Monthly Archives: May 2013

Planning the next Farmers Market….

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Saturday 1st June is the next Driffield Farmers Market and is also Susie’s 16th Birthday!!! VERY kindly, my loyal and faithful assistant has offered to man (or woman!) the stall for the morning to allow me to take Susie out for the day 🙂 

So, planning what to have on the stall, I want to keep it fairly simple and will probably just have a single stall to make it easier.  Sock yarn and sock kits will be high on the list, so will Mafana Bags….will keep thinking on what else! 

If there is anything you know you will be wanting it might be best to order it in advance – either on the website (where you can pay or defer payment for pay on collection and you can select ‘collect from Farmers Market’) or you can email me or message me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Houndales-Knits/150425394989275

Those of you who have met my assistant will know that her knitting knowledge is limited but she does remarkably well.  If you are wanting knitting advice on Saturday 1st it may be best to come to the Humber Bridge on the Sunday 2nd or to the Farm on the Monday when I will be there and happy to help 🙂

Colour Coded…..

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Colour Coded is the latest in the collection of designs from MillaMia. MillaMia as a brand is particularly close to my heart as it is the first commercial brand that I stocked following getting our own yarns spun.

As early as 2009 I think I was toying with something in my head….I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate in November of 2009 and discovered the two Swedish sister’s behind the MillaMia brand. They were so inspirational. I bought the first of their book collections, Bright Young Things. I said in my head that if I ever had a wool shop I would stock MillaMia….a year later I was getting our own fleece spun! At the time I met the MillaMia girls, my little girl was only 3 years old and the collection was perfect…bright and funky! The MillaMia yarn, 100% extrafine merino is so soft and bouncy I would have no hesitation putting it on a new born baby, I had no complaints from my little girl about…you know, the usual itchy, stiff, hot, bulky! It is wonderful to knit with and wears and washes brilliant too!

I made the Lovisa Cardigan from Wonderland for Katie when she was 5, she’s 7 now and it still fits her and my 15 year old has even tried it on and could have ‘almost’ got away with it so I think it’s one that will be around for a few years!

The Lovisa Cardigan has been really popular and I was delighted to see it has appeared in the latest adult collection Colour Coded, but re-named as Annika! Lovisa (child sizes in Wonderland) knits with 3 – 5 balls of the main colour, 3 – 4 balls of the second colour and 1 – 2 balls of the contrast. Sizes range from 2-3 years to 5-6 years, I knitted the age 5-6. Annika, the adult version knits with 8 – 11 balls of the main colour, 6 – 8 balls of the second colour and 3 balls of the contrast. Sizes range from 32″ to 44″ so a massive range of sizes!!….I particularly like the Petal/Fushia with Midnight contrast!

MillaMia is available in 17 shades so colour combinations are yours for the taking, I don’t think there are any combinations that don’t work!

I always have a large stock of MillaMia so it’s always ready for immediate dispatch….take a peek! http://www.littlehoundalesknits.com/38-millamia-books

Hackers!

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If you’ve been following my blog you’ll remember that several months ago I moved the blog, I stopped posting on this page and started up a new one (on the advice of my Techi expert).  Unfortunately, the blog has been hacked and has disappeared!!!  I don’t know if the techi’s can get it back but I’ll be a bit miffed if they can’t because there was a lot of good work on there!  Anyway, if we can’t get it back, I’ll probably just continue to post on this one.

I have a few ideas in the pipeline for this year….I’m going to blog on re-cycled knitting next month, we have several very crafty people who come to knit and natter and today we were talking about all the fabulous things they have made from old sweaters, sweaters bought from charity shops and unravelled and felted sweaters!!  There really are some fabulous projects so I’ve asked them to bring them to knit and natter next month so I can photograph them and post them on here!

I’m also planning some classes….Some of the knitters are keen to have low key small workshops.  One of the knitters is a fabulous quilter and is going to do small classes on the same afternoon as the Saturday knit and natters.  I’m also keen to share some of my finishing techniques so I would like to do some small low key workshops on mattress stitch particularly.  I’d also like to teach the world to knit!……

Some of you will already know that Susie is doing a World Challenge Event in July 2014, she’s going to Vietnam and Laos for a month and has to raise £3,500 in order to be able to go.  She’s well on the way but still has quite a bit to raise.  We’ve been selling buns at Saturday knit and natters and Susie’s been doing car washes (although none today as her head is in books revising for her GCSE’s).  Anyway, If anyone would like some one to one tuition on any knitting techniques I will be charging a rate of £20 an hour and donating it to Susie’s cause.  It’s amazing how much you will learn in an hour on a one to one!  I’m not an expert and I’m not a qualified teacher but I know my way round most things knitty!!  So, if you are interested in any of these please do drop me a line – kath@littlehoundalesknits.com

I’m having a finishing splurge at the moment too, I’ve just finished my Louisa Harding Mila sweater and I’ve nearly finished the waistcoat I’ve been making for hubby from Noro Men.  I’m on the first sleeve of the MillaMia Emma boatneck sweater but I’ve done the back and front so getting there on that one too!!  I’m not allowing myself to start anything else until I’ve made a huge dent in the WIP’s!!!

Anyway, check back soon…..

Kath. x 🙂