Knitting

NEW PATTERN || VERONIKA CARDIGAN IS HERE! SAVE 15% - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

NEW PATTERN || VERONIKA CARDIGAN IS HERE! SAVE 15% - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

When that special piece that's missing from your closet turns from a rough sketch to your new fave sweater! A wonderful kind of magic that I'll never tire of. Veronika knits up quickly and feels so darn good for the soul. I can't help but smile every time I see her. I like to describe her as Aritzia meets rustic wool...lol. She's one of those sweaters you can live in - you know, my fave kind - the ones you can throw on with most things, layer through all the seasons....heck you can wear it with your pjs around the house (which you definitely know I'll be doing...lol).

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NEW PATTERNS || BERROCO PORTFOLIO VOLUME 4 - CAVILLERI HAT & COWL PATTERNS

NEW PATTERNS || BERROCO PORTFOLIO VOLUME 4 - CAVILLERI HAT & COWL PATTERNS

I'm so excited to finally be able to share that I recently got to design two patterns for the newest Berroco Portfolio - Volume 4! I designed a hat and cowl set called Cavilleri that was inspired by Ali McGraw's character from the iconic romance "Love Story". 

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KNITTING || ATMEN COLOR PALETTES

KNITTING || ATMEN COLOR PALETTES

One of my favourite things about knitting and designing shawls is dreaming up color palettes! From neutrals to brights - it's always so interesting to see what color combos you all use. Add in gradients and speckles and you've got a great way to show off your personality in your knitting. My newest pattern - ATMEN, is fabulous for doing exactly that and for using leftovers, showing off custom palettes and for mixing up colors and having some fun!

I recently was lucky enough to get back to visit one of my fave yarn shops - Churchmouse Yarns & Teas in Bainbridge Island, WA. Whenever I get to Churchmouse I dive into the yarns and have some serious fun pulling color combos for shawls. This visit we put together some yummy palettes for my newest design - ATMEN. You can find these color palettes all for sale HERE on the Churchmouse website. You can also purchase lovely printed pattern booklets of ATMEN both online and in their shop as well.

 

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SALE || 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SALE - 40% OFF!

SALE || 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SALE - 40% OFF!

Today is my 40th bday :) I'm feeling both excited for what's to come and yet nostalgic for the time that's past. It's definitely a strange feeling and one that I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on during yoga and meditation. I don't want to feel sad or scared of my 40's - I want to own them. I want to show 40 who's boss...lol, and have a fabulous time enjoying being comfortable in my own skin and knowing my true self.

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EVENT || WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY!

EVENT || WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY!

World Wide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday, June 10th!

To join in Jane and I will be at Seaside Yarn & Button in Sooke, BC from 10am - 12pm. 

We'll have copies of our newest book Within and all the samples from the book for you to try on! We hope you can come out and say hello!

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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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NEW PATTERN || THE ATMEN SHAWL IS HERE! SAVE 20% - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

NEW PATTERN || THE ATMEN SHAWL IS HERE! SAVE 20% - SPECIAL RELEASE SALE!

I'm so excited to release my newest shawl pattern today - ATMEN! What does Atmen mean? It means breathe in German (read below to find out the back story of Atmen). With Atmen I knew I wanted to design and knit something that was meditative and soothing but that was still fun to make. You know the kind of pattern I mean.....the knitflixing kind...lol. 

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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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GIVEAWAY || BETSY FARMER DESIGNS JEWELRY GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY || BETSY FARMER DESIGNS JEWELRY GIVEAWAY

Once in a while I spot a piece of jewelry and I just fall head over heels in love! That kind of love where you stop everything you're doing - yes, even your knitting - and say out loud "I need that in my life". 

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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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KNITTING || SKOGAFJALL WIP - THAT TIME I KNIT SLEEVES FIRST & FAST

KNITTING || SKOGAFJALL WIP - THAT TIME I KNIT SLEEVES FIRST & FAST

Oh my gosh you guys - I literally kicked ass on the sleeves of my Skogafjall for Tolt Icelandic Wool Month. I knit these in 2 days! One sleeve during a tv binge and another at Beauty in the Beast (which we adored btw)! The fastest sleeves I've ever knit I tell you! 

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KNITTING || TOLT ICELANDIC WOOL MONTH

KNITTING || TOLT ICELANDIC WOOL MONTH

It's Tolt Icelandic Wool Month and I'm super excited! Ever since I missed out on last year's I knew I was going to do my best to join in for 2017! Knitting with Icelandic Wool and making a lopapeysa has been on my to do list for eons so I'm super excited to make that happen this year! 

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NEW PATTERN || HEART ON MY SLEEVE EBOOK - LIONHEART

NEW PATTERN || HEART ON MY SLEEVE EBOOK - LIONHEART

So excited and honoured to be a part of the new eBook - Heart on my Sleeve: Knit with Care! This special book features 8 sweater patterns, sized baby to big, from 9 different designers. Designs have been donated by myself, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits. The project and ebook were coordinated by Tin Can Knits. Check out the designs now on Ravelry!

For each $18 ebook sold, $16.80 USD is donated to the Against Malaria Foundation (the remainder is made up of Paypal and Ravelry fees). Each ebook purchased will help purchase nets that keep people safe. 

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PODCAST || THE SWEET GEORGIA SHOW - EPISODE 44!

PODCAST || THE SWEET GEORGIA SHOW - EPISODE 44!

I've been hit hard by a bad bug the last few days and have been stuck in bed sick. But it's been fun watching all the snow we've been having....and I'm super excited to share that I was recently interviewed by the lovely Felicia of The Sweet Georgia Show - one of my fave podcasts to listen to! Episode 44 is up today and I hope you will pop over to have a listen!

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EVENTS || *CANCELLED* WITHIN BOOK SIGNINGS & TRUNK SHOWS - CANCELLED

EVENTS || *CANCELLED* WITHIN BOOK SIGNINGS & TRUNK SHOWS - CANCELLED

We're so excited to announce that we'll be coming to visit some of our favourite yarn shops - Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and Tolt Yarn & Wool with our newest book and trunk show!

We love getting a chance to visit both of these inspiring and gorgeous shops and getting to see all of you! We'll be bringing the trunk show for our newest book - Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul so you can see the pieces from the book in person and even try them on! 

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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY || TEXTURE BY HANNAH FETTIG

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY || TEXTURE BY HANNAH FETTIG

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Hannah Fettig's (of KnitBot) patterns and her books. I adore her clean aesthetic and styling and was happy to see her newest book - Texture: Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear, is filled with patterns that allow what Hannah does best shine!

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