Ruth in cowl Bad Wolf Bay

Co Captain Ruth Brasch

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Team Indie’s Co-Captain this year is, Ruth Brasch, and her adorable new baby, Jo! I met Ruth on Ravelry, in the Indie Design Gift-a-long. A mom of 3 little ones under the age of 5, Ruth offers patterns for mom’s on the go (and non-eco amazingly colored hand dyed yarn too!). But just because she’s a purveyor of commercial yarn, this designer has a lot of eco going for her too. She and her husband are going tiny by currently retrofitting a school bus for a cross country trip! Join me as we delve into an interview with this diverse designer, who has an explorers heart and an remarkable eye for design! Q1. I’ve enjoyed knitting several of your designs, …

Puddles with team flag

Team Indie Crossword

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Game Time, knitters! Check out the crossword puzzle below and PM me on Ravelry with your filled in sheet.Ravellenics crossword puzzle Note: If you downloaded this on the 15th, there is a typo on 23 Down.  I’ve updated the jpeg and PDF. Prize Fairy Puddles will be awarding a special pattern prize in the Knit Eco Chic group picked at random from all your entries. Entries due Wednesday Feb 21st via Ravelry PM to KnitEcoChic Not on team indie? No problem. You’re eligible to play so long as you can PM me on Ravelry!

The Ravellenic Games

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The Ravellenic Games are under way! Have you joined a team yet? Do you have a mile long queue of patterns by Indie Designers? So do we! Come knit and crochet along with Team Indie as we support Indie Designers, make amazing projects, and even have prizes along the way. We’re a laid back group that wants to share the love! Puddles and I are hosting Team Indie this year in the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry. Joined by co-captain, Ruth Brasch, and supplied with pattern prizes by a wonderful collection of indie designers, we’re determined to bring you an indie loving knit and crochet ravellenic team of epic proportions! So grab your yarn and favorite indie patterns and …

Hot off Carly's sewing table - the prize for the Bomb Cyclone KAL!

Bomb Cyclone, No Match for Aubrey Ann Sewing Co

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When this totally unexpected bomb cyclone struck the Eastern Seaboard on Jan. 3/4th my mind was turned to bundling up with knitting and all my friends who may be affected. One of those friends is Carly, a knitter and sewer I met on Instagram, who lives in my favorite State… Maine!! Listening to the wind howl viciously and watching the trees bend nearly to the point of snapping, an idea popped into mind that I ran with in an effort to beat the arctic blast… a Bomb Cyclone KAL. I messaged Carly with the idea and she kindly donated a prize for all of you to fight, erg, I mean knit for. So grab your WIPs, a cozy blanket, cup …

Marcela

Instagram Live

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Marcela, from Chilean Spice and Indie Nice, invited me to do an Instagram Live with her! I jumped at the opportunity… and then fessed up, so far my IG Story is blank because I’m seriously smart phone challenged and can’t figure it out!! Hehe, remember that clip from Ocean’s 13, about the soft opening / out of town preview that’s in town? So I wouldn’t feel like an absolute newbie, Marcela, the sweet gal that she is, walked me through Instagram live with a live, which we called a “sound check” yesterday… in preparation of Saturday’s live! So Saturday is the actual live event, but if you want to check out humorous outtake… aka the backstage sound check, it’s posted …

Puddles spies IG fun

Instagram Fall Shawl KAL 2017

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Everyone needs a good shawl for Fall, so I’ve joined up with a group of designers for a multi-designer shawl KAL on Instagram – #FallShawlKAL2017! How It Works: *The KAL runs until October 15, 2017 on Instagram. *Pick your favorite pattern from the list of 35 eligible patterns and get knitting. *Snap, hashtag, post, and win! Use #fallshawlkal2017 on each post to be entered into the drawings. For additional entries use the additional weekly hashtag prompts. We’ve got great prizes lined up to keep the IG fun going through th whole event! Since it’s sometimes hard to get all the info into IG’s available space we created a Raverly group. If you’ve got longer questions or just need a place …

Marcela

Chilean Spice and Indie Nice

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With the indiesunite month of Instagram prompts just coming to an end, I wanted to continue the indie love so I decided to interview one of my favorite Instagram friends, co-indie Marcela Chang Rojas! She graciously agreed and even threw in a give-a-way to celebrate a her newest release (more on that below). I first met Marcela in the Indie Design Gift-a-long and was captured by her commitment to eco when I saw her interview on TNBT (The Next Beautiful Thing) podcast. I was fascinated to learn about her culture in South America and how she stays true to her ethos while designing in Chile! Without further ado, please say “hi” to Marcela. Q1. How did you get started as …

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Instagram Fun

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Apparently February is the month for social media fun so I’m joining in! First up, the wonderful powers that be at Ravelry created #yarnlovechallenge / @yarnlovechallenge – a month full of prompts, where you show your love of yarn and get to know your fellow crafters! I’d love to learn more about your love for fiber – give me a tag on Instagram if you join in this challenge too :-). Also this month I’ve gotten together with some of my favorite indie designers for an Instagram Round Robin. This is your chance to win each pattern highlighted by all us indies! The theme is Polar Bear knits – indie knits for the coldest winter nights. Interested in playing along? …

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Sherlock Knits eBook Review

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One of my favorite things about the Indie Design Gift-a-long is the ability to connect with other designers and share those experiences with you all! With that focus in mind this year I’m launching a new category to the blog, where I review works by my fellow indies that have caught my eye, and where applicable, share “what makes it eco.” The first in this (e)”Book Review” series is “Sherlock Knits” by designer Joanna Johnson. Joanna merges love of literature with knitting in her Slate Falls Press publications. “Sherlock Knits” includes 10 patterns hitting up a variety of skills from color work to steeking, from lacework to texture. My favorite part of the book was in the Note section on …