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Indie Design Gift-A-Long!

Indie Design Gift-A-Long

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry is starting TONIGHT at 8pm EST!

What is the Gift-A-Long you ask?
The Indie Design GAL is a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear while also supporting independent designers (like me!)!

There’s a sale, too!
From Nov. 13 at 8pm EST through – Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:59pm EST the 293 participating indie designers will be discounting between 4 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event (there are 3,822 patterns on sale)! All of my paid patterns are included in the sale! Just use the coupon code giftalong2014 during the sale period to get 25% off any of my patterns!

Join us! And win stuff!
You can knit along with us in the Indie Design GAL group and be eligible to win LOADS of fabulous prizes! There will be games and chit-chat and tons and tons of FUN! All paid patterns by the participating designers are eligible for prizes (not just those offered in the sale!). That’s 11,512 eligible patterns! I am moderating the Shawls & Stoles thread so if you’re knitting/crocheting a shawl during the GAL, you get to hang with me!

What designers are participating?
You can see all 293 designers (along with photos of their patterns) in this thread and a full list of designers here. There are also Pinterest boards that have the sale patterns categorized (scarves and cowls, shawls, etc) for easy browsing!

Some neat stats about this year’s GAL
Here is a map of participating designers (I’m all by myself in Mississippi!) and here is an ever-growing map of the GAL participants!

And here is a mind-boggling amount of data about this year’s GAL! It’s so fun to see all the stats!

I hope you’ll join us for this year’s Gift-A-Long! Whether you’re making gifts for loved ones or yourself, it’s much more fun to do so with friends!

Entrelac Scarf by Allison LoCicero

To everyone who voted in the Craftsy Pattern Design Awards, THANK YOU!

My Entrelac Scarf pattern was chosen as the WINNER of the 2014 Craftsy Pattern Design Award for Knitting! To have one of my patterns rise to the top out of over 98,000 (!!!) knitting patterns on Craftsy is both thrilling and humbling, to say the least!

But now is not the time to rest on my laurels! There is work to do! I’ve got more patterns in the pipeline! And I have more exciting things to tell you about later this week! So stay tuned! Things are about to get REALLY fun!

Picabia

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

Picabia is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Patternfish! This is a warm and squishy cowl knit in the round using only one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh DK (the color in the sample is Candlewick).

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

I named this pattern after the cubist painter Francis Picabia because the stitch pattern reminds me of a cubist painting.

This is a super quick knit that you could complete in probably two or three evenings so it’s perfect for gifting! And the stitch pattern is easy to memorize!

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions so no matter your preference, you’re covered!

Also, voting is still open in the Craftsy Pattern Design Awards! See my previous post on how you can vote to make my Entrelac Scarf pattern a winner! Voting ends tomorrow (Thurs, Nov. 6) at midnight (US-MST). Thanks for voting! And remember, your vote could win you a FREE Craftsy class!

 

CraftsyAwards

 

Exciting news!  I’m one of FOUR finalists in the Knitting Category of Craftsy’s Pattern Design Awards!

My Entrelac Scarf pattern has been chosen by Craftsy members as one of their favorite patterns and I could use YOUR help to make it a winner! I need your vote!

VOTE HERE! (scroll down to the knitting category)

Voting ends at midnight MT this Thursday, November 5th!

Your vote will enter you in a drawing for a FREE Craftsy Class!

Thanks for your vote!

Pesto

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

Pesto is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish!

Pesto is a garter stitch shawl with lace border knit in one piece from end to end. It can be knit with one skein of sock yarn. The size of the shawl can be customized depending on the amount of yarn you have so it is the perfect pattern for making the most of a special skein of yarn! Instructions on how to do this are included. The pattern instructions are both charted and written.

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

When I first started designing this shawl I knew I wanted it to meet three important criteria. It needed to be simple. It needed to be quick. And it needed to use only one skein of yarn. The sample is knit using only one skein of SweetGeorgia’s Tough Love Sock in the color Lettuce Wrap. I came up with the name because the vibrant green and the little leaves running along the edge remind me of yummy pesto!

This shawl can be knit up in less than a week so it makes for perfect gift knitting with the holidays just around the corner! Or make it as a gift for yourself!

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

 

Addiena

Addiena shawl pattern by Allison LoCicero | Freckles & Purls

My newest pattern, Addiena, is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish (whenever their admins post it to the site)! Pin it for later! Ravelry users will get 20% off for the first week! (No coupon code needed! Sale ends at 11:59 pm Wed., Aug. 27 CDT)

This is a half-circle shaped lace shawl that is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s pi shawl formula. It calls for approx. 865 yards of lace-weight yarn. The sample is knit with Madelinetosh Pure Silk Lace.

Addiena shawl pattern by Allison LoCicero | Freckles & Purls

It is knit from the top down using US size 4 needles and the finished size is around 53 in x 30 in (you could probably block it out larger, too! I just ran out of room!).

Addiena shawl pattern by Allison LoCicero | Freckles & Purls

The pattern has been test knitted and professionally tech-edited and both charted and written instructions are provided. Wear it draped over your shoulders or wrapped around your neck! It’s large enough to wear many different ways!

Addiena shawl pattern by Allison LoCicero | Freckles & Purls

I think I want another one in a deep red for winter and the holidays! Maybe in a solid wool? So many options to think about! I had a blast designing and knitting this shawl and I hope that you love it as much as I do!

Knitting with friends

If it’s a Wednesday night there’s only one place you can find me – T-Bone’s Records & Cafe. Why? Because it’s Stitch ‘n Bitch night! My favorite night of the week! Do you have a group of friends that you knit with regularly? If not, you should! Knitting (and crafting of any kind) is always best when shared with others. And if you can’t find a local group to join, then create one! That’s what I did!

When we were living in Columbia, SC I had a group that got together weekly for coffee, stitching, and shared stories. For those with kids, it was a break from the chaos. For those in school, it was a break from studying. For all of us, it was a break from the constant buzz of busy lives and something we all looked forward to. We even caught the attention of the local newspaper!


When we made the move to Hattiesburg, MS I was leaving behind not only a lifetime of friends and family (I had lived in Columbia my entire life!) but I was also leaving behind my crafting community. A community that was built on shared interests and a love for the handmade and grew to become a family of sorts that rode the peaks and valleys of life together. I knew NO ONE in Hattiesburg. Not a soul. How was I going to survive?

But you know what? Knitters are EVERYWHERE. And it turns out I didn’t have to venture any farther than my front yard to meet my first one in Hattiesburg. Her name was Heidi and she lived just a few blocks away! She was walking her dogs and stopped to chat. When she asked what I do for a living I sheepishly (ba-dum-bum!) said that I used to be a librarian but was now pursuing knitwear design. I expected her to go “huh?” but instead, her face lit up! “I’M A KNITTER, TOO!” she exclaimed. And BAM, in an instant, a friendship was born.

After that, it seemed like Hattiesburg knitters and crafters started coming out of the woodwork. But it wasn’t until I met my friend, Sam, that the idea to form another knitting group became a reality. Sam knew other knitters/crafters from a group that used to get together regularly and mentioned that she missed the camaraderie. It was then that Hub City Crafters was born.

Every week we descend on the local record shop/cafe, eat some great food, drink some great beer and coffee, and talk about what’s going on in our lives. We are an eclectic mix of ladies and gents who knit, crochet, embroider, make jewelry, and more! These gals (and guys!) have seen me through each of my pattern releases and are my best cheering section when the self-doubt creeps in. They are also my best “idea-bouncer-off-ers” when it comes to the look (or the name!) of any design I’m working on.

What would I do without them? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out. I can honestly say that ALL of my closest friends here in Hattiesburg I have met through my knitting group. What started out as a handful of people has grown to two (sometimes three!) tables full of laughter (and sometimes even some stitching). We’ve made coffee cozies to sell in the cafe for Habitat for Humanity. We’ve yarnbombed downtown Hattiesburg. Who knows what’s next on our crafty agenda!

So take some time to create with others. In my opinion, it is a requirement when it comes to your own creative growth. And thankfully, with websites like Ravelry and Craftsy, even if you live in a place where getting together in person is not an easy task, you can still be part of a community that can nurture and help grow your own creative side. If you are looking for a crafting community in your area to join, there are two great places to search! If you are on Ravelry, you can browse their groups by location to find a group near you! There is also a directory of local Stitch ‘n Bitch groups at stitchnbitch.org.

By the way, all of YOU are part of my creative community, too, and for that I say Thank You. xoxo

 

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