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.

km-no-otherKirsten McTeer publishes awesome accessory patterns including socks, mitts, cowls and more. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Kirsten: I love the atmosphere in the KAL/CAL threads. It’s like a big yarn party for six weeks! It’s also a great way to “meet” other independent designers and see their work.

Have you participated before this year?
Yes, this is my third GAL as both knitter and designer. I wasn’t too sure what it was all about the first time but I enjoyed it so I came back again last year and really had a fantastic time. I’m hoping this year will be the GAL’s best year yet!

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! I’m planning on knitting Badlands Hat by Kathryn Folkerth, Fathom Five Shipwreck Cowl by Raven Knits Design, Fiddleback hat and cowl by Heather Storta, and On Cloud 9 by Jo Torr.

 Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
No Your Other Left and Fossilised Ferns mitts seem to be popular mitts.

For people who like hats, Snow Over Leiden is a colourwork beret or Focalise is a ribbed beanie sized from baby right up to large adult.

Alternatively, for the scarf and shawl knitters, Yarnshine shawlette is a quick knit for a last-minute gift, and Armona would make a beautiful gift for a knitter to make for herself!

Thank you so much Kirsten!

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Photos © Kirsten McTeer

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