….And join us in the 2014 Indie Designers Gift-a-Long!
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Regular readers may remember Aurelie’s post from 2013 which described the dawning of an idea. Aurelie wrote:
“Just over a week ago, a bunch of independent (knitting) designers started “talking” (that’s “keyboard-talk”) about joining forces to make our little voices heard a little louder from our wee corners of Ravelry and through the Interwebs. The idea was to organise a little “knitting event” all together, each of us advertising for it and supporting it.”
Now, to cut a long story short, this little ‘knitting event’ turned out to be a little bit bigger, and a little bit more successful than any of us could anticipate. Not only did it result in thousands of knitted gifts being exchanged all over the globe but also brought new followers, friends, opportunities and recognition to many, many independent designers who are often swallowed up by the mass of talent out there, and who struggle to be seen and heard.
Not long after Gift-a-Long 2013 ended, participants and designers alike, began to ask…..Will there be a Gift-a-Long in 2014?
And, the answer…YES, AND IT STARTS TODAY!! (If you are with us here in the UK, it is actually the early hours of tomorrow morning)
Some of you may now be asking, okay, okay, we get all that…..but I don’t really use Ravelry or know anything about it? What is an Indie Designer Gift-a-Long?
Firstly, what is Ravelry? In the words of my friend:
“Ravelry is the social network for knitters / crocheters / fibre artists from all over the world. It is a fantastic tool to browse for patterns or yarn, organise your projects, drool over other people’s projects, dream about what you’re going to knit / crochet / create next, share knowledge (or just chat) with thousands of other crafters who have the same interest in knitting, crocheting or crafting. Joining Ravelry is free, and it’s a wonderful place.” – Aurelie Colas
So now you have a better understanding of our wonderful world of Ravelry, let’s explain the rest….
“What is the Indie Design Gift-A-Long?
It’s prepping for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers!
The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 2 month-long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by 293 independent designers. From November 13 at 8:00 pm (US EST)/ November 14th 1:00 am (GMT) through – November 21, 2014 at 11:59pm (US EST)/ November 22nd at 4:59 am (GMT) these 293 indie designers will be discounting between 4 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. There are eight KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, games, and generally a lot of fun! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 13 at 8pm (US EST)/ November 14th at 1:00 am (GMT) through – December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm (US EST)/ January 1st at 4:59 am (GMT)
How do I get the discount?
It’s easy peasy! Just purchase the patterns you want directly from the designers’ Ravelry shops between 8 pm US EST on Thursday, November 13th and 11:59 pm on Friday, November 21st (between 1:00 am GMT on Friday, November 14th and 4:59 am on Saturday, November 22nd), and enter the coupon code giftalong2014 at checkout and 25% will be automatically taken off the total price.” – excerpt taken from Indie Design Gift-a-Long Announcement thread, which can be found in full here.
Once again, Aurelie and I are both taking part as independent designers in the event, with selected patterns from both our stores receiving the 25% discount for the stated sale period.
- Aurelie’s patterns which qualify for 25% discount during sale period are here.
- Janice’s patterns which qualify for 25% discount during sale period can be found there.
(23 Nov 2014: update to remove links now that the sale is over)
Throughout the event any self published pattern from participating designers can be purchased and will qualify for the Gift-a-Long and therefore the prizes too!
- Aurelie’s self-published patterns which qualify for the Gift-a-Long are here.
- Janice’s self-published patterns which qualify for the Gift-a-Long can be found there.
1. For those who have bought any of our participating designs in the past, you are more than welcome to participate in the knit-alongs and enter your new projects to win fabulous prizes!
2. In addition to the games and prizes on offer in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long Ravelry group why not ‘double dip’ your chances of becoming a winner by posting your GAL/KAL projects in our Quarterly Finish-a-Long @ The (Auld) Woolly Alliance Ravelry group too!
Finally we just want to say……enjoy viewing the many, many designs on offer, take inspiration for your Christmas gifts from this wealth of talent. Have fun, make friends and join in the wonderful world of Ravelry, and the Indie Designers Gift-a-Long 2014!
Who knows we may even bump into you along the way…….