Knitting reminds me to enjoy the process

So it’s been a while since I’ve written about knitting. It teels like I talk about it so much in my day to day life, but slowing down and taking the time to write about it? It’s been a moment.

The other night I picked up a project that I started at some point during lockdown. I’d put it down for a while, left it untouched in its organza bag, figuratively, but not literally, gathering dust. There was something inside me calling me to that project.

As I sat slowly adding stitches to my project, I thought about how my knitting has evolved. When I first started knitting I had that Finished Object bug. I looked forward to that trill of satisfaction, knowing I had a FO in my hands. Eventually, as I learnt more and more about knitting, about its mindful and healing capacities, I made a conscious decision to enjoy the process. Where before, I was antsy and impatient, preferring smaller projects that I could finish quickly (hello the year of baby booties!), now I would slow down, feel the weight of the yarn in my hand, the texture, as I used my fingers to wrap yarn around my needles. I’d enjoy they rhythmic click, and the smooth slide of bamboo needles worn smooth by friction. It soon came automatically, whenever I picked up my knitting needles, I’d be reminded of the importance of enjoying the process.

One of the things I wrote in my UCAS statement and interview/ application form was about my desire to further research about the healing properties of knitting. I really believe there’s a way that knitting can be a facilitator of releasing trauma, and stored emotion in the body. I’ve had a couple ideas around what I should focus on for my final year research project, “the father wound, “the impact of racism and undressed bias in the counselling room”, it’s almost like i forgot that I had my dissertation topic all along. I’m definitely still curious about how to also unpick racism, something that the knitting community as a microcosm of wide society is not free from, and over the past years I’ve witnessed many attempts to delve into/ unpick and unpack that.

All that said, I feel like I’m consistently being reminded to slow down, breathe deeply, really be connected to the life I’m living in this instance, in all it’s facets. I’m curious, if you engage in any craft, what has it taught you? I feel like when we slow down and pay attentions, there are a lot of things we learn that may have cross applications to different areas of our lives.

Take care my family,

Fine words weave.



Scaling back

Business blog time.

I’ve been able to spend some time really thinking about my business goals, reflecting on where I want to take the business, and also listening to the Being Boss podcast, (after finding a great article online from them about overcoming the fear of selling. ) What has come out of this process for me is the realisation that I need to explore this concept of scaling back.

At the moment I would say my brand could definitely use a more focused approach. I feel like at some point I became overwhelmed with all the different things I could be doing, and tried to do “all the things” only to then be perturbed by how challenging it all was.

Running a business is hard work, it can be a lonely experience too. Having a clear plan and regular habits in place makes things a lot easier.

I want Soul Knit Sew to be impactful, to have a positive effect on individual, local, and global levels. I guess it’s really a matter of planning out how exactly I intend to do that. Really getting some clarity around my vision.

With that said I’ll be taking some time out to work that out. Those orders I’m working on currently will be completed and sent out, but after that I won’t be accepting any new orders.

Thank you for your support up to this point, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you.

Take care,

Azeezat

Pookie Paper Co!

In September, I had the absolute pleasure of being Harriet’s first customer over at Pookie Paper Co. I think it’s the first time I’ve been the first customer somewhere.

I ordered some cute ribbon paper clips for my planner.


The packaging was so cute. It came in a lovely envelope in the mail. Even the lovely tape used to hold the clips was cute.

Unfortunately I spilled something on the envelope after I opened it, so I don’t have a pretty picture of it.

Inside the envelope was a business card, a thank you card, as well as the planner clips I bought, and one more as a gift.


I love how well they match my planner.


I think the only drawback is that these style of paper clips are perhaps more decorative than functional, be sure to secure your papers with an additional method just in case.

Do check out Hariette’s Etsy shop. She also makes lovely pencil cases, and has recently added some sticker sets to the store.

You can also find her on instagram where she sometimes hosts giveaways, coupons for her store, and also displays really beautiful planner weekly spreads.

Happy Purchasing.

Take care, and have a lovely day,

Azeezat A.B.A.

Plum Paper Planner Review

As salaam alaykum

Peace be upon you,

It’s a beautiful morning, and I am finally getting this review written,edited, and posted.

Sunrise through bedroom window
Sublime Sky

It has been a long time coming! Recently I’ve had a lot less energy, I put this down to the return of anaemia, but also I’ve had so much to do preparing for baby as well. Regardless I am so happy to be finally writing this review :).

Stay tuned to the end, for a little gift courtesy of the lovely people at Plum Paper.

The morning my beautiful planner arrived, (after two months of not so patiently waiting for it to arrive), I turned to my husband and apologised.”I’m sorry, I’m in love with this planner, I have to marry it.”

His response?

An unphased “Good for you”.
IMG_7924

IMG_7929He’d been the unwilling audience to several speeches and much of excited gushing in the weeks leading up to it’s arrival. I spent quite a bit of time looking in to different planners, and once I decided to go with a  plum paper planner, i had a lot of fun browsing through the add ons, and choosing which ones would be of benefit to me and my life style, and help me to take task of my time, and be more productive.

Naturally I took pictures.

 

I like how it’s laid out, they had a few options on their etsy store, but this was my preferred layout.IMG_8205

It’s easy to use, and I can keep track of what I’m doing/ or supposed to be doing. It’s also really fun to see things organised, and play around with decorating each week.

IMG_8265

IMG_8266I’ve found the calendar really useful as it helps me plan ahead during the month. 
IMG_8263

At the start of each month there’s a page that allows you to set some goals that you’d like to fulfil that month, as well as things you need to remember and lined paper for notes.

IMG_8203

There’s tabbed file dividers that separate each month.

IMG_8269

IMG_8270

And a double sided wallet for storing papers or stickers, or whatever else you may want to carry about in your planner.

IMG_8241

I also chose some “add-ons”, delicious add-ons gallery here.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

All in all, I’d say I’m very happy with my purchase. Perhaps in’sha’allah (if Allah wills), I’ll get a new one around the same time next year, so far it’s working out quite well as a tool to keep me organised, and a bit more focused when it comes to achieving things every month.

Now for the gift!! 🙂

It’s a coupon code!!!

You can use the coupon code JAINBLU10 to get a discount on your order at Plum Paper, it expires 31st December 2015.

Enjoy x

Take care,

Lots of Love,

Azeezat. A.B.A

Long time coming

Assalaamu alaykum, (Peace be upon you)

I am finally getting round to this blog post. I’ve been feeling very excited to write it and post it ever since I received what I’m going to review in the mail. However I’ve also been very busy lately, and tired too, so it was put on the back burner. Happily, I am up early this morning, and thought I’d at the very least set about typing up the draft.

What is this post about? Yarn! The softest, loveliest yarn, and the wonderful and affordable online retailer you can purchase it from! Hooray!
DSCN1848

Last month, thanks to two lovely ladies, who’s names I will not mention, I came across aliexpress.com. A site much like amazon, or eBay with a wide variety of products and wares available for sale.

I’ve been in need of some new knitting needles for a while now. The prices and reviews for said needles I was coming across on amazon were less than thrilling, and I decided to have a look on aliexpress. I found a likely looking set, browsed through the feedback, and went ahead with my purchase. They arrived and I liked them.

It occurred to me, surely if I could find a nice set of bamboo needles at an affordable price on here, I’d be able to find some wool/ yarn too!

My search began, I scrolled through the search results and came across a listing for a lot of yarn listed by the seller 5 Star For YouIMG_0276

I clicked on the result and scanned the product description. I was excited! You see I love knitting. I love it love it love! and I love wool too. I noted down the corresponding numbers for the colours I wanted and added it to my cart. I made the purchase adding a note to the seller detailing the numbers (for the colours) and then I waited.

I made my order on the 8th of August, and on the morning of the 25th just two and a half weeks later my purchase arrived!

IMG_7925

I was a bit side tracked as it was also the day my new planner arrived, regardless you can just about see the wool in the top left hand corner of this picture. 🙂

I updated my account to notify the seller that I had received my purchase, and I also sent a message to the seller to let her know I had received the wool, and that I was very pleased with how soft it was, and (because I had forgotten that the wool’s specifics were in the item description) I asked about the size of the wool, and the recommended needles size, as well as care instructions.

wool

She was very kind and personable, with a friendly and diligent attitude, and answered my questions, helpfully recommending 3.25mm needles; Even going as far as to let me know that she was happy to answer all and any questions I had.

pile of wool

The wool is a blend of 95% cotton and 5% milk fibre, and is super soft to the touch, and easy to work with. It is lovely and comes in a wide range of colours, and just a joy to work.

I will definitely be returning to the seller again, and I think they may just become my go to wool suppliers. ^_^ They’re already on my favourite shop list, and their excellent customer service is a recommendation of its own.

I made these adorable baby booties with some of the yarn and I’m very pleased with them. knitted baby booties with green buttons

You can find the seller at this address. I hope you enjoy your purchases as much as I do.

Take care,

Azeezat

My first project

Salam/ peace y’all

How are you all doing, today I’m working on a project I started around the time I first learnt how to knit. Today just might be the day that I finally finish it, about 5 years later.

But you know what they say, better late than never. 😊 I’ll try and remember to post an update when I finish it.

For now here are some pictures

Deciding on the pattern/ intervals at which I’ll place each colour

20130801-154754.jpg

sewing together the first two patches

20130801-154821.jpg

tools of the trade

20130801-154959.jpg

Hope y’all are having beautiful Thursdays.

Take care

A B A A

Busy Busy – oh friends!

The Run up to school, means I’ve got quite a few things on my plate, but I find it helpful to chill out, and write a blog post, just to set those thoughts in order.

I spoke to a couple friends today that I haven’t spoken to in a while, and I honestly miss them. 🙂 Funny how it always seems easier to see your friends when you’re all back on campus. Even if they go to a completely different educational institution to you. It just goes to show that it is about how you prioritise.

Speaking of friends, a certain friend of mine revealed that he has a business too. It’s interesting that had I not asked, I would never have known. So… I might just become an affiliate, I’ll just do him a favour and post the link here for now. Honestly it’s also a favour to myself, I don’t want to forget once I update my site… though I’m sure he’ll remind me 🙂

http://www.3s-acompany.com/

Second another friend of mine reminded me today, that sometimes moving onward and upwards can be an unsettling and scary experience. Sure it’s fun, with all the excitement of new things, and learning stuff, but sometimes its good to be reminded that it is okay to be a bit scared. That’s part of doing something new.

Moving on from talk about friends, and moving on to talk about business… Yay! I’m a bit happy, because I finished my first knitted phone case. Woo. I’ve been knitting for a while, occupied with a scarf, lost all but three knitting needles but honestly, thank God, I’ve done it. I made my first one. Mark this date down in your diary 😛 I’ve got lots more to make though, but it’s just nice to reach a milestone.

Dee's Phone case
One down, many more to go… hopefully!

To talk about writing, I have an uncle who wrote an extremely interesting short article, and you might just get to have the pleasure of reading it.

Lastly;  I’m writing an essay. It’s about Law (my area of study) Adeola (me) and… Society (those around me, my community). It doesn’t have a title yet, but it has a rough plan. I want to explore what impact my degree can have for me and on society. How I intend to use it, and generally it’s just for me to think about my INTENTION (like i was talking about in that post before 🙂 ). What I’m aiming to get out of my degree. If it’s any good I might share it with you.

That’s pretty much it, That and packing, and having fun in the kitchen. It doesn’t seem like too much now 🙂 Man I love blogging!

Alright take care.

Deola