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!

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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!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Free Pattern! Sunseeker Cowl and Infinity Scarf

As promised, here is the pattern for my Sunseeker Cowl and Infinity Scarf!

For the Cowl:  You'll need one skein each of Sunseeker Multis (MC) and Sunseeker Solids (CC) that complement each other.

Using MC and a size 5-24" circular needle, cast on 120 stitches. Place marker, join in the round and knit 10 rounds. Change to CC and knit 1 round, then purl 9 rounds.

Repeat last 20 rounds 3 more times. Change to MC and knit 10 rounds.

Bind-off as follows:  Knit 2, *insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts from left to right and knit them off together through the back loop. One stitch is bound off. Knit 1; repeat from * to end of row. I recently learned this stretchy bind-off from Michele Bernstein, and it is pure genius!

For the Infinity Scarf: You'll need 3 skeins of Sunseeker Multis.

Using a size 5-32" (or longer) circular needle, cast on 240 stitches. Place marker, join in the round and knit 10 rounds. Purl 10 rounds.

Repeat last 20 rounds 3 more times. Knit 10 rounds.

Bind-off as for Cowl. Weave in ends and Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Lovely Api One-Skein Cowl

New yarn arrived at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop last week, and of course I had to make something with it! Since the Rose City Yarn Crawl is coming up this weekend, I decided to design a One-Skein Cowl to feature the yarn.

Here are the details!

I used just one skein of Api (from Mirasol) and a size 8-24" circular needle. I got a gauge of 4.5 stitches to the inch.  Adjust your needles accordingly.

Loosely cast on 90 stitches, place beginning of round marker and join in the round. Knit one round.

Next Round:  Purl 1, knit 44, place mid-round marker, purl 1, knit 44.
Next Round:  Purl 2, knit 43, slip mid-round marker, purl 2, knit 43.
Next Round:  Purl 3, knit 42, slip mid-round marker, purl 3, knit 42.

Continue in this fashion, until you are purling all the stitches.

Bind off using a stretchy bind-off; like Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

Enjoy!  And I hope to see you this weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Soft and Squishy Zig Zag Scarf

I used 3 skeins of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky and size 10 needles to make this scarf; and it has a really great soft and cozy feel to it!

Here's the pattern if you want to make one for yourself!

K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
M1 = make one stitch--pick up the bar between the stitches with the left needle, from the front to the back; and then knit it through the back loop

Cast on 21 stitches.

Row 1: K1, m1, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 nine more times.

Repeat row 2 once.

Work the last 21 rows until desired length. Bind-off and weave in ends.

Easy, huh? Enjoy!