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Gift-a-Long 2017

The 5th annual Gift-a-Long is underway! I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 5 years already! I’ve been a participating designer and knitter all 5 years, and it’s an absolute blast every time.

gal 5

New to the GAL? It’s a great event originally created to boost awareness of Indie designers and to help fiber crafters get those holiday projects done on time. For one week each November (this year it’s from the 21st to the 28th) all participating designs are 25% off with that year’s code. This year we have over 300 designers enrolling 10-20 designs each in the sale. You can catch a quick idea of what I personally have on sale below, or click the link to see all 20 discounted patterns.

GAL 2017 poster

The sale only lasts a week, but the Gift-a-Long lasts all the way until New Year’s Eve. There is an -along thread for each category of pattern (sweaters, baby knits, hands, etc) with random prizes awarded periodically in each. There are also threads for various contests that run throughout the GAL, and on New Year’s there’s a prize giveaway extravaganza! It’s a fun way to motivate each other to get through your holiday gift-knitting and get yourself some fun gifts too.

Interested? Join in!

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?

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

GAL Interview: Sashka Macievich

Last year during the Gift-a-long I interviewed a couple designers for the blog, and it was so much fun I’m doing it again! Today, meet Sashka of Sashka is Canadian (from BC), but sells her patterns on Ravelry in U.S. dollars. Twelve of them are on sale this week for the GAL.

Tell us about yourself, both as a person and as a designer. What makes you “you”, and what makes that noteworthy?

Ha ha, I’d like to think that all the little idiosyncrasies that make me ‘me’ are charming but I might be slightly delusional about that.  I am always awkward in social situations, especially large crowds.  I do best in small groups of people I know well.  I do make friends easily especially if we have something in common.  I love reading – all types of books but right now I am reading a lot of Scandinavian mystery novels translated to English, I drink good coffee and nibble on dark chocolate.  As a designer I love detail and texture and spend a lot of time experimenting until I get the right mix.  I am a process knitter, when the project is done I don’t have a whole lot of attachment to it and usually give it away as a gift.


“Auberge” by Sashka Macievich

Describe your design process for us. Do you usually start the same way? Is there a particular place you go for inspiration? Do you have a set routine?

My inspiration could come from anywhere – sometimes while I am working on one design another one works itself out in my head, sometimes I see a pattern while I am out and about and sometimes the yarn itself tells me what it wants.  A lot of time I have one idea in my head and when I start swatching it morphs into another better idea.

Once I start though I do have a set routine, I always swatch, sometimes several times, then I do the math in a spreadsheet and make my charts.  Then I knit my sample working from the spreadsheet and the charts.  My spreadsheets are very detailed and I keep meticulous notes during sample knitting.  Once the sample is knit, it is time to put the pattern into words and take photos.

Do you have a favorite fiber, yarn weight, or color family you tend to gravitate toward? You certainly have a wide variety of pattern types and textures represented in your GAL patterns!

Yes, I love fingering weight yarn and I love texture.  I love to experiment with creating texture with cables, lace and ribbing. Now I am starting to add colour to mix as well. As far as the wide variety of designs I decided to design whatever I wanted for a while to determine what it was I meant to be designing instead of what I thought I should be designing.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever designed? Why? 

I love my Windmill Bay Stole.  I knit it purely because I needed a warm snuggly wrap for when we were camping at our favourite spot.  Whenever I pull it out I am immediately transported to a calm happy place.

Windmill Bay

“Windmill Bay Stole” by Sashka Macievich

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

I tend to over commit myself.  With self-publishing the only deadlines I have are the ones I create for myself.  While this is definitely a job where I have to wear a lot of hats, I wear them because I want to and I like to take the time I need to do them well.  I love to be part of the indie community, knitters and designers are always ready to help and teach those who truly want to learn.  Crafters who buy indie patterns are really getting a lot for their money, indie designers are putting a lot into their craft.  Never before have so many resources been available to designers and so many places to provide their designs for sale.

Which of your GAL patterns do you think would be the best gift?

Arboles Cowl, Alberni Cowl, Busu Cowl and Syxx Hat are all quick knits and I think would appeal to many people of different ages.

arboles cowl

“Arboles Cowl” by Sashka Macievich

Do you plan to make anything during the GAL? If not, do any other GAL designs really stand out to you?

I do!  But I can’t reveal my plans as it is secret Christmas knitting. (shhh)  I have discovered so many designs in the GAL I would not have known about otherwise, many have jumped into my cart already!

Any new or exciting developments on the horizon? We’d love to hear as much as you’re comfortable sharing!

I have so many designs for next year already.  Watch for shawls and garments for spring and fall.

Now for one of the hallmarks of the GAL – prizes! Sashka was kind enough to offer a free pattern to one of my fabulous readers. Would you like it to be you? Check out her full list of GAL patterns (here!) and tell us in the comments which one you’d most like to make and why. The random number generator and I will announce a winner this Sunday, November 23 at 6pm EST. Be sure to leave your Ravelry name or some other contact info in the comment so I can get you your prize!

It’s Almost GAL Time!

Thanks for all your empathy and warm wishes this past week; every little bit is truly appreciated. As promised, I have a real post this week.

Did you participate in last year’s Indie Gift-a-Long on Ravelry? Dozens of designers and hundreds of knitters and crocheters did! Sign-ups have begun for this year’s participating designers, and we’re already up to over 250 designers. I seriously can’t wait to see how many makers we get. Just over a week to go!

GAL join in yellow

So those of you who didn’t participate last year are probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about. The Gift-a-Long (GAL) is a huge event on Ravelry that starts in November and ends New Year’s Eve. It’s designed to both provide exposure for indie designers and provide some seriously sweet discounts and prizes for avid knitters and crocheters. For the first week of the event all eligible patterns are 25% off, and we all (even the designers, frequently) go on a shopping spree to get all the patterns we plan to knit for the holidays. This is the “gift”  part of the Gift-a-Long. You can see which designs your favorite designers are including by checking the GAL bundles on their designer page (mine is linked below) or see all the participating patterns on Pinterest.

2014 bundle

Once you’ve got your patterns it’s time to join a (few) KAL/CAL(s). Each KAL/CAL gets its own thread in the GAL Ravelry group where we all share progress, cheer each other on, and ask questions as relevant. Thus the “-along” part of the Gift-a-Long. The designers tend to be extra busy during this time as we’re not only frequenting the threads to answer questions and cheerlead, but also often working on projects of our own! Another good reason to be an active participant in these threads is that, every now and then and without warning, a mod will post that the next person to post a WIP photo gets a prize! The prizes range from free patterns to yarn and other fibery goodies.

gal 2014 poster

While only select patterns (by which I mean hundreds) are eligible for the discount and only for a one week period, all independently published patterns by participating designers are welcome in the -alongs. Additionally, all paid (not free) patterns by the designers are eligible for prizes. Some designers save new releases for this period for this reason. There are also periodic games and contests where the winners get still more prizes, and a huge giveaway extravaganza at the New Year’s Eve “party”. For those of you who are not new to Feel Good Knitting, yes, I will be giving away prizes in addition to my usual birthday/New Year’s giveaways.

As you can see, this is a big, big deal. This year’s specifics are below (note that some links will lead to empty pages until the start of the event). I hope to see you in the threads!

Sale Dates– November 13-21, 2014

Event Dates – November 13-December 31, 2014

Ravlery GroupIndie Design Gift-a-Long

Pinterest Boards – List of boards with links

Prizes – Listed here!


Contest Winners

Happy Sunday and thanks to all the people who joined my new Rav group this week! As promised, I have used the Random Number Generator to pick winners for the contest announced in this post. Without further ado, congrats to:

Our 3rd prize winners cats, may-g, and Craftylady1956, who will be receiving the pattern of their choice from my store,

Our 2nd prize winner, t28girl, who has a shiny new copy of my e-book Private Reserve in her library,

private reserve

And of course our grand prize winner, littlebirdy, who will be receiving this mysterious box o’ Feel Good as soon as she PMs me her address.

box of Feel Good

Yay! I love spreading the love like this! Even if you didn’t win, I hope you’ll still drop by and join in the fun some time.  We’re good people, I promise!

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