Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Donavan's Kayak Paddle Scarf

Here's a quick and easy pattern that Naked Sheep customer, Donavan, whipped up with just one skein of Rustic from Casacde Yarns.

Pattern Stitches
Seed Stitch:
All Rows - (Knit 1, purl 1) repeat to the last stitch, knit 1.

5x5 Rib:
Row 1 - Knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5.
Row 2 - Purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Using size 8 needles, cast on 25 stitches.

Work in seed stitch for about 14".

Work in 5x5 rib for about 14", or desired length.

Work in seed stitch for about 14".

Bind-off and weave in ends! Thanks Donavan!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Calling All Book Group Groupies!

September’s book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. It will cause readers to ponder the implications of being at war and all the emotions that come into play.

As taken from the Publisher's Review:
"It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist…books!! With the help of her accordion-playing foster-father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. The narrator is Death himself, a companionable if sarcastic fellow, who travels the globe 'handing souls to the conveyor belt of eternity.' "

Everyone present at book group gave a great big Baaaaaaa!
(Remember, Baa = good/Bleat = not so good)

October’s book selection is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. We’ll be meeting at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop on Friday, October 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm. Want to read ahead? November's book is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and December's book is My Life in France by Julia Child.

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Love Knitting with Wire and Beads!

I took the Beaded Bracelet Class with LaVon last much fun!!! And look at the fun and sparkly bracelet I made...I love it! And I just love knitting with wire and beads!

We had a full class...8 chatty and enthusiastic students! I want to take another class with these same women; we had such a great time knitting, laughing, drinking wine and spilling beads on the floor. (Thanks for vacumming up our mess, Judy!)

I ended up buying all my supplies at Beads Forever on 35th and Hawthorne...what a great shop! I received excellent customer service there, after a not-so-great experience at a bead shop nearer to my neighborhood.

We'll definitely be offering this class again at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop, and you should definitely sign up for it. Thanks, LaVon, for teaching me something new!