Thursday, November 19, 2015

Farewell from Kristin

My Dearest Knitters and Crocheters,
I am both sad and excited to tell you that after 10 (TEN!) years, I will be stepping down from my prestigious post as Head Purl Girl at The Naked Sheep. As many of you know, my kids are teenagers now and incurring expenses at an alarming rate! So, it's time for me to make room in my life to pursue more full-time endeavors. An exciting new chapter is about to begin!
I have been incredibly lucky to work at The Naked Sheep. To come in contact with all of you amazing, creative crafters has certainly enriched my life! I can't overstate how much I've enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you. You are like family to me. I've often said that every day is a good day when you work at a knit shop. It's lovely to walk into such a warm and colorful environment filled with loving and cheerful people.
Cheri and Brad have succeeded in their dream of making a fun and friendly knit shop. They are wonderful people to work for and dear, dear friends. I am honored to have been a part of something so precious to them. To be sure, I have learned SO MUCH from Cheri. When I started working here, I wasn't really certain I could distinguish a DK weight from a worsted weight in a line-up.... She had faith that I would get it. I've enjoyed our collaborations, breakfast meetings, and especially our friendship. That will never change, no matter where I work! So. Much. Gratitude.
I will continue to teach some classes, though not quite as many. All classes that are currently on the schedule will remain there through the end of the year. And there will be a new Square of the Month series starting in 2016 (sign up early!). I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!
PLEASE come visit me during my final days behind the counter. My last day will be Sunday, November 29.
With love,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2016 Square of the Month

The Square of the Month Afghan series begins its 9th year on January 10th! Don’t miss this opportunity to join in the fun.

What:  The Square of the Month class is a great way to learn many techniques, tricks, and skills. This class meets just once per month. In each 2-hour class you will learn one new knitting technique in the form of an afghan square lovingly designed by Kristin Kelly. She will instruct you on the technique, help you get started, provide you with a pattern, and send you on your way to knit two 10” x10” afghan squares. At the end of the year you will have enough squares to make a 40” x60” afghan. You will also be invited to a fun and celebratory Assembly Party at the end of the year, during which Kristin will have a mini-workshop on assembly techniques!

When: The class meets on the second Sunday of every month. 12:30 – 2:30pm, beginning January 10, 2016.

Cost: The class is $60/quarter.

Approx. 650 yards each x 4 colors worsted weight yarn
Size US 7 needles – 24” circular, DPNs, 16” circular
Size 7 or H crochet hook
Cable needle
Stitch markers

Here’s what people are saying about the Square of the Month:

“Confidence! Wow, I am far more confident in my knitting skills after completing this class.”
“Every single month I surprised myself with my own abilities.”
“Kristin is a patient and skilled teacher. I totally appreciate her range of knowledge.”
“Even though I’ve been knitting for years, I learned lots of great little tricks from Kristin. This class is for knitters of all levels.”

Class size is limited, so sign up early. Come into the shop to pick out your colors and order your yarn today!

Some skills we will cover include:

Log Cabin Knitting
Relief Knitting
Knitting In the Round
Mosaic Knitting
Short Rows
Stranded Knitting
Granny Squares (Yes, crochet!)
Shadow Knitting

Friday, September 18, 2015

Infusion Handpaints Baby Hat

Love, love, love this new yarn from Universal Yarn, Infusion Handpaints. We have all 6 colorways available now at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop. I knit up a cute little baby hat last night, so soft and squishy! It's a blend of 50% wool and 50% acrylic, and it's machine washable!

Here are the details for the baby hat:

1 skein Infusion Handpaints
Size 4 16-inch circular and double pointed needle's
stitch marker

Using circular needles, cast on 88 stitches. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work 1 inch in k1/p1 ribbing (knit one stitch, purl one stitch; repeat to end of round).

Change to stockinette stitch (knitting every round) until hat measures 5" from cast on edge.

Work the following decrease rounds, changing to dpn's when necessary:

Knit 6, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 5, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 4, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 3, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 2, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 1, knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 2 together; repeat to end of round.
Knit 2 together until 4 stitches remain.

Work a 3 inch I-cord on the remaining 4 stitches. Bind-off, and attach to hat to form a little loop. Weave in ends.

Enjoy! Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fun and Friendly Since 2005

Wow! I am so excited to be celebrating 10 years of being your Fun and Friendly Knit Shop! It's been amazing, and I'm so thankful for all the wonderful people I've had the honor to teach, assist with projects, and just hang out with. You make my job so fun and rewarding!

A BIG thanks to all the staff who have helped us become what we are today...Kristin, Carolyn, Andi, Margo, Judy and Emily. We've also had some amazing teachers...Kristin K, Bob S, Natalie L, Meghan G, LaVon M, Leann B, Anne B, Chrissy G, Kristina T, Kristin S, Holly L and Vickie V. I'm especially grateful to Kristin Kelly, my Head Purl Girl, and really looking forward to celebrating her 10 year anniversary with us this October!

And I definitely could not have made it without my best friend and business partner, Brad...our VP of Everything here at The Naked Sheep! Thanks for keeping all the light bulbs lit and bringing fun and laughter with you every time you walk through the door!

Okay, this is starting to sound like an awards ceremony speech, so I'll wrap it up! THANKS AGAIN, and please join us this weekend as we celebrate the past 10 years, as well as look forward to the coming 10 years of beingYour Place to Knit!

-Cheri and Brad

Monday, June 29, 2015


I'm so excited! Organizing all the goodies we've received for our BIG 10th Anniversary Sale and Celebration!  

I have Gift Certificates from: 
and The Old Gold!

As well as awesome donations from:
Bryson Distributing (Knitter's Pride), 
and Woolpets!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Save The Date!!! 10th Anniversary Sale and Celebration!

Save the Date!!!

Mark your calendars NOW for our BIG 10th Anniversary Sale and Celebration, 
July 2-5!

We'll kick off the festivities with a special Knit Nite Party on Thursday from 6-8pm. We'll have snacks, in store specials, 
and lots of giveaways! 

Sharon Spence of Stitch Jones will be with
us on both Friday and Saturday with her lovely hand painted yarn and fiber! And as a special treat, she's created our very own colorway to celebrate our 10th Anniversary! Each skein will come with a free pattern I'm creating especially for this amazing weekend!

We'll have Happy Anniversary Cupcakes on Sunday, Special Prizes Packages we'll be giving away at the end of each day and so much more! Please come CELEBRATE with us! It wouldn't be the same without YOU!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spring 2015 Bike Rack Yarn Bomb!

I had fun using up some stashed Cascade Yarns, and creating these bike rack cozies for The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!

Wondering what to yarn bomb next? Share some of your favorites in the comments below, or share with me on Facebook at!