Puddles in Rian

Personal Recommendations

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, Gift-a-long, Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2016 4 Comments

…Or What Puddles Would Knit If He Had Opposable Thumbs With over 300 indie designers participating in the 4th annual Indie Design Gift-a-long it may seem overwhelming with all the pattern choices. Any pattern by any of the participating designers is eligible to knit/ crochet in the KAL/ CAL threads. Any paid-for (non-free) pattern is eligible to win prizes in the FO thread! So what is a knitter to do? Puddles to the rescue! Here is a list of patterns I recommend that I’ve personally knit (in GALs-by-gone, but also eligible this year) and were exciting on the needles and loved by the recipients off the needles! Garments: Elia – by Julia Trice My first ever GAL project!!! I absolutely …

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Join in the Indie Design Giftalong

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T-4 days until the 4th annual Indie Design Gift-a-long begins I can’t believe it is that time already! Join in on the social knitting & crocheting event of the year! It’s easy: 1. Join the Indie Design Gift-a-long group on Ravelry 2. Wait until Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 8PM (EST) Insert Jeapordy interlude here While you wait, we’ve got a pre-GAL chat thread going strong, so jump on in and chat up with your fellow crafters! 3. Purchase your favorite gifting patterns To kick off the GAL all the designers banded together to offer 25% off 5-20 individual self-published patterns in their respective shops. Wait until “go” time and use coupon code: giftalong2016 on your eligible purchases. Like something …

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Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, Pattern Related 8 Comments

So many divergent and diverse moments went into this design! In the big mixing bowl of the little grey cells, God tossed in many moments of watching eagles soar on the thermal lifts rising off the cliff behind our house; my mom’s favorite colors and her birthday wish; a question posed to my mom on their 42nd anniversary – “what bird do see yourselves as”; a Bible verse; an educational chat on air science with a friend; and about a dozen other little things. Did you know that eagles mate for life? Well, on my parents’ anniversary, my mom declared that she and my dad were eagles. It’s a good thing she didn’t specify that it is bald eagles that …

Puddles looking forward

Puddles 3rd quarter quarterly report

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, Pattern Related, Puddles 1 Comment

It’s third-quarter check-in time, brought to you by the GDCSJ, Puddles. July to September was a busy quarter here… albeit a rather lopsided one. The quarter began with the release of Coastal Reflection, shown in ecostitch ‘s hand dyed sport weight linen yarn and Oceanic – in MKAL form. Then there was a long Jeopardy interlude. 2 months later, patterns came out with a bang – 4 patterns in 4 weeks: Deep Waters (beret), the upcycled leftovers from Oceanic’s mkal, shown in the unique sheep’s green sheep organic cotton and bamboo fingering weight yarn; Apple Tart, shown in Pakucho worsted weight; the Oceanic mystery revealed; and Eastern Continental Divide, shown in Cestari Sheep’s Old Dominion Collection! Phew, I’m still shocked …

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An Inside Look at Cestari

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, eco world, Pattern Related, Yarn 1 Comment

Francis Chester, the patriarch of Cestari Sheep & Wool Co, graciously granted me an interview this week. A fellow indie designer told me about Cestari and when I saw it at Black Mountain Yarn shop, I had to give it a try. Immediately a fan, I wanted to know more about this yarn company, which has such a unique vision and family focus. So without further ado, please say “hi” to Francis! Cestari – what’s the story behind your unique name? Cestari is my Ancestral Italian name from my father’s family who were shepherds for centuries. Your website shows you to be a leader and initiator in many aspects of wool production: from your decades old family-run operation, to your …

The Voyages of Vivian

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Do you remember Talitha Kuomi from the Indie Design Gift-a-long? She’s just published her first independent knitting book, “The Voyages of Vivian,” and gave me a sneak peek! Traveling the world with Vivian through the pages of the book, I was enthralled with the pictures, knitting designs, and story. So I asked if she’d grace us with an interview during her virtual release tour. And she said “yes”… so please join me in welcoming, Tal! As a seasoned designer with over 150 publications, what inspired you to branch out into book publishing? I love to tell a story, and so to be allowed to put together a collection of patterns that help to farther a story is right up my …

Mod Squad Favorites

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As we prepare to hand out the physical prizes drawing the Indie Design Gift-a-long to a close, I wanted to take a moment to highlight my favorite patterns from the Mod Squad. Without these volunteers the event would not be the fun, engaging, face-paced, adrenaline pumping, crafting event to end all gifting events that it is. In considering how best to thank them for all the hours they put in over the six weeks, I thought what better way than a mod squad pattern round-up. So get your queue buttons ready, you won’t want to miss these gems!!! Not to mention it gives you plenty to craft while you wait for GAL2016. From our fearless leaders – the admins. (Okay …

Squib Hill Hat Pattern Review Indie Design Gift-a-long

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So great I knit it thrice! The giftee’s prompt, find a hat that completely covers my ear lobes. So I searched and searched and searched. I sent out inquiries on carrier pigeons, looking high and low for a hat that completely covered his earlobes. I was DESPESARTE to find a hat that suited this prompt or be in for another year of humiliation as he wore his fake bear Russian style hat with hidden ear muffs that came down when needed. Thanks to the FO thread in the gift-a-long I happened upon a project where the giftee’s earlobes seemed to be completely covered & I inquired of the knitter about the point exactly. I showed dad (aka giftee) the results …

Twas the Knit Night Before Christmas

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Designers, Gift-a-long, Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2015 9 Comments

An Indie Design Gift-a-long adaptation on the classic Christmas eve story by Clement Clarke Moore (1823). Read it here or in full illustrated form on the Pinterest board here. ‘Twas the knit night before Christmas… and all through my LYS, All the crafters were stitching Indie Design Gift-a-long patterns like Cookie the Mouse…; The Fair Isle Christmas Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. John’s Wood Nicke’s Hat soon would be there; The children were nestled all Snug in their beds; While visions of Sugar Plum… danced in their heads; And Puddles in his Rian Cowl, and dad in his Squib Hill hat, We’d just settled our Brains for a long Winter Haven nap, When …

Rian Cowl Pattern Review Indie Design Gift-a-long

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One of the pleasures of the Indie Design Gift-a-long is taking time off from “work” knitting to knit other designers’ creations for my Christmas gifting. My first FO for GAL2015 is Rian Cowl by Loraine Birchall. This super quick knit has an easy to memorize lace pattern, which is worked every other round. Loraine did a great creating the pattern and included both charted and written instructions for your knitting pleasure. Mom selected 100% organic cotton with eco dyes Inca Eco in Sage for her Christmas present after she saw I started to wind some stash organic white :-). The st gauge was off, but it was easy enough to compensate – I just cast on fewer stitches (20 fewer …