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 2 of the 3 admins – you all know what I’ve got.)
Nina Machlin Dayton aka NinaKnits
I’ve had the pleasure of knitting several of Nina’s designs over the years – Ninetta Neckwarmer, Medici Hat, and Squid Hill Hat – all of which I highly recommend for their ease and amazing backstories. Today I’d like to introduce you to her Cardinal Neck Warmer
Three cute, crisp cables link up 6 buttons all of which is set off in seed stitch.
Simone Kereit aka Simone77
I especially love Simone’s Riversong Shawl club ebook! But to pick a single pattern for the round up, I selected Love & Madness.
Simone captures and transforms Medea’s dark feelings into her stunning shawl design.
Kimberly Golynskiy aka 80skeins
Elemental: Noble Gases & Halogens
You saw it in the ‘Twas the Knit Night Before Christmas blog, but it is just stunning not to include again and atomically correct too boot!
Jessica K. Larson aka Goosebearknits
Covering you from head to foot, Jessica’s catalogue is as diverse as it is beautiful. Today I selected Amesbury because of the beautiful construction, easy knitting, and stunning colors, but it was hard to choose just one!
Jennifer Dassau aka knittingvortex
With a catalogue of over 100 amazing designs for women, picking just one for the round up was such a challenge. Today I went with Silverado because of its gorgeous cables, but ask tomorrow and I’m sure to select a new front runner :-).
Triona Murphy aka otismurph
Gorgeous fitted women’s sweaters meet little bundles of joy designs for baby boys in Triona’s well stocked shop. I selected Chandail today because the cables were calling my name.
Sarah Jane Jackson aka SarahJaneDesigns
Hardware Heaven – Boot spats & Wrist warmers
Stunning crochet designs – even though I don’t crochet, the beauties in Sarah’s shop are worth learning for! I particularly love her Hardware Heaven series – corset, cowl, cuffs, and wrist.
Karen Troyer Ladman aka specialKknits
Junie Marie Mitts and Mittens
Designed with love for her mom, Karen combines a fun stitch pattern in a double your pleasure pattern, which includes both mitts and fingerless mitts designs.
Talitha Kuomi aka talithakuomi
With nearly 150 designs, picking one was difficult to say the least! Talitha’s shop includes something for everyone and every occasion. I selected the clutch because I love the color work she designed and Puddles likes the wet puppy picture.
Faye Kennington aka UkeeKnits
It was tough to narrow it down to one design from Faye. When it came time to decide I had two equally tied top contenders and was completely torn between Whitefish Ripples and Waverleaf. In the end I went with Waverleaf because I thought the colors would pop in the blog 🙂 but I linked the other one too – curious to see it? just click through!
Barbara Benson aka vox8
Cables Are Cool
To top things off, I thought I’d share my favorite hat – as in all time favorite hat! Barbara does amazing things with color – well you’re shopping, check out Sardaukar too.
We were blessed with 4 non-designer volunteers this year! Send ’em some pattern love or note to show your appreciation for the time they devoted to making the GAL run smoothly and providing a non-designer POI for us too.
Thank you all, participants and volunteers alike, for making GAL2015 a smashing success! Enjoy one last trip through your cart and spread some thanks to the volunteers who made it come off without a hitch :-).