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Octoberfest is here

If you follow me on social media at all, or are over in my Facebook group, you’ll have heard me mention Octoberfest, an event on Facebook, more than once in recent weeks. Well very quickly today, I’m sharing my offerings over there, and one or two of my other favourites.

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 Three little pumpkin hats, sizes 0-36 months.

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 Baby and toddler bat booties.

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Teen/small adult acorn headband.


Girly autumn cloche hat.

Halloween tote bag.

Do come over to Facebook on Sunday and check out the event, some of my favourite other pages over there are 4 Munchkins Crafts gorgeous charm bracelets, Eleven 01 Bebé who makes stunning CE marked dolls and Bibbity Bobbins beautiful kids clothes. And that barely scratches the surface of all the fabulous sellers featured.

The event starts here 7.30pm (BST) on October 8th 2017.

Much love And have a great weekend.

Davina

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Wool Nappy Covers

I’ve been saying I’ll speak about wool covers for cloth nappies for a while now, so it’s time to get down to it, and write something up.

The Magic of Wool

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Wool is one of the most popular natural fibres around the world for clothing and soft furnishings. I’m sure everyone knows that it comes from these fluffy creatures. Many sheep are primarily raised for their wool specifically. And this amazing fibre has some remarkable properties. I’m going to list some of those below, and say specifically why that makes it great as a nappy cover.

  • It is anti-microbial
  • It is mould resistant
  • It is breathable
  • It is water repellent
  • It has balancing insulation properties
  • It is flame resistant
  • It is sustainable

There is probably more, but these are what I’m going to talk about here. Being used as a nappy cover means it is covering over nappies that, well lets face it, get peed and pooped in. Because it is antibacterial and anti microbial it doesn’t hold on to microbes and bacteria. It literally absorbs them, but doesn’t re-emit them. This is thanks to the lanolin and keratin, natural proteins found in wool. These properties also mean when it gets damp it doesn’t hold on to those microbes that cause other things to grow mould.

As a breathable fabric, wool literally allows any moisture that touches it to evaporate, so covering over a cloth nappy allows dampness that reaches the outside of the nappy literally come out the other side and disappear. Due to repelling the damp it feels dry from the outside (assuming nappies are changed at regular intervals of btween 3 and 4 hours maximum.)

So is it only suitable for winter? Well no, it isn’t. In fact even for children and adult clothing wool is super amazing. Due to the breathability and the fact it is balancing as insulation, it literally keeps you warm in winter, by insulating you, but in warm weather it allows you stay cool. Of course if you wear a chunky wool jumper in the hottest summer you’ll still get hot, but a light wool layer doesn’t make you too warm. This makes wool clothing over nappies for babies an awesome choice to keep them covered in the sun (Oh yeah it also filter UV rays!) but they won’t overheat. It’s also worth considering the option of wool, rather than synthetic blankets, based on this.

The fact it is flame resistant is self-explanatory really. While I don’t sell nappy covers specifically for night time use, many people do use them over night, and all the clothing and cover used on a baby while sleeping should be flame resistant (a fact to think about if buying or making acrylic baby clothes and blankets. If you see how acrylic melts and stick when you burn it, you think twice about ever risking that getting stuck to your, or someone else’s baby).

Finally the sustainable nature of wool. As many sheep are kept for their wool primarily, they are sheared annually over many years to obtain the wool, the wool used last an extremely long time, many people I speak to have had wool clothing for years, 50 or more not being uncommon. When it comes to nappy covers, well of course your baby grows, but covers will last subsequent babies, longies become board shorts or crops, boardies become shorties. This is why I ensure the rise is generous on my nappy covers as that stretches for a number of months. And when they don’t need the nappies any more? Well my Teeny girl wore her longies from 2 years ago as little crops in the summer just gone now she’s no longer in nappies. And to mark the release of this blog I am setting up a brand new Facebook group premarily for all hand knitted wool nappy covers to be sold, both brand new by makers, and preloved from all makers, the only condition is hand knitted ones only. I’ll add the link below.

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October is here

Quite simply put, I love October, I love the cooler weather, I love wrapping up warm and I love the increasing longer nights.

Yeah, yeah I know, all that extra darkness, all that rain, all those cloudy days, but nope non of that dampens my love for autumn and winter.

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For me this month means a family holiday, our first ever since having kids, that’s 8 years overdue, right? It means lots of work, because of course more people want warm gloves and scarves and hats, although I’m going to show you over the coming months just why you want knitwear in the spring and summer too.

So how am I going to stay motivated? Well aside from my awesome holiday, (did I mention that yet?) I have been working on self-love, particularly with the fabulous Mel Wells who wrote ‘The Goddess Revolution: Food and Body Freedom for Life’. Last week she held a Self-Love Week, where I managed to bring up some very raw feelings, feelings I thought I was over. I guess I’m still a work in progress though 😉 

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Self-love, the key to showing the universe that you know you are worthy of all the good it provides.

Have a fabulous week lovely people

Warm wishes and love

Davina

 

 

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Women in business

I have loads to say about this, but it reveals ‘stuff’, personal sorta stuff and life sorta stuff, stuff we really should talk about, but that we often don’t. I’m just going to scratch a very small surface here, as it’s played a massive part in my life last week, and is the cause each month on me hitting a ‘go slow’, a go slow I have struggled sometimes to get out of. Then before I know it another month has past and I’ve got nowhere. This changes, here now, this month (well last month actually) this has changed!

Women have cycles

So yeah, shocking news here, we women have cycles! Every single month we have changes in our bodies and hormones that cause changes, changes in our state of mind, changes in our feelings and emotions, and yes dealing with these around running your own business is sometimes more than challenging. Staying motivated, taking rejection, not feeling like curling up under a duvet with a good book or Netflix can be one of the biggest challenges around. Add to this having children around if you do, a partner, a home to care for, and sometimes it’s hard if you have a bad day to just get up and carry on.

I’m lucky I guess that moods and pain are not major issues with me (although you’d have to check with my hubby and kids, they may have a different story on the mood side, I will admit to having much less patience than I usually do 😉 ). However, it is still difficult to switch the mind off and to stay motivated, when seriously all you want to do, and really should be able to do, is chill, look after ourselves and take on that self care.

Working on it 

So here’s one of the many things I’m working on, knowing my cycle well enough to plan around it, how much work I have, what and where I share my work, planning family meals around it, so I can eat well, but make it as easy as possible to do so.

Stay motivated, keep looking at the good things in life, help everyone to see that there are good things in their life, despite the trials and worries, and be happy!

Much love

Davina <3

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Motivational Monday

quote-1460228_640 I am keeping myself motivated for the coming week with some happy inspirational quotes, affirmations and thoughts and I want to share some with you all.

I have come a long way in the last 2 months in my own mindfulness and self care, and it is showing in my life, my house, my family and of course my businesses. I have been actively finding gratitude for everything, even for the seemingly negative, like drinking too much wine last night and staying up having a Facebook argument, oops! What do I possibly have to be grateful for, waking up late, with a toddler and 6 year old climbing on me fighting for cuddles, and a slight headache to boot? How could I possible find positives in that?

Well, just a few short months ago I’d have let that set me up for a negative start to the week, I’d have complained about it in a negative way and I’d have stated on my Social Media that that was just typical for a Monday, even though I always take time for myself on a Monday, I’d have still used it negatively.

chalkboard-1927332_640So how can I have found happiness and been grateful for the late start, headache and noisy shouting kids? First of all, 2 of my beautiful children were fighting over loving me! They just wanted to cuddle me so tight, and how can I not love and be happy about that <3 The reason for the extra wine last night? Celebrating a HUGELY successful week, more orders in one week than I’ve taken since the start of the year, more opportunities for the coming week, and knowing this is only the beginning of my awesome journey into making life better for all those around me! I can’t help but be grateful for the slight physical reminder of how happy I was last night. And of course I have been out of that noise and chaos all day, so I made the most of the cuddles while I had them. I also got to eat the best hangover cure in my local town hall cafe, bacon, egg and mushrooms in gluten free bread, so I wasn’t going to be feeling any worse!

As for the Facebook argument? Well I’m owning that mistake! I am using it as a reminder that I should not be going on Social Media after I’ve turned my computer and got ready for bed, that one slip into an old habit does not mean I have to stop all my new habits and become my old self again. I am still making steps forward to a better, happier life everyday. One slip into an old habit, does not mean you’re screwed forever! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on being the best you you can be, and then be even better!

motivational-999247_640I cannot wait to share more of my dreams and plans over the coming months, for now I’ll leave you with one more thought. Make sure you look after you, make your space bright and fill it with what makes you happy, whether it’s your car, your office, your kitchen, or some other room in your house, or even just your desk at work, make it so every time you see it, it makes YOU smile 😀

Write down every little thing, every day that has made you smile, made you happy, brought you joy or peace, and know if you do this every single day, you will start to be the happiest YOU! (OK that might have been 2 more thoughts ;-P <3 )

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Have a fabulous week everyone

Much love and peace to you all

Davina <3

 

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Ready to ship woolly goodies

Today’s post is simply a run down of this weeks ready to ship Etsy listings, plus read to the end to find out what I’m giving away over in my Facebook group this month

First up from the start of this week, this adorable pair of tiny longies. These are 100% pure wool so are ideal to use as a nappy cover over cloth nappies/diapers. for more info on why you should use wool, or how to care for it I’ll be writing blogs in the future <3

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These cuties are perfect for little feet, made to for up to 6 months, they’re soft hand dyed superwash wool.

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A brand new make from last weekend, these cotton adult wristwarmers. Made from chunky 100% cotton yarn, and I have enough yarn to make a second pair, which means there are 2 pairs listed over on Etsy.

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I cannot believe this cutie has made it through the summer without being snapped up, especially through the sale, but here it is. This sweet baby girl sunhat will fit up to age 9 months, and is 100% cotton. This is meant for some cutie little baby, so it will find it’s right home very soon <3

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Looking for a gift for a mum, or a good friend? This lovely soft cotton/wool blend shawl is so lovely. It is really easy care, it just needs a quick cool dip in water, squeeze the excess water out and then leave it to dry. It is one of the quickest things I’ve seen dry.

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This cute little hat will fit age 3-6 months or longer. It is a wool/cotton/acrylic blend.

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And finally, the longest a pair of these have sat in stock, this pair of rainbow striped, crocodile stitch baby booties. These will fit 0-3 months or longer. Made from machine washable (as wool) wool/nylon blend yarn, they are one of my most popular items (I’ve made 2 or 3 bigger pairs in the time these have been in stock), but shockingly these have not yet sold. Pop over and check them out <3

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If you’d like to see any of these, then join me for my Facebook live on Sunday, where I will also be sharing more on this months September giveaway, if you can’t wait till then, then here is a little clue:

Have a fabulous weekend

Much love

Davina

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Wednesday is study day

As I have mentioned more than once as well as Indigosky2Knit I have the pleasure of representing NYR Organics as an Independant Consultant, selling a whole range of organic bath, beauty and healthy living products. Some of those include a wide range of aromatherapy essential oils and other items.

So I am very excited to share that I have been working on my first 2 modules of my course to train as an aromatherapist. This is a mega step in my long term business goals and plans.

The art of aromatherapy 

I have been taken back in time to ancient Egypt and Cleopatra, Greece and Rome and Galen who was a fore thinking doctor of the time, and on to early 20th century France to learn some of the history of what would move on to be the foundation of modern day aromatherapy. Some of the information I’ve read I even remember from my High School study of early medicine.

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I then travelled right forward to modern times and the likes of Robert Tisserand who has been fundamental in getting the medical properties of aromatherapy recognised. This is all the kind of thing I love to learn.

 

 

 

Healing and caring for health has been an interest for so long when asked about my first experience of aromatherapy I struggled to think when it was, as I’ve known some basics for most of my life.

 

Of course the obligatory gluten free cake was consumed 😉

I will be featuring aromatherapy in particular at my next NYR party over on Facebook at the end of September, so why not pop over and join me.

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The rest of my week will be fun with the kids and completion of 3 of my Indigosky2Knit orders, keep your eyes open for those on Sunday’s Facebook Live here, and on Monday’s blog post.

Much love to you all

Davina

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A new week, new plans

Here we are a few days into a new month, at the start of a new week, and I am FULL of all kinds of new plans. Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be talking about some of these.

For now I just want to make sure I post a blog after missing a week, to prove to myself, the universe, and all, that I am not going down old paths. I am continuing with this blog, and with my BIG career and business plans into my old age!

What are this weeks plans

Today, Monday, is admin day. I have been searching for knitted adult dress designs and then it was baby cardigans. So much variety and diversity. I have got the Etsy listings for the week planned out, some newbies, some relistings of Ready to Ship and Made to Order items. Do drop me a comment with any ready to ship items you’d like to see.

The projects of the week are Christmas coloured geometric elf slippers, a stunning lace adult cardigan and a unicorn, for custom items. Ready to ship items will include some adult headbands and one or two starts on Octoberfest projects, ready for the mega Facebook event I’m part of in a little over a month. So again if there’s any autumn or Halloween themed items you’d like to see then drop me a comment below.

Have a fabulous week and check back on Wednesday for what else I’m up to this week

Much love and joy

Davina

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Glad to be Home!

My girls and I are safely back in West Yorkshire and grateful for it. It’s lovely to see family, but my parents are just over 80 and between my mum’s dementia and my dad’s deteriorating eyesight it is an emotional and mental strain.

For now I wanted to show you some of the beauties I have listed Ready to Ship on Etsy during last week!

First we have this adorable brand new baby skirt! 0-3 months, made from soft hand dyed 100% merino wool yarn by dyed Truly Hooked. The design is one by Paloma Perez.

Next we have this gorgeous green baby dress in 0-3 months, which always reminds me of woodland fairies. This is made from a hand dyed wool/sparkle yarn from Snugglebots. The versatile dress design which works for several more months as a tunic with leggings is by Truly Hooked (yes the same very talented Verity who dyes gorgeous yarn to <3).

Then we have a rainbow kids headband. This cable handband/earwarmer makes a great alternative to hats for chilly autumn days. This one is made from chunky hand dyed superwash wool, dyed by Young Yarns and the design is from Briana K. I have enough yarn to make matching kids mittens too, so do let me know if you would like those making.

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This cutie is a gorgeous hand dyed yarn wool nappy cover! This lovely spring rainbow colourways is from Rainbow Fusions. For details on why you should choose wool nappy covers if you use cloth nappies and how to care for them do pop over to my Facebook group.

 

Finally for last week I have this fox hooded cowl. This is a child size 4-10 years, on the Etsy listing it is modelled on my 7 year old. However if you want to see just how big it is, then pop over to my Facebook group again, where last week I did a live video wearing it to announce this month’s giveaway!

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All these are still in the big Summer Sale too, so do pop over and check them out. The Sale ends on the 31st August and anything not sold will be back up to full price, so completely worth shopping for a bargain before then!

My usual Facebook live will be Tuesday as I sadly was limited on data and Wi-Fi while away and am just settling back in and catching up on a few things I missed while away.

Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week this week too!

Much love

Davina

 

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Cumbria trip prep!

It’s all a bit crazy here as my girls and I whizz off to Cumbria tomorrow (Aug 17th) to visit my parents, so there’s always lots of crazy packing and decisions on what clothes to take, should they take toys, how many Beanie Boos will the Teeny one want? And so it goes on!

Course for me it’s all about how much work I can take, how much realistically will I get to do, how many extra projects will I take with the dream of getting them done? Let’s just say I have been known to fill a WHOLE suitcase up and then not even get 2 rows done!

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I will, however, this time be taking those gorgeous Rainbow Fusions socks with me to finish off and have in mind some small amounts of yarn to turn into some smaller items to list on Etsy during the coming week! Also if you caught my Facebook Live in my group on Sunday I showed some tiny mini skeins I have of some wool I plan in turning into a nappy cover, so do keep you eyes open for those!

I’m So Lucky!

I am so happy to get the chance to go and visit another beautiful part of the UK where I have some lovely supportive family who I don’t see nearly enough, and to have my 3 gorgeous girlies who get to come and share it with me. We don’t get much chance to explore far when we’re there, it’s never for more than a long weekend, as my parents are in their 80’s and not up for much adventuring! However, the 5 hour train journey there and back, along the gorgeous Settle to Carlisle line, is always a great adventure for the 4 of us (Mr I2K sometimes joins us, but this time he’s working and will hopefully feed the cat).

One Last Thing – Giveaway Time

One last thing before I go today. I have announced my Facebook group August group giveaway this evening. Here is a sneaky peak of what that is, but do check over there and enter.

Thank you for reading, do click over on the subscribe button to receive emails so you can stay updated and on Friday I’ll be sharing all  the Ready to Ship items I’ve listed this week on Etsy. Lots of Made to Order listings too, but Friday will  always be about what I’ve got ready to go.

Much love

Davina