Friday, October 31, 2014
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 xmas...lol.
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.
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!
What 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:
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|
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|
|Fort knit by Woolful (ashleyy)|
Monday, October 20, 2014
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!
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 me...lol. But seriously? How cute would that be!?!! I would wear them every night. The hubs loves penguins so...me + 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
MODIFICATIONS | None
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....
Friday, October 17, 2014
|© Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed|
This was our largest and best knit along yet! We had so many entries and so many wonderful knitted garments! I can't wait to show them all to you next week in our Starring You post! We also had generous and amazing sponsors this year for our SSKAL! I was seriously drooling when putting the prizes together! I hope you all go and show these wonderful businesses some Very Shannon love! They are all great businesses and they are all super supportive of our knit alongs and it's so very appreciated. To see all the sponsors and there awesome prizes check out the post HERE. And don't forget you can always find all our of Summer Sweater Knit Along posts and info on our SSKAL Homepage HERE. And our Tips & Techniques page filled with guest posts is HERE.
So....are you ready to find out who our winners are? I am!!!!
The winner of Prize #1 is..... - LOELEE (Ravelry Id) // Laurie
Congrats you've won the following prizes - Brooklyn Tweed Biston Kit, Tanis Fiber Arts Eventide Shawl Kit, Gift Certificate to The Yarniad, Gift Certificate to Hazel Knits, Sweaters Worth of Leizu DK from Julie Asselin, Road Trip by Tin Can Knits, Gift Certificate to Chicken Boots
The winner of Prize #2 is......#137 - SPINKNITUP (Ravelry Id) // Timiae
Congrats on winning and on your new baby! You've won the following prizes - YOTH Rutherford Hat Kit & Sweet Magnolia Cowl Kit from Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop, Gift Certificate to Jane Richmond Designs, Gift Certificate to Lakes Yarn & Fiber, Gift Certificate to Red Sock Blue Sock Yarns, Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Prize Pack
I'll be in touch with you over the next few days in regards to your prizes!!!
A big thank you to all of you who signed up and knit along with us this year!
THIS POST IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|© Shannon Cook / Very Shannon|
As with all of our books, SEASONLESS features stunning photography by Nicholas Kupiak, making these printed booklet a very special item to add to your collection. There are even a few shots by lil'ol me in the book!
The printed booklets will be available through our publishing website Marian Rae Publications, for ONE WEEK ONLY! So if you've had your heart set on owning a printed copy of the booklet make sure you order yours today.
And the best part is, you can pick up your very own printed copy of SEASONLESS for the very same price as the eBook alone! WOWSA! It truly is a lovely package and would also make a wonderful gift for that special knitter in your life for only $12.95!
|© Shannon Cook / Very Shannon|
PRINT BOOKLET BUNDLE INCLUDES:
A stunning, high quality, 29 page printed booklet
eBOOK & Individual PDF PatternsEvery purchase includes the eBook, with 76 pages including the full photo shoot from Nicholas Kupiak, extra resources for knitting help, interactive PDF's for easy navigation between the pattern pages and website links, and reformatted, print friendly PDF's of all the patterns.
Print Booklet Bundle only $12.95
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW
You can also still purchase the eBook Bundle or any of the individual patterns:
Printed booklets are available for purchase as a special release only from October 15th to Wednesday, October 22nd.
Purchase your booklet directly from our publishing company Marian Rae Publications.
Printed booklets will be shipped the first week of November.
The sale will be open for one week only from October 15th -22nd. After purchase you will be emailed a confirmation with a link to access your FREE ebook & PDF's. All printed booklets will also contain a coupon code inside the back cover to link up your FREE copy of the eBook and individual PDF's to your Ravelry library.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I am so excited to finally reveal the latest collaboration between Jane Richmond and I - SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One is here!!!!
Modern minimalism was our style inspiration and pieces that were suited to any season was the end goal. An open work lace hat (Schwimmen), drop stitch crescent shawl (Laylow) designed by me and comfortable pullover (Palladio) designed by Jane Richmond make up the seasonless pieces of this gorgeous mini collection!
Over the weekend we had a booth at the 3rd annual Knit City where we launched our newest collection! We had originally planned to sell a limited number of printed booklets as a special release at Knit City and then return home to make the digital versions available. But the response to the printed booklets has been overwhelming and we would love to give everyone an opportunity to buy their very own printed copy!
So today we are so excited to launch the lovely eBook (76 pages), because we just can't bear to keep you waiting any longer! But if you have your heart set on a hard copy (29 pages) of SEASONLESS we will be offering the printed booklets for a limited time, coming soon! So stay tuned for that on our blogs and on our website - www.marianraepublications.com! You can see photos, get info, read our blog and stay up to date on all things Marian Rae Publications there as well as follow us on twitter HERE. And don't forget to follow along and tag all your project pics with #seasonlessknits.
SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume One
Included with the eBook:
+ The 76 page eBook includes the entire photo shoot with gorgeous
photography from Nicholas Kupiak
photography from Nicholas Kupiak
+ Extra resources for knitting help
+ An interactive PDF for easy navigation between the pattern pages
and website links
and website links
eBook Only $12.95!
or purchase the individual patterns
THE NEW PATTERNS
I've been so excited to show you all the 2 patterns that I designed for SEASONLESS! I promise to feature them both on the blog and give you all the details and behind the scenes on my newest patterns soon but in the meantime here's some gorgeous shots & a bit of info! I can't stop wearing both and I'm so happy with them and hope you will all love them too!
LAYLOW is a fresh, modern and reversible shawl pattern that is knit up in fingering weight for a versatile, seasonless accessory. It's airy, lightweight and a relaxing knit with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.
SCHWIMMEN is a fun and enjoyable project with a flowing pattern repeat & addictive open work. It's an interesting and pleasant knit that is sure to be a staple in your year-round wardrobe.
Jane and I are so in love with this special collection! The Mini Collections are a new series we will be releasing in between our larger book publications. We truly hope you will enjoy knitting and wearing these as much as we do!
A huge thank you all of you for your endless support! You all mean so much to me and your support is truly the reason I am able to continue to do what I love. And another thank you to my fabulous testers - you guys rock, and to my family - I love you so much - thank you for putting up with me being a major stress case these last few weeks.
Happy knitting - seasonlessly.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
|© Brooklyn Tweed / Jared Flood|
I know how much you guys love the giveaway post from the SSKAL and this years does not disappoint! There are definitely going to be some lucky winners this year!!! So well deserved with all the amazing knitting that has been going on!
First I have to give a big thank you to our official Summer Sweater Knit Along Sponsor - Brooklyn Tweed! There support has been amazing!!!! Jared Flood is one of my top sources of inspiration and his gorgeous yarns and collections, featuring himself and other talented designers, keep all of us knitters drooling! A big thanks to them for cheering all of us on from the background! It's been amazing!
And we can't forget about all of the other amazing sponsors we have! Some have been with us from the very first SSKAL! I adore each and every one of them and they are all talented and inspiring companies you should definitely check out. They would love your support!
/// PRIZE ///
- a pattern kit for Biston (using Loft Yarn)
/// PRIZE ///
- a Gift Certificate for $35 to Hazel Knits
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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?
|| HOW TO ENTER
- simply leave a comment below letting me know what you think the 3 patterns are in SEASONLESS.
|| THE PRIZE
- 1 lucky winner will receive the printed booklet of SEASONLESS as well as the eBook and individual patterns! Wahoo!
|| THE RULES
- giveaway is open until Friday, October 3rd, midnight, PST.
You can also stay up to date with SEASONLESS and all of our publications on our website www.mariarnraepublications.com! 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!