An Indie Design GAL, What is an Indie Design GAL?

Have you heard whispers? Have you seen some posts? Have you stopped by the GAL group and wonder what is going on? Well, I am here to help out a bit with this. Show you some info that can answer your questions. An Indie Design GAL is a gift a long/ knit a long put together by Independent knit wear Designers. A BIG gigantic group of us have gotten together to offer a discount on our patterns and run a ginormous KAL. It is really big and there are a lot of prizes. A lot of prizes might be a bit of an understatement.

So, first of all…the designers who run the GAL have a very informative group on Ravelry. In this group, they have this awesome and very informative thread. This will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the Indie Designer GAL.

Here is my image for the GAL…It includes 11 of my 20 eligible patterns.

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They had us bundle all of our patterns with a feature on Ravelry called, “bundles”. It is quite handy! Here is a link to that bundle. Now the sales start November 13th at 8pm EST and will run until November 21st 11:59 pm EST. You use the GAL code, giftalong2014 at checkout. The discount for every pattern offered, is 25%.

To go along with this gigantic sale, I will be featuring other designers on my social networking sites, including here on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So, if you don’t follow me on those, you might want to. I can’t promise that I will be terribly interesting, but I will try!

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Stockpile and Sale.

Some of you may know that the Malabrigo Junkies group here on Ravelry, runs a KAL every October called October Stockpile. This is a huge event and every year I usually do a coinciding sale for all things Malabrigo. So….

First off, they are spotlighting “Quickie” patterns. Quickie patterns are patterns put out by independent designers in conjunction with Malabrigo ya]rns. They are patterns that specialize in using between 1 or 2 skeins of yarn. My “Quickie” pattern is called The Roseway. It’s a garter stitch shawl, knit on the bias with a scalloped edge and eyelet detail. It’s quite simple, but goes very quickly! Perfect for a quick knit. It will be on sale for 40% with the code Quickie at checkout.

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Also on sale, will be all of my other patterns using Malabrigo as a main yarn. These will be 25% off with the code Stockpile14.

Some of these patterns include:
Lime Gelato

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Curve

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Kinsale
Hyde Park Cardigan
The Vintage ice cream Truck Ebook ( these patterns can also be purchased separately)
Little Momo
Momo
The Phoebe Hat
Twin Leaves or the Ebook

Please continue to stop by the Ravelry group. I have some fun things planned coming up! Including free pattern giveaways and kit giveaways. I also have some new patterns coming out in the next few weeks.

Holiday Sales and other stuff

This has been a long time coming. This post, that is. It seems like when I get sick or busy, my blog suffers the most. Well, it was the sick this time. It tore through our house like you don’t even know. I am still dealing with it now. I have been just exhausted. This girl does not like to take naps or go to bed early (or sleep all day), but I’ve been doing just that. I even fell asleep during my beloved Kings’ games. No, seriously…snored right through a couple of them.

Enough of that. I hope to get back into posting on here again (I know, I say that EVERY TIME) with Monday knitshaming posts at the very least. I am trying to catch up on my backlog of self published stuff that I want to get out to you! There are some really fun things coming! Including plans for another KAL very soon!

Oh, yes…I did mention a Holiday Sale. I feel like having a sale. Call me festive or …I don’t know.  I like to get my stuff out there, so pass on the word. This will be the last one of the year on all my  patterns. It is a Buy One Get One sale. You just put two patterns in your Ravelry cart fr0m my Ninja8tofu Designs store, enter the code HOLIDAYBOGO and you will get one for free (ravelry automatically gives you the lowest priced one as the free one). This sale will run from now through the end of the day (CST) Cyber Monday (December 2nd). Now, I’m not the only one spreading the love with a sale, Marly (MarlyBird on Ravelry) is compiling a list of sales that are going on in the knitting world over this holiday season. Definitely check that out, too!

City Tweed Collection Giveaway!

So, as some of you already know, I have a pattern in the new City Tweed Collection from Knit Picks.  It is full of absolutely gorgeous patterns for their City Tweed Yarn line, which includes Dk weight and Heavy Worsted weight. There are several patterns I’d love to knit if I had the time. I may even try to squeeze one in. I do a bit of spare time knitting though, I usually choose to knit for my toddler.

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My pattern, Chevrons, uses the Heavy Worsted version of City Tweed. It is a top down, round yoke, with simple and striking colorwork.  The colorwork was inspired by my love of simple shapes and geometry. Yes, that’s just how my brain works 🙂 It also has a turtleneck that you can button (as in the Knit Picks sample) or leave unbuttoned as in my daughter has it modeled below.

The Knit Picks description reads: Geometry is really the inspiration for this design with simple shapes set off by “planes” or single stripes. The Chevrons Sweater shows off just enough colorwork to keep one interested, yet not be too complicated to an adventurous beginner. Chevrons is a seamless round yoked sweater worked from the top down. The knitting is started flat and joined in the round after the collar while short row shaping raises the back of the neck for a comfortable sit.

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I hope you like it as much as I do! The other patterns in the collection are also quite lovely. The  Hypatia Cowl, Stomping Grounds Pullover, Cabled Faux Argyle Cardi, Clarendon,  Scarf, and Chickadee Sweater round out the collection. To add to the fun Knit Picks has City Tweed on sale at 20% off until 9/25/13!

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Didn’t I say “giveaway”? I did! I did! Ok, so what am I giving away? I have two copies of the pattern book (pictured above). There are two ways (well technically three ways) to win a copy. First, you can comment on this blog post letting me know which pattern you want to knit the most. Second, you can hop on over to my Facebook page and “like” my Ninja8tofuDesigns  page and comment on the post about the giveaway, (eta: You don’t have to like my page, only do it if you want to) . You will get an  entry if share my Facebook post, too. I will give one copy away through this blog and one through my Facebook page!  Please remember to leave a way for me get a hold of you. On the blog, you can leave me your Ravelry name, email, etc. The Facebook winner will be announced in a post and will have to message me (due to Facebook rules). I will pick winners on Friday 9/27/13!!  EDIT: Someone let me know that I can’t see the people who like my page. I had no idea. So, instead, like or comment on the post about the giveaway and only like my group if you want. I post pretty regularly on there, though!

Also of note this month, I am having a sale. All the patterns in my shop (with the exception of my Spare Time patterns (adult and child) are 25% off with the code:  “STOCKTHEMADNESS” at checkout through October 5th.  The Little Spare Time and Spare Time Pullover are 20% off through the end of the month with the code “SPARETIME3″ at checkout. Don’t forget that the KAL for the Spare Time patterns is ongoing in my Ravelry group through the end of October!

Pinterest! Prizes! A KAL!

It’s been a busy few weeks at Ninja8tofu central. The kids are heading back to school, my Mom is preparing for a big move, my gorgeous niece has moved to town for college! Oh and getting ready for the KAL and continuing to design and knit ALL THE THINGS! Phew! It’s also been very very hot. That can make knitting difficult at times.

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So, this KAL…Yes, there has been some preparation for the KAL. I am really hoping everyone has a great time with it. I am very much excited for it! Being that this is a “Spare TIme KAL.” All the things having to do with this KAL involve our spare time. First, I started a pinterest board. This board will be filled with pins from now and throughout the KAL with things I like to do when I am not knitting. I will include activities, recipes, movies, etc. Whatever strikes my fancy at that moment or whatever I am doing, I will pin it. I am inviting others to pin-along, too.  Just message me on Ravelry or Facebook  if you would like me to add you, just remember you need to already be a pinner. If you aren’t a pinner, you will have to join Pinterest first before I can add you to the board for posting.

I am putting together some prizes, too! Of course, all the prizes will be in some way related to my spare time.  I’ve posted about two of them in the Ravelry KAL thread, already! I have more planned, too and I will reveal them as we go along!

There is a discount code (SPARETIME2) for 25%  off for both Little Spare Time and the adult Spare Time Pullover.

Spare Time KAL!

Phew! Ok, today is the day. I am announcing the KAL officially so that you may get ready! First of all, it is a Sweater KAL for both adults and kids. I am really excited to share this news with you!

Introducing, to go along with Spare Time Pullover, I present, Little Spare Time. I hope you all like it!

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This pattern is a little different than the adult Spare Time Pullover. The children’s is top down and knit in a lighter gauge with a little bit less positive ease.

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The Little Spare Time KAL pattern is only a presale right now. The adult version is ready to go, though.

Use code SPARETIME1 for 30% off through the end of August. Sept 1st-16th, use Code SPARETIME2, for 25% off and from the 17th through the 30th of September use code SPARETIME3 for 20% off. These codes are also good for the adult Spare Time Pullover. Regular price for both of these patterns is $5.50

When you purchase, you will receive an info page to download. It will allow you to get your yarn and needles ready for our September 16th start date. The pattern file will go out in an update to buyers either the 15th or 16th of September. The KAL will run through the end of October. So, there should be plenty of time to finish! There will be some prizes, but I haven’t gotten them all lined up yet. You can stop by my group, Ninja8tofu’s Tofu Shack, for discussion having to do with the KAL. I will also update my facebook page, Ninja8tofu Designs, often during the KAL. Remember also, that you may choose to knit the adult version, Spare Time Pullover, as well. I hope you all will stop by and have a great time with us!

March KAL and a sale!

It’s been busy, busy around here. Since the last time I posted, I have finished writing several patterns, finished 5 samples, started and finished a spare time hat, turned a year older, and planned a KAL! WOOO! Yes, March will be our first KAL month this year.

I have lots planned for this year and one of the first things I said I wanted to do was to hold at least 2 KALs. So, in the month of March I am holding a NINJAKAL in my group! You can knit any of my patterns during the month of March (including WIP) and qualify yourself for some prizes and you know just join in on the knitterly fun! To go along with the March KAL, I am also having a sale on my patterns! Until March 15th, you can get 20% off using the code NINJAKAL at checkout. Now, this will work on any of my self published patterns. I also did something that I haven’t done before, I included the ebooks: A Vintage Ice Cream Truck and Pigwidgeon Hat and Mitts! I very, very rarely do this, so if you want to snag one of those, now is the time as it’s not likely they will be any cheaper any time soon.

Prizes, yes, I did say prizes. First of all, there is this:

Really, what is more needed for a Ninja KAL, than a Ninja bag? Probably nothing. Then, there is also this cute little set of  magnets:

Yes, cute…I know! These are the only prize spoilers I have posted yet. There will also be some yarn and possibly a few other things. But, I can’t show you all at once? I need to build some suspense, right?

So, if I have gotten your attention, stop by my group and check it out, join, poke around, stop by my pattern shop…I won’t bite (most likely).