Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Playing with Yarn

I’m currently designing an infinity scarf using Sisa, from Mirasol. This amazing blend of merino wool and baby alpaca is so incredibly soft…I love it! I chose this creamy off-white, and I think I’ll use 5-6 skeins by the time I’m done. I started with 330 stitches for about a 66” circumference. I'm using my Karbonz Interchangeable Needles for this project, and they work so well with this yarn! 

Both the yarn and the needle set are available at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop! 

I'll share the finished pattern soon! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Daily Giveaways for the RCYC

I'm getting things ready for the upcoming Rose City Yarn Crawl, March 3-6. I’ve been collecting yarn for our Daily Giveaways at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop, as well as gift certificates from some of my favorite local businesses, who are listed on the site as our Hot Spots during The Crawl.

A Great Big THANK YOU to Atomic Pizza, Blend Coffee Lounge, Milk Glass Mrkt, and The Old Gold for your incredible generousity! You are amazing neighbors!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I’m currently designing a cowl using Sisa from Mirasol. This worsted weight blend of wool and alpaca is so nice to knit with! It’s a chainette construction, and is so light and airy. 

We have all 12 colors available in this amazing yarn. 

Pattern details coming soon!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hats and Mittens for Shaver Elementary Kiddos!

We got a request from a special customer and her daughter for some knitted or crocheted hats and gloves/mittens for some kids in need at Lily's school. Please read Tracy's note below, and knit up an item or two to donate...Thanks! We're offering 15% OFF yarn purchases toward this project, just mention "hats for kids" when checking out!

Hello fellow knitters and crocheters! The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes the cold weather. My daughter attends Shaver Elementary, in the Parkrose School District, and at a recent PTA meeting, I learned that 90% of the students are living at or below the poverty line.

There are many children in need of warm clothing, including hats and gloves. I am asking you to consider knitting up a hat or a pair of gloves, (or both!) Anything you can do, would be very much appreciated. Cheri has been kind enough to provide a collection bin at the knit shop that will be around through December and beginning of January.  

If you don't feel like knitting or don't have the time, we would gladly welcome store bought hats and gloves. Thanks in advance to you all and happy holidays! - Tracy

Friday, December 4, 2015

Windy Day Scarf

To celebrate the release of Brad's first children's book, There's Only One You!, I've designed several knitted items. The first to be released is the Windy Day Scarf. This pattern will be free on my blog for a limited time!  

I designed the scarf using Longwood, and extrafine merino superwash from Cascade yarns. This soft and squishy yarn was a pleasure to knit with, and you'll love having it around your neck to keep you cozy during the cold weather. We have lots of color combinations to choose from at the shop right now!  

You'll need 6 skeins of Longwood, 3 of each color; and size 6-16 inch circular needles (or whatever size gives you 5 stitches and 6.5 rounds to an inch in circular stockinette).

Here's the instructions to make the scarf:

Using yellow, cast on 72 stitches. Place marker and join in the round; knit 24 rounds. Change to purple and knit 8 rounds. Repeat the last 32 rounds 7 more times.

Using yellow, knit 8 rounds. Change to purple and knit 24 rounds. Repeat the last 32 rounds 7 more times.

Bind-off. Apply purple fringe to the yellow end and yellow fringe to the purple edge. 

Enjoy your cozy new scarf!

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