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Dancing through Design with Jessica Anderson

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An interview with Jessica Anderson – Looking at your Ravelry profile you’ve got a full house, homeschool, and a prolific publishing schedule with 36 releases thus far this year. I’ve not even managed my desired minimum of 12 with only a Great Dane to care for. What’s your secret? How do you do it… ALL?

Wow! I didn’t realize that I had that many releases this year (and I thought it was a slow year!) I actually get asked this question, in various forms, a lot, because I do homeschool, work for a yarn company, and design, so I started a monthly “BizzyMom Series” where I tackle some of the how’s each month. My top secrets though?

GAL 2018 bundle

Indie Design Gift-a-long 2018

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Please join me in welcoming back Heidi from Vegan Yarn 😊. We first met Heidi in 2014 on the blog Dye to Perfection. Since then her indie small business has grown like the weeds she uses for dyeing! With our Je Ne Sais Quoi MKAL, I thought this the perfect time to check back in with her to discover how her adventures the past few years have molded the growth of Vegan Yarn. Q1. On your FAQ page on why vegan you state: “To be really simple, we prefer to allow animals to live their lives free of the intentional or unintentional violence of a human-made industry. Like the saying goes, ‘live simply, so others may simply live.’ Please keep …

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5th Annual Indie Design Giftalong

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Puddles and I are hosting Christmas this year… and there is a certain pattern, cough CAMBER cough, which is this close to being ready to publish after 3+ years in process! Puddles is excited to continue in his role of unofficial GAL mascot. We’re looking forward to snapping lots of new fun pictures with him and yarn for spreading the GAL cheer! Come the start date, I’ll be joining as a knitting participant (not a designer) and would love to knit-along with you guys. Setting things up for a great Gift-a-long has enabled me a sneak peek – and let me tell you the designers this year have really hit it out of the park with superb gifting offerings! My …

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Travel with GAL 2016 Designers

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As the 4th annual Indie Design Gift-a-long approaches our blow out New Year’s Eve bash, I came across something extra special from one of our designers that I couldn’t wait to tell you all about. I know you’ve seen some of her work before (Puddles & dad have modeled it), but she also does jaw dropping, gorgeous, wow shawls as well as Mosaic knits. US-based indie designer Simone Kereit created Knitterati Retreats to introduce knitters from around the world to her home country of Switzerland! Simone offers 2 retreats for 2017: Schloss Munchenwiler runs July 31st- August 6th (left picture above) and Riederalp & Aletsch Glacier Retreat runs August 7th to 13th (right picture above). They both look absolutely amazing! …

Alternative Paths

Odds & Ends, and an Interview

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First off, I want to apologize for the hiccups with the mailchimp blog delivery lately. I hope it is all now fixed, but if you ever have any issues, please feel free to message me. The Indie Design Gift-a-long continues to go strong! I was blessed to be interviewed by designer, Carolyn MacPherson, on her podcast, The Next Beautiful Thing. Interested in learning more about me & Puddles? Check it out here! I’m knitting one of Carolyn’s patterns as part of my “dessert” GAL knitting – if you are looking for quick and easy slippers this winter, check out her “No Place Like Home” design! You won’t be disappointed… I’m on to pair 3 because it is just so well …

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The 12 Days of Indie Patterns Christmas Song

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Yes you guessed it, this is a spin on the 12 Days of Christmas song. So when you sing each line, be sure to read the lines above it and carry the tune throughout! On the 1st day of the Indie Design Gift-a-long, my true love gave to me: A “Bee Key Pears Mittens” in a “Huggable Christmas Tree” by Virginia Sattler-Reimer and Claire Slade, respectively. On the 2nd day of the Indie Design Gift-a-long, my true love gave to me: 2 “Mini Turtle” “Tuff Love” “Love Birds” by Doreen Blask (Laffrenzen), Faye Kennington, and Stana D.Sortor, respectively. On the 3rd day of the Indie Design Gift-a-long, my true love gave to me: 3 “French Oak” “Fancy Hen(s)” by Marie …

Thankful Tuesday

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The creme on top of the overtly commercial Black Friday and Cyber Monday is definitely “Thankful Tuesday.” On this Thankful Tuesday Puddles and I wanted to take a quick second to thank you for supporting us and consequently the Craig family and the people of Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. So far this quarter, you’ve raised $28.55 for the Craig family!!! Thank you! To learn more about the Craig family, check out their blog here. Curious as to what in the world I’m talking about? Read the original blog post “Sharing” from July here.

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Personal Recommendations

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…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 …

Giftalong bundle

You Voted My GAL Bundle

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The 4th annual Gift-a-long is underway! I wanted to take a second from the madness to thank you all for voting which patterns I should include in my gift-a-long bundle! … and you picked: Simply use coupon code: giftalong2016 on the above patterns on Ravelry between now and November 30th at 11:59pm US EST to save 25%! Multiple purchasing by multiple designers is possible, you just need to include the code for each shopping cart. There’s a “how-to” on the pages tab in the Indie Design Gift-a-long group here. After you’ve picked up your favorite indie designed patterns, join in the social knitting event of the year! Drop in the chat thread if you have a question or post your …