“Here is a list of books I’ve read over the last couple of years that have really helped me, inspired me, and that I’ve learned from. These books range from biographies to business research papers to business help books. Some also have a spiritual side. These books have helped to give me a better perspective of business, to see how consumers think and react, and how to form a vision into a plan.”
—Joanna, Chic-a Creator & OwnerStart Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie Living Your Strengths by Winseman, Clifton, & Liesveld Brag: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
To celebrate her 5-Year “Blogiversary”, our buddy Audrey Knight at Aud Knits is hosting a giveaway! The prize includes a signed edition of Patty Nance’s Bargello Knits book, one of our Knittenger bags, and yarn from Lorna’s Laces!
To enter to win this fun assortment of goodies, enter a comment on this blog post by the night of November 4th. Please include your contact information in your comment so that Audrey can contact you.
Good luck everyone!
Happy Shetland Wool Week!
These days, there aren’t many places on earth left where wool has been continuously grown, processed, knitted, and sold for centuries. But one place where this is still the case is Shetland, Scotland.
In Shetland, they really, really know their stuff when it comes to wool and knitting. Famous for their world-class natural fibers, the knitters of Shetland are responsible for maintaining their highly-regarded reputation.
One way they keep focus on themselves as world-class master knitters is by holding the Shetland Wool Week festivities, now in its fourth year. Shetland Wool Week is a celebration of sheep, textile industries, and farming communities which showcases extensive line-ups that will thrill knitters and spinners.
Events include a drop-in knitting/spinning/wheel clinic, an open weave studio, an open knitwear studio, a “make your own teddy bear” workshop, wool sorting and grading demos, color knitting demos, dyeing workshops, a Shetland knitting exhibition, a knitwear shop and factory tour, an intro to tablet weaving, spinning for beginners, and much more.
Who wants to buy us a trip to Scotland??? Ha! No, but seriously, we wish everyone involved and attending the celebration to have a great time learning. observing, and getting to know each other!
For more information on Shetland Wool Week, go here.
In love with this vintagey, stitched artwork by Stephen Campbell. It’s amazing that he decided to sew something that he could easily draw by hand. As a result, his work stands out and has an added element of notability and creativity. He is currently in high demand for magazine spreads and haute couture advertising.
His advice: “Pursue what you enjoy. Draw what you know. Draw or make something every day.”
Couldn’t agree more!
Chic-a was founded in 2007 by Joanna Reyes. Born out of an idea to create something practical, yet fun and colorful for knitting and crochet projects, Joanna designed and crafted the Quick Draw Project Bag. Responding to immediate popularity, Joanna continued to develop products to meet the growing demand, and out of this, Chic-a was born.
After 10 wonderful years in business and meeting countless amazing people who have helped make this venture possible, the Chic-a offices are closing their doors. Our products will no longer be manufactured, but you can still find some in retail stores. Click here to find one near you.
If you have any questions about Chic-a, please contact Chicaknitting@gmail.com