Monday, November 24, 2014

FARBE Cowl - FREE knittng pattern by Shannon Cook || #knitting #pattern #free

Who's in the mood for a new free pattern? Yay! I'm so excited to show you all the FARBE Cowl!

It's been getting pretty cold over here on Vancouver Island and I've been craving a new super chunky cowl! I adore color blocking and thought it would be fun to whip up a new free pattern for you all showcasing just that! The FARBE Cowl is warm & cozy, fast to knit up and adds a great pop to your fall/winter wardrobe! It's also a great beginner pattern! You can access the FREE download for FARBE on Ravelry, in our VeryShannon Shop or direct HERE.

FARBE Cowl - FREE knittng pattern by Shannon Cook || #knitting #pattern #free
FARBE Cowl - FREE knittng pattern by Shannon Cook || #knitting #pattern #free

I love the combo of black and white and think it pairs so nicely with my winter wardrobe. The FARBE Cowl would look great in so many color combos! You could add some fun stripes or a 3rd color! Lots of options for you to add your special touch to your FARBE Cowl.  It's knit up in a super bulky weight yarn on large needles for a nice drape and it works up in just a few hours! Can't beat that during gift giving time!

If you're a beginner knitter don't be scared of FARBE. This is literally plain knitting but you get to learn 2 new techniques that are a great asset for any knitter's skill set - the Provisional Crochet Cast-On and the Kitchener Stitch. Both look way harder than they are and once you try them you will find yourself using them all the time. They allow you, in this pattern, to knit flat so you can customize how long/wide you'd like your cowl to be and then seam your ends easily and invisibly when you are done. The free pattern includes visual links to learn how to implement both of these techniques.

FARBE Cowl - FREE knittng pattern by Shannon Cook || #knitting #pattern #free
FARBE Cowl - FREE knittng pattern by Shannon Cook || #knitting #pattern #free

Would you like to knit the FARBE Cowl? Click below for where you can download your FREE PATTERN!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#annealong and Green Gables Shawl Kit Review on

Have I ever told you about my love of all things Anne of Green Gables? 

I adore Anne. Always have and always will. I've read (and re-read) the cherished books and watched and the movies since I was a young girl. And since then I've spent many a moment in daydreams just like Anne with an E. I admit that as a girl I used to wish at night that I would wake up with hair as read as Anne's and have a "Gilbert" in my life. I wanted to live on PEI and run through the trees dreaming the biggest dreams I could.

I've always been inspired by Anne and her character and find myself returning to the films over and over for comfort, inspiration and to remember to dream big. Especially at this time of year when the leaves are turning and we're all cozying up inside with our yarn, needles and daydreams. What better time than now to join the #annealong and pick up a Green Gables Shawl Kit (or parts of one) from Little Skein in the Big Wool and join in the fun! I'll tell you all about it below but first.....some pictures!

#annealong and Green Gables Shawl Kit Review on
#annealong and Green Gables Shawl Kit Review on
#annealong and Green Gables Shawl Kit Review on


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Laylow Shawl by Shannon Cook #seasonlessknits

It's here! We're so excited to let you all know that SEASONLESS is now fully available! 

You can now easily buy the paper booklet of SEASONLESS through NNK Press (read more HERE)! The ebook and individual patterns are also still available too! We think the SEASONLESS booklet bundle would make a wonderful xmas pressie for that special knitter in your life or for a lovely treat for yourself!

We also have the booklet available for your favorite yarn shops to purchase for wholesale as well from NNK Press! So if you're looking for a copy at your fave LYS please feel free to let them know it's available to stock :)

You can purchase SEASONLESS || Mini Collection Volume One, and find & read more details HERE.

SEASONLESS || Mini Collection Volume One by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond #seasonlessknitsJane and I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of you for your generous love and support of all of our publications and for SEASONLESS! We've been so thrilled with how much you've all embraced our mini collection! And thank you to all the wonderful yarn shops that have already started carrying SEASONLESS! It means so much to us.

We've also been sooooo excited to see you all receiving your SEASONLESS booklets and that you've all been happily knitting! Make sure to tag your work on social media with hashtag #seasonlessknits so Jane and I can see all your lovelies!

Do you have a copy of SEASONLESS yet? What are you planning on casting on first? I can't wait to hear so let's chat!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Indie Gift-A-Long 2014 on #giftalong2014

It's time for a special sale!!!! Don't miss the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014!!!

From November 13th, 8pm EST to November 21st, 11:59pm EST you can save 25% OFF from a TON of your favorite independent designers during the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014 with code "giftalong2014"!!!

But wait - there's more! You can also take part in a ton of fun! Join in the Indie Gift-A-Long that runs until New Year's Eve!

Indie Gift-A-Long 2014 on #giftalong2014
What is the Indie Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!

The Indie Gift-A-Long is a 2 month long KAL/CAL (knit along/crochet along) of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by an extensive & fabulous list of independent designers. Save 25% off these patterns from 11/13, 8pm (US EST) to 11/21,11:59 (US EST) for this special event. You can read all about the details HERE.

Join in the fun! Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, we encourage you to join a relevant KAL/CAL! There will be tons of prizes to be won!!! KAL/CALs will run till New Year's Eve, with plenty of time to knock out all your holiday knitting and crocheting too. There will be games, prizes, great conversation, and more!

You can find all the patterns that I will have on sale for 25% off HERE. Discount valid ONLY in our Ravelry Shop. Happy holiday knitting!

Will you be joining in? What patterns do you plan on making/gifting this year? Happy holiday knitting everyone!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sweet Legs & Neighbourhood Fiber Co Yarn ||

It's been freeeeeeeeezing cold over here and I'm happy to say that I've been bundled up in handknits and the yarn is.....EVERYWHERE. 

Best part of the fall/winter season. I think I have multiple knitting projects in progress in every room of the house right I've been sewing and knitting and knitting and sewing. It's been fun but definitely busy. I've been binge watching Gilmore Girls, which I'm sure a ton of you have too. It's so fun to know that when I'm watching I know lots of you are too. I have a special place in my heart for this show and I'm so excited it's finally on Netflix here in Canada.

Tolt Yarn & Wool Mug & Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Yarn ||
See that mug there - that's my fave mug evah from one of my yarn shops evah - Tolt Yarn and Wool
What's all the knitting & sewing I've been doing? I've got a new sweater pattern (shown above), shawl (swatch in the pic at the top), and a few more lovelies in the works coming your way for the knitters. For the sewing I've been working on getting the new Grainline Pattern - The Linden Sweatshirt sewn up as well as the new True Bias pattern - The Sutton Blouse. I'm on a mission to sew some more clothes for my wardrobe and fell in love with both of these patterns. I think they will make great staples for the fall/winter.

We've also been enjoying our new home and I've been loving decorating it too! I hope to share pics soon! You can easily stay up to date behind the scenes on what I've been up to and making by following VeryShannon on instagram HERE.

I've also got some giveaway winners to announce!  Two winners to be exact!

The winner is Commenter #13 - Swedish Scrapper!
The winner is Commenter #113 - Tabitha!

Congratulations ladies! I'll be in touch soon in regards to your prizes!!! Thanks to all who entered!

What are you all busy making? Anyone else watching Gilmore Girls? I'd love to hear what you've been working on! Let's chat!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads
Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads

Have you guys heard the news about the new fabric lines from Hawthorne Threads? I'm beyond thrilled to have been asked to join in on the launch blog tour for one of their new lines - Calliope! Isn't it gorgeous! 

We couldn't resist making a Sweetheart Dress when we saw the prints in Calliope! Hearts + feathers = yes please! I was more than happy to sew up our pattern with the print "Feathered Hearts in Bluebell" (shown on the skirt) along with the equally adorable print "Jubilee in White" for the bodice. And well you can't see it here we used "Poetic Plumes in White" for the bodice lining and it's gosh darn pretty too!

My little girl is wearing a size 3T bodice with a size 4 skirt. Only modification I made to our Sweetheart Dress Pattern was to use the full width of the yardage for the skirt for extra twirl factor! She loooooves that! She's really into ballet and dance and I think this is her favorite dress we've made her yet! She wouldn't take it off. You can read more about the Sweetheart Dress Pattern and purchase it from our shop HERE.

Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads
Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads
Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads
Sweetheart Dress by VeryShannon using Calliope by Hawthorne Threads

My girls absolutely loved the colors and patterns in this line and so did I! I think the colors would work well for any season and match along seamlessly with other tones and neutrals. I can see these being used many times in our home for both clothing, accessories and in decor. The Calliope Panels  could easily be worked into pillows, wall hangings and more! You can really let your imagination go wild with Calliope! It works for so many things!  

Plus if you keep reading below you can enter to win some too!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

 Who's in the mood to win some new fabric?

The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Very Shannon readers!! I've picked 9 prints that I've been drooling over but there are so many more! It was hard to narrow it down, virtual shopping is always so fun! I've been crushing still on black/white prints and of course, since I've been watching the newest season of Downton Abbey I couldn't resist their new prints of knit stitches! Love it!

1. Pink Cheeks XOXO by Cotton + Steel 2. Bake by Julia Rothman 3. Rose Cable Knit from Downton Abbey 4. Gramercy Commute by Leah Duncan 5. Mustang Denim I Heart Bees by Melody Miller 6. Black Cat Netorious by Cotton + Steel 7. Gray Knit from Downton Abbey 8. Gramercy Fog Central Park by Leah Duncan 9. Geometric Bliss Black Fractal Garland by Jeni Baker

- One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!!! 

- Simply leave me a comment letting me know what you would use your $50 GC from Fat Quarter Shop for.

- You must leave a valid email address or you will be disqualified. Giveaway open until Mon, Nov. 10th, 2014, midnight, PST.

Check out Fat Quarter Shop's "What's New" and "Coming Soon" pages for more lovely prints to get inspired by! I know I'm anxiously awaiting Carolyn Friedlander's new line Doe. I want it

Happy fabric shopping!

You can find all things Fat Quarter Shop here:


Monday, November 3, 2014

Tempest by Holli Yeoh book review on #tempestknit
Tempest by Holli Yeoh for Sweet Georgia Yarns
I've got a lovely book to review on the blog for you all today - Tempest by Holli Yeoh for Sweet Georgia Yarns

This gorgeous collection of 11 patterns is sure to have you drooling! Felicia's (of Sweet Georgia Yarn) lovely fibers just shine in this pretty collaboration with the talented Holli. Tempest was inspired by the idea of just that - tempest.

Tempest by Holli Yeoh book review on #tempestknits

I love how the designs stay trued to their inspiration and embodied both the shelter and the storm. I also enjoyed seeing the photography taken in both Steveston and Richmond. I lived in Vancouver, BC for quite some time and Steveston was one of my favorite places to go visit. The scenes paired up beautifully with the colors of the yarns that Holli chose.

Tempest by Holli Yeoh book review on #tempestknits
Tempest by Holli Yeoh book review on #tempestknits


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts Pattern Tour & Giveaway on #fancysailortop

Awwww...shucks you guys, I'm so excited to be part of the Sailor Top Pattern Tour for Fancy Tiger Crafts today!

You know that excitement you get when someone emails you and you do a little squeal of excitement? Well for years I've been a fan of the shop Fancy Tiger Crafts. I'm dying to find a reason to go to Denver, CO so I can visit the shop for real. I read the blog, drool over their projects/patterns and dream of walking with my own 2 feet into their seriously amazing shop. The kind of shop that I just want to sink into and never leave. I mean how can you go wrong with a place filled with all your favorite things that is "rainbowized" (not kidding - it is!)! I love it! Jaime and Amber have curated a feast for the soul, heart and eyes. And now they have an online shop too! Watch out Santa...momma wants it all for

When they wrote to me asking to join in on the blog tour for their new sewing pattern - the Sailor Top, I was so excited. I honestly have been a lurker of theirs and was just so darn thrilled they even knew who the heck I was! Icing on the cake is that the pattern is seriously adorable. Such a fun, quick and addicting sew, I've got another one ready to cut out asap!

Now, it just so happens I've been looking for a top just like this for months. Really. No joke. One that covered all my rolly bits but didn't make me look 9mths preggers. One I could wear with leggings and jeans. I wanted a quick sew and not something that required serious amounts of fabric or brain power. Enter the Sailor Top. That yoke - I love it. Serious. I'm a dork for finishing inside of garments and this top made me so darn happy. The neck and sleeves have facing. Yes, I love facing. I get sick of bias tape sometimes. I admit it drives me bonkers and I've never gotten along with it. Facing - now me and facing are great friends. Pretty inside = pretty outside. The thick hem on the bottom of the top balances out the sleeve and yoke just perfectly.

Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts Pattern Tour & Giveaway on #fancysailortop
Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts Pattern Tour & Giveaway on #fancysailortop Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts Pattern Tour & Giveaway on #fancysailortop

This was again - my wearable muslin. I've gotten into a bad habit of doing this folks. I keep starting with a muslin but then loving it so much I photograph it and never get the other one done in time. Bad Shannon. Anyhoo, this one was made from a print I have had in my stash for about 2 + years from the back dusty dank corner of Fabricland that was comprised of an end of bolt that was 2yds and 1yd cut apart. I still bought it. And it's sat in my stash for eons and for some reason it just screamed Sailor Top to me.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Have you all seen the latest Perfect Pattern Parcel? Number six to be exact and filled with some pretty awesome ladies patterns!

There are dresses, tops, pants, skirts...the list goes one! Some of my favorite indie pattern designers are in Perfect Pattern Parcel #6! I loved the versatility of all the patterns together and how if you made all of them you would end up with one fabulous handmade wardrobe! is Perfect Pattern Parcel? It's a wonderful collection of digital sewing patterns that support independent designers and children's education! Bonus part is you get to choose your price!  Perfect Pattern Parcel supports indie designers and gives to charity! All Pattern Parcel profits go to benefit teachers and students through Donors Choose.

Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

The patterns included in Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 are:

For my stop on the Perfect Pattern Parcel Inspiration Tour (see the whole tour HERE) I decided it would be fun to do a fabric roundup showing what fabrics I would use for each pattern in the bundle! I know that whenever I write a post showing something I've sewn some of the top questions I get asked are: "where did you get your fabric?" or "what fabric should I use?". And seriously, what's more fun that doing some online "dream" shopping? So I went on the hunt for some pretty fabrics at some of my fave online shops!

So grab a coffee and join me as we enjoy some girl time and go get inspired to sew up some new garments to add to our wardrobes!!!

 /// BRONTE TOP by Jennifer Lauren
1. Black Polka Dots on White Ponte De Roma from Girl Charlee  2. Black Greek Glyphs Ponte De Roma from Girl Charlee  3. Emmy Grace Ripples Knit in Pond by Bari J. from Hawthorne Threads
--->>> BONUS: Click HERE for a helpful post on Jennifer Lauren Vintage for choosing fabric for your Bronte Top! 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featherweight Cardigan knit by Mamatronic
It's time for our finale post for the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 - the one STARRING YOU!

Can I just say WOW! You guys blew my mind this year! The amount of gorgeous and lovely projects finished this year were amazing! It took me forever to go through them all but boy was it fun! I love seeing all your handiwork. It's truly so fulfilling to see you all loving knitting and sharing it with each other.

There was lots of constructive chat about fit, techniques and more this year! I noticed a ton more colorwork than previous years thanks to some awesome patterns released like Diana Walla's stunning Sundottir! Sundottir was a hit of the KAL! I'm dying to make one too now! It was a thrill to have her join in on the SSKAL along with the fabulous sewing pattern designer Jen of Grainline as well as lots of other fabulous & talented ladies in our industry! Along with colorwork there was also lots of color this year! I love when that happens! Now don't get me wrong, I adore neutrals, but color is always fun! There was also stripes, cables, lace and more and I enjoyed seeing some men's patterns finished as well as little boy garments! That's right - you can even make baby and kids patterns in our SSKAL!

Coda knit by Knithehellout
As usual I have so enjoyed knitting and reading along in the threads. It's like getting to have hundreds of friends to talk with everyday for 2 months! And the best part is we all try to stay in touch until the next one! Don't forget about our "chit chat" thread where you guys can all still keep chatting and asking questions, and then you can continue to share your projects in the "WIP & FO's" thread. There's no reason to become strangers now that the SSKAL is over! Heck no, we want you to stay chatting, still making new friends, still enjoying our love of knitting! And if you missed some of the Summer Sweater Knit Along and want to catch up just pop on over to our SSKAL Homepage for all the info. You can find all of our knit alongs HERE and our Tips & Techniques page HERE.

Fort knit by Woolful (ashleyy)
I always get so emotional going through the threads when it's over and seeing all the special moments and the friendships made. It just makes me so happy. Words cannot express how much I love these knit alongs and what's even better is knowing you all love them too! So thank you for that. It means so much to me that you all join in each year and embrace our little loving community of knitters! We want you to truly enjoy garment knitting and jump in and have fun! I adore each and every one of you and so congratulations on a KAL well done!!!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby

I love babies and lately a few people I know have been having some gosh darn cute ones and surprise, surprise....I'm way behind on sewing up the baby gifts.

I got a chance to redeem myself for one baby in our family this past weekend. It's a boy so when that happens I get really excited (since I have girls), but after the excitement wears off, I realize I own mostly girl patterns and girl fabric. Luckily the last few Girl Charlee orders I made I stocked up on some adorable gender neutral prints for both myself, my kiddos, and any boy gifts I may need to make.

When I set about looking through my pattern library I realized that no matter what I saw all I wanted to make was the Bimaa from LouBee Clothing. One of my all time faves. I think this one is my 4th?  I adore this sweater. I figured the shawl collar or hooded version are gender neutral but my heart kept longing for the shawl collar. I really like shawl collared sweaters on grown men and knew I would like it just as much on a cute baby boy too. And boy was I right. I love how it turned out!
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby

I really liked the combo of simple and easy everyday leggings paired with something a bit more interesting than a simple tee or pullover for the other garment. And really.....who could go wrong with penguins?  They are a fave around our house and I think I've made 2 other baby gifts with this much hoarded fabric. Every time I go to use it I find myself taking a lot of inner mental cajoling to cut into it. I'm so scared to use it all up because I love it so much and I think it's sold out now. I really want a pair of legging jammies for myself in the penguin print. Don't judge But seriously? How cute would that be!?!! I would wear them every night. The hubs loves penguins + penguin jammies = awesomeness in our house.

PATTERN |  Top - Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing / Leggings - Baby Sweatsuit Pattern from Heidi and Finn
FABRIC |  Penguin print from Girl Charlee (I think it's sold out now), Dark Grey from stash.
SIZE MADE |  Top - Size 12mths, Leggings - Size 12/18mths
TAGS | Labels both from InkedPapers.

What's your favorite baby boy sewing go to gift? Do you love the Bimaa too? Would you rock penguin jammies? C'mon...spill the beans....
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