GAL Knitting

Well, we’re nearly half way through the sale period for this year’s GAL. Many thanks to all of you who have bought my patterns so far!

GAL 2015 poster

As for me, I’ve bought 2 patterns from participating designers myself. I bought Eloina purely because they’re beautiful socks and this time of the year makes me crave cables like I crave chocolate.

Then, after a particularly cold run, I remembered the interview I did with Sharon Boswell 2 GALs back. So I’m now the proud owner of Brumby Jill as well. It will be perfect for running in the cold.

brumby jill

Brumby Jill by Sharon Boswell

Then I clicked on over to Knit Picks’ big sale (over now) and ordered the yarn for each. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll be joining the KALs as soon as it does! Hope to see you there!

GAL Starts Tomorrow Night!!!

At 8pm EST tomorrow, the 3rd annual Gift-a-Long officially starts! I’m so excited!!!

GAL 2015 stats

There are 335 designers participating this year, including me. That’s absolutely amazing. There are also more prizes than I’ve ever seen before. The GAL hasn’t even officially started yet, and the -along threads are already getting longer by the minute!

GAL 2015 poster

I have 15 of my own patterns discounted for the sale period this year, and ALL of my paid patterns are eligible for prizes if you post about them in one of the -along threads.

Of course, I’m already starting to prowl the list of eligible designs for my own holiday knitting purposes. I’m excited about the number of big-time designers participating, but I do think I’ll find some unknown newbie to buy from, just because I like “discovering” new talent.

Are you participating in the GAL? What are you most excited about?


Remember that design that I had to cast-on 3 times? The one we weren’t talking about?


We seem to have surmounted our difficulties. The piece is behaving itself thus far (guess the 3rd time is a charm), and we got some real quality time together during the drive for last week’s field trip.


I am in love and totally addicted. I can’t put it down, and I’m okay with that. I mean, I didn’t really need food or a clean house anyway. Right?

P.S. Just over a week until the GAL sale starts! If you have any requests for what gets included, make them now!


In case you missed it on my various other social media, I have a new pattern for you! I’m very happy to introduce you to Hamilton.


It may seem a little odd to be introducing a sleeveless pattern in November (unless you’re lucky enough to be in the southern hemisphere!) but knitting is not a fast process, and neither is publishing! Luckily, fingering weight yarn is great for layering, and Hamilton looks great under a cardigan!


This is an amazingly comfortable bottom-up tank with plenty of options for both making and wearing. Not to mention, 4 skeins of cotton makes for a fast and inexpensive break from all that holiday knitting for everyone else!

neck corner

Hamilton is currently only available on the Knit Picks website. I hope you’ll check it out!

GAL Is Coming!

Only a couple weeks left til GAL 2015! New to the Gift-a-Long? You can find plenty of detailed info here, but basically, GAL is an annual sale on patterns by a huge (and I mean HUGE) group of indie designers, including myself. The sale is followed by 6 weeks of knit- and crochet-alongs and many, many prizes donated by the same designers and usually a number of indie yarnies and other artisans as well. This year’s sale runs Nov. 19-27.


This will be my 3rd year participating. It really is quite fun, even for those of us who aren’t eligible for prizes! It’s also a great way to learn about new designers you might otherwise have missed!

gal 2014 poster

Because of the sheer number of designers now involved, this year we are limiting each designer to 20 patterns to include in the sale. All patterns will still be eligible for knit-along prizes, but for those of us who’ve been designing a while (or prolifically!) it can be tricky to pick just 20 to discount.

So I’m putting the decision in your hands. Which of my indie patterns would you like to get at a steep discount? I have a thread running here to discuss it and make requests or suggestions. Of course, I’d love to hear from you in the comments too!

Distract Me

As I’ve just cast-on 200+ stitches for the third time with this new design, I’m not particularly interested in talking about my knitting at the moment. Let’s talk about the weather…or hockey…or yummy harvest foods…or pretty much anything else but what I’m knitting right now.

What are you knitting right now? Distract me, please!

Old Town!

Old Town is finally done!


I’m still totally in love with the yarn. The sweater is unfortunately quite large in the arms, which is frequently a problem with sweater patterns for me, but I decided to leave it because it will be easier to layer on top of other sweaters during the coldest months this winter.

sweater back

Can’t wait for it to get cold enough to wear this big, cozy blast of color!


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