Big Changes!

Over the last week or so I have made some big changes and big decisions.  These include a lot of thought about my fears and my future.

Some big changes are always a little difficult I think especially if you have to make the final decision yourself.  As many of you probably know I own Peggy’s Collection which is a UK based knitwear company and I design knitting patterns too.  I also own Peggy’s Yarns which I hand dyed yarns and sold various knitting accessories.

I am afraid one of my big decisions was to close Peggy’s Yarns.   The main reason for this is because I want to concentrate on my design work and it just simply was not making enough money to continue.

I would like to thank all my supporters through Peggy’s Yarns though and I have made some great friends through it.  I will still very much be on the knitting scene just not with my own yarns.  In a way it makes me quite excited to try other people’s yarns and use them in my designs.

I have also decided to start a counselling course.  A few years ago while I was doing my law degree I studied psychology.  I have a diploma in this and I loved the work very much.  So I have plunged into the world of assignments and studying once again.

I believe this will be a rewarding career for me as it will help others as well as enriching my life too.

I will be carrying on with this blog featuring motivational posts, beauty, knitting and my life in general.  So I hope you will all continue to follow my blog and enjoy it.

Sorry if I have rambled a little on this blog post but I had lots to tell you all.

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I’m back

I’ve been slacking a little recently with my blog so I apologise to all my readers. Life has got in the way a little but I’m back again.

We have celebrated my nieces birthday heidi was 18 years old and wow that makes me feel so old! I got her a Pandora charm for her to keep forever and my mum and myself had some flowers with a balloon delivered to her sixth form for her 🙂

The next birthday we celebrate will be mine. One that is a milestone lol if I could choose a cake I would have this one, isn’t it fabulous!

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I have lots of hand dyed yarns going into my peggy’s yarns shop this week but something else new are these minion stitch markers. So cute and selling well peggy’s yarns

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Rolo is getting bigger, nearly 11 weeks old now, still as tiny. He has had his first injection and we can’t wait to take him for a walk to the local park. The weather has been beautiful recently so hoping it stays like this now.

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My mum made me this cushion the other day. Love it and it goes great with my colour scheme in my living room. She obviously also loves to knit and she always has to have something on the needles.

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I haven’t made any progress on my socks but I have been knitting a commission which is on a deadline. But then I will finish all the socks! Including my own pattern I am designing

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Ask for what you want

This is something I have been saying for quite some time. I love this Madonna quote and I believe if you get it straight in your mind what you want you can achieve anything you wish.

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I have been wanting to change my website for a while now. So I asked someone whose website I admired and they told me how to do it. So simple! I now have a new website with my etsy shop items imported into it, so easy to manage and update. New website

I have added lots more stitch markers and beautiful unique yarns.

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We have also celebrated both my son’s birthdays since I wrote my last blog post. My youngest son was 8 years old and my eldest son was 14 years old.  How time flies!

We also added an addition to the family.  Meet Rolo. He is a 8 week Chihuahua and so adorable. The children love them and the early mornings are so worth it to have them.

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Of course there has been lots of knitting going on too. I am knitting a chunky knit cardigan for a commission.  I still have two pairs of socks on the go.  Big thanks to @lizmakesit my friend on Twitter encouraging me with the socks and offering hugs on any bad days I have.

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Not just a glass jar

Over Christmas we have had a lot of glass jars emptied. I use them for a number of things which I would like to share with you all.

Of course you can use them to store things in or for crafts such as painting. But here are a few other imaginative ideas

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With dark nights still here popping a candle inside a glass jar is a lovely idea and you can always decorate it too

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Another great idea is to grow herbs in on your kitchen window sill. This idea we are doing this year for sure 

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Pop a little poise of flowers into a glass jar. Looks delightful especially if the flowers were picked from your garden or in the wild.

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Having a party? Why not serve your drinks in glass jars with a funky straw. Great for all ages

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Then top it off with individual birthday trifles. So easy to make and could be made the night before the party 

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Hope you have enjoyed these ideas for glass jars. Let me know your favourites or anything you do 

Organising craft items

I love the start of the new year for organising everything. I don’t like clutter and like things to have their own place in my home.

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I love this idea for using pegs for pieces of yarn you wish to keep. Such a handy idea and looks pretty too.

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Another idea for using up oddments of yarn is to use it on presents. Something I will be doing for birthdays this year.

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If you have any empty tissue boxes left use them to store your yarn in or while you are knitting. You could even decorate the empty boxes yourself.

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Glass jars are excellent for keeping buttons especially if you have lots of different colours that need sorting out. A great visual display on a shelf or desk.

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I have a lot of yarn in my stash, which knitter doesn’t?! These shoe holders are a great idea for storing yarn in 

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Let me know if you have any hints or tips on craft storage too.

A round up of 2013?

Everyone seems to do a round up of the year on their blogs. I will be high lighting the things I am proud of in 2013 but not mentioning everything.

What did 2013 teach me? Actually it taught me a lot. Mainly about going after what you want and New beginnings. I moved to a new house this year which I love. I have amazing family and have made some wonderful friends too.

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Of course work will be included in this blog post. I was featured in let’s knit magazine again and knit today. Knit today and the local paper ran stories on the charity ideas I was doing for pancreatic cancer to help raise money. I also had great success selling my designs on etsy to a wide range of countries.

I have decided to concentrate on my knitting pattern designs for 2014 and just do the odd commision. I am starting a podcast too and YouTube channel. I am also going to be dyeing more yarns for peggy’s yarns. Therefore trying to expand it more.

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2014 is going to be the year that I really make things happen while still keeping my family a priority too.

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