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So, a little less than a month ago I signed up for a master knitting certification program through The Knitter’s Guild of America. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was signing up for although I knew it was big because of the time they allow on the various levels. Level One you have a year to complete. Level Two you get 18 months, and Level Three you get a full two years to do.

As I’m getting into Level One there is a report to write. Yikes! I haven’t written a report in almost 20 years. It has been a solid 15. Oh boy! I’m having to re-learn how to sit and write, research, and the dang bibliography. Ugh. I’ve never liked doing those. But, I am enjoying stretching my brain and learning again. I don’t like to not be learning. Plus this is a great excuse to knit. Because I can always use an excuse to knit more.

Someday, maybe soon, I am looking into doing their teaching certification as well. We’ll have to see just how much time and money I’m willing to sink in. Mostly time in front of the computer writing and planning. Because of course now that I’m not working 6+ days a week, I feel the need to sign up for all sorts of things. In addition to this knitting work, I’m spinning again (hooray!!) and I’ve signed up for a couple of races to keep me running. One of which is a half marathon. Which I’ve never done before. Uff-da! At least the sitting in front of a computer should get balanced out with the training. I just need to plan it out well.

And, before I forget… I will soon get to actually move into my new office space today or tomorrow. The carpeting is getting the last little bit installed right now. I got new vinyl in my space too. Now to get things unpacked and organized… So many exciting things happening!

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Where Has Little Hawk Yarns Landed?

At the last update I was closing my brick and mortar shop. I had made the decision to do so knowing there were some other changes afoot. Little did I know when I made that announcement that my husband would get a job offer the very same day. A job offer that would have us move away from the Scottsbluff area. So, he accepted the job offer and we moved to Chadron, NE. A ways from Scottsbluff but not too far. About 100 miles actually. In between December and now I have been busy closing the store, moving my inventory to the house, to moving everything to Chadron, selling a house, buying a house, and getting my kids into school. Somewhere in the middle of that I had taxes and inventory to do.

To say it has been an interesting last couple of months would be understating things. It has not been a bad move as far as moves go but it has been busy.  I was able to get my shop moved out of my building by the 31st of December and by January 14 we were mostly moved up to Chadron. I think we have one more garage load to get from our old house and then we’ll be done with that part. I’m still working on the Little Hawk Yarn (LHY) set up. I’m not sure exactly how that is going to look just yet. I have a small area set up in my house that I’m working out of for the moment. We are re-carpeting and adding vinyl to that area so I will be a bit disorganized yet a little longer.

I’m looking at doing pop up shops, fiber fairs, and farmers markets. I’m not sure what is available just yet in this area. There is a great little quilt shop that has requested some handspun for consignment. Hooray! I will be ordering baskets once I get a place to put them again.

Let’s see… One last bit of news, I have started on my Master Knitting Certificate through The Knitting Guild of America. I love learning and researching so this project is right up my alley. Someday I would like to do the Master Spinners course through Olds College as well.

In the meantime you can still find me as Little Hawk Yarns on Facebook or online at www.littlehawkyarns.com. Please feel free to message me if you need yarn, fiber, a basket, or would like spinning or knitting lessons.

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Changes

The time has come for big decisions. There seems to be certain times in our lives where things just push us in certain directions. It was that way when I opened up my brick and mortar store. The world just lined things up so nicely for me to open. Now the world is pushing me to shift gears and change things. The increased overhead and not enough of an increase in sales to support the increase is ultimately pushed me to make this decision. So, the somewhat sad news is that I will be closing the brick and mortar location down at the end of December. The good news is that I’m  not totally going away. Just going back to the model that is self-supporting. I’m planning farmer’s market, and fairs, and some other ideas are cooking but are nowhere near done. I will still have my webpage/web-store and I will be available for classes. I just need to bring it back down to where the income isn’t so disproportional to the outgoing.

In all of this I do have to say thank you to the folks who have supported my adventure. Those of you who came in to the store to talk, knit, took a class, bought yarn, and supported my business; thank you from the bottom of my heart.  A special thank  you to my employee Barb. I could not do this without your help.

I’m sure you have questions. I will do my best to answer them. Our December schedule is a bit wonky. For that I apologize. Life and holidays get a little nuts around this time of year.

Dec 6-9 Open normal hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 12-5 p.m. with our Open Textile Study Group meeting Saturday the 9th

Dec 13-15 we are closed – Life happens, especially right before Christmas it seems.

Dec 16 Saturday open 12-5 p.m.

Dec 20-23 open normal hours Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 12-5 p.m.

Dec 27-30 tentatively open normal hours although this may change. This will be our last week at the 312 E. Overland location.

As far as sales go: Yes,I will have some things on sale.

Will I have a total clearance? No. Remember I’m re-grouping and not totally going away so I will be keeping inventory and displays etc. I just won’t be at my current location after December.

Where can you find me after December? Make sure to check my Facebook page. I’m pretty good about answering messages on there if you need something. Otherwise you can find me at www.littlehawkyarns.com until further notice.

 

 

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Holidays are right around the corner!

Can you believe it? I can’t. I always figure I have time to plan, make, buy for a holiday and then before I know it the day is upon me. Are you like this? Got any great ideas for getting out of that rut?

Actually I am good about a few things. I tend to stash presents throughout the year for gift giving. I just don’t always remember to give them. I just found one of my son’s birthday presents the other day that I had forgotten. His birthday was back in July. Oops. On the other hand…He loved getting a random present in October. See? It all works out.

Making… My homemade presents tend to be canned goods. I do lots of canning in the Fall and so I tend to have these on hand. I like to make my presents but I am not a fast knitter. I can knit anything I really want to, it just takes me forever and a day.

So what does it all mean for my holidays in the store? It means that I like to have yarn on hand for the folks who are good at pre-planning and making ahead of time. And it means I have some easy already done things like wool dryer balls and sewing kits that are great to pop into a stocking or tuck under the tree. I provide these in solidarity with those of you who are like me and think you’ll get something made for the holiday but it just sneaks up on you. I get it.

I’ve got winter store hours set for 12-5 p.m. on Saturday and Wednesday thru Friday is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hopefully I’ll get to see you in person and visit with you.

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Plans for the store holiday season

It is Fall! I still can’t get over how happy I am about that. I really don’t like the heat of summer. Can you tell? We had our first freeze of the year. Not bad considering our average frost date is Sept. 20. The cold means I can finally start wearing my woolens! Hooray!! I die of the heat if it isn’t super cold so I really like the cold weather. It means all of my knitting and spinning gets put to good use now.

I have a busy fall schedule lined up for the shop. October 14 I am teaching a beginning spinning class and we have our monthly group get-together. On the 20th and 21st I’m taking part in the Boulevard Shoppes. It is the first year for this and it is shaping up nicely. I’m excited so see all the fun stuff that will be there. I’m closing the store on the 28th so my family can take me to South Dakota for my birthday weekend. And just like that October will be done. My favorite month of the year and it is going to fly.

Before we know it November and the holiday season will be here. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a busy season, but perfect for lots of good wool projects. I’m working on a date for a knitting class in November. Nothing is set for sure yet, but it is in work. And November is Wovember. Will you take part?

Off to more stitching and planning! Happy first frost day!

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Restock!

Dryer balls and baskets are finally here! Dryer balls are in the store and baskets will be before the end of the week. I was starting to think I wasn’t going to get them in.

Next I’ll be getting new Merchant and Mills scissors.

There is more news in the works but I’m still ironing out details there. I’ll let you all in on it as soon as I can.

 

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Fall!! My favorite season.

Oh my goodness time flies when you are having fun. We are well into our summer schedule at the store. Every time I think I get a handle on my schedule and juggling act it falls apart. That’s life though right? Please tell me life is that way for you too.

I keep adding new products when I get a chance. Over the summer I  added shawl pins and other fasteners from Jul. She has some great new Celtic designs and they are all fair trade or made in the USA. Now, it makes me want to knit more shawls. I’ve really only got one shawlette. Hmmm… I will have to fix that.

I just got done working with the Manos del Uruaguay Serena yarn and made a hat from one of their patterns. Oh. My. Goodness. I love this yarn and I’m not normally a fan of the smaller yarns. This is a fingering weight cotton and baby alpaca blend. I love working with this yarn! I seldom wear a hat when it is cold let alone 100 degrees. I’m hoping this one being a little on the lighter side will let me wear it now that it is Fall.

Speaking of… Fall that is. It is here. My favorite season of all! Cool nights and warmer days. Hats and sweaters and wood fires. Pumpkin spice shows up everywhere and the colors turn to golds and browns. It is Mother Nature telling us to turn inward and hunker in for winter. I feel the pressure to get the firewood stacked and the tomatoes canned.

With Fall also means the transition into the holiday season. I’m busy planning spinning classes, a beginning knitting class, and working on getting some fabulous holiday yarns in. Now that the hurricanes down south have cleared some I am finally starting to get some new baskets in. I should have a new batch in the store this week, with another right behind that one. Hurricane Harvey delayed my shipment for almost a month. I sure am glad I didn’t have to go through that weather.

I’m off and running with more plans! Hopefully I’ll see you in the store soon. It is nice and cozy!

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