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.
Nim Teasdale publishes gorgeous shawl patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.
Steph: Whatâ€™s your favorite part of the GAL?
Nim: Itâ€™s hard to choose a single favourite part as I love many aspects of it. The general excitement and energy is so much fun, and I love the opportunity to make new friends and hang out with old friends too. Itâ€™s always very inspiring to see all the beautiful things people make too.
Have you participated before this year?
This is my third GAL. Itâ€™s wonderful to see how much it grows each year.
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! The last two years Iâ€™ve only been able to cheer from the sidelines, but this year I am determined to make something! Iâ€™d love to make a serious jumper like Ink or Wink , but Iâ€™m going to try to be sensible and not overreach myself, so Iâ€™m making some of Gannetâ€™s Paper Snowflakes, and a Dreamy Owl for my new little nephew. Iâ€™ve been eyeing off Browneyedbabsâ€™s toys for a long time, and now I have the perfect excuse.
Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I think the patterns from the Knitting by the Seat of Your Pants collections (here and here) all make pretty good gifts. Theyâ€™re all adaptable as to yarn weights, so if youâ€™ve in a hurry, you can knit up something striking very quickly. Theyâ€™re also simple and fun, which suits this time of year very well.
Those do look great! Thank you so much Nim!
Photos Â© Nim Teasdale
Don’t forget to check out the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry to join in the fun!