It is the season for CALs and KALs. Even though we haven’t quite finished the Advent CAL there is another lined up that I need to tell you about.
Tonight (26th November) the Ravelry-hosted Indie Design 2019 Gift-a-long kicks off with a sale of over 6000 Ravelry patterns – at 8pm US EST. You can see which designers and patterns are in the sale by following the link on the Indie Design Gift-a-long group here.
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 286 participating designers all of whom have between 10 and 20 of their patterns on sale (at 25% discount) until 11.59pm EST on 2nd December (in summary there are over 5300 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 22,000 of those. Anyone starting one of those 22,000 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 almost 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 difficult to keep up! There are random prizes and a couple of really fun games, also with prizes. And a lovely thread showing all the finished objects (FOs) made in the GAL.
I’m pleased to say that I am a participating designer and 14 of my patterns will be on sale. Here are some of them.
The GAL 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 those, so the opportunity to see so many independent designers in one place is a bonus to me.
Don’t forget the sale starts at 8pm EST tonight (that’s 1am in the morning in the UK!)
I will be joining the fun, I hope you do too!
Happy knitting and crocheting xx