MAKING || MOTHERS DAY PROJECT IDEAS

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we've got some fun & quick projects that would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts for the special women in your life!


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Whether you sew or knit, we think any of these would bring a smile to her face & hopefully to yours while you make it!

Happy making for Mother's Day! Hopefully you'll find a great gift to make & give and while you're at it treat yourself to one too!


SEWING


Click HERE to view all of our free sewing patterns & tutorials!


KNITTING


Click HERE to see all of our knitting patterns in our shop! There's a few freebies too!

Do you plan on making any handmade gifts for Mother's Day?

MOMENTS || THAT DARN SPRAIN

My apologies that it's been awfully quiet around here. The back that I've spent years trying to gain strength back in gave out on me after I caught a bad cough. One wrong cough and whoops - thar she went. Sprained joint.



I'm on the mend though. It's hard to sit though and that means no computer work for me (or sewing) - boo urns. I'm trying to remain optimistic though and look at the bright side. If I hadn't started exercising and being more healthy these last 3 mths my back would be way worse right now. I can walk, so I'm thankful for that and I'm super excited to get back to my work out routine. I'm missing it and so is my mind/body.



I hope to be back online next week but in the meantime cheer me up with what you've been busy making! I would love to hear about what you've got on the go - sewing, knitting, drawing - you name it, I want to hear and see it! Leave a comment below or tag your projects with #veryshannon online so I can see them.

GIVEAWAY || SAILOR TOP PATTERN & FABRIC FROM FANCY TIGER CRAFTS!

Since I've been sewing up a storm the last week I figured it was only fitting to get you all sewing too! So it's time for a giveaway ladies! Who wants to win a Sailor Top Pattern by Fancy Tiger Crafts & fabric to make it in? Yay!


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First off the Sailor Top pattern is AWESOME. I wear mine constantly (you can see my 1st one here) and just got some fabric to make a 2nd and 3rd. It's super comfy, goes with everything and is flattering. It's also a quick and relatively easy sew with great finishing & versatility. I know you'll enjoy sewing it up!

I asked Fancy Tiger Crafts to choose a fabric for you all to make your Sailor Top in and isn't it adorable! Seriously dying over here. I mean there are llamas on it! Can't get better than that. Here's what they had to say about their fabric choice...

We chose one of our current favorites fabrics, this darling Japanese print from Anyan. A lightweight lawn, it is perfect for a breezy, summery Sailor Top. This folksy print in warm red makes us nostalgic for summer picnics on the farm. Did you notice the adorable alpaca on there? Our inner knitter is swooning over this! 

Jaime of Fancy Tiger Crafts recently made the Sailor Top pattern in a similar fabric, a sweet Japanese lawn printed with cats. You can see a few pics of Jaime wearing hers below.


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I love this version of the Sailor Top on Jaime - she looks great! The print they chose is called Sunny Land Red and if you check out all the other Anyan prints you may just see some with sheep on it too!!! You can view them all HERE on the Fancy Tiger Crafts shop. Not in the mood for sheep or llamas? Don't miss all the other gorgeous selections of lawn fabrics they have curated in their drool worthy shop HERE!


ENTER THE SAILOR TOP & FABRIC GIVEAWAY


/// PRIZE - 1 lucky winner will receive 2 1/2 yards of Anyan lawn in the Sunny Land Red print and a Sailor Top Pattern (paper) from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

/// HOW TO ENTER - simply enter using the rafflecopter entry form on the right.

/// RULES - Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only.


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FANCY TIGER CRAFTS CREATIVEBUG CLASSES


Did you guys know you can also take Fancy Tiger Crafts classes on Creativebug?

So excited about this! You can pop over to Creativebug and sew a Sailor Top right along with Jaime & Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts!! How cool is that?!


Sew a Sailor Top with Fancy Tiger Crafts on Creativebug

They also have a few other great classes as well such as their Imposter Shawl pattern and a Waxed Canvas Tote Bag! You can view all their classes HERE.

Happy making and a big thank you to Fancy Tiger Crafts for the fab giveaway!!

*This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are 100% my own.

SEWING || LINDEN, WIKSTEN & CITY GYM SHORTS!

I went on a bit of a sewing frenzy last week! With the warm weather starting here already I've been amping up my spring/summer handmade wardrobe! I recently made a new Linden sweatshirt, Wiksten tank and a pair of City Gym Shorts!


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THE WIKSTEN TANK

Throughout the year the Wiksten tank is by far one of my go to items in my wardrobe. The ones I have made previously are all literally worn out. I knew I needed to make at least 2-3 more to rotate throughout this year. It's such a great layering piece and goes with so many things.

I've made the Wiksten out of both wovens and knits and love both. I ordered some of Leah Duncan's new line Morning Walk from Art Gallery Fabrics in the print "Wispy Daybreak Aura" to make my Wiksten in. I'm really head over heels for this print. So gorgeous! I'm smitten with AGF knits so much! They are great to sew with and have the perfect amount of stretch recovery. I highly recommend them if you haven't tried them before.


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I made this Wiksten off my old size, but since I've been exercising and eating right since Christmas this is a new wearable muslin in a smaller size (yay!). I need to do a small back adjustment next time just to take in the back gape a bit (and a slight front armhole gape) but other than that I'm pretty happy with the fit.  Have you made a Wiksten in knit yet?


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THE LINDEN SWEATSHIRT

Now, if you haven't made a Linden from Grainline Patterns before, I say go for it! This is the type of top you seriously just live in. They are soooo comfy & highly addictive!!! Super fast to sew and one of those projects that has a high rotation in your closet.

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I first made a Linden a few months ago but had to drop a size down on this one too. So again, here's me with yet another wearable muslin...lol. I need to make a few tweaks to the next one I do but even so I've hardly taken this one off.

I want to take in my raglan seam about 1/2". I've got really small shoulders/back compared to my bust/hip size and they are always causing me fit issues. I'm super happy with the fit everywhere else and even without the raglan seam adjustment it's still wearable. I adore the longer sleeve length on the Linden. You can adjust the sleeves with the pattern to your liking, Grainline patterns are wonderful for adjustments shown on the pattern pieces, but I'm a sucker for loooong sleeves. I like to tuck be able to tuck my hands in on my sleeves. It's weird, but I like it cozy y'all. I'm always cold.

This is also Art Gallery Knits. This print is from Bonnie Christine's line Winged and it's called "Flyaway Petalums Sky". The binding was made from some Girl Charlee stash I had kicking around. I really wanted to bind in the print I used but alas I didn't have enough fabric. I'm happy with the pretty pops of that light coral/pink hue though and glad I went with it. Have you made a Linden yet? Also don't miss Jen's new pattern out today - The Morris Blazer! I just bought one and cannot wait to sew it up!!!


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THE CITY GYM SHORTS

The last item I made was the free pattern from The Purl Bee - the City Gym Shorts. I've seen these all over the web for ages and figured it was finally time to make some. Can we say fun? I really enjoyed making these and can definitely see myself making more in some different fabrics and also some for the girls too!

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I plan to sew up some in knit, and hopefully in some lawn. I also would love to get some more atheltic type fabric and try them up in that as well for working out in. I'm also going to try out the Indie Sew tutorial for a better waistband HERE next time as well.

But for now I used one of my fave prints of the year from Carolyn Friedlander's new line DOE, called "Blue". I adore this line but this print has me crushing big time. I knew it would look fab with the Robert Kaufman Chambray I used for the trim, waistband and back of the shorts.

I made no mods to this when sewing and made the L/XL size. When I make another pair though I need to do some tweaks. I want to try lowering the waistband. I've got a really high waist so these hit me in a horrible spot. I also have small legs compared to my hip ratio so the legs are a tad too big on me. I think I'll take those in a bit as well. Overall though these are a fun sew and are a great addition to any summer closet

What have you all been sewing? Are you working on any new patterns for your spring/summer handmade wardrobe? 

PATTERNS & FABRICS USED


WIKSTEN TANK

Size Made/Modifications Made: Hybrid L/XL, made armhole slightly smaller.

Fabric Used: Wispy Daybreak Aura from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics

LINDEN SWEATSHIRT

Size Made/Modifications Made: Size 14, 1/2" extra taken in along raglan front seam lines.

Fabric Used: Flyaway Petalums Sky from Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

CITY GYM SHORTS

Size Made/Modifications Made: L/XL, no modifications.

Fabric Used: Blue from DOE by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman

KNIT ALONG || GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG STARRING YOU!

It's time for my favorite part of every one of our knit alongs - STARRING YOU! I love getting to show off all your hard work and lovelies on the blog! Check out some of the gorgeous projects that were made during our Gilmore Girls Knit Along this year!

LAYLOW SHAWL by Shannon Cook, knit by My So Called Handmade Life


Throughout the year I like to throw in a few surprise knit alongs amongst our annual ones and this year's first surprise one was the Gilmore Girls Knit Along. It was so fun to see which projects you all chose and the story/thoughts behind your inspiration. So many great episodes were chatted about, stories were told and we all just crushed on our love of Gilmore Girls!

So sit back, pat yourself on the back and look at all the knitting all you awesome gals did!!! So inspired by you all! You can find all the pictures and chit chat in our Ravelry Group HERE. Missed a post? Find all things Gilmore Girls Knit Along on our homepage HERE.



I know you're all also anxiously awaiting to see who won our Gilmore Girls Knit Along Giveaway! Here's our lucky winners!!!

WINNER #1 - Rav Id :: We3fergs (Sarah)

WINNER #2 - Rav ID :: Knorman (Kirsten)

WINNER #3 - Rav ID :: Nutmegknitter (Becca)

Congrats ladies! I'll be in touch soon about your prizes!!!

A huuuuuuge thank you again to all of you for knitting along with me! I <3 you guys! Stay tuned for the dates for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along starting next!


READING || HOME & AWAY BY HANNAH FETTIG OF KNITBOT

When Hannah Fettig of Knitbot told me she was working on a new book a while back I have to admit I seriously did a happy jig. Hannah has been one of my favorite designers for years and her newest collection, Home & Away, definitely does not disappoint! This gorgeous new book, filled with 9 pieces that are everyday wearable & true to Hannah's clean aesthetic, is a must have for any knitters bookshelf.


But there's also something else that makes Home & Away fabulous! Each garment pattern in it is available in both seamless and seamed versions! That's right! Hannah has written each garment pattern to make the knitter who likes seaming and the knitter who doesn't happy! You can choose how you want to knit it and they all end up with the same result! Seriously...how fabulous is this! So genius!

Hannah has also filled Home & Away with tons of great information and resources. Taking cue from the podcast Knit.fm she hosted alongside Pam Allen, she covers techniques such as gauge, knitting in the round, ease, understanding patterns, yarn substitution & more! I love the educational aspect that she's presented seamlessly (no pun intended) into Home & Away. The ebook has interactive links to more information on the web such as video tutorials etc. All of this, paired with the stunning photography from alongside the coast in Maine, makes for a book that you won't be able to resist knitting from!


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If you're a fan of Hannah's previous work you'll be more than happy with Home & Away! If you haven't knit any of Hannah's patterns before get ready to have some fun! Her pieces are a joy to knit and fit effortlessly into your wardrobe year round. They are cozy, stylish, modern & fresh. I highly recommend it and can't wait until I can get my hands on the print edition!!!


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THE PRE-ORDER IS NOW OPEN FOR HOME & AWAY!

You can now purchase the Pre-Order Bundle! The bundle includes the print edition of Home & Away as well as the digital copy (the ebook is available as an immediate download) for only $24! You also get an archival print from a Maine artist!

Looking for only the ebook?

You can purchase just the ebook for only $16.

Find out more info & purchase your copy today! Click HERE to order now.


KNIT ALONG || GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY!

Ok, first things first, you guys are amazing. The Gilmore Girls Knit Along has been such a fun surprise knit along. I've loved all the chit chat with so many of you who also love this show as much as I do. Gilmore Girls and the Lorelai Shawl will always have a special little place in my heart.



I'm so thankful for all the love and support of the Lorelai Shawl pattern. It has been so touching to see all the gorgeous and beautiful versions being made. I can't put into words how much all of you fab ladies continued support means to me. I love that you keep on knitting along with me and to see you knit up my own pattern is icing on the cake (with coffee as Lorleai would have it). I can't wait to show off all of your projects next week here on the blog! So don't forget to get those pretty FO shots added to our Ravelry thread and to share your projects online! Tag them with #ggkal15 and #lorelaishawl so we can all see your hard work!


GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY

I know the talented gals behind Nice & Knit are also so thankful for all the support of the gorgeous yarn kits we put together for Lorelai and to say thank you we have a yummy giveaway for you all today!

HOW TO ENTER


- To be eligible to win the giveaway you must be signed up for the Gilmore Girls Knit Along and have taken part. Your project can be a WIP or a FO. We will be checking winners to make sure you joined in.

- To sign up (in case you missed it earlier) please fill out the form on our Gilmore Girls Knit Along Home Page.

RULES


- Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.

- Giveaway closes on April 14th, 2015, midnight, PST.


PRIZE #1

- One lucky winner will receive a skein of their choice (weight & colorway) from Nice & Knit as well as their lovely Knitter Tote! Colors/weight shown HERE.

- You will also receive a copy of the Lorelai Shawl pattern as well as 2 other patterns of their choice from Very Shannon!

PRIZE #2

- Will receive a copy of Lorelai Shawl pattern as well as 2 other patterns of their choice from Very Shannon!

PRIZE #3

- Will receive a copy of Lorelai Shawl pattern as well as 2 other patterns of their choice from Very Shannon!



Good luck to you all and thank you again for knitting along with me!

You can follow along with all things Gilmore Girls Knit along on our home page HERE. And if you're still interested in getting a stunning yarn kit for Lorelai from Nice and Knit they can be found HERE.

CRUSHES || NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE FABRIC STASH

It's been a while since I showed some of the newest additions to my fabric stash! The lovelies below from Art Gallery Fabrics could not be resisted! They were definitely must haves!

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The first line I had to have in my stash was Wanderer by April Rhodes. I got the whole shebang in fat quarters. I think they may just end up being a quilt. I have an urge to make a slew of quilts this year. Now that we are in our house I want to find a great quilt rack to hang all of them from. The more quilts the better if you ask me. I still don't have one for our bed so I think that may end up first on the list.

It will be hard to resist not using the fat quarters in other projects though. You guys know how much I love a fat quarter! They are so handy to have around and fun to use for so many projects! Have you been sewing with Wanderer?


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I've been patiently awaiting the release of Leah Duncan's new line Morning Walk. Leah is one of my favorite fabric designers. I always gravitate to her palette and her prints. I knew morning walk needed to be a quilt as well. I've already started getting this one prepped though! The prints shown below left are the first part of what I hope will be a new free tutorial for you guys!

Leah's prints are some of my faves to make clothing with as well. I made sure to order fat quarters of Morning Walk and also some pretty knit shown above to make myself a new top with. Now that the weather is warming I think it may end up a Wiksten Tank. One of my fave go to patterns to wear throughout the year. My other Wiksten's are worn out and I need to replace my stash. The Art Gallery knits are so lovely to wear and sew with so I can't wait to make a few new items for the summer with them. What summer patterns are you hoping to sew up this year?



The other fab prints I got were fat quarters from the new AGF line Maker and some of Maureen Cracknell's line Wild & Free. I see some new accessories in the works using these fun lines! I also got 2 prints from Wanderer in knit, as well as 1 in voile as well. I hope to make the Colette pattern Moneta, a Lane Raglan, and the voile is for a new summer dress - pattern undecided. I'm still on the hunt. They are going in the washing machine as we speak so I hope to get sewing some new additions to my wardrobe sooner than later.



What have you all been working on? Any new fabrics you've added to your stash?

Looking for inspiration for your fabric? Check out our patterns HERE and our FREE tutorials HERE. We've got lots of fun projects that are just perfect for fat quaters and yardage!

SPRING SALE! SAVE 15% OFF!


IT'S TIME FOR OUR SPRING SALE!


Save 15% OFF our ENTIRE shop with the code "SPRINGSALE" from now until Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, midnight, PST.*

Sale valid in our website, Ravelry and Etsy shops.

SHOP /// ETSY /// RAVELRY

Happy making and creating and thanks for all of your support!

*Sale excludes ebooks and print books.


GIVEAWAY || WOOL AND THE GANG YARN & PATTERN SNOOD DOG KIT!

Who's in the mood for a giveaway? Yay! I'm so excited to be giving away an awesome Wool and the Gang Snood Dog Yarn & Pattern Kit from our sponsor Fabricspark!


I'm a sucker for eye catching and modern packaging and products. I've been a big fan of Wool and the Gang's work for ages so when Daryl of Fabricspark started carrying their wool and kits I was elated! She's one of our fave online Canadian shops and we knew we would have to run a fun giveaway for you all to win and try them out!

For our prize we chose the Snood Dog pattern! Hello! Isn't this super cozy and cute! A great layering piece for all year round! I was smitten by the colorway "Tv Static" and that's what I chose for my Snood Dog. But guess what? If you win you get to choose your own colorway! Yay! This Wool and the Gang Kit has a prize value of $66.50! Wahoo!



One of my favorite things about the Wool and the Gang kits is their packaging. I mean seriously, look how awesome this little kit is! You get the yarn (2 skeins of Crazy Sexy Wool), the pattern (enclosed in this adorable black booklet),  Wool and the Gang stickers and knitters darning needles!

The pattern layout and styling is so fun! There is a lot of links to help, tutorials, hashtags, and how to's. The pattern features full instructions as well as clear and easy to follow diagrams. I was really impressed with the overall aesthetic of the entire package.

Crazy Sexy Wool is a Super Bulky, 100% pure wool from the Andean Highlands of Peru. Extra chunky and warm. The pattern calls for a 15mm/19US needle. The kit is available to win in the colors shown HERE.

Would you like to enter to win? Simply enter using the Rafflecopter entry to the right. Good luck!


/// MONTHLY SPARKS FAT QUARTER BUNDLE FROM FABRIC SPARK!


I'm also super excited to give you a sneak peek at my Monthly Sparks Fat Quarter Bundle from Fabric Spark!

I was thrilled to be asked to join in with a fab group of ladies to choose a bundle of FQ's for the year long Monthly Sparks subscription! It was so much fun to put together the bundle and I hope those of you who are subscribed really enjoy the palette!

You can read more about the Monthly Sparks HERE.

A big thank you to Fabric Spark for their generous prize and their support of Very Shannon! Make sure you pop over and check out all the lovelies Daryl has in the shop! Shipping is always a great price (or free) at Fabric Spark!

CREATIVITY || MAKING OURSELVES #3 - SPIRALIZING & VEGGIE GARDENS

MAKING OURSELVES is our new monthly series focused on finding and creating more time to nurture and prioritize ourselves, our passions, hobbies & health. You can read all the posts HERE.

Be sure to follow along on social media & tag your own pics with #makingourselves!


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This month for Making Ourselves my focus has been on food. Not a diet, but healthy lifestyle changes. You see I hate to cook...most of the time. Realistically I would much rather be sewing or knitting! Let's face it - cooking eats up into the creative time that I enjoy best. But now that we moved into our house my hubby gets home later and guess who has to make dinner most nights? That's right - me. Insert sad face.

So instead of whining about it and feeling bad for myself I made the decision to try not to let it add stress to my day and instead to focus on the things in cooking that I "do" enjoy. Like color, interesting textures, controlling my diet, trying new things and of course, using my spiralizer! Seriously people - spiralizing is the most fun I've ever had cooking (and how funny are those leftover bits of zucchini? I lmao every. single. time). I couldn't resist showing you all some of the things I've been doing this past month to change my food habits.


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/// SPIRALIZING. I spotted spiralized noodles a while back on instagram and thought to myself - what a great idea but never did anything about it. Then it just seemed like wherever I looked this year things were being spiralized. I took it as a sign and bought myself one of those bad boys. I haven't looked back since.

I try to eat Gluten free, low on dairy, low/no sugars if possible and whole foods as much as I can. I also have life threatening nut & tree nut allergies (the anaphylactic kind) so eating just hasn't been "fun" for me for a long time now. Eating out is non-existent and I have to say it depresses me on a regular basis. Especially being someone who loved to go out to eat and try new foods, eat ethnic foods, socialize etc. It's just something I'm slowly learning to say goodbye to. So when I'm able to replace some of those foods I would eat at a restaurant and can now make at home I'm learning to find new joy in gaining a bit of control back.

So many of you lovingly referred me to the awesome site www.inspiralized.com when I first bought my spiralizer (I have the Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiralizer - 3 Blade show above right) and I've been hooked ever since. I was totally amazed at the awesome amount of recipes and foods that you truly could spiralize! Pasta has never been better or yummier in our house I can tell you that.

I also loved that Ali, the author of the cookbook (and blog) Inspiralized also went on a weight loss journey herself. I found it really inspiring to read her story and to see how much spiralizing has changed her life. I was so happy to know Ali was releasing a cookbook shortly after I started reading and I've been enjoying it a lot! I recommend it if you're getting started with spiralizing! It's also called Inspiralized. You can find it HERE on Amazon. Have you been spiralizing? Fave recipe to share?


/// VEGGIE GARDEN. The other thing I'm excited about this month is our Veggie Garden! If you're following me on instagram you'll have seen my updates on what's going on with the planning of our garden! It's been my dream that when I became a homeowner I could grow some of my own veggies! So off planning and learning I went.

The hubs surprised me when I was out of town recently and built our veggie garden! I was so surprised! Such a romantic surprise! We've got our soil now, some seeds and a few starters. I'm anxiously awaiting the rain to stop today so I can get some planted! The veggie I'm most excited to grow is Kale and of course, now that I'm a spiralizer addict - zucchinis! Now I can make my green smoothies with my own Kale and eat my pasta with my own zucchini! I cannot wait! We're also planning on growing some radishes, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, and lettuce. We also have in seperate containers some strawberries, mint, and herbs. And don't worry, the mint and strawberries are each in their own pot. I only made that mistake once..lol. What's your fave veggies to grow? Tips to share this newbie?


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/// COOKBOOKS. I cannot not say enough about the book "100 Days of Real Food" by Lisa Leake. My kids and myself truly enjoy this book and it has helped me so much with learning some new cooking basics and to improve my kids choices for foods, broadening their horizons and also to help this momma with lunch packing. We've loved it and it's the most used cookbook in our home. It's also the most read. My oldest even takes it to bed and reads some of it! We love the pictures of the kids, kids foods and how the book is family oriented and has an easy and approachable manner to making some big changes to your food and family's diet. There's also great ideas in here for involving kids and how to make dinner easier and more fun. I can use all the help I can get. You can also read Lisa's blog HERE. Two thumbs up on this one friends.

We are also still enjoying our copies of The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon and good ol' Gwyneth Paltrow's "It's All Good". Oh She Glows is a no brainer. The food is delish, the book is gorgeous and her blog is awesome. Gwyneth's book is one I enjoy for the beauty of it. It's so inspiring to me. I love the photographs, the way the recipes are sorted and there are some truly yummy ones in it. I know, it's Gwyneth, and some have love/hate relationships with her but I like this one. What are your current fave cookbooks? I'm on the hunt for a few new ones!

Have you been joining in on MAKING OURSELVES? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below so we can chat! Be sure to tag your pics with #makingourselves on social media so I can cheer you on too!

You can always stay up to date on the series by visiting our MAKING OURSELVES home page HERE.

*This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are my own.

GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG || WHICH GILMORE GIRL CHARACTER ARE YOU?

The Gilmore Girls Knit Along is in full swing! I've been so excited watching all of your projects being cast on! I've loved what's been providing our knitters with inspiration for this KAL so I couldn't resist sharing it on the blog!

I'd Rather Be Watching Gilmore Girls Sweatshirt from Arsenic & Lace, Photo Credit: Everyday Meg

I'd Rather Be Watching Gilmore Girls Sweatshirt from Arsenic & Lace, Photo Credit: Everyday Meg

I've always wanted to do a wip collage during a KAL this so I thought this would be a fun one to try it out on! Now that the blog has moved I have many more options available to me to showcase all your projects easily! See below for pics of some of the yarns and projects being knit up for the GGKAL! Aren't they pretty?

And don't worry if you missed our announcement the other week - it's never too late to join in! You can find all the details on our Gilmore Girls KAL homepage HERE.

If you're knitting along with us be sure to tag your projects with #GGKAL15 so we can see all your fabulous projects! And if you're making LORELAI be sure to also use #LORELAISHAWL as well.


WIP'S & FO'S FROM OUR RAVELRY GROUP


GILMORE GIRLS QUIZ - JOIN IN!

Which character are you most like from Gilmore Girls? Lorelai or Rory? Lane or Paris?

Take this fun quiz over on BuzzFeed to see which Gilmore Girls Character you are most like! I got Lorelai - shocker! Lol! Tell us in the comments who you got!

TAKE THE QUIZ

Do you have a favorite Gilmore Girls knitted item from an episode? Do you follow a Gilmore Girls Pinterest board or tumblr that you found inspiration from? We'd love to see and hear about it! Comment below with your faves!

Thanks for knitting along with me!

READING || FAT QUARTERS BOOK REVIEW

I'm so excited to finally get to show you all the brand new book Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas from Lark Crafts that I've got 2 projects in!

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You all know how much I love me a fat quarter. They are such a fun and affordable way to play with fabrics and stock up on your fave prints without breaking the bank. There truly is a plethora of projects you can easily make with fat quarters and this book has over 50 of them!


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So many talented and wonderful designers are featured in this lovely book and I'm so honored to be included among them! You can find patterns from Maureen Cracknell, Amy Friend, Anneliese, Jenny Bartoy, Abby Glassenberg, Mollie Johanson, Jessica Fediw, Heather Valentine and more! I was so excited to see my projects among these amazing women! Definitely a special moment for me!

Fat Quarters is filled with projects suited for beginners to advanced sewers. The book is a great size and is separated into 6 categories:

Babies & Kids / Bags /Quilts & Pillows / Home Decor / Wearables / Give & Use

There truly is something for everyone in this pretty book! My 2 projects were a customizable tablet case and a fun graphic & reversible infinity cowl. Both of my projects used gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics.

Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas is available to order now. You can get your copy on Amazon and other retailers.


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What's your favorite thing to make with fat quarters? Are you as addicted to them as I am? I'd love to chat! Leave me a comment below :)

THE NEW BLOG IS LIVE!

The migration is over and we survived - yay! I'm so excited to have the blog in the same home as my website! I hope you will all enjoy it too!

Please bear with us as we tweak and edit things over the next few days. If you see some wonky posts etc. our apologies. We're working hard behind the scenes to re-format things and spiffy all the lovelies up for you!

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I hope you'll enjoy the convenience of having the blog here on veryshannon.com and enjoy the website and find it user friendly. I'm very excited and can't wait to jump right in!

BIG CHANGES COMING!

Something I'm very excited about is happening! I've waited a very long time to do this and I'm beyond thrilled to say we are FINALLY moving the blog over to my full website at veryshannon.com!

The blog will be under construction from Sunday, March 15th through Monday, March 16th. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Lorelai Shawl Pattern by Shannon Cook, Image © Betsy Jo Photography

Lorelai Shawl Pattern by Shannon Cook, Image © Betsy Jo Photography

Now you will find everything in one spot and the url - www.luvinthemommyhood.com won't confuse you all anymore. Don't get me wrong, my days with luvinthemommyhood were so special and it was an amazing part of my life, but like all things, we grow, change and evolve. When we rebranded to Very Shannon a while a go I thought I would migrate right away but it was beyond my scope of technical knowledge. So I finally found someone I trusted to move the blog over so all your old links won't be messed up and things should hopefully run smoothly (fingers & toes triple crossed).

I'm very excited for the blog and hope you will all enjoy it as well! I've been so happy using Squarespace where my website is and I can't wait to be able to blog using it now as well. It allows me so much more freedom for formatting my posts and showing you guys more information and images in a fresh format.

If you haven't already visited me at www.veryshannon.com please pop by and say hi! You can find our shop on there as well as lots of other fun pages such as well as all of our Knit Alongs, a Tips & Techniques page for them, FREE Tutorials, Roundups and more!

In the meantime happy making & creating and we'll be back soon!

NEW PATTERN & KNIT ALONG || LORELAI & THE GILMORE GIRLS KNIT ALONG!!!!!

The LORELAI Shawl pattern release and the reveal of our new mystery knit along is here! It's time for our newest knit along - GILMORE GIRLS KAL!!!!!


Me and the talented ladies behind Nice & Knit have been excitedly waiting for today! As soon as I set eyes on the gorgeous skeins of Nice & Knit DK they so kindly sent my way I knew they had to be a shawl. After spending way too much time binge watching Gilmore Girls I was feeling inspired by Lorelai and all her flair & fun personality and the LORELAI shawl was born!

LORELAI SHAWL PATTERN



Can't you just imagine Lorelai strolling past Luke's in her fave jeans & rock n'roll t-shirt, wearing this shawl? I can!

I wanted something filled with color and life. The combination of lace stitches and stockinette play up together to create a textural and graphic effect that suits any color palette that fits your personality! Pastels or brights - doesn't matter! It all works with Lorelai!

When I designed LORELAI I also knew I wanted to host a surprise Gilmore Girls Knit Along at the same time! So we're going to do something different for this KAL! You can choose to knit up LORELAI along with us or any other pattern you feel suits the Gilmore Girls "aesthetic". We just want you knitting!

We also want you to come on over to our lovely landing page where you can stay up to date with all the things Gilmore Girl Knit Along! This is also where you can easily sign up this year & get all the details for theKAL, and buy the LORELAI pattern + Nice & Knit Yarn Kits! You can find it at www.veryshannon.com/ggkal15

We have lots of fun stuff over there! So make sure to pop on over & to also use #ggkal15 & #lorelaishawl on social media for all your projects.

And if you do want to knit up a LORELAI (yay!) the awesome gals over at

Nice & Knit have put together the most amazing yarn kits!!!! Seriously! The color palettes are drool worthy!!! And even better with every purchase of the yarn kits you get a FREE NICE & KNITTER TOTE!!! Can we say "YES, PLEASE"! You can find them for sale HERE.

A big thank you to the talented Betsy of Betsy Jo Photography for her amazing skills and patience. She knit up the gorgeous sample shown above and did all the photography! Thank you for making my vision come to life Betsy! You're the best!

Will you be joining in? What colors would you use for LORELAI? Do you love Gilmore Girls too? Come join the fun!!!

All images © Betsy Jo Photography

STITCHES WEST 2015 RECAP - PART ONE!

I recently returned from Stitches West in California and couldn't wait to share with you some of the new lovelies I picked up at the show.

Jane and I had such a great time and I've got some fun pics to show you from the show but I figured it would be easier to split my recaps up - one for goodies and one for pics! I know I love seeing when other people do recaps of when they go to events I can't make it to. I've still never been to a sewing convention so I live vicariously through others pics.

We really didn't get as much time for shopping as we had anticipated. This always happens to us though..lol. In the end we ended up being the nerds we are and putting the booths "we must shop at" in numerical and priority order so we didn't miss the ones we really wanted to shop at. We definitely needed a whole other day dedicated to just "shopping". It saved my wallet though not having that extra time. With the exchange rate the way it is I'm sure glad I didn't buy more than I did. Ouch.

Ready to see what I brought home? Yay!

/// YOTH YARNS

I picked up a lot of goodies at the YOTH Yarns booth where we did our book signings. I'll chat more about their booth in the next post but let me just say - it was AMAZING!!! I wanted everything. I was so glad I scooped on these awesome tapes (show above) when I did as they sold out super fast. Aren't they adorable?

I also couldn't resist these adorable flowered stitch marker tins! So cute! And YOTH was also selling the best tape measure ever (in very first picture above)! It joins in one end to form a circle so you can measure your bust with your arms down!!! Say what!!! And your arms and whatever part you want to! Bodybuilders usually use them! They are so smart those YOTH Yarn peeps ;) I only came home with 1 skein of YOTH because, dudes....the booth was almost sold out when we left on Sat. I figured I would be nice and leave inventory for all you shoppers :)

I also brought home one of my favorite new bags!!!! These were coveted! You only got one if you bought a certain amount at YOTH Yarns. Word on the street is that they won't be selling them anywhere else either. You can only get them at shows. One side says "Pretty Things Inside" and the other says "YOTH Yarns".

/// COCO KNITS

Ok, so full admission here - I've been wanting one of the fabulous Knitter's Keep from Coco Knits since it came out. But I really wanted to try one on in person. So when we found out they had a booth at SW we had to get there. When we made it there we proceeded to make dorks of ourselves by trying on all the colors and checking them out with our skin tone in the mirror. Yep, that's right - dorks strike again..lmao.  In the end I ended up with a pretty bright blue and Jane got a nice army green.

The Knitter's Keep = AMAZING. Solves so many of my problems - losing my stitch markers, losing my cable needle, losing my darning needle etc. I mean seriously ladies, pop this super fun bracelet on (did I mention it's a snap bracelet which is also equally as addictive and fun) on and never worry about losing some of your pretty notions again! When I'm working on shawls or seaming etc I always need multiple tools handy and this makemy life so much easier.

We also got to meet Julie Weisenberger (Coco Knits) which was a thrill in itself! I'm a big fan of her work and her business!  So it was a highlight of the trip to get to have some time to chat with her! So exciting! 

/// JILL DRAPER MAKES STUFF

I was so excited to get to meet Jill Draper. I'm a big fan of her work and had been wanting to see her yarns and meet her in person for ages. I spent way too long at this booth and I'm sure made a fool of myself gushing over her more than a few times. In the end I left with this scrumptious skein of Rockwell - Naturemade 2014 that is 100% Cormo-Merino Crossbred Wool. I must have picked this skein up more than few times so in the end it's the one that came home with me. I couldn't bear to leave without it.

I also picked up the most adorable notebook. You all know my addiction to notebooks and this one is my new fave. The Kitchener Stitch is inside as well as needle guide and ruler! And those illustrations? Swoon! Def one of my fave new lovelies. You can also find Jill as one of the instructors on Creativebug. She's got a slew of fun classes available on there as well.

/// HIYA HIYA NEEDLES

Now for the big splurge. Jane and I have been on the hunt for new needles for over 4+ years. I think we've tried almost every needle out there (or at least attempted to). Every time we go to an event we go to the needle sampling booths and try them all out and leave empty handed. We have a checklist and some of the other sets (while gorgeous and nice) left some of our boxes unchecked. This time when we went to the Hiya Hiya booth it was both of our first times trying out their needles. It was love at first knit...lol. I think I sat stunned for a few minutes as it sunk in that we had finally found "our set". Don't get me wrong, I'm not unhappy with my Knit Picks Interchangeables (I have the nickel plated set and still really enjoy them) but I've been wanting another set to go with it.

I got the Hiya Hiya Limited Edition Set of 5" Sharps Stainless Steel. Here are some of my fave things about the Hiya Hiya's:

1) How sharp and air light they are.

2) That the tips have the sizes on them.

3) That the cables have the sizes on them too! YESSSS!!!

4) Did I mention how light and sharp they are? Two of my fave things.

5) This is a biggie for me - that the join didn't bother me. I don't like when I can feel the join and with these it was no issue at all.

6) I like that I don't need a tool or key. Just some simple rubber grips to tighten and loosen them.

7) The kit starts at size 2.75mm and goes up to 8mm.

8) You can convert them to straights if you want to.

The Limited Edition Interchangeable set included so many goodies too! It comes with the following:

- 13 sets of 5" Interchangeable tips

- case

- 4 cables (18", 26", 34", 42")

- small cable connectors

- small tip adaptor

- panda stoppers (small and large)

- single point adaptors (small and large)

- puppy snip

- darn it's

- knitters safety pins

It was like Christmas! I'm loving them so far and am super happy to finally have a new set to knit with. Do you any of you have Hiya Hiya's? Do you love them too?

I also picked up a delicious smelling new wool wash called Allure in the scent Woodland Mist (shown in very first picture in this post). This is made from Bijou Basin Ranch and it smells divine! It's also an all natural formulat that contains no dyes, enzymes or phosphates, no optical brighteners and no formaldehyde. 

I can't wait to share with you the second part to the recap next week. Were any of you at Stitches West? What have you splurged on lately to add to your knitting stash? Fill me in, I want to hear all about it!

NEW PATTERN || LOSLASSEN SHAWL!

I'm so excited to be able to release our newest knitting pattern -

Loslassen! Loslassen is a uniquely shaped shawl that flatters the figure! 

Garter ridges paired with feminine lace openwork within a uniquely shaped shawl create a lovely juxtaposition that is both flattering & easy to wear.

Loslassen drapes with ease & style mimicking the look of raglan shaping slimming the frame & showcase hand-dyed yarn beautifully.

LOSLASSEN \\\

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Loslassen is made from 2 skeins of the lovely Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarn Studio Sock(fingering) shown in colorway Columbus Circle. It's such a lovely and soft light blue. I immediately was smitten with it. I designed Loslassen for the shop A Grand Yarn. They have a fun monthly yarn club called The Indie Club and my pattern was the February selection. It was so neat to do a club pattern! I really enjoyed it and now I get to release the pattern to all of you too! Loslassen will work great with your current fave fingering weight yarn crush! Pick your fave color of the season and get knitting!



I really wanted Loslassen to be able to be worn multiple ways and to also sit uber-comfortably on the shoulders all while slimming the frame. I love the way the raglan-esque shaping on the shoulders allows this shawl to sit almost like you're wearing a cardigan. It's so comfy and now that I have my sample back I've hardly taken it off!

or you can get your copy of LOSLASSEN here:

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Loslassen has an addicting combination of an easy to memorize lace openwork and simple Garter ridges. I think an Intermediate Beginner could easily tackle this pattern. I really enjoyed knitting it and hope you all will too! Have some fun with it!

A special thank you to my friend Summer for allowing me to shoot in her gorgeous home on the lake and her beautiful cousin Kailee for modelling so patiently for me. Thank ladies!

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I cannot wait to see all your Loslassen Shawls!!! Make sure to tag your shawls with #LoslassenShawl on Instagram and Twitter! Thank you for all of your support and happy knitting!

*All images copyright © VeryShannon.com

CREATIVITY || MAKING OURSELVES # 2 - YOUR HOBBIES ARE IMPORTANT

It's time for this month's Making Ourselves! Our new monthly series focused on finding and creating more time to nurture and prioritize ourselves, our passions, hobbies & health. Be sure to follow along on social media & tag your own pics with #makingourselves!

When starting to write + plan the new series "Making Ourselves" for the blog I quickly realized how long it has really and truly been since I had prioritized some of my other hobbies and passions in life. I decided that it was time to carve out some special moments each week to allow myself a few indulgences.

Now the hobbies that may make you excited and happy could be totally different from mine and that's ok. This isn't about us having the same hobbies. It's about us all making the effort and taking the time to enjoy what hobbies make us truly happy. I'm lucky enough to get to have some of my hobbies that I love be my career. But aside from the obvious ones like knitting and sewing (photography, writing etc) I also love to draw. My background my whole life has always been art.

I was the kid in school who spent 80% of my school days in the art class and the dark room or knitting/sketching in the hallways. I would hole up in my bedroom and draw for hours. I love it. My favorite things have always been to draw the human form and portraits. I get captivated by gestures, movement and the nuances of a person. And now that my girls are both showing a huge interest in learning to sketch and draw realistically, I realized that my art supplies and I had been separated for way too long.

There was a time that I would actually draw out by hand my tutorial diagrams and also our buttons etc for our knit alongs. I even got a special tablet to start doing more artwork in illustrator etc. But then life happened and designing patterns and publishing left no time for the kind of art I've been missing. So I'm bringing it back. I'm slotting it in because I miss it and it's a part of me and who I am. I want to find time to draw and sketch again, as well as journal more.

I'm keeping my new supplies easily in reach and accessible. I really want to make it easy to slip in a few minutes here and there each week to do some sketching and drawing. I may even show you a few things along the way. So during the last few months I've treated myself to a few new supplies and boy has it felt good! They are listed below and all the pics are above.

Here are the current faves that I'm using....

/// DOANE PAPER - Grid + Lines

- I love these little Doane notebooks that combine graph paper and lined paper into one adorable notebook. Since I'm obsessed with having notebooks and journals around me wherever I am this one was a must have. I got a set of 3 for xmas from the wonderful shop Fringe Supply Co.

/// FASHIONARY

- One thing I love doing is sketching out new ideas for designs. I love figure drawing and when I spotted the Fashionary over on Fringe Supply Co. it was a no brainer for me. A book filled with tons of fashion info, and pages and pages of female figures for me to draw new outfits on? Yes please! Each of the pages for sketching your designs (and there are tons) feature 3 very faint female figures. It's tons of fun!

/// BLACKWING PENCILS

- I needed a new set of drawing pencils. Mine are ancient and will now be passed down to the kids art supplies. I asked around and so many people recommended the Blackwing from Palomino. Can we say swoon! Not only do these look so darn gorgeous they are fabulous to use as well! I ordered with mine the eraser refills as well as the special pencil sharpener. If you're in Canada like me I bought mine for a great price from an awesome shop called WonderPens located in Toronto. Highly recommend them.

/// UNI KURUTOGA ROULETTE MECHANICAL PENCILS

- My business partner (Jane Richmond) and I are mechanical pencil users for a majority of our daily writing. This includes epic 6hr business meetings and more. So when you need a reliable and excellent mechanical pencil I knew it was time to get us some Japanese mechanical pencils. After hearing rave reviews from other designers about their amazing mechanical pencils I went on the hunt and spent wayyyyy too much time this past fall researching them. I even watched videos on them! I know...I have a problem...lol. Anyways, after hours of research and pricing out the best options I got Jane and myself the Uni Kurutoga Roulette and lead/eraser refills for Christmas. All I have to say is it writes as smooth as silk and it auto rotates it's own lead. Heaven in a pencil. We are happy ladies. 

/// MICRON PENS

- Seeing as I got pencils I knew I'd need some pens too. The ones I have already are Microns and I like them but mine were on their last legs and I only had 4. So off I went to Micheals with my 50% off coupon and brought myself a new set home. I've been using them non stop.

Aren't they pretty? I swear I did a silly happy jig when I got each one. I literally felt like a little kid. When I'm getting a bit stressed I just pull them out to look at them and I swear I feel better and calmer just knowing I'm working so hard this year to get myself back on track to a healthier life.

Next up on my list is to actually start using my drawing tablet more. It's time. I've had it for 2 years or so now and have only used it a handful of times. That's on my list to get going with in the next 2 months.

Overall sitting down and accessing what things in life I enjoy and that I'm not making time for anymore has been so helpful. It's also been eye opening. While the above things seem small to most it has been extremely exciting to be nurturing the hobbies and passions that I find fulfilling and creatively recharging to enjoy.

DON'T FORGET - SHARE YOUR PICS ON INSTAGRAM + TWITTER WITH OUR HASHTAG #MAKINGOURSELVES

Now it's your turn! What are the hobbies that you'd love to find more time for again in your lives? What little things could you be doing to eek out 30mins a week to indulge in a fave passion? I'd so love to hear about it! Come chat and bring your friends too!

Wondering what "Making Ourselves" is about? Read the first post in this series HERE.

FREE PATTERN || BUCKET BASKET TOTE PATTERN!

The FREE Bucket Basket Tote Sewing Pattern is here!!! 

I'm addicted to totes, baskets, project bags & more! Pretty much if I can put my latest knitting project in it and bring it around with me I'm addicted to it. I can never have enough. One of my favorite things to store my wip's in and misc yarn is my African Basket.


I was lucky enough to pick up my basket from Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop last spring and I adore it. I've been on the hunt since then for the same style but in a shopping tote size. Well I finally got tired of looking around to buy with no success that I decided to design a tote that's inspired by the shape of the African Shopper Tote.

I just knew when I spotted the new fabric lineWanderer by the oh so amazing April Rhodes forArt Gallery Fabrics, that it was the PERFECT fabric for my new Bucket Basket Tote! I loved the tribal vibe and the color palette! So I'm more than thrilled to be a part of April's fabric tour for Wanderer today! All the prints I used were from the Air palette. I used Serape-Dream, Sacred Seeds Brittle, Temple of Asiaq, Crochetting Clouds, Gust of Leaves Silver and Sacred Seeds Mojave.

So pick out your fave Wanderer prints to feature and get sewing your very own Bucket Basket Tote! It's easy, fun to make and such a cute tote! It fits infinite amounts of goodies and features a pocket inside. There's not too many bells on whistles on this tote as I wanted to keep the shape of the Bucket Basket the star of the bag. I also wanted to let you have some fun with customizing it as you go!

I'm dreaming of versions of this quilted, with piecing in the mid portion, embroidery etc. I was dying to make my straps out of leather but I just couldn't get my hands on leather straps in time for the pattern release. I hope to do one in the future though. I'd like to do the bag in some faux leather mixed in with a fun print! See....so many options! You know how I love that and I hope you all do too!



Get your copy of the FREE Bucket Basket Tote Pattern! You can choose to either download the pattern from our pattern shop at VeryShannon.com or via Google Docs.

*Remember to always print straight from Adobe Reader - not from your browser, Google Docs or if on a Mac in preview mode.


>>> Download from our Very Shannon Shop

*Please note you will be asked for payment information. This is just part of the cart process. It does not store your payment information and nor will you be charged. The pattern is free.

>>> Download from Google Docs

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I hope you enjoy our Bucket Basket Tote pattern! Be sure to share your projects on social media with #BBTOTE so I can see all your lovely bags!! Happy sewing!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN SOME WANDERER?

If you would like to win a HUGE giveaway of WANDERER pop over to April's Instagram feed and follow her (@aprilrhodes) and regram any of the Wanderer Tour photos with #wanderertourgiveaway and she'll choose a winner on March 1st of 20 half yard cuts! That equals 10yds of fabric peeps!!

DON'T MISS THE REST OF THE TOUR!

Sunday Feb. 15 – Nicole Morgenthau finchsewingstudio.com Monday

Feb. 16 - Holly Hughes -hollygetsquilty.com

Tuesday Feb. 17 - Shannon Cook -veryshannon.com

Wednesday Feb. 18 - Becca Bryan -  bryanhousequilts.com

Thursday Feb. 19 - Rochelle New -luckylucille.com

Friday Feb. 20 - Kate -http://seekatesew.com

Saturday Feb. 21 - Amber -oneshabbychick.typepad.com

Sunday Feb. 22 - Caroline Hulse -sewcaroline.com

Monday Feb. 23 - John Adams -quiltdad.com

Tuesday Feb. 24 - Maureen Cracknell -maureencracknellhandmade

Wednesday Feb. 25 - Delia - deliacreates.com

Thursday Feb. 26 - Kelly -cutcutsew.com

Friday Feb. 27 - Christopher Thompson-thetattooedquilter.com