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!

Please feel free to use this custom feedback form if you run into any technical issues or have any difficulties accessing anything on the blog. Click HERE for our Feedback Form.

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.

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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!

*** Use Coupon Code "SAVE15" to save 15% off Loslassen until Sunday in our Ravelry Shop ONLY. ***

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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

*Please note if getting from Google Drive make sure to download the file first and then print from Adobe Reader - not from direct from google drive or the picture quality/sizing can be wrong.



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

KNITTING || STITCHES WEST!

luggage for Stitches West 2015

I'm so happy to announce that Jane Richmond and I will be at Stitches West this year in Santa Clara, CA! We can't wait!


You can find all the information for this exciting event on their website HERE. We'll be doing some book signings there as well as enjoying this awesome event! I can't wait to do some yarn shopping and get to meet up with both new and old friends! I'll be sure to share pics with you when I'm back and I'll be posting on instagram during our trip as well (you can find me HERE).
Stitches West 2015!

Usually this time of year Jane and I are heading to Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle but the location has been moved to another city (insert me crying...lol). So we decided to go on an adventure and fly out to Santa Clara (outside of San Fransisco). Wahoo! I'm beyond excited! We're not sure we will have time to get into San Fran but we're sure going to try. It's one of my favorite places!

Want to visit with Jane and I? We'd love to see you! Pop by the following events to meet with us! We can't wait to say hi!




NEVER NOT KNITTING /// Booths #1039 & 1041
February 20th at 11:00am - 11:30am

YOTH YARNS /// Booths #1040, 1042, 1139 & 1141
February 20th at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
February 21st at 10:00am - 12:00pm


Will you be at Stitches West? Have you been before? Any tips and not to be missed booths? Let's chat!

SALE || SWEETHEART DRESS UPDATE & VALENTINE'S SALE!

Valentine's day is coming up and it's time for our annual Valentine's Sweetheart Dress Sale! 

I've spent time over the last few months to update my Sweetheart Dress Pattern to match our current branding and aesthetic. Since it came out a few years ago it definitely didn't match any of our current pattern styling etc. so it's gotten a much needed face lift.

The pattern itself and instructions have remained the same. All that's been updated is the styling, layout and the inclusion of both inches and centimeters for measurements in the pattern. So don't worry if you have the old version. All is still fine. There is no errata. If you would prefer to have the newer version please email me at askveryshannon@gmail.com with proof of purchase (sometimes I can find your sale based on email address and where you purchased from) and I will happily email you the latest version.

It's also Kids Clothes Week from Feb. 2nd - 8th! So I figured what better to dress to be sewing for this time of year than one with an adorable heart back cut out! So in honor of our update and KCW we're having a sale!

Use the coupon code "bemine15" to save 15% off the purchase of your Sweetheart Dress PDF sewing pattern! Yay! Coupon code valid until February 15th, midnight, PST. You can purchase the Sweetheart Dress in my shop HERE or on Etsy HERE.

Thank you to all of you for all your support of this pattern. It means so much. I love seeing all of your Sweetheart Dresses so make sure to tag them with hashtag #sweetheartdress on social media so I can see your handmade lovelies!

I hope you enjoy the new updates! Happy sewing!

GIVEAWAY || BIRCH FABRICS SERENGETI FABRIC GIVEAWAY!


Who's in the mood to win some new fabric? 

Birch Fabrics has a colorful fun new line out called Serengeti in poplin and knit! Designed by Jay-Cyn Designs this collection of prints featuring animals, geometrics & more is so lively! I adore the color palette and can easily see this line of poplin and knits working into so many projects! Can't you just see those elephant or giraffe prints in a cute pair of pj's or leggings for the wee ones? Heck I'd want a pair too!
All Birch Fabrics are 100% Organic Cotton too! I've been a long time fan of Birch Fabrics and can vouch for the excellent quality of their fabrics. They never disappoint with their designs and fabric quality! Ranging from poplin, knits, voile's, double gauzes, & more there is something for every project you're dreaming up at Birch Fabrics. For inspiration don't miss their blog HERE. There are lots of free projects, patterns, giveaways and more to be found.

Would you like to win some Serengeti? Birch Fabrics is giving away the following to 2 lucky winners:

Winner #1 - 3 yards of their choice of Serengeti Knit!!!
Winner #2 - 2 yards of their choice of Serengeti Poplin!!!

Enter below for your chance to win some of this gorgeous fabric!! In the meantime you can find all things Birch Fabrics here:

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CREATIVITY || MAKING ME & MAKING OURSELVES

This year is all about changes and the search for BALANCE.

I find that sitting down at the start of each year and writing out some of my thoughts, goals, dreams etc for the upcoming year helps me to solidify my plans, keep me motivated in achieving them and also connecting with all of you.

"Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it."

This year I want to focus on the word BALANCE as much as possible. I keep promising myself I will work on it, practice it and live it but it just hasn't been successful. So this year I'm taking a different approach and holding myself accountable and putting it onto the blog. I'm going for it. I'm all in my friends. It's time to take back a bit of control over my life and to start to put some more effort/time back into "making" me a better version of myself.

I'll be using the hashtag #makingourselves (I explain this later on in the post) on instagram & twitter if you want to join in and also follow along with my journey.

BALANCE /// GOAL #1 - My Health

I've had health issues since I was in my twenties.

Long story short I've suffered from severe endometriosis (several surgeries and complications) and back issues. I'm tired of feeling not well and continually getting sick. My immune system is just shot. So I'm taking control of my body back this year. I'm putting my health and my overall well being ahead of all my other goals this year and so far it's been amazing! I'm hoping to get stronger and healthier and also lose some weight.

My hubby surprised me with a Fitbit for xmas (I got the Charge in case you're interested) and I've been really loving it. It's amazing how such a small gadget can wake you up to your unhealthy habits and motivate you to be so much better. Between seeing how HORRIBLE my sleep habits are (more on this later) and how much better my days are when I reach over my goal of 10,000 steps it sure is motivating.

I paired my Fitbit up with the awesome app My Fitness Pal. These 2 are my best friends. I've been logging my food daily now for over a month and I am really enjoying holding myself accountable. I'm also enjoying the community of friends/family on both the Fitbit and My Fitness Pal to cheer, encourage and have fun with the journey of getting healthy. Do any of you use these? Are you on Fitbit and MyFitnessPal?

I also took a VERY hard and long look at my exercise habits. Walking the kids to school and back (when it's not monsooning out) just isn't cutting it. I realized over the last few years I've tried a few different types of workouts (classes, etc) and nothing stuck. I'm social and love the gym but it doesn't work for our nutso schedule around here. So we bit the bullet and brought the gym to us. We're the proud owners of an Elliptical machine. I know...it sounds so cliche to go buy an elliptical in January but dudes....I so need this. That bad boy is right beside my bed.....I can jump on and do my workout wearing whatever I want and watching Gilmore Girls (or whatever tv show I'm addicted to at the moment). Being able to easily fit it in when I get the chance that day is so easy. I even started rewarding myself. I can't do my night time knitting until I do my workout. And trust me, I love to knit so I will darn sure get my booty on the elliptical.

Getting the elliptical made me realize just how out of shape I really am. I thought I was going to jump on the elliptical and be a pro. LMAO!!!!! Seriously. Embarrassing. I thought I was going to die. I just barely made it through 15mins of the darn thing and almost puked...haha. And I was on level 1!!!!! Then the hubs proceeded to get on and do 30mins at a high level and was fine! How's that for motivation? I thought I was in way better shape than I was. So many muscles I haven't used in so long that are now having to be woken up again. I still can only do about 15mins but I'm working myself up and each time I do it I'm getting stronger and it's getting easier. My goal is 30-40 mins at obviously a better intensity level than 1. But I don't want to injure my back (I have a very bad back) so I have to take it slow and steady and keep on trucking along.

The most hilarious part is when I'm on the elliptical I get a side view of myself in the dresser mirror. I'm telling you...if you feel unmotivated put your elliptical near a mirror from this angle. HORRIFYING! It's like a weird mix of self doubt and motivation mixed in together. I look over and first go..."who is that, is that me? how did I get like this? since when I did I let it go this far? really is that me? are you sure? ok, let's do this. time to get rid of...."that thing" hanging.....darn pregnancy leftovers...time to work our ass off. time to reclaim my health and become strong again....but can I do it? will I fail? I'm tired. It's too hard. I can't do it. I should just give up. but I don't want to. I want to do it. I want to become a better me. Is that really me? how did I get like this?". And it repeats over and over again until I just get on with my workout and accept myself for who I am and make peace with it and enjoy my workout (well as much as one can whilst working out).

Why am I telling you all of this? Because. Because I'm not perfect. Because I spend so much time making throughout my days, everyday. I'm always making and creating and I love every crazy wild moment of it. I love to make things. I love to help you to make things. But the one thing I haven't been working on making that is the most important out of them all is myself. I haven't been making myself. I am important too and I need to continue to work on making me be the best version of myself I can be just as much as I make my knitting/sewing patterns the best they can be.

My priorities need to shift a bit. So while you may not see me blogging like a mad woman, I'm still here. I'm trying to keep the 9 loads of laundry on my bed under control, my dirty bathrooms cleaned, my floor mopped, the kids & hubby happy and fed, finish unpacking my new house, raise two little girls, keep on creating and making, and writing and spending time with all of you. But before most of that I now need to spend some time reflecting and working on myself. I can't wait to look back in 2016 at 2015 and see how far I have come. I can't wait to watch me finally succeed with some of the balance. To get more control over the battle between health, family and work. My family and my health are way too important and I've seen how unbalanced things have become and I know I need to keep on making changes.

Don't worry, I'm not turning Very Shannon into a fitness blog...lol. It will still be the same, I will just be popping in here and there throughout the year and writing some of my thoughts about my journey this year and my goals. I just shared Goal #1 above and I plan on sharing more of my goals as well that all correlate to the word "balance". I encourage you to join in too! I love seeing and hearing about what you're all doing creatively and I strongly feel that we as women are also important as well so fill me in. Write in the comments. Share your thoughts, goals and dreams for this year too. It means so much to me to hear from all of you as well.

Use hashtag #MAKINGOURSELVES to share your journey on social media.

I'd love to see your pics! Whether you are working out, working on a new goal....etc..whatever makes this your year to work on "YOU" feel free to share it with this hashtag. I also made us a fun pinterest board where I'll be pinning inspiring images, posts, sewing patterns for workout gear, workout clothes I love, exercises and more! You can follow along below.

So I'm declaring this year the year of "making ourselves". Get creative with and for YOU. What do you wish you could work on "making" better for YOUR happiness and goals this year? What's unbalanced in your life that you can work on "making" happen? What have you not prioritized enough in the past that you can change this year?

QUILTING || DOE DREAMING

I've been doe dreaming....

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for @robertkaufman @cfriedlander /// VeryShannon.com

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for @robertkaufman @cfriedlander /// VeryShannon.com

I'm completely and utterly in love with the insanely talented Carolyn Friedlander's newest fabric collection "Doe" (read more on her blog here) for Robert Kaufman. As soon as I saw sneak peeks of this line I knew I had to have it! Very rarely do I ever splurge and order FQ's of an entire line of fabric. But this was a special treat for me. It wasn't easy to get either. This line sold out fast!

I've been spending the last few days sitting here just staring at all of it. I'm so inspired by the organic simplicity of the patterns and how they just speak to my brain...lol. I tend to lean towards graphic, geometric and architectural based designs. They are always my faves. And Doe is right in my happy place. A gorgeous palette featuring creams, whites, blacks, blue tones, a hit of orange and golds. Can we say perfection? Like I said....I love it. I need it all over my house.

First up is going to be a new quilt.

It's been wayyyy too long since I made a quilt. I've got a free quilt pattern in the works (for the girls beds) that's been on the go since last year that I hope to get done this year (yes, they take me forever...lol) but the quilt from Doe twill be for the hubs and I. I cannot wait!


What pattern am I going to use?

I'm still pondering this. I know the vibe I'm going for but at the same time I haven't found "the one" online yet. I may end up making one up for this one too. But we'll see. I love supporting other designers and using their patterns too so I'll be on the hunt for "the" one. I also need to get backing still. I wanted to see the whole line in person before I chose a print from the line for the backing. Plus I wanted to snag some of the wide width yardage for that. You can follow my "MAKE // QUILTING & PATCHWORK" pinterest board below to see what I'm crushing on.

If I wasn't dying to make a quilt I would be whipping up Carolyn's Nest Egg Tote Pattern. I still might do it when I'm done. I love the shape of this!


I can't wait to dive into this line and get making. Anyone else "doe" dreaming? What print is your fave? Any quilt patterns you're loving right now that Doe would work great for?

GIVEAWAY || HOME BY PAM ALLEN of QUINCE & CO.

Giveaway for new book HOME by Pam Allen of Quince & Co. on VeryShannon.com

I've been drooling over my copy of Pam Allen of Quince & Co.'s latest book HOME since I first got my hands on a copy.

I knew when I first saw the lookbook that HOME had to be mine. I am a huge fan of Pam Allen's design aesthetic and work. Throw that in with Quince & Co. yarns and you've got me head over heels in love. It's pretty much a given that I love everything Quince & Co. does...lol, but this latest collection really had me smitten. HOME features 18 knittable projects to keep you comfy! And boy do they do! I can't even pick my fave! I seriously would love to make each project.

Giveaway for new book HOME by Pam Allen of Quince & Co. on VeryShannon.com
Ranging from gorgeous cardigans with interesting shapes and details, to socks, slippers, vests, blankets & pillows and more there is a project in HOME for everyone! And since I'm so in love with HOME I knew you all would be do! I mean how could you not love this book?! So I had to giveaway a copy of the book and the ebook of HOME.

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You can check out all the projects below and above and drool over them by checking out the HOME lookbook HERE. And also find them on Ravelry HERE.

Which patterns are your fave? Aren't they all so pretty? Pam did an amazing job! I just want to jump in and hang out there. I love how all of Pam's patterns in HOME feature gorgeous texture and special & interesting technical details that every knitter loves! My mind just gets giddy with these kinds of patterns. And the color palette (signature Quince & Co.) just screams relaxation and calm. I want to snuggle up in all of them......and knit ;)

Here's some more pics from HOME. Drool away my friends.....and then when you are done getting inspired enter to win a copy of HOME at the bottom of this post.

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Enjoy and good luck! Pour yourself a nice warm cup of coffee and let yourself get taken away with HOME. Happy knitting!
All images © Quince & Co.

SEWING || MODERN QUILTED COASTER SEWING TUTORIAL

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One of my favorite go-to handmade gifts are coasters. Everyone loves a pretty coaster. 

I think they can brighten up a table or a room and bring a smile to your face when reaching for your drink. And when you think how many times a day we use a coaster and pick up and put down a drink that equates to a lot of smiles. The more people smile, the more the world is a happier place. Smiling is healthy and feels good. Just like sewing.

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The best thing about making handmade coasters is the freedom. It’s a no pressure, no stress kind of project that is great for using scraps and bits of your favorite leftovers from your stash! You can’t go wrong with that! You can practice new techniques or perfect old ones, try out a new stitch on your machine, or go bold/simple playing with solids!

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Been scared to start quilting but dying to try? This is a great way to jump in and get your toes wet! Whichever way you choose to make them it’s up to you! So whip up the coaster tutorials below as is or use them as a jumping off point to add your own flair and personality! Just remember to smile and have fun with them!

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QUILTED COASTERS TUTORIAL

MATERIALS
Fabric for coasters cut to 4.5" x 4.5" or charm pack squares
- Coaster #1 & #2 requires 2 pieces at 4.5" x 4.5"
- Coaster #3 requires 1 piece at 4.5" x 4.5" and 2 pieces at 2.75" x 4.5"
- Coaster #4 requires 2 pieces at 2.5" x 4.5" and 4 pieces at 1.5" x 5"
4 pieces of batting cut into 4.5" x 4.5"
Co-ordinating thread
Rotary cutter & mat and/or scissors
Pins
Removable fabric marker
Iron

Helpful tip: You can measure out your squares as you cut or you can also cut out a cardboard template that is 4.5" x 4.5" to use when cutting out the fabric for your coasters.
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COASTER #1 & #2


You will need the following pieces to make two coasters:
2 fronts - piece A, 2 backs - piece B, 1 batting - piece C

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DIRECTIONS

Coaster #1 and #2 are made the same:

Press all fabrics before cutting.

STEP ONE /// ASSEMBLING YOUR COASTERS

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With your front (piece A) and back (piece B) right sides facing each other, lay down your batting on top. You will have a stack that is back, front and then batting. Pin your coaster along the edges. *See diagram above.

Sew along all 4 edges of your coaster with a 1/4" seam allowance making sure to leave a 2-3" opening to turn your coaster right side through.

STEP TWO /// QUILTING & FINISHING YOUR COASTERS

Trim your corners close to the sewing line but not too close to cut through your stitching. Turn coaster right side out. Make sure your corners are all nicely out and pointed. Press your coaster.

Get ready to quilt! Yay! This is where you can get creative with your coasters! Feel free to simply sew a line around the entire coaster close to the edge or make 3! Do shapes, a pattern or a design!

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COASTER #1 QUILTING
I chose to play up on the triangles of the fabric of Coaster #1. I first stitched around the border of the coaster 3 times (close to each other). I then stitched a triangle shape on the center of the coaster and then repeated this triangle inside and outside of it with my sewing machine. If you are nervous about winging the triangle, simply draw all your triangles with a removable fabric marker and stitch over your design. *See diagram above.

COASTER #2 QUILTING
On Coaster #2 I played up the chevron zig-zag repeat the pattern makes on my fabric. I first stitched a simple border around the coaster. I then followed the line of the pattern in the center of the coaster. next I stitched a line on either side of this line. I then repeated this pattern moving over 3/4" from where the last one was stitched. Repeat this design until your coaster is full. If you don't have fabric with a chevron design, simply draw one on your coaster with a removable fabric marker and sew over it - easy and fun! *See diagram above.

Press your coasters once again.

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COASTER #3


You will need the following pieces of fabric:
2 pieces for front - piece A & B, 1 piece for the back - piece C, 1 piece batting - piece D

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DIRECTIONS

Press all fabrics before cutting.

STEP ONE /// ASSEMBLING YOUR COASTERS

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With pieces A and B right sides facing each other sew with a 1/4" seam allowance along one edge. Trim your seam allowance and press your seam towards the darker fabric.

Place piece C and your A/B right sides facing each other and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim your seam allowance and press your seam towards the darker fabric.

You can choose to topstitch along your seams here or leave unsewn.

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With your front and back right side facing each other, lay down your batting on top. You will have a stack that is back, front and then batting. Pin your coaster along the edges. *See diagram above.

Sew along all 4 edges of your coaster with a 1/4" seam allowance making sure to leave a 2-3" opening to turn your coaster right side through.

STEP TWO /// QUILTING AND FINISHING YOUR COASTERS

Trim your corners close to the sewing line but not too close to cut through your stitching. Turn coaster right side out. Make sure your corners are all nicely out and pointed. Press your coaster.

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Quilt in desired pattern. I chose to do 1 simple border around the coaster close to the edge. I then did 2 lines down the center of where my front 2 pieces were sewn together. I also did a pairing of 2 lines close to the side edges of the coaster stitching border you already sewed. Simple horizontal pairings of lines to play up with the piecing are lots of fun! *See diagram above.

Press your coaster once again.

COASTER #4


You will need the following pieces of fabric:
3 pieces for front - piece A, B & C, 3 pieces for back - piece D, E & F, 1 piece batting - piece G

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DIRECTIONS

Press all fabrics before cutting.

STEP ONE /// ASSEMBLING YOUR COASTERS

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With piece A and B right sides facing each other, sew with a 1/4" seam allowance along one edge. Next sew piece C to piece B. Trim your seam allowances and press your seams towards the darker fabric.

Repeat the steps above, this time using pieces D, E & F. Again, trim your seam allowance and press your seams towards the darker fabric.

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With your front and backs right sides facing each other, lay down your batting on top. You will have a stack that is back, front and then batting. Pin your coaster along the edges. *See diagram above.

Sew along all 4 edges of your coaster with a 1/4" seam allowance making sure to leave a 2-3" opening to turn your coaster right side through.

STEP TWO /// QUILTING AND FINISHING YOUR COASTERS

Trim your corners close to the sewing line but not too close to cut through your stitching. Turn coaster right side out. Make sure your corners are all nicely out and pointed. Press your coaster.

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Quilt in desired pattern. I quilted mine to play up on the 3 pieces we stitched together and replicated a grid pattern. I did a simple border around the whole square and then topstitched close to my 2 seam lines for the front and back on both sides of the center piece of the coaster. I then did 3 sets comprised of 3 stitch lines (close together) going horizontally down the coaster as well to form a grid like design. Press your coaster again. *See diagram above.

Helpful Tip: Once you are done all your coasters, bundle them up all pretty and give them as a lovely gift or treat yourself! These coasters make a great starter project to ease into quilting and practice your sewing skills!

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I hope you enjoy the coasters!!! There are so many options and fun prints to play with out there! I'd love to see the coasters you make too! Use hashtag #QCoaster on social media so we can see your lovelies!

Happy sewing from my home to yours!!

Looking for more fun projects? You can find all of our other tutorials HERE and patterns HERE.

KNITTING || IT'S TIME FOR STASH MAINTENANCE!

It's a new year and it's time to update & organize our online stashes ladies!

Every start of a new year I try to go through my stash, clean it up and properly record everything on Ravelry. I try really hard each year to be pretty minimal with my stash. I usually only purchase new yarn and fabric when I have certain projects & new designs already allotted for them. I don't have a lot of space to store my yarn and fabric so being minimal is key. I also tend to get overwhelmed if it gets too large and sometimes finding myself forgetting about skeins I previously adored. It also helps keep my budget for yarn/fabric buying down too.

I was photographing some of my newest babies to add to my Ravelry stash and thought it would be fun to document them on the blog too. The yarns are so pretty that I couldn't just keep the pics in my boring ol'stash on ravelry. Plus I figured it would be a fun way to get you all to update yours as well and do some serious stash maintenance. That and I love seeing what yarn you guys have added to your stashes lately too! It's a great way to get inspired and also find new yarns to try.

Nice and Knit DK in colorways (left to right) Harpoon, Oyster, Lobster Pot, Dockside. Blue shown in middle pic is Canal.

Nice and Knit DK in colorways (left to right) Harpoon, Oyster, Lobster Pot, Dockside. Blue shown in middle pic is Canal.

The latest lovelies I've added to my stash are the gorgeous skeins from Nice and Knit (all DK) shown above,Hazel Knits new Worsted weight Cadence shown in colorway Laguna which is also scrumptious. Then my newest obsession is Woolfolk. Words cannot describe this gorgeous squishy yarn! I've been obsessing over it for a while and finally treated myself to some. I have not regretted it. It's amazing. I picked up some FAR in colorways 2, 5 & 9 and some Tynd in colorway 9. Can we say DROOL! I also have been preciously hoarding some of the fab Julie Asselin Leizu DK (she's Canadian!) in colorways Cove and Coraline.

It feels good to get organized and start fresh for the new year! I spent a lot of time cleaning and organizing my office and it's getting there. I hope to share some pics in the next few weeks...finally :) I think I've been promising to show my workspace for 4+ years..lol. Now that I have a "room" for my work I hope to be able to show progress shots as I slowly make it my own. I also plan on going through my WIP's and either finishing or frogging them. Some projects I've had sitting for 3 years! EEEK! It's time to cleanse the palette. Anyone else need to take care of their WIP's? This is a great time to do it! Sit down, photograph and document your stash on Ravelry and then clean up your projects too! You won't regret it!

Here's some pics of my latest yarn crushes. Make sure to comment below what yarns you're crushing on and have recently added to your stash! I love hearing about it!


If you liked this post you may also enjoy our previous posts on Stash Maintenance below:


SEWING & KNITTING || PATTERNS & TUTORIALS OF 2014

I love the start of a new year. I always feel inspired to set new goals and take a look at the past year.

SCHWIMMEN - SEASONLESS || Mini Collection Volume One

SCHWIMMEN - SEASONLESS || Mini Collection Volume One

Life gets busy and sometimes we miss things on the blogs we read. So here's a quick run down of all the goodies we released in 2014 both FREE & paid and both for sewing & knitting! I hope you enjoy them and feel inspired to make one (or a few)! I couldn't continue to live my dream if it wasn't for all of your endless support so thank you to all of you from the bottom of my heart! xoxox

/// FREE PATTERNS & TUTORIALS - SEWING


/// PATTERNS & TUTORIALS - KNITTING (FREE & PAID)

SCHWIMMEN & LAYLOW - SEASONLESS || MINI COLLECTION VOL. 1

FARBE - Free Pattern

EMERY - Pom Pom Magazine Issue 9 Summer 2014

KEIRNAN - Quince & Co. Scarves 2014


Are you ready to get making & creating? Yay! I've got some fun new projects planned for this year too! Look for sewing & knitting patterns/tutorials to come your way so stay tuned!

Have you made any of the above? I'd love to see your pics! Let me know in the comments & let's chat!

CREATIVITY || GILMORE GIRLS FREE COFFEE QUOTE PRINTABLE

I love coffee and I love Gilmore Girls.

Put the two together and you have one of my favorite quotes. This is one is me in a nutshell. I need coffee to survive. Seriously. I just don't function without coffee. You all know I've been loving watching Gilmore Girls all over again now that it's on Netflix here in Canada and I've been binge watching for weeks. I have to confess it has upped my caffeine intake. Seeing them talk about coffee, drink coffee and talk about coffee more just makes me want more coffee.


Since we moved into our first house this past summer I've been slowly curating things for my new office. Once I heard Lorelai speak these lines (Season 4, Episode 20) I knew I needed it in a printable form so I could hang that bad boy up in my office. It makes me smile. I thought you all may like it too. So I've created a free printable for you (yay!) to sport too! Download your free copy at the bottom of the post.

I've had to slow down my GG watching since I'm in Season 5 now. I don't want it to end. I know I'm going to bawl like a baby. I know some of you will too when you reach the end. I may just start watching them all over again, you know....just to see what I missed for the 3rd time round and to freak my hubby out (he doesn't get my GG obsession). There can never be enough GG's in my opinion.



Alrighty....who else is a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan? Do you love Luke as much as I do (shhh...don't tell my hubby)? Are you a serious coffee addict? Enjoy the printable and come chat! I've missed you all over the xmas break! Pour yourself...you guessed it....a cup of coffee and let's catch up!

/// CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR "FREE" GILMORE GIRLS PRINTABLE

~ Free Gilmore Girls Printable PDF

~ Free Gilmore Girls Printable JPG

~ Free Gilmore Girls Printable PNG (has transparent background so you cut put on any color background you would like) White Font / Black Font

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

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Wishing you all a wonderful and happy holiday season!

After our little family has spent weeks being under the weather we are so happy to finally be on the  mend over here just in time for the holidays! I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to our first christmas in our first house! I think I'm even more excited than the kids. I doubt I will sleep on xmas eve! I can't wait!!! It's going to be such a special season for us and for the kiddos.

I plan on relaxing. Yep, that's the key word this holiday - relaxing. And downtime. Lots of laughs, good food, lots of coffee, cuddles, snuggles, games, family time and knitting/sewing. And as always I will be taking some time off to relish in this special time of year. After a very busy year I can't wait.

I look forward to seeing you all in the new year. Until then, warm wishes for the holidays and a joyful new year!  Thank you for all your love and support this year! You all mean so much to me! Merry Christmas!

P.s. Adorably awesome handmade knitting ornaments are made by my lovely friend Arika and are available at the Beehive Wool Shop (if they are left) in Victoria, BC. If you're interested in purchasing one and can't find them send an email my way and I'll get you in touch with Arika.