The Knotty Sheep Shop

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I just completed *the* cutest infant socks!! Look!

I used my very own - hand painted "Painted Toes" sock yarn. Didn't they come out so sweet & tiny?? (Pattern may be found here. - I plan on making several pair for various charities as they take minimal time on a size 1 needle.)

Check them out against my vintage "Forget-Me-Not" Knitter's Computer ! There is something charming about 'low tech'! Comments, please!

Friday, March 24, 2006

I just completed 2 more hats for Dulaan. It is pretty exciting as I have used over 7 pounds of yarn stash. With fleeces arriving on my doorstep- almost daily - (surprise! surprise!) - I doubt if there will be a fiber shortage anytime soon.

Knitters, crocheters and spinners have a myriad of charity choices to which they can contribute. While surfing today, I discovered another worthy organization: Warm Woolies. Would you please join me in making a difference in the lives of those on the Pine Ridge and/or Rosebud Reservations (orphanages in Russia & Kazakhstan are helped too)?

The hats?? Well, here is a photo. The left is done totally of my dyEd handspun. The one on the right is Ukranian Red Peace Fleece combined with one of my "Swingin' Singles". WhEEEEE!! Toasty TOT Heads, anyone??
Comments, please!

Monday, March 20, 2006

HaPpY Spring!

OK ... so here in the Northeast, the temperatures hovered in the low 30's with the wind chill making those 30's feel a wee bit more like the TEENS. Yep - baby, it is *still* cold outside.

Look who was waiting on my doorstep this afternoon in the sunshine and wind??? Why, Dobbie, the tunis ram lamb!! Isn't he handsome??
Thanks a zillion Laurie!

Both the chilly temps and March Madness worked in my favor over the last few days! I was able to complete one hat for Dulaan - another is on the needles. The fair isle mittens were finished as well! They came out fine - but I hope, with practice, I will overcome the tension issues which plagued me. (Photo will come after blocking, but, suffice to say, I am having fun wearing them.)

I was also able to dye & card .... while wool may be my love, dogs are my passion. They go hand & hand as the former helps me to raise money and awareness for the later. Did you know black dogs are the least likely to be adopted?? They actually call it Black Dog Syndrome. Well, if you are looking for a forever friend .... who wouldn't love a Black Pearl? Comments, please!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Hmmm .... you all know that I am UP for a good charity.
Save the World! Save the Whales! Save the Wolves .... my list is long and worthy. I admit to being a little biased - most of my charities concern animals - all that just might have to change - ASAP!

Enter, Dr. Dave Patterson! A Scottish born, Harvard trained PHd - this cutie is not only running THE BOSTON MARATHON he is running to benefit Children's Hospital.

Now, ladies .... hold onto your yarn - Dr. Dave is auctioning himself off on eBay!! Got to love a lad who is smart, kind, athletic AND is up for taking the winning bidder out to dinner!!

If you weren't light headed before - drop the knitting needles now and slowly step aside. I can't let you faint with anything in your hands!! .... It is my civic duty to mention Dr. Dave is running said 26 mile marathon in a KILT! BID NOW - then pass those smelling salts! Comments, please!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tomorrow is a scheduled rally day to boycott the Canadian Seal Hunt. I urge you to join via voice or dollar! Tell your local resturants and grocery shops that if they carry Canadian seafood, your disposable income will end up somewhere else.

We the People need to raise the bar and hold accountability to a higher standard.

OK - I am off my soap box now. Sorry - but I feel it necessary to scream about certain things in the hopes of being heard. :)

On a knitting note, my fair isle mittens - might and I do mean *might* be completed today. I will be over joyed ... and I already find myself thinking about 'what to do next'. Hmmm.... I just dyed these leicester longwool locks .... what kind of trouble can I get into with these??? Comments, please!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My Creative journey didn't begin with spinning or knitting. It actually began with me being an "artist". I can remember being very young and coloring when a small peer/child asked me "Do you think you are an artist or something?" - the remark was due to the way I was using my crayons. Smart child .... how did she know at such an early age that I am an artist?? Hmmm ....

The tools that we use to create can either enhance or detract from the final piece. This runs the gammet from canvas to papers to wools - anything that we use to create art should offer diversity and uniqueness and quality to capture our own individual personalities. I have been doing quite a bit of knitting recently (remember the fair isle mittens?) - and it dawned on me .... knitters do not have the same access to the wonderful wools that spinners do!!

Knitters, weavers, crocheters get banded skeins with generic ancestry. Sure, one might find 'merino' or 'shetland' .... but what about clun forest or gotland or teeswater or cheviot or churro??

Realizing the deficit - I am creating Buck Naked Sheep Skeins!! Beautiful skeins that feature the glorious colorways of sheepies that nature intended. (Sorry for the shameless plug, but I am thinking knitters need to know this!)

What do you think?? Good idea?? Comments, please!