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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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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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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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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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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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KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU - TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2017!!!

KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU - TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2017!!!

It's here!!! Wahoo! It's time for Starring YOU - the post that shows off some of the projects from our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along!!!! Even though, being complete honesty here, this post takes me eons to put together - I LOVE it! It 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! I'm so proud to have you all a part of our Tops, Tanks & Tees KAL!

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KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG 2017 GIVEAWAY!!!

KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG 2017 GIVEAWAY!!!

It's finally time for our TOPS, TANKS & TEES 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! In the next week or so is our Starring You post and seriously - so many amazing projects you guys made! There were so many fabulous patterns used and fabulous yarns! Every year I'm seriously blown away by all of your talents and gorgeous projects! 

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KNIT ALONG || VOTE FOR EXTENSION

KNIT ALONG || VOTE FOR EXTENSION

Our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along deadline is just around the corner which  means it's time for our vote for an extension to the deadline! It's where you get to choose if you'd like another week or so to finish up your garment!

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KNIT ALONG || KNITTING STRIPES WITH GUEST TIN CAN KNITS

KNIT ALONG || KNITTING STRIPES WITH GUEST TIN CAN KNITS

Each year I get so excited whenever Tin Can Knits does a guest post on the blog for our KAL's! I love these gals and really enjoy the wealth of information on their blog! There is always something new to learn or a skill to perfect and Alexa and Emily are wonderful at teaching knitters how to take these new techniques on and perfect them for our own knitting! 

I'm happy to have Alexa here today chatting all about STRIPES! I love stripes and so do they and so we thought it would be a fun topic to cover! Stripes are a fabulous way for you to add some fun to any top or tank for this summer! Whether it's brights, pastels, lace or speckles - go for it! Stripe it up knitters! 

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KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES - KICK OFF DAY!

KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES - KICK OFF DAY!

It's here! Today is the start of Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along 2017!!! Woot woot! It's time to cast on all those gorgeous garments that will make your warm weather handmade wardrobe shine!!! The #TTTKAL17 will run from April 10th - May 8th this year so mark your calendars! We've got some fun stuff planned! 

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KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2017 - IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!

KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES 2017 - IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!

It's that time of year! The cherry blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining and the cold weather is slowly dissapearring and you know what that means......it's time for the Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along! One of our big annual knit alongs where we encourage you all to knit garments to wear during the warm weather months! 

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KNITTING || stEEk-ALONG! TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF STEEKING!

KNITTING || stEEk-ALONG! TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF STEEKING!

So I'm turning 40 this year and I thought it would be fun to tackle my "I'd love to learn..." list! One of the top things that I've been wanting to finally get the courage up to learn is steeking! Yep - you got it! The dreaded cutting of our knitting! It sounds and looks scary but also fun! I remembered when I first learned to sew I thought zippers and buttonholes would scare me forever...but guess what - they aren't so bad once you learn. So once I reminded myself the same goes for steeking I knew I could do it. 

But who wants to learn to do something a bit scary and intimidating alone? Not me! It's always more fun to have friends for support, people to learn from, lean on, and laugh & cry with! So Andrea of Drea Renee Knits and Caitlin of Boyland Knitworks and I are teaming up to take on the steek! We're going to have a EEK stEEk-along!!! That's right! We're going to take the "eek" out of the steek and we want YOU to join us! So don't fear the steek, 

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KNIT ALONG || GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG 2016

KNIT ALONG || GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG 2016

They're baaaack! I'm seriously beyond excited for the release of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life starting 11/25! I cannot wait!!! So we're bringing back the GGKAL for 2016!

I know you all are too so we thought it would be fun to have a casual knit along where we can all watch and chat all the things GG revival while knitting!

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