Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Off the Needles /// Bulky Annie Cowl



I have a to-do list that's about a mile long with some tasks dating back years. The funny thing about knitwear design as a profession, is that you'd be surprised how little time there is for knitting and designing. There are SO many other things that go along with the job that there isn't always time for everything on the list. 

Today I got to cross something off my list. A few Christmases ago I designed the Annie cowl from a very special skein of Alpaca that I scored at the Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Fest that year. The cowl was buttery soft and oh so luxurious but in DK weight it wasn't quite an instant gratification knit. Since then I'd always had it in my mind to knit a bulkier Annie, I just needed to find the time and the perfect yarn!


And finally, I did. 

The yarn I chose was Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Bulky. This was my first time working with Swans Island and although I'd heard endless good things about it, I wasn't fully prepared for how deeply I would fall in love with it. 

No word of a lie my friends, every time I brought this project out in public, knitters were immediately drawn to the yarn, dying to know what it was. Lots of oooos and ahhhhs were shared over the squishy skeins as I would reveal the ball band proudly, knowing that I was working with something very special.


You see Swans Island Natural Colors Bulky is 100% organic Merino wool. Now I don't know if it's because it's undyed, or because it's organic, or simply because it's Swans Island, but this yarn is so smooth and buttery soft, with no itch or fuzz, and with a perfect matte finish (no sheen! ...possibly my favourite thing about it), that knitters were surprised that it was 100% wool.

To make a long story short, this yarn is something special. And now I want to make everything out of it; sweaters, mitts, hats, more cowls, I'm hooked!

...which brings us back to where we started. If I had all of the time in the world, and my only responsibilities were knitting and designing, I would cover myself head to toe in this yarn. 


And if you would like to knit yourself a squishy, bulky version of the Annie cowl, the pattern is FREE!!!

Happy knitting friends!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SEASONLESS /// Now Fully Available!!!



SEASONLESS booklets are arriving at their final destinations and it's been so exciting watching them pop up on Instagram! 

If you missed our special order you can now buy the printed booklet online from NNK Press -- details here! Included is a scratch off coupon code to access the interactive eBook and add it to your Ravelry library! Local yarn stores can also purchase books through NNK Press and stock SEASONLESS on their shelves!

I hope that those of you who have had a chance to read through your newly acquired SEASONLESS booklets are thoroughly enjoying them! I'm dying to know what you'll cast-on first! 

...and don't forget to tag your projects with #seasonlessknits so that Shannon and I can admire them!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Printed Booklet -- Special Release /// SEASONLESS: Mini Collection



We are so excited to offer printed booklets of our latest collection SEASONLESS, as a special release!

As with all of our books, SEASONLESS features stunning photography by Nicholas Kupiak, making the printed booklet a very special item to add to your collection.

The printed booklets will be available through our publishing website Marian Rae Publications, for one week only, so if you've had your heart set on owning a printed copy of the booklet make sure you order yours today.

And the best part? You can pick up your very own printed copy of SEASONLESS for the very same price as the eBook alone!


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Print Booklet Includes:

BOOKLET 
A stunning, high quality, 29 page printed booklet

+

eBOOK
Every purchase includes the eBook:
 + 76 pages, including the full photo shoot from Nicholas Kupiak
+ Extra resources for knitting help
+ Interactive PDFs for easy navigation between the pattern pages and website links
+ Reformatted, print-friendly PDFs of all of the patterns



Printed Booklet Only $12.95

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You can still purchase the eBook ONLY or any of the individual patterns:

eBook | Palladio | Laylow | Schwimmen

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DETAILS
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SALE ENDS Wednesday, October 22nd

PURCHASE your booklet directly from Marian Rae Publications

SHIPPING: Booklets ship the first week of November 



...and last but not least the winner of the SEASONLESS giveaway is commenter #47, Nicole guessed socks, a shawl, and a vest.  


Thursday, October 9, 2014

eBook /// SEASONLESS: Mini Collection Volume One

SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume 1 by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook #SEASONLESSknits #knitting #eBook #book #patterns


I am so excited to finally reveal the latest collaboration between Shannon and I! 

Modern minimalism was our style inspiration and pieces that are suited to any season was the end goal. A comfortable pullover, a crescent shawl, and an open work hat make up the seasonless pieces of this mini collection. 

SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume 1 by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook #SEASONLESSknits #knitting #eBook #book #patterns

The Schwimmen hat and Laylow shawl were designed by Shannon Cook. I designed the Palladio pullover. My inspiration was comfort. I spent all summer long in loose A-line tank tops and roomy round-neck pullovers. My goal was a sweater with a fitted yoke and bust that tapered out towards the hem line, creating a relaxed fit, gently brought in by a 1 x 1 ribbing. This pullover is amazingly comfortable to wear and incredibly flattering on all body types. 

Palladio pullover by Jane Richmond from the SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume 1 by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook #SEASONLESSknits #knitting #eBook #book #patterns

     Over the weekend we had a booth at the third annual Knit City where we launched our new collection. Originally, we had planned to sell a limited number of the printed booklets as a special item at Knit City and then return home and make the eBook available from then on. But the response to our printed booklets has been overwhelming and we want to give everyone an opportunity to buy their very own printed copy!

And so today we are launching the eBook, because we can't bear to keep you waiting any longer! But if you have your heart set on a hard copy of the 29 page, high quality printed booklet of SEASONLESS we will be offering if for sale for a very limited time, coming soon!!! So stay tuned for that!


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SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume One 

Included with the eBook:

/// The 76 page eBook includes the entire photo shoot with gorgeous photography from Nicholas Kupiak

/// Extra resources for knitting help

/// An interactive PDF for easy navigation between the pattern pages and website links

/// Reformatted, print-friendly versions of all of the patterns



or purchase the individual patterns


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...and for those who picked up a print booklet at Knit City, your coupon code on the inside back cover should now be activated! Don't forget to redeem your digital copies!!

The "s" at the end of  the word "publications" in the URL (on the Coupon Code sticker) was accidentally left out, here is a link to the redemption page: http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/marian-rae-publications 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giveaway /// SEASONLESS | MINI COLLECTION


We posted a very sneaky video sneak peek of SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One last week and now we thought it would be fun to have a guessing game giveaway!!!

For this year's release from Marian Rae PublicationsShannon and I truly wanted it to be a total surprise! That's why there are literally no pictures of the knits in our SEASONLESS promo video. We really wanted to try to get across the mood and vibe of SEASONLESS without giving away the patterns. Now don't be mad, trust us in that it will be way more fun this weekend when you pop by our booth (#40) at Knit City and get to see them for the first time!

And for those of you not able to attend Knit City, don't worry, we will be posting all the images, patterns, etc for you to see and buy as soon as we are back! It's a surprise for everyone this year!

But since we're leaving what the patterns look like as a total surprise we thought we could at least give you a few clues as to what SEASONLESS | Mini Collection Volume One is.

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CLUE #1 
SEASONLESS is NOT a book - it's a booklet. This year we are doing something a little different. SEASONLESS is Volume One of our new series "Mini Collection" and it's available as a gorgeous 32 page booklet in print. We hope you will all love it as much as we do.

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CLUE #2
SEASONLESS contains 3 versatile and wearable patterns.

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Once SEASONLESS is available for purchase online next week you will be able to buy a HUGE (more than double the page count!) eBook with lots of gorgeous bonus photos as well as the individual PDF patterns from SEASONLESS. Plus we will also have a special surprise for you all next week upon it's pre-order release as well!

But in the meantime who would like to win a copy of SEASONLESS?

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HOW TO ENTER
Simply leave a comment below letting me know what you think the 3 patterns are in SEASONLESS.

THE PRIZE
1 lucky winner will receive the printed booklet of SEASONLESS as well as the eBook and individual patterns! Wahoo!

THE RULES
Giveaway is open until Friday, October 3rd, midnight, PST.

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www.marianraepublications.com



Don't forget to follow along on instagram and social media with us this weekend using hashtag #seasonlessknits We are so excited to see your pics!

You can also stay up to date with SEASONLESS and all of our publications on our website www.mariarnraepublications.com! We've got an events page, media, blog and more!

~ Jane & Shannon

P.S. For an extra chance to win pop on over to Shannon's blog to enter too!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sneak Peek /// SEASONLESS | MINI COLLECTION


We are so excited!

 Shannon and I are so excited to reveal a little bit about our latest project. We have been working on another knitwear collection and cannot wait to share more details!

The collection will be revealed October 4th & 5th at Knit City in Vancouver, BC (see our EVENTS page for more info). 

Come and see us at booth #40 where you can find my entire pattern line and samples (to try on!). Our publishing company Marian Rae Publications will also be there with our previous titles and samples from the books!

Until then, Shannon has put together a little teaser video to share the mood of the collection with you and provide a few more details.   








After Knit City we will post more info as well as details on how to get your very own copy of SEASONLESS | MINI COLLECTION Volume I. 

Follow along on social media with hashtag #seasonlessknits as we reveal more about the collection.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Milk + Honey and Why I ♥ Goats

Bee + Sunflower lotion bar by Milk + Honey /// www.janerichmond.com

At Vogue Knitting Live Seattle, Shannon and I picked up the Almost Everything kit from Bar-Maids. I'd never used a bar lotion and since then it's been my preference over liquid lotion. Especially during the summer months when I'm in shorts everyday. I love being able to quickly rub the bar directly on my legs as I'm running out the door rather than squeezing lotion into my hands and  rubbing it in. 

So when I was given a chance to try Milk + Honey's lotion bar for knitters I said yes please!! I've had their Lavender scented Bee+Sunflower lotion bar on my bedside table and I am loving my nightly routine of moisturizing my hands when I crawl into bed because the lavender scent lulls me to sleep, it's such a soothing smell. And the bar is so silky smooth. 

Bee + Sunflower lotion bar by Milk + Honey /// www.janerichmond.com

Another thing that's really important to me is that products be all-natural. This is a change I made after little Miss E was born. All of a sudden I was thinking twice about the chemical cleaners and paraben-laden body products in my home. But I really hate to waste, so the change to all-natural (and more often homemade) had to happen gradually. As things were used up I would replace them with green products. So I love finding new all-natural products to use. 

Bee + Sunflower lotion bar by Milk + Honey /// www.janerichmond.com

Another reason I was drawn to Milk + Honey products is because of my love of goat products! If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest you may have noticed I post and pin a lot of dairy-free recipes. It's not because I'm vegan or paleo but because I can't have cow's milk. The dairy products in my diet are all made of goat's milk and I get really excited when I discover new ones! I'm constantly experimenting with goat dairy in recipes so that I don't have to be deprived of yummy things like cream cheese, sour cream, and icing (...or frosting if you are from the US?).

In short, I ♥ Goats!

What about you? Do you have a favorite lotion for your knitting hands? 

How about food sensitivities? Are you in the same boat as me? Do you have any goat dairy recipes or substitutions?! Wanna trade notes?