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Howdy, all!

I know that Thanksgiving still hasn’t arrived (and it’s a holiday that always deserves its due *cough pumpkin pie cough*), but if you’re a crafter, the December holiday crunch has already begun. It’s not just that your handmade items need to be finished by the holidays, it’s that you have to choose the project far enough in advance to actually make it in time, so November is the perfect time to start!

What’s a crafter to do? Fear not: it’s the Ravelry Gift-A-Long to the rescue! While I’m not participating this year, it’s still a great opportunity to spread the word of this fantastic program that supports independent knitting and crochet designers.

So what is the Gift-A-Long, anyway? From Thursday, November 13th at 8:00 pm US EST – Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm US EST, tons of indie designers will be discounting many of their patterns a generous 25% for this event. Just use the coupon code: giftalong2014.

There are almost THREE HUNDRED designers participating in this year’s event, and you can scroll through their work and their offerings on THIS Ravelry thread (and you can find a more condensed, alphabetized list here). You are absolutely certain to find at least a couple of patterns that scream “knit/crochet me now!” for at least a couple of gift recipients on your list.

And if you’re up for it, feel free to join the Ravelry group that hosts the gift-a-long, where there will be lots of conversation, games, and even prizes as you work through your holiday crafting.

Enjoy and happy early holidays!
xoxo Danielle

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