Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Stripey Tubular Cowl

I wanted to knit something up using these 3 colors of Huasco DK from Auracania Yarns (#104-A, 107-B and 108-C), and I decided to make this fun stripey, tubular cowl.  I also needed an easy, somewhat mindless project to work on during the holidays. This project fits the bill! It starts with a provisional cast on (a little thinking) and ends with kitchener (a good amount of thinking); but the middle was a sea of lovely knitting and simple color changes.

Here's what you'll need...3 skeins of Huasco DK in 3 different colors, 2 sets of size 6-16" circular needles, another size 6 needle (it can be a dpn, single point or circular; you'll use this for kitchener at the end), a size G crochet hook, waste yarn and a stitch marker.

Using waste yarn, the crochet hook and one of the 16" circulars, cast on 88 stitches using the crochet provisional cast on. Using color A, knit 2 rounds. Switch to color B and knit 2 rounds. Repeat the last 4 rounds 35 more times, maintaining color changes as established.

Using color A, knit 2 rounds. Switch to color C and knit 2 rounds. Repeat the last 4 rounds 35 more times, maintaining color changes as established.

Using color B, knit 2 rounds. Switch to color C and knit 2 rounds. Repeat the last 4 rounds 34 more times, maintaining color changes as established.

Using color B, knit 2 rounds. Switch to color C and knit 1 round.

Using the second 16" circular needle, remove the waste yarn, capturing those 88 stitches from row one of color A. (Weave in your ends before you do the next step!)

Graft the ends together using kitchener stitch and color C.

We have 12 gorgeous colorways of Huasco DK available now at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop.

And I found the perfect model to show off my finished cowl! Thanks Brad, our VP of Everything here at The Naked Sheep, for being such a great sport and a super model!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Knit Some Squares with Kristin!

Hello Knitters!

We are just wrapping up another amazing year of the Square of the Month Afghan and The Great American Aran Afghan.   These 21 students have been working hard to create some amazing heirloom afghans – and they’ve learned MUCH along the way.

I would like to welcome you to join me for this great adventure in 2015!  This is a fun class to take with a friend, sibling, or coworker!  We meet just once a month for two hours. 

Because these classes are so popular, we are opening up registration NOW.  Space is limited!

Here’s what these classes have to offer:

The Square of the Month Afghan (1 class per month, 12 months)
Suitable for knitters and purlers of all levels. Each month I will teach you the basics of a technique in a 10” x 10” square. This is a FANTASTIC way to take your knitting and purling skills to the next level in a bite-sized way! These 2-hour workshops will take place on the first Sunday or Monday of each month. Some of the things you’ll learn include…
·         Log Cabin
·         Lace
·         Cables
·         Chart Reading
·         Entrelac
·         Short Rows
·         Knitting in the Round
·         Fair Isle
·         Mosaic
·         Intarsia
·         Shadow Knitting
·         Crochet (yes, really!)
·         Weaving in Ends
·         Picking up Stitches
·         Much, much more!

You will receive all the patterns in class as part of your registration fee.

The Great American Afghan (1 class per month, 24 months)
Suitable for the intermediate knitter. This stunning heirloom afghan has intrigued me (and many of you) for years.   In this class, we will be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month throughout 2015 and 2016.  In each class, I will provide fully charted patterns, teach technique, share insight, troubleshoot problems, and much more!  This is a great project to knit with the support of a community!

Call the shop to sign-up! (503) 283-2004






Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gingham Cowl

Just finished weaving in the ends of my Gingham Cowl, a class I'll be offering this fall at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop.

This double knit project was super fun to make; it was like knitting a puzzle! A very good exercise for my brain!

I also learned to do an I-cord cast-on, as well as an I-cord bind-off. Always great to learn new ways to do things!

I used Cascade 220, and it worked really well for this technique. Want to learn double knitting? Sign up for the Gingham Cowl on Wednesdays evenings in December!

Call the shop to sign up...503.283.2004


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Lately, smoothies have become a routine part of my mornings. They're quick and easy to make, and full of healthy and delicious things!

Here's my favorite, go-to morning smoothie recipe:
1 cup water
1/4 avocado
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP ground flaxseed
1 TBSP almond butter

So nummy! This morning I added a small banana, and it's extra sweet and delicious! And I love the new Blender Bottle I found at New Seasons. Pretty AND useful!

Share your favorite smoothie recipes with me on Facebook; or send to cheri@thenakedsheepknitshop.com

Cheers to our health and happiness!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Finished Three Pointed Love Shawls

I've had several customers bring in their finished Three Pointed Love shawls to show me. This was our knitting design at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop for the 2014 Rose City Yarn Crawl.

These are 2 of my favorites! Thanks for sharing Alisa and Andi...Love the embellishments!!!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Make It Happen!

A wise woman once said, "It will never happen, unless YOU make it happen". Well, I've been wanting to develop as a designer, and get more patterns published; and I realize that it's time for ME to make that happen!

I'm going to be working on a line of dog sweaters and accessories, as well as completing several baby blanket patterns that I've been working on. Riley won't be opening his own sweater shop on the corner, but he will be modeling sweaters for me!

Watch The Naked Sheep Knit Shop's Online Pattern Store for new designs coming soon!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maipo Chunky Infinity Scarf

This infinity scarf was so fun and quick to make! The yarn is so soft and squishy!

I used a size 13-32" inch circular needle (about 2 stitches = 1 inch) and 3 skeins of Maipo from Auracania Yarns. We have all 14 amazing colorways in stock at The Naked Sheep.

Here's what to do:  Cast on 120 stitches, place marker and join in the round.

Round 1:  Knit 1, purl 1; repeat to end of round.
Round 2:  Slip 1, purl 1; repeat to end of round.

Repeat the last 2 rounds 7 more times.

Round 1:  Knit.

Round 2:  Purl.

Repeat the last 2 rounds 7 more times.

Bind-off using a nice stretchy bind-off. Block if desired, or just put it on and wear it proudly!