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.
Andrea Rangel publishes fabulous garment and accessory patterns. Check out her Ravelry page here.
Steph: Whatâ€™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. Iâ€™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! Iâ€™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?
Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m nervous about having enough time. Iâ€™d also love to work up a Little Dude cardigan for my niece, but again, weâ€™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 theyâ€™re so dramatic, but also pretty quick to knit. If youâ€™re a fast knitter and you love someone very much, The Knitterâ€™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!
Photos Â© 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!