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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October?!

And just like that I’ve slipped into October. The nights are cold and the days are warm, but that is about to change. By next Wednesday we are supposed to get snow. That is okay. It is time. I like the seasonal shift. Fall is my favorite season.  There are so many wonderful things this time of year. This is when we shift into the indoor crafting and making season. It is the time when we can spend more time with our family. It is the build up to the holidays.

I enjoy it all. Most of all I enjoy the colors and smells. There is nothing like the smell of the first snow on the rotting leaves. Oh my! Wool sweaters, hats, boots, gloves/mittens, and scarves! Blankets and cozy soups and hot drinks. Those things just are not enjoyable without the cold weather. I would be so sad to live in a warmer area. I have lived in the tropics for a year and it just wasn’t the same.

I know, I have taken a complete detour musing about Fall and not said anything about what Little Hawk Yarns is up to. And yet… That is what Little Hawk Yarns is up to. I am enjoying Fall and Harvest Festivals and getting to actually wear the woolies that I make. I am also knitting class samples, have joined up in a sweater knit along (KAL), and am trying to keep up making. I’ve been dyeing wool with black walnuts and even been making ink for drawing and writing with dip pens. And last but not least I’ve been working on how I can best bring my products to you, my dear customers.

On that note, I have a couple of questions for you (especially if you are in the Western Nebraska Panhandle):

What item do you wish you had at stores in your area? Knitting needles? Yarn? Sewing notions? Knitting notions? Spinning wheels? Fiber for spinning or felting?

How do you prefer to purchase that item? In a store? Online? Or at a craft fair/vendor event?

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Preparations

This is the time of year that all my focus directs toward winter preparations. August slips into September all too quickly and before we know it the snow and the cold descends. My preparations for my home start in August and even in July with the garden and canning its fruits. Then I move into September and it starts to become about my knitting, spinning, holiday fairs, and classes.  I still feel a bit like the squirrel during this late summer time. I am hoarding my nuts for the coming winter. Part of this is that I grew up in the high country with wood heat and horses. This meant all summer was the time to be hauling firewood and putting up hay in preparation for the coming cold season. Even more defining was that my dad’s profession of farrier was seasonal as well so we also saved up money for the coming winter. Everything in my life growing up revolved around preparing for winter.

This has shaped my adult life as well. Those little subtle ways that I never could figure out until the last several years. Why I had that drive to put up tomatoes and applesauce… I still feel anxious if I do not have a stash of firewood despite not heating with wood. I like the feeling I get when I have a stockpile of food, heat source, and wool for the winter.

Now that I have my own business I work this time of year in preparation for the holiday season which runs basically August through January. The type of show or sales event I’m attending dictates how much and what kind of preparation I do. Sometimes it is gathering my resale items like my African Market Baskets and millspun yarns. Other times like now it means making things. Yarn. I am spinning not nearly enough, but I will be changing that shortly. Today is all about pine cones for decorating. I have a beautiful Ponderosa Pine in my front yard. I was a bit grumpy about all the pine cones it was dropping to get in the way of mowing. And then I realized I need to make use of the bounty. I love decorating with pine cones. So, I am cooking them at a low temperature to kill any bugs and open them up and then I will proceed with decoration building. Everything from simply scenting them with cinnamon to building garlands with them. I am still working out details which is just fine because today is simply preparing them to be worked with.

Pine cones. Spinning new yarns to add to the inventory. And dryer balls. I have to make a bunch of wool dryer balls. I have been low on my inventory all summer so now is the time to start working on those again. They are such a popular way to reduce your drying time and stop buying dryer sheets.

Well, it is lunch time so I’d better get that done and out-of-the-way so I can continue making.

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