Saturday, February 27, 2010
So here is my Olympic project...
Its Coraline By Ysolda Teague (don't you love her?!) and I knit it in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, which is super pretty! Its blocking right now, but in these pictures it hasn't been blocked yet. I'm all finished in time - with time to spare in fact- and I had to rip the entire body out once! So dramatic! Anyway, I just wanted to share. Hope everyone else is having fun with their Olympic knitting too; please bring it in to show me!
In the process of planning her next class, Fiona asked if she could loan us some of her sweaters to display in the shop and I jumped at her offer. Here they are sitting in a prestigious spot in the store:
And one of my favourite sweaters that I am going to knit for next winter, Order and Chaos
This sweater is a bit big for me, but hey I'll knit the smaller size so that it fits me and I think I will knit it with the best yarn on the planet - Rowan Cocoon.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I wasn't a Knitter when my kids were little, but this is how I would look if I was:
With most newborns, I am like the baby whisperer, I can get any baby to sleep, see:
How cute does she look with her hands hanging down? OMG people, I LOVE it. Her little feet were cold, so I draped our baby log cabin blanket across her - everyone looks so good with hand knits on.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Emily used the Fourteen pattern, found HERE. You can use pretty much any bulky yarn that you want - and to make it easy for you, we have a TONNE of bulky yarn in fabulous colours to choose from.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Each skein has enough for a hat, scarf or cowl! This yarn is super soft!!!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
This monthly workshop is suited to beginner knitters who need help starting a first project, understanding a pattern, help with anything to get you going or just want to knit and socialize with other beginner knitters in a warm welcoming environment.
Price: $20, please bring your pattern, yarn and needles
Workshop Length: 1 – two hour session
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Fiona’s lively and interactive workshops have been developed to stimulate each participant’s unique creativity. You can expect to come away from her classes with enhanced technical skills, but you may also discover something more. She is also the designer behind many beautiful garments, including Bonnie, Rebecca, Pamela, Paula, Lesley and Chartres all found at www.twistcollective.com.
Fair Isle Experiments and Design Creating your own colour story can be so much fun. Playing with pattern motifs can be challenging but also very rewarding. In this workshop Fiona will show you where to discover ideas for both these aspects involved in Fair Isle design.
Fiona will also show how you can use them as jumping off points to come up with your own unique ideas. You will work on small samples of Fair Isle patterning to find either a way to introducing a new palette to an existing chart or to combine smaller motifs to create a new larger scale pattern.Materials: part balls (a few yards each) in medium weight yarns, bring as many colours as you can and are willing to share and pair of yarn appropriate needles.
Price: $45, includes squared paper and coloured pencils
Date: March 27th from 9am to Noon
Class Length: 1 – three hour session
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This looks like a two evening project - fast, just how we like them.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The pattern is by the lovely and talented Ysolda Teague. You can purchase it here. Lisa knit mousie in some oddments of Cascade Eco, but I think that all of us have some mouse-worthy scraps kicking around...or perhaps you want to make a whole bunch of mice! Who knows?!
Monday, February 15, 2010
In case you missed our previous babbling about Painted Fleece's Silver sock yarn, here are the stats...
each skein contains 420 yards of fingering weight 63% superwash merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon and 2% STERLING SILVER! All in beautiful, one of a kind, locally hand dyed colours. Come by to scoop yours soon!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Drop by anytime to come and knit with us! The coffee and tea is on us and we would love to have a cup or two with you.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Brimming with gorgeous spring designs for knit and crochet, this issue is sure to have a few garments to love!
Along with the lovely Rowan Mag, 6 new colours of our beloved Rowan Cocoon arrived. I don't need to tell you how much we love cocoon, because you've heard it all before!
Have you seen Knitty's surprises? There is a vest Amy Swenson designed that would be PERFECT for Cocoon. I'm thinking of either the deep chocolate colour for mine.
Right gauge, awesome yarn, super warm comfy vest - Ahh....awesome. I want to start one for myself NOW, but I'm involved in the Ravelympics. POOP.
Friday, February 12, 2010
you get in the spirit, this little cardi is a great way to begin. It is surprisingly quick, easy and totally adjustable to fit YOU.
Taking just two skeins of South Pacific on 4mm needles, it is an inexpensive knit and you can wear it with so many things. Each skein cost $9 - total yarn cost: $18!! Wow.
This is also a great pattern to knit your first sweater.
The only mods made were to cast on 140 stitches for the 40" size, and Lisa cunningly added the buttons (I think they look great!) You could easily wear the cardigan unbuttoned for a more drqapey look....how versitile!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Classy is Dream in Colour's worsted weight superwash merino. Each skein has 250 yards and costs $18!
and more colours are on the way, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Join Kate on February 28th and March 7th from 10am to noon. $40.00 + materials, includes pattern! Please bring or buy one ball of Noro Kureyon and 4.5mm needles. Keep in mind you need two balls to make a pair, but only need one for the class!
This class is exclusive to the Naked Sheep and not taught anywhere else. Please call the shop at 416 691 6320 or drop in to reserve your spot, there are only four spots left!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
If you feel like treating yourself, check out the brand newViola Fancy Sock! A lucious blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere in a light fluffing fingering weight yarn. Perfect for lace and close to the skin projects, each skein has 437 yards and costs $44.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The only colour in the 8 colours this yarn comes in and my favourite by far, comes off on your hands. Other customers have knit with the other colours and this doesn't happen.
However, it does look pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. The only mod to the WURM hat I made, was to knit 9 purl rounds instead of 10 as I would have had to crack into the 3rd ball of yarn, and frankly I couldn't bear to continue to look at my hands.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I first fill up my SOAK tub with cold water (shown in purple and pink), add in my SOAK no rinse wool wash and let soak for about 15-20 minutes.
I then dump the water, which is super easy with these new tubs, you just hold the handles together with one hand, and it folds to create a spout. Then squeeze out excess water and lay out on either your carpet, bed, or blocking board. If blocking a garment, pin garments to shape and size.
If blocking a lace piece, insert blocking wires into each edge stitch. Once completed, you can stretch out the lace to the size desired.
If your item only needs to be sprayed with a light mist, skip the above and go directly to pinning the item to shape. Once complete, spray the item all over and wait for it to dry.
Let dry and enjoy your finished knit!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Each ball has 464 yards and cost, now wait for it - $10.00! Holy cow people, not only does all the eight colours come in fantastic colourways as Noro's other sweet yarns, stripe the same way, but the price is so good and the feel is so, well, SWEET! Come in and feel for yourselves....