Posts Tagged ‘contest’

A Few GAL Updates

If you didn’t manage to get one of my patterns before the GAL discount ended, don’t forget that Claire from Verily Knits is giving one away here! You can also get any of my indie patterns at a 20% discount with the code “smallbusiness” through Monday.

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As for me, I’ve finished up some Sooper Sekrit deadline knitting and started some actual GAL knitting at last! Last night I cast on Colophon, a great pair of fingerless mitts to keep me toasty while I wait for the heat to kick in at work in the mornings.


I’m using the leftovers from my Flutter sweater, and this pattern should just about use them up! How about the rest of you GALers? What are you working on?

Sashka Knits Winner

And the winner is…

Jenna of hardknitlife! Congrats Jenna, you win the Sashka Knits pattern of your choice. Expect a Ravelry message in the next 24 hours with the code for your pattern. Enjoy!


“Auberge” by Sashka Macievich

Tinking Turtle Designs Winner

This isn’t a real post – just an announcement. Congrats to Linda (lindarumsey) who has won a copy of Swirl Socks!

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Linda, Jennifer will be in touch in the next couple days with info on how to collect your prize!

Sygneture Designs Winner

This isn’t a real post – just an announcement. Congrats to Tracy (tweetee) who has won a copy of Salvation Jane!

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Salvation Jane by Sharon Boswell

Tracy, Sharon will be in touch in the next couple days with info on how to collect your prize!

GAL Interview: Sharon Boswell

As part of the Giftalong, several participating designers are making guest appearances on other blogs. This week I’ve interviewed Sharon Boswell (SharonB on Ravelry) of Sygneture Designs. Read on to learn more about this under-rated designer!

How/why did you begin designing?

I’ve improvised my own projects for a long time but started writing patterns last year during the Malabrigo Junkies Ravelry group’s October Stockpile design competition. The competition was to design a 1 skein project for the variegated colours in the Malabrigo range. I’d made a ponytail hole hat sometime previously but wanted one with a higher hole and I decided to try it for the competition. I also wanted to use short rows as changing the number of stitches each row helps to avoid any pooling problems in the variegated yarn. And after some trial and error my Brumby Jill pattern was born. I didn’t win a prize but I became hooked on designing and I have been doing it ever since.

Brumby Jill by Sharon Boswell

Brumby Jill by Sharon Boswell

What’s your design process like?

I imagine knitting and crochet projects all the time, I just love thinking of colours, shapes and textures. I tend to mull the designs over in my head for quite some time before knitting a sample and writing a pattern. Initially I had to knit more than one sample to work out the design so stayed with smaller projects, but I am now doing garments and shawls.

Some of your patterns have very unique names. Do they have any special significance?

With my first hat I wanted to pick an Australian name and something that related to horses, so Brumby which is the Australian word for wild horse (like Mustang in the US) and Jill because our word for cowboy is Jackeroo which gets modified to Jillaroo for a women (similar to cowgirl). Hence Brumby Jill.

Some of the more recent designs are named after Australian beaches. Merewether is a beach (and the adjacent suburb) in my hometown of Newcastle in NSW. Corlette Point is a beach where my family used to holiday when I was a kid. I have taken the naming theme a step further with my Merewether projects and named them after streets in the suburb of Merewether.

Corlette Point by Sharon Boswell

Corlette Point by Sharon Boswell

Why indie patterns? Why do you publish them, and why should crafters buy them?

So far I haven’t submitted to any publications as I am quite busy with a full-time job and four kids, and designing needs to work to my timings not external deadlines. Publishing on ravelry allows me to do everything at my own pace. I publish to share the things that I like with others with similar taste and to contribute to the craft community. I put a lot of effort into ensuring that my patterns are well written, accurate, and that they are something a little different without being difficult to make. Being an indie designer with a small collection at the moment, I am able to quickly answer any questions crafters may have, either before or after purchase.

Do you have a favorite tool or yarn?

My favourite tools are my Signature Needle Arts circulars, and I think Santa is bringing me some more of them too.

My favourite yarns are from the wonderful Skein yarns in northern NSW, I love their Merino Silk Sport, Merino Cashmere Fingering and Top Draw Socks. I also love Madelinetosh and Malabrigo and wish they were easier to get in Australia.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve designed?

My Merewether vest is one of my favourite things I have ever knitted, I wear my grey one (Railway Street) all the time and have several lots of yarn earmarked for more of them.


Merewether by Sharon Boswell

What has been the highlight of the GAL for you?

Its very exciting that three people are making Merewether in the garments GAL, and all seem to be happy with their projects. Its great to make something you love for yourself but even better to be able to share it with other ravelers. Its also been great fun moderating in both Garments and Baby and Child threads, and my own queue grows daily when I see everyone’s great projects.

Now for the best part: Sharon has agreed to give away one of her patterns to one of my fabulous readers! She is offering the winner’s choice of Corlette Point, Brumby Jill, Affogato, Salvation Jane, or the adorable Jelly Beanie. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you want the most, and why. Don’t forget to leave your contact info (Ravelry names preferred)! I will choose a winner from the comments next Wednesday, December 11 and then Sharon will be in touch with your prize!

365 Days of Blog

It’s this blog’s first anniversary! To celebrate, I’m having a scavenger hunt. I’ve hidden 10 single-use coupon codes somewhere on this blog. First person to find each one gets a free pattern of their choice from my Ravelry store. If the first code you find no longer works, keep looking! Maybe one of the others hasn’t been found yet. I will post updates as they get used.

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Some clues for the regular readers:

1. pages

2. other anniversaries

3.  bead mania

4. knitting truths

5.  my most popular post ever

6. POD

7. a free teaser

8. Sandy

9. looking good in my hand-knits

10. a very cold wedding

As of March 30, 7:50 pm EST  – WOW! You guys are amazing! Thanks to the overwhelming interest, I have changed out 5 of the 10 codes for new ones. That means 5 more eagle-eyed readers will win a pattern today; 15 total! Additionally, as of this moment 569 people have viewed this post. If we get to 1000 views today, I will discount all patterns for tomorrow so that those who didn’t get here fast enough can still join the Feel Good fun!

As of March 31, 8:45 am EST – You guys are so awesome! All 15 patterns have now been found; thanks for playing along! We didn’t quite make 1000 views, but maybe next time! Happy Easter and thanks for making it a great year!

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