A couple of days ago I mentioned that, amongst the other CALs keeping me busy this month, I am a participating designer in the Ravelry Indie Designer Gift-a-long (or GAL). The GAL has become an annual event on Ravelry and I have never participated before because I am always busy when the call is made and I never spot it. But this year I was determined to participate and I was searching Ravelry for details on a daily basis – and I spotted it whilst on holiday (mmm…..perhaps that is why I never spot it as I do tend to holiday at the same time each year!). So this is a first for me and already, less than 2 days into the GAL, I know it will not be the last.
So what is the GAL all about? Well it is a massive KAL (knit-a-long) and CAL (crochet-a-long), but also it is much more than that.
This year there are a record 349 participating designers all of whom have between 10 and 20 of their patterns on sale (at 25% discount) until 11.59pm EST on Thursday 29th November 2018 (in summary there are 6118 patterns in this sale). This is a great boost to people who want to make their seasonal gifts as there are a huge variety of quality patterns in the sale. However, it doesn’t stop there. The KAL/CAL includes all patterns that the participating designers sell on Ravelry and there are over 20,000 of those. Anyone starting one of those 20,000 patterns during the GAL and completing by the end of the year can enter the GAL to win prizes. Each designer has supplied gift codes for a pattern of the winner’s choice – that makes over 2000 prizes to start with, plus other prizes have been donated such as yarn, books, stitch markers, project bags. So there’s a whole host of prizes up for grabs.
It also includes lots of fun, and so much chat on Ravelry that it is proving difficult to keep up! There are random prizes and a couple of really fun games – the Designer Hunt Game and the Designer Alphabet Soup Game, also with prizes. And a lovely thread showing all the finished objects (FOs) made in the GAL. I was thrilled to bits when one of my patterns was given as a random prize and even more thrilled when someone shared one of my snowflake designs on the FOs thread!
It also gives me a fabulous chance to have a look at the bundle of sale patterns, discover designers who are new to me and buy some of their lovely patterns. One of the things I like to do is buy from small independent businesses and Ravelry is a great source of them, so the opportunity to see so many independent designers in one place is a bonus to me. I have already popped a few patterns in my cart, but I’m only one third of the way through them!
Will I see you in the GAL?
Happy crocheting xxx