Indie Designer Month

If you weren't aware of the Love Knitting website last year you almost certainly be now after the EU VAT Moss saga which unfolded at the start of the New Year. Having been a well established online store for yarn and notions, the LK site has recently begun hosting pattern sales including those from some very well known indie designers.

The team at Love Knitting worked very closely with Ravelry over the past few months to ensure that pattern sales to and from the EU were largely uninterrupted to the relief of buyers and designers alike.

It is really nice to see that the LK team are furthering their support for indie designers by hosting an
Independent Designer Month.

The purchase of any indie designer pattern from the 1000s available will give you 10% off a yarn purchase during the month of May.

It's great to see the work of independent designers being showcased in this way, so why not pop over to their website and show them a little love.

The 2014 Giftalong has begun

It's finally here.

After weeks and months in the planning the 2nd Ravelry giftalong has started. In actual fact it started in the wee small hours (at 8pm EST, American time) but this morning certainly marks my official start.

Some amazing background work by the organisers has brought together 293 designers from 21 countries in a 2 month event

Check out this amazing graphic by the very talented 80skeins for lots of geeky GAL facts:

Amazing Giftalong Infographic by 80skeins

It gave me a real buzz to see that the UK is so well represented. There are many well known and not so well known designers taking part and it is a great opportunity to showcase our work to the knitting world.

The support on the various chat threads on Ravelry has been overwhelmingly positive too, with eager folk chatting, planning and generally having a great fibre-y time.

Louise Tilbrook Designs Giftalong (GAL) Patterns #giftalong2014

Here is a summary of my patterns which are available through the GAL and click here to see the full list of all participating designers and their patterns. There is also some wonderful eye candy here on Pinterest, although I'm not responsible for the effect that browsing this may have on your queue.

The all important details:
The GAL runs from Nov 14th-21st and use of the coupon code "giftalong2014" will give you 25% off each designers selected patterns. There are over 11,000 patterns in total to choose from so you won't be lacking in choice.

Nov 14th also sees the start of a 2 month KAL/CAL where you can knit your chosen patterns to your hearts content and join in the various chatter threads relating to your projects. The "Foot and Legs" thread is particularly fun - but then, I would say that ;)

Competitions, prizes, chatter and more mean that this should be a fabulous event for all concerned. I do hope to see you over there.

Month of Socks

Just sprinting through before the school run to let you know about the Must Stash podcast and their fabulous Month of Socks event. If you haven't tried the podcast before I can highly recommend it - Steph and Stacie are great fun and very informative - with lots of great projects to inspire you.

To go along with the event I am offering 25% discount on all my patterns until 7th May - use the code SOCKSINMAY at the checkout - and come join in the sockie fun.

Once you've cast on, use the hashtag #monthofsocks on Twitter/Instagram etc to see what everyone else is up to.