Thursday, December 18, 2014
It's been a while since we've done a Books on the Table and I thought it was the perfect time to do another one!
You all know how much of a book lover I am. Sometimes I have way too many fab books to chat about to give them each their own post. When that happens I put together our fun "Books on the Table" post. I've always got new (and old) books everywhere around the house. They are in the dining room, the living room, my bedroom...all over my office...in my purse...they are everywhere. I love reading and relish in sharing books that I am enjoying. I worked for years in book stores and sometimes miss being surrounded by books that fill me with endless possibilities.
Right now, on my table I've got a lovely mix of creative titles! Creativity, embroidery, knitting and socks! Sounds fun right? You bet! Keep reading below and I'll give you the inside scoop on each title. These are all great gift books for that creative maker in your life too! Or, if you're like me, they make lovely "treat yourself" pressies too! One can never have too many fabulous books!
Read below then let me know what books are on your table in the comments! I love hearing what other people are reading too!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|Follie by Lotta Jansdotter, Image Credit: Windham Fabrics|
We're all still under the weather at my house so I figured what better way to cheer myself up than to giveaway a $75 Gift Certificate to the amazing Fat Quarter Shop! Wahoo! Fat Quarter Shop is your go to online fabric shop! They are my favorite place to get charm packs, fat quarter bundles and all my fave prints! Plus have you seen their YouTube channel lately? So many awesome videos to learn and get inspired by as well! If you haven't been to Fat Quarter Shop yet go visit! You're sure to find a few things you'll be adding to your xmas wish list!
Here's a few of the fabrics I'm coveting!
1// Cotton + Steel 2// Lotta Jansdotter 3// Katarina Roccella 4// Judie Rothermel 5// Primitive Gatherings 6// Katarina Roccella 7// Maureen Cracknell 8// Maureen Cracknell 9// Elizabeth Olwen
You ready to win some new lovlies to get kick off your sewing for 2015! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter entry below.
Good luck and happy sewing! Winner will be announced next week!
Friday, December 12, 2014
I'm so excited that you guys have been enjoying our Knitting Playlist on Spotify! It's been so fun to keep adding to it and I listen to it all the time.
And by popular request we now have a Very Shannon Christmas Knitting Playlist! You asked - so I answered! Go pour some coffee or hot chocolate, curl up under your fave blanket, light up that tree and get knitting to some of our favorite mood setting Christmas tunes!!!
And if you're not in the mood for xmas music don't worry - you can still follow our regular Knitting Playlist anytime! You can find it by clicking below:
Have you been enjoying our playlists? What Christmas songs are your faves? Any you would like to see added? Happy weekend everyone!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Everyone needs their own cozy, warm, snuggly, fave go to sweatshirt. I just made my new fave.
Have you seen the Linden Sweatshirt pattern by Grainline yet? As soon as the talented Jen released it I grabbed a copy. I then set out on a mission to find some seriously cozy sweater knit fabric. Not an easy feat where I live. I managed to luck out and get some at one of our local fabric shops - The Cloth Castle. Bonus - there was a sale! Woot woot! I grabbed this super thick, warm and soft fabric for Linden as well as a thinner one (that I'll show ya later) to whip up another one in. The color of this fabric is so perfectly neutral. It's like that shade of Cascade 220 that you make a gazillion and one things out of. It's grey, but beige too and pretty much goes with everything.
Linden is a sweatshirt that is meant to be lived in. I wear this bad boy around the house, out of the house, in bed - you name it - I've now worn it. In fact I've had this made for a few weeks but haven't been able to photograph it because it's always being worn. Blogger problems right? lol! It's just one of those cuts that is flattering. Aka - skims over the roly bits. I love the raglan cut for this type of sweatshirt and I really like the ease of it. Grainline's patterns are stylish and modern and easy to follow. The instructions are clear and concise and this took me no time at all to sew up. I used my serger for pretty much everything and that speeds things up tons.
My Linden Sweatshirt has come in so handy lately what with snow and tons of rain around here. Due to the horrid weather we've been having lately you get my tree lit photographs. That's what happens when you have absolutely no natural light and you gotta work with what you got :) I really wanted to blog about this sweater so you get another photoshoot of me in my "real life" element. My fave leggings, wooly socks, my go to mug & basket (from Tolt Yarn & Wool of course). I like to keep it real around here every so often. Bloggers are real people and sometimes, life just doesn't go along with our lighting and photography demands. So you work with what ya got.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Calling all fabric lovers! Do you love fat quarters as much as I do? Would you love to have a fabulously curated bundle of 12 FQ's delivered to you monthly? Don't miss the new Monthly Spark subscription from Fabric Spark!
I'm so excited! Fabric Spark is one of my new fave online sewing shops (& they are Canadian too!) and Daryl (the owner) is going to be offering this super fun monthly fabric subscription starting in January and I'm one of the bloggers putting together some of the awesome bundles of FQ's you will receive! Here's a bit more about Monthly Sparks....
"Fabric Spark and our favourite bloggers are getting together to curate and deliver a bundle of 12 fat quarters of beautiful designer fabric. For sewists who love fabric and appreciate a little inspiration, this is a great monthly injection of creativity.
Imagine a unique collection arriving every month ready to launch a new project, or to fill out your stash and give you new ideas and flexibility."
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I've been in bed for days fighting a nasty, bad cold bug.
For over 6 days now I've been sick with this darn thing. I even lost my voice and if you know me you know that is awful! Me not talk? Crazy! The hubs thought it was an early xmas pressie...lol. On the plus side I've watched Gilmore Girls for days and days.
The blog will most likely be quiet this week as I hopefully start to feel better soon. Bear with me...I will be back :)
In the meantime, here's the winners of 2 of our latest giveaways!!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Last spring I fell head over heels for YOTH Yarns. You know... that kind of yarn love where you know the minute you see it that you must have it.
Since then I've been anxiously awaiting the time when I could share about the fabulousness of this "to dye" for yarn company on the blog! I had the lovely chance to meet Veronika, one of the co-owners of YOTH Yarns, at our stop to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA during Vogue Knitting. I already knew Veronika was talented and sweet (have you read her blog Yarn on the House?) but when I spotted her brand spanking new yarn I knew I was hooked. They've got squish factor, are great for texture, the colors are your new fave go to's and they are just plain awesome to knit with! My friends and I have all been coveting our lovely skeins and I have no doubt in my mind that YOTH Yarns is going to go far and do big things.
// What are the YOTH Yarns? YOTH Yarns are available in two sizes in a lovely MCN blend: DK weight, aptly called Big Sister, and fingering weight, called....you guessed it....Little Brother. The yarns are named after Veronika and her business partner and brother Daniel. I love their story and I love that it's a family business. You can read more about Veronika and Daniel on their About Page HERE.
// What is the goal of YOTH Yarns? Veronika and Daniel created YOTH Yarns to bring sophisticate, unisex colors to the market that they believe not only have a special place in their hearts, but are what is missing out there. They are hard at work creating 4 color palettes. Their first one is the Raw Palette. You can find it for sale online at yothyarns.com and in their two exclusive flagship stores: Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA and Baaad Anna's in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
I feel so lucky to have some delicious YOTH Yarns in my stash and have plans to add many more. YOTH is planning on releasing their next color palette - FRESH, a group of 12 crisp and earthy blues and greens. I cannot wait! Seriously! I've been bombarding Veronika's inbox for the when's and how's of getting my hands on some. But for now here's a sampling of the RAW Palette (shown below) that is out now.
"Our yarns are lovingly curated by Little Brother and Big Sister, dyed in a beautiful dye house in Maine and then shipped to you from our home in Woodinville, WA. We bring you sophisticated color palettes that are as delicious to the eye as they are to knit."
Monday, November 24, 2014
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.
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.
Would you like to knit the FARBE Cowl? Click below for where you can download your FREE PATTERN!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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.
Jane 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
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!
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
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 now...lol. 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.
|See that mug there - that's my fave mug evah from one of my yarn shops evah - Tolt Yarn and Wool|
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!
GIVEAWAY #1 // FANCY TIGER SAILOR TOP PATTERN
The winner is Commenter #13 - Swedish Scrapper!
GIVEAWAY #2 // FAT QUARTER SHOP $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE
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!