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.

Jane Richmond publishes fantastic sweater designs as well as fabulous accessories. Check out her Ravelry page here.

Steph: What’s your favorite part of the GAL?
Jane: My favourite part of the GAL has to be the enthusiasm from knitters to join in and knit along together! Ravelry is such a vibrant community and I feel the GAL brings us all together in the spirit of giving and the holiday season.

Have you participated before this year?
This is actually my first year participating in the GAL! I’ve really enjoyed being involved in such a high spirited event!

Are you participating as a knitter? if yes, what are you planning on knitting? if no, what would you, had you the time?
Originally I had planned on participating in the GAL as a knitter — I wanted to make a few pairs of the Toba Slippers as gifts, but I completely dropped the ball and wasn’t able to make it happen this year.

I think those slippers would make an awesome gift. Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?
I think mittens and hats always make really great hand knit gifts! My Autumn hat and Lodge toque are particualrly quick knits, perfect for last minute gifts if you only have a few hours! My Woodstack mitts from our new book Within are super squishy and fun — and everyone loves fingerless mittens like Rathtrevor and Spate!

Those are all awesome. Thank you so much Jane!

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Photos © Jane Richmond

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