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.

ar-little-dudeAndrea Rangel publishes fabulous garment and accessory patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Andrea: I love the idea of indie designers coming together to create this great sale and event for knitters. I’ve always appreciated the supportive environment among designers and this is just another great example of that.

Have you participated before this year?
No, this is my first year! I’m excited to try it out.

Welcome!!!! Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?
I’m hoping to make Tread by Shannon Cook for my sister, and maybe one for me too! If I get ambitious I may even make her a Cayucos shawl. I love the texture and that gorgeous edging, but I’m nervous about having enough time. I’d also love to work up a Little Dude cardigan for my niece, but again, we’ll see if time allows. (Too many good things to knit!)

Aww, thanks re: Cayucos! Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
Bulky lace shawls like Sentiment and Squam Confidential can be great choices because they’re so dramatic, but also pretty quick to knit. If you’re a fast knitter and you love someone very much, The Knitter’s Dude (and the little version) are amazing gifts. My mom loves the Dinar slippers I knit for her a few years ago too.

Thank you so much Andrea!

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Photos © Kathy Cadigan or Andrea Rangel

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