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Stressing Out…

In the midst of quarantine…I went back to work…. I really enjoyed my quite, peaceful mornings, sitting at my kitchen table, listening to the birds outside the window…. and working feverishly to implement a new EMR (Electronic Medical Records) software program for the medical practice I work for… to say I’ve been stressed is an understatement. When the world around us came to a screeching halt… my life was a frantic, rushed, overtime ridden rollercoaster. Not only did the office reduce hours and staff (except mine), but implementing a new, COMPLETELY new, software system has been very stressful. All staff needs to be trained – at home, via google meets with poor connection, and set to a deadline that the physician/owner wants implemented RIGHT NOW… thus putting the cart before the horse, so I have to figure out how to set up said new software without having any idea how to navigate it! At work, I am the go-to person, the workhorse… but this…. this had me secretly crying after my husband left for work and I could be alone to cry out my stress….this project was more work than any one person should be subjected to… and working days off and weekends to get it all up and running…..well… I’m tired. So tired that my knitting had to take a back seat…. so tired I didn’t want to work out… so tired I just wanted to sit and stare at the wall… my brain is FRIED.

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I worked from home the entire month of April, before being called back this month. During the month of April, I celebrated my birthday, alone (my husband was on night shift), and in the basement waiting out a tornado…. My thoughts were that this tornado is exactly how my emotions are…. I had been moody, tired, stressed and overall just wanted to throw things and scream at people, but I can’t do that, because I’m social distancing….. I think mother nature picked up on my mood, and brought out the tornado. I quickly realized, that this tornado, at 11:30pm, was in fact, a direct reflection on my attitude and I’m stuck in the basement, on my birthday, alone, getting ready to kiss my ass goodbye….

My home office

Needless to say, being the relatively work organized person I am, I was able to find a way to get everything set up and ready to go, without loosing my mind. Thankfully, going back to the office this month, I could spread out all my To-Do lists in my office vs the kitchen table… and my stress came down and I was able to spend some evening time working on my Navelli sweater – just in time for spring/summer wearing!

How are you coping during the global pandemic? Did you stress cry like I did? Did you exercise the stress away? Or work on home improvement projects like a lot of my friends were able to do?

KNITTING

So… my knitting! Yes, I finally finished the Navelli sweater that I started with The Knitters Are Here for our New Year’s Eve cast-on… I didn’t work on it for hours every night, just when I could and when I had the mental facilities’ to do so…

Details about my first colorwork sweater – The Navelli by Caitlin Hunter

As I stated, I started on December 31st 2019 and finished May 15th 2020…. just in time for spring/summer. I really enjoyed the colorwork section and reading a chart for the first time, I really didn’t think I would, and was super knitter-stressed about it… but it actually reminded me a lot of doing counted-cross stitch so I found myself really enjoying it.. but it did take some uber-concentration though… and not having a death grip on the yarn causing the knitting to be to tight…but I blew threw that and then went on the to main body, rotating skeins of yarn to avoid color pooling… I searched YouTube and watched numerous videos about alternating skeins in the round to decide on how I wanted to tackle that part…. and it worked beautifully! Head over to my Ravelry page (DarcillaAnn) to see info about my project and over to Instagram to see pictures of the process.

Just finishing the colorwork and starting the main body

Well.. more work to be done around the house, more knitting for the shop… and of course, more crazy software implementation to complete….

Till then Love…

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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