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.

Puddles in Rian

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 TriceMy first ever GAL project!!! I absolutely LOVED …

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:giftalong2016on 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 knitting intentions …

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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 …

Designer Sign Ups GAL2016

Heads Up, Indie Designers

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This is a heads up for indie designers. If you are a knitter/ crocheter wishing to “join in” this year, hold tight just a little while longer. The fun happens here beginning Nov. 22nd. Public Service Announcement: Designer Sign Ups for the Indie Design Gift-a-long 2016 open today! All the information you need on how to sign-up is posted here in the GAL Planning group. Check out the “Important Dates and Information” for the essentials. I’ve created several “How-To” tutorials for each requirement. Those are available here on the pages tab. Still got a question not answered in the above to locations?Pop on over to the GAL Planning chats & questions thread and ask away. LET THE GAL SIGN-UP MADNESS …

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

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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 out on the Morning Mist lawn there arose …

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 …