FREE PATTERNS || POCKET POTHOLDERS FREE SEWING PATTERN!

FREE PATTERNS || POCKET POTHOLDERS FREE SEWING PATTERN!

Over the last few months our first home underwent a kitchen reno. It's been a fun, sometimes stressful and very educational experience...lol. If you've ever renovated I'm sure you know what I mean. While l I haven't yet shared the finished renovation on the blog yet (I plan to in Sept) I have been having a wonderful time sourcing lovely accessories & decor items for our main floor. So when I got an email from my awesomely talented and sweet friend Dana of MADE EVERYDAY to join in on her Boardwalk Delight fabric blog party I just knew I HAD to have the Eat It All print all over! I mean c'mon people! Kitchen + black/white + eat it all = shannon needs! Lol! So instead of going out and buying some of my fave style of potholders I decided to sew some up and share the FREE PATTERN for my POCKET POTHOLDERS with you too! 

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GIVEAWAY & BOOK REVIEW || RUGGED KNITS BY ANDREA RANGEL

GIVEAWAY & BOOK REVIEW || RUGGED KNITS BY ANDREA RANGEL

Last week I had my friend and talented designer - Andrea Rangel on the blog with her great guest post on colorwork (see it here) and today I'm super thrilled to review & giveaway her brand new book "Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living"! I'm so beyond proud and thrilled for her (both as a friend and a colleague)! This book speaks so true to Andrea's personal sense of style - the knits are functional, yet they are beautiful with thoughtful details. If you know Andrea, you know that what she designs she lives in. She bikes, camps, hikes and more - and all while doing these activities she's adorned in her knits! I'm so happy to call her a friend and I'm even happier to share her lovely book with all of you during our Summer Sweater Knit Along

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KNIT ALONG || 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COLORWORK WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

KNIT ALONG || 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR COLORWORK WITH GUEST ANDREA RANGEL

A lot of the most common questions we hear asked in our Summer Sweater Knit Along Ravelry Group are in regards to colorwork. Let's face it - to new and experienced knitters alike, colorwork can be intimidating. The finished effects are stunning but where to start and once you do, how can you perfect your methods? Well, the lovely and oh so talented Andrea Rangel is here to share her 7 tips to help improve your colorwork! 

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KNIT ALONG || TANIS FIBER ARTS PUREWASH GIVEAWAY!!!

KNIT ALONG || TANIS FIBER ARTS PUREWASH GIVEAWAY!!!

I've got a special giveaway for you all today! Why is it special you may ask? It's special because I love nothing more than seeing a talented and sweet friend make a dream come true! Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts had a goal last year and she went after it! She set out to create an eco-friendly, organic, washable wool and boy did she hit a home run! At the end of June she launched her newest yarn - PureWash. I'm so proud of her and her accomplishment that I thought it would be fun to celebrate it's launch during the SSKAL with a giveaway! 

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KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!

KNIT ALONG || SUMMER SWEATER INSPIRATION & KICK OFF!

Our Summer Sweater Knit Along officially launched on Monday! Yay! Have you signed up and joined in? I hope you do - it's a fun one (you can sign up & get details HERE)! The best part of this time of year is that there are usually a few knit alongs happening and with our knit along you can always use the same project in multiple knit alongs! How's that for a win/win! I love me a knit along!

I've also got a sale going on for my Antrorse Sweater in honour of the SSKAL! Save 20% OFF with code "SSKAL20" on Ravelry and in my shop until August 7th, midnight, PST. I think I need another one of these in my closet!

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SOMETHING'S COMING - SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG 2016!

SOMETHING'S COMING - SUMMER SWEATER KNIT ALONG 2016!

Get your yarn and needles ready knitters! It's almost time for our annual Summer Sweater Knit Along 2016!!! I'm so excited! This is my favourite knit along of the year and our biggest! It's always a fun, friendly KAL filled with encouraging knitters and lots of new skills being learned and shared.

If you've ever been scared to knit a garment now's the time to conquer your fears and give it a shot! Our Summer Sweater Knit Along encourages knitters to keep on knitting garments throughout the summer months so they can sport their new handmade lovelies just in time for fall/winter! 

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VACATION...

VACATION...

"When in doubt, vacation." I love that. It's been a busy year so far for my family and I and I'm so excited that it's summer and you know what that means........vacation time! I'm always striving to find that elusive balance between my work and personal life and I'm looking forward to a few weeks of just playing with my kids & hanging with the hubs.

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SEWING || WHAT I'M SEWING FOR SUMMER

SEWING || WHAT I'M SEWING FOR SUMMER

Now that the weather has warmed up I'm seriously dying to sew up some new summer staples! I've been drooling over all the new patterns that have been popping up that are perfect for my warm weather wardrobe and for layering throughout the year! 

Here's my faves that I've been eyeing! I've got 4 patterns ready to tape together and hopefully get sewn up this month (fingers crossed). 

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KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU!!!

KNIT ALONG || STARRING YOU!!!

It's time for my favourite part of our knit alongs - the Starring You post! I love going through all of your gorgeous finished projects and putting them all together in this post for you all to see! It's so fun to look at all of your hard work and smiling faces! This year's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along was filled with so many awesome garments and looking back at all of your pattern choices I am so proud of you all! 

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SALE || BIRTHDAY SALE - 39% OFF ALL PATTERNS!

SALE || BIRTHDAY SALE - 39% OFF ALL PATTERNS!

Today is my 39th birthday and to celebrate I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you! All of my knitting + sewing patterns are 39% OFF (until 06.24.16) to say thank you for all of your continued support & friendship! I love you guys!

Simply use coupon code "bday39" to save! Valid on RavelryEtsy & Veryshannon.com! Valid until 06.24.16, midnight, PST.

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

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

Are you guys ready for our awesome Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along Giveaway? Yay!!!! This year's knit along was filled with so many amazing projects! You guys rocked it! And our lovely and generous sponsors have donated so many awesome prizes!!!! I'm freaking out!!! I can't wait to see who our winners will be!

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KNITTING || TEACHING KIDS TO KNIT - TIPS & THOUGHTS

KNITTING || TEACHING KIDS TO KNIT - TIPS & THOUGHTS

A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram about my two daughters both learning how to knit. Both of my girls are now knitting and it's been a true joy to be able to hang out with them while enjoying one of my favourite things. I reached out to you all asking for your favourite tips for teaching wee ones to knit and I thought it would be fun to share some of your answers and my experience with teaching them on the blog too!

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KNIT ALONG || DEADLINE EXTENSION POLL

KNIT ALONG || DEADLINE EXTENSION POLL

Today is the end date for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along - are you ready for it to end? I'm sure not! If you'd like an extension for the TTTKAL this year vote in the poll below! I'll share the results in our Ravelry thread later this week. Judging by past years votes though odds are we will have a 1-2 week extension followed by our Starring You Post and a fun giveaway! 

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KNIT ALONG || MY BRIDIE & FINISHED PROJECT PICS

KNIT ALONG || MY BRIDIE & FINISHED PROJECT PICS

Our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along is in full swing! I've been so inspired by all of the gorgeous finished projects now popping up in our Ravelry thread for FO's! It's been so fun to watch all of your projects progress from your swatch pictures to now a lovely new garment with you wearing it! I'm so proud of you guys! 

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NEW PATTERN || 3 SKEINS OR LESS - MODERN BABY KNITS

NEW PATTERN || 3 SKEINS OR LESS - MODERN BABY KNITS

I had the pleasure of designing a pattern for Tanis Gray's newest book 3 Skeins or Less - Modern Baby Knits! This lovely collection features 23 knitted patterns for garments, blankets, toys, and more! The best part is that each pattern in the book takes only 3 skeins or less!! I love that! 

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KNIT ALONG || HOW TO DO THE I-CORD CAST OFF TUTORIAL WITH GUEST POM POM QUARTERLY!

KNIT ALONG || HOW TO DO THE I-CORD CAST OFF TUTORIAL WITH GUEST POM POM QUARTERLY!

I'm so excited that the fabulous ladies behind Pom Pom Quarterly are back again with another fabulous tutorial for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along! I love having them guest post! They always come up with great ideas for new things to teach all of you! Best part is some of their guest posts include FREE printable downloads (see these and more on our Tips + Techniques Page) and today's post is no exception! Read below to get your copy and learn how to do the I-Cord Cast Of! It's a fun and lovely way to finish a summer garment that they've used on some of the patterns in their new Summer 2016 Issue!

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SEWING || MAMMOTH FLANNEL SHIRT DRESS - CRAFTSY SEWING KIT REVIEW

SEWING || MAMMOTH FLANNEL SHIRT DRESS - CRAFTSY SEWING KIT REVIEW

The weather may be warming up and summer on it's way, but I'm still loving flannel! I've had my eye on trying some of the Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel and when I got the chance to review the Mammoth Flannel Shirt Dress Kit on Craftsy I thought it would be a fun garment to sew up! I liked that this shirt dress had hem options and sleeve options - there is short sleeve, 3/4 length and sleeveless! I knew that this pattern would be versatile for year round wear and I could easily make this dress in a variety of fabrics. 

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KNIT ALONG || MY GROWING LIST OF TTTKAL PROJECTS & YOUR LOVELIES!

KNIT ALONG || MY GROWING LIST OF TTTKAL PROJECTS & YOUR LOVELIES!

I've been working on my Bridie by Bristol Ivy for the Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along this year and really enjoying it. But being the gemini I am, I also started crushing on the idea of also having a cotton top to go along with my linen Bridie. So along came the Kobuk Tee and some pretty cotton from We Are Knitters. Isn't this color so pretty? 

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KNIT ALONG || EASE AND THE LOVELY BONNY PATTERN WITH GUEST TIN CAN KNITS

KNIT ALONG || EASE AND THE LOVELY BONNY PATTERN WITH GUEST TIN CAN KNITS

I'm so excited to welcome Alexa Ludeman of the fabulously talented duo - Tin Can Knits today! Their books and patterns are wonderful and so much fun to make. You can pop on over & check them out HERE! Tin Can Knits is a long time sponsor and participant in our KAL's and I'm so happy to have them back again with another awesome guest post! Alexa's joining us today to chat a bit about ease. 

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LOSS....

LOSS....

Unfortunately I had a very hard loss on Sunday. My grandmother, who was very close to me passed away. I was so  blessed to grow up my whole life with her a few houses down. She was such an inspiration to me and inspired my love of sewing - it was her favourite thing to to do (besides gardening). As you can understand I’ve not been well and have been with family.

I was with my Nana for hours on Saturday at the hospital and was knitting up my swatch for the TTTKAL. At one point my nana needed me to help her with some things and I had put my knitting aside. After we were done she said to me “please keep knitting, I like it when you knit” and so I picked back up my needles. I remember looking up at her a few minutes later, and through all of her pain she had this big smile on her face. So my TTTKAL project will always hold a special place in my  heart. She touched my yarn that day and she also touched my heart. Whenever I hold it I will see her smile.

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