Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ending 2015 with a bang... (not with a whimper)

Well ok, during those last couple of weeks before Knit Fit a person with very sharp hearing might have occasionally heard a little bit of whimpering coming from my direction...but only a little.

First of all, I have to say a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful knitters who stopped into my booth at Knit Fit! The conversations were wonderful, and the amount of positive feedback I got was truly priceless. I think we all like to be told we are headed in the right direction every once in a while, whatever the endeavour may be. During the many years I worked in LYS's, I deeply valued the chance to hear what a wide range of knitters loved and hated. Last weekend reminded me how much I have missed that. Now that I'm figuring out how to take my show on the road, I'm hoping to arrange some trunk shows at LYS's in the Northwest. Stay tuned for details...

Now that Knit Fit is over, I'm focusing on the Indie Gift-A-Long on Ravelry. If you haven't heard of it, you should really go check it out! Until 11:59 US EST on 11/27 there are more than 300 independent designers offering a selection of their patterns for sale at a 25% discount using the coupon code giftalong2015. But the fun isn't over when the coupon code expires - there are KAL's and CAL's grouped around pattern categories to help you stay on top of your holiday gift knitting and prizes of all sorts to be won. The easiest way to get all the information is to go to the Indie Gift-A-Long group here. There are pages for the list of participating designers, the AMAZING pinterest boards that the team has set up by pattern category, and much more. Personally, I'll be knitting and reviewing Paper Snowflakes by Amy van de Laar/Baroque Purls, and Hogmanay by Jen Lucas. Short interviews with each of them are coming too. Getting to know such talented designers better is definitely one of my favorite aspects of the Indie GAL. So go forth, treat yourself to some new patterns while getting your gifts made, and have fun. If you have to travel for the holiday this week, I wish you no transportation complications and lots of knitting time along the way!

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