Spring 2020 update

Holy shit you guys! Pardon the language but with the coronavirus shutting things down left and right I do believe that it is warranted. If you are like me you are now working from home and the kids are home because school has been cancelled. It makes for an interesting dynamic. Our district/state hasn’t figured out if it is really the two weeks they announced or if it is more. Although nothing official has been put out, I really doubt my kids will be back to the school building before their May 22 release date. That means, homeschool. So it means time to figure out what they are going to do. Since I own Little Hawk Yarns (more on that in a minute) part of the homeschool curriculum here has to involve fiber arts. I’m putting together a weaving project, a sewing project, and knitting project for my daughter. I have not figured out what for my 11 year-old son yet. He does not care for this stuff and I really don’t feel like going ten rounds trying to get him to do something. He may end up mostly doing cooking projects.

Since I have shifted my store to online only I am home and able to do this. And as I get kits put together I will add them to my store to help out you who would like to be able to do a fiber project with your kids who are also home.

Speaking of the store… Little Hawk Yarns is all online now. Make sure to check it out since I am adding lots of items that I did not have on there before. In this time of uncertainty I sure could use you help in staying afloat. Without the steady income of the store here in town things are pretty questionable at the moment.

That’s the good and the bad. The ugly is that the web page updates slower than I like. I’m working on classes online, but I don’t have things recorded to put on there as I was not ready to go 100% online quite yet. So it will likely be ugly for a bit while I get organized.

I do hope that you can find some things to enjoy during this time. I am enjoying the extra time with my family and the removal of distractions that comes from the social distancing and events being cancelled. I would like to leave you with a wish for your good health.

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Catching up from a crazy week…

School started yesterday. We also started putting in hardwood floors about the same time. And my dogs attacked my cat yesterday. The cat seems like she’ll be okay. Is freaked out my only slightly damaged despite a large size difference between her and the dogs.

The floors are going in smoothly it just means that my house is in utter chaos for the start of school. My kids are good sports though and don’t seem to mind. We can only do so much each evening before we poop out, or it gets to late to run the saw politely so we get a couple of hours in each evening. We should be done by the weekend. I really hope so since I have farmers market to attend.

I am tickled how the new farmers market is going here. I didn’t tell you about the market did I? Well, I got convinced to join the board of directors to start a farmers market here in Chadron. We have a great board that works their butt off to make this a go. While it isn’t anything like a big city market it is steady and I at least have had great support as a vendor. It seems like my other vendors do too. I do love the buzz around a farmers market. Everyone setting up their little portable stores and then the customers filtering in as the morning gets started. So much fun. It would be lovely if we could get more produce vendors this year. I know it has been a tough year though.

Well, I had better get some knitting and more cleaning of my office done so I can actually find things. Oh and a quick note… I have books and patterns on sale on my web page. Make sure to check it out. 40% off and all you have to do is checkout. The discount is automatic. www.littlehawkyarns.com

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What’s for supper?

I’m supposed to figure out what to do do for supper tonight. Officially I’m still working for another half an hour. Today and really this whole summer, seems to have slipped away without even realizing it. A week from today my kids start school. Yes, we start early. We also get out in May so there are some perks.

I am very ready for the steady schedule that school provides. I love the days spent with my kids though. I like that this Little Hawk Yarns gig provides us with the ability to spend the time together. That said, I am so ready to have the days where I can not worry about what the kids are up to and actually get some work done.

Speaking of work… I have most of my fall classes lined out. I’m madly knitting sample pieces. I just started the hat this morning. Good thing I like to knit because I have a lot of knitting to work on. Knitting to a deadline can be a bit of a worry though. Luckily most of the classes this fall are for smaller projects like hats, mittens, and socks. The mittens are done and the socks are started. Actually I might knit the mittens again in another yarn with another set of needles so people can see the differences. We shall see what I end up with timing-wise.

My sock class is filling up nicely. Hooray! I always like when a class is nice and full but not overflowing. I’m excited to introduce some new knitters to the joy of sock knitting.

Okay, I’d better get to figuring out what on earth this family is going to eat tonight. All I know right now is that it will likely involve bacon.

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Best knitting rhyme I’ve heard/seen

This gruesome little ditty I saw online during Halloween has helped when teaching people to knit more than any other I’ve seen. I think because I can actually remember it.

“Stab it, strangle it, scoop out its guts, and throw it off the cliff.”

I wish I knew who came up with it… Thank you to whoever you are.

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New Web Updates

I’m trying something new all the way around. I have updated the web store to hopefully be easier to navigate. In addition to that I’ve added a class section to the product list. What does this mean? It means you can pay for class online. What does it not mean? I still haven’t figured out a good way to actually register for classes other than an email to me at info@littlehawkyarns.com or in person. Yes, there are software products out there to manage schedules and all. I am trying to minimize the number of sites and passwords etc. that I need to maintain and I’m trying to make it simple for my customers. I dislike difficult pages as a customer. I do not waste my time. So, feel free to check out the web store re-vamp. I would love any feedback possible. <link below>

Class link for web store

Besides updating the web store, I am knitting on store samples for upcoming classes. There are other blog posts coming with lots of updates from shearing to spinning wheel repair to tips and tricks for you. I’m looking to have a bunch of updates for you come August. I never have figured out how to juggle kids at home for the summer and writing and working on my business. Not smoothly anyway. We bumble along and make things work, but nothing gets fully accomplished when it comes to anything but the kids. Not in the summer.

I do treasure the summers. It is pretty incredible to get to spend the short break from school actually with my kids. It is certainly a balancing act but it is pretty darn wonderful. Anyway, back to the regular programming. I hope your summer is going well. I’m off to work on another project.

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Pirouette Knit Along (KAL)

Rules:

Make the Pirouette Cowl using the free pattern. During the March 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 time frame. You do not have to stick to this timeline to participate, but you do in order to be eligible for the prize.

Use Manos del Uruguay Fino mini-skein sets from Little Hawk Yarns or other Manos del Uruguay yarn with which you can get gauge (26 sts, 38 rounds/rows = 4 inches-10cm)

Use hashtag #pirouetteKAL for your social media posts

Share your project in the Ravelry group here.

Prize: I will use a random number generator to pick the winner from the posts on the Ravelry page. Only posts between March 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 will be eligible.

Happy Knitting!!

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Some random February updates with photos finally.

Yet another month has slipped away from me. I am forever amazed by how quickly they do that.

I got my master knitting project in the mail and it is being reviewed. We shall see how much re-work I have to do. I cannot imagine that I won’t have any. I was pushing too hard at the end to get things done in time to have been knitting or writing perfectly.

My next similar project is a teaching certificate from The Knitter’s Guild of America (TKGA). The same folks who are in charge of the master knitter program. I have a few of my classes lined out for that, but a couple of the larger ones are going to take some more planning.

And speaking of classes… I have been teaching knitting, crochet, and spinning the last two months. I love teaching people new things about fiber. I love fibers and it is even better when someone requests that I geek out about it. If you are curious about my classes and events then the best place to find that is on the Little Hawk Yarns Facebook page. For all its other faults Facebook has been the best spot I have found for that schedule. My Instagram is where you can find all the fun photos. They get shared to Facebook too in case you aren’t on Instagram. And of course you can find my store on my web page at www.littlehawkyarns.com. As I learn more about how to organize my web page more and more will go on there. I am finding that can be a bit of a learning curve to get everything to talk to each other. And lastly on contacting me… You can find me at the store at 223 Main in Chadron or you can email me at info@littlehawkyarns.com.

Now, on to the good stuff. Photos! It seems I often have lots of different projects going. Here are a few of those.

Some of the fun yarns in the shop. These ones are in-store only.
It has been very cold here. Thank goodness for wool.
Knitting project. Hopefully will become a class.
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2019

Just into the new year and I am slowly getting back into a routine after the holidays. It has been a bit bumpy getting back into the routine of getting to bed early enough to get up on time. None of us has been too keen on getting up for school/work. I think we may have it worked out just in time for the weekend.

But, in the land of Little Hawk Yarns… I’ve been planning, trying to gather scattered thoughts, working on my master hand knitting project, and doing my Sales and Use taxes. In the midst of that my truck’s 4 wheel drive decided to start leaking so it is at the mechanic. Oh, and it is our only working vehicle at the moment so that makes things interesting. Luckily we live in town and can walk to just about everything we need at this point. It is reminding me though that my bike tires need some maintenance too. Oops. I’ve been putting some things off.

I’m almost there on the master knitting. I think my knitting is done save one swatch. I will know for sure after this weekend as I am going to go through, tag, and thoroughly assess each swatch, again. I also need to do the book work, reports, and questions. I really should do that instead of my blog, but I am not. I have really enjoyed the knitting process and learning process of this project. That said, I really don’t enjoy the report writing or keeping track of my research. I love to learn despite not being a great student. Well, to be more precise I’m not good at being a student.

Classes and plans for the shop… I’m working up some knitting and spinning classes for January and into February. Best place to find the updated schedule is on my Events of Little Hawk Yarns Facebook page. I have Knitting 101, Knitting Basics, and Basics of Spinning up and running. Class sizes are limited, but I am happy to add sessions if we fill up right away.

I am working on getting organized to be a collection point for Knitted Knockers as well. That is a little further down on my priority list so I’m not totally up and running. I have Kid Cotton yarn that is one of the approved yarns for this project so if you are feeling up to knitting some of these knockers please do! I’m happy to have you drop them off with me at the store and I’ll get myself organized.

All right… I have several other posts to work on and my homework is glaring at me from the corner. I’d better get on that.

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Feeling Behind

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I start writing for here on my blog. 15 different things seem to interrupt every time. It is kind of how life is happening at the moment. It is a good thing but it does make it a bit difficult to get things done.

I have several irons in the fire at the moment. My Master Hand Knitting deadline is approaching very quickly. As a matter of fact, I should be writing for that and not on here. I’m accomplishing things while procrastinating others. Right on the tail of my Master Knitting deadline is a teaching certificate deadline. In between me and those two big deadlines are Christmas, a school break for the holidays, New Years, a couple of family birthdays, and the regular day-to-day of my business. Hmmm… Maybe I shouldn’t have knit other projects throughout the summer. Such as life. Now I pay for it by feeling those deadlines loom. 

Let’s see… My other self imposed deadline is Christmas. I decided sort of last minute to knit both kids a pair of socks. At least I didn’t add my husband to that. Both kids have one sock done. My son’s pair at least is part way through the second sock too and I will likely cast on the second sock for my daughter today. I think I can get them done in time. It means a lot of knitting and not so much spinning at the moment but that is okay for the time being.

Little Hawk Yarns is moving along rather nicely. I have a wonderful space downtown and I’ve started to teach knitting and spinning classes out of there. Classes are small at the moment, but rather perfect for starting out. It means I get to ease into teaching and my students get some serious one-on-one attention. After the new year I will be adding some more classes and class times. We haven’t worked out schedules just yet, but that will come soon.

Now, I leave you with a link to my store web page. There have been several updates there as I’ve gotten new inventory in the last week or so. I hope you all have a happy holiday season! Happy crafting!

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News

How do I put into words the amazing feeling of collaborating with someone? Someone I respect and admire as an artist and business woman. I’m not sure how to process this… Whitney is an amazing artist and teacher. I am impressed by the artistry of her quilts on a regular basis. I’ve done a couple of sip and paints with her too. Fun, relaxed, and I remembered that I like to paint. And now? Now we are joining forces with our shops and inventory.

I am moved in to the store and will soon start my own knitting and spinning classes there very soon. I have added yarn to the TaDa inventory and there are notions and spinning supplies galore. The spinning stuff is not out on the floor quite yet. I have a wheel there, but I am working on getting the other wheel and fiber into the computer system. If you need something when you pop in please let me know. It may just be in the back.

Just a couple of quick housekeeping notes. You can still find me at my own web page and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest) but now you can find me at the TaDa web page (link above) and downtown at the store. This collaboration means more options for products for all kinds of fiber artists. Whether using fabric or yarn or thread or fiber.

As we move into the busy holiday season don’t forget to take a minute and slow down. Maybe it is with some knitting, sewing, spinning, embroidery, or just a cup of tea. This is more of something I have to keep reminding myself. This is the time of year we are supposed to be grateful for the harvests of the year.

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