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…

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…

 

 

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…

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…

 

My Exciting News!

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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!

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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!

Whats new?

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!!

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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!

Till Then Love…

Chieftain of the Day!

Sorry for missing Friday’s post – I was attending the Ohio Scottish Games all weekend!

I annually participate in the Clan Village at the Ohio Scottish Games (OSG). I have a tent/booth set up for the Clan MacRae Society of North America as I am a Director for the society. At my booth, and the many other Scottish Clans that participate, we are there to introduce you to our ancestry, to help you discover your ancestry, and see if we are kin. We welcome you to become members of our society or group and join in social activities pertaining to our Scottish family heritage.

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The Clan Village is just one of the many activities going on at OSG. There is highland dancing, fiddle & harp playing, several bands, the pipe & drum competitions, athletic competitions, the kilted mile, Clydesdale and Highland cattle, border collie demonstrations, parade of the tartans, children’s games, poem reading, food, and of course….beer!

This year I was nominated Chieftain of the Day! I was such an honor and a pleasure to be selected! I felt very proud to be the representation of OSG! As such, I got to participate in activities outside my duties in the Clan Village. On Friday night, before we ate dinner, we had the piping in of the haggis and a reading from Robert Burns…. As Chieftain, I was asked to carry the haggis around the room so each person could have a glimpse of it while following a lone piper. It was such fun…. I was unsure exactly where we were walking and what I need to do…. but it was all good! Check out the video below to see me in action! LOL! What is haggis you ask???…. click here to find out!

Also as Chieftain of the day, I officially announced the “Opening of the Games” to the crowd. I also received special recognition for the Clan MacRae Society of N.A. I got to help in the decision for the Best Clan Tent winner, and I also did a lot of Highland Dancing on Friday night….yes, me…..dancing…. I sponsored a runner in the Kilted Mile – who won!!! Great job Lars Cartwright!!

All in all, it was an awesome day and completely rewarding!

What about knitting….are you still knitting??

Why yes! Of course I’m still knitting…I’m still working on my Cerulean Mist Shawl…

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I do have some exciting news about Peacocks and Purls – my knitting shop, and what’s new on the horizon for it – but stay tuned to the next blog where I’ll share that info!

Till then Love,

darcilla

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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