I am so excited to be at this point. It has been a year in the coming, and there is still a few things I need to work out, but I can’t do that without some beta testers.
For anyone who’s followed me for the last year, you’ll know I have been mentioning starting teaching. I’ve already been teaching children locally for over a year, so now it’s your turn.
Do you have an interest in crafts?
Have you ever wished you could make pieces of clothing for either yourself or family?
Have you looked at a cute baby sweater or seen a scarf and wished you could make it for yourself?
Have you some previous experience with being taught or trying to learn to knit or crochet?
If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions and would like more details on how you can help me to finalise my teaching courses and get 1-to-1 virtual teaching sessions with me, for a reduction of the final fees I’ll be asking, then you can sign up now by clicking the Buy Now button
After payment has been received I will send you all the info on what you’ll get and what is involved. If you would rather chat to me before hand then please fill in the contact form here.
In a 3 month period of beta testing you will receive:
1 hour of private video call every week for 3 months (using your preferred method of Skype, Zoom or Messenger. VALUE £195)
Materials supplied for 2 to 3 projects (3 pairs of knitting needles OR 3 crochet hooks, 400g of wool or cotton yarn, project bag and a selection of notions including tape measure, sewing needles, scissors and stitch markers. VALUE up to £60)
Live q&a 2 or 3 times/per week (VALUE £135)
Access to public as well as private, more detailed You Tube videos (VALUE £300)
4 PDF patterns for your 4 projects which are yours to keep and use over and over again, plus instructions in PDF form to make 16 squares which can be turned into a lap blanket (VALUE £18)
Private Facebook group to ask questions, get help and share your progress.
If you join my beta test group for 3 months starting Sept 2019, you’ll get all this and more for just £511.88 OR 3 payments of £172.73/month OR 6 payments of £86.66/month OR 12 payments of £43.33 (VALUE £750+). If you would prefer the instalment option please contact me here.
After this 3 month period you will have the required skills to carry on your basic knitting/crochet. Or you can opt to continue for a further 3 months at the further discounted price of £555. After 6 month’s you will hopefully have all the knowledge you need to continue your yarn crafts alone, although you may opt to stay in my yarn craft group to share your experiences and projects with other new members.
I have been meaning to write this post for some time, but life, death, work, learning, …… just about every excuse and reason imaginable has caused me to either forget on days I’m free to write, or made me remember only at times I haven’t been able to.
Enough of the excuses though. I know they don’t serve me. they literally keep me from my own success because if I’m not providing accurate information, well how can you, dear readers, find out where I am.
So for newbies to me blog, and for oldies who may have been wondering: I am about to close down my Etsy shop and move my products elsewhere. There are a few reason for this, but mainly it is to support UK sites more, and to be more worth the money I pay out in fess. I’m sure you’ll agree that if as an independent business it’s possible to keep overheads down then it’s worth doing.
Anyone who has followed me or seen me on Facebook or Instagram probably already knows. I now have 2 shiny new(ish) shops, on 2 new platforms.
First up is my nuMONDAY shop. I opened this back in May because they were offering free imports of Etsy listings, and with a set monthly fee I didn’t have anything to lose. This is currently where I am concentrating my custom items. That is anything that is made to order at all that was previously listed on Etsy is now in this shop. I almost have everything I used to have there now available and I am working on adding more specific listings over the coming months.
My second new shop is on a brand new marketplace site which opened back in July 2018. The Heartizan Magical Marketplace is another UK based site ran by fellow crafters and makers who have done a great deal of work before they even launched to make the experience for sellers the best they can.
Despite the concerns and stresses of my personal life in the last few months, I have still been able to glean more from the information passed on than in my previous 4 years selling on Etsy. I still have a long way to go, but then aren’t we all as entrepreneurs always learning more about business and best practice for selling ourselves and our products.
So over at Indigosky2knit on Heartizan you can find all my ready to ship items, plus a selection of best sellers. That is anything that I have already made and will be shipped immediately is found over there. In addition to these products I have also decided to add one or two of my best sellers. This includes Breastfeeding Hats, Dragon Scale Gloves and Crocodile Stitch booties. I will also be adding in wool nappy covers and high top baby booties, as well as one or two other items as time goes on.
For now I just wanted to make sure this information on shop changes was here, before my Etsy shop closes, and anyone coming here from over there can easily find what there looking for about where you can now buy from.
Much love and peace
It’s been 3 months since my mum passed away, I’m still working on ways to cope, ways to accept that I’ll never see her in this world again, and seeing the sadness in my dad when we visit.
I’ve had a few days of being gentle with myself as we passed that first quarter of a year, remembering how much I have to be grateful for from her, and enjoying having lots of practical work time while I meditated and reflected.
There’s a big part of me just wants to curl up in a ball right now, but of course I can’t do that. I have a business, a home, children of my own who need me present. So my crochet, knitting, reading and some binge watching, as well as taking some time to be with my girls too have been foremost in my week.
When you lose a loved one, a close loved one, your world changes. It isn’t always negative changes though. Aside from these few days, every so often, where I need to remember my loss, I have spent the last 3 month’s reflecting on all the things my mum showed me in life, good and bad parts from our past, that have brought me to where I am now.
I have learned to take the best parts of her, her life, her history and grow on from them.
Next week I’ll be back to full on business head and organised mum role. For now I’m remembering my own mum, her determination to look after her family before all things, to see us as more important than any one else, and to work hard to give us the best she could 💜
It wasn’t always roses, but it was always love!
Much love to you all
This last weekend was all about self care.
After what has felt like a crappy, unproductive week, after the 2 month anniversary of my mum’s passing hit me more than I expected, it has been a more than welcome end to the week.
Do I feel guilty for not working when I should be? Some, especially with customers who’ve been waiting longer than that 2 months for completion of their work.
Do I feel guilty for leaving my 3 year old crying today because I’ve gone out early for the 2nd morning? Again, some!
But both my children and my customers will benefit more in the long run from a healthy, happy, more centred and emotionally healed mum/me than they will if I keep running on empty and burn out. Seeing the bigger picture, the future for me and my family, is fundamental to this journey I am on 💜
Ever wondered what being a work at home mum looks like? This is a perfect example: last night trying to eat some dinner quickly, get a new listing added to my nuMONDAY store, I was also editing photos to post on a Facebook post, before going Live on my page.
I got it ALL done though, eventually (I didn’t get the shop listing done till half 10 as I forgot to set it live at the time 🙈). This week I’ve had the most successful week, planning, working and actually looking after me, family and the house too. Being a mum, working in the house where your kids are 24/7 is certainly challenging, but organisation is key to focus, that and sleep! This picture actually shows you exactly why sleep is important.
I’ve had a couple of late nights entirely my own fault not following my own rules 😊 which means a late start to the day and then I still need to get certain things done in certain time frames to either look after kids in a timely manner or because they’re the best times for my clients, customers and followers. If I’d have gone to bed earlier, got up earlier and therefore got some of these things done earlier, I’d not have been cramming 4 tasks into 1 hour 😱🤪😂
That means ditching the distractions of unnecessary time on social media and watching excessive negative news and shows, taking time for self care (however you want the to be. For me it’s a shower, meditation and getting outside) and filling yourself with positive influences, reading, learning skills and meeting new people who are where you want to be in life or who have the same goals.
Being a work at home mum is challenging at times, but so fecking rewarding and fun (If it’s not fun find a different approach). Amazing things are happening and all the work is going to pay off big time!
Much love to you all
I feel the difference! The relief of the stresses of recent months is so tangible I can almost grasp it, hold it close and then let it go.
In the last 2 weeks alone I feel I have accomplished more for Indigosky2Knit’s big plans than I have in the whole of the rest of the year before.
I have made (but not yet edited) my intro video for my You Tube channel (watch this space). I have started to discover the wonders of Canva, and all the things I can now use it to create for work (and fun 😀 ).
I have been using resources that I have been paying for for almost a year to start to create amazing things.
In the words of the fabulous Carrie Green: ‘I can, and I will, watch me!’
Much love and best wishes
My Lord where do I start? What do I say?
Well I don’t want to write too much, it’s too hard, but I do need to share something here and post about my absence. I know I don’t have to, however it’s been big and writing something will help.
Four weeks ago my mum died. I have mentioned her a couple of times this year, the last time was to share how she’d been poorly and we were concerned. Well back in June cancer was discovered and within 4 weeks she had sadly passed away.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to explain all the feelings and emotions that go through you when your hear a doctor say those words. So much, so many. First of all given her dementia condition it made the prognosis poor, but they did decide to perform a minor operation in the hopes she would be able to eat again and regain some strength. At the end of June she was readmitted to hospital just over a week from the diagnosis and I dropped all things here in West Yorkshire and travelled by train with my 3 year old to go and stay with my dad.
His own condition of macular degeneration makes things hard from a different point of view. As the Teeny Girl and I stayed with him we helped him with small day to day tasks, but he showed great resilliance and ingenuity to carry out many things, and together we did things like make fruit bread in his bread machine and cooked hotpot and savoury mince to my mum’s recipe.
That morning on the 9th July when he came into me at 5.30am to say my mum had gone was like nothing else. Torn between sadness, relief at her no longer suffering, concern for how my dad would cope, and knowing within a week I’d get to see my hubby and 2 bigger girls again, was a massive mix of emotions.
Of course in the middle of it all massive work based things happened. That’s the side of self employment. It was awesome to be able to just drop and go and be with my dad. To be able to take an amount of work with me and to be able to continue some of the admin jobs like updating shops and social media. I opened a shop on a brand new site just a week after joining my dad. I wanted to be so excited about it, but it was tinged with the fact I couldn’t just focus on that and learn the new platform. I continued working on my other new shop is opened in May on the nuMonday platform where for now all custom orders will be taken. Finally I also upgraded this site so that I will eventually be able to move some of my shop and sales over here for more complex items, especially adult wear.
I’d like to take one final minute to thank the wonderful customers that I received orders from to be made in time for winter, but without the pressure to make and ship while I was away from home. These orders enabled me to have the means to go at a moments notice to catch the train and rush to be with my dad during this hard time and visit my mum as much as I was able in her last weeks.
So, that’s it. One huge update on where I have been and what is going on and now after a few weeks spent regrouping and reassessing plans I’m back and ready to show you great things 💜
Much love and blessings
It’s been a hard 2 weeks here at Indigosky2Knit HQ. A little over 2 weeks ago my mum was taken to hospital after several days of not being able to eat properly, not keeping what she did eat down, and slowly getting more and more withdrawn.
After a week in hospital we got the news that she has a tumour in her stomach with spreading to her liver. This news at the age of 81, with progressive dementia too, leaves treatment options in question. While we have been waiting to hear what the doctors have discussed about her family and friends have been trying to come to terms with the information.
As I’ve previously discussed my relationship with my mum has had it’s ups and downs, but she taught me many things that make me the woman and mum I am today, and much of how she was as a strong woman have brought me to my choices with my own life, knowing my own mind, wanting to stay home with my children, and doing what I know in my heart is right.
I know she would have chosen to home educate my sisters and myself had she known back in the 1960’s and 70’s that she could. She I know she was proud with the way I chose to set my own business and not leave my children to go out and work, she’d done the same. I do wish she could grasp now the work I am trying to do to build my business to be better and give opportunities, better than the ones I had, to my own girls.
I know that whatever happens now here spirit will continue to watch over me, be with me and my memories of her, despite the hard ones, will keep me as the strong woman I am, determined to give my Biggest Why’s the life they deserve <3
Much love to you all
I’ve quite a mix of items featured on social media this week, from baby hats to women’s headbands. If you’re shopping for birthdays late in the years or sopping for Christmas than be sure to have a browse.
More brand new items have been listed this week and will be featured next week, but you can see them here already if you wish.
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Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping <3
Happy Monday all, if of course you’re reading this on Monday, if not Happy Day, whatever day it is <3
I am making sure I write my blog posts this week, even if I’m not entirely sure what I am writing about. I am getting a clearer idea on what Indgosky2Knit is doing in the future, both my teaching side and my creative selling side. Not only that, but am also working out how to progress my aromatherapy and crystal business in line with my position as an independent consultant for NYR Organics.
Of course attempting to grow 2 businesses and declutter a life and home around 3 children, 2 home educated and 1 toddler, well let’s just say it takes some serious planning and organisation.
Last week I got a gorgeous new planner from Cordwain Higgler which will perfectly suit my business planner inserts from Ultimate Success Planner on Etsy. Now I have my business planner, home ed diary and family organiser, and my personal life journal in 3 separate binders, which means 3 times the planning fun 😉
So this week I am working on some fabulous custom orders, an adult waterfall cardigan, starting a chunky adult sweater and a child’s ballet shrug. I am also making as many little baby items as I possibly can to add to my Etsy shop. I am also putting out my first call for beta testers of my online video teaching or adults, sign up to my newsletter for details of that, even though I’m still not sure where and how that is working, but that’s why I need some lovely testers.
I’ll be teaching local home educated children tomorrow, as well as taking my own girls to their various classes and groups through the week, we have art, football and a couple of social events. Then before I know it it’s Sunday again and I’m planning another week!
I am loving this journey though, this journey to living the life I want, giving my children the freedom they deserve and watching my husband find and follow his dreams too <3
Have a great week lovely readers, and maybe I will get another post or two written this week. Oh yes, it’s great to be back.
Much love and best wishes