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.

Steph: Hi Susanna! Have you participated as a designer before this year? What’s your favorite favorite part of the GAL?

Susanna: This is my third time participating as a designer. My favorite part is admiring all the amazing patterns my fellow designers have come up with, finding new favorite patterns and designers, and of course the fun chatter and camaraderie in the group threads.

Me too! I love browsing the participating designer thread.

Are you participating as a knitter as well as a designer?

I am participating as knitter, too. My brother and his wife just had their first child a few weeks ago so I want to knit everything for my little nephew. Baby knits are so fast and cute.

I’d love to do the Opadoo (Steph note: the Opadoo is doing one project for each category), too, but holidays are so hectic anyways I’m trying to preserve my sanity. Maybe someday!

Which of your patterns do you think make the best gifts?

I think patterns with which you don’t have to care about sizing and fit too much make the best gift knits. My particular favorite is the Free Falling cowl – that’s also a great stashbusting, scrap yarn pattern. I’ve knit two myself and still have the makings of at least a dozen more in my scrap yarn bin!

That cowl is awesome! I love the interplay of the different stitch patterns with a unified palette.

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photos © talvi knits


Find Susanna on Ravelry as Talvi, and check out all her designs here! Her website is here.

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