This is my third year participating in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry, which is like a giant holiday knitting and crochet party in the last part of the year. It’s a lot of things all at once:
- A giant Ravelry forum with threads where you can share your progress on eligible patterns. If you use any paid pattern by the 335 participating designers, you are eligible for prizes from games and various random prize draws. There’s a lot of free yarn, knitting and crochet tools, and coupon codes for patterns. I’m also offering a custom secret code stitch pattern as one of the prizes.
- You don’t have to buy a pattern to be eligible – it can be a pattern you already own for whatever reason.
- Did I mention the threads? They’re a great place to have conversations about how you’re doing in general as well as to get help from the other participants and designers.
I have found it a delightful and valuable experience, not just because it’s a boost to sales. I really like getting to chat with participants – designers or not. I’ve made some valuable friendships and partnerships with other designers, and have basked in the companionship of other people who are doing the same thing as me as well as knitters making my patterns. Working at home can be isolating; sharing a massive project with several hundred other people working from home or in their spare time makes for a nice community effort.
I’ll be posting three extra posts over the next week to celebrate the Gift-A-Long, and giving away three patterns by other designers. Stay tuned!