Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rowan Cocoon

Most likely you have seen this sample in the shop, but want to pop it up here on the blog! We knit Juliet with 4 balls of Rowan Cocoon in the smallest size. Rowan Cocoon is one of my most favourite yarns - it is a 80% Merino, 20% Kid Mohair blend knit up to 14 stitches/4" on 7mm needles. Each ball contains 126 yards and cost $16.95. It is so soft and heavenly to knit with I was quite said when this project ended.

I am mainly a product knitter and this knit was no different, but at the end I felt sad the whole process was finished. I guess I have to find another project to knit with it - maybe a scarf! Yeah, that is what I'll do - once I've finished knitting the bazillion other projects I have on the needles.

Missy from The Painted Fleece, knit us this beautiful sample with 2 balls of Cocoon on 10mm needles. The pattern is yours with the purchase of cocoon!

A few colours we have:

We also received the latest Rowan Cocoon Book:

Friday, October 30, 2009

More ABC SJ Booklets Arrived!

No need for alot of words, look what came:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hemlock Ring Blanket!

Oh yes people, we have knit a giant doily! Emily knit the hemlock rink blanket (rav link) with 5 skeins of cascade 220 with 5mm needles. There are 3003 made in Ravelry as of today!

Basically Made In Brooklyn aka. Jared Flood knit a vintage doily pattern that originally used J. & P. Coats’ Six Cord Mercer-Crochet and a 2.75mm needle and knit his with an aran weight yarn- Cascade Eco (which we have BTW). Genius I say!

Depending on the size you can use pretty much any yarn, decide if you want it lacey or a tighter knit - the skys the limit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


No, I am not talking about myself, I am talking about the new colours of Classic Elite Lush that just arrived! OMG - these colours are super fantastic and this yarn - oh la la, is super spectacular. Lush contains 50% Angora, 50% Wool, 123 yards of yarny goodness and cost $12.99. There is no limit to the number of projects you can make with this yarn!

We want to make a sample to show off this out of this world yarn, but can't make up our minds! Send us your thoughts to - include the name and link of the pattern. It doesn't have to be a free one!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fiona Ellis Morphing Cable Class

There are 6 spots remaining for Fiona Ellis' Morphing Cable Class this Saturday - October 31st from 9am to noon.

Fiona is famous for her morphing cables….cables that change and become other patterns. In this workshop she will show you the basic principles of how to get started designing your own cables. Even if you are not an advanced cable knitter, give it a try. Simple patterns can morph and create unique ideas. If you love cables but find working vertical patterns too repetitive and want to heighten the challenge, this workshop is a must! Fiona will also touch upon some of the techniques that come up in Celtic Knot cables class.

Price$45, includes cable needle, squared paper and the Naked Sheep pen!

Class Length- 1 three hour session

Please bring: ball of light coloured medium weight yarn and appropriate sized needles

Holiday Knits Gifts 2009 Magazine!

It is at the shop! Wowza people, this is one great issue. Run, don't walk, as we only have a few left. Don't believe me? Go HERE to preview the issue.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lucy Neatby's Learn to Knit DVD

We received Lucy Neatby's Brand New Knitter DVD! This DVD is perfect for people how have never knit before and for those just starting out. The DVD introduces the new knitter to the basics of the knit and purl stitch using either hand! Plus casting on & binding off, shapings and joinings. Also included are close-ups of errors new knitters often make and how to correct them. Plus much more!

We also have Lucy Neatby's Knitting Essentials 1 and Knitting Essentials 2 DVDs. Each DVD cost $30.00

Friday, October 23, 2009

Big Wool Cowl

Need a quick knitting project or need to make a gift? Here is the recipe:

one ball big wool - any colour
9mm 16" needles
FREE pattern from us (with purchase of Big Wool)

Knit in the round for about two hours = a finished cowl!

Yep, it is that easy folks. Come on in and check out all the great colours we have!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More Silky Wool Arrived!!!

More colours of one of our favourite yarns has arrived! Silky Wool, a DK weight yarn is a blend of 45% wool, 35% silk, 20% Nylon and cost $9.95 and has 192 yards!!! This baby is one awesome yarn and can be used for most projects.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Classic Elite Books!

We love opening boxes at the store - they always contain something of great interest, and the box we just opened is no different! Take a look at the fantastic books we just received:

Take a look through these great patterns and see if you agree with us - all the patterns are pretty fantastic!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Learn to Spin on a Spinning Wheel!

Learn how to work with your spinning wheel to create beautiful useable yarns. This series of classes will be geared to the absolute beginner and “still pretty new at it” spinner. It will cover adjusting the wheel to optimize success, learning to treadle, spinning a continuous single thread, and plying.

For the first three lessons we will concentrate on spinning wool. After that, who knows…!

Price: $125, Includes roving, please bring your spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, solid-coloured apron or lap cloth

Class Length – 4 two hour sessions

Instructor: Julia Lee

Minimum Participants: 3

Julia Lee is back at the Naked Sheep to teach learn to spin on a spinning wheel! The class starts on November 7th for four weeks ending on November 28th.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hand Dyed Rovings Now Available!

We received some pretty awesome rovings from the Painted Fleece last week and we want to share the news! Missy dyed up some pretty amazing rovings ranging in price from $10 to $12. We have natural colours as well as a multi coloured pack for those wanting to needlefelt!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Feb Lady Sweater with Buttons!

At long last we sewed on the buttons, and when I say we, I mean the "royal we". Emily was kind enough to do the honours for me. Doesn't she look so grand with her four large hand made wooden buttons:

Each button is $6.00 and we have a wide selection of natural colours to choose from!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Are you ready for Winter?

We certainly are getting ready for the colder weather at the Sheep! Can't decide if you should knit a light or dark coloured hat and mitten set? Well come on in and check out ours!

Sue, one of our wonderful naked sheep knitters and friend modelled these two recently finished hat and mitten sets. Doesn't she look awesome!

Sue is sporting a hat called the Better Bucket Hat designed by Amy Swenson. We used one skein of Berroco Lustra on 4.5mm 16" circular needles. This yarn is so spectacular to knit with and the sheen it gives off is amazing.

The fingerless mitts is a free pattern with purchase of Diamond Luxury Collection Alpaca Peru. This yarn is 100% alpaca and super soft to knit with. Knit on 4mm DPNs with one ball, total project cost for hat and mitts is $17.00! What an awesome gift idea!

Next is our felted bucket hat designed by one of my most favourite designers of all time! Chicknits! This pattern can be found at our store or online HERE.

We used one skein of Cascade 220 for the hat and one skein of Aslan Trends Guanaco for the cabled fingerless mitts. The pattern for the mitts can be found HERE.

Not a fan of the fingerless mitten? How about the Fiddlehead mitten? This has to be one of my all time favourite mitten patterns. Our lovely Becky loaned us hers, however there is only one at the moment, thank goodness, because I might just have to steal it from her! Becky used Alpaca Peru - one of our most over looked yarns in the store.

This yarn is so fantastic, comes in a wonderful colour selection and is reasonablely priced at $6.95/ball for 125 yards.
The pattern for the Fiddlehead mittens can be purchased HERE.

However, if you wait about one week, we will be receiving 8 kits from Tanis Fibre Arts, one of our fav Canadian yarn dyers that includes the pattern and enough yarn to make a pair.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Sirdar Books!

We just received a bunch of new Sirdar Baby and Children pattern books! Each book is $15.00! Come on in and check them out - we have some great yarn to marry with these patterns too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Sterling Silver Yarn!

On Saturday we received one of the best yarns to date! Missy from the Painted Fleece brought 30 skeins of her hand painted merino/silk/STERLING SILVER yarn to us and only 24 skeins are left!

Each skein is 420 yards, cost $30.00/skein and we have two of each colour - enough for a large lace shawl, clapotis, or whatever you dream up!




We even have a sample! Ishbel from Lisa used 3/4 of a skein to knit the small stockinette and lace size - just big enough to cover your neck from the cold.



IMG_3870 nice!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Mitten Sample!

With the weather turning cold, we have turned our knitting attention to knitting mittens - and plenty of them! Here is one our good friend Leslie knit for us:


Leslie used our new yarn Noro Bonbori and with the help of Kate Atherley's 101 Mitten knitting instructions found at!

You will need two balls to make a pair and this yarn comes in nine great colours:


Stay tuned - more mitten & fingerless mitten action coming soon!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thankgivings Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you have enough time to
squeeze in some knitting time!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

New FREE Men's Patterns Available

Subscribers to the, received notification they have a new FREE ebook - Seven Free Men's patterns available to download! As most of us knitters know, it is so hard to find good and almost impossible to find exceptional mens' patterns to knit - but I think this free little ebook might be just the find!

Take a look:

To download, you must be a subscriber to knitting daily, if you are not - it's free to sign up and each day you will receive an email from the editor, Kathleen Cubley with all kinds of tips, ideas, free patterns and patterns added it IK's database.

To Subscribe to knitting daily - go HERE.

To Download your free mens ebook - go HERE.