Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Lindsay Lewchuk of EcoChicKnits. Lindsay’s design philosophy of using Eco fibres is one that is close to my heart. All of her beautiful designs feature carefully considered yarns, produced organically and sustainably. Read more about Lindsay here and visit her website and blog here: www.ecochicknits.com
Lindsay is also one of the amazing team behind the great Indie Designer Gift a long (GAL) that is still happening on Ravelry. A huge event that was literally pulled together in under two weeks form idea to event. Read more about the GAL in my previous post here.
Lindsay has offered a pattern Give Away for one of my lucky readers. To enter: take a look at her beautiful patterns here and comment below with which pattern you would like to knit. Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Entries by December 17, 2013. The winner will be selected at random and notified.
I asked Lindsay my 5 GAL series questions:
1.Which has been your most popular GAL design/s?
Geometry in Motion, Drifter Cowl, and City Girl Cowl have been my most popular GAL designs that have shown up in the KAL/ CAL threads. Lake Breeze Tank was my most popular pattern during the initial sale promotion, but as of yet, no projects have been linked in the GAL.
2.Tell me about your highlight/s so far of the GAL?
When I first emailed Alex Tinsley and Larissa Brown to get the ball rolling on the GAL I had no idea it would grow so fast so quickly! I am floored at the number of indie designers who chose to collaborate on this Gift-a-long in such a short period of time and even more amazed by the fact nearly 3000 knitters and crocheters have joined in on the fun!
I also love the sense of community and support this GAL inspires; it takes knitting/ crocheting, which are naturally social activities, and brings the social aspect to the on-line community.
(blush – I also love seeing projects from the patterns I designed show up in the FO!)
3.Will you have any new designs out in the GAL period? (before December 31)
Potentially, I’m working hard to make it happen!
If I do, I’ll finish out the Evergreen Sprig Set with the scarf and Headband. The scarf features a highly textured sprig motif on the bottom of each end of the scarf and the same color worked motifs as the cowl along the body of the scarf. The headband features a smaller sprig motif, a flex band, and a new technique for knitting cotton color work, since cotton is nowhere near as obedient as wool. As soon as my tech editor gives the finalized patterns one more review, I will publish them on Ravelry. Update: Lindsay has published the scarf here.
which is inspired by the heavens at night. The background features the legendary tree of life converted into a cable pattern, with button planet and glass bead star highlights. As soon as my test knitter finishes up, the tech edited pattern will be ready for release.
4. Which patterns in your Ravelry store are eligible for the GAL?
All of my patterns are eligible for the GAL:
5.What gifts are you making?
So far I’ve knit Southern Christmas Cowl for someone. I’m in the process of knitting my mom Nina Machlin Dayton’s Ninetta Neckwarmer out of organic cotton. I’m also in the process of knitting (uh-hmm myself) Julia Trice’s Elia, except I ran short of yarn and am waiting for more to arrive – I guess that’s what I get for being a naughty knitter.
my ravelry group – Eco Chic Knits Group, or my website: www.ecochicknits.com .