The 2015 Ravelry Indie Design Gift-a-Long (GAL) started last week and Debbie and I are involved again this year, both as designers and as participants. If you haven't heard of this event yet, it's definitely worth checking it out! It's a 6 week knit-along/crochet-along of holiday gifts using patterns from indie designers around the world. There are over 300 designers this year offering a selection of their patterns at a 25% discount (until Friday, Nov 27, 2015) so plenty of designs to choose from.
I've spent far too long over the past few days looking at some of the 5000+ patterns that are discounted this year. One of my favourite aspects of the gift-a-long is the way the indie design community comes together to support each other and our work as indie designers. This is a time of year when many of us take time off from our "work" knitting to knit each others designs as "fun" knitting. With this in mind, I wanted to search out some hidden gems, patterns that I think haven't received as much attention as they deserve. Enjoy!
Photo © bunnymuff
This adorable stuffed toy looks like just the right size for hugs and cuddles and inviting to tea parties. My son saw this photo and was instantly smitten with it. Birthday present maybe?
Looking through the GAL patterns, there are surprising few full mitten patterns among all the fingerless mitts. For myself I find full mittens are much more practical (especially in Canadian winters!), and I really like the cables on this design.
I practically never leave the house without a sweater, even in the middle of summer, so I'm always on the lookout for cardigan patterns that would be good for layering and for dressing up a pair of jeans... just like this one!
The pretty detail at the crown of this slouchy hat caught my eye. That and the fact that it's blue and white and reminds me of a snowflake.
This crescent-shaped shawl has a pretty and interesting edging and the larger version of the pattern looks super-cozy. As I sit here typing this, I'm thinking this might be a better choice than the entire afghan I currently have wrapped around myself!
These are just a very small selection of the many, many patterns available as part of the GAL. If you'd like to see more, check out the Ravelry bundle or the Pinterest boards. Oh, and if you want to participate in the GAL on Ravlery, aside from the camaraderie, there are games to play and prizes to be won. Come join us!
It's a little bit hard to believe, but Sweet Paprika has been in business for exactly 10 years this month! We have a few things planned to celebrate our anniversary, but I thought it would be nice to start off with a little look at where we started, and where we've been, over the past decade.
It all began way back in 2007, when Elizabeth and I, and our other sister Margaret, were all living in Ottawa. We knew we wanted to put our skills to work in some sort of business, but we weren't exactly sure what direction that would take us in yet.
A few years ago Elizabeth proposed that we make the month of February each year "Finish it February": a time to pull all of our unfinished objects (UFOs in knitter slang) out of the closet or from under the bed and dust them off.
This is the third year we've done this, and I still have quite a number of projects to pull out and deal with each year, but I've noticed that although I still have many very old ones (which I keep swearing I'll finish one day), I've been much better about not accumulating new ones since we started this.