On Thursday November 22 at 8 PM EST, the third Indie Design Gift-A-Long got started. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the info-graphic above shows some of the wonder that is the GAL. Basically, 335 independent designers (including me) banded together to start a KAL/CAL that lasts from now through the end of the year. Each designer is offering a discount on no less that 5 and no more than 20 patterns until midnight Friday November 27 EST. To take advantage of the discount, all you need to do is purchase the pattern via ravelry and enter the coupon code giftalong2015.
In addition to the promotion, there are separate KAL/CAL threads for assorted garments and accessories. There is a thread for body things, and foot things, and hand things, and neck things, and head things, and thing things. There are probably a couple of other threads that I’m forgetting about, but there is a lot going on. There are also games and prizes. You can check the whole thing out by joining the ravelry group, and reading through the rules, KAL threads, and the chat thread (I will warn you now that these people chat a lot).
You may be asking yourself a few questions. Who are the designers? How can I find the stuff that is on sale? What other patterns are eligible for the KALs? These are excellent questions.
The list of participating designers can be found in this thread. You can also see them in this bundle. The sale patterns can be found on pinterest and in this bundle. Patterns eligible for the KALs can be found at this link, which takes you to the advanced search page in ravelry.
I must warn you, there is a lot of creative, amazing talent that you will uncover by clicking any of those links. I may have lost 3 hours of my life yesterday just looking at the patterns. I don’t think anyone can really blame me because I ran across things like Alameda by Clare Lakewood.
Not to mention the absolutely stunning Minimissimi Sweater Coat by Christina Ghirlanda.
And then there is the Proxima Hat by Amy Maceyko.
The Black Cable socks that are amazing by Anneh Fletcher.
The Woodcarving mittens by Aurélie Colas are beautiful.
There is this gorgeous Sea Oak pillow by Kate Bostwick.
When I saw Charlie the Kitten by Kate E Hancock, I thought I might die from the cute.
Last, but far from least is the Laramie shawl by Rae Blackledge. That is some serious lace.
I could go on and on and on, but I think you get the idea. There is some serious talent out there, and this is a really good time to find it.