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.

nt-renNim Teasdale publishes gorgeous shawl patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Nim: It’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. It’s always very inspiring to see all the beautiful things people make too.

Have you participated before this year?
This is my third GAL. It’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 I’ve only been able to cheer from the sidelines, but this year I am determined to make something! I’d love to make a serious jumper like Ink or Wink , but I’m going to try to be sensible and not overreach myself, so I’m making some of Gannet’s Paper Snowflakes, and a Dreamy Owl for my new little nephew. I’ve been eyeing off Browneyedbabs’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. They’re all adaptable as to yarn weights, so if you’ve in a hurry, you can knit up something striking very quickly. They’re also simple and fun, which suits this time of year very well.

Those do look great! Thank you so much Nim!

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Photos © Nim Teasdale

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