KNIT ALONG || BROOKLYN TWEED LOVE AFFAIR & SSKAL KICKOFF!

KNIT ALONG || BROOKLYN TWEED LOVE AFFAIR & SSKAL KICKOFF!

It's here!!! It's our Summer Sweater Knit Along Kick-Off Day!!! Get those needles ready! It's time to join in and get knitting a lovely garment during the summer months so you can wear it just in time for the fall/winter! 

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GIVEAWAY || HANDMADE STYLE BY ANNA GRAHAM OF NOODLEHEAD!

GIVEAWAY || HANDMADE STYLE BY ANNA GRAHAM OF NOODLEHEAD!

I'm beyond thrilled and excited to be giving a way a copy of my dear friend Anna Graham's new book "Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use and Wear" today. Her blog Noodlehead, is and has been, one of my top five reads for as long as I've been reading blogs. Handmade Style is just as addicting and stays true to her wonderful aesthetic and style. 

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KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG ANNOUNCEMENT

KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG ANNOUNCEMENT

It's almost time for our favourite knit along of the year - the Summer Sweater Knit Along!!! Our SSKAL, as we call it, encourages knitters to keep on knitting garments (or try making their first one) throughout the summer months so they can sport their new handmade lovelies just in time for fall/winter! 

Below are all the details you need to know to get ready for the launch of the Summer Sweater Knit Along next week! There's already a SSKAL pre-kal thread started in our Ravelry Group so feel free to chat patterns, swatches, yarns and more! I can't wait to see the amazingness you are all going to make this year! 

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CRUSHES || LOVELIES FOR THE STASH (SUMMER ROAD TRIP PART ONE)

CRUSHES || LOVELIES FOR THE STASH (SUMMER ROAD TRIP PART ONE)

I'm back from our road trip over to Washington and I'm super excited to show you the goodies I brought home with me! The shops we visited are all wonderful and special and I'm so happy to have been able to bring back with me some very yummy goodies! 

I had such a wonderful time visiting these amazing shops! All the lovelies from this post were from Churchmouse Yarns & TeasTolt Yarn and Wool Shop and Dry Goods Design. If you are in the Seattle, WA area I highly recommend visiting all 3 shops! Each is special and inspiring in it's own unique way!

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EVENTS || TOLT YARN & WOOL SHOP

EVENTS || TOLT YARN & WOOL SHOP

Jane and I are still on our Summer Road Trip! Our next stop is the fabulous Tolt Yarn and Wool Shop! We are beyond excited! Tolt is also a shop that is not to be missed! I've even threatened to move in and live there...lol. We sure hope you'll all make the gorgeous drive out to Carnation, WA to visit us at Tolt! We'll be there on Sunday, July 12th, from 1pm - 3pm!

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EVENTS || CHURCHMOUSE YARNS & TEAS SHOP!

EVENTS || CHURCHMOUSE YARNS & TEAS SHOP!

I'm on the road today with Jane travelling to the iconic and gorgeous Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Shop on pretty Bainbridge Island, WA!  This is a shop that is definitely not to be missed! Drool worthy in fact! Bainbridge Island is a quick (and super affordable) relaxing ferry ride away from downtown Seattle (read the easy directions here)! So grab your knitting, relax and come on over to Churchmouse to hang with us on Saturday from 11am - 3pm!

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SALE || SEASONLESS, JOURNEY & ISLAND SALE!

SALE || SEASONLESS, JOURNEY & ISLAND SALE!

Jane and I are heading on a bit of a road trip this weekend and we thought it only fitting to have a fun sale to celebrate! We're offering 20% off of all of the individual patterns and eBooks published by our company - Marian Rae Publications! That means SEASONLESSJOURNEY & ISLAND are all on sale!

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CREATIVITY || MAKING OURSELVES #4 - MEDITATION & CREATING CALM

CREATIVITY || MAKING OURSELVES #4 - MEDITATION & CREATING CALM

MAKING OURSELVES is our 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.

This month I'm chatting about how a recent back injury led me on my journey to meditation and how I'm finding a new calm in both my personal and work life. 

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EVENTS || SUMMER ROAD TRIP AT CHURCHMOUSE & TOLT!

EVENTS || SUMMER ROAD TRIP AT CHURCHMOUSE & TOLT!

Jane and I are hitting the road next week to visit two of our favorite yarn shops & we can't wait to see all of you!

We're packing the car and heading to Bainbridge Island, Carnation & Seattle to visit Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop!!!

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NEW PATTERN || THE BRADWAY SHAWL!

NEW PATTERN || THE BRADWAY SHAWL!

I love to knit & wear my handknits in the summer. So when the warm weather rolls around I'm all about still wearing my pretty shawls. Our newest pattern - BRADWAY, is all about summer. It's inspired by jean cut-offs, summer night strolls, camping, and lakeside relaxation with loved ones - BRADWAY is that warm, lazy feeling summer brings.

Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s a fun & relaxing knit. BRADWAY will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.

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GIVEAWAY || FAT QUARTER SHOP FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY || FAT QUARTER SHOP FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

It's been a while since we had a fabric giveaway so in honor of my bday this past weekend (turned the good ol'38) I'm in the mood to giveaway some fabric! Who's in the mood to win a $75 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop? Yay!

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SOMETHING NEW IS COMING SOON - A MINI-KAL!

SOMETHING NEW IS COMING SOON - A MINI-KAL!

Think jean cut offs, lakeside, campfires, summer night strolls, and lazy weekends.....and you'll have our newest upcoming knitting pattern and mini knit-along!

Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s both a fun & relaxing knit. Our new pattern will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.

We'll be hosting a little mini-knit along over the next few weeks to celebrate the upcoming release of our newest knitting pattern! Watch for a special discount code & more fun next week!!

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KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU!!!

KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU!!!

Are you all ready for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along STARRING YOU post? Yay! I love seeing your gorgeous projects all in one post! So inspiring! You guys rocked this year's KAL!

After going through all the finished project pictures I noticed a strong trend towards blues, teals and neutrals. It's always interesting to see what colors everyone chooses and which ones get used the most! Because of this I decided to showcase your projects below in some fun color groupings! You all look fabulous and so do your projects!!

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CREATIVITY || THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDMADE MEMORIES

CREATIVITY || THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDMADE MEMORIES

I had a wonderful reminder recently of the importance of making handmade memories and how powerful they can truly be. My Omi, who is an avid knitter, loved to make Cowichan Sweaters, vests etc. We all had them when I was growing up - my parents, my Omi and Opa, my sisters and I, you name it - we wore it.

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KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY

KNIT ALONG || TOPS, TANKS & TEES KNIT ALONG GIVEAWAY

It's the end of the Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along & that means it's time for our TTTKAL Giveaway!!! Congratulations!!! You guys made it!!!

Our awesome sponsors help to keep our knit alongs running and super fun every year! They are so generous and supportive so please make sure to visit their websites and show them some love!

You guys ready to see what you could win? Yay! I'm seriously drooling over these prizes! In next week's post I will have them split into 3 prize packages!

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READING || GIRL'S GUIDE TO DIY FASHION BOOK REVIEW!

READING || GIRL'S GUIDE TO DIY FASHION BOOK REVIEW!

I love to sew and being a mom to 2 girls, one of my hopes is that they will both also love to sew. Rachel Low's new book - "Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion" is a breath of fresh air in our house. Both my girls went crazy for it and were begging to get sewing after flipping through the bright, colorful and inspiring pages!

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SEWING || PATTERNS ON MY CUTTING TABLE

SEWING || PATTERNS ON MY CUTTING TABLE

It's felt like eons since I last sewed. With my back injury sewing has taken way longer to get back into. I'm dying to get back on my machine and whip up a few new additions to my summer wardrobe.

Even though I haven't sewed them yet, I've got the following patterns bought, printed and almost ready to start!

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KNIT ALONG || TO EXTEND OR NOT TO EXTEND

KNIT ALONG || TO EXTEND OR NOT TO EXTEND

That time has come....our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Deadline is here. But who am I kidding...we never end on our deadlines...lol. We always vote to see if you would all like an extension.

So fill out the poll below and cast your vote if you'd like to extend the deadline to next week or not.

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KNIT ALONG || CHOOSING YARNS FOR WARM WEATHER WITH SPECIAL GUEST POM POM MAGAZINE!

KNIT ALONG || CHOOSING YARNS FOR WARM WEATHER WITH SPECIAL GUEST POM POM MAGAZINE!

I'm so excited to have Meghan of Pom Pom Quarterly here today to chat with us all about choosing yarns for warm weather for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along! Pom Pom Quarterly is one of my favorite knitting mags! It's definitely a treat for any knitter! Pom Pom Mag is filled with fun patterns, great styling, articles and more! It's the type of mag you will keep for years to come! They are beautifully put together and I highly recommend them!

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GIVEAWAY || HOME & AWAY BY HANNAH FETTIG OF KNITBOT!

GIVEAWAY || HOME & AWAY BY HANNAH FETTIG OF KNITBOT!

Who's in the mood to win my new favorite knitting book? I'm giving away a signed copy of Home & Away by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot!!!!

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