Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2014

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OK in addition to the gifting KAL I am running in my Ravelry group, I am participating in the GAL again this year. It’s all pretty exciting I have to say. I’ll be co-modding the hand and arm things thread in the Ravelry Indie Designers Gift-A-Long group. In addition to being a participating designer. Phew! the rest of this year is going to wizz on by!

What is the Indie Design Gift-A-Long? It’s prepping for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers! The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 1.5 month long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by 293 independent designers.

From November 13 at 8pm US EST through – November 21, 2014 at 11:59pm US EST these 293 indie designers will be discounting between 4 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. There are eight KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, games, and generally a lot of fun! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 13 at 8pm US EST through – December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm US EST

Which patterns are discounted? All the participating designers have posted in this thread including a link to the bundle of patterns they are discounting, and showing a photo so that you can get a sense of their style, if you’re not already familiar with them. In addition, some of our industrious indie design elves have put together an amazing group of Pinterest boards that will allow you to browse through lots of designs at the same time. You can find all the links to the different boards here.

How do I get the discount? It’s easy peasy! Just purchase the patterns you want directly from the designers’ Ravelry shops between 8 pm US EST on Thursday, November 13th and 11:59 pm on Friday, November 21st, and enter the coupon code giftalong2014 at checkout and 25% will be automatically taken off the total price.

I have a selection of patterns discounted for the sale you can see them in the bundle in my Ravelry store, and all of my patterns are eligible to be knit during the GAL* and you can double up and join the gifting KAL in my group too for extra chit chat, fun and even more opportunities to win prizes.

The prizes are impressive! here is a list of all the physical prizes on offer during the GAL (swoon) that doesn’t include all of the digital prizes, below is a peek at the prizes up for grabs in the Gifting KAL in my group.

Are you planning to knit gifts for this festive season? Will you be joining us in one of the KAL’s? Hope I get to hang out with you in one of the threads.

kal prize* note: while you may knit any of my patterns in the GAL, to be in the prize draw the patterns must be a for sale or paid for pattern (not one of the free ones) you can enter either kind of pattern in the KAL in my group.

Arana Cowl

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I have just released a new cowl pattern on Ravelry….Arana is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning moon. The Arana Cowl features circle lace that is reminiscent of many full moons.
Arana is available in a short or long lengths and works well with gradient, solid or semi-solid DK/8 ply yarns.

The lace requires concentration with some triple increases and decreases. Suitable for an Intermediate knitter or an adventurous beginner.

This is a fun project and knits up quickly once you get the hang of the lace, which is also featured in my Oyster Shawl.

I am launching the Arana Cowl with a special 2 for 1 offer see the pattern page on Ravelry for more details.

This is a perfect gift knit, join in the Gifting KAL in my group for fun gift knitting company and prizes, you will also be able to knit all of my patterns in the GAL…I’ll be posting about this next week.

Shawl of Destiny

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Introducing my latest design, just released on Ravelry today – The Shawl of Destiny.

Do you have skeins of contrasting yarn that are destined to be together, the Shawl of destiny began with a colour combination that was haunting me – they were destined to become my new favourite shawl.

The triangular shape lends itself to many wearing options; scarf, shawl, kerchief style and more. The pattern is a combination of textures and colour, with satisfying garter stitch sections interspersed with geometric lace a fresh and modern combination. The lace takes some concentration and is both written and charted. Worked from the top down. See all of the details on Ravelry here, including an introductory $1 off discount code…

What colour is your new shawl destined to be?

 

Vogue Knitting

 

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I’m super excited to have a mention in the Webs section of the current Holiday issue of Vogue Knitting.

Kerry wanted to know more about my upcoming KAL’s for her column, so I told her about the Gifting KAL in my Ravelry group beginning in only a few days. Plus I have a special offer for Vogue knitting readers in there. The digital copy is available online and the hard copies will hit the newstands next week.

 

Gifting KAL

collage oct 2014Hello Knitters,  Phew! its hard to believe the grand finale of the year is nearly upon us and it’s actually time to start considering gifts…some of you may have already began and others may be waiting for a while longer…In any case I have hatched a little plan that may help you a long with your gifting.

A Gifting Knit-A-Long ! Join myself and a bunch of merry knitters over in my Ravelry Group for some for chit chat, company and some fabulous prizes. To encourage and inspire you as you work through your gift knitting over the Holiday season, knit any of Ambah’s patterns - you can gift them to yourself too – you deserve it!

The Gifting KAL is in conjunction with the Indie Designer’s GAL (gift-a-long) you are welcome to participate in both knit-a-longs, all of Ambah’s patterns will be eligible for participation the GAL too. I will be moderating in one of the GAL threads too so come and say hello (mitts and arm things probably…..) I’ll tell you more about this soon.

To get you started with your Gifting KAL planning I am offering a 20% discount on all patterns in my Ravelry Store through to November 1, just use the discount code gifting when adding to your cart.

The Sea Dragon KAL is wrapping up now and I’m off to draw the prize winners…speaking of prizes:

Gifting KAL prizes….

  • Package of Goodies. This will include: yarn (Madelinetosh DK twist tiny twists Holly), Custom Ambah stitch markers & a beautiful wooden yarn bowl plus sweet treats! Better picture to come when I have gathered all the items in one place. 1 winner.

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  • Gradience Yarn; a stunning skein of 100% Organic Merino DK yarn in the shade Sweetpea. Thank you so much Gradience Yarns. 1 winner.

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  • Stitch markers: set of 3 custom Ambah stitch markers. 1 winner.

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 will you be joining us?

Zaggy Cowl & Cuffs

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Hello Knitting friends, I have just released a new pattern on Ravelry today, well two actually – the Zaggy Cowl and the Zaggy Cuff.

Fun to knit and wear, the Zaggy Cowl/Cuffs feature a geometric lace pattern that will look terrific with a solid, semisolid, or gradient DK / 8ply yarn. A perfect way to use up leftover yarn from your favourite projects, Zaggy Cowl/Cuffs make a wonderful present for the gifting season.

Introductory Offer:Use the coupon code zaggy at check out for a 20% discount on this pattern. Good to midnight October 20, in your time zone.

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Spooky KAL wooo-oooo

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Howdy Folks, I’m hosting a KAL in another Ravelry group this month – over here. Because this is the month of Halloween, (I know it’s not really big here in Australia BUT) here’s your chance to embrace the spookier things you’ve been wanting to make.
so this KAL is open to:

* any of my designs
* use of any yarn from down under dyer’s/producers. (New Zealand or Australia)

* optional spooky theme

so you could knit one of my designs
or one of my designs in a yarn that has a spooky name like “blood red” or “vampyire’s kiss” or “sugar skull dreaming”
or you could make a spooky design from either the Northern or Southern hemisphere + use some down under yarn
or you could make a spooky design from down under using some random stash yarn….
or a design from anywhere using a spookily named down under yarn…..

There will be prizes….. randomly drawn on the spooky day of Halloween…( October 31st)
Each category that you tick with your project will earn you an entry in the prize draw. (You will need to fulfill a down under requirement within your categories…)
to be clear the categories are:
down under requirements:
either:
* an Ambah design
* down under yarn (yarn sourced and or dyed Down Under)
* spooky down under design (pattern from another Down Under designer with a spooky theme)

plus add some spooky (optional):
* spooky design (skull, Halloween spider, sugar skull, pumpkin! you know – spooky)
* spooky yarn: this yarn has a spooky name – “blood red” etc

clear as blood, I mean mud?

There’s prizes too!

including the 2 sets of custom spooky ambah stitch markers: 1 set spooky, 1 set a little less spooky. Pictured above.

plus some spot prizes and hand holding during the scary bits!

and, of course, a discount code to kick things off: inspired by a down under road trip I am currently undertaking….(see spooky pic below) use the coupon code koala this will give you “a buy one get one free” entitlement with any of my patterns, so go on, add two patterns, use the magic code word (koala) and you will only be charged for one of the patterns, or add four and only pay for two….this is good until the auspicious day of October 13.

ALSO: you can double up! I have a Sea Dragon KAL over in my Ravelry group here, it ends on October 20, so you could make a Sea Dragon and participate in this KAL and the one in my group :) (Sea Dragons are a bit spooky, right?)

sounds like fun? Come on over and tell us your spooky stories.

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Sea Dragon KAL FO update

 

 

Quaere's Sea Dragon Shawl

Quaere’s Sea Dragon Shawl

I love KAL’s. During a KAL I am treated daily to an array of images with beautiful colours, wip’s and finished projects of a design that I am already rather partial to! There is still plenty of time to join in the KAL, it runs through to October 20. The details are all over here.

Quare’s beautiful gradient shawl (above) has been knit with her own line of hand dyed yarn, her Etsy shop is here if you’d like to take a peek at them.

Susie2Roses’ Shawl (below) is knit from gorgeous yarn she spun herself. She has started on her second.

Click on the images to see the project pages.

Susie2Roses' Sea Dragon -Shawl - Green

Susie2Roses’ Sea Dragon -Shawl – Green

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jfnyland’s Dark Sea Dragon

carrieneidhold's Sea Dragon Shawl

carrieneidhold’s Sea Dragon Shawl

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a peek at one of the KAL prizes – custom Sea Dragon Stitch markers! I am excited about the new logo charms I had made, and am loving pairing them up with a variety of different heart and other charm combinations. I also a made a spooky set for a KAL I am moderating in another group next month – more details on that soon.

What colours would your Sea dagon be?

Happy knitting

x ambah

Sherbet Fountain Shawl

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Introducing my newest design; the Sherbet Fountain Shawl, released today.

A large, triangular shawl, perfect for wearing in multiple ways. I have long-dreamed of creating a design in this colour combination which reminds me of liquorice and lemon sherbet, which in turn reminds me of the Sherbet Fountain treat of my childhood!

This shawl is a fun, fast knit, perfect for adventurous beginners. Worked from the top down, the combination of textured rows keep it interesting as it grows, with the contrast colour adding something special.

Which two colours would you knit a Sherbet Fountain with?

check it out on Ravelry here, there’s details of a special introductory offer there too.

Happy Knitting!

Tsunami Hat

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Felix’s current craft project in school is to knit a colourwork hat. Yay!! Actually his was a bit slow going, I kept asking him about it – he designed the colour work months ago, and it sounded like his progress was snail paced. Until last weekend. He brought it home to work on and I couldn’t help myself, I had a little intervention. It was looking too small, the needles he was using were tiny and he was knitting so tight,….. After a little pleading I convinced him to let me unravel his work (I promised to re-knit the 10 rows he had done) I cast on onto much bigger needles (6mm). His work was so tight I could barely take it off the needles.

He was pretty reluctant to let me help after that, a little assistance here and there to help with a dropped stitch. I showed him how to do colourwork with two hands and he picked it up immediately, and managed to become a looser knitter, the big needles really helped him there.

He wanted blue colours and I found a palette for him to choose from. He chatted, while knitting about the tsunami/wave pattern he was creating  - this is a boy that loves to surf so it is a design close to his heart. He spent the next couple of days knitting consistently and insisted on finishing it – his craft teach will get a surprise tomorrow! He is so proud of his hat and has been wearing it to school.

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