The Knotty Sheep Shop

Friday, April 28, 2006

In trying to decide the next project - I took into consideration the time factor. Not that "Snowstar" took me all that long - but with the ever growing list of fleeces that are arriving on my doorstep, I need to think of space.

Yes - even a smallest ball of yarn takes up valuable studio space.

I decided on sox - hopefully, I will complete them ASAP as my mind is wandering to other things. Granted, my friend Pamela has some things planned. (WhEEEEE! - more on that later!) but, sox are the 'quick fix' in the knitting world.

I must mention that Christine is sponsoring a wonderful contest for super star Christie who is a participant in Revlon's Run/Walk next month. This event helps to raise money to beat Women's Cancers - cervical, ovarian and so forth! So ... don't walk .... RUN to her pledge page - Ruth Ricks.

I offer these wonderful, one of a kind "Swingin' Singles" as a prize! Go Christie! Go Christine! Comments, please!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

It was a glorious weekend ... I finished the SnowStar! I am truly excited - and I do love the way it turned out. Eventually, it will be sent to The Tibetan Children's Village. Thanks Stas for finding this wonderful organization which embraces the mantra of Peace! (You MUST check out Stas' wonderful dyEing journey!)

I really cranked this baby out - of course, listening to some good music helps. Over the last week, I must have listened to my Bo Bice CD at least 100 times. What a great compliation of new Southern Rock. And what a VOICE. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Trying to decide what is next?? Sox or another sweater??? Comments, please!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I find it curious that most knitting magazines & catalogs that I have been seeing of late - have been less than motivating for me.

Bland patterns with exceptionally priced yarns provide little inspiration for my Muse.

I offer thanks to the Cyber-gods daily for the internet. I truly appreciate & am mezmerized by the talent & knowledge shared on the Ezines & BloGs. Merci!

Today, I happened to receive my print copy of The Woodland Woolworks Catalog. I experienced a surreal moment - many of the items pictured were items that I actually *wanted* to create. Some patterns were challenging - some were pretty - some were things that I think would actually look good on me!

Off I go to peruse the catalog for the 4th time! I am feeling a wee bit euphoric. Comments, please!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Well - finally ... a photo of the Snowstar! The Lena's Meadow Peace Fleece makes a wonderful background for the intarsia design! I love the tiny colorbursts of lavender & olive embedded in the subtle blue-green - it truly looks like a meadow.

I started the first sleeve last night. Hopefully, I will finish the whole sweater (including seaming ) within the week. As you know - the sweater will be sent to The Tibetan Children's Village. Hopefully, I will be able to send an addtional sweater at some point.

Back to the needles ... for some reason, I have the hankering to knit sox!
Comments .... please!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

There is no fibery content here today. Why?? Well, I am still plugging along on the "Snowstar"! It is coming along nicely - although, my lack of concentration did me in. Yes - the front of the sweater made a trip to the frog pond.

C'est la vie. It was a learning experience. *I must not try to complete a project so quickly that I forgo reading the pattern directions!* N'UFF said.

Anywhoo ... who was the brain child who developed the term "designer dogs"? Why would you purchase THIS baby from a pet store??
When you could adopt THIS baby from a shelter?? N'UFF said. Comments please!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Epiphany! Yes - has been one of those days. Today, I realized that Easter is just 10 days away.

I knew it was coming ... DH & I play host/hostess each year. But, for some reason - it snuck up on me. Have I been to busy?? Have I NOT been paying attention??

Needless to say, I will be even MORE busy this coming week!!

What have I been doing?? Why, dyEing sock yarn, of course. Check out my latest beauties ... and if interested in sales and member's only specials, sign up for my YahOO Group. You just never know what you may find! WhEEEEE!!!! Comments, please!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Those who dabble in the fiber arts are most giving! While the world is filled with horror shows & horror stories - the quiet 'whir' of the spinning wheel and the strong pulse of the knitting needle can be heard echoing within the confines of the Universe.

As you know ... there are many charities to which to donate hand made items. My forte is wool & natural fibers, so I eagerly knit and spin for those who LOVE the warmth of wool! Enter my dear friend, Stasia.

Please read her BloG as she informs us of another wonderful charity who deservedly needs our wonderfully warm knitted items - the refugee children of Tibet.

Me?? Sure, I accept a challenge!! Since the Tibetan Children's Village needs sweaters - this Peace Fleece yarn
will be turned into this amazing Retro SKI Sweater!

Truth be told - I LOVE this sweater design so much - I am thinking *I* need one for ME!!
Comments please!