Monday, October 20, 2014

Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby

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!
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby
Baby Boy Bimaa Shawl Collar Sweater Gift Set on! #sewing #bimaa #boy #baby

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 But seriously? How cute would that be!?!! I would wear them every night. The hubs loves penguins + 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
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

Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 Giveaway Winner on #sskal14
© Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed
It's Friday and I'm in the mood to giveaway some AMAZING prizes from our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 Giveaway!!!! 

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.

Shelter Yarn from Brooklyn Tweed on #sskal14

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!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One Print Booklet Special Release by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
© Shannon Cook / Very Shannon
We are so excited to offer the printed booklets of our latest collection SEASONLESS for a special release!

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!

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One Print Booklet Special Release by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
© Shannon Cook / Very Shannon
A stunning, high quality, 29 page printed booklet
eBOOK & Individual PDF Patterns
Every 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

You can also still purchase the eBook Bundle or any of the individual patterns:

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One Print Booklet Special Release by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond #seasonlessknits #knitting #bookDETAILS

Printed booklets are available for purchase as a special release only from October 15th to Wednesday, October 22nd.

// WHERE  
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

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. 3 modern, versatile and seasonless patterns from Marian Rae Publications. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book

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!

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. 3 modern, versatile and seasonless patterns from Marian Rae Publications. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book

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 -! 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
+ Extra resources for knitting help
+ An interactive PDF for easy navigation between the pattern pages
and website links
+ Reformatted, print-friendly PDF versions of all of the patterns

eBook Only $12.95!

or purchase the individual 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.

SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Laylow Shawl pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Laylow Shawl pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Laylow Shawl pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book

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.


SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Schwimmen hat pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Schwimmen hat pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book
SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One eBook. Schwimmen hat pattern by Shannon Cook. #seasonlessknits #knitting #book

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
Our 2 week extension is over and it's time for our annual Summer Sweater Knit Along Giveaway!!!!

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

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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