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.
Amy van de Laar publishes fabulous accessory patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.
Steph: Whatâ€™s your favorite part of the GAL?
Amy: Iâ€™m really enjoying handing out prizes, I love the excitement of it! I have one day each week on drive-by prize patrol, giving pattern codes to whoever posts the next WIP or FO photo. I also love hanging out in the Hand & Arm Things thread (where Iâ€™m one of the host mods), seeing what lovely things people are making. Iâ€™ve discovered some fantastic patterns and yarns that werenâ€™t on my radar before.
Have you participated before this year?
Iâ€™ve participated for two years previously as a designer (and knitter!), but this is my first year on the Mod Team. Can I give a shout-out to all the mods? Theyâ€™re all so much fun to work with!
The mods are totally awesome! They volunteer an amazingly generous amount of time. Have you participated as a knitter before?
As for the knitting part, my first GAL project from 2014, a Park Slope tee, was only finished this September – Iâ€™m really slow with garments, even short-sleeved ones. In 2015 I did manage to finish a cowl at the eleventh hour, so my GAL cred is improving. Maybe this year Iâ€™ll manage more than one project. 🙂
Are you participating as a knitter again this year?
Iâ€™m working on a pair of Grellow Love socks designed by Clare Devine, using some leftover Vintage Purls yarn. Iâ€™m nearly up to the heel of the first one! Itâ€™s parked on my desk next to my laptop, so I can sneak in a few rounds when Iâ€™m GAL chatting or waiting for Photoshop to load. Iâ€™m not very experienced with socks, so each pair I make is a bit of an adventure. If I have time after this pair, Iâ€™ll probably go for more socks, maybe Wheatly Socks or Tip Toe Up (which are both in my queue).
Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I tend to make hats, cowls, and scarves for gifts, because theyâ€™re nice and practical. A few of mine that I think are quite quick and versatile are Tailfeather, a worsted-weight scarf with simple feather-inspired lace, Ascent, a textured unisex beanie, Peacowl, a DK-weight lace cowl, and INSULATE, a free Dalek-patterned hat (for the geeks in the family).
Thank you so much Amy!
Photos Â© Amy van de Laar
Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!