Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Get those needles moving! Today is the start day for our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014!!!
I've been busy the last few days moving our family into our first home. I've been exhausted and more tired than I've ever been but soooooo happy! I've also been beyond thrilled to see the amount of chatter and excitement over this year's SSKAL already and it' hadn't even started yet! Can I just say you guys are the best!!!! Seriously, it makes me feel so happy to see you all enjoy this kal as much as I hoped you all would when I started it years ago.
When it comes to knitting garments it can be a whirlwind of thrilling emotions - excitement, trepidation, anxiety, confusion, happiness, confidence, pleasure and more. But the best part out of the process is the sheer joy of making a beautiful handmade garment that fits! Our SSKAL strives to help cheer you on throughout the entire process. From planning/cast on to binding off/blocking we can't wait to be a part of you making this new addition to your wardrobe!
For some lovely & well constructed garment pattern inspiration we highly recommend one of our all time favorite companies - Brooklyn Tweed! They are sure to have a pattern to make your heart swoon! Their collections are filled with simple stunners to intricate pretties, and let's not forget about the kids and men in our lives! They have awesome patterns for those too! Brooklyn Tweed designs are sure to have superior craftsmanship and knitterly detail.
I'm so excited to let you all know that Brooklyn Tweed is our Official Summer Sweater Knit Along Sponsor! I'm beyond thrilled to have them on board again this year! Jared Flood is one of my biggest inspirations for design and aesthetic. I have an inspiration board in my office and one of the few things on it is my signed ball bands from Jared from Vogue Knitting Live in 2013! It was highlight to meet him in person and every time I feel the creative blues I look at those ball bands for an extra boost of inspiration. Silly I know, but hey, it works..lol.
Brooklyn Tweed also offers scrumptious yarns! Shelter (Worsted) and Loft (Fingering) are both yarns I have knit with and love. Brooklyn Tweed produces American yarns that preserve, support and sustain their belief in the tradition of U.S. textile production. Shelter and Loft are both fleece-dyed to achieve light and lofty yarns boasting 32 rich custom-blended heathers. These yarns give even the simplest fabrics depth and sophistication! They are truly a staple workhorse yarn to add to your stash and great for garment knitting. We'll have more info on Brooklyn Tweed throughout the kal so get ready to get inspired!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|© Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed|
You've all been so patiently waiting the dates for this years Summer Sweater Knit Along and I couldn't keep it secret any longer! We've got some AMAZING guest posts planned, dreamy prizes, tutorials and more for this year's KAL! You won't want to miss it! We will have our handy Summer Sweater Knit Along Home Page up on my website next week! You will always be able to find all of the posts and relevant info on that page as well as our BIG reveal on who our Official Sponsor is for the SSKAL!
Never made a garment before? Looking to try a new technique? Don't worry! Our knit alongs are suitable to any level and we're here to cheer you on and help you through the process. We've got a lively, friendly and supportive ravelry group that's filled with moderators and members always willing and able to help answer questions and give support. We're lots of fun and the group is very active and chatty during our kal's. Think of it as sitting each week with hundreds of ladies knitting/crocheting alongside you cheering you on every step of the way! Trust me - it's fun! We've also got a brand new Tips & Techniques page for you to find all of our curated posts from all of our knit alongs. There's tutorials, how to's, free patterns and more!
What can I make?
For the Summer Sweater Knit Along you can make any sweater, cardigan, pullover you would like! It can also be a child's sweater or you can jump in with a WIP that you've been dying to finish! We also don't mind if you double up on KAL projects - we're easy going and just want you to have fun knitting with us! Just in case you need some extra inspiration you can follow and get inspiration on our Summer Sweater Knit Along Pinterest Board! We're starting to pin now and will also be adding member project choices too!
Make sure to use our hashtag #sskal14 on social media so we can follow along with your projects!! Our last kal was sooooo fun to follow on Instagram! We all had a good time watching each other's WIP's!
What happens at the end of the kal?
If you you haven't done a knit along with us before you don't want to miss the end rewards! When we are all done we celebrate with me showing off some of your finished projects on the blog here with our "Starring You Post" and then I host a giant giveaway with awesome prizes from our KAL sponsors!!!! All you have to do is sign up (link & info below) and have started or complected your project to be eligible.
|© Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed|
Monday, July 21, 2014
We're moving into our first home this upcoming weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a fabric giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop!
It's been an exhausting month to say the least. With constant packing, a heatwave, summer vacation, more packing and work all put in there too, we are soooo ready to be in our new home. None of us like living in chaos. I'm eagerly counting down the days that I can be out of our box filled condo and making memories in the new house. So excited!!!!
One of the things (besides the obvious of course like a yard...a yard...pinch me now!) I am looking forward to about living in a house is getting to decorate and do some DIY & sewing home decor projects. Living in a rental condo I always found myself neglecting my love of DIY & home decor. I can't alter anything in here and without an outdoor space there was no painting/sanding etc for this momma. We've been in our rental for 6+ years so I can't wait to start making, painting and creating some new lovelies for our house. I'll be sure to pin projects as I find them (you can follow me on Pinterest HERE)!
|Cotton + Steel Fabrics & Basics|
You ready to win some new fabric?
One lucky winner will win a $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Thanks Fat Quarter Shop!
HOW TO ENTER
- Simply leave me a comment letting me know what fabric line you're currently crushing on!
- Bonus entry: Like Fat Quarter Shop and/or Very Shannon on Facebook and leave additional comments letting me know you did that too.
- You must leave a valid email address in your email or you will be disqualified.
- Giveaway is open till July 28th, 2014, midnight, PST.
And a special thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for the generous giveaway! You can find all things FQS below.
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Both Jane and I have fun road trips planned for our summer vacations this year so we thought it would be most fitting to have a JOURNEY Road Trip Sale!!!
It's summer but that doesn't mean we're not knitting and thinking about knitting! Don't waste all those hours in the car - use that valuable time knitting! Ferry, airplane, train - whip out the needles! Knit up an Antrorse to sport with denim cut offs and a tank beach side by the fire on a summer evening. Or pair your Inland with a pretty floral summer maxi dress out for a cool evening stroll with your flip flops. Making an Onward - you're in luck! This is such a versatile year round shawl. Yes, it's worsted, but it comes in handy in the morning at the farmer's market, camping, lakeside and more. Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't style and wear your hand knits! It gets cool at night still, especially in the forest. All of the pieces from JOURNEY could easily be incorporated into your summer adventure!
JOURNEY ROAD TRIP SALE
Save 20% OFF using code "roadtrip"
Sale is valid on the following:
:: individual patterns from JOURNEY (Antrorse, Inland, Onward, Spate, Swift & Climb)
:: eBook version of JOURNEY (which comes with pdf's of the indie patterns too!)
:: purchases can be made for the eBook & indie patterns on Ravelry ONLY for this sale. You can also find the same sale in Jane's shop too! See her blog for details.
:: sale closes on Sunday, July 13th, midnight, PST.
Happy knitting and road tripping! See you all next week!
What are your summer vacation plans? Are you taking a road trip? Knitting on any JOURNEY patterns right now? We'd love to see and hear about them!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Earlier this spring I gave my parents a special surprise anniversary quilt - a Swoon Quilt to be exact.
It was the most challenging sewing project I've made to date. As a quilter who is still learning (and one who hates cutting) this was a mammoth project to undertake. While I enjoyed making it I hit a lot of bumps in the road that weren't pattern related. Some oopsies (mental note to buy a 1/4" foot for my machine) and some piecing errors but overall, muck ups and all, I'm so proud of this quilt. I learned so much.
My good friend and amazingly talented quilter Jeni of Quilted on the Rock (she's a professional long arm quilter with some mad skills!) was the shining star of this project. She saved me and cut out all the white pieces for me (thank you again for saving my life Jeni), finished my quilt top, lovingly pieced my back with a fun off center strip of scraps, quilted this gorgeous beauty & more! I am in awe of her talents! Every quilt she makes is beautiful but this one holds a special place for me. I highly recommend her.
Jeni helped me push through this project when I didn't think I could finish it, never mind continue sewing it. With loads of deadlines, busy mom life, and other time constraints it was literally down to the wire to get it to my folks. She cheered me on the whole way and rescued me an infinite number of times! I sewed all front blocks together, the special message on the quilt back and sewed the binding on the quilt. Seeing this quilt come to life with her quilting magic on it will be a moment I will always remember. She did such a special job of hiding all my oopsies and making this quilt shine! My points aren't all perfect and some don't even line up correctly but guess what - I don't care! I love it anyways! And that's hard for the perfectionist in me to admit :)
You see this was a special anniversary gift to my parents from myself and my two sisters, but the quilt didn't get given to them in Sept 2013 as planned. It got gifted to them in May 2014 instead :) They don't live in town so it actually worked out in my favor to be with them when they opened their SURPRISE present! My mom is also a quilter - she hand sews all her quilts and it blows my mind, so I knew this would be a gift they would both treasure. There is a special message on the back of the quilt as well from my all of our families to them with a lovely quote that I stitched onto the quilt.
I wish I had a bit more time to do a "proper" photoshoot of the quilt while they were here to really show it off but the odds weren't in my favor. I'm just happy it got done and given to them so we did a quick shoot in the vacation rental they were staying in. With a hot, full sun day I had no choice but to shoot indoors (boo urns) but I hope these pics will give you a bit of an idea of my swoon.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Have you guys heard of the fabulous new guide Stashbot yet?
Stashbot is a comprehensive guide for building a useful stash. This handy guide from Hannah Fettig of Knitbot includes yarn requirement averages for all size sweaters and accessories! That's right! It is seriously a must have for every knitter! I got a print copy a few months ago and have used it many a time already. It's made project yarn shopping, pattern designing and gift making so much easier. In a nutshell Stashbot is your perfect new yarn shopping companion!
Best part is that it also helps you to control, maintain and organize your stash. You know those times when you are at your fave LYS or a knitting event and you find that yarn you just cannot bear to live without? Well Stashbot will help you figure out how much you should buy of your dream yarn. It saves you from overbuying and under buying yarn for your stash saving you money in the end. Since you are more aware and in control of what you are purchasing for your stash it will help to keep your stash useful. Hannah has also included an article in Stashbot on stash psychology with tips on how to change your stash for the better. I know I'm always looking for ways to keep my stash streamlined, purposeful and not overwhelming.
True to Hannah's style Stashbot is lovely and has a clean aesthetic accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Neesha Hudson. It's 8.5 x 5.5" so it's perfect for your purse or knitting bag.
What will you find inside Stashbot?
Stashbot is an 8 page booklet that includes
yarn requirement averages for gauges 3 - 8 stitches per inch / 2.5 cm.
• Vests, shrugs & cropped, average and tunic length sweaters
in sizes 3 months - 60” / 152cm bust circumference.
• Hats, Socks & Mittens in sizes Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult & XL Adult
• Neckwear in 3 averages dimensions
How can you get your hands on Stashbot?
- Stashbot is available in booklet format as pictured above at your local LYS. You can find a list of the stockists HERE on the Knitbot site or also purchase it from Quince & Co. HERE.
- And the most exciting way.....I'm freaking out over this one folks....a soon to be APP! That's right! Stashbot is about to become an APP! Soon you'll be able to have Stashbot with you on your phone, tablet and more! I'm super excited for this interactive digital format! I'm lucky enough to get to try out the Beta version this week and the Knitbot team hope to have the Stashbot app out for the public in mid-July! Woot woot!
I'll be sure to fill you in on how the app is when it's out for release. In the meantime enjoy Stashbot!
How do you organize and maintain your stash? Have you tried Stashbot yet? Would you use a knitting app like this? Let's chat!
Friday, June 27, 2014
This is what's on my desk right now. I'd show you the rest but then I'd be ruining some upcoming surprises...hehe.
I've been working so hard on getting FRANKIE ready for testing and out for release. I love this little dress so much and there are so many options/variations I think you guys will all dig it too. I'm sewing up the last draft this weekend and will hopefully have a call for testers out soon...very soon (fingers crossed). FRANKIE will be available in sizes 2T - 10. I've been staying up late and working so hard to get this fun dress ready for you all!
For those of you who live in BC in Canada who have kiddos I'm sure you are all struggling to find balance at an unexpected time. We've had a teacher strike ongoing here throughout most of June and it cut our kids school year short with no final report cards either. I'm so thankful that I work full time from home so I could switch my schedule to work more evenings right now since I've got both kids home from school way earlier than expected. Needless to say it's delayed some of my time lines but that's life right?
We've been trying to keep busy with fun activities, sunshine, and lots of playing! I think this has been my fave summer with them so far if you minus the packing...lol. I think it's the age. The kids are 7 and 4 now and going to the playground allows mom a bit more time to sit and knit while they play. I picked up a funky new picnic blanket and have been happily lounging while watching the kiddos play. And if you've been reading this blog for a long time you know how much I hate the playground. (Don't judge me...lol.) It's a huge statement coming from me that I've actually enjoyed the last few outings I've had with the kids at the park.
Our budget doesn't allow for me to put the kids in summer camps so we have to be creative and come up with ideas to keep busy on our own. We decided to do the same activity we did last summer that we enjoyed so much! You can find the link HERE for our Summer Fun Calendar Craft. We plan on making ours today for July. I can't wait to hear what ideas the kids have for each days activities. It's hilarious the things their little minds come up with and the drawings they do to accompany them. It's definitely a hit in our house!
What are some of your favorite things to do with the kids in the summer? What have you been busy making and creating this week? I hope you all have a wonderful and sunshine filled weekend!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
|Perkins Cove Pullover by Pam Allen. Picture by Carrie Bostick Hoge|
I know you've all be patiently waiting for me to spill the goods on who won our lovely awesome prizes!!! So here are our winners.....
WINNER #1 -
BETSY (BETSYJO ON RAVELRY)
WINNER #2 -
MARTA (SBNYC ON RAVELRY)
Congratulations everyone! I'll be in touch soon in regards to your prizes!!!
A HUGE thank you again to all of you for joining in and knitting with me! And a big thank you to all of our generous and amazing sponsors for the TTTKAL this year! You can always find all the posts and info on our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Home Page.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Summer Sweater Knit Along! Dates will be announced next month!!! So get ready :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I have been bursting at the seams to tell you guys some exciting news!!! We've bought our first home! Wahoooo!
Over the last few months we've been going through all the steps in finalizing the purchase of our very first house!!! I wasn't able to mention anything online to you all until everything was done but now we're living in the middle of packing chaos and getting very excited for the big move! I keep pinching myself to make sure it's all real!
We take possession at the end of July and we cannot wait for all the space! We've been living with both girls in our 2 bedroom condo for almost 7 years! We love the place we've been renting but we can't wait to have some more personal space, a small yard and for momma to have her own office!!! We spent a loooooong time looking and seeing way more houses/townhouses than I think I ever needed to. Boy do I not miss that stage of real estate..lol. We knew when we walked in the house we bought that it was meant to be ours.
The hubs and I have worked so hard and saved so much to be able to buy our first home. It's been such a dream of ours for us and our kidlets and it feels amazing to have our dream come true!!! I can't wait for all the little things....planting our garden, painting the walls, decorating, fun diy projects and more! I mean just getting to buy a welcome mat is going to put me into a happy jig! So many "house" things that I just can't wait to do! If you see a woman in Target dancing in the home aisles you know it's me ;)
Needless to say July is going to be a tad different on the blog. We've got a family vacation planned (our first in many years) and of course, the big move! I will still be blogging and trying to keep things as normal as possible around here but there may be a few moments when things are a tad quieter. Don't worry though, there are lots of fun things in the works that are coming your way soon! The Summer Sweater Knit Along is in the works, our Frankie Dress Pattern is so close to going into testing and there are some knitterly goodies coming your way as well! I've also got a few finished sewing projects that I need to blog about too! So stay tuned!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading all these years, and for supporting this blog and my pattern designs! It means so much that I get to share this next journey in my life with all of you!
Friday, June 20, 2014
It's my birthday today so I'm in the mood for a sale!!!!!!
I love me a sale! So since I'm turning 37 today I figured why not give you all 30% off the entire shop!!! Wahoo! Enjoy!
USE COUPON CODE "BDAY30" TO GET 30% 0FF THE ENTIRE SHOP!
// Sale is valid until midnight, PST, June, 21st, 2014.
// Sale is valid in our shop HERE, on Ravelry, and in our Etsy Shop.
Happy making and creating and have a wonderful weekend!!!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
|Click HERE to download the free Reversible Box Tote Pattern in our shop or HERE via google drive if you'd prefer (download it first then print using adobe reader - don't print direct from google drive)!|
Perfect for carrying around all my knitting projects, journals, notes, & yarn spools! Heck you could even use this for the beach, for shopping, as a purse and more! The shape holds a ton and is so comfy to carry! I've been wanting a project tote that I don't have to wear over my shoulder. With my bad back sometimes I just find it easier to carry them by hand and let's admit it - some of my normal totes end up dragging on the ground or I get scared they are going to rip carrying all my loot around.
The Reversible Box Tote is sturdy, stylish and just waiting for you to sew one (ahem..or a few) up!
Trust me, I am going to make at least a few more!! It's a super quick and easy sew that is suitable for a beginner sewer and beyond! So don't be scared if you're just learning! There's room for you to customize to your hearts content too! Want more pockets or ones with a zipper or velcro? Go ahead - add them on! Want a quilted look? Skip the interfacing and add batting instead and quilt it to your outer bag fabric for a custom look! You could even color block! So many options! See - you can't have too many when they can all look different!
You can choose to download the free pdf from our shop HERE or from Google Drive instead HERE if you'd prefer :)
*Note: If getting from Google Drive make sure to download the file first and then print from Adobe Reader - not from direct from google drive or the picture quality/sizing can be wrong.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
|Confetti Powder from Confetti System|
A big thank you to Quince & Co. for being our Official Tops, Tanks & Tees Sponsor this year! Without Quince & Co. we wouldn't have our knit along! Our other super fabulous sponsors have donated some amazing prizes for you all to win! I'm drooling over here people! Two of you are going to be some lucky knitters!!!! Please visit their sites and show them some love! Each of our sponsors are companies I love and use. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
|| PRIZE ||- Kestrel and Sparrow Sans eBooks and 1 skein each of Kestrel and Sparrow in the color of the winners choosing from Quince and Co.