Mindful Mondays – An Afternoon Affirmation

Welcome (back) to Mindful Mondays!

I decided to revive this blog feature which I started about a year ago, with a mission to help you start your week with an empowering quote, phrase or photo.

My goal was to share this first thing this morning, but as we all know, Mondays can be a bit hectic, so instead I’m sharing an afternoon affirmation with you. Better late than never, right?

I geek out on posting quotes and sayings around my desk at work and at home because they really help me have an upbeat attitude no matter what comes my way.

This weekend, I decided to take things even a step further and celebrate my love for affirmations in my planner.

Believe you can and you WILL!

Believe you can and you WILL!

If there’s one thing I love, and that is organizing and planning. I still use the same planner that I received as a gift over twenty years ago. As you can see it’s a bit worn from the years, but I think it has some nice character. :)

My trusty planner that's been with me for 20+ years

My trusty planner that’s been with me for 20+ years

I’ll admit, putting together my yearly planner is something I consider a bit of an art form and I get really into it as you can see…





Instead of adding my usual planner refills, I decided to spice things up by creating collages with empowering saying and quotes like this. Why not make it fun, right?

How do you add some color to your day?


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The Editor Wants to Know – Are You a Seasonal Knitter?


The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!


Welcome back to another edition of The Editor Wants to Know where I ask YOU those BURNING questions!

So… today’s question is:

Are you a seasonal knitter who prefers to knit mostly during the cooler months of the year making woolly sweaters? Or, are you a die-hard knitter that knits all year long, no matter how hot it gets?

I can’t wait to hear from you!


New From Imperial Stock Ranch– Limited Edition Kits

Happy Monday,  gang!

Jaclyn here and today and I have a new review! This time it will be about Imperial Stock Ranch’s new limited edition kits!

There are two in question that I had the pleasure of trying out– A cabled mitten set and a cabled headband.

Limited Edition Kits from Imperial Stock Ranch

Limited Edition Kits from Imperial Stock Ranch

The sets come in both natural and spruce colorways with Imperial Yarn’s Jasmine Luxe. I cannot say enough how soft the yarn was and what a breeze it was to knit with.


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As for the patterns themselves, I found them to be delightful and for those of you who might be a little nervous about knitting cables, this is an excellent way to dip your toes into the rippling waters of this technique. It took me perhaps 3-4 hours to make both mittens one lazy Sunday morning while watching some television so these are perfect for quick-knit gifts that are fashionable and fun. I’ve worn my pair many times in the chilly autumn mornings driving to work and they have been holding up great! These are definitely worth the purchase either for yourself or to make as a gift for the upcoming holiday season.



Headband Glory

Headband Glory

While I’m not a personal fan of headbands (good luck trying to get all these curls reigned in), I will say that this headband kit was a fun project as well. I am a fan of I-Cords so the banding around and the button “snap” was relaxing and enjoyable and I liked the fact that this was very customizable for your head as you can just knit the headband as long as you need (yarn allowing) to achieve a perfect fit.  Again, this kit didn’t take me long to finish either, maybe around 2 hours. I would also like to mention that this headband could also double as an ear warmer as shown in the picture to  the right as it does knit up wide enough to cover the ears, making it a great transitional piece through those early winter months.

So what’s the verdict? Well the jury is in and this knitter thinks these are a definite must for holiday gift giving or for a nice treat for yourself!

The catch is that they are limited edition so there is only a limited quantity…so you’ll have to act fast!

To order your own kits and make these gorgeous pieces simply click here!

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From Chicago With Love– Vogue Knitting Live!

Welcome To the Windy City

Welcome To the Windy City

Greetings! Jaclyn here, writing to you on an out-of-the-ordinary day… Tuesday. I would have been here sooner but Kara and I have had quite the busy weekend attending Vogue Knitting Live! in Chicago, Illinois.

This was my first time at the event and it did not disappoint. From the cocktail party, the bustling marketplace and the multitude of fascinating classes, Vogue Knitting Live! is truly a mecca for all things knitting.

If that weren’t enough, it was also my first time in Chicago, a city that I found both exhilarating and daunting for this Florida girl.

Kara and I arrived on early Friday morning and then embarked on finding my checked bag in one of the largest airports I have every been in. After many miles of walking and with the help of a fast moving cabbie, we made it to our destination, the Palmer House, with all bags in tow.

I cannot begin to describe the feeling that was pulsating through the building as the lobby was alive with the sound of knitting needles. Students sit in the wing-backed seats, furiously trying to finish their class homework before heading upstairs.

Having arrived early, we quickly stowed our bags in our rooms and decided to take to the streets of the Magnificent Mile in hopes of taking in the fashion for inspiration.

Kara and I enjoying the sights!

Kara and I enjoying the sights!

The high fashion that walked the streets of Chicago was mesmerizing and an aesthetic smorgasbord of inspiration. I couldn’t resist going to Millennium Park to ogle all of the incredible art and take copious amounts of selfies at “The Bean” (don’t judge me, some instances just require a selfie and this was one of them).

After a tea house snaffu, we made our way back to the Palmer House and back to the safe knitted haven.

It wasn’t until later that night that I had my first real taste of Vogue Knitting Live! and their impeccably thought out and put-together events when I attended the Cocktail Reception sponsored by Skacel Collection.

It was a fabulous time full of mingling with industry professionals and the everyday knitter alike all while taking in the incredible architecture of the Red Lacquer Room and nibbling on the exquisite food that was offered.  The story of Addi needles was told by none other than Editorial Director, Trisha Malcolm before giving us free reign to try their many needles out at yarn tasting stations around the ballroom.

The Show. The Sights. The (no) Sounds.

The Show. The Sights. The (no) Sounds.


Saturday morning truly marked the first day of my Vogue Knitting Live! adventure as the Marketplace awaited.

Two levels of vendors were at my disposal and I scavenged the floor with fascination and glee as I got to squish and feel all the different yarns featured in almost every booth. I admired the different aesthetic of every booth while reveling in the homage to glitter and color that is quite synonymous with Steven Be at his booth. It was truly an experience I will never forget and the amount of learning that took place for me truly made this a priceless gift. As someone who is what I would call and intermediate knitter (someone who knows more than the basics but still hasn’t grasped all of the nuances of knitting or the more advanced techniques), I cannot stress to you how important shows like this are. Not only for the many classes you can take to further your skills but to also just be in this environment among like minded people whom you can learn from and talk to.

Inspiration and knowledge is everywhere. 

That is the biggest takeaway I got from my Vogue Knitting Live! adventure.

Amidst all the stunning designs, luxurious yarns and incredible notions, I learned that something as simple as the weave of a strand of yarn can inspire as much as a walk down Michigan Avenue. This event and this world is chock-full of inspiration, you just have to find it. 

Goodbye, Chicago.

Goodbye, Chicago.

My experience at Vogue Knitting Live! was a hugely positive one, despite a few pitfalls and the learning that took place was invaluable to me. To say that I can’t wait to go back next year would be quite the understatement and I hope this has solidified your resolve to join in on the fun, too.


Are Your Ready to Make Your Mark and Join the Power Purls Launch Team? Join the Fun– Podcast Launches October 1st!


launch team Just a quick note… We’ve been working like crazy to make a BIG BANG when Power Purls Podcast goes live October 1st! The launch is just days away and we need your help!

So here’s the deal:

We’re rallying up the troops to be on a special Launch Team to help get the word out to knitters everywhere. In order to do this, it’s essential that we get the podcast in New & Noteworthy on iTunes. There’s only one shot for this, which is within the first 8 weeks after the show goes live.

With your help, we can reach this goal and get the show out to as many knitters as possible to share incredibly inspiring interviews with designers and everyday knitters that discuss how knitting has transformed their lives.

On the Podcast, I’ll also discuss the latest from Creative Knitting, Annie’s Video Classes, the Annie’s Craft Festival, as well as educational resources, books and advice. I’ll also share my wisdom as an editor, and working within the yarn industry for almost fifteen years.

Also on the show,  I’ll be chatting with knitwear designer and Creative Knitting Newsletter editor, Tabetha Hedrick in our “Ask Tabetha & Kara Anything” episodes. If you have a question, we’re all ears. You can leave a voice-recorded question for us here and ask us anything!

So can we count on you to be on the Launch Team? If you’re up for this, send an email to kara@powerpurlspodcast.com, saying “I’m in!” and we’ll send you more details soon.

If you haven’t already done so, visit powerpurlspodcast.com and sign up for the show updates so you’ll be notified when the first episode goes live!

Thank you for being a dedicated follower of this blog, and a Creative Knitting reader. You mean so much more to us than you know. :)

Have a wonderful week!

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