall into the non-traditional category as well, and not all of them are tree ornaments, but put on a piece of ribbon or a string, and bam you have Spooky Christmas decorations.

Waldorf Halloween Witches
Gruesome Knitted Eyeballs
Creepy Halloween Candy – Zombie
Dracula and Ghosty
Halloween Stocking Ornaments

New Pattern Release – Elke

Elke is all about taking simple elements and combining them into something beautiful. Utilizing a modified half-pi shawl construction, this lace and simple texture pattern creates an elegant look. The pattern is easily modified for a range of yarns and sizes, and suggestions are included for sizing up or down in the pattern. The sample is knit in Mirasol Sulka Legato using 2 skeins, creating a soft squishy shawl, but a thicker weight yarn can easily be substituted to make a thicker, warmer garment for chillier months.

This pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and is a good pattern for newer knitters looking to branch out and experiment.

Check out the pattern page here, and the Ravelry page here.

New Pattern Release – Calabash

I’m very pleased to be releasing my newest sock pattern – Calabash! These socks are my secret little love letter to Sherlock Holmes – and I am a HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan. I’ve read every story and every book (just maybe, more than once), and I wanted to create a fun unisex sock that would allow other Holmes fans to let their fan flag fly.

Using fair isle to create both the hound’s tooth and pipe pattern, these socks come in three sizes, and can easily be worn by men or women (in fact, my husband is requesting a pair for himself!).

Check out the pattern page here, or the Ravelry page here.

And from now until through Sunday, November 12th (midnight MST), get Calabash for 15% off! No coupon code required – simply put the pattern in your cart and the discount will be automatically applied.

New Pattern Release – Crux

I’m happy to announce my next new pattern being released – the Crux cloth and towel.

Crux is a clean and elegant design, meant to compliment a wide range home decor. The towel and cloth are available to purchase separately or together – if you buy the towel pattern, you will automatically receive the cloth. Both feature a textured stitch that helps scrubbing and absorbency, making it a pretty and useful addition to your kitchen or bathroom.

Check out the pattern page here or the Ravelry page here.