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Goal setting in the new year

 

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe that were this far into January! The month has flown by! Still waiting on that major snow storm to roll through, but I’m happy to report that it’s been a very nice winter so far and I’ll take it!

Since it’s a new year I’ve gotten out my passion planner and am trying to brainstorm and think of the goals that I want to achieve this year, and not only knitting goals but also the get healthy fitness goals, as everyone always thinks about at the beginning of a new year.  I also have been listening to the podcast from Rachel Hollis regarding the ‘Start Your Today’ Journal, which is all about goal planning and dreaming big and words of gratitude and setting your intention for the day and just kind of taking a reflection of how you want to grow.

I’ve been thinking about this from my brand perspective for Peacocks and Purls and where I want to take that. Ya know, in dreaming big, I always talk about someday wanting to own a retail shop that’s not just a yarn shop but a knitting place, a boutique, maybe even coffee shop, someplace to gather and do all the things that I love.  Well… it being my own entrepreneurship.  Grow my own brand… having local Knitters contribute their talents, a place where they can showcase their hand knits. A place that non-knitters can buy hand-knit gifts for friends and love ones.   I noticed that this is the main dream… the main goal. I’d also have my website grow, a place that you could order online if you’re not local.  I just really got starting to dream and am sinking into it, trying to decide what my goals are for at least this year.  And like they say, you know, it’s a big big goal to take on, but how do you eat an elephant?… one bite at a time.  So I’m working really hard at trying to set goals, set intentions, you know.. and I’m wondering if you’re doing the same thing… and if you do that in January do you set your goals for the whole year? Do you even think about that? Is it something that you stick with it or do you, you know… Crash and Burn by June cause that’s kind of where I go… Just let me know in the comments what your goal planning is, if you goal plan for the whole year, and how you tackle that…I’m curious to know!

 

I’ve been joining with the girls to knit a lot the last couple of months… as you know we started a knitting podcast… we are The Knitters Are Here We get together just to sit and knit and chat and bullshit and have girl time.  I think we all need that.. don’t you agree??  Girl time it’s a great thing!

Speaking of girl time I just got together with my sisters-in-laws to celebrate a birthday and we had facials at our favorite place called Facial Impressions in Medina Ohio.. thank you Amber for the awesome facial! Then we went out and had dinner and it’s just a great time, again to get with your girlfriends and just chat and spend an hour or more just chatting and having a good time socializing with wine!

So I’ve been working on a few knitting projects… I took on two different test knit projects… both hats. One is a cabled hat called the ISE hat…you can catch more about that on the Knitters are here podcast or through my personal podcast PeacocksandPurls on YouTube… and then the other hat that I test knit is the City Lights hat for tifneilan_handknits on Instagram… it was such an easy  and fun knit with a beautiful outcome!

Both hats are available for purchase – there is only one of each. Scroll to the bottom to find purchasing options.

City Lights Hat
ISE Hat

There are the other knitting things that I’m working on…. our new years eve cast on sweater with the girls.  We’re all doing the same sweater but different colors obviously… the Navelli by Caitlin Hunter and it’s slow going… I’m at the bottom of the sweater still…. it’s a knit from the bottom up and the bottom part is all color work so it’s a little slow going… because I’m also working on sample knitting for the professional Knitters course that I’m taking through the Knitting Guild. 

Navelli Sweater
Navelli Sweater

It’s a course that you knit sample swatches and you turn them in and you have them graded by an instructor who then critiques and gives you feedback about your work and at the end of the course you get a certificate to be a professional knitter!  Which really doesn’t mean a whole lot other than you’ve had someone to look at your own hand knitting and tell you what you are or aren’t doing correctly and the certificate helps when you’re doing test knits to show that you can knit and you can put it on your knitting resume that you are a professional Knitter, you’ve learned the trade, you educated yourself, and you know what you’re doing… so the designer can be confident in hiring you as a test Knitter knowing that you’ll understand where they’re coming from.  I’ll include photos here of the two test knit hats that I did.  I cannot include photos of the sample swatches from the course because part of the criteria is that you’re not allowed to take pictures and share it via social media or anything like that… so sorry! When I finished the course I might be able to give you a little sneak peek but at this point it’s a no no….

I’m still working on getting my knitting Studio at the point where I like it… my studio is sort of like my walk in closet too, where I get dressed in the morning… so it’s a dual-purpose room and I’m really trying to make it into something that seems to be solely dedicated to my knitting, to my business… so the aesthetic I’m looking for is clean and white and I just feel like it’s very cluttered, because there is so much “stuff” in an itty bitty living space…. (I just watched Aladdin last night lol)….  I’ll try to include some pics of the studio here – but let’s be honest and upfront….its a mess!

If you are interested in purchasing either hat, you can find those options below…

Well… back to my knitting and my boring full-time job at the medical office……

Til then Love….

City Lights Hat

This is a child sized hand knit hat. For ages 3-6yrs Blues & Greens

$30.00

ISE Cabled Hat

This is my recent test knit hat with cables. Sized child/teen

$40.00

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April Showers…

April brings several things…sometimes snow, sometimes showers…but mostly a rebirth if you will… April is such a special month… my birthday, my husbands birthday, Christ beats death, and the earth renews… The rains come…it washes away the winter blues, the road salt and grime, the trees start budding, flowers start springing up…the grass greens up, and the underbrush brightens and screams spring! The air smells fresh (don’t breathe in too deeply, the pollen with get ya!),the birds are singing, and its my favorite time… its all fresh and clean, rejuvenating, invigorating, and I smile…

April also brings time to start thinking about new flowers, weeds (boo), spring cleaning (yuck), and knitting outdoors again… but when it rains… it still means a cup of coffee or tea and my knitting in my favorite chair….

For my birthday this month, I took a day, just for me… It started with an amazing yoga class at Flex Yoga Studio in Wooster. Their yoga teachers, staff, and fellow yogis were all very friendly and welcoming… I highly recommend you try out a class and soon! Then to the coffee shop just below the yoga studio, Surehouse Coffee, for a latte and some one-on-one knitting time. They roast their beans in house – I loved the bold dark roast… get yourself some! Also the handmade pottery they use from Rhinopottery, I bought myself a cup to use at home! Check out her Etsy shop or get one when you’re at the coffee shop! Sitting there, sipping my coffee and knitting with time to reflect, time to thank the Lord for my life and all the blessings, and I smile…

This time of the year also means planning knitting adventures with my Knitalatte girls… Its the time of year for celebrating Local Yarn Shop (LYS) days.

Our travels to LYS included two favorites and one new shop. We started our day in Vermilion, Ohio at Cast On Yarn Studio… It’s personally one of my favorites! Heidi & Lana yarns were there and had some fabulous kits available (I bought one!)… The layout and ascetic of this shop are right up my alley….

Then we took a drive to Marblehead, Ohio to visit Christy’s Just for Ewe shop… This is a new shop for us, so much yarn packed into such a small space! I don’t know how she keeps track of it all!

A stop for lunch at a blast from the past memory – Big Boy Restaurant – I used to waitress at a Bob’s Big Boy in Meadville, PA back in the day…

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Then heading back towards home to our truly local yarn shop, Black Locust Farms Fine Yarns yarn shop. She carries all our favorite yarns and much more….

April is just a wonderful month… how did you spend yours?

I’m still cross-fitting, getting the urge to run outdoors again, and always knitting… I even knit at the gym between class times…

Till then love…

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Will Travel for Yarn…

Yes, I will travel for yarn….or wait….I mean I’ll ride along in the car…for yarn…. (thank you Crystal for driving all over Ohio for yarn!)

My good friend Crystal and I went on our second day for a yarn tour…we went to four stores this time…more “local” to us…

We went to The Designing Women yarn shop, Crochet Innovations, Long Tail Knits, and Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium.

Of course we found something at each and every shop!  Each store had a little bit of standard, everyday yarns and unique hand-dyed yarns…which was really great to see.  We have now come to the decision that a yarn shop needs to have a bit of everything…local yarns, hand dyed yarns, everyday yarns, classes, demonstrations, etc.  I’m taking notes…because someday, my goal is to own my own yarn shop!

Here are the photos I took of these stores…I somehow forgot to take many photos because my eyes glass over when I see yarn!  We still have 9 more stores to go to yet before we finish the tour….we are hoping to get them all in one day – do you think we can do it??  Cross your fingers!!

 

 

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What am I knitting now?

I’m working on hats!  I’ve had several requests for custom made hats….. so I’m making several of each in different yarns.   Pom Pom hats and slouchy hats seem to be the rage right now.

Here is a completed slouchy hat in soft pink – I love this hat and may make one for myself!!

 

Buying from me…

I’ve had several ask how to get a hand knit item from me…well… its easy!

You can visit my Etsy shop by clicking SHOP above and order online, you can go to Marigold Salon, Spa, & Marketplace and touch & try on my items there, or you can email or private message me to place a custom order.  Payment is cash or credit via PayPal or square if in person.  Its that easy!  So just let me know what I can knit for you!

Til then Love…

 

 

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A Yarn Obsession

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A beer, my knitting, and my dog…..priceless

So I’ve been knitting away at my Cerulean Mist Shawl by Kylen Tennies.  In between that I’ve been working on baby items…. because my sister’s baby is due next month!

 

The Cerulean Mist shawl is a really easy knit up…  I chose the two yarns I bought at the Pittsburgh Fiber Festival from the Yarn Byrds yarn truck.  They are Spun Right Round Classic sock yarn in the color ‘Combat boots and Baby Doll Dresses’ (a wonderful name!)  Its a speckle yarn in yellows & pinks.  The other yarn for this project is from Riverside Studio Yarns in color Flamingo.  A beautiful hot pink! These are both hand dyed yarns in super wash merino wool…. its very soft.

6290159661954905473I am loving the color combo – however….. When I knit it again, I’ll chose to make the main color the solid and the contrasting the speckle…… for a completely different look.

What about you, have you made the Cerulean Mist Shawl yet?  Show me your pictures!!

Any other bits & pieces going on?

My fellow knitting friend and I recently worked on reorganizing my studio space where all my knitting “stuff” lives….. Its still a work in progress…. I have a fairly large yarn stash…and since my studio is in the basement of my house, I like to keep the yarn stash in sealed tubs – which make them hard to store….  How do you store your yarn stash?  Or do you even have a yarn stash?? Once I get it to a place that’s acceptable to show you … I’ll post a picture either here on the blog or on my Instagram page.

What are you planning on making next?

I would like to continue making shawls because they are a nice lightweight summer knit, but my Etsy shop needs to be preparing for winter…..so I should probably start on my winter items….what do you think?

CrossFit is a blast

I’m still Crossfitting….many ask if I still do….I do!  This week was thrusters, wall balls, and many pushups and burpees…. I still love it and go at least three times a week!  It makes for an incredibly busy week – between working full-time, CrossFit, running, and knitting… leaves little time for cleaning, cooking, and maintaining my flowerbeds….but the hubs and I find the time when we can!

Well…back to my  knitting!

Till Then Love…Logo w handknits and new image