Another sale has started! This one is for all my non Ravelry friends. I know that many people still suffer greatly from the website changes on Ravelry, and some people have just never wanted to go back. With that in mind the Fasten Off Yarn A Long (FOYAL) was created, and I was very happy to join along! There are over 90 designers participating this year, and the sale will go on until the end of the day, December 8, 2023. But, apart from the sale there is a Discord channel where everyone talks and plays games until December 31. You can find the link to the Discord channel by going to the website, How To Play, and Platforms.
If you are looking for my sale patterns, you can head over to my shop on Payhip, and if you use the code FO2023 you can get 25% off everything. I decided to list all my patterns for sale this year, so you can stock up now to knit along during the FOYAL or for later. I have to say that there are a lot of amazing patterns for sale in the sale bundles that you can access from the website, though. So, be sure to go dig around a bit, and see what others have offered.
Now that Thanksgiving has come to an end, I am going full into the Gift A Long crafting. My first project is a crochet scarf called UNsquared Granny Super Scarf. This scarf is a twist on a traditional granny square and is worked in a rectangle. It’s a great project for learning how to crochet, as it has both written directions, as well as charts. I find crochet charts to be a bit confusing, so this is a great way to learn how the symbols work compared to the written directions. It’s helped a lot! It also has very simple stitches.
I also love that it’s not just a great project, but it’s great to work on while watching tv, or while travelling. I chose yarn from my stash that is from Yarn Bee. I picked a greige color, along with a darker grey. It gives a wonderful contrast and some visual interest, while staying neutral. You could very easily use more bold colors for a pop, or alternate with a different color every single round. I highly recommend checking it out!
Remember the Indie Gift A Long sale is going for a few more days, but the fun will continue until the end of December. Head over to the Ravelry group to join in the fun!
It’s that time of year again! The Indie Gift A Long has started! If you are looking for a fun community of crafters working on gifts for both themselves and others, you really should check it out. I’m a participating designer again this year. There is a huge bundle of patterns for sale from 262 designers! It ends up being over 5,000 patterns for sale! The 25% of sale runs until 11:50 EST on November 27th. So, there is still plenty of time to join in. Along with the sale, there are games being hosted and many many beautiful prizes to be won.
My favorite part of the gift a long is the atmosphere. There are so many wonderful people to chat with, patterns to peruse, new designers to find, and friendships formed. But, it has also been a way for me to reset. It can get so hectic this time of year. It’s so nice to be able to just sit back and craft without any need of finishing. While yes, there are prizes handed out along the way to some lucky finishers, there is no pressure. If I don’t get it done it’ll be there afterwards. And this part of the fun goes until midnight on December 31. So, there is over a month of just hanging out and laughing with others. All the designers are there to share in your fun and to help wherever we can. It’s also a wonderful time to try out a new to you technique. There is such a wealth of knowledge from all the participants, that if you get stuck there will be no problems in getting help. Someone will be around that knows of a video or website with great instructions. 😀
Come on over and join us!!
Here is a little picture of my Sno’ Fun Scarf to add a wee bit of visual interest. 😀
I’ve been working hard lately to get some more patterns out. That means I have three more for everyone, with a couple more still to come! If you are ever interested in testing for me, feel free to send me a message through the website, or if you are on Ravelry, you can join my group.
First up, we have a new scarf! This is my Sno’ Fun Scarf and it knits up very quickly. It looks very complicated, but if you put a stitch marker between each of the repeats it really helps keep track of where your repeats are and takes some of the stress out of it. It can also be modified to make it wider or thicker by adding or removing a repeat of the pattern. I also added a fringe onto mine for a little bit of fun.
Next is a pair of colorwork socks. These are my Eat Your Greens Socks. I love how these turned out. I was looking for something nature inspired, and we was looking out the window at the trees and thought ‘I need leaves!’. So, that was how they started. I decided to go with this mirrored leaf look. I am about to start a second pair for myself using a light color of maybe grey or beige along with a rainbow yarn to create a fall look to the leaves. These socks have a really fun sole and a different gusset than I normally do. The gusset is made by doing increases on the sole and continuing with the striped colorwork. It gives a fun wedge design on the bottom of the sock.
And last, but certainly not least is another hat. This is my Raindrops Hat. This has a loose fit because of the increases to make the raindrops. The gauge is a bit fiddly with this hat, but honestly even measuring a swatch in stockinette should come out to the same numbers as the Raindrops. It can also be easily lengthened and instructions are provided in the pattern on how to do that. I also carried the raindrops up the crown of the hat, so it goes all the way up until the last few rounds of decreases.
I hope you love all these patterns. They were so much fun to make!