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Underwater Cave 2

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Swimming through last week’s underwater cave clue resulted in Kristie winning with the correct answer:“re-use water multiple times in our dyeing process.”AND“We try to do our little bit to help others by donating at least 5% of our net profit to charities. Two of our favorites are Doctors without Borders and the Amani Children’s Foundation. additionally We have created colorways inspired by each of these organizations; 50% of our sales of these colorways are donated to the organizations!”Way to go Kristie! It is once again time for your weekly treat… the second clue in the Secret Underwater Cave game! This one is a text clue, instead of a collage. Good luck & happy guessing! PM me (on Ravelry!) with your …

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Underwater Cave 1

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Happy Thursday, Oceanic MKAL-ers! How are your projects coming along? Isn’t the Unique Sheep Green Sheep Organic Cotton and Bamboo Fingering weight yarn just like candy for your fingers & knitting needles! Since it is Thursday, it is time for a treat… the first clue in the Secret Underwater Cave game! PM me (on Ravelry!) with your guess. You have until 9am tomorrow (Friday August 10, 2016) to submit your answer. Puddles will randomly draw a correct answer from valid players (those participating in the MKAL) and post the name of the MKAL winner tomorrow in the MKAL chat thread.

Sunken Treasure

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T-4 Days until Oceanic is underway! Are you all set with your supplies? The MKAL chat thread is up and running on the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry. Jump aboard and show off your yarn! Did you order fresh supplies or are you stashing down? I’m looking forward to seeing what colors you selected for your Oceanic shawl. Sunken Treasure?The physical prize for this MKAL is donated by MagpieLaneCrafts‘ Janet (Janchuck). With the current knitting craze demanding bling on your needles, Jan put together a make your own stitch marker starter kit! Jan’s awesome prize will be awarded by random selection to one lucky winner from the FO thread at the conclusion of the MKAL. This starter kit includes …

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 …

Oceanic Shawl

Oceanic

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Rising from the depths of the ocean, oxygen air bubbles bloom bursting forth to the surface. Oceanic lets you feel the gentle breezes like soft waves caressing your skin. Rich with the colors of deep waters, this shawl makes a beautiful accessory for any unique occasion. Inspired by TheUniqueSheep’s organic cotton and bamboo fingering yarn, their “Deep Waters” colorway, World Ocean Day, and this image from Lagoon Shallows photo shoot, the design dives into the depths of ocean currents through color and texture. The tech edited easy level pattern creates a rectangular shaped shawl. The pattern is fully written & fully charted with a color change cheat sheet and stitch how-to demos too. Suggested skills: Cast On, Bind Off, Knit, …

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 …

#GAL2015 Tour: The Stats

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THE STATS! Every wonder which designers are from your home country (or in Canada & the US, home Province or State)? Or how many roosters are in the hen house of indie designers this year? Maybe crafter stats are more your thing, like which State has the most gift-a-long FOs? All those questions and more are answered on the GAL2015 Stats thread! The Stats thread is where 80skeins (aka Kimberly Golynskiy) does her thing that makes all us nerdy gerdies cheer with delight. Thanks to the Stats thread, I discovered that North Carolina is represented by 6 designers, which makes North Carolina 22nd on the US designer’s per capita list. 80skeins also shares cool information about the crafters involved in the …