Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We just received new colors in Tapestry from Universal Yarns. This is such soft and easy to care for yarn. We also received Impressions, which is brand new for us. Perfect for those last minute hats!
I'm at the shop every day until Christmas. Stop by and knit with me!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Well, I decided to try them; and I am really enjoying them! Let me tell you why…
I like the flexibility the kit offers. I just returned from a lovely and relaxing long weekend in Manzanita. For me, going on holiday means a lot of knitting. And probably starting a new project, maybe even two! Having the kit allowed me to do all my swatching at the beach, without fretting over not having the right size or the right length of needles. The kit is small and compact and didn’t take up too much space in my knitting bag. More room for yarn!
I like the feel of these tips, they are silky smooth! They also have a nice point; not too pointy, not too dull…just right.
I like the way the tips click on and off easily; and they stay put!
I like the cords. They are smooth and straighten out quickly. And they’re pink!
The joins are great. Nothing gets snagged where the needle connects to the cord.
I’m hooked! Stop by the shop and check them out for yourself. We have the blue kits, as well as the pink kits. When you purchase the pink kit, $5 of your purchase goes toward breast cancer research.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm in the midst of beginning some holiday projects, hoping to finish them in less than 2 months! All other projects will be set aside, as I lovingly, and frantically, knit up some gifts for family and friends.
What are you knitting (better yet, finishing) these days?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Cast on 56 stitches using color A. Place marker and join into the round, being careful not to twist your stitches. Knit 19 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 2 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 18 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 3 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 17 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 4 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 16 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 5 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 15 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 6 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 14 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 7 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 13 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 8 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 12 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 9 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 11 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 10 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 10 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 11 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 9 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 12 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 8 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 13 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 7 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 14 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 6 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 15 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 5 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 16 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 4 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 17 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 3 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 18 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 2 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 19 rounds.
Bind off. Cut 28 11” lengths of yarn for fringe, in both colors. Apply the opposite color fringe to the color at each end.
Yippee! You’re done!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have to say, my favorite spot right now for the the perfect 12 oz nonfat mocha, with or without whip, is Blend Coffee Lounge. Conveniently located about 4 blocks west of The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!
The gals at Blend are always pleasant, remember my name and my drink (even though I mix it up a bit between the whip and no whip thing; and sometimes I'll get it iced) and make a very delicious and beautiful coffee drink!
And the owner, Lara, is a sweetie! She constantly goes beyond what is expected; whether it's replacing a drink that wasn't just right or giving me an occasional extra punch on my coffee card (gotta love those coffee cards!), I really enjoy chatting with her in the mornings, or afternoons or early evening. Whenever the caffeine bug bites!
It's an inviting spot with good light and comfy places to sit and knit! Maybe I'll see you there soon!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
If you are interested in buying yarn for this project, but don’t have the time to actually knit/crochet the scarf; just purchase the yarn from us, and I’ll make sure it goes to someone who would love to create a beautiful scarf but doesn’t have the financial resources to purchase the yarn themselves. We’ll be collecting the scarves here at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop through the end of the year.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
He's laying next to a felted pumpkin that one of my very talented customers, Craig, whipped up for me. So cute! We have these needle felted pumpkin kits available at The Naked Sheep!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I am so thankful for Pat’s presence in our neighborhood. Di Prima is a comfortable and welcoming spot where you can sit and relax and get a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner; as well as just grabbing a nummy coffee drink and pastry to go!
And you will always be greeted with enthusiasm and a lovely smile by Pat!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
You can read more about it here.
You can download an Action Kit here. The Action Kit contains Easy Patterns to Knit or Crochet, as well as more information on the program.
Join me and knit some sweet little preemie caps that will go to babies all over the world! These babies often have low birthweights, so the caps need to be smaller than we are used to making. A circumference of 9-11” is ideal. Use any smooth, washable yarn.
I'll be giving the caps to Kathy at the Portland Knitter's Guild at the December meeting. She'll package up all the caps she collects and send them in for us. The deadline to turn in your caps at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop is Sunday, December 7.
Friday, October 3, 2008
One of the new yarns is called Therapi. It's a blend of wool, silk and Jadeite, which is a fiber created using crushed Jade. It's so soft and nice to work with. It's called Therapi, because Jade is known to have healing qualities. It would be perfect for a prayer shawl; which lots of people seem to be knitting right now.
I made this cute little baby hat with just one skein. I used size 8 16-inch circular and double pointed needles. Here's the pattern:
Cast on 84 stitches. Join in the round; being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: (K2tog) 2 times, (yo, k1) 4 times, *(k2tog) 4 times. (yo, k1) 4 times; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, (k2tog) 2 times.
Round 3: Purl.
Round 4: Knit.
Repeat rounds 1-4 six more times.
Work decrease rounds as follows, changing to dpn's when necessary:
Round 1: *Knit 5, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *Knit 4, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *Knit 3, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: *Knit 2, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit.
Round 9: *Knit 1, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit.
Round 11: *K2tog: repeat from * to the end of the round.
Round 12: Repeat round 11.
Round 13: Repeat round 11.
With remaining 3 stitches, knit an I-cord that is about 1.5 to 2 inches long. Sew it down to the top of the hat to make a little loop. Weave in ends and you're done!
Monday, September 15, 2008
We also had fun seeing all our friends at the show! Thanks for stopping by to say "hi" and show us your support! You are greatly appreciated!
Bob and Meghan were troopers and spent hours demonstrating at their spinning wheel. What a great team! Their display of handspun and handpainted yarns was simply stupendous! And we moved that entire lovely display to The Naked Sheep. So if you didn't get a chance to come to the show, stop by and feel and touch and even smell their lovely yarns! There is plenty for everyone to take a skein home!
And a special thanks to Bradley, with whom I couldn't live without! What a huge help and support he was, as always! And ever the entertainer! He can always make me smile. Thanks, honey!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We got all rested up for this coming weekend, the big Knit and Crochet Show here in Portland at the Convention Center. We are busy working out all the last minute details of getting ready; ordering a banner, printing up coupons, pricing product, etc.
We'll be at booth #415, and we would love for you to stop by and say "Hello!"
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
They are open late for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. We've been several times, and it is a real treat!
Pat, the owner, is such a sweetie! Always so cheerful and hospitable. We are lucky to have her in the neighborhood!
If you haven't been to Di Prima before, you've got to try it! Don't have anyone to go with? Ask me!
The Friday morning knitting group from The Naked Sheep Knit Shop meets at Di Prima the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 9-11am. Join us sometime for a morning of knitting, sipping delicious beverages and enjoying the company of some lovely knitters and crocheters!!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I'll be taking over this group of lovely ladies this fall when Carolyn leaves us for Jacksonhole, Wyoming. I'm looking forward to spending time with them each week. The laughter and funny stories that come out of the classroom on Thursday afternoons is inviting.
Join us for this, or many other wonderful classes at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
The Naked Sheep Cycle Team had a fun...
and groovy time!
They chose the 8 bridge ride, which was about 24 miles! What a great view off the Fremont Bridge! (The guy in the green shirt isn't so bad, either!)
Check out the awesome t-shirts that Brad designed for the cycle team! You can buy one at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!
I joined them at the base of the St Johns bridge, and escorted them back to the shop. Then we continued on to a celebatory breakfast at Gravy on North Mississippi. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, their bisquits and gravy rock!
Knit Naked and Ride Hard!
Friday, August 8, 2008
At the show we will be featuring handpainted yarns from Spinnemann, Stitch Jones and needle felting kits from Woolpets.
We'll have fiber artists, Bob and Meghan from Spinnemann, in our booth spinning yarn during the show! How fun!
And Laurie from Woolpets will be doing a book signing in our booth on Saturday from 1-3pm. We have all of her needle felting kits available in the shop right now. They are so stinkin' cute!
It will be a very fun weekend! We'll keep you posted on how things are going!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here's my latest creation, a cheerful baby blanket using 220 Superwash Handpaints. I used 1 skein each of colors 9857-9863. I think it looks like candy!
I finished the blanket, so now I'm working on writing the pattern. It should be available in a week or so. I think it would make a fun class this fall at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I've said it before, but I can't say it enough...I love my life! The Naked Sheep Knit Shop is a dream come true! Thanks for your contribution in making it an ongoing reality.
Hope to see you soon!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Please join us July 3-6 for our 3rd annual Anniversary Sale and Celebration! There will be some serious partying going on; and you will benefit from great savings and fabulous giveaways!
Don't miss out on all the fun!!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Feel free to cut and paste this pattern for easier use!
4 skeins Pearls by Cascade Yarns
Size 11 16-inch circular needle and double pointed needles
Size 15 24-inch circular needle
Knitting the Body of the Bag
Using larger circular needle and 2 strands of yarn, cast on 60 stitches. Place marker and join into the round. Knit 3 rounds.
Round 1: YO, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Repeat round 1 until bag measures 15 inches, or desired length.
Knitting the Bottom of the Bag
Change to smaller circular needle, knit 3 rounds. Work decrease rounds as follows:
Knit 8, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 7, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 6, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 5, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 4, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 3, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 2, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Knit 1, k2tog; repeat to end of the round.
K2tog; repeat to end of the round.
Cut yarn and thread through tapestry needle. Run tapestry needle through remaining stitches the same direction you would if you were knitting them. Drop tapestry needle through center and pull.
Knitting the Top Edge of the Bag
Using smaller circular needle, pick up and knit 60 stitches around top edge of bag.
Next round: Purl.
Next round: Knit.
Next round: Purl.
Repeat last 2 rounds 2 more times.
Next round: Knit 8, bind-off 22, knit 8, bind-off 22.
Knitting the Strap
Using 2 double pointed needles, work in garter stitch (knitting every row) on the first set of 8 stitches for about 22 inches, or desired length for strap. Attach the 8 stitches of the handle to the other set of 8 stitches using 3-needle bind off.
Weave in ends, and then go shopping!!!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Tigard Knitting Guild "East Side Shop Hop" visited The Naked Sheep Knit Shop on Saturday, May 3. There were 55 participants that filled up a bus and visited 6 different shops. We were the 4th stop on the route.
The knitters and crocheters spent 45 minutes at each location. The group arrived at The Naked Sheep at 1:30pm, and were gone by 2:15pm sharp! It was tons of fun, a little chaotic, and a great way to meet new fiber enthusiasts!
Thanks to all the participants, and to the coordinators of this event! We sure enjoyed having you all!
Monday, April 21, 2008
This month's book is A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is an incredibly emotional book to read. Very powerful.
We meet the 4th Friday of each month from 7-9pm at the shop. Carolyn, who works and teaches at the shop, is leading the group.
Join us as we discuss, eat munchies and knit, of course!
Friday, April 4, 2008
I finished Riley's sweater in just one evening; and, as usual, Riley is always a joy to knit for. I'm pretty sure he's happy with his sweater, also! He's never complained about a sweater yet!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
And this is one of our first photos of little Riley. So cute! He was all ears!
I love my little dog!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm using Baby Alpaca Chunky from Cascade Yarns in color 555. This yarn is absolutely delicious, so soft and cozy. And it knits up nicely in this cable pattern.
I'm also working on a hat pattern that will be free with yarn purchase at The Naked Sheep. I'll post it on this blog in early April.
I'm really having fun posting my current projects (slowly but surely) on my Ravelry site. It's a fun way to get your knitting thoughts organized.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here's a reminder of the before.
And here's the after.
I now wish that I hadn't felted it; but, oh well, what can you do? I'll just be able to pass valuable info onto my students, and they will see what the scarf will look like felted.
What lesson did I re-learn? The importance of swatching. I just dove into knitting the scarf; which would have been fine if I had left it unfelted. But if I had knit a test swatch, I could have then test felted the swatch and seen that it would be a very dense fabric.
Live and learn; and possibly have to re-learn!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
If you're on Ravelry, add me as a friend :). I'm cheriknits. If you're not on Ravelry, check it out!
Monday, March 17, 2008
So when I say that I blocked my lovely Hemlock Ring Blanket, I mean that after washing it I layed it out on the kitchen counter/bar, smoothed it out with my hands, and stretched it all around (with the help of my wonderful assistant, Brad), and then let it dry. That little bit of effort changed the original wavy, bumpy lump of wool into a very nice thing.
I confess this to you, not so that you think that I'm a horrible knitter; but so that you won't be afraid of blocking. It doesn't necessarily have to be a huge, intimidating production. It has value, it's often the "right" thing to do. But just remember...YOU are the boss of your knitting. Don't let any stitch, technique, fellow knitter, etc, scare you. You are in charge and you are a good knitter; even if you choose not to block.
Friday, March 14, 2008
This is the Hemlock Ring Blanket that is all the rage right now on the internet and on Ravelry. I am approaching the finish line as I bind-off about 400 stitches. Not your typical bind-off, mind you. This is K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, turn, p1, (k1, p1) twice in the same st, then k in the same st once more, p1, sl1, turn, bind off 7 sts. Repeat ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!
As you can see, I'm about halfway around. I hope to finish binding-off today, so I can block it tonight.
I'm teaching this as a class at the shop. So this blanket will be a shop model, and then be given to my grandma for Christmas. I used Eco Wool in color 0508 (Boysenberry). When I was growing up, my grandparents lived in St Johns and had raspberries and boysenberries in their yard. So working with this color for her brings back a lot of happy memories of spending time in the garden and picking berries with grandma and grandpa.
Stop by and check it out in person!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
My plan is to felt the scarf when it's done, so I'm using size 10 needles, instead of size 8; and I'm making it extra wide and long. I had a customer make a felted entrelac bag using Poems, and it came out so beautifully.
I like the scarf unfelted, also. But I think that felting it will make the back look smoother. Then the scarf will be more reversible.
Either way, it's tons of fun to knit entrelac!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Using size 10 16-inch circular needles (or whatever will give you 3.5 stitches to the inch in circular stockinette), cast on 76 stitches. Place marker and join into the round.
Round 1: Knit 2, purl 2; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit 2, purl 2; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 3: T1R (knit into the second stitch but do not remove that stitch from the needle, knit into the first stitch, then remove both stitches from the needle), purl; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit 2, purl 2; repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat rounds 1-4 2 more times, or until ribbing is desired length. Change to stockinette stitch (knitting every round) and work until hat measures about 6 inches from the beginning, or 2 inches less than desired length of hat.
Work 1 round, decreasing 4 stitches evenly around. (72 stitches)
Work decrease rounds as follows, changing to double pointed needles when necessary:
Round 1: Knit 6, knit 2 together (k2tog); repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: Knit 5, k2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit.
Round 5: Knit 4, k2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: Knit 3, k2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit 2, k2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 9: Knit 1, k2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: K2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Round 11: K2tog; repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn leaving about an 8-inch tail and thread through tapestry needle. Run tapestry needle through stitches the same direction you would if you were knitting them. Drop tapestry needle through center and pull. Weave in ends.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This was a very fun hat to knit. I made it using Bollicine Dolly from Cascade Yarns. My sweet hubby has asked me to make one for him. I'm toying with the idea of changing the colors a bit, but I need to run that by the recipient. Stop by the shop to check on my progress!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Patterns will always give a Finished Measurement, and often a suggested “To Fit” Measurement. The one you really want to pay close attention to is the Finished Measurement.
First of all, you should measure your chest/bust. Next, decide how you want your sweater to fit. This will determine how much “ease” you need to build into the sizing.
If you want a very-close fitting garment, you would take your chest/bust measurement and add zero inches, or possibly subtract a couple of inches. This would give you “negative ease”, and result in a body hugging garment.
If you want a close fitting garment, you would add 0-2 inches to your chest/bust measurement.
If you want a standard fitting garment, you would add 2-4 inches to your chest/bust measurement.
If you want a loose fitting garment, you would add 4-6 inches to your chest/bust measurement.
Choose the Finished Measurement offered that is closest to the measurement you come up with.
Another way to approach choosing a size is to measure the chest/bust of a garment that you already own and love the fit of, and just go with that number.
Questions??? Please stop by The Naked Sheep Knit Shop and ask! We're here for you!
For more information on sizing/standard body measurements and other helpful things, check out this cool website: http://www.yarnstandards.com/sizing.html