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!!



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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!