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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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More yarn please…

Since my girlfriends and I are trying to coordinate going to 19 yarn shops when we all work full-time…it has become difficult…and we really want to hit ALL the stores.  Not just for the competition aspect of getting all the stamps in our books and entered in all the drawings…but because we want to see where all the shops are, what yarns they carry, and if it can become our local hang out to knit….

But we weren’t able to hit one store together…we had to go it alone….  I assumed going alone might be better for my wallet…but…when your husband offers to take you to a yarn shop….he finds patterns for stuff he’d like to wear….which means… YAY!!! MORE PROJECTS!!…so I didn’t save money “going alone”… but I definitely had fun looking at yarn with the hubs… he has a different perspective that I don’t and he really got to see what a yarn shop looks like – and one similar to the aesthetic and layout that I would love in a yarn shop.

We went to Cast On Yarn Studio……in Vermilion Ohio…

I loved almost everything about this shop…from the white shelving, the displays of finished objects (FOs), and a pattern and sample knitted up using the yarn…all made for great brain storming on what to make next.  The only big thing I would love would be a larger space to come in and sit to knit because the atmosphere is wonderful and you’re fully encased in yarn and yarny things….lol! The owner is very sweet and helpful too!  She does have a table in the center of the room to sit around, but I would think that would disrupt both the person knitting and the shopper trying to walk around them…but because of the cuteness of this shop…I’m willing to overlook that small detail… My husband reminded me that not every shop owner has a place for people to come in and just sit & knit… that maybe she just loves selling yarn, and not the group activity part of it…and I hadn’t thought of that…he’s probably right….

Here are the shots I got from the shop….

My FO…

I finished the Roaring Tides Shawl Test Knit…

Many have asked me what that means… well, myself and several others have been asked to “test knit” a pattern the designer has created.  We read his or her instructions and see if we can come up with the same design they intended and to keep in contact with them if there are any errors or confusing parts… the goal is for us to help her find glitches or problem areas in the pattern before she releases it to the public for sale.

Here is my completed finished object (FO)… and I LOVE it!!  #roaringtidesshawl

Next post will be more of the yarn shops we explored!

Til then Love…

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Local Yarn Hop Shop

So September brought the month of the Yarn Discover Tour….this is also the month my credit card died….while I smiled about it!

Yarn Discovery Tour

What is the tour you ask….well…..happy to tell you!

The Yarn Discovery Tour provides fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit 19 amazing yarn shops throughout Northeast Ohio.

To find out more information for the tour in 2019…click here for their website.  You purchase a passport with all the yarn shops and get a souvenir bag, to which you collect pins at each store and put on your bag.  Oh my gosh!  That part alone is a blast!!  My two friends and I decided, plotted, and planned how and when we were going to achieve hitting up ALL 19 stores….we spent 4 days in September to drive around Ohio and buy all the stuff!

Over the next few blogs, I’ll share with you what I bought and saw and what my favorite yarn shops are!

The first two days we went to 7 shops.

Black Locust Farms in Lodi – Artist Gallery Yarn in N.Canton – Bare Naked Wools in Canton – Knit Wit Knits in Salem – The Flaming Ice Cube in Boardman – Gwen Erin Natural Fibers in Hubbard – and Yarn Works LTD in Niles.

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You can find all the website links via the Yarn Discovery Tour website by clicking here

Black Locust IS my local yarn shop and the owner, Cathy, is amazingly helpful!  She asked about what projects we are working on and showed us what yarns she had available to fit the pattern!  She carried a ton of our favorite yarn brands and has a very inviting atmosphere!  I highly recommend you visit her shop!

black locust farm

Artist Gallery Yarns has a large area for group knitting and a large selection of yarns.

Bare Naked Wools was another favorite!  It was tiny but very appealing!  Anne Hanson is the owner of the shop and the designer.  This shop is all about the “naked” undyed wools.  Here is a link to an interview with Anne by Kristy Glass Knits on YouTube.

The Flaming Ice Cube yarn shop was interesting in that they also have a vegan cafe in the shop!  They carried a lot of the modern new indie dyed yarns and lots of other odds and ends.

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers.. the owner is the most adorable and bubbly person! Gwen Brown is the owner, dyer, spinner, knitter, felter, and weaver.  She hand spins her own line of yarns and has a variety of notions available… she also teaches spinning and knitting at her shop…oh, and google insists that she’s a computer store….the address is correct – go with it!

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Yarn Works LTD

We had a great time… two more days planned for the yarny adventure! Here is my yarn haul!

I have some specifics planned for most of the yarn, and some the yarn just screamed at me to buy it!…so I did!

Till then love…

 

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A Lazy August

Augusts are always a bit of a sleepy month for me… this August was fun-filled, but still sleepy…

I am cross-fitting as you can see from above… I did have a lot of Personal Records this month!  Working on balance and strength… getting stronger is my goal…. I actually managed to make it there 6 days in a row, and by completing all the Girl WODs that week  I won a drawing for some free Fit-Aid apparel…fun!

Celebrated a wedding between two of my good running friends….  I was great to see all my friends from our Turtle Running Club…. my good friend Sara and I hamming it up!

 

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My sister’s little girl Della Ray is doing well…growing a lot…. I miss her, wished they lived closer to me…  She’s such a cutie and I can see a little personality in her already.

 

My hubby and I went to Akron for PorchRokr…. its was such a cool outing…

What is PorchRoker?

“Highland Square’s annual PorchRokr Music and Art Festival transforms the verandas of one of Akron’s most historic and eclectic neighborhoods into one-day art studios and concert venues. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners rock out to some 130 diverse musicians and artists, using both area residences and business establishments as their personal stage. The festival rotates each year among four sections of Highland Square to encourage spontaneous interaction among all its neighbors.”

We had such a great time…. the local bands were great and the atmosphere of walking around and listening to different bands was sweet!  The food was great too!  We got this mega-huge burger from A Twist of Leona…so good!  Didn’t get any ice cream though, but we did get all the beer!

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I’m knitting up a storm!  My turtle running & knitting friend Crystal, and I joined a Knit Along (KAL) with Kristy Glass Knits and Stitch and Hustle using Asylum Fibers Yarn kit… its becoming a beautiful shawl!  The yarn is soo squishy! We have our regular Sip & Knit days to meet up and knit together… I love this time!

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I finished up the legwarmers/yoga socks I was working on…they are now available at Marigold Salon Spa & Marketplace…you should go…check it out…snap them up!

Well… that about sums up my August….how about yours?

Whats on the docket for September?  YARN DISCOVERY TOURS!  Yes!  Crystal, Jennifer, and I are planning to visit 19 yarn shops throughout North East Ohio….its a knitting adventure!!!  and there will be new yarn purchases and patterns and accessories…I’m soo excited!!

Till then love…