I don’t know about you, but March is usually the month I start planning for warmer weather and all the projects I want to do….. I’m still working, but from home, and part-time since the stay at home order in Ohio… what about you??
Our knitting group, The Knitters Are Here, did get some quality time in and did some interviewing at Black Locust Farm Yarn Shop before we had to stay at home….
My husband and I got to Mohican State Park for a long weekend, and got some backpack training time in while we were there… before hiding at home…
I hope you are staying safe, staying home, and getting some knitting done! Let me know what you’ve been up to this month…
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 plannerand 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 Hollisregarding 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 Impressionsin 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.
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.
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
ISE Cabled Hat
This is my recent test knit hat with cables.
So now that the weather is getting a little warmer consistently… even though we still have “May Showers”….its time to plan our yarny adventures! My knitting gals got to our first Fiber Festival of the year! The Great Lakes Fiber Festival in Wooster, Oh… You definitely need to check it out. Tons of vendors… I even think there were more than last year. I have several projects on my list and already have the yarn needed for it, so I went to the festival with the intentions of “if I see something I have to have”… then get it. The only must get was the fiber soak bars from Tuft Woolens Soaps…. and score!!!! I bought two bars, and hand cream, a project bag, and an adorable birdy pin! Love! I’ve been scoping out this company for a long time… they were there last year, and I kick myself for not getting some wool wash soap bars then, but I got them now! They smell great and I highly recommend you grab yourself some.. you can order online too.
Spending time with my girlies knitting, chatting, and drinking coffee. This is a huge stress reliever for me. I really love this time…it helps to decompress, chat about work dramas, and come up with new knitting ideas!
I recently worked with Blooming Like Wildflowers on my branding and color palette… here’s a sneak peak! I love it! I highly recommend working with Halle… she was able to grasp what I had in my mind and pull “me” out and create a brand that fits perfectly! Let me know what you think!
Well.. I’m still working on my Seasons of Love shawl… I feel bad as it was a test knit with a deadline, that I have missed due to working ALWAYS it seems…if only I could knit, think about knitting, crossfit, yoga, and run… and get paid for that!! Ha! any tips on how to make THAT happen! Lol!
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…
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…
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!!
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!
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.
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….
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
Attention! Attention!! I have exciting news! My knitting is in a store front!! A place you can go and touch, feel, see, smell…..OK, well maybe not smell…. but if you’ve followed my Instagram and Etsy website, you have a seen my knitting items – but now you can physically touch them, try them on…GET EXCITED!!! I have partnered up with Marigold Salon, Spa, and Marketplace!
Marigold Salon, Spa, and Marketplace (we’ll call it Marigold), is this amazingly cute salon and spa. They just had their grand opening on June 23rd and the public got to come in and take a peek around. Their website is www.marigoldsharon.com and they are located in Sharon Center, Ohio. 1348 Sharon Copley Rd., Sharon Center, OH to be exact!
The premise of Marigold is that its an all inclusive salon, spa, and local marketplace. The Marigold team is passionate about natural wellness, holistic health, and making you feel all the wonderfulness of you! Their team consists of cosmetologists, aestheticians, nail techs, massage therapists, yoga instructors, essential oils instruction, and more! “Marigold – where beauty, serenity, and community meet.”
The Marketplace part of their shop is still a growing work in progress and they are featuring local artisans hand crafted items for the shop. As the marketplace expands, they will be in their own section of the salon… right now they have jewelry makers, a local honey producer, essential oils, a glass artist from Akron, and an artist that does hand-lettering, Art, and apparel, just to mention a few…. and of course…me! I’m excited to be apart of their new adventure and thrilled that there is an outlet for you to see my work! They are looking for more local artisans to feature, so if your a creative soul…check out Marigold!
What are you knitting?
I just finished the Cerulean Mist shawl and its currently available at Marigold! Check out my Instagram feed for some photos! I’ll put some here too!
I met up with my sister-in-laws this week for Ladies Night… we walked around the square and shopped, laughed, and shopped some more. Then we go have dinner! We hit up all our favorite shops, and when we got to the book store, there was a bartender there! If you purchased an item from the book store, you got you a free drink! A strawberry basil daiquiri ! Soooo good! The bartender was from The Thirsty Goose Traveling Bar out of Medina, OH. Such a cute idea for events! Her Instagram pages is @thethirstygoose or click here for her website. We even made the Gallery photo page! We’ve become famous!!
Just waiting for my sister to have her first baby – she’s due any day now! Its going to be a surprise if its a boy or girl….so I’m waiting to knit until I know what fun pattern I get to make!! (I secretly hope for a girl – cause girl clothes are so much cuter!)
Anyways…. I’m still knitting and I’m planning another Beginners Knit Night soon so be on the lookout for that!
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.
I 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!