The first show of 2017 brings the project of the year for podcast to you. This year, we’re all about Active Stash Exploration. What’s that you say? It’s definitely not cold sheeping, that is for sure.

First up we have a quick catch up on happenings, before diving in to some news both for the Bees on the business front and for the podcast. There are some words about the dangers of abusing Yakult as well as talking about words for the year. Do you have one? Mine is ‘press.’ I would love to hear your words and why you’ve chosen them.

Bees Inc is restructuring and that means we will lose some parts of the empire in order to focus on others. More info on those that will be leaving us next time. Essentially, I am moving away from my product based business to focus more on consulting and teaching. I currently help overwhelmed business owners gain control over their empire by implementing smart planning, systems and strategy and cutting out the rubbish they don’t need to be doing. I love this work and want to do more of it.

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There are a few ways to work with me at the moment and if you are just getting started then I have a free Facebook group for business related chat. The community over there is great, really helpful and encouraging with just the right amount of sarcasm and swearing. If this sounds like your thing, the free business group on Facebook is (Business Without The Boll*cks) as well as a new online community portal that I am currently building. If you’re sick of tying yourself in knots about what you ‘should’ be doing in your business and getting nowhere because of it, I’m the girl for you. You can join the VIP list for Business WTB here.

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On the business front, I also organised a business retreat in Cumbria at the end of January. You can read more about it here. There is one place left – email me to enquire.

On the pod front, I have lots of exciting stuff lined up for the year. The main project will be Active Stash Exploration, but there will also be lots of mini themes and challenges to go along with it. I have started a new Facebook group as an alternative to Ravelry which is getting less engagement in the forums due to the clunky interface. The group is Shinybees Podcast Community. This means I will also easily be able to do Facebook Live streams and also Facebook Live Audio which is coming very soon. Comedy knitting off the cuff? You got it – in the Facebook community. If you hate Facebook (and I know lots of people do, I hate the timeline it is utter twaddle) then download the Facebook Groups App. You can enjoy unfettered access to the groups without any crap cat memes. Winner.

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Enabler’s Corner

In Enabler’s Corner, I am enabling you to the Brioche Challenge over in Louise Tilbrook’s new group on Facebook – Everyday Knitter. If you have ever wanted to learn brioche and have been a bit intimidated, there are loads of great folks over there casting on, ripping back and trying again. If you want a go and need moral support, that is definitely the place to do it. The community is already really chatty and helpful.

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Rios Hat Copyright Gillian Harkness

Hat Enabling this week is courtesy of Gillian Harkness of Mina Knits Designs with the Rios Rocks collection. It’s a group of 6 hats designed in Malabrigo Rios and inspired by the Rio Olympics. If you prefer the more understated look, this could be the collection for you. Quick to knit (worsted weight yarn) and great for nice, semi-solid colours. My favourite is the Rio hat. Collection is available on Ravelry at £14.40.

Active Stash Exploration

And then we have Active Stash Exploration. This is my rally against the idea of cold sheeping and stashing down. I’ve tried it before and I am no good at it, chiefly because when I am told not to do something I have to spend time thinking about how to do it without flagrantly breaking the rules. I hate the idea of depriving myself of something that brings joy. Counter this again the feeling of FOMO when you go into the stash and find stuff you cannot believe you own and you can’t wait to knit, but you don’t have chance yet.

Active Stash Exploration is the method I will be using to kick those feelings of missing out to the kerb. It’s NOT about cold sheeping – the emphasis is on active exploration of what we already have and the stories attached to the yarn. A nifty by-product of this probably will be less acquisition but the emphasis is not on that. Let’s dig out those treasures and remember the stories behind them and take them forward to new projects.

My theme for January is reacquaintance with what I have and thinking about which stories I want to share first. I would love to hear your stories if you decide to join me in this with the hashtag #activestashexploration and in our shiny new Facebook group.

Wrap Up

That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!