#GAL2015 Tour: The Prizes

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Thanks to some very generous knitting companies and lots of very generous designers, we have a whole slew of fabulous prizes for #giftalong2015! Physical prizes include yarn, notions, accessories, books, kits, and more. The list is SO long, I have to zoom out to 25% to get it all in one screen shot! To view in regular size, check out the link: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/indie-design-gift-a-long/3319557/Then take a stroll through the eye candy collages of some of our prizes here in the prize thread. Here’s just a little taste of what you’ll see: On a personal note, I’m thrilled to announce a few eco options in this year’s prize list – including prizes from The Unique Sheep, Three Irish Girls Yarn, Tattysquawk, JUL …

#GAL2015 Tour: The Games

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If chatting with friends and designers while knitting and crocheting incredible indie designs isn’t fun enough, we like to amp up the excitement with brain stretching games during the gift-a-long as well! This year we are pleased to present four different games and one ultimate challenge, which run six weeks of the gift-a-long. Designer’s Alphabet SoupGAL2015’s newest game, Designer’s Alphabet Soup anagrams either the designer’s personal name or business name of each of our 335 indie designers. Your task is to unscramble the anagram to discover which designer it is! This game is run by our Stat Queen, 80skeins, and yours truly! We’ve been creating some humdingers of anagrams, if I do say so myself. The full rules, how to …

#GAL2015 Tour: Patterns

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From 80skeins‘s lovely stat’s page, you’ll see GAL 2015 has 15,915+ KAL/ CAL thread eligible patterns! Of which, 5,065 patterns are part of the initial gift-a-long kick off sale!All patterns by all participating designers (over 15,000) are eligible for the KAL/CALs and all for sale (not free) patterns by participating designers are eligible to win prizes. So how’s a KAL/CAL-er supposed to find the patterns that they love best? This blog walks you through a few of the options: The Participating Designer’s Thread This resource was addressed in a previous blog, but to recap, each of our 335 designers are listed in this thread with a preview image of some of the delights from their shop. Scroll through and find one …

#GAL2015 Tour: KAL/ CAL Threads

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Welcome back to the Indie Design Gift-a-long virtual tour! Today we’re exploring the KAL/ CAL Threads. We have 8 KAL/CAL Threads this year: GAL2015 KAL/ CAL Cowls, Scarves, & Other Neck ThingsGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Foot & Leg ThingsGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Hat & Other Head ThingsGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Hand & Arm ThingsGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Kids & Baby Things (except toys)GAL2015 KAL/ CAL Shawls & StolesGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Sweaters & Other GarmentsGAL2015 KAL/ CAL Toys, Home, & Other Miscellaneous Things What happens in the KAL/ CAL Threads:The KAL/ CAL Threads are where the crafting fun happens! Once you’ve picked a category, jump in and say what you are planning on making. For instance, I jumped into the GAL2015 KAL/CAL Cowls, Scarves, & …

#GAL2015 Tour: The Designers

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Over the next few days I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of #giftalong2015!  To begin, let’s start with the incredible 335 independent designers who signed up for the event this year. The Participating Designer ThreadGrab a peppermint mocha latte, sit back and enjoy scrolling through the 14 pages of stunning beauty.  Each designer created a stunning collage highlighting some of their favorite gift-able patterns, so it is a fiber feast for the eyes to be sure!  When you happen upon one that makes your heart sign, simply click on the hyperlinked designer name in the post to be redirected to their shop page.  So let’s breakdown one that I caught my eye, the homey warmth pictured in post number …

It’s Almost Time!

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Yes, I know I’ve been as quiet as a church mouse lately, but for good reason.  The third annual Indie Design Gift-a-long begins in just 2 days! What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear! The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers.  This year we have 335 participating indie designers!  Starting this Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST – Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST our 2015 indie designers will be discounting between 5 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, we encourage you …

Shawl Pin Shawl Style Guide

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With the Shawl Pin Shawl MKAL coming to an end, it’s time for the final blog in the event series, the style blog. The versatility of the design results both from the unique shape as well as the simplicity of the stitch work. Intended as an artistic canvas to highlight your favorite shawl pin accessories, there are several ways to wear this design. Here are just a few of my favorites. Scarf Meets Pin StylesWrapped around your neck like a scarf, the “Scarf Meets Pin” style highlights the pin while the shawl keeps your neck warm! Whether a long stick pin, like Bonnie Bishoff’s Dash pin, on an equilateral or perpendicular angle or a broche style pin, like JUL Designs’ …

Hunter Game Review

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Curious about the clues from the Shawl Pin Shawl MKAL hunter game?  Here’s your chance to take a stab at them and get a sneak peek preview of the Shawl Pin Shawl MKAL’s exclusive FO prize! We had 3 amazing prize donors for the Hunter Game for this MKAL: Black Mountain Yarn Shop JUL Designs Bonnie Bishoff Shawl Pins Each donor became a clue in the game as well as participated in an interview!  The rules were simple: clues (some visual and some textual) will be posted at random during the duration of the MKAL. After the clue is posted you have 48 hours to post the correct answer. All correct posts will be entered into a random draw for …

Pin Profile: JULDesigns

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From anthropologist to creator of knitting accessory hardware and more, Laura’s journey has held close the concepts of family, art, culture, and history. Learn more about the woman and as well as the company in today’s Shawl Pin Shawl MKAL interview with Laura of JULDesigns! 1. I see strong reptilian and Chinese influences in your shawl pin designs, while your sticks feature more flora and fauna inspirations. Where do you find inspiration for your knitting accessories and how do you turn those inspirations into a finished piece of art?I was trained as an anthropologist and did the fieldwork for my PhD in Indonesia, looking at ideas about cosmology, that is the relationship between humans and the universe. This is really …

Community Abounds At Black Mountain Yarn Shop

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Black Mountain Yarn Shop’s focus on people makes crafting so enjoyable for all who are blessed to go there. In the second Shawl Pin Shawl MKAL feature interview, we (Puddles & I) sniff out the secrets behind the welcoming yarn shop and what makes Black Mountain Yarn Shop such a special place. 1. What inspired you to open a yarn shop in the beautiful Black Mountains of North Carolina? How long has Black Mountain Yarn Shop been open?My husband Don and I have always wanted to have our own business and after leaving corporate America and doing a lot of research, we knew Black Mountain would be a great place to have a yarn shop. We are in our 6th …