SLOW DOWN SUMMER

SLOW DOWN SUMMER

"Being free brings a lightness, a carefree surrender to all that is happening around you, and, above all, an acceptance of reality". Deepak Chopra

LIGHTNESS. I mentioned on Instagram last week about my word of the year - lightness, and how this summer I plan to use this word to help reground myself (you can read the post here). I've been feeling a bit off balance in the life/work department lately. I've worked very hard the last year and a half to try to prioritize my health and well being alongside being a good mama and wife and the last month or so has had me feeling that wee bit of balance shift. In the past, my work has always come before my well being and it was a very difficult shift to make. One that took me getting quite ill a while back to realize I finally needed to. 

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TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG - STARRING YOU

TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG - STARRING YOU

It's time for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Starring You post!!! This is when I get to show off all your gorgeous projects you worked so hard on! You all made so many great tops this spring and I hope you will love wearing them! 

I hope you enjoyed taking part in this year's TTTKAL as much as I did reading and following along with you all! It truly brings me so much joy to go through and see all of your finished projects and all the lovely garments you now have to wear! I love seeing what patterns you choose, the colors that are most popular for the season and just how darn lovely you all look! So thank you for knitting along with me each and every year and for being such a supportive, caring and kind community! 

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NEW PATTERN - RIVULET FROM BROOKLYN TWEED WOOL PEOPLE 12

NEW PATTERN - RIVULET FROM BROOKLYN TWEED WOOL PEOPLE 12

Meet RIVULET

I'm so very excited to announce I have a pattern in the newest Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Collection! Can we say pinch me now people! I literally cried when I found out I could cross this dream off my bucket list! It's been a long standing goal of mine to work with Brooklyn Tweed and I'm so very excited to be able to finally show you all what I've been busy working on! And then to have the whole collection release on my birthday today - well gosh darn - it's like icing on the sprinkles on the icing on the cake....lol.

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BIRTHDAY SALE - DON'T MISS OUR BIGGEST DISCOUNT OF THE YEAR!

BIRTHDAY SALE - DON'T MISS OUR BIGGEST DISCOUNT OF THE YEAR!

IT'S TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL BIRTHDAY SALE - SAVE 40% OFF!

It's my 41st birthday today and to celebrate and say a HUGE thank you to all of YOU for supporting me and my dreams I'm running my annual birthday sale! Woot woot!!!!! 

Use code "shes41" to save 40% OFF my *entire pattern library! Sale is valid on Ravelry HERE and in my online shop HERE. Coupon is valid from June 20th - 22nd, midnight, PST. 

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GIVEAWAY! TOPS TANKS & TEES 2018 SPONSOR GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY! TOPS TANKS & TEES 2018 SPONSOR GIVEAWAY!

It's time for the Tops, Tanks & Tees 2018 Knit Along Sponsor Giveaway!!! I so look forward to this giveaway each year! I can't wait to see who our winners will be! Our sponsors are so generous each year and 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!  

A huge thank you to all of you for all knitting along with me year after year! In the next week or so is our Starring You post and seriously - there are so many amazing projects to share! You guys chose some great patterns/yarns and all your finished projects are lovely! Every year I'm seriously blown away by all of your talents and the community you all nurture and grow in our Ravelry group

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GIVEAWAY/REVIEW - FIBER ARTIST SUPPLY CO. JUMBO BALL WINDER!!!

GIVEAWAY/REVIEW - FIBER ARTIST SUPPLY CO. JUMBO BALL WINDER!!!

Ok you guys - I'm freaking out here with excitement! So remember how over the last six months or so I've been on the hunt for my dream ball winder to replace the piece of s$%t one that has brought me to tears more times than I can count? Thanks to all off your help on social media I found it!!! Insert the Fiber Artist Supply Co. Maple Jumbo Ball Winder. And top that off I want you all to have a chance to win one too (pop over to my Instagram page to enter)!!! Wahoo!!!!! 

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KNIT ALONG - SUMMER STRIPES INSPIRATION FOR YOUR LATEST WIP

KNIT ALONG - SUMMER STRIPES INSPIRATION FOR YOUR LATEST WIP

Long time knit along sponsors of ours - Pom Pom Quarterly are back again with a fascinating and interesting look behind the patterns in their newest issue! As a knitwear designer who is inspired by things such as books, music, scenery, art etc. I couldn't get enough of this post! I love seeing mood boards and where designers are drawing inspiration from! Such a cool idea and one I thought you'd all be interested in as well. Pom Pom shares some of the tops in the newest issue and a bit history of the artwork they were inspired from! I think this issue of Pom Pom (Summer 2018) is my fave one yet! If you haven't seen it don't miss it! Every pattern is fab and the tops in this issue are all gorgeous! 

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TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2018 - KICK OFF DAY!

TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2018 - KICK OFF DAY!

It's here! Today is the start of Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along 2018!!! Woot woot! It's time to cast on all those gorgeous garments that will make your warm weather handmade wardrobe shine!!! The #TTTKAL18 will run from May 1st - May 29th this year so mark your calendars!

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TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG - COMING SOON!

TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG - COMING SOON!

Many years ago I started a knit along. I didn’t know many knitters where I lived (and let’s face it I was lonely with wee babies and figured others were too) and I wanted to create a virtual happy place where knitters could chat, form lasting friendships and encourage each other in both life and our craft, in a warm and safe environment. I feel beyond blessed to say that years later our annual knit alongs are still going strong and a large percentage of our knitters are from that very first knit along. They’ve been through loss, heartbreak, & hardship together but also great joy and love over all these years. I can truly say those chats in our Ravelry group bring me so much joy. It’s the friendship that is so special. It’s magic if you ask me. It’s a special bond made over stitches and I’m so thankful for all of our members, sponsors and moderators for showing so much love and kindness to each other every year. I truly believe everyone needs a knitter bestie 💕🙌🏻. So don’t be shy - come join in - all skill levels are welcome.

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ALTERKNIT STITCH DICTIONARY BOOK GIVEAWAY & REVIEW!

ALTERKNIT STITCH DICTIONARY BOOK GIVEAWAY & REVIEW!

If you've read my blog or follow me on social media you know I love books. And by love - I mean loooooove. I truly enjoy holding a book in my hands and slowly savouring and relishing in each page. I'm a total bookworm and will happily always be that way. Even though I'm a knitwear designer I still grab any chance to read. Whether it be while knitting or after hours, I've always got at least a few books on the go ranging from fiction to health/nonfiction. You know that feeling you get when reading a fiction book you're beyond excited to dive into? It's sooo good right? Well, I also get that feeling when I find fabulous knitting books. What's even better is when that fabulous knitting book is written by your equally as fabulous friend.

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SALE! INDIE DESIGN GIFT-A-LONG SALE! SAVE 25% ON 2O PATTERNS!

SALE! INDIE DESIGN GIFT-A-LONG SALE! SAVE 25% ON 2O PATTERNS!

Today is the start of the annual Indie Design Gift-A-Long!!! Yay!!!!! This fabulous knit along is filled with a fun group of knitters all gift making for the holidays! Join in the games, KAL/CALs, chat and more! You'll also find a HUGE list of talented indie designers all offering special GAL Bundles on sale for 25% OFF until 11/28, midnight, PST with code "giftalong2017" (you can find mine HERE)!!! Wahoo! Take a look through, and add some new designers/patterns to your queue and happy gift knitting!

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REGEN SHAWL - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

REGEN SHAWL - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet" ~ Bob Marley

MEET REGEN

The Regen Shawl is now live and sold individually just in time for holiday gift making season (or to treat yourself)! Previously only available in Making: Volume Three - DOTS, this texture-rich shawl pairs soft circular combos of knit and purl stitches with a border that mimics the dots of falling rain. Regen shines in Phoebe by Quince & Co. and is a versatile and light accessory that is both engaging and relaxing to knit. Regen was inspired by the patterns that raindrops and frozen water make on windows and I hope you'll enjoy both knitting and wearing Regen as much as I do.

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HARO SHAWL - NEW PATTERN

HARO SHAWL - NEW PATTERN

MEET HARO

HARO is the newest shawl pattern of mine for this year's Hinterland Straits 2017 collection! Haro is meant to be curled up and snuggled into. It's the shawl you reach for on blustery days, for seaside strolls & chilly nights, and on days you just need a knit hug. 

HARO features a half-hap shawl construction. Worked in two colours of Hinterland Range, the Haro shawl is a stunning composition of openwork, texture, and colourshifts. The fabric of this generously-sized shawl is soft and cozy, with repeated stripes that create beautiful swirls reminiscent of cascading waves when wrapped for warmth.

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SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG - STARRING YOU

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG - STARRING YOU

It's time for our Summer Sweater Knit Along Starring You post!!! This is when I get to show off all your gorgeous hard work! I mean look at these fabulous handmade sweaters and garments you all made this summer! Mind blown! Each year you all continue to inspire and wow me with the talent and skills you all have. 

I hope you enjoyed taking part in this year's SSKAL as much as I did reading and following along with you all! It truly brings me so much joy to go through and see all of your finished projects and all the lovely garments you now have to wear! I love seeing what patterns you choose, the colors that are most popular for the season and just how darn lovely you all look! So thank you for knitting along with me each and every year and for being such a supportive, caring and kind community! 

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KNIT CITY 2017 - COME SEE US AT BOOTH #206

KNIT CITY 2017 - COME SEE US AT BOOTH #206

Join us at Knit City at the PNE in Vancouver, BC on Sept. 30th - Oct 1st for lots of fun! This is one of our favourite events of the year! Fabulous vendors, great classes & events and a wonderful community of fiber enthusiasts. 

You can find myself & Jane Richmond at BOOTH #206 - we'll be there with both of our entire pattern lines, lots of pretty samples for you to try on, all of our books, special discounts/sales, and fun giveaways! 

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SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG SPONSOR GIVEAWAY

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG SPONSOR GIVEAWAY

It's time for the Summer Sweater Knit Along Sponsor Giveaway!!! Woot woot!!! I look forward to this giveaway each year! I can't wait to see who our winners will be! The prizes are amazing!!! Our sponsors are so generous each year and 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!  

A huge thank you to all of you for all knitting along with me year after year! In the next week or so is our Starring You post and seriously - there are so many amazing projects to share! You guys chose some great patterns/yarns and all your finished sweaters are lovely! Every year I'm seriously blown away by all of your talents and the community you all nurture and grow in our Ravelry group

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KNIT ALONG || INTERVIEW WITH ALINA SCHNEIDER OF GIFT OF KNITTING WITH GUEST MICHELLE CARTER

KNIT ALONG || INTERVIEW WITH ALINA SCHNEIDER OF GIFT OF KNITTING WITH GUEST MICHELLE CARTER

When planning this year's Summer Sweater Knit Along I thought it would be fun to introduce a few new fun posts (and writers) to go along with our guest tutorials etc. I invited the lovely Michelle of My So Called Handmade Life (Mamatronic on Ravelry) to write a guest post and I was excited to see what she would come up with. I've been a fan of Michelle's for years! She's got a fabulous eye, is an amazing knitter and has a fun blog. Bonus - her photos of her knits are always my faves in our knit alongs. She just has that special touch for taking WIP and FO shots. She's also our newest helper for this year's SSKAL. I hope you enjoy the fabulous interview she did below with the equally as talented knitwear designer Alina Schneider of Gift of Knitting Designs. Enjoy! 

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KNIT ALONG || HOW TO KNIT SWATCHES IN THE ROUND WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

KNIT ALONG || HOW TO KNIT SWATCHES IN THE ROUND WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

Throughout our annual knit alongs I like to bring in special guests to write helpful posts with lots of tips and techniques to help you all grow and expand your knitting skills. For this year's Summer Sweater Knit Along my dear friend, and designer/author Andrea Rangel is here to share her knowledge today and teach you all a bit about swatching in the round and doing it with colorwork as well! Andrea is a wonderful and patient teacher and has a great way of explaining techniques so I knew she'd be the perfect fit for this subject! She's my go to for things I'm stuck on all the time. Add on that her newest book "AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary" (watch for a full review here as well as a giveaway soon) is filled with swatches that are knit in the round (and feature colorwork) that she knit all herself I'd consider her extremely experienced...lol. I hope you all enjoy this post and learn something new today and a huge thank you to Andrea for lending her knowledge here today.

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SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || IT'S HERE! READY...SET...KNIT!

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || IT'S HERE! READY...SET...KNIT!

Our Summer Sweater Knit Along officially launches today! Yay! Have you signed up and joined in? I hope you do - it's a fun one (you can sign up & get details HERE)! Our Summer Sweater Knit Along is all about knitting some lovely handmade garments during the summer so we have gorgeous new sweaters to wear in the fall/winter months! It's my favourite knit along of the year and a fun one so I hope you all join in! 

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SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || IT'S ALMOST HERE! 2017 SSKAL ANNOUNCEMENT & DATES!

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || IT'S ALMOST HERE! 2017 SSKAL ANNOUNCEMENT & DATES!

Summer is here and you know what that means......it's almost time for our annual Summer Sweater Knit Along!!!! YAY!!!! Our Summer Sweater Knit Along (or SSKAL as we call it) is where we encourage knitters to keep making garments throughout the summer months so they can sport their new handmade lovelies just in time for the fall/winter season! It's lots of fun and our biggest knit along of the year! So if you've ever been scared to knit a garment now's the time to conquer your fears and give it a shot! 

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