It's here - today is the day! Yay! Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul is now available! I'm so beyond excited and literally cannot wait for you all to see the new book! This book holds such a special place in my heart and I really hope you will all enjoy our newest collection as much as we do. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing more about Within and the patterns that are in it and the stories/inspirations behind them. I cannot wait to see what lovelies you cast on and to hear your thoughts about Within.Read More
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being part of a brand new collection releasing today for Hinterland called Hinterland Straits! I used Hinterland Range, a lofty worsted weight, for both of my patterns - Compass Shawl and Rivers Wrap. I found Range so inspiring to work with and really enjoyed designing and knitting both of these cozy and versatile accessories. I hope you enjoy each of these pieces as much as I do.Read More
IT'S KNIT CITY TIME!
Can you believe this weekend will be the 5th anniversary of Knit City?! So much awesomeness packed into those 5 fabulous years!
We'll both have our pretty pattern lines for sale, as well as all of our books will be there too (Within too)! We will also have lots & lots of yummy samples for you to try on too!Read More
Oh my gosh you guys!!!! I've been waiting for this day so long! I'm so beyond excited to give you a sneak peek of our newest book "WITHIN: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul", by myself and Jane Richmond - coming October 5th!!!! EEEEEEEK!!!! I hope you all will love it as much as we do. We poured our hearts and souls into this one and are so happy with how this lovely new collection turned out!Read More
I love zippered pouches. I simply can't seem to have enough of them. So when I got asked to join in the Observer Fabric Tour by my lovely and oh, so talented friend April Rhodes, I knew I had to sew up Anna Graham's (of Noodlehead) new pattern for her Petal Pouches. First off, I'm absolutely 100% obsessed with April's new fabric line Observer. I always love her lines but oh boy does this one hit home for me. It's absolutely stunning! I sincerely love each print. And the fact that's it's Art Gallery Fabrics is icing on the cake. You all know how much I love me some AGF!Read More
Our Summer Sweater Knit Along will soon be coming to a close.......but it doesn't have to :) It's time for our Extension Poll!! Choose below if you're ready to show off your handmades, extend by a week, or go for another 2 weeks! It's up to you! I'll announce the results tomorrow in our Ravelry Group so keep an eye out if you are in need of more knitting time.Read More
Over the last few months our first home underwent a kitchen reno. It's been a fun, sometimes stressful and very educational experience...lol. If you've ever renovated I'm sure you know what I mean. While l I haven't yet shared the finished renovation on the blog yet (I plan to in Sept) I have been having a wonderful time sourcing lovely accessories & decor items for our main floor. So when I got an email from my awesomely talented and sweet friend Dana of MADE EVERYDAY to join in on her Boardwalk Delight fabric blog party I just knew I HAD to have the Eat It All print all over! I mean c'mon people! Kitchen + black/white + eat it all = shannon needs! Lol! So instead of going out and buying some of my fave style of potholders I decided to sew some up and share the FREE PATTERN for my POCKET POTHOLDERS with you too!Read More
Last week I had my friend and talented designer - Andrea Rangel on the blog with her great guest post on colorwork (see it here) and today I'm super thrilled to review & giveaway her brand new book "Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living"! I'm so beyond proud and thrilled for her (both as a friend and a colleague)! This book speaks so true to Andrea's personal sense of style - the knits are functional, yet they are beautiful with thoughtful details. If you know Andrea, you know that what she designs she lives in. She bikes, camps, hikes and more - and all while doing these activities she's adorned in her knits! I'm so happy to call her a friend and I'm even happier to share her lovely book with all of you during our Summer Sweater Knit Along!Read More
A lot of the most common questions we hear asked in our Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group are in regards to colorwork. Let's face it - to new and experienced knitters alike, colorwork can be intimidating. The finished effects are stunning but where to start and once you do, how can you perfect your methods? Well, the lovely and oh so talented Andrea Rangel is here to share her 7 tips to help improve your colorwork!Read More
I've got a special giveaway for you all today! Why is it special you may ask? It's special because I love nothing more than seeing a talented and sweet friend make a dream come true! Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts had a goal last year and she went after it! She set out to create an eco-friendly, organic, washable wool and boy did she hit a home run! At the end of June she launched her newest yarn - PureWash. I'm so proud of her and her accomplishment that I thought it would be fun to celebrate it's launch during the SSKAL with a giveaway!Read More
Our Summer Sweater Knit Along officially launched on Monday! Yay! Have you signed up and joined in? I hope you do - it's a fun one (you can sign up & get details HERE)! The best part of this time of year is that there are usually a few knit alongs happening and with our knit along you can always use the same project in multiple knit alongs! How's that for a win/win! I love me a knit along!
I've also got a sale going on for my Antrorse Sweater in honour of the SSKAL! Save 20% OFF with code "SSKAL20" on Ravelry and in my shop until August 7th, midnight, PST. I think I need another one of these in my closet!Read More
Get your yarn and needles ready knitters! It's almost time for our annual Summer Sweater Knit Along 2016!!! I'm so excited! This is my favourite knit along of the year and our biggest! It's always a fun, friendly KAL filled with encouraging knitters and lots of new skills being learned and shared.
If you've ever been scared to knit a garment now's the time to conquer your fears and give it a shot! Our Summer Sweater Knit Along encourages knitters to keep on knitting garments throughout the summer months so they can sport their new handmade lovelies just in time for fall/winter!Read More
"When in doubt, vacation." I love that. It's been a busy year so far for my family and I and I'm so excited that it's summer and you know what that means........vacation time! I'm always striving to find that elusive balance between my work and personal life and I'm looking forward to a few weeks of just playing with my kids & hanging with the hubs.Read More
Now that the weather has warmed up I'm seriously dying to sew up some new summer staples! I've been drooling over all the new patterns that have been popping up that are perfect for my warm weather wardrobe and for layering throughout the year!
Here's my faves that I've been eyeing! I've got 4 patterns ready to tape together and hopefully get sewn up this month (fingers crossed).Read More
It's time for my favourite part of our knit alongs - the Starring You post! I love going through all of your gorgeous finished projects and putting them all together in this post for you all to see! It's so fun to look at all of your hard work and smiling faces! This year's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along was filled with so many awesome garments and looking back at all of your pattern choices I am so proud of you all!Read More
Today is my 39th birthday and to celebrate I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you! All of my knitting + sewing patterns are 39% OFF (until 06.24.16) to say thank you for all of your continued support & friendship! I love you guys!Read More
Are you guys ready for our awesome Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Giveaway? Yay!!!! This year's knit along was filled with so many amazing projects! You guys rocked it! And our lovely and generous sponsors have donated so many awesome prizes!!!! I'm freaking out!!! I can't wait to see who our winners will be!Read More
A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram about my two daughters both learning how to knit. Both of my girls are now knitting and it's been a true joy to be able to hang out with them while enjoying one of my favourite things. I reached out to you all asking for your favourite tips for teaching wee ones to knit and I thought it would be fun to share some of your answers and my experience with teaching them on the blog too!Read More
Today is the end date for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along - are you ready for it to end? I'm sure not! If you'd like an extension for the TTTKAL this year vote in the poll below! I'll share the results in our Ravelry thread later this week. Judging by past years votes though odds are we will have a 1-2 week extension followed by our Starring You Post and a fun giveaway!Read More
Our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along is in full swing! I've been so inspired by all of the gorgeous finished projects now popping up in our Ravelry thread for FO's! It's been so fun to watch all of your projects progress from your swatch pictures to now a lovely new garment with you wearing it! I'm so proud of you guys!Read More