Monday, July 23, 2007

Easy Baby Blankets

I'm currently working on a pattern booklet containing patterns for easy baby blankets. We've had a lot of requests for this at the shop lately. This is a very simple feather and fan blanket using Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. I was playing around with a seafoam green skein in an earlier post, but this buttery yellow was just asking to be made into a baby blanket. It was so lovely to knit up (and quick, too!); and will keep a little one nice and warm in the winter. I'll be including about 6 patterns in the booklet. I've completed 2 and am working on the other 4. I'm trying to think of a clever name for the booklet. Right now I have the title "Easy Baby Blankets" on my mock-up. But I'm hoping for something with a little more pizazz. Any ideas?
This is some lovely handspun yarn that my friend, Bob, brought into the shop the other day. He sells his handspun/hand-dyed yarns under the label SpinneMann...and they are just delicious! I've had the privilege to knit with several of his creations; and the result, as well as the process of knitting, is always a joy! We are thrilled to be a source for Bob's yarns, as well as to have Bob as a teacher! This is some lace weight merino wool, dyed in a colorway that is just calling my name. I've never knit with lace weight before...any suggestions on what I should make?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Us, Again!

So many special occasions to celebrate. Last month was our 23rd wedding anniversary, and this month is the 2 year anniversary of The Naked Sheep Knit Shop! It has been a fabulous 2 years, and I am looking forward to many more! I'm thrilled to be doing what I love (I can hardly call it a job on most days), to be surrounded by creative new friends, and to be able to share what I'm passionate about with others.

We are celebrating with a huge Sale and Celebration beginning Wednesday, July 4 through Sunday, July 8. We're actually closed today, and I'm in the shop getting things ready. We have tons of stuff to give away, and there will be a storewide sale all week! If you're reading this and you'll be in the Portland area this week, stop by and say Hi!