SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || KNITTING PLAYLIST

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer Sweater Knit Along Knitting Music Playlist || VeryShannon.com

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 || VeryShannon.com

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.

SEWING || COCO DRESS & KEEPING IT REAL

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pattern review of Coco by Tilly and the Buttons || VeryShannon.com

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 nuts..lol.

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 me..lol). 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 || VeryShannon.com
Pattern review of Coco by Tilly and the Buttons || VeryShannon.com

READING || NEW AMERICAN KNITS BY AMY CHRISTOFFERS

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review of New American Knits by Amy Christoffers || VeryShannon.com
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 || VeryShannon.com
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!

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || WEAVING IN ENDS WITH GUEST JANE RICHMOND

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weaving in ends with guest Jane Richmond || VeryShannon.com #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 now...lol. 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 || VeryShannon.com #sskal14 #knitting

GIVEAWAYS || WINNERS

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

beachside || VeryShannon.com

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 || VeryShannon.com

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!!!


SEW A MODERN HOME GIVEAWAY
The winner of a copy of Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden is....
COMMENTER #35 - Sarka

ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1 GIVEAWAY
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!

SALE || 15% OFF EVERY PATTERN IN THE SHOP!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lansbury Cowl Pattern by Shannon Cook of VeryShannon.com
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).

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || PROVISIONAL BIND OFF TUTORIAL WITH GUEST BRISTOL IVY

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Provisional Bind Off Tutorial with Guest Bristol Ivy || VeryShannon.com #sskal14

We've got another fabulous guest tutorial today for the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 from one of my fave designers - the lovely Bristol Ivy!

Bristol's designs speak to my texture loving soul. I love her unique constructions, creative lines and overall aesthetic of her work as a designer. She's a huge source of inspiration for me as a designer and I've been a fan of hers since she started so I'm just over the moon to have Bristol here for our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014! I knew you would all be just as excited as I am!

Bristol has a written a tutorial for us that is for one of those garment knitting situations that you're always wondering if there was a better way to handle. You know that happy place in a top down sweater that you reach when you get to separate for sleeves? Yep, that wonderful knitting haven where you think "it looks like a sweater" and "now I can try it on" time. You know those stitches you have to put on waste yarn - well Bristol is showing us how to do the Provisional Bind Off in place of just putting those lovely stitches on a scrap yarn to get all distorted. Genius. No distorted stitches and it's much easier to try your garment on. I seriously live for these kinds of things. I'm always researching and trying to learn as a knitter and learning something new like this is food for the soul for me. I encourage you to give it a try! Don't be scared of the word "provisional". It's got a bad rap in the knitting world as being hard and it's really not. Promise.

Provisional Bind Off Tutorial with Guest Bristol Ivy || VeryShannon.com #sskal14
Before we jump in the lovely Bristol's birthday is this week! Happy birthday Bristol! In honor of her bday she has a lovely Birthday Sale! Bundle on! Use coupon code "29on28" to get 29% off the patterns listed in the bundle until August 31st.

LEARN || STYLE THAT KID: CHILDREN'S CLOTHING PHOTOS THAT POP

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Style that Kid: Children's Clothing Photos that Pop by Alida Lee || VeryShannon.com

One of my favorite parts of being a blogger/designer are the photo shoots.

When dreaming up posts, projects and new patterns I always start with a story. I'm one of those people who loves coming up with a character and the back story for that particular design/project. Then I go on the hunt to get a good photo shoot to depict that character and tell the story. This is not always easy. As many bloggers know it takes hard work, time and sometimes multiple photo shoots. Some go smoothly and others are filled with trials.

Shooting children is not an easy task either.  So when I spotted my friend Alida (from the blog Alida Makes) new Ebook "Style that Kid! Children's Clothing Photos that Pop!" I thought aha! This is what I need! I'm always on the lookout for new tips, tricks and methods to improve my photo shoots and to take great pics of my kiddos in the lovelies I sew or knit up for them. I knew you all would love it too because I'm always hearing questions from you all about how to take better project photos etc.

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || MADDER ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1 BOOK GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ANTHOLOGY 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge Giveaway on VeryShannon.com #knitting

Boy oh boy do I have a lovely and oh so pretty prize to giveaway today for our Summer Sweater Knit Along!

One of my most favorite designers, photographer/stylists is the oh so talented Carrie Bostick Hoge. Her work is constantly inspiring me and I am truly inspired by all of her work. I was super excited to see the release of her new book Anthology 1. Drool factor on high here folks!!! Seriously. You all know how I get obsessed about stitch patterns well this book is a knitter's dream! Carrie has taken 4 unique stitch patterns and incorporated them into a collection of dreamy and gorgeous garments and accessories!

THE BOOK INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

CAMILLA | 6 Patterns including a pullover, shawls, child & baby garments & a blanket
SIBELLA | 4 Patterns including a cardigan, cowl, pullover and scarf
IMOGEN | 6 Patterns including a pullover, tees, a cowl, and a blanket
BEATRICE | 6 Patterns including cardigans, a wrap, cowl, tee and scarf

Each pattern is beautiful in it's own right. But when combined in different forms it creates an addictive collection of patterns just yearning to be cast on! Incorporated into different weights and styles these stitch patterns just beg to be knit up! There are patterns for babies, children and for adults. Also included are shawls, blankets and more. Each pattern is knit up with the equally as addictive Quince and Co. yarns! Seriously....could it get any better? Accompanied by Carrie's signature photography and graphic design Anthology 1 is a must have for any knitter's coveted collection of books.

Would you like to win a copy of Anthology 1? Keep reading to find out how!

ANTHOLOGY 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge Giveaway on VeryShannon.com #knitting
ANTHOLOGY 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge Giveaway on VeryShannon.com #knittingANTHOLOGY 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge Giveaway on VeryShannon.com #knitting

MOMENTS || RECHARGE THOSE CREATIVE BATTERIES

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beachside | VeryShannon.com
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Glen Lake | VeryShannon.com
Waterlilies | VeryShannon.com

This is what we've been up to lately.

Now that we are in the new house it's time to explore! We're so lucky to live in an area now that is accessible to tons of amenities, the city and also gorgeous farm land and ocean beaches with mountain views! Both the hubs and I grew up in very small towns and we love the more relaxed feel of our neighborhood. We also love that we have all new surroundings to explore and tons of accessible outdoor landscapes! So many lovely off the beaten path views.

It's been hard to get the rest of the unpacking/chores done when all we want to do is enjoy the house and the new sights! Beaches, lakes and more are calling our names! So even though I know I "should" be unpacking this time I'm telling myself "it can wait". There's more important things to do. Like skipping rocks at the ocean, laying on the rocky shore with my best friend and love of my life, watching our girls laugh and play in the ocean, soaking up the summer sun, smelling the coastal breeze and breathing in the fresh air. Those darn pesky boxes can wait.

So that means the sewing time has been non-existent at the moment. Until this momma gets her office fully unpacked and her shelves set up the sewing is on hold. But I do promise it will be soon. I've got some new shelves being delivered this week and then I hope to get back into full work mode and say a big hello to my babies! I swear I can feel my serger/sewing machine staring at me with judgement. They don't like to be ignored. I'll make it up to them soon.

Until then, put aside your chores (and any unpacked boxes you may have), and get outside and explore! Bring a notebook, your camera and your loved ones and go be free. If even for 10 minutes. I swear it will come back tenfold in creativity. You'll feel even more inspired and much more happier to get those pesky chores and unpacking done when your soul is full.

What's your favorite way to inspire yourself outdoors? How do you balance your "chores" with your fun time? Do you have a favorite place to go unwind and recharge your creative batteries? I've got a coffee cup with your name on it! Come chat with me! I always love to hear from you. And heck.....chatting with all you lovelies is a heckuva lot more fun than unpacking. So come help me procrastinate ;)

GIVEAWAY || SEW A MODERN HOME BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Thursday, August 14, 2014

 Sew a Modern Home Book Review & Giveaway | VeryShannon.com
Photo Credit || Brent Kane and Martingale
I'm so excited for the release of the new book "Sew a Modern Home" from my lovely friend Melissa Lunden!!!

I love when a new sewing book comes along that gets me really itching to pull an all day sewing marathon.  The kind of book that has me already daydreaming about fabric choices, colors and more. Sew a Modern Home: Quilts and More For Every Room is filled with inspiring projects that easily fit into my home and yours. The book covers most rooms in your home and is broken down as such in the book. I really liked that detail. Here's the rooms broken down....

LIVING ROOM | 1 Quilt and 2 Pillows
DINING ROOM | Placemats, Table Runner and Napkins
MAIN BEDROOM | 1 Quilt and 1 Pillow
GUEST BEDROOM | 1 Quilt and 1 Pillow
GIRL'S ROOM & BOY'S ROOM | Each have 1 Quilt
NURSERY | 1 Quilt, 1 Crib Skirt, 1 Crib Sheet and 1 Crib Bumper
OUT & ABOUT | 1 Quilt and 1 Tote

 Sew a Modern Home Book Review & Giveaway | VeryShannon.com
Photo Credit || Brent Kane and Martingale
I am particularly in love with a pattern for the Main Bedroom called the Desert Morning Quilt shown above. I need to add that one to my "must sew" list asap!I love it's subtle tones and clean palette. I just adore how it was quilted. It's hard to see in this shot but it's stunning! It would fit into my home just perfectly!

SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG || A NEW DESIGN!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Yarn | VeryShannon.com #sskal14

There has been so many gorgeous pics shared of Summer Sweater Knit Along projects over the last few weeks and it's been so inspiring! 

I figured it was time to show what I've been knitting away on. I've been working in the background  on a new sweater design! Yay! This time I'm making a cardigan and I can't wait to wear it! It's one of those projects that I can't knit fast enough so I can finally add it to my regular wardrobe. I have sort of adopted a new process that when I design now I try to knit 2 of some things. 1 for me and 1 for a sample because it kills me to not be able to wear them! So right now I'm working on 2 cardigans. One in my size and one in a sample size since I am for sure NOT the sample size...haha. If you look closely at the picture of my basket below with my knitting you will see the color that I'm making my size in. More on that later though.

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Yarn | VeryShannon.com #sskal14
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Yarn | VeryShannon.com #sskal14
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter Yarn | VeryShannon.com #sskal14

I really enjoy making the initial design in my own size so I can try it on, use my dress form, and see how it looks on curves instead of just model proportions. Since I also design sewing patterns I find I use techniques from both fields in the design process. It's fun to implement things when I can to aid in the design process. Since math is so heavily used and I'm more of a visual person, I find the sewing skills aid me in designing garments in knitting and then adding in the math to create the pattern.

Since we just moved into our first home my knitting time hasn't been huge but I've been busy swatching and pattern writing and finally have that lovely Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in colorway "Hayloft" turning into a cardigan! I've been rewarding all my cleaning/unpacking with a few good solid hours of knitting work at the end of the day before bed. I find myself staying up late just enjoying our new house and the quiet with this pretty yarn. Isn't this color to die for? I've been in love with it for the longest time and I'm so happy to make a sweater with it. This color is the "sample" size for this pattern. I wish I could show you more but a girls gotta have some secrets...wink wink.

Rain & Leaf | VeryShannon.com

We just had our first day of rain here in a very long time and let me tell you, the girls shot out of bed this morning, threw on their rain boots and ran into our backyard all full of excitement to be able to go out and play in it. I on the other hand, grabbed my favorite hand knit and ran in the yard with a camera to catch a shot of the matching leaf to my cardi. I couldn't resist the shot..lol. I didn't even have my coffee first and that's saying a lot! I just couldn't get over how much the color matched perfectly! So pretty!

How's your SSKAL project going? Do you need any help? Questions? Don't be shy! Join the conversation! Feel free to leave a comment here or to ask any questions in our Ravelry group! We love seeing your "work in progress" shots and hearing about your projects! Also, if you blog be sure to share a post every Wednesday and share your link in the comments here so we can read it!

P.S. Don't forget to tag your work on Instagram and Twitter with our hashtag #sska14. There's a ton of fun going on there as well as in our Rav group. You can find me on both under "soveryshannon".

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