Have you ever heard of the Indie Design Gift-A-Long? For me one of the events I look forward to every year during the holiday season. It is a five week long Knit / Crochet Along of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. It always start with a 'sales part', in which all designers offer some of their patterns at a discounted price (and yes, the sales part is still running!), followed by weeks of fun with friends from the crafty community in said 'alongs'. What better way is there to get your gifts finished than while chatting and having a good time with friends? In addition there are lots of little games and random prize drawings, so there is even a chance of getting a little extra treat for participating in the fun. You can find all the details on Ravelry, here: Indie Design Gift-A-Long.
Well, and while I am one of the participating designers, it's usually the time of the year where I enjoy 'just for me knitting', using patterns by fellow designers. This year I started off with (ha ha, this won't come as a surprise) socks.
The pattern is called 'Partying it UP and Getting DOWN Socks' by Megan Williams and Ithink it works fab with self-striping yarn. Which, as you may know, I love, but usually find too boring to knit unless there is a chance to maniuplate the stripes; so this is perfect for me! We'll see if I really knit the second sock toe up or if I stick to a pair in cuff down, but I found a great pattern for my souvenir Yarn from Woollinn Dublin.