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How to schedule your knitting projects

That is actually a question, one I ask myself often. How do you schedule your knitting/crocheting projects? Do you plan or just go for it? Do you have a craft book with a calendar? Do you get the yarn then the pattern or vice versa? All of these questions require planning, if you ask me. So a planning we will go, hi ho the merry..wait wrong song..but you get my point¬† Continue reading “How to schedule your knitting projects”

You know you knit too much when…

I know that is a dumb statement but when you come across an ad for handbags and all you see is the knitwear. Houston, I think we have a problem! I am about to attack your senses ok? All photos are courtesy of Mimco and IF you notice a bag you like you can shop here. But honestly, what bag? ūüĎÄ Continue reading “You know you knit too much when…”

Thought of the day

I was on Periscope and a blogger said this  

 
And I agree 100% what do you think? Let’s discuss

~GG 

Comparing is a CONFIDENCE killer

Today’s post comes from a place I rarely share, so bare with me my friends.

Most days while working from home I often listen to motivational scopes on Periscope. Side note: if you are on Twitter and are NOT on Periscope I need you to get it together. Live streaming the latest “thing” and it is feeding my hungry soul. OK so back to today. I have my daily must see scopes and BTW, I don’t always catch them live but I will watch the replay. So my day ALWAYS starts with Dr Walter Sims and when I tell you he sets me ablaze with his daily affirmations. Then there is Mr David Gibson, I have spoken of him often…love his energy and he ALWAY drops a good word in my ear. Today he said “Success must be intentional” POW! right in my face like always! But neither of them prompted this blog post.

This post is all because of Tina Moore Brown, I met her virtually on Doc Sims daily scope so when I can catch her I do. The title pulled me in because I am guilty. ¬†Comparison is good and bad, but for me it is mostly bad. Let me explain. I know you have read at least one post where I said I am a fairly new knitter and someone ALWAYS corrects me. GG has been knitting for close to 6 years now, what is new about that? That statement comes from me comparing myself to other “knitters”, folks I hold in high regard, you know that person you stalk on Ravelry? Yea..them! That comparing what I have made to that of someone else makes me question myself and when that happens I run, mentally, but run none the less.

I can honestly say I don’t blog as much because I look at other blogs and compare and find fault so I avoid. UGH I have to get better guys. If I don’t believe in me how can I expect anyone else to believe and/or follow me? My YouTube channel, same thing, I stopped doing video because so-n-so does better, or has more views, or has a better camera or is more attractive or blah, blah and the blah. Trust me I can fill in the blanks, because I can go on and on about what is not right, which in turn makes me avoid situations for fear of failure.

I won’t even talk about my ETSY shop..yup, comparing made me let that fall to the way side and for what? I really don’t have a good reason other than looking at others I just didn’t feel like I was doing as well or had enough folks liking my shop. UGH if only I could get out of my own head! I thank God for sending angels my way just when I need them. Yes I feel like Doc, David and Tina are all angels. The other angel happens to be family. My cousin Jackie, called wondering why nothing was in the shop because she needed a birthday gift ¬†I didn’t have a good answer, so I got to work and guess what? I sold 7 items in less than 24 hours. COMPARING is a confidence killer. No one has ever complained, I have no reason not to keep my shop stocked, not one!

So starting today, I am done with comparison. What is for me will be, I am not talking to myself, you guys are here and have been; therefore, I will write, I will share my fiber follies and yarn obsessions. I sure will, there is no reason for me not.

Can any of you relate? Has comparison killed your confidence? Let’s discuss

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

You have to TRY

I know I have mentioned this young man before David Gibson, I listen to his daily broadcast on Periscope every chance I get. Today he said

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and wow did that hit me straight in the face! I am typing this post with tears in my eyes, because I am so sure I have missed out on so many things because I didn’t try. I didn’t think I could do it, so I avoided.

  • I didn’t think I could knit until I tried
  • I didn’t think I could sell on Etsy until I tried
  • I didn’t think I could have a fan page on Facebook until I tried
  • I didn’t think I could have folks interested enough to follow me on Instagram until I tried
  • I didn’t think I could have a blog with readers until I tried
  • I didn’t think I could make videos on Youtube until I tried

So to all of you that take the time to read my post, what haven’t you tried? You will never know if you can until you do. ¬†What would you like to do but fear you cannot? Let’s talk!

You know you knit too much when…

Your family was close to calling 911 because you left your project bag in Pennsylvania, true story. ¬†I saw a pic that Allfreeknitting posted and I had jump on the bandwagon. I know you know I don’t think one could ever knit too much. So what had happen was…IMG_7045

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Saturday afternoon I jumped in the car and drove to Bushkill Pa, to see my god brother Carlton and his new family. It goes without saying that I don’t leave home with out my knitting. I mean, well I just don’t. ¬†Once I arrived the mingling began and I didn’t get to take my knitting out, which is extremely rare for me, but I had a good time. It’s time to leave because I didn’t want to drive back in the dark..so I am saying my goodbyes and someone asked about my knitting.

IMG_7033¬†and the bragging began…of course I took out my WIP. Heck what crafter do you know that doesn’t love a good show and tell session? Anyway I give hugs and kisses all around and head back home. The drive is a little under 2 hours.

I get home and I make the obligatory “I made it home safely call” when I hear this “Gaye Gaye, you know that cowl you are making that you showed me?” I say “yes” smiling in anticipation of the forth coming compliment right? WRONG she goes on to say “it’s still here, you left and I got up to walk back in the house and it dropped out of my lap!”

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Please understand I almost crashed!! If you could have seen me patting the seat next me, because I didn’t believe her. This HAD to be a cruel joke, that was NOT funny. How could I leave my precious yarn behind?? I didn’t even have anything to drink, so I can’t even say I was out of my mind.

Driving back up there alone in the dark, was not an option. Although I gave it serious consideration. So I came home and tried to just go to sleep and guys I am not exaggerating I could not go to sleep. I was truly sad

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She called me back to let me know that she sent it home with her sister that doesn’t live too far from me. So crisis over, but you all know I was about to go to her house at 11pm to get my stuff!! LOL I really need help, because I couldn’t relax enough to sleep. Some folks do warm milk, I do a row or two. #sorrynotsorry

Have you ever left a project behind?

I hope your weekend was a good one

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

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I was just on Periscope listening to a young man named David Gibson. He calls his followers #dreamcatchers, he delivers inspirational scopes daily. Today was the first day I listened to him and listen to me…he said so many things that brought me to tears, but the one that rang loud and true for me was HOPE. He said HOPE = hold on pain ends and I instantly thought of my yarn and how I constantly hold on tight until the bad things past. Pain does end and I will keep knitting until it does.

He talked about self esteem. Man I know you all are going to say the same thing…”GG you are…” fill in the blank with whatever YOU think about me, but believe me when I say I don’t see what you all see. I am still learning to love me, to know that I am good enough, to know that I am worthy. I am being transparent as I type this, but I truly blush when you all say I am beautiful. My goal is to look in the mirror and say that and believe it!

He talked about fear. My GOD, FEAR has it’s hands firmly around my heart. Fear stopped me from starting a blog. I mean who would want to listen to me. Fear stopped me from starting an Etsy shop, I don’t knit well enough for someone to purchase it. I still haven’t done my own website, because FEAR!

I will end this here…I used the picture above because, I never thought I could make something like that…..

Hold On Pain Ends ~David Gibson

~GG

It’s all about the Scarf, about the scarf..no CURLS!!

So I posted this pic in a knit group I belong to on Facebook saying how good it feels to be able to say “I made it” when someone asks about my knitwear. Ladies..this pic has gotten so many comments and about guess what?? My hair! hahahahahahah but NOT.

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I was showing them my expression on my face when folk say where did you get that…that’s the “I made it smirk” But NOOOO, they wannna love up on the hair. I wanted to say look at the S C A R F dammit!! ¬†THE SCARF!! This ain’t about Sasha (my hair) I had folks stating their hair is straight as straw and they would love my curls. I had some approach with the classic what do you use and how do you get your hair to curl like that, questions. I wanted to yell…”SERIOUSLY, Y’ALL DON’T SEE THAT BEAUTIFUL SCARF” around my damn neck…hair always stealing the show. Got me singing “It’s all about the scarf, no Curls!” in my Megan Trainor voice. :p

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I told you all this one designer I ADORE..Terri Hampton-Rosenthal I met her at Vogue Knitting Live and I was having a fan moment. I was all introducing myself and telling her which of her patterns I made and she was like “GG! I would know those curls anywhere” well I’ll be jumped up and down! you don’t know my knitting though right? hahahahahaahahahahakhaha¬†‚Ä™#‚Äénaturalhairrocks‚Ĩ¬†#butmyknittingishot

That pic has 500+ likes and counting.  But  this pic with the scarf only has 100+ likes. I call foul on the play!

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I am feeling some kinda way guys! I know you all are probably like but GG and I am like but my eye!! hahahahahaha My SCARF is ca-ute!! Now if I posted that pic in a hair group I would expect the hair comments. I think they hurt my feelings! hahahahahahaha Why won’t they look at my scarf? If I get one more alert saying that scarf is nice but that hair OMG!! NO! NO!! You OMG my scarf!! My scarf is ¬†OMG worthy! hahahahaahahahahahaa

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Here are the details on the scarf in case you are interested in THE SCARF!!! The pattern is Silk ‘N’ Scribbles by StevenBe¬†the yarn I used was 1 skein of ¬†Madelinetosh Home and like 1/2 skein of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace held double. I used a us17 needle. I am absolutely going to do this again…this is such a great recipe for a beautiful end result! I love the texture that is created by working with the two different yarn weights

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Ok rant over….

Knit on my fiber friends..knit on

I could be sad, down in the dumps or the dreaded D word depressed but nope I knit; and with every stitch I remind myself I GOT THIS!

More often than not I get co-signers when I speak of my battered heart so I share this for you too. Come on say it with me “I got this!”

Have a wonderful start of the week ūüėė

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

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