Love and Light is on Its Way!!

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My poetry book, ‘Love and Light: Poems from Teenager to Woman’ has a cover and it’s on its way!!

I received the proof of the book two weeks ago and I have been looking over it to make sure it is perfect.

I’m so exciting for this journey and this new phase. Again, this blog is not intended for my publishing aspirations but I just have to share my excitement with all of you.

‘Love and Light’ is a poetry chapbook with a collection of poems I have written over the years. A chapbook is a smaller poetry book with fewer pages. I hope to write more in the future.

The book will be available on Amazon, Kindle and hopefully the Barnes and Noble website this month.

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Knit – Inspiration

For now on, every Monday I will give my readers, supporters a bit of inspiration to get their week started on the right foot.

Welcome to Knit – Inspiration!

I know how it feels to feel stuck, like your life is not moving at the pace you imagined. You may feel hurt, sad or disappointed in the path that you have taken but remember this…. You are in transit,  you have not reached your ultimate destination yet. Life is a series of beautiful and crazy experiences and road blocks. It will get better because it has to. The only way for you is up. Never forget that. You were placed on this earth for a specific reason, you were designed to live in this specific time, in this specific place. Your life has purpose and you are on your way to discovering that purpose.

-Ashley Leonard

I hope those bit of words finds you well and this week is just a little bit brighter and a little bit better.

Happy Monday!

-Ashley

Sharing The Knits

Hey everyone,

I just want to thank you for your continued support and admiration for my brand. If you are looking to give your loved one a unique holiday gift, look at French Soul Knittery.

Also, venture over to the website or our Etsy shop and get free shipping with orders of $20 or more with coupon code FREESHIP2014!

I wanted to show you all a few new items. Can we say warm earwarmers?  They are lovely. Take a look.

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Do you like? Which one is your favorite? 

Comment below!

My Time As A Vendor at Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn NY

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I had the pleasure of vending at my very first show at Artists and Fleas in Brooklyn NY.  It has been a learning experience – to say the least.

I had so much fun, I got to make friends with other vendors and I had the opportunity to learn what customers like and dislike.

All in all – I didn’t sell one thing. Instead of running home with my tail between my legs, I have decided to learn from the day and make the next time I vend even better.

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I have learned that I need more items in my area. My booth consisted of a 6 foot table but I had more space around me that I could have utilized. 

I need to make more items. I had hats and earwarmers but I needed scarves, a lot of scarves. It was pretty chilly and I could have sold items if I had a range of scarves for customers to choose from.  I didn’t make a lot of scarves because this was my first market and I didn’t want to have too much inventory and no sales. That may have been my mistake.

I need to learn the art of selling. This was my first show and I had no idea what I was getting into. I have to learn the art of selling so my next market can be successful. 

I had a great time and I can cross this off my “30 before 30” list. 

Here’s to an awesome show next time!

-Ashley

Feel that Cool Air – Its Fall!

Can you believe September is almost over? Crazy, isn’t it. I remember dreading the moment when the cool air would hit my skin and I would need that extra layer to keep warm but I also am delighted that it is knitting season. I’m so happy that I get to knit earwarmers, scarves and hats for myself and you lovely people out there.

It is always a joy to create a piece that you know will keep someone warm and cozy.

Here are a few of my fall/winter favorites (adding more soon):

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Me and My Yarnbomb!

This summer was extremely memorable to say the least. I was a teaching artist-in-residence, teaching high school students how to knit. At first I was a bit apprehensive because I never taught children before, especially high school students. I was expecting resistance to the knitting movement but instead I got a group of students who were actually interested in public art and creating something of their own.

Due to the time-frame we had, I taught the students how to knit with a loom. This method was much easier for them and it allowed them to create pieces at a faster pace. Over time, the students were taking their looms home and knitting in their free time – how amazing is that?

During the summer, after we put up Phase 1 we celebrated by showcasing their creations at the local music festival that was going on in that very location of the install. They were excited to show patrons their creations.

For Phase 2, we took a different approach. We allowed them to have their very own trees and be more creative. The slogan for Phase 2 was BE MORE CREATIVE! And boy, did they show their true colors.

I also created a special French Soul Knittery/Ashley Leonard yarnbomb with the theme: SunRISE/SunSET. My theme was about rising to the occasion like the sun and making your dreams and goals come to fruition. I had such a great time and I hope to continue to teach children and adults the art of traditional knitting and loom knitting.

Here are a few photos of our experience:

Me, Ashley Leonard, teaching the students the art of loom knitting.

Me, Ashley Leonard, teaching the students the art of loom knitting.

 

Me, weaving with the students

Me, weaving with the students

 

Here I am showing a patron at the Lincoln Park Music Festival how to knit on a loom

Here I am showing a patron at the Lincoln Park Music Festival how to knit on a loom

 

Phase 2 of the Yarn City Project. The students' public art

Phase 2 of the Yarn City Project. The students’ public art

 

Phase 2 of the Yarn City Project. The students' public art

Phase 2 of the Yarn City Project. The students’ public art

 

My yarnbomb for Phase 2. The theme is SunRise/SunSet

My yarnbomb for Phase 2. The theme is SunRise/SunSet

 

Last day of the program. That's me, organizing the awards for the students

Last day of the program. That’s me, organizing the awards for the students

 

Here I am with my fellow teaching artist in residence, handing out the awards to the students on the last day of the program

Here I am with my fellow teaching artist in residence, handing out the awards to the students on the last day of the program