KNITTING || SWATCHING - DO YOU LOVE IT OR HATE IT?

KNITTING || SWATCHING - DO YOU LOVE IT OR HATE IT?

Ahhh....the joys of swatching. If you knit you know what I'm talking about. I used to be an avid hater of swatching....I'll admit it, I avoided it like the plague. But after a project that turned out wonky in my early twenties I learned my lesson the hard way. I've now since grown to enjoy the process and appreciate the time spent on making lovely swatches. Some become designs, some get unraveled to become a pretty project and some I just hold on to cause they are lovely to look at. It's taken me a few years to grow to respect, fully understand and embrace the enjoyment of this important process.

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GIVEAWAY || WILDLAND FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY || WILDLAND FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

It's time for another fun fabric giveaway! Enter below for a chance to win some of the new line Wildland by Miriam Bos for Birch Fabrics! I'm smitten with the Netherlands designers quirky and colorful collection! You can view all the prints in this 100% organic collection on Fabricworm HERE

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SEWING || FAVE 5 SEWING PATTERNS - FEBRUARY!

SEWING || FAVE 5 SEWING PATTERNS - FEBRUARY!

It's February and that means it's time to share the latest sewing patterns we've been crushing on! I'm in the mood for flannel, knits, chambray, denim and wool!!! I'm all about the cozy this month!!! 

Check out our "Fave 5" sewing patterns for February below!!! What patterns are you smitten with this month? 

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SALE || SWEETHEART DRESS PATTERN SALE!

SALE || SWEETHEART DRESS PATTERN SALE!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you guys know what that means right? It's time for a Sweetheart Dress Sale!!!

Save 15% off the Sweetheart Dress Pattern from today until 02/04/2016! Use code "sweetheart15" at checkout to save! Have some fun and pick out some fresh fabrics and whip up a pretty new dress for that special girl in your life! Sale is valid in our shop HERE and in our Etsy shop HERE.

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BOOK REVIEW || CAPSULE BY OLGA BURAYA-KEFELIAN FOR BROOKLYN TWEED

BOOK REVIEW || CAPSULE BY OLGA BURAYA-KEFELIAN FOR BROOKLYN TWEED

I'm so excited that our first book review for 2016 is the stunningly gorgeous CAPSULE! The first book from Brooklyn Tweed, in collaboration with the talented designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian, is truly swoon worthy! In true Brooklyn Tweed style Capsule is definitely not short on quality and aesthetic. It's clean, modern and inspiring. 

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GIVEAWAY || FAT QUARTER SHOP - NEW FABRIC FOR A NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY || FAT QUARTER SHOP - NEW FABRIC FOR A NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY!

It's a new year and that means it's time for some new fabric! Who's in the mood for giveaway? Yay! One of our fave fabric shops - Fat Quarter Shop, is giving away a $75 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! Enter below to win and also see what I'm crushing on this month at Fat Quarter Shop!!! 

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KNITTING || BUMBLE HATS & SWEATER ORNAMENTS

KNITTING || BUMBLE HATS & SWEATER ORNAMENTS

Each year I make my nephew a new "christmas hat" and it's become an annual knit I thoroughly enjoy knitting and look forward to. This year was even more fun since I also have a new niece to knit for! Luckily Tin Can Knits always has great patterns for the wee ones that are gender neutral! I love that about their patterns! I chose to make the Bumble Hat from their newest book "Max and Bodhi's Wardrobe" for the kiddos. 

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SEWING || BERRY BASKETS & WAGON WHEEL PINCUSHIONS

SEWING || BERRY BASKETS & WAGON WHEEL PINCUSHIONS

I finally got to spend some quality time with my sewing machine over the holidays and it felt soooo good! It's been a while since I got to spend a few hours on the machine and it was so fun to whip up some xmas pressies using these fabulous free tutorials - The Fabric Berry Basket and the Wagon Wheel Pincsushion, from my friend Anna's blog - Noodlehead!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. Have a magical holiday season!

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MAKING || OUR FAVOURITE QUICK GIFTS TO SEW OR KNIT!

MAKING || OUR FAVOURITE QUICK GIFTS TO SEW OR KNIT!

It's never too late to whip up a fabulous handmade gift for that special person in your life! I've put together our favourite Very Shannon quick gifts to sew or knit! Whether it's a great new bag, zippered pouch, or new hat we've got you covered! Happy making!

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CRUSHES || JEWELRY FOR KNITTERS & NEEDLES - WOOL & WIRE

CRUSHES || JEWELRY FOR KNITTERS & NEEDLES - WOOL & WIRE

As a knitter I adore any way to store, use, carry and show off my pretty notions! So when Alana, of Never Not Knitting, recently asked me to review the Wool & Wire Stitch Marker Necklace & stitch markers I fell head over heels! Jewelry for knitters and needles - yes please! I love the fact that I can have my stitch markers right there at any time but also have them be a gorgeous accessory to add to any outfit! I've been wearing mine non-stop since I got it!

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MINI KNIT-ALONG || COME KNIT LANDSLIDE WITH ME!

MINI KNIT-ALONG || COME KNIT LANDSLIDE WITH ME!

It's storming and raining buckets here again but the tree is up and decorated and I'm snuggled up inside knitting on my 3rd Landslide Hat & Mitt Set! Would you like to join me? Pour some coffee, cozy up and pop on by our Ravelry Group to join in with our Landslide Mini-Knit Along! 

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KNITTING || WHAT'S ON YOUR NEEDLES & MY BAA-BLE HAT!

KNITTING || WHAT'S ON YOUR NEEDLES & MY BAA-BLE HAT!

I recently cast on for the oh so sweet Baa-ble Hat pattern. Be warned - once you start you won't be able to stop until you see those darn adorable sheep! Ever since this pattern first popped up I knew I had to find the time to make it before the end of the year. Sort of a holiday hat to myself.

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NEW PATTERNS || LANDSLIDE HAT & FINGERLESS MITTS!!!

NEW PATTERNS || LANDSLIDE HAT & FINGERLESS MITTS!!!

I've had a yearning for a new hat & fingerless mitts this season! I knew as soon as Brooklyn Tweed released their gorgeous new bulky yarn - Quarry the other month that it was time to get knitting! The LANDSLIDE HAT & MITTS SET are filled with yummy texture, are super cozy, and they are oh so fun to knit & wear! They make great quick gift knitting but are also perfect for treating yourself with! 

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SALE || SAVE 25% ON SELECT PATTERNS FOR THE INDIE GIFT-A-LONG 2015!

SALE || SAVE 25% ON SELECT PATTERNS FOR THE INDIE GIFT-A-LONG 2015!

It's time for one of my biggest sales of the year - the Indie Design Gift-A-Long! This is a big one folks! A HUGE amount of designers put up bundles of their patterns (mine included) for 25% OFF from Nov 19-27th! And that's not it - there's also a super fun & chatty Ravelry group filled with knit-a-longs for patterns, prizes to be won (TONS!) and more fun!!!  

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KNITTING || TOE UP & AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL SOCKS ON THE NEEDLES

KNITTING || TOE UP & AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL SOCKS ON THE NEEDLES

It's been storming like crazy here the last few days. Pouring buckets and windy skies galore so you know what that means right....perfect weather for sock knitting my friends! I'm sitting by the fire, sipping hot coffee, (hoping the power won't go out), and working on my Arne & Carlos toe up + afterthought heel socks! 

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CRUSHES || TWIG + HORN WOOL PROJECT TOTE & SOAP REVIEW

CRUSHES || TWIG + HORN WOOL PROJECT TOTE & SOAP REVIEW

Like any knitter I love my notions, supplies and bags. I can't resist adding to my stash of lovely supplies and when I heard the talented Pam Allen (of Quince & Co.) had started a new project -  TWIG & HORN I just swooned! She's created a needlerarts accessories company based in Portland, Maine that strives to bring you the best tools for your craft sourced from the finest American Makers! So fresh & modern! I was beyond excited to get a chance to review their gorgeous Wool Project Tote and Wool Soap for you guys today!

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GIVEAWAY || THE MODERN NATURAL DYER BOOK & PROJECT KIT!

GIVEAWAY || THE MODERN NATURAL DYER BOOK & PROJECT KIT!

Who's in the mood to win one of the most gorgeous books of the year filled with how to dye silk, wool, linen & cotton at home accompanied by 20 fabulous project patterns -plus your very own natural dye kit to make your own? Such a great prize! Yay! The Modern Natural Dyer is gorgeous, informative and a must have for any person with a love for textiles & fiber who's curious about dyeing!

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BOOK REVIEW || WHAT I'M READING THIS MONTH - NEW LACE KNITTING, CUSTOM SOCKS & THE FARMER'S WIFE 1930'S SAMPLER QUILT!

BOOK REVIEW || WHAT I'M READING THIS MONTH - NEW LACE KNITTING, CUSTOM SOCKS & THE FARMER'S WIFE 1930'S SAMPLER QUILT!

Ohhhh...I've got so many fun books on the go at the moment that I couldn't resist putting them all in one post for you all! I love this time of year for publishing! It's like xmas for my bookshelf!!! 

Here's some of my faves that I've been reading and enjoying the last little while! Have you picked up any of these titles yet? Are any on your wishlist? Read below and then share your thoughts in the comments!

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MOMENTS || BRIGHT PINK CASTS, MOMMY GUILT & KNIT CITY

MOMENTS || BRIGHT PINK CASTS, MOMMY GUILT & KNIT CITY

See that bright pink cast? Yep - you guessed it, my oldest broke her arm - well her wrist to be exact. She's had a cast on since Oct. 1st, when she fell off the monkey bars at school and broke it. How's she doing? She's doing great! She's been such a trooper and so very brave. How have I been doing? Well...to be honest....her injury was one of those moments in life that will forever be etched in my motherhood memories. 

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