The Post Where I Show My Gratitude and Reflect on the New Year to Come!


I started my business in November and I am so grateful for all of the support so far. I started my business with two things in mind: to get closer to a spirit I had lost and to follow my dreams by taking my life in my own hands. When I clicked that “Open Shop” button, I never thought that I would have my first sale that same month.  I was equal parts nervous, excited and frightened.


I knit because I enjoy it and because I believe I can create items that people enjoy. I show my gratitude to the individuals in Sweden, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota; who have been my first customers. I thank you for showing interest in my product and liking it so much to purchase it. I thank you.

With the new year quickly approaching, there is so much to reflect on. There are some things that I want to leave in 2013 and things that I hope to see happen in 2014. I strive to continue to make knitted items that people enjoy. I want a successful business that truly gives back and provides joy. Whenever a new year emerges, I always make New Year’s Resolutions and later I find that I have broken them. This year, resolutions will not be made for I promise to act on anything  I want. I believe that you have to dedicate yourself to act to get what you want in life. The year 2014 is the year of ACTION.

Let’s all promise to act on our wants, hopes and dreams; to make this life worth living.

Let’s pledge to make 2014, the year of action.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I hope 2014 shows you success, happiness and love.


The Post With The Inspirational Quote


I find that reading inspirational quotes can in fact ‘inspire’ a person to do better, to work harder and to strive for perfection.

I use these types of quotes to get me going throughout my day,  to push me to perfect my business and my craft.  I enjoy sharing these things with others because I believe they can definitely help.  I think words can sometimes help you believe in yourself.

What inspires you throughout the day?

Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone

ImageI started my business because I want to take my life in my own hands and I wanted to honor a special person.  It has been a nervous yet exciting journey and I am loving every moment of it. Starting this business is taking me out of my comfort zone, forcing me to do something that I have never done before.

I decided to open French Soul Knittery because I wanted honor the memory of my grandmother and to fulfill a passion that I never knew I had because of her. Essentially, I am trying to get closer to her by knitting and creating pieces that I know she would love because she made knitwear that was full of joy and love.

Every time I got a piece from her, I remembered that joy I felt when I received it. I remembered the comfort it would provide and I felt so stylish when I used to wear it as a child. Now that she is just a memory, I am trying to hold on to those feelings and hopefully provide comfort and joy to others.

I design and create knitwear that is comfy, stylish and fun. I like things that are a bit oversized but still trendy. I enjoy plush scarves and hats.

I have been open for more than a month and I am forever grateful that people have taken interest in my love for knitting. I feel this constant joy of starting my own business and living out my destiny on my own terms.

I hope that you enjoy my pieces and take a few home with you. I truly enjoy creating each one and I truly hope you enjoy wearing them.

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Forever grateful for this journey,

-Ashley Leonard