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Interview: Kirsten Hipsky

One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

kh-irishKirsten Hipsky publishes lovely garment, home, and accessory patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL? Have you participated before?

Kirsten: This is my first time ever participating in the Indie GAL. It’s the first year where I felt I had enough indie patterns to promote! I love how supportive all of Ravelry is of indie designers to make this promotion happen every year. It’s so cool to see designers supporting each other as well! It makes me want to get more involved and help others the same way.

Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?

As for what I’m going to knit, well, I have to press ever onwards! Writing patterns and knitting prototypes from scratch is my main creative outlet. But I want to give big props to my designer friends Emma Welford (emmawelford) and Sara Delaney (ChickenBetty) for convincing me to do the Indie GAL this year. They’re both awesome, dedicated, massively creative designers and it gives me strength to see them making great stuff.

They both create fantastic designs! Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?

When it comes to gift knitting, I’m all about speed speed speed! Quick knit projects are fun, gratifying, and are easier to give to non-knitting recipients without getting an ulcer if you see it in a laundry basket. My super bulky Veinte Cowl is a super fast one skein project that makes a huge impact on knitters and non-knitters alike. Its simple knit and purl stitch pattern make it accessible to knitters of all skill levels.

Thank you Kirsten!!

 

 

Photos © Kirsten Hipsky, Two of Sticks, or Lindsey Topham

 

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!

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Winner Evie Scott Pattern

Congrats to Sheri!  I’ve emailed you the code. Thank you everyone for commenting on Evie’s interview!

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One of the things I love most about the Indie GAL (Gift-A-Long) is the chance to discover and/or promote other designers’ work. Over the course of the GAL I’ll be publishing gift-knitting related interviews with designers whose work I admire.

db-balloonDoreen Blask (Laffrenzen) publishes fabulous garment and accessory patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Doreen: Discovering all the new designers and adding to my to-do-list is the best part, I think. It’s also a great opportunity to get in touch with other designers.

Have you participated before this year?
No, this is the first year I’m in.

Welcome! Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?
I am making some toys (Cheezombie’s Seahorse Pattern and others) and if I can find the time I’ll make one or two shawls (Sand Ripples shawl and maybe the Heart on Fire by Lili Go).

Aww, thanks re: Sand Ripples! That one does take a bit of time thought. Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I think my toy patterns make great gifts for kids, especially the Cuddle Me Caterpillar , the Follow Me Mittens are great for adults 🙂

Thank you so much Doreen!

Photos © Mrsmumpitz

Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!

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These are the shawl designs I’ve chosen from designers participating in the 2016 Indie Design Gift-A-Long. I’ve tried, again, to pick a variety of techniques: for this installment, you’ll find double knitting, slip stitch colorwork, and lace.

If you have any favorites not listed, please post a comment with the pattern name and/or link!

 

Barbara Benson Golden Lion Throne

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I’ve been a long admirer of Barbara’s designs. She combines mosaic slip stitch patterns with lace in a unique way.

In her Golden Lion Throne pattern, shown above, she includes a detailed discussion on yarn color, swatching, reading charts, etc.  She includes swatch directions — I think this is a great idea for both swatching for gauge and swatching to practice the technique. Charts and line by line instructions are given for both the swatch and the pattern. Pertinent tips are included in a sidebar adjacent to the line by line instructions.

Emily Ross Amillë
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I just adore this Niebling-esque shawl. Until Emily sent me the pattern, I was unaware that it was knit primarily in the round. She includes a construction schematic that overlays a photo of the shawl, with sections clearly marked. Overviews are included for each section, so you have an idea of what’s going on in each. Tables for sections E-I are included with stitch count totals after each increase row.

Both charts and line by line directions are included.

Nim Teasdale Renaissance Fan
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I chose Nim’s elegant half circle shawl because the flow of the stitch patterns highlights the beautiful gradient yarns available.  It’s a fantastic melding of design and yarn. I especially love the larger example, with more repeats of the edging (see the Ravelry pattern page for more project photos): this option is noted in the pattern. Beads a lovely addition. Both charts and line by line instructions are included.

Tania Richter Celtic Lunar Phoenix (and Inari Kitsune)

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Tania’s intricate, pictorial double knitted designs are just stunning.  Celtic Lunar Phoenix, above, is a triangular shawl, with the wingspan of the phoenix stretching across your back (um, the wingspan of the shawl). The design is clearly charted.

Inari Kitsune features one of my favorite mythological creatures: trickster Kitsunes. The pattern is presented as a sequence of downloads, since it was initially an MKAL (mystery knitalong, with clues released at set intervals). See the pattern page for the variety of scarves the knitters created! 

Be sure to visit the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun! Games, prizes, and encouragement!

Patterns discussed above were provided by the designers at my request for review copies. I’ve only chosen patterns that I really loved 🙂
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