I've been so excited to show you all pics of our recent trip to Seattle for Vogue Knitting Live and our visit to the popular new yarn shop - Tolt Yarn and Wool!

It took me a bit to get back into the groove of things after being away. Having one kiddo home for spring break sure put a damper into my work plans too. But now we're getting back into the routine of things again and I knew if I didn't post these soon I wouldn't get a chance to.

Jane and I had so much fun here I honestly begged the lovely owner Anna to let me be a virtual employee! It's yarn heaven in there and I came home with a nice loot! I cannot say enough about this shop. I was there for a few hours and still didn't get to see everything. It honestly is amazingly curated and filled with treasures! The decor is to die for and Anna has put the most special touches and style into this huge and airy store! I'm not joking when I say it's like walking into yarn heaven. It's that awesome. There is a fireplace to sit around and knit, a lovely back table area with stylish chairs and table lamps to knit and converse with friends plus an upstairs area for classes and more! It's bright, warm, friendly and oh so inviting! My fave purchase from Tolt was the AWESOME Tolt mug!!!! I have been using mine everyday! I got the white one! I also got one of the rockin' baskets you see all over the shop. It's so lovely and my yarn now has a happy home in it!!!


Thank you soooo much to Anna (for everything and for being so kind) and to all her lovely staff for making it such a special event for Jane and I. And thank you to everyone who drove out to attend - it was such a great group of women and we had so much fun the time flew by way too fast. And I can't forget to give a special thank you to Veronika from Yarn on the House for her lovely pressie! She's such a doll! And she has a new line of yarns just out called YOTH Yarns and let me tell you - she is one to watch! This yarn is STUNNING! I highly recommend you guys! I can't wait to wind mine up and start knitting with it! You can see it in the collage below. Her yarns can be purchased at Tolt right now and you can see her trunk show there as well!

So sit back, sip a coffee/tea and step inside Tolt Yarn and Wool with Jane and I! For more pics and to hear about the rest of my trip see below!

See that pic of me above? That's what happens when you are around too many yarn fumes! I was like a crazy kid in a candy store!
And one of my fave things to do when I get home is to make you all an instagram collage of our trip!

Here's some of my fave shots from our weekend! We honestly had such a great time that we hardly have any pics! It's hard to take photos when you're having such a great time and getting to chat with so many awesome people! Vogue Knitting Live was great (I didn't buy much as we were so busy shopping was tricky) as was our stay at the Marriot Courtyard in Bellevue. Love that hotel. We honestly camped out in the lobby there on the last night till very late eating, drinking and of course knitting with all of our gals! It was one of the highlights of the trip for me! We always have fun in Bellevue and Seattle and it's so fun to get over to visit from Canada.

Trip to VKL and Tolt Yarn and Wool //

Jane and I like to travel to Seattle via the Coho ferry from Victoria and then we drive from Port Angeles to Bainbridge Island (home of Churchmouse Yarn and Teas!!!) and again, for the 2nd year in a row we were unable to go to this amazing shop due to our ferry transfer time! I swear we were almost in tears!!! All of the women from Churchmouse are so beyond lovely (they had a booth at VKL) and I even found out the owner is a long time family friend! What are the odds right! Such a fun experience! We were so happy to have gotten at least to chat with them during VKL. I could have hung out at their booth all day. And I don't have a picture, but Jared Flood (of Brooklyn Tweed) was there and I got to chat with him and of course, fawn and get flustered. He is such a huge inspiration to me that I honestly become speechless around him! Me - speechless! I know right! It's a miracle of epic proportions! I still have the ball bands he signed last year hanging on my inspiration board near my desk.

I also had another surreal experience meeting one of my favorite long time bloggers - Dottie Angel (aka Tif)! You can see a pic of her and I together in the bottom row, center of the collage above. Seriously, it was as her and I like to call a "serendipitous meeting". I heard she was working at Tolt Yarn and Wool Shop so when Jane and I arrived for our trunk show I was pretty much stalking the shop looking for her! I was beyond excited to get to meet her. But our paths were not meant to cross that night. But on Saturday at VKL while we did our signing at Stash Local I looked up and there she was!!! It was such a special and touching moment for me to be able to say in words to her how much her blog and writing meant to me. She was one of the reasons I even started blogging and I have been a loyal fan of hers ever since. She was so kind and like a kindred spirit! I could have chatted with her all day! It truly was so amazing to meet her! Thanks again Tif!

Another huge highlight for me was getting to finally meet Susan B. Anderson! Let me tell you - she is the sweetest woman ever! I just wanted to keep hugging her she is so patient, kind and nice. It was so fun to get to meet her and we were all looking forward to it! It definitely was a big highlight for our whole group to get to chat and meet her!  She is such a huge inspiration and I'm a big fan of her work! Thanks for being so sweet Susan! I hope we can meet again!

I also got to meet Karen Templar from Fringe Association. If you see the pics above of my loot the bag with the yarn quote is Karen's and I also got a print of hers with the same quote to put in my office space. I'm a big fan of her blog and shop. She has a great eye and her aesthetic and taste is amazing! If you haven't visited her shop before go now! You won't be disappointed :) I could have spent all my moula at her booth but had to control

Our book signing at Stash Local was so fun and we got to meet so many wonderful people! We thank Sonia again for having us!!! We so appreciated the support Sonia!!! It was a blast and your booth was so lovely!!! She had so many gorgeous yarns on display I just kept stopping what I was doing and petting all the Hazel Knits yarn! We were also lucky enough to have the booth be right near Sincere Sheep (the yarn for Jane's Spate mitts from JOURNEY), Chicken Boots and Fringe Association! It was great fun to be around so many lovely ladies! I also got to pick up a gorgeous skein of yarn from Neighbourhood Fiber Co.! I've been wanting to try their yarns and their booth was amazing! It was very hard to just choose one!

Of course before we left Bellevue we had to hit up the mall and visit Anthropologie (my first time!!!), the Disney and Lego stores (for the kids) and eat a yummy lunch at the Cheesecake Factory! We then raced to Trader Joe's (we all LOVE Trader Joe's) to stock up on all of our faves and then raced to get over the border to catch our ferry. It was a long night home but we made it :) It's always so fun to go on these road trips but I'm also always happy to get home to my girlies and the hubs!

// Don't forget - if you would like to get to see Jane and I and visit our trunk show for JOURNEY and get your copy of JOURNEY signed make sure to pop by the lovely Beehive Wool Shop this weekend on Saturday from 12-4! We're officially launching JOURNEY in our home city! We can't wait and we hope to see  you all there! 

Have you gotten to meet a fave blogger of yours? Who's yarn are you currently coveting? Have you been to Tolt Yarn and Wool yet? Let's chat! 


Journey Trunk Show & Book Signing at Beehive Wool Shop

Jane and I are SO excited to announce that our official Canadian launch of JOURNEY will be hosted at the amazing and iconic Beehive Wool Shop here in lovely Victoria, BC, Canada!!!

This timeless staple on the yarn shop scene is one of Canada's loveliest stores! Filled to the brim with tastefully curated yarns and more - the Beehive is a must see on Vancouver Island. They are also the ONLY Canadian stockist of the coveted Brooklyn Tweed yarns!

Jane and I are beyond thrilled to be able to launch JOURNEY at the Beehive and we're having a party to celebrate! Join us at the Beehive Wool Shop on Saturday, March 29th from 12-4pm! Yay! Bring your copies of JOURNEY for us to sign or pick up a copy in the store! And for those of you looking to buy a copy, the Beehive offers 15% off the book price if you purchase the yarn for one of the projects from the book in the store!!

So mark your calendars! We'll have our trunk show from JOURNEY on display so you can come and try them on and look at them in person too! Hop on the ferry from Vancouver, drive up island, visit from the will love Victoria and we would LOVE to see you!

Beehive Wool Shop

Official Canadian Launch of JOURNEY

Date: March 29th, 2014
Time: 12pm - 4pm
1700 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC, Canada
V8W 2G7

Can you make it out? I'd love to hear if you plan on coming and don't forget to tell your friends! If you do make it this Sat we would love to see your finished and wip JOURNEY projects too! So feel free to bring them with you to show them off!

We hope to see you and your friends there!!!! Happy knitting!


JOURNEY image by Nicholas Kupiak //
Image by Nicholas Kupiak
So sorry for the wait everyone! I've finally got the winners of our JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway!!!!

I've been under the weather the past 2 weeks with a bad cold that my kiddo brought home from school. Yuck. I even lost my voice for 5 days!!! Can you imagine me - voiceless. Needless to say it was not good. But I'm back and I've got a winner!!!!!

Congratulations to.....
Entry #191 - Kylie from the blog "Like Purls Off a String"!!! Yay!

We'll be in touch soon with your prizes Kylie!

A big thank you again to our prize donors - Quince & Co. and Sincere Sheep!  And to all of you for knitting along with Jane and I. We had so much fun and hope you did too.

Remember you can find all the JOURNEY KAL info here on it's home page.

I also have a fancy new knit along Tips & Techniques page (you should check it out!) and a Knit Along Directory. I'm slowly building all the pages for the knit alongs so you guys can continue to use them as resources if you'd like.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! What have you been working on? Did you get your JOURNEY project finished?


Totl Yarn and Wool Shop \\
tolt yarn and wool shop
We are so excited to announce that we will be at the amazing new shop - Tolt Yarn and Wool on March 13th, from 6-8pm for a book signing & trunk show!!!!! YAY! The items from JOURNEY will be on display and Jane and I will be there to chat, sign books and knit!

That's right, it's their weekly free Stitch Circle so if you stop by - bring your knitting! It's sure to be a great time! I've been following along on social media anxiously awaiting the opening of Tolt Yarn and Wool and I can't wait to see this gorgeous shop in person!

You can find Tolt Yarn and Wool below:

Book Signing/Trunk Show - March 13th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
4509 Tolt Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014 | (425) 333-4066

We can't wait to see you there!!!

Stash Local \\

And the fun doesn't stop there! After visiting Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop we are headed to Seattle, WA to Vogue Knitting Live the same weekend!!!! We are super duper excited to have the lovely and awesome shop Stash Local hosting our trunk show while there!

You can see all the items from JOURNEY on Friday and Saturday as well as meet Jane and I during a BOOK SIGNING from 12pm - 2pm on Saturday, March 15th! YAY! We had so much fun at VKL last year and I'm honestly counting down the days to this one!!!! We will be sure to instagram our trip and if you are attending VKL please don't be shy - come say hello!!!! We love seeing all of you!!!

You can find info on Stash Local here and find out more on Vogue Knitting Live here.

Vogue Knitting Live - Stash Local Booth Signing & Trunk Show
Trunk Show - March 14th-15th
Book Signing - March 15th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle //

Will you be attending Vogue Knitting Live this year? Do you live in the Seattle area? Are you planning to come to either of the events above? We can't wait to see you!


JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway //

It's time for the post you have all been waiting for! The JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway!!!!

I have absolutely LOVED seeing everyone's projects from the book. I can't even begin to explain how much fun it has been and how amazing it is to see all these gorgeous items knit up form the projects that Jane and I worked so hard on. It's so special to us and I thank you all for showing us so much love and support. It really truly means so much! Jane and I are both sick this week so it's cheered us up to see all your WIP's and FO's!

So in honor of that we are so excited to have a giveaway for you all today!  Our way of saying thank you for knitting with us and for being so gosh darn awesome!   I wish I could hug each and every one of you! And even though the KAL is over please keep posting your pics! You can use hashtag #journeyknits on all your projects so we can still see them on Instagram and social media! I really enjoy following along with you all!

Now...are you ready to hear what you could win?

JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway //
One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate from Quince and Co.!!!!!

JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway //
One lucky winner will receive a Skein of Bannock by Sincere Sheep in the colorway of their choice!!!

JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway //
- 2 lucky winners will receive the eBook of JOURNEY (this includes all the individual Pdf's as well)!

- 2 lucky winners will win 3 patterns of their choice from Very Shannon (that's me!)

- 2 lucky winners will win 3 patterns of their choice from Jane Richmond

Here's how you can enter....


Prize Package #1
The lucky winner will take home a $50 Gift Certificate to Quince & Co, an eBook of JOURNEY, 1 skein of Bannock from Sincere Sheep!

Prize Package #2 & #3
A copy of the eBook of JOURNEY, 3 patterns of the winners choice from Very Shannon and 3 patterns of the winners choice from Jane Richmond Designs!

- You MUST be signed up for the JOURNEY KAL and you MUST have started a project during our knit along. Note: The project does not have to be completed to be eligible. We will be picking the winner randomly from the number that your entry gets allocated when you fill out the form. If you haven't filled out the entry form yet but you took part in the KAL you can sign up here:

- You MUST have at least started and worked on a project during our JOURNEY knit along to be eligible to win. You do not need to have completed your project to win.
- Giveaway is open until Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

A HUGE thank you to Quince and Co. and Sincere Sheep for their generous prize donations and for their support of JOURNEY! We so appreciate it!

JOURNEY Knit Along Giveaway //

Looking for all the JOURNEY KAL info? Remember you can find all of our info here on our JOURNEY Knit Along Home Page.

Crossing my fingers and toes for your win! Good luck and thanks for knitting with us!!!


Guess what??? We're doing a JOURNEY Knit Along!!!! Woot woot!!! We're so excited! 

Jane and I wanted to wait until after the holidays to kick off the new year with a fun knit along for our newest book release - JOURNEY: A Collaboration! We are super excited to do a knit along for this book and cannot wait to see all your projects!!! What do you say? Would you like to join us? Yay!

- the KAL will start on February 5th (next Wednesday).

- the KAL will end on February 26th with a fun giveaway! There will be awesome prizes!!!

- simply enter your info (kept private) into this form to be eligible to win the giveaway at the end of the KAL. You also must have a project in progress during the KAL to be eligible.

- HAVE FUN! For reals! That's a! You must have
- You can join the KAL with a project from JOURNEY already started. We encourage people to finish up those WIP's. If you are half way though you might want to wait a week or two before joining in to make it fair :) We also encourage playing nicely.
- You can make anything from the book JOURNEY. Other projects will not qualify you for the KAL.
- You don't have to finish your project by the end of the KAL (though we encourage that) to be eligible for the prize. We just want ya to join in :)


1. RAVELRY. Find the KAL running in the Very Shannon Ravelry Group. The thread to chat in will be up today sometime so you can all pop in and share which projects you will be making, swatches, yarn choices etc. This is the part I find the most fun! I love all the chatting, friendships, laughs and support. If you haven't joined in over there before for our KAL's you should give it a try.

2. PINTEREST. We will have a fun JOURNEY KAL Pinterest Board where you can find other people's projects pinned to see different yarns, sizes, and get inspiration. We will be adding to this pinboard as the KAL progresses throughout the month so please share your projects pics with us! We love to see them!

3. OUR BLOGS. Each week throughout the KAL, Jane and I will both be posting. It will be double the fun! You will be able to read each of our posts hopefully every Wed throughout the duration of the knit along. 

4. SOCIAL MEDIA. You can follow along with pics and more with the hashtag #journeykal. You can find Jane and I on facebook, twitter, instagram and google+. Our links to our social media pages can both be found on the top of our sidebars so follow along and join in :)


You can now buy JOURNEY in mutliple formats. You can purchase the hard copy version that also comes with the eBook and the individual pattern PDF's via Amazon, your local yarn shops, and Ravelry. Click HERE to find all the links.

You can purchase JUST the eBook (with individual pattern PDF's) via Ravelry here.

Don't want the whole book? That's cool too. You can also purchase each pattern PDF individually via Ravelry. I also have my patterns from the book available to purchase through my own shop Very Shannon and on Etsy.

We thank you for all the wonderful love & support you have shown Jane and myself since the release of JOURNEY. We are so glad you are all enjoying the book as much as we do. We so appreciate each and every one of you.

So what do you say? It's KAL time!!! Yay! What project will you be making? Yarn choices? It's raining buckets and I'm cozied up with some yummy hot coffee and there's a mug for you! Let's chat!