crocheting · Knitting · Quilting · Stitching

CEO Days and such!

I’m sorry I didn’t post last week. The wifi in our house has been down and the mobile data on our phones has been playing up as well, so I’ve had no access to anything. It has been very frustrating. I am hotspotting off Hubble’s work phone (we pay for it) at the moment to get this post done.

So, what have I been doing for the last 2 weeks? I’ve been to 2 classes at Knit Purl Yarn Boutique to learn mosaic and lace knitting. They were both lots of fun but I definitely need more practice in the lace knitting. Couldn’t seem to keep the same number of stitches on my needle.

Mosaic knitting sample – not blocked
More mosaic knitting but in a pattern – not blocked

As you can see the lace knitting seemed to wonder off on its own towards the end but I’m going to preserve and maybe buy some thinner wool to practice with. It was hard to see what was happening with this colour and thickness.

I also tried my hand at zig zag crocheting. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do it and I saw a tutorial on you tube that I thought I would give a whirl.

Now I know the basics I can leave that style in my arsenal for when I’m designing new stuff.

Zig Zag Crocheting – not blocked

I have also been to another class for the Grinda Shawl and I have been trying to finish the next section for the class tonight. I have really enjoyed watching this come together. It’s so pretty the way the colours just seem to melt into one another. I don’t have a photo of the second part finished yet so I have just shown you what the pattern was for this section. It was called popcorn stitch.

Since I’ve been doing all this knitting I decided to organise my knitting and bought some project bags and a yarn bowl to try and tidy it up. The project bags are great. They are only for small to medium projects which is good because I have a bigger project bag already. The project bags have a little pocket inside to keep any notions you need, like a stitch counter or stitch markers. The yarn bowl is huge and fits 3 project bags and a larger project inside, plus my little yarn bowl and some other wool I’m looking to start projects with.

Della Q Yarn bowl and project bags are a great addition to your studio.

I also bought a small project bag to take to class, which has a snap lock little notions pouch on the inside so you can find your notions straight away. All of this is from Della Q. I have also used a cutlery tray from Aldi to organise all my needles. It’s making everything much easier to find.

This bag has so much room inside and I love the snap lock notions pouch that you always know where it is.

Finally, I have also bought from Knit Purl Yarn Boutique a lotion bar to keep my hands soft and supple.

It smells absolutely devine and is so easy to use. It doesn’t leave a residue on your skin for long so it won’t come off on your fabric or threads. You can use it on your feet and lips, anywhere you have dry skin. I must say my feet have been particularly dry this summer and this is the first lotion that I can use and it visibly makes my feet look more moisturised and I don’t slip over in the morning when I walk on the wooden floors. I’m really impressed with this.

By the way, I just want you to know that I have not been paid to endorse these products. I have bought them, used them & loved them and when I love something I tell everybody! AND you get them all from Knit Purl Yarn Boutique in Kalamunda.

Apart from all that knitting, I have also been working on my business The Paisley Hummingbird. I have been listening to this great podcast “Creative Women’s League” which is a podcast for women entrepreneurs in the craft industry. Kate Toney has been a wealth of information for me and yesterday Hubble and I had our first CEO Day. This is a day where we decide what we’re going to do for the next month and put deadlines on these things. I wanted to involve Hubble because he will pull me up if I’m being too easy or hard on myself and also so he can see just how busy I’m going to be if we want this business to be a success. We also worked on our word for 2019 which turned out to be abundance. Abundance means to us that we are unlimited in what we can achieve and do this year. Not just in the business but in our personal life and in Hubble’s professional life as well. We want to roll in an abundance of love, health, wealth and opportunities, so it was a very fitting word. We also worked out our 3 long term goals and some short term goals. Sunday I wrote out the plan we’d made on our big calendar and planned in detail how I was going to meet the deadlines I had set for myself. And then to celebrate finishing Hubble and I shared a lemon lime tart.

Another decision I have made about the business is a change of logo. The original logo I had was just too wish washy and really didn’t represent my brand. I needed something brighter and quirky. So, onto Hatchful by Shopify I went to create a new logo which is in one of my favourite colours and has an Art Deco/Seventies vibe to it. My designs have a vintage/retro feel to them so I wanted my logo to reflect that. I think that it’s better to get the logo right now before I launch.

Lastly here is a sneak peek of what I have been working on lately. Sorry, I can’t show you much but as you see I’m using some lovely Tilda fabrics. I can’t wait to show you the completed design.

Well that’s all for this week. Hopefully our internet will be fixed this week and life will go back to normal. Have a great week. Be great in everything you do, be kind to everyone you meet and be nobody else but you.

Until next time…get creative!

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