Waiting out Joaquin

Football and KnittingJust in case you haven’t heard, the East Coast is being pummeled by rain associated with Hurricane Joaquin. Gopher wood is in high demand and grocery stores are low on bread and water.

Joking aside, many on this side of the country are smartly playing it safe and staying home to avoid flooded roads and torrential wind and rain. I consider myself blessed not to have an event this weekend, and instead can hole up at home with three of my favorite things. Football. Crafts. And my husband. Wait…maybe I should reorder those things…

Today is going to be full of college football games and knocking out a mile long project list. Rainy days make me feel ambitious because, well, there’s nothing I can do outside! No guilt for not getting there!

How do you wait out rainy days? Do you take advantage of the good napping weather? Wrack your brain for kid-friendly activities? Does the overcast sky make you more ambitious or low key? Let’s get some brainstorming going because who knows how long we’ll have before this system moves on!

PS – one of my favorite rainy day kid activities is fort building. That makes even normal toys and games seem more fun!

Why I Took Beginner Knitting

20150816_145952I admit it. I signed up for Beginner Knitting and already “knew” how to knit. (Never fear – this was disclosed to the instructor!) So, why on earth would I take a basic class in a skill I already knew?

1|  I know my weaknesses. Yes, I had a working knowledge of the fundamentals, but did I know how to knit effectively? Heck no! It was all self taught, and I knew I could be better.
2|  I believe in foundations. Not only did I know that I could do a better job of accomplishing the skills I already had, but I knew that if I started from the beginning and learned properly, I would have a solid foundation for tackling more advanced tasks down the road.
3|  I wanted to slow down. Anyone who interacts with me for five minutes realizes that my brain goes 100 miles per hour around the clock. Going into the first lesson with the expectation that it would be slow, simple and straightforward kept me grounded. It made me focus on each step of each stitch in each row of each project. I began to understand concepts and processes – the why’s – as opposed to simply knowing how to complete a pattern – the how’s.

Do I recommend taking a beginner class in all the skills you think you know? No. That’s not practical, and you’d easily become frustrated. However, if you’re just starting out on something, picking something back up after a few years, or are self-taught and want to have a higher quality product – consider a basics class! It takes a lot for me to admit I need help, but with the proper guidance, I have made huge strides in my knitting in a few short weeks! When we open ourselves up, there can be huge rewards. I’m so grateful I took a chance and did something outside of my comfort zone. I’ve met new people, have more confidence in myself and my abilities, and am simply enjoying a craft that used to be more of a struggle for me.

Do you have a talent you want to be better at? Have you always considered taking golf lessons or basket weaving or Soups 101, but never made the commitment to yourself to do it?! Tell us what you want to learn, and we’ll be here with encouragement the whole way! Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too!

**UPDATE** I wanted to add that the day after I posted this, I was at my local yarn shop and there was a beginners’ class going on. As I quietly observed the session from the back of the shop, it struck me that another huge benefit of a class like that is the questions that are brought up. None is considered too basic, and I know not many people think like I do, so it’s wonderful to get their fresh perspectives!

Get to Know Us – Our Scarves

As a retail shop, it’s only right that we take a couple of weeks in this Get to Know Us series to introduce you the products we sell. So we’re starting off with our best selling products – our scarves!

Scarves on TableBeing a native of Wisconsin, there is a large portion of my wardrobe that goes unused for 99.98% of the year here in Charlotte. I grew up layering and being prepared for frigid temperatures. Now, a medium weight jacket and a sweater gets me through most days.

The problem is my office; it is always chilly in my workspace. When I realized I could get away with wearing scarves indoors and out, day in and day out, my life changed. Maybe it wasn’t a profound change, but not shivering all day was a nice change of pace!

If I’m being completely honest, there is a secondary, more embarrassing reason that I began to develop my scarf collection: I have no sense of fashion! I don’t consider myself unstylish, but I am far from trendy and lean heavily on the conservative side. Scarves add pizzazz, pattern, texture, and make me feel like I can mix up outfits and be pretty without be uncomfortable! The infinity style also allows for easy (read lazy) wearing and quick adjustments.

Scarves Knit on TableAll our cotton scarves are left unfinished on the edges for a natural drape. The sewn joint is thin and comfortable on the neck. Arm knit cowls and scarves are all tested (by me!) for wearability. Unless expressly noted, yarn is synthetic or a synthetic blend that doesn’t lead to itching and irritation that some wool and other blends may.

This is the fifth post in our Get To Know Us series, but if you missed any of the other posts in this eight part series, you can find them all HERE. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us!