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Knit and Natter

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Eva Beanie Hat
Mmmm, the aroma of buns and brownies baking in the oven is drifting through….Susie is getting ready for KNIT AND NATTER TOMORROW…1pm till 4pm.  Bun and a cuppa £1.00, Susie will be doing her super car washing too!  What more can a girl ask for, an afternoon knitting, eating buns, drinking tea and going home in a clean car!!
New knitters are always welcome too….If you can’t knit and now the cold dark nights are here, you’re looking for something to pass the evening away….why not learn to knit?  Pop along tomorrow afternoon and I’ll get you started!
Look forward to seeing everyone!
Kath. x

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 🙂

Stuffing cushions and wool, wool, wool…..

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I apologise for not blogging for  a while but there has been so much happening here lately that I haven’t seemed to find the time!

We had a fabulous weekend 21st/22nd May when we combined Woolsack Stuffing Event with a yarn review for Knit Now Magazine along with the monthly Knit and Natter………so it was indeed, very woolly!

I’ve also spent hours upon hours loading up the new website with products and I have to say, I’m quite proud of it!  Still lots to do but it now looks a lot healthier!

I love the MillaMia page, and the Adriafil KnitCol page….the tiny balls of yarn for colour pick are sooo cute!

The Namaste bags have been really popular and all the images are now on for those.

Twilleys of Stamford Echo – 100% recycled T-Shirts and Jeans has been a big hit too and is surprisingly nice to knit with…..the rep told me it was like knitting with string, I beg to differ, knitted on KnitPro Nova Metal needles, it’s a dream!

Malabrigo, another popular yarn, in fact so popular I’m getting more 🙂

I’ve now ordered the bulk of the Autumn Winter yarns, I have two new yarns coming in the full range of shades from Debbie Bliss, I’ve also chosen to stock Rialto 4ply and Rialto Aran both a beautiful tight twist merino and Riva which is a colour change yarn with a loose twist in a chunky weight.  The pattern previews are devine, I don’t want to wish away the summer but I am looking forward to winter woollies again!!  The Bergere rep is coming tomorrow, and as usual, Bergere have some fantastic designs and premium fashion yarns at not so premium prices!  I have no idea how much I will end up spending as it’s so difficult to hold back with so much choice!!

Sock Yarns remain ever popular, the kits are not on the website yet but are still available if you contact me directly.  A kit consists of the sock yarn of your choice, KnitPro stitch markers, dpn’s and a sock pattern.  Kits start at £10 and are upgradeable with more expensive sock yarns and KnitPro dpn’s.

Our own yarn, not all on the website yet, is selling very well!  There are limited quantities in the dyed yarns, generally just enough to do one large garment (ladies coat, man’s aran) with a few balls to spare for a  matching hat and gloves.  I’m knitting an aran from the Bergere Irish Mag at the moment in our own 100% Suffolk X and I’m loving it!

Lorna’s Laces are here now too, again, not yet on the website but they should be on this week.

I’ve got quite a few Mafana Bags on the website now but also a lot that aren’t on so if you’ve seen one you like on the Mafana site and can’t see it on my site, it’s always worth dropping me a line!

I hope you like the new website, it is worth logging yourself in to an account to benefit from the ‘wish list’ feature!!  Also, with an account, you can subscribe to offers and newsletters so I can send you discount codes etc!  Also, please do feel free to add comments to pages about products you have tried, it really does help others to see a real knitters opinion on the product!!

Bye for now!  I’ll go an add more products 🙂

A Woolly Weekend…….

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We’ve got a very woolly weekend coming up at Little Houndales Knits…..

Knit and Natter at Little Houndales Bungalow, 12 till 4pm on Saturday

Woolsack Cushion Stuffing Event 9am till 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday………If you haven’t knitted a cushion but would like to participate by helping to stuff a cushion that someone else has knitted, please do come along…..I have volunteered to take 50 knitted but not stuffed cushions to finish…….all help will be very welcome! 🙂

Knit Today Magazine yarn review, mainly for the knit and natterers but anyone coming to stuff a cushion who would like to have a go, you will need to knit a 10cm square with one of the yarns we are reviewing and then give your opinions on how you like it etc! The yarn review will then appear in Issue 10 of Knit Today!!!

So come on knitters, lets get together and enjoy the wool!!

Knit and Natter!

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Knit and Natter this week will be on SUNDAY instead of Saturday, hope that’s ok with everyone!! Looking forward to seeing you all, we have some new recruits this week who are looking forward to picking up a few tips from some of you experts! New recruits are always welcome, if you haven’t been and fancy it, please do come along, we are a friendly bunch who share the same interests……knitting and nattering!!!

There is no charge, the session runs from 12 till 4pm, you can come for the whole session or just half an hour if you like! We all have different levels of expertise and knowledge of techniques so if you want to learn something new, come along and ask……..someone will know!

Knit and Natter and Workshop Saturday 8th October!

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I’m looking forward to another great Knit and Natter session this Saturday (8th October), usual time 12 till 4pm at Little Houndales Bungalow.  Newbies always welcome, come and join us for a knit, natter, and browse the yarns and patterns.  Bring an old project that you’ve hidden behind the sofa and lost your place!  or start something new to keep you well wrapped up in the cold months ahead!  New knitters and those who have never picked up a knitting needle are always welcome, there is plenty of experience amongst us and we are willing to share it!! Whatever you want to do, you are most welcome.  The good bit is that it’s free!

Running in conjunction with the Knit and Natter will be the ‘Woven Seamless Purse’ workshop.  Places are limited to 8 but you can always sign up for a repeat workshop.  The Workshop is run by Tanya Knights, who has a long history in textiles and teaching.  The cost of the Workshop is £10 which includes materials.  The Workshop runs from 1pm till 3pm, also on Saturday 8th October.

I look forward to seeing you!!!

Kath. xx