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  • And then the Kit Club outgrew my car…

    This is a happy story with a good problem to have and a solution… but it’s mostly detail-sy insights about how I run the Kit Club. I do these types of posts every so often because a handful of folks find the behind-the-scenes stuff interesting. If it’s not, fear not! We’ll be back to regular […]
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  • How to Get What You Want

    My “working title” for this blog post was: Why you should ALWAYS communicate… but I thought this one was a bit catchier! Do you feel like you’re always getting stuck in a tough spot? Like nothing comes out the way you planned? I have one tip that is going to change your life. It might […]
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  • basic sock pattern crazy colors How to Prioritize like a Pro: Schedule your Hardest Tasks

    I know this has happened to you: you have sincere plans to do insert important thing here. And then, you have a little spare block of time. But it’s not the right time to do that important thing. So time slips by and that thing never gets done. How do I know? It used to […]
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  • Is teaching knitting or crochet right for you?

    I love doing yoga. I’ve been attending classes regularly for years. When I mention this, people often ask me, “why don’t you teach yoga, then?” Do you know what a yoga teacher does during class? They walk around telling people what to do. They don’t actually do yoga. That’s what teaching is. And I enjoy […]
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  • 2014 FreshStitches Year-end Wrap Up!

    I started FreshStitches in 2008, and it’s been my full-time job (and main source of income) since 2010. Every year since then, I’ve posted an end-of year wrap-up to share a bit about how the business works. I highly recommend having a peek at the previous years, they contain some useful business-y tidbits! Here are […]
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  • plush crochet snowflake 14 Things I’m Really Proud of Accomplishing in 2014

    Happy New Year! I love starting a fresh new year! It’s a great time to think about how the last year has gone and think about what the next year may bring. Every year, I publish a financial wrap-up (see 2013’s here and here and chat about my goals for the coming year (2014’s post […]
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  • Bye, Bye Stitches East!

    This week, XRX announced that Stitches East 2015 will not take place. And it may be the end of Stitches East forever. It’s a very sad announcement (East was my first Stitches!), but also a very understandable one. Market attendance was down by 23% over the previous year. Your attendance makes events happen! When I […]
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  • 5 tips for working from home 5 Tips for Working from Home Successfully

    I love working from home. It’s flexible. I can grab a coffee whenever I want. I can meet up with a friend for lunch. I can hang out in my pajamas all day long. Unfortunately, that flexibility is exactly what makes working from home so difficult. It’s easy to see a whole day go by […]
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  • How to Find Balance in your Day

    Last weekend, I went to California for a friend’s wedding and was delighted with the chance to meet up with friends I haven’t seen in years. My friends know what I do for a living, and are always curious to see how it’s going. Especially since being a professional blogger, designer and crocheter is so […]
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  • burnout definition 5 Tips: How to Avoid Burnout

    I’ve been in the yarn business since 2008. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of designers and yarn companies come and go. The reasons for businesses ending are varied, but the most common is burnout. I’ve heard of countless designers and yarnies working 12 hour days without taking a day off… and a couple of […]
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