SEWING || SEE KATE SEW DOLL FABRIC

SEWING || SEE KATE SEW DOLL FABRIC

My girls love dolls and so do I, so I was beyond excited when my lovely friend Kate of See Kate Sew announced her new doll fabric was being released (by Riley Blake) and asked me to join in for the tour. The kids squealed and so did I! Both my girls and I were super happy when the fabric arrived to our house! I really love dolls made like this and couldn't wait to make them with the kids. 

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WITHIN KNIT ALONG!

WITHIN KNIT ALONG!

Jane and I are so excited to see what projects you'll be casting on from our newest book - Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul that we thought it would be fun to run a knit along! It will be a casual, ongoing knit along where you can simply tag your projects with #withinknits on social media and join in on Ravelry

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WITHIN || EBOOK & INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS AVAILABLE NOW!

WITHIN || EBOOK & INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS AVAILABLE NOW!

THANK YOU sooooo much for all the lovely and supportive response to our new book Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul! I'm giving you all huge virtual hugs...lol! Seriously, I cannot say thank you enough for all the kind and sweet words. It truly means so much how you've all embraced the book and supported us - so thank you! It fills my heart and I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful, supportive and loving community. 

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KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU & GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU & GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Are you all ready for our SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG STARRING YOU post? Wahoo! So sorry for the delay on this. As mentioned in my ravelry group my computer - aka the d*m# Sierra update - is wreaking havoc with my computer. I've had nothing but issues and it's caused a delay in all things computer related. But the post is up now and this is my fave part of the KAL! Getting to see all your awesome projects! It's inspiring and just makes me so darn happy! As usual you guys have made some amazing and stunning projects! 

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EVENT || WITHIN CANADIAN BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

EVENT || WITHIN CANADIAN BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

We're so excited to be kicking off the Canadian launch of our newest book Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul at our local yarn shop - The Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria, BC, Canada. Join us on October 22nd, from 1-3pm to try on samples from the book, meet myself and Jane, get your books signed, shop & more!

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KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY!!!

KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY!!!

It's finally time for our Summer Sweater Knit Along Giveaway!!!! I'm so happy to finally show you all the gorgeous prizes our supportive sponsors have for you all! Yay!! I'm freaking out!!! I can't wait to see who our winners will be! They play such a big role in keeping our KAL's going please take the time to visit their shops and show them some love!  

And thank you for all knitting along with me! Next week is our Starring You post and seriously - so many amazing projects you guys made this year! I'm blown away! 

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NEW BOOK || WITHIN: KNITTING PATTERNS TO WARM THE SOUL

NEW BOOK || WITHIN: KNITTING PATTERNS TO WARM THE SOUL

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.  

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NEW PATTERNS || COMPASS SHAWL & RIVERS WRAP

NEW PATTERNS || COMPASS SHAWL & RIVERS WRAP

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.

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EVENT || KNIT CITY 2016!

EVENT || KNIT CITY 2016!

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! 

Join us at Knit City at the PNE in Vancouver, BC on Oct. 2 & 3rd for lots of fun! We are Booth #207(I'll be there with Jane Richmond again this year).

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! 

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COMING SOON || WITHIN: KNITTING PATTERNS TO WARM THE SOUL!

COMING SOON || WITHIN: KNITTING PATTERNS TO WARM THE SOUL!

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!

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SEWING || OBSERVER FABRIC TOUR - PETAL POUCHES

SEWING || OBSERVER FABRIC TOUR - PETAL POUCHES

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!  

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KNIT ALONG || SSKAL16 EXTENSION POLL

KNIT ALONG || SSKAL16 EXTENSION POLL

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. 

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FREE PATTERNS || POCKET POTHOLDERS FREE SEWING PATTERN!

FREE PATTERNS || POCKET POTHOLDERS FREE SEWING PATTERN!

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! 

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GIVEAWAY & BOOK REVIEW || RUGGED KNITS BY ANDREA RANGEL

GIVEAWAY & BOOK REVIEW || RUGGED KNITS BY ANDREA RANGEL

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

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KNIT ALONG || 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COLORWORK WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

KNIT ALONG || 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COLORWORK WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

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! 

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KNIT ALONG || TANIS FIBER ARTS PUREWASH GIVEAWAY!!!

KNIT ALONG || TANIS FIBER ARTS PUREWASH GIVEAWAY!!!

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! 

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KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!

KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!

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!

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SOMETHING'S COMING - SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG 2016!

SOMETHING'S COMING - SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG 2016!

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! 

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VACATION...

VACATION...

"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.

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SEWING || WHAT I'M SEWING FOR SUMMER

SEWING || WHAT I'M SEWING FOR SUMMER

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). 

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