Making Podcast Woolful Podcast

Episode 22: Shannon Cook – Musical influence, British Columbia, Pursuing dreams and Building community

May 19, 2015

I’m very excited to share the twenty-second episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet a wonderfully enthusiastic woman who’s energy is as contagious as her passion, Shannon Cook of Very Shannon.


fancy tiger crafts


Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Fancy Tiger Crafts, a beautiful yarn shop based out of Denver, Colorado, who recently launched their online shop, They have an amazing selection of fabrics and yarns, including their own Heirloom Romney Yarn, which is grown, milled and dyed here in the US. Make sure to visit Fancy Tiger Crafts in person when in Denver and online at


Fiber folk: Shannon is a knitter, sewer, designer and mother. Her desire to encourage others is evident through her blog and the various other places you’ll find her, but her ambition and hunger to make and inspire is what initially attracted me to her work. You can hear the smile in her voice and the happiness she finds in creating. You can find Shannon at and on Instagram @soveryshannon.





Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “How has music influenced your fiber arts?” We had some great answers from Brienne @brienne_moody, Jennifer @jaykay_knits and Brittany @woodandwoolco

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway, is Erin Joelle! You’ve won two skeins of Wensleydale wool from Flying Fibers. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Very Shannon, and we’re giving away a collection of 5 patterns of your choice, designed by Shannon Cook. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.


Music by Jónsi.


Transcription coming soon!

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  • Reply Katie May 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I love Very Shannon patterns! Great give away 🙂

  • Reply Karli May 19, 2015 at 11:42 am

    So excited about this podcast and the giveaway, of course!

  • Reply april cox May 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

    just found your site today. looks very interesting. i’m always in for a giveaway. lol

  • Reply Monica Wilson May 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    super exciting and what a great giveaway!

  • Reply Kristie Statuto May 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This made my Tuesday a little brighter. Can’t wait to give it a listen tonight! Thanks so much <3

  • Reply Gretchen Werner May 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Ashley, I rarely comment on blogs but I just have to let you know how much I appreciate and enjoy your thoughtful and informative podcast. You have done a masterful job of choosing your guests and I am always so excited to see who is next! Keep up the wonderful work and know that a weaver/knitter/spinner/fiber junkie in Houston TX is totally enjoying it! Thank you!

  • Reply Alexandra BG May 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Wonderful to hear from a Canadian maker 🙂

  • Reply Marci May 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    wow – love those patterns!! right up my alley – can’t wait to explore this more!!!! Thanks for the podcasts – so awesome!

  • Reply Karen May 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    What a fun podcast! I so enjoyed Shannon’s sense of excitement and joy in her creative journey. Thanks for yet another great listen!

  • Reply Brittany May 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Another great podcast! Shannon’s patterns are some of my favorites.

  • Reply graylagran May 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    i look forward to listening tonight — i haven’t listend to a podcast in ages =)

  • Reply Jess May 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Loved hearing Shannon’s encouraging words. My passion is design but I loathe photography and marketing. I struggle with comparing myself to other artists who have multiple talents such as taking pictures and utilizing social media. Thanks for motivating me to keep at it! 😀

  • Reply pistachios May 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for another lovely podcast.

  • Reply Margaret May 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I enjoyed the podcast very much. Love discovering new fiber people!

  • Reply Camanoah May 19, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely, as usual. Thanks for all your hard work. It is appreciated.

  • Reply Dana May 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I love Very Shannon patterns, and as a Canadian it was nice to hear us highlighted! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Reply Anna May 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I am so excited to discover the Woolful podcast thanks to Shannon! I love Shannon’s designs and community building. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Amber May 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I love Shannon’s work, and have been following her blog for awhile. It was so fun to hear her voice in this episode. Thank you for the great podcast!

  • Reply AE May 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    This will be the first podcast I ever knit to! Super psyched to find you and fingers crossed for a big old bundle of Shannon’s patterns.

  • Reply Sarah May 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for introducing me to so many amazing fiber folk 🙂

  • Reply Susan May 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I spent the Canadian long weekend spinning and re-listening to past Woolful podcasts. It was a pleasant surprise to receive news of the new podcast today having lost track of the days. Would love a chance to knit the Lorelei shawl as a fan of Gilmore Girls!

  • Reply lisa mc May 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I’m sorry, I tried to comment earlier but I think it was blank. I have followed Shannon for quite a while now as a fellow Canadian, I enjoy reading about how she balances her many crafty pursuits with raising a family–like I do. I have made the yarnster hat and bucket basket bag from her free patterns.

  • Reply Sarah May 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    A great podcast as usual, and it was fun to hear from a fellow British Columbian (I’m from the north Okanagan). Yes, we Canadians tend to get excited when Canada is mentioned 😉

  • Reply Kylie May 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    thank you for today’s podcast! I’m such a fan of Shannon Cook’s work and it was so lovely to hear her talk about her process, inspirations and environment 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca May 19, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    sitting down with my knitting and listening to your podcast is my favourite way to spend my 2yo’s nap time. This episode with Shannon was excellent as usual. Thanks

  • Reply Anna May 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I am so happy to discover the Woolful podcast from VeryShannon. Shannon’s designs and community building are wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply Angeline Tellerman May 19, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Great episode!

  • Reply Erin May 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I love listening to your podcast while knitting. 🙂 Good luck to everyone on winning!

  • Reply Bente Simone May 20, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Fun.. Always looking forward to every new podcast!

  • Reply Ines May 20, 2015 at 5:09 am

    These podcasts are a breath of inspiration!

  • Reply Kelsie Doty May 20, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Thank you for putting your time into the podcast and for the amazing give away.

  • Reply Morgan May 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

    These patterns are wonderful. Can’t wait to listen to the podcast!

  • Reply Alison Collins May 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Yet another great episode!

  • Reply Susan May 20, 2015 at 10:13 am

    What a lovely interview!
    I love her tip about setting timers for things. I should try that myself…

  • Reply Stephanie Winters May 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I love this podcast. I catch myself daydreaming at work because of it. So inspiring!

  • Reply Jesseca May 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I love Shannon’s patterns! Great podcast episode! Also, I have to give Fancy Tiger a shout out. I discovered them on one of my annual trips to CO (from MD) back in 2010 and it was love at first sight. I’m so excited to be there in person in less than two weeks!

  • Reply Annie May 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    thanks as always for introducing us to wonderful designers

  • Reply Kat May 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win, I’m listening to the podcast right now. 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn D May 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Shannon is a rockstar! I love her designs.

    PS Please keep harassing Anna from Tolt Yarn & Woo to be on your podcast. I think I may have started to convince her. 😉

  • Reply Leslie May 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I just bought Seasonless. Shannon’s patterns are lovely.

  • Reply Noëlle May 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I can’t wait to listen to this while I work on my double basket weave cowl, pattern from Fringe Association.

  • Reply Tobie May 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Lovely patterns!

  • Reply ErinJoelle May 21, 2015 at 5:11 am

    It is amazing how each of our knitting projects are inspired by different things – music, mountains, experiences, family.

    (Also, thrilled to see my name listed as a winner of last week’s drawing! Not sure what I am supposed to do about that, so, Ashley, I sent you an email. Thank you!)

  • Reply Jenny May 21, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I’m trying to get caught up on your podcasts (I’m at about 17) and am enjoying every one! Very excited to check out Shannon’s patterns.

  • Reply Madeleine Fidler May 21, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Such an amazing interview! I’m definitely a knitter afraid to sew – but after listening to this interview (twice because it was so good), 2015 just might be the year to break out of that! Also great to hear someone repping Canada!

  • Reply Cathy B May 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I’d love to be the lucky winner. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply Nikki Starwalker May 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Maybe I shouldn’t be but I’m surprised by how many designers and knitters are inspired by music. Creating a piece of clothing based on a song is such a lovely concept.

  • Reply Dominique May 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Just discovered your podcast and blog thanks to The Very Shannon blog. Now following you, can’t wait to catch up on my listening!
    dominique69 on ravelry

  • Reply Doreen MacL May 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Great to hear from a fellow Canadian! I live on the Sunshine Coast, near Vancouver BC. I enjoyed Shannon’s enthusiasm and positive energy. A very interesting episode as usual, thanks a bunch!

  • Reply Teri May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    There are no words to say how much I love your podcasts! I love to knit but have been wanting to learn to sew and this was a great week of inspiration to me!

  • Reply mary May 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I’ve always wanted to try her patterns!

  • Reply Heather L May 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    So excited to discover a new to me podcast! Shannon is one of my favourite knitter/sexist/bloggers!

  • Reply maggie May 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    every week I listen in to the podcast and every week it reaffirms my desire to quit my job and run away to the country and start a sheep farm. <3

    • Reply maggie May 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      (not specifically this week, but most weeks.)

  • Reply jenny May 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    another lovely guest! such a great example of mindfully managing time and priorities. lovely.

  • Reply Romy Tabata May 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Great episode!! Romykins on rav

    • Reply Donna Jefferis May 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Another great episode and again inspirational, thanks for continuing to do this podcast. Kiwiknitter63

  • Reply Katie S May 22, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Just about to start the podcast as I finish up a very long knit–thanks!

  • Reply Julie Britton May 22, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Yay, for Vancouver island girls! I live and Fiber craft here too!

  • Reply Traci May 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I too am inspired by notes or melodies in music. How wonderful to hear someone else share this. Also, I am just old enough to remember when most ladies did make most of their clothes. Somewhere along the way I fell out of the practice but not now with so many fabrics available through shops like this. Just wonderful.

  • Reply Debbie May 22, 2015 at 9:55 am

    love to hear another inspiring story!

  • Reply zaide Reyes May 22, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I love her patters and the colors she makes her patterns.

  • Reply Lori May 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I squealed a bit when I heard Shannon on the podcast today! I was only familiar with her sewing patterns, and did not know she creates knitting designs. she mentioned in the podcast that she hopes knitters become sewers and sewers become knitters. And thanks to her lovely sewing patterns, this knitter is now also in love with sewing! Thanks for a great podcast! -Lori (Snaplo on Ravelry)

  • Reply Regina Casner May 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What a fun podcast! I remember her Mommy blog series!! Thanks for offering such a great podcast and giveaway. 🙂

  • Reply Claire May 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm


  • Reply Charlotte May 23, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Great podcast & some gorgeous patterns

  • Reply Luna Grey Fiber Arts May 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    How fun it would be to pick out five of Shannon’s awesome patterns! Thanks so much and Shannon!

  • Reply Elizabeth L May 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I love Shannon’s patterns! So is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Melissa kattenhorn May 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I am a new listener to your podcasts and love catching up on all the episodes while I am knitting. This new episode with Shannon is awesome. I first heard of her when I was searching up how to sew a bento bag for my knitting projects. She has a free pattern/ tutorial online. I agree with Shannon that sewing and knitting go together.

  • Reply Myra Yellowhorse May 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Love Shannon’s patterns.

  • Reply Flavia May 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Love Very Shannon patterns, and this total new to me, podcasts and a giveaway!

  • Reply Beth Busch May 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I love her blog and her patterns!!

  • Reply Meghan May 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This was my first ever podcast! I’ve been a long time reader of Shannon’s blog, it was so great to hear her! She’s a true inspiration. I’ve since listened to more woolful podcasts and I’m hooked!

  • Reply Dorie May 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Great episode! And now I want to cast on an Onward Shawl of my own…

  • Reply Kelly H May 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Wonderful podcast!!! I absolutely love Shannon’s designs!

  • Reply Carmen N May 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I love Shannon’s patterns – thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Chrissy May 25, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Interesting episode! I liked the local flavour.

  • Reply Karen May 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi! Just discovered the podcast – it is wonderful. It was fun to listen to you and Shannon wax enthusiastic about all things fibery. I get to listen while at work (stocking shelves overnight at my nearby Target store) and it was wonderful to listen and learn. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Kay S May 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Enjoy the podcast!

  • Reply fiona May 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Would love to try out some of these patterns, so stylish but not super complex.

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  • Reply Jess May 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I’d love to win this hat and yarn!

  • Reply Carleigh May 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

    What a joy it’s been catching up on the podcasts! It brings so much inspiration to my life, and I thank you for that.

  • Reply Traci May 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Such a great giveaway, but mostly I have been looking forward to the podcast. It has been a long week. And now I get to sit, listen and knit.

  • Reply Julia June 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I have always adored Dianna’s site and patterns. Really enjoyed this episode!

  • Reply Emma June 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Oooh, I would love to win! Amazing pattern and one of my favorite yarns!

  • Reply Ann K. June 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Would love to win… thank you!

  • Reply Alicia June 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Great episode!

  • Reply Mel June 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Love her colors and patterns. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  • Reply Karli June 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I have been wanting to try out that yarn!

  • Reply hayley morgan June 3, 2015 at 6:16 am

    loved this episode – i also grew up with horses, and really connected with the chat about the similarities and differences of raising alpaca. maybe one day!

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