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Indie Designer Gift A Long (GAL) 2016!

The Indie Designer GAL starts TONIGHT!  Who’s ready?
graphic-master-logo-800-600x600What is the Indie Designer GAL?
It’s a once a year event where knitters and crocheters and designers participate in holiday gift-giving knit a-longs and crochet a-longs.  There is a sale portion of the event, which runs from 8pm tonight through midnight Nov 30th.  A portion of each participating designer’s patterns are on sale during that time for 25% off.  (There are 335 participating designers this year!)  The KAL/CAL portion runs from 8pm tonight through midnight December 31st.  There are prizes and fun and games galore!  Any non-free pattern from participating designers are eligible for prizes.  It all takes place over here in the Indie Design Gift A Long group on Ravelry.

I’m super excited to be a participating designer this year!  I found out about the event last year, but at that time I didn’t have enough published patterns to participate.  How cool is it that this year I have more than enough patterns to be able to participate?  (I think it’s pretty cool!)

gal2016-photoFrom 8pm (EST) November 22 to midnight November 30, here are the patterns I will be offering at 25% off.  Just enter ‘giftalong2016’ as a coupon code when you check out!
Flare and Square Scarf
Moissanite Shawl
Playbook Sweater Vest
Winding Roads Aran Hat
Turritella Socks
Graphite Socks
May Day Flower Socks
Leaf & Trellis Socks
Autumn Wheat Socks
Pavo Socks
William’s Socks

I hope you’ll join me in the fun and games!

Happy Knitting!  And gifting!!

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Sorry for the radio silence!

I’m still here, I promise!  Life has been busy, but I’m still knitting away.  Right now I’m working on a gift knit, so I can’t show you that until it’s done and gifted.  And as soon as that’s done I have another magazine design – so I won’t be able to show you that either!  I have lots of ‘secret’ stuff I’m working on.  Sorry – I know that makes things less than interesting here!

We just got back from a trip to Walt Disney World – we stayed for 10 days – that’s the longest we’ve ever stayed!  It was so much fun, but very tiring.

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Magic Kingdom

And I got very little knitting done while we were gone!!

Back on a fiber related note – I’m teaching a Fiber Arts class for my homeschooling group – I’m planning on covering spinning, weaving, crochet and knitting.  I already had the first class, and the kids really seemed to enjoy learning how to spin on a drop spindle!  I’m looking forward to the rest of the classes. 🙂  The moms keep asking me for a class for them, so I need to try to set one up. 🙂

Anyway, not much else going on here!  I’m enjoying reviewing Master Knitting notebooks – (got one right after we got back from Disney!) – and I’m learning a lot while doing so!  I’ll get my first level 2 notebook to review this week – I’m really excited about that!

I’ll try to do a bit better about posting, but it’s hard when there really isn’t anything to show you! 😉

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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TKGA 2014 Conference wrap-up: with Photos!

The TKGA conference this year was phenomenal!  And not just because I got my pin there (although that will always make it special for me), but it was really so well run and it was even better than the two conferences I’ve been to before (not that those weren’t good too – they just keep getting better and better, it seems!)   🙂

The venue was fantastic, the people were (as always) so friendly and nice, and the events were well done and wonderful.  The classes I took were really good, too!

As promised, here are a few photos from the week, and feel free to check out my Flickr Photo Album for even more photos!

Hotel lobby

Stylish doggie out front.

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Suzanne giving me my pin.
Getting my pin!
The presentation was just great!
Yarn Tasting

Now to just plan out how to get myself to San Diego for next year’s conference! 🙂

Happy Knitting!

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TKGA day four recap

I’m home now from the conference, but here’s my quick day four recap from yesterday!

My roommate and I had no classes, so it was a very relaxing day!  We walked over to a little French cafe for coffee and breakfast in the morning, and then on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the cupcake shop again and got cupcakes for later.  🙂  (That was the way to do it – they had such a great selection in the morning, compared to the afternoon we had gone earlier!)

We relaxed and knit in the Serenity Zone until the afternoon, and then walked over to a nearby Hungarian restaurant and got sandwiches there for lunch.  Then we chilled out in the room until it was time to go to the Yarn Tasting that evening.  The Yarn Tasting was absolutely wonderful!!  We got perfect tiny little skeins of each yarn to sample, and got lots of goodies to take home with us, including many sumptuous yarns!  (I’ll do another blog post next week with some pictures and show you what I got in detail.)  StevenBe and Stephen West were an absolute hoot as our MCs.

We then said goodbye to all our friends and got up super early to fly home this morning.

I’m exhausted and happy to be home – but I had such a good time the whole week, and will forever cherish the memories and friends I made during my time in NH.  🙂

Stay tuned for some photos and pictures of my purchases in the next day or two.

Happy Knitting!!

 

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TKGA day three recap

Hello again! Day three was busy busy, and fantastic!! I had an all day class, Textured Twined Fingerless Mitts, with Beth Brown Reinsel. It was such a wonderful class! Beth is a phenomenal teacher -I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I’ll have to post pictures of my mitt when I get home. It’s a very interesting technique.

I had lunch in the hotel with some friends and then ran over to the marketplace to help model in the Exhibitor fashion show. 🙂

Last night was the Summer Soirée – the TKGA banquet/fashion show/pinning ceremony.  It was so wonderful to get my pin and to show off my sweater in the fashion show.  I’m still kind of living in a dream right now – I really can’t believe I’m actually a Master Knitter, and a Committee member to boot!  The food was wonderful and of course the company was just lovely as well – the best part of these conferences is the people that you meet – I’ve made so many friends over the course of the three conferences that I’ve been able to attend!

I’ll post recapping today (and the whole conference) tomorrow once I’m home, and I should have some photos to share with you!! I’m really looking forward to the yarn tasting tonight! 🙂

Until tomorrow, Happy Knitting!!