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.

cs-kilimCarol Sunday publishes fabulous garment and accessory patterns. She’s also designed an exquisite line of yarns (visit her shop here).

Check out Carol’s Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Carol: I love the sale, of course! Not just that patterns are marked down, but I love going through the bundles of patterns and seeing what other designers have been up to. It’s the one time of year that I make time to check out other designers’ work, and it’s always fun and inspiring. I also like setting up my own pinterest board for my personal favorites. And even though I’m sometimes too late to take advantage of the sale, I usually buy a few things for my library.

Have you participated before this year?
I missed the very first year, so this is my third.

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

I’d like to if time allows.

At the top of my personal queue is Cristina’ Ghirlanda’s Ebony. I love the style of this piece. It’s something I could see myself wearing a lot!
I’d also love to make Vikki Bird’s Showflake cushion for my sofa, Jen Lucas’s Regalo and Kerri Blumer’s Blendon Woods hat for my stepdaughters, and Janice Anderson’s Wee Blackface Sheep 2 for my studio. And whether or not I’ll actually make either of them, I’m definitely buying Heike Campbell’s Dancing Dragon Coat and Lotta Groeger’s Im dunklen Wald patterns, just so that I can gaze at their beauty.

 Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I gave my Broderie Hollandaise hat and mitts as gifts last year, and they were both a huge hit.

My Bohemica cowl also makes a great gift – it’s a super-scrunchy cowl in an unusual stitch pattern – engaging but not too time consuming.

Thank you so much Carol!

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Photos © Carol Sunday

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