How Great Is It To Be A Part of Someone’s Life!

A couple of days ago, I received an order from a very lovely customer who is having a baby very soon. I was commissioned to knit a lovely Chevron Knitted Newborn Hat for her newest edition, that is arriving soon. As I took the order, scouted the yarn and then commenced to knit the item, it occurred to me that what I’m creating will be one of the very first things this bundle of joy will be wearing. I feel so honored that this lovely customer liked my business and my ability so much, that she chose to purchase an item for her baby. It is such a great joy to know that I’m going to be a part of someone’s life. How awesome is that! I hope Mom-to-be loves what I created and I hope the newest edition will be very comfortable with their new hat. It will be shipping very soon! In the meantime, check out the cutest newborn hat/beanie that is available in my shop now!

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Being in the handmade business creates a place where your customers are like your friends. I so enjoy creating each piece for everyone who orders and I enjoy packing it up and making it look extra special. For all of you business owners and handmade sellers, what is your favorite part about your business?

Knitted Jewelry!!

I made this awesome knitted necklace that I wanted to share with you and I hope you enjoy. It is a super cute, stylish chunky knit necklace. Perfect for spring, this can be added to any outfit. Its a available in the shop for a very reasonable price! If you would like a custom color combination, please don’t hesitate to message me! You will love this. Get it today!

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-Ashley

On The Needles

I have been experimenting with different yarn weights and colors and I surprisingly gravitated towards a winter white yarn. It is super chunky, which is my favorite yarn by far and I am really having fun creating something with it.

Since we on the east coast is experiencing snow every other day,  creating something fabulous with this winter white yarn seems fitting.

Here is what’s on the needles:

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To all my knitting friends out there, what is your favorite yarn to use?

Weigh in below!

-Ashley

Reading About Knitting and Other Jazz

As a new designer, I’ve learned that it is very important to constantly learn. While I use my own knowledge and skills in knitting, I find that it is always a great idea to learn new techniques.

For the month of February, there are a few books that I am currently reading and exploring. Most of the books are about knitting and others are basic craft and general interest.

Take a look:

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The Knitted Alphabet is a fun book about knitting alphabets on knitwear. This book is great because it teaches you how to knit alphabets right into your project, without using extra materials. It is a great read and I learned so much in the short time I have been exploring it.

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Have you ever wanted to learn different stitches but were having difficulty finding new ones? This book is super helpful and I can’t wait to try some of the new stitches.

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Occasionally, I like reading inspirational phrases and quotes. I find that inspirational quotes get me motivated and it gets me thinking about the future, life and new possibilities. Great Sayings is not a book to read from cover to cover, its just a book to flip through and find sayings that speak to you on any given day.

It is so much fun to share what I’m reading with you.

What have you been reading lately? What is on your ‘must-read’ list?

Forever grateful,

Ashley

Hello February!!

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The second month of the year is here and it is a new opportunity to make the most of everything. There is so much that I am continuing to learn about the handmade industry and my business that I have taken some time to do more research and really focus on making the best it can be.

I am currently designing the spring collection of French Soul Knittery knitwear and I hope that you love it. Being a designer is such a new thing for me that the journey is a combination of excitement and fright. I will write later in the month on the process of designing and the best approach that I have taken.

Personally, things are great and ever-changing. My husband and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary and we have planned so much for this year that sometimes its hard to focus on both professional and personal aspects of life.

To all my uber-busy people out there, how do you balance your professional and personal lives? Do you find that you sacrifice one for the other?

How is your February so far? What are your plans for the month? Is there anything exciting that you are looking forward to?

See you soon!

-Ashley