Here in Ottawa it’s been getting colder. I peeked in my work bag last week looking for my fingerless mitts to use at the office and discovered that I had 3 different sets of hand knits for hands with me: gloves, mittens, and fingerless mitts. I love making items for hands and changing up what I wear. Here are some more ideas of wonderful patterns that are 25% off on Ravelry during the Indie GAL (use coupon code giftalong2015).
Eragon by Anna Dalvi
Mica Mitts by Laura Nelkin
(c) Nelkin Designs
Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty
(c) Blue Bee Studio
Bedford by Jen Lucas
(c) Stitch Definition / Jen Lucas
Sidetracked Cable by Kelene Kinnersly
(c) Amy Kinnersly
Lagniappe Gloves by Emily Ringelman
(c) Emily Ringelman
Nara fingerless mittens by Wondrlanding
I’m continuing with my picks from the various categories of patterns involved in the Indie Design GAL on Ravelry. All patterns are 25% off until Fri. Nov. 27 at 11:59pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2015. This morning’s picks are all about keeping your feet warm & stylish with knits that’ll keep your brain going.
Intertwined from Maureen Foulds
(c) Maureen Foulds
Pit Railway Socks by Cynthia Levy
(c) Cynthia Levy
Lacy Leaf Socks by Cheryl Chow
(c) Cheryl Chow
Honeycomb Cables by Louise Tilbrook
(c) Louise Tilbrook Designs
Swirling Star Socks by Knitwise Design
(c) Knitwise Design
Year of Plenty by Debbie Sullivan
(c) Veronica Schleihauf
Dark Passage Socks by Beverly S.
(c) Beverly S.
This morning was about shawls. Tonight I’m moving on to sweaters. Perhaps you’ll find what it is that you’re looking to make next. Remember, these patterns are part of the sale on Ravelry until Friday @ 11:59pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2015.
Wheatcrop Jumper by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Innisfil by Laura Chau
(c) Laura Chau
Simple Ziggurat by Åsa Tricosa
(c) Åsa Tricosa
Corazon by Julia Trice
Locus Vest by Katya Frankel
(c) Katya Frankel
Tavie by Meiju K-P
(c) Meiju K-P/Tanu Kallio
There are not enough days between now & the end of the Indie Design GAL to deal with each of the different categories, so I’m going to double up posts – one in the morning, one in the evening.
This morning it’s all about shawls & stoles. Of course some of mine are in my GAL bundle, but here are a few of the ones from other designers that caught my eye:
Wendell Holmes by Corrina Ferguson
Vacillate by Cindy Garland
(c) Wild Prairie Knits
Flower of Cebu from Christiane Burkhard
(c) Christiane Burkhard
Fernweh by Simone Kereit
(c) Simone Kereit
Notting Hill Gate by Toby Roxane Barna
(c) Dennis F Barna
Snowscape by Dani Berg
(c) Dani Berg
Flowers of Traken by Lotta Groeger
I managed to power through the rest of my Loop bump this week, watching the colours change:
At some point I’m going to have to start plying! Perhaps this week, although the calendar is starting to fill up. I can’t quite believe it’s almost December.
And now back to the Indie GAL I was talking about yesterday. This afternoon’s suggestions are all in the cowl/scarf category. Here are the ones that caught my eye today:
Whitefish Ripples by Faye Kennington
Alameda by Clare Lakewood
(c) Clare Lakewood
Wolcott by Alicia Plummer
(c) Alicia Plummer
Montague Street Cowl by Nina Machlin Dayton
(c) Nina Machlin Dayton
Autumn Tango by Diana Rozenshteyn
(c) Diana Rozenshteyn
Scarftex by Linda Marveng
(c) Kim Müller
Arboles Cowl by Sashka Macievich
(c) Sashka Macievich
There are *thousands* of patterns up for 25% off in the 2015 Ravelry Indie Gift-A-Long. How on earth can you find what you want? Well there are a few ways.
1) Use the search functionality on Ravelry The fabulous organizers of the GAL have made this easy by creating a searchable bundle. You can search on all the usual things: yarn weight/amount, garment type, colorwork, etc. You can even see which sale patterns you’ve already added to your favorites.
2) Pinterest boards: Want to browse through all of the pretty pictures? Have a look at the garment-specific boards in the Indie GAL account.
Still feeling overwhelmed? Well I’m going through the designs one type at a time and picking out the ones that interest me. Remember that what you have to do is add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and use the coupon code giftalong2015.
For tonight, here are some of the hat patterns that have caught my eye:
Alkira Hat by Ambah O’Brien
Lakeview Hat by Danielle Chalson
Trondra by Emily K. Williams
(c) Emily K Williams
Kauri by Gabriella Henry
Nautilina Beret by Elizabeth Sullivan
(c) Veronica Schleihauf
Aureate Hat by Triona Murphy
(c) Triona Murphy
Chicken Wire by Susan Villas Lewis
(c) Susan Villas Lewis
Hermia Hat by Sarah Jordan
(c) Sarah Jordan
This Thursday the Indie Gift-A-Long begins again on Ravelry. It’s a 6-week holiday knit-along/crochet-along for patterns from hundreds of participating designers running right until the end of the year. There are games & prizes. The amount of work behind the scenes to mount this even boggles my mind. Bravo to the amazing volunteers!
This fun event starts with a sale of patterns from 335 indie designers (from Nov. 19, 8pm EST to Nov. 27, 11:59pm EST). I’ve got a selection of my patterns available in a bundle & all you have to do is (during the time period mentioned) add them to your cart & use the coupon code giftalong2015. You can check out the Ravelry group for more info. There are over 5000 discounted patterns!
Then on to the knitting part of the GAL! Pick the patterns you will work on from now until Dec. 31, 2015. All of my paid patterns (and those of the other 334 participating designers) are eligible for the KAL part, so you may want to look through your pattern library and queues to see what you’ve already planned to knit!
Then you just have to get crafting. Join the Indie GAL group on Ravelry & tag any of your projects with the appropriate GAL tags. And there are games & prizes throughout the GAL in the group too!
I did finally finish spinning the singles on my Loop bullseye bump. It really took up all the space on the bobbin:
Instead of moving on to something that would spin up a little more quickly, I have started another bullseye bump from Rhinebeck. I just had to know how this one would spin up. It’s got rainbow-type colours separated by little bits of black/dark grey. So far so good:
In family news, all is well at the moment. The kids have brought their first report cards home & there were no real surprises, which is good.
I have learned a new hairstyle for Zoe, at her request. I tried to get her interested in trying out something with a Celtic knot, but this is what she wanted instead:
Meanwhile Sam brought all the foam squares upstairs spontaneously & built a fort:
The open roof is particularly helpful when being served food & beverages.
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I was preparing to write a blog post as today’s news about the tragedy in Paris came in. I can’t go on with what I was going to write, so here are some images of Paris instead. My thoughts are with all of those affected by these attacks.
This past weekend I was in Gananoque at the Needler’s Retreat. This was my 8th trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Debbie Wilson of Sheeps Ahoy is the organizer, and I always know I’m going to have a great weekend.
The leaves smelled wonderful & the view is always spectacular. I find it extra relaxing to grab a few quiet moments to take pictures:
Even when there’s a storm, it’s a beautiful place.
The teachers this year were wonderful and I learned something new in every class. Amanda Schwabe (aka aknitica) taught us about sock heels. My takeaway from that was a better way of picking up stitches. Julie Nandorfy (now working with Kathryn at Riverside Studio) taught us double knitting. She’s got some lovely double knit cowls that she showed us and they were inspired by embroidered pillowcases done by her grandmother. She had a lovely stack of them with her to show us. And finally Nancy Halliday taught us about drafting patterns – basically it was a class about boobs, and there was a lot of measuring involved. I came out of there with a vest pattern that will fit me properly. A bunch of us are talking about starting vests in January. I’ve got a bag of Rowan Calmer that might be perfect.
There were plenty of moments to relax with friends at a meal, or before or after a meal. We are all well fed at retreat!
It’s a bit jarring to go from this state of relaxation back to work and life as normal. Perhaps I’ll learn my lesson next year & take the Monday after retreat off too!