Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond #seasonlessknits

We posted a very sneaky video sneak peek of SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One last week and now we thought it would be fun to have a guessing game giveaway!!!

For this year's release from Marian Rae Publications Jane and I truly wanted it to be a total surprise! That's why there are literally no pictures of the knits in our SEASONLESS promo video. We really wanted to try to get across the mood and vibe of SEASONLESS without giving away the patterns. Now don't be mad, trust us in that it will be way more fun this weekend when you pop by our booth (#40) at Knit City and get to see them for the first time!

And for those of you not able to attend Knit City, don't worry, we will be posting all the images, patterns etc for you to see and buy as soon as we are back! It's a surprise for everyone this year!

But since we're leaving what the patterns look like as a total surprise we thought we could at least give you a few clues as to what SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One is.

CLUE #1 || SEASONLESS is NOT a book - it's a booklet. This year we are doing something a little different. SEASONLESS is Volume One of our new series "Mini Collection" and it's available as a gorgeous 32 page booklet in print. We hope you will all love it as much as we do.

CLUE #2 || SEASONLESS contains 3 versatile and wearable patterns.

Once SEASONLESS is available for purchase online next week you will be able to buy a HUGE (more than double the page count than the print booklet!) eBook with lots of gorgeous bonus photos as well as the individual PDF patterns from SEASONLESS. Plus we will also have a special surprise for you all next week upon it's pre-order release as well!

But in the meantime who would like to win a copy of SEASONLESS?

- simply leave a comment below letting me know what you think the 3 patterns are in SEASONLESS.

- 1 lucky winner will receive the printed booklet of SEASONLESS as well as the eBook and individual patterns! Wahoo!

- giveaway is open until Friday, October 3rd, midnight, PST.
Don't forget to follow along on instagram and social media with us this weekend using hashtag #seasonlessknits We are so excited to see your pics!

You can also stay up to date with SEASONLESS and all of our publications on our website! We've got an events page, media, blog and more!

p.s. For an extra chance to win pop on over to Jane's blog to enter too!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

I've got a special announcement to make today!!!!! Jane and I are so excited!

I have been counting down the days until this post you guys! It's been so hard to keep this all under wraps and not share anything over the last few months! Jane Richmond and I have been busy working on releasing our next project for our publishing company Marian Rae Publications! It's been tons of fun and lots of hard work and we cannot wait for you to see it all! It's very special to us and we hope you guys will love it too.  But that's all I can tell you for'll have to watch our sneak peek video below to find out a wee bit more.

When can you find out the rest?  On October 4th & 5th at Knit City in Vancouver, BC (see our EVENTS page for more info). We'll both be there with some new lovelies to surprise you with, our previous publications and lots of samples for you to try on! We can't wait! So make sure you stop by our booth (#40) to say a big hello! Don't be shy - we love getting a chance to chat and meet you all!

Don't forget to also follow along with our hashtag #seasonlessknits on social media as well for more special sneak peeks, info and to share your images of SEASONLESS | MINI COLLECTION.

After Knit City watch this space for more info on when and how our newest project will be available for sale to the public! We promise it won't take long and we have a special surprise for you all :) Thank you all in advance for your continued support of our publications - it means so very much to both of us.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crosby by Julie Hoover for BT Fall 14
Crosby by Julie Hoover for BT Fall 14
We're at the end of our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 and it's time for you fab knitters to vote if you would like an extension or not.

This season we've seen sweaters being finished left and right! I have loved seeing all the hibernating projects being pulled out from their dark storage spots and becoming beautiful new garments! Some of you have also knit 2-3 garments! I can't believe how fast some of you are! It's crazy fun watching them all pop up on instagram and ravelry! Make sure you tag your project #sskal14 on social media so we can all follow along!

Ondawa by Michele Wang for BT Fall 14
Ondawa by Michele Wang for BT Fall 14
Even though some of you are flying through your projects there are some of us who would love another week or two. You may have a few inches left to knit, one more sleeve - doesn't matter...if you want another week or two just click below on the survey and we'll see what we can do :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants Pattern Review | #sewing #pants

I made myself some skinny pants and I'm so excited!

I'm part of the Jocole Pattern Tour today and when they reached out to me to join in I knew I had to make the fabulous Ladies Skinny Pants! I've been writing on the blog for about 3 years now about how badly I wanted to try my hand at sewing some pants for myself. To be honest - it's frightened me. But just like the zipper, I didn't want it to slow me down or hinder me any longer. It was time to just jump right in! So I did! I'm now addicted! I hate buying pants and they never fit me right so the idea of making pants to fit my body is fabulous!

First let me tell you these pants are so quick and easy to sew!

They are a skinny, pull on pant with a comfy knit waistband with multiple style options (read more about this at the bottom of the post) for the waistband and length. I was shocked at how fast they come together and how easy they are. Jocole patterns are super easy to follow and included tons of information and helpful tips. All the work and time is in the fit. And let me tell you - it's important. I knew I had to do a fit muslin for sure. And boy was mine The first rough sew was HUGE. Like way too big! I went by my hip measurement but it's really tricky for me as my my problem area and adds to my hip measurement if that makes sense. So sometimes when I go by that my hips are not in fact that wide - it's just my baby So the size I made was giant. So I started by following the fabulous fit tutorials included in the pattern. This is so helpful! There is a link where you can go and see how to make alterations and fit adjustments. I found this helpful as I'm someone who is really visual.

Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants Pattern Review | #sewing #pants
Jocole Ladies Skinny Pants Pattern Review | #sewing #pants


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cadence in Laguna from Hazel Knits |
Cadence yarn in colorway Laguna from Hazel Knits
I've been doing a lot of reflecting on things the last few days. It's been one of those weeks when my work/life balance is totally haywire and I know I need to just step back and make some changes.

It's been such a busy and crazy time for us here the last few months with the teacher strike since june, moving to our first home, family health issues, and me trying to balance full time work with both kids home. Saying I'm tired is an I wanted to quickly pop in to say hello and let you know why it's been a quiet week on the blog. I'm flying home today see my Omi, whom I'm very close with, but who is unfortunately not doing so well health wise. Not a fun reason to fly home but it will be good to see my family. I'll be enjoying the gorgeous new worsted weight yarn called Cadence from the amazing yarn company Hazel Knits you see above, on all my flights as I work on a new pattern! I'll be back on Monday with a fun new sewing post!

What do you guys do when you know you're out of balance? Are you close with your grandmothers? Have you recently dealt with one of them getting very ill? I'd love to chat, come say hi and share your thoughts below.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


It's time for another fabulous guest post for our Summer Sweater Knit Along! I'm beyond excited to have the insanely talented Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts here on the blog talking all about colorwork!!! 

This subject comes up so much in our ravelry group and especially during our garment knit alongs. Colorwork can at first seem very intimidating but Tanis does an amazing job below demystifying it for us all. It's one of those things that at first can be scary and seem like a lot to learn but in all honesty, once you get going, it's fun and produces a high impact! I hope after reading Tanis's post you'll give it a try if you haven't already.

Coolbreeze Cardigan & Hat by Tanis Lavallee
Tanis is a fabulous designer as well as the owner of one of my favorite yarn lines - Tanis Fiber Arts. Color, depth & squish factor all add up to make some seriously drool worthy yarns! She's also got a beautiful blog where she shares her designs, style posts, knit alongs and more. Tanis is a long time friend and am I'm so thrilled to have her back again for the SSKAL. She's so inspiring and one of the nicest people I know. You can see her previous post on "knitting with hand dyed yarns" here.

And now here's Tanis...


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer Sweater Knit Along Knitting Music Playlist ||

I love music. I also love knitting while listening to music. Put the two together and you've got yourself a relaxing knitting playlist!

Since we moved into our house I've been enjoying listening to Spotify. It took ages to get to Canada (it's invite only but it doesn't take long) and now that it's here.....I'm addicted. Can't get enough of it. This music lovers soul is happy and blissful. I work with it on, cook with it on, relax with it on, design with it on and most importantly - knit with it on.

Summer Sweater Knit Along Knitting Music Playlist ||

So I thought, wouldn't it be fun to have a knitting playlist for our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014? Heck yeah it would! I love putting together playlists and do it often. Whenever Jane and I travel for work I get all excited to make our road trip playlists. It's so fun! This is the first time I've done a knitting one though and boy did I get a kick out of it! Feel free to click on it to get a link to open it in it's own window or click HERE. I will be keeping it updated and adding new music throughout the year to it.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pattern review of Coco by Tilly and the Buttons ||

I made a Coco. I made it a few months ago and figured it was about time I got around to taking a pic of it for you guys.

I was in the mood for polka dots and something easy to wear with a little flair. I landed on Coco by Tilly & the Buttons. This dress pattern is versatile, comfy and quick to sew. This one is my wearable muslin. It's not perfect but I'm ok with that. It sort of matches these pics. This is what my children have done to me this week and it was only Monday when these were taken. Bad sleep, bickering sisters, teachers still on strike, my need for a shower (thus the bad hair day)...the list goes on, but then, I'm sure all you mommas can relate. I know I'm not the only one counting down the hours till they go to bed and I can finally take a breath. Bless their hearts I love them but sometimes they drive me

This left me with pics of me looking bootylicious (I'm not) while staring wistfully at a painting in our dining area or a chair like a weirdo, like what the heck am I doing in these shots? Ones I had to crop my face out of because I looked slightly crazed (remember...don't judge Then there is me laughing hysterically as my kiddos make faces at me because they think I'm nuts when I do photoshoots with the remote, which I totally agree with, I do look nuts when I do them. I need to practice more. It's dang hard to take a photoshoot of yourself peeps. The pics below prove it. Especially when you're not photographic and don't photograph well. Plus a girl wants the camera to help you lose 10lbs not gain them. Just keeping it real here folks. So pardon me if I show some pics of my new boots below. Aren't they cute? Some of my favorite boots are from Old Navy so I was happy to give these ones a new home on the weekend. They look a heckuva lot better than I do today.

Pattern review of Coco by Tilly and the Buttons ||
Pattern review of Coco by Tilly and the Buttons ||


Friday, September 5, 2014

Review of New American Knits by Amy Christoffers ||
New American Knits by Amy Christoffers Interweave/F+W; $24.99  

I've so excited to review the knitting book New American Knits by fab designer Amy Christoffers on the blog today!

I'm a big fan of Amy Christoffers work and I was super excited when I first heard she had a knitting book coming out. You all know I can't resist a good knitting and sewing book! Amy's patterns feature clean lines and are effortlessly wearable. They are the kinds of items you just want in your wardrobe. The kind that are easily incorporated into your daily life.

Review of New American Knits by Amy Christoffers ||
Jasper Pullover
Her designs always feature simple-but-sophisticated construction and her sweaters are truly drool worthy. I mean look at the cover shot of the Nevelson Lace Pullover below! I heart this sweater! The fit, the stitch pattern - pure Amy. Some of my favorite pieces in the book feature those special details that make me swoon. For instance the Serra Turtleneck (shown top right below) has that showstopper neckline and faux seam lines. I'm just loving the silhouette of this piece!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weaving in ends with guest Jane Richmond || #sskal14 #knitting
I'm so excited to have my bestie and business partner - Jane Richmond here as our guest today!

Our Summer Sweater Knit Along would not be complete without a guest post from Jane! I think she's been in all of them so far! I love her to bits and could gush about her fabulousness all day but I'll spare you for You all know how much of a fan I am of her work and her technique posts are some of our most popular for our knit alongs! 

Today Jane's here to chat with you all about weaving in those ends! I know a ton of us hate this task but trust me - it's worth every minute. When spending all that time to knit your gorgeous new garment it's so important to take the extra steps for a beautiful finish and a lovely inside for your garment as well as the outside. You guys ready to get weaving in those ends?
1. Grace 2. Inland 3. Beacon Hill
Let's here from Jane...

Thanks for having me back on the blog Shan! Your SSKALs are always so much fun, I'm excited to be a part of it even if I can't participate with a knitting project!

For my post I would like to share with you my two favorite methods of weaving in ends. Each serves it's own purpose depending on who I am knitting for. The first is an invisible method perfect for gift knitting or projects that I know don't need to be altered after finishing. The second is the method I use most and leaves ends secure but visible and easy to pull out in case adjustments need to be made!

Both methods are illustrated first using a contrasting yarn so that each step is easier to see, and then followed by images using matching yarn to demonstrate how invisible/visible each method is. You'll find instruction for weaving in ends on both the knit and purl sides of Stockinette fabric.

PURL SIDE /// contrasting yarn
In the demonstration below I've used a contrasting yarn to make the steps more visible.
Weaving in ends with guest Jane Richmond || #sskal14 #knitting


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

beachside ||

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

We had a lovely weekend here relaxing and doing some more home reno projects and are ready to get the wee one ready for her first day of preschool (2nd year) tomorrow! Unfortunately though, here in BC, Canada, our teachers are still on strike (don't even get me started). My oldest, who should be starting Grade 2, will still be home with me full time. She's been off school since early June due to the strike. The poor thing is desperate to start school. It's so sad to see her so upset that school isn't starting anytime soon. It breaks my heart. If any of you have any great online resources for me I'd love to do a bit of homeschooling with her until the strike is over. Thanks in advance for any tips/resources you have to share. I so appreciate it.

rocks ||

I'm trying to stay positive about the whole thing but it's hard not to get frustrated as a parent. I'm thankful I work from home and can try to bend my already crazy schedule to fit 2 kids home into it during our busy season. So bear with me this month if here and there it's a tad quiet on the blog. We're doing the best we can :)

But on to happier news! I've got 2 winners from our last 2 giveaways to announce! These are some fabulous prizes ladies!!!

The winner of a copy of Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden is....
COMMENTER #35 - Sarka

The winner of a copy of Anthology Vol. 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge is....
COMMENTER #41  - AngelaH

Congrats! We'll be in touch with you soon in regards to your prize!

Thanks for all who entered and to our awesome prize sponsors! See you tomorrow with another fabulous guest tutorial for our Summer Sweater Knit Along!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Lansbury Cowl Pattern by Shannon Cook of
Lansbury Cowl Pattern
It's time for a SALE! Yay! Just in time for the end of summer and the start of fall!

Don't miss our Labor Day Long Weekend Sale! Save 15% off EVERY pattern in the shop!!! That's right! Save on BOTH knitting and sewing patterns for this weekend only! Sale ends midnight, PST, Monday, September 1st, 2014. Sale is valid in our shop HERE and also on Etsy and Ravelry.

Use COUPON CODE "WEEKEND15" to save 15% off every pattern in the shop! 

Happy making and thank you for all of your support! Have a wonderful and relaxing long weekend! See you next week! 

p.s. Sale valid on patterns only. Does not include Journey (hardcopy or ebook).
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