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Changes afoot…

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Firstly, apologies for not posting for so long, I had a few health problems and then a few catch up problems!

We are now nearly 4 years old, I can’t believe where time has flown!  The last 4 years have allowed us to expand and grow as well as find our weaknesses.  I’ve spent the last few weeks analysing things and identified that there are some yarns and brands that just do not work for us and some which really do work.  The website was rebuilt last October and still has numerous issues and I’ll be speaking to the website team on Monday, I don’t know where this next leg will take us but I’m prepared for rebuilding again if need be….I may be overly picky but it just has to be right…it’s just not acceptable for the only shipping option for a customer in Australia to have ‘Collect from Little Houndales Knits’!! It’s unprofessional and embarrassing and reflects badly on us as a business, I’ve flagged this up with the website team and it’s STILL happening, so, I’ll be dealing with it when the chap at the top is back from holiday next week.  I wouldn’t mind but we rebuilt because of issues with the old one that couldn’t be rectified.  

With regard to stock, for us the Noro and Bergere de France ranges don’t do too well and several of the Debbie Bliss yarns struggle. I have therefore decided to thin out these brands and will be replacing them with a nice selection of interesting stock that I’m sure will go down well.  On the other hand, some of the yarns work brilliantly for us, Rowan, Louisa Harding, the vast range of sock yarns, Malabrigo and of course our own.  These will all be staying so don’t wait for any discounts on these, sorry!!

Once I’ve got all the stock of all these yarns checked they will be going on the website with good discounts.  I’ll be sending out a newsletter so keep an eye out for it landing in your email box in the next couple of weeks.

I wanted to update you about the changes afoot as I don’t want the website to disappear and people think we’ve gone…..if we do it will only be temporary! And I don’t want you to see all the yarns we’re discounting and think it’s a closing down sale, it’s just a sort out!

Keep an eye out for those bargains!!!

Kath. xx

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

Fundraising Evening…

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Invites you to an evening of fundraising….

Susie, (my 16 year old daughter who helps me on the Farmers Market stall) is going to Vietnam and Laos in July next year with ‘World Challenge’.  They are going for a month and will be working in an orphanage whilst there.  To show my support I am organising an evening of fundraising. Little Houndales Knits will open at 5pm for you to browse the yarns and pattern books at your leisure, eat cake, drink tea (or maybe a drizzle of wine!), followed by the opportunity to watch a cookery demonstration from Pampered Chef and browse My Secret Kitchen and Forever Living Aloe Vera products.

We have some fabulous raffle prizes:

10 x 50g balls of Rowan Kid Classic and the latest Kim Hargreaves book, Smoulder

10 x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Milano (New for A/W 2013) and the Milano pattern book

£25.00 Little Houndales Knits Gift Voucher

Various Pampered Chef and My Secret Kitchen products

Raffle tickets will be on sale for £1.00 a strip (on the day of the fundraiser only)

There will also be a 100 square lottery where you pay £2.00 for your square, when everyone has had opportunity to purchase a square, half the monies raised will go towards Susie’s Vietnam fund and the other half will go to the winner to spend on Pampered Chef.

A percentage of all Pampered Chef sales will be added to Susie’s funds.

A percentage of all My Secret Kitchen sales will be added to Susie’s funds.

A percentage of all Forever Living sales will be added to Susie’s funds.

And 10% of any Little Houndales Knits sales will be added to Susie’s funds.

Susie has £3,500 to raise in total, so far she has raised over half of this but we’ve still a big chunk to go so let’s make this a great evening of fun and fundraising.  Bring your friends and their friends, the more the merrier….and more funds for Susie!

Doors open at 5pm Tuesday 15th October, Pampered Chef cookery demonstration will commence about 7.30pm (and you can taste the finished product later) and the evening will wind down around 10pm.

Look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support!

Kath xx

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Istanbul – Marie Wallin

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Love at first sight!  I just love this sweater, I don’t know if it’s the colour, the fluffiness, the pattern, the shape or what, but I can just see myself wearing it as my ‘favourite sweater’!  In the ball the yarn reminds me of a baby sparrow, soft and fluffy and gorgeous muted greyish browns.

I know I shouldn’t but I have…….I’ve started knitting it whilst still having several other projects unfinished!  I figured it would be a quick, easy knit so I talked myself round 😉

The yarn is used double throughout so knits up quickly, the ribs are on 9mm needles and the main is on 12mm needles so it grows quickly.  I’m using circulars because I hate using straights on anything bulky and on anything above 6mm, they just get to heavy and clonky to enjoy!…..is clonky even a word?  It describes what I mean though 🙂

The welt knitted up quickly and as I was excited to get on to the pattern it probably knitted up even quicker!!  The pattern is a kind of sideways chevron worked by slipping stitches and passing the yarn across the slipped stitches on the right side.  I thought as it’s only a 4 stitch pattern which basically travels to the right for 12 rows then to the left for 12 rows it would be a piece of cake….but it took a bit of getting into!  I think you need to either follow the pattern intensely, be good at problem solving or good at working things out.  7 rows in, after the first decrease, I was somehow 1 stitch out and I couldn’t for the life of me work out what was wrong!  I walked away, came back 10 minutes later and saw the problem straight away!  I think I just had a dopey head on!  I’m now 10 rows in and I have got the pattern in my head, I know exactly what I’m doing and I’m able to see straight away how it all works, it’s amazing how things all come together!  I knew it wasn’t beyond me but I could quite easily see how this pattern would have some knitters scratching their heads.

Now I have it worked out I thought it would be a good time to put the kettle on and write about it.  I hope I haven’t put anyone off knitting it as it truly is gorgeous now I can see the pattern coming through and now I have it worked out, it is actually really easy!  My best advice is to persevere, it’s not that you are not capable, it’s just a bit tricky to get going….10 rows in and you’ll be away!!

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 🙂

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!!