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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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>
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Now, on to the good stuff. Photos! It seems I often have lots of different projects going. Here are a few of those.
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.