UK Indie Designer Miranda Jollie…..

beacon scarf by miranda jollie

Throughout the 2014 Indie Design Gift A-long I’ve been introduced to new designs and new designers. Each designer has an interesting story and history. Miranda Jollie is special since she’s a “criminal barrister” (attorney) by day and a designer by night ~ two very different worlds. Having not interviewed a barrister/designer before, I knew you’d […]

An Interview with Nina Machlin Dayton….

montague street cowl by nina machlin dayton

Behind the scenes of any successful venture are a few folks who are dedicated, hard-working and superb organizers….Nina Machlin Dayton is not only one of the folks behind the scenes for the 2014 Indie Design Gift A-long, she is also a very talented designer. During the organizing phase of the GAL I had a few conversations with […]

Meet Linda Choo ~ Indie Designer

shades of acer shawls by linda choo

One of the fun aspects of the annual Indie Designer Gift A-long promotion is the designer interviews we get to do. Last year I met several wonderful designers, and this year I am meeting more. One is Linda Choo, who designs under her Garden Canadensis label. She also maintains the “fiber” side of her family’s […]

It’s Gift A-long Time Again!

blue spruce hat

Want to have some crafting fun? Then come on over and join the 2014 Indie Designer Gift A-long on Ravelry! This year’s event is going to be awesome….more designers, more patterns on sale, more prizes…..more fun. What is a Gift A-long you might ask? It’s a KAL/CAL hosted by some pretty awesome designers (293 this […]

Yarn Subs…part 3

whiskey by reynolds yarns

Today we reach the end of this short series about substituting yarn. We’ve talked about the things to consider ~ fiber content, yarn weight, yarn texture and gauge. Now we get to figure out how much of our choice for a substitute yarn we’ll need to buy. Assuming we’ve chosen a yarn that will give […]