Monthly Archives: March 2012

A bit of a story…….


Little Houndales Knits…….Calling all Knitters!

 In June of 2010 the sheep were being sheared, masses of springy, fluffy fleece fell away from the sheep to be then rolled into a bale and bundled off destination unknown.  As an avid knitter, the urge to create with this fleece was overwhelming.  I had been out of work on long term sick for 3 years and felt incapable of ever having any drive or ambition ever again but a glow of creativity sparked inside.  My husband (the shepherd) thought my idea of sending the fleece to a spinners and getting our own yarn was a crazy idea but went along with it, I assume because he saw an enthusiasm he hadn’t seen of a long while.  Three months later, 2 large bags of knitting yarn, spun from our own Suffolk Cross sheep arrived.  I set up a website, I applied to the Farmers Market and I decided to complement the yarn with an exclusive yarn for children’s garments and some fancy knitting needles and accessories.  The venture continued to gather pace and the enthusiasm and passion of knitters for ‘nice yarns’ was inspiring, demand exceeded supply and I took on stock of several popular but ‘hard to get’ yarn brands.  In January 2011 I held the first of our ‘knit and natter’ sessions which has proved unbelievably popular.  Knitting in general has made such a massive comeback, ex-knitters are picking their needles back up, existing knitters are bursting with creativity and non-knitters are wanting to learn to knit!  The knit and natter sessions that we hold once a month are bursting at the seams and it’s either a case of build an extension on the house or find a venue and with this in mind, I approached The Kings Head at Nafferton, which has recently re-opened under the new ownership of Guy and Claire Mayger, they are a lovely couple, very warm and welcoming, they have very tastefully modernised the place giving it a warm and homely feel with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, a perfect venue!  Clare was delighted to support the local knitting community and has agreed to open the doors to knitters every Wednesday from 1pm until 3.30pm, the session will be just as relaxed and informal as the knit and natter groups at the Farm (which will continue alongside), there is no charge and no membership, it really is a case of turn up and knit and have a natter!  Of course, the option of a lager or a latte is yours and the baguettes may just prove too tempting, but for those you’ll need your purse!

I will run an informal ‘knit clinic’ in the session where I will be able to offer advice on ‘most’ knitting queries and I’ll happily set you off and give free tuition from the basics of learning to knit through to cable’s, lace and intarsia.  There will be a small display of yarns and patterns available to see and the use of the free WiFi at the Kings Head means I can take the laptop and you can browse through our virtual stock on the website which you can order from or purchase on the day.  We even run a system where by you can buy a ball a week to budget for those more expensive projects!

Our stock of products is now huge, we stock yarns from Debbie Bliss, Noro, Lousia Harding, Araucania, Mirasol, Opal, Lorna’s Laces, Adriafil, Bergere de France, Malbrigo and MillaMia, we have patterns to support all the yarns and we also give you the opportunity to browse the massive database of patterns available at Ravelry, an online community for knitters and crocheters where you can download patterns (many of them free!) and you can browse a database of projects and see how the sweater you want to knit looks on someone a different shape and size to the models in the pattern books!

We really do hope you will pop along, there are no time restrictions, come when you like and go when you like so long as it’s between 1pm and 3.30pm on a Wednesday!  First session Wednesday 28th March 2012!!!

For more information contact:

 Kath Foster

01377 255093

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