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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 ūüôā¬†

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

Pear drops or Fruit Salads!

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I just have to share this little beauty with you, not one of mine I hate to admit but I wish it was and I am definitely going to have to make it!…. this one has been knitted by my dear friend Vicki.¬† The design is Pear Drop by Ysolda Teague,¬†it’s in the the Saturday Treats booklet, which I have priced at ¬£9.00 or as a single download from the Ysolda website for ¬£3.75.¬† It has been¬†designed for knitting with the Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace but Vicki loved the colours in this particular yarn as it reminded her of Fruit Salads……not the healthy kind I may add but the little penny chews you could buy (and maybe still can) that are very mouth watering and coloured, well, just like this yarn!!¬† The yarn is a Knitting Goddess Sock yarn, 75% Merino 25% Nylon and is named ‘Summer Sun’.¬† I think Vicki’s association with Fruit Salads would have made a good name for it!

I do have a good selection of Knitting Goddess yarns in stock, some fabulous shades, the colours mixes are really¬†exclusive.¬† (You can just about make some of them out in the basket that the shawl is draped over)¬† I’ve not got the Knitting Goddess yarn on the website yet, another on the to do list but Knitting Goddess does have her¬†own website.¬† Other alternatives that would work well in this shawlette are Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock or Lorna’s Laces Solemate – the ‘Outlast’ component in Solemate is a fibre developed by NASA for use in space suits and has exceptional temperature regulating properties but added to that, it gives an amazing drape and subtle sheen which will work well on any shawl or shawlette.¬† There’s also¬†Malabrigo Sock which is 100% merino, a deliciously soft yarn which blocks beautifully as I found with my Ishbel.¬† Or of course a lace weight yarn as this is what the pattern is designed for. ¬†I have enquired about stocking the range of Fyberspates Scrumtious colours by Ysolda so I’ll have ‘the yarns for the patterns’ in Saturday Treats, I’m just waiting to hear from them that they have them all in stock so fingers crossed!¬† The yarns used in the book are the Scrumptious Sock yarn in a deep blue called Dandelion and Burdoch and a pale green called Flying Saucer, in the book the blue is used on a hat and the green is used in a gorgeous pair of fingerless wrist warmers which I have to have and they ‘must’ be in this colour!¬† Also, used is the lace weight in the Pear Drop Shawlette in a deep purple called Wine Gum and there’s a kind of cowl in a terracotta lace weight called ‘Treacle Toffee’.¬† The other 2 yarns used are Aran weight, a gorgeous little scarf in the duck egg blue called Sugar Mouse and a lovely red used in a hat called Empire Biscuit.¬† I think I’ll probably end up making them all!!

I’ve also got Malabrigo Lace on order which is due next week, as deliciously soft as it’s neighbour Malabrigo Sock, six shades on order, these will work well on Pear Drop as they will behave very similar to the Malabrigo Sock when it comes to blocking.

And finally,¬†there is of course the beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, priced at just ¬£5.00 for a 50g ball, 100% deliciously soft merino in some fabulous solid shades……(I can see Pear Drop in the Charcoal).¬† Rialto Lace makes a very reasonably priced alternative, the yardage on all laceweights is over 1000m per 100g, the shawlette in Saturday Treats only needs 25g for the smaller size and 50g for the larger size so one for you and one for a Christmas present or just one large one for a fiver!!

I have so many projects on the go that I must make an impression on before I can even allow myself to consider starting Pear Drop or anything else from Saturday Treats for that matter so it’s time for me to crack on now!!

I have so much to think about……what will I make Pear Drop from?!

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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!!

The new Website!

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Well it’s nearing the time when all my hard work loading products and images on to the website will be deleted, courtessy of Microsoft.¬† As I mentioned in my previous post, as from the 1st May, everything will be hosted on the new 365 platform and everything on ‘live’ will be deleted.¬† I’ve been working with a company to build a new site which when it’s ready, will be much better than the old one.¬† I could have rebuilt the old one, exactly as it was on 365 but if I was putting in the time to rebuild it, I wanted to rebuild it better!¬† It’s not going to be ready by the 1st of May, we are going to have some down time.¬† We will still be business as usual and customers can contact me either on here, Facebook or Twitter or email (kath@btinternet.com) as I don’t know if I’ll still be able to access the Microsoft emails!

I’ve lots of new products, the summer cottons are devine and the pattern support is fab.¬† If you haven’t had chance to pop up and have a look then please do call me and arrange a time to view and have a cuppa with me.¬† Our own yarn is now back from The Natural Fibre Company and I have to say, it is fantastic!¬† And that’s not because I’m biased, it’s because it is fantastic.¬† We’ve had 2 qualities spun – a 100% Suffolk X but this time worsted to stretch out the scratchy fibres and it’s made a big difference, the other is the 50:50 Suffolk X with Alpaca, 2 natural shades – Ivory and Grey and then 4 colours overdyed on the Ivory and Grey to give 8 dyed shades which are all gorgeous!¬† The majority is balled in 50g balls and will sell at ¬£4.00 a ball for the Suffolk X and ¬£5.00 for the 50:50.¬† I’ve started knitting in one of the dyed and I’m loving knitting with it, I’ve had a really frustrated couple of days – I’ve had a nasty knock with tonsillitis, so bad I couldn’t even knit!¬† I think my antibiotics are starting to kick in now otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging!

I tried to log on to my new website earlier but either the server is down or something as I keep getting an error page!¬† So frustrating with so little time to go before the old site goes down but not¬†a lot I can do about it!!¬† I’ll try again later but I have so much to put on, it’s going to take weeks!

Anyway, time to do some knitting me thinks!

Shout if you need anything!

Kath. x

An exciting new website……….

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Well it’s been a while since I last had time to sit and write a blog post but today, I’m having a chill out day.¬† I’ve got lots of knitting done, I’ve put a rhubarb crumble in the oven¬†and now I’m blogging!

I don’t know whether you’ve heard but Microsoft Office Live is disappearing at the end of April to be taken over by Microsoft Office 365, the new 365 incorporates various Microsoft Office products but the website platform is very similar.¬† When the change over takes place, any existing websites hosted on Office Live will be deleted….yes DELETED!¬† So, you have to manually rebuild the website on the new 365 platform, there is no option to bundle and carry it across all in one go so everything has to be done manually, page by page, picture by picture.¬† When I first heard the news of the changeover, I had a go at moving everything but I was a bit miffed that my domain name had ‘onmicrosoft’ between the littlehoundalesknits and the dot com, I thought, wow, what a mouthful.¬† I struggled with the how to transfer the existing domain name, there were instructions on microsoft but the pages and links they were talking about didn’t exist!¬† Then I thought, well if I have to rebuild¬†the website, I want to build it¬†better.¬† So, I set about rebuilding on a¬†user friendly website host, only to find I was struggling to have enough space to fit all my products!¬† The shop space itself was limited to 150 products – well realistically, 15 shades of each yarn………I could only sell 10 yarn types!¬† So, dilema’s continued.¬† Then I¬†had a long chat with a ‘techi’ person who is knowledgable on websites and it seems I am better with an e commerce website¬†to¬†sell the amount of products I want to sell, and so we are¬†now¬†taking that route……I’ve got someone coding up a template right now and I’ll soon be loading it up with products!!¬† I trully can’t wait, I’ve got so many new products to add to the website but its hard to add them to the existing site knowing¬†it’s going to be deleted in a few weeks.¬†¬†At the moment, our ranking in the search engines is really low too, I think thats something to do with google etc being aware of the microsoft status and they’ve de-prioritised us!¬† We’ll soon be putting that to rights with the new site!¬† So hence if we’re not ranking in the search engines, there’s not much point spending lots of time adding new products……I’m better off hanging fire and going in all guns blazing with the new site!¬† The new site will probably .co.uk, at least until microsoft will release it in October when the registration needs renewing!¬† I don’t mind being .co.uk, after all, we are in the uk!

So, what’s new…….the¬†Malabrigo is new but has been added to the website, other’s not added include Rumba Fantasy, Bergere de France Ideal, Angel, Magic + and Cocoon.¬† I’ve got Lorna’s Laces due any day, blocking wires have been added to the website, I’m putting an order together for Namaste Bags…..loving the lime, peacock, hot pink and eggplant!¬† I’m getting Monroe, possibly¬†Messenger, and all the accessories cases!!¬†I’m increasing the range of shades in some of the existing yarns….more have arrived in the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, more Noro shades and of course the new Louisa Harding ranges and shades!

I’ll be back soon with more info and updates about the new website, bear with us in the transition…..it will be worth it!!