Play safe, eat lots of teeth rotting candy and keep your black cats inside tonight!
Play safe, eat lots of teeth rotting candy and keep your black cats inside tonight!
Since the virtual doors of the Sweet Sheep have opened life has been a whirlwind. It was just this weekend that I realized that the whirlwind had landed in the physical shop. We have so many wonderful packages coming in and out of the shop that things have gotten a little crazy.
It is time for reorganization of the Sweet Sheep room. This means that over the week I will be listing yarns and accesories on sale as I get ready for new yarns and decide how I want to set it all up.
Yes, I know most people do it in Spring…you might think I am a bit late…I prefer to think I am quite early!
I will keep you updated as I go along.
Sale items will also be featured on the main page so you can see which categories I am moving out!
Wish me luck!
The Sweetie Needles are up…and they are adorable!
I am slowly working on getting the site updated.
Recently added were:
A HUGE group of Funky Carolina Rovings!
A quick note on the Malabrigo Lace, I was forced to change suppliers and the new supplier has higher prices. This stock will remain at the lower price until I receive the new stock.
Going up in the shop today will be a wonderful new line called Marisol.
I have brought in the 100% baby Llama yarn. Yes! Baby Llama…it is INCREDIBLY soft! Marisol is a free trade company who brings their yarns in from Peru. This means that everyone is treated well and paid well for their work on these yarns. Marisol is also using their profits to build a school in the village where the yarns are made to support the local children. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jane Ellison who travelled to Peru and told me of the wonders that this company is doing for the community. It was very inspiring. I hope you will check it out.
I will also be updating with the sweetie needles today! Photo’s coming soon!
As I am sure you have heard all across blogland, Rhinebeck was a blast! It was so nice to get away and to see some friends in person.
Ok fine, he was a new friend!
This year I focused on fiber and picked up some amazingly beautiful rovings. I will be sure to keep you updated on my spinning frenzy!
And guess what!?! I finished the Mr. Green Jeans sweater at midnight on Friday..just in time!
Pattern: Mr. Green Jeans by Amy Swenson
Yarn: Oceanwind knits Merino in new colourway Razzcherry Coming to the store very shortly in worsted weight.
Mods: Knit your fingers off!
It was mentioned by a few of you that in my last post it looked like I was holding my boob, I was actually trying to point out the sweetie logo, but just for you, I decided to hold my butt in this photo
Back to Rhinebeck…we went to the Ravelry Party!
It was a really fun time and while I was away the boxes have started to pile up.
Waiting to be uploaded are:
Funky Carolina rovings, Shelridge farms, Marisol, Malabrigo, knitspot patterns, Gardiner yarn works patterns and Brooklyn handspun and the most adorable needles with sweetie on top…she is thrilled to have her own line of needles!
Thank you all for being so patient with orders, they will be shipping today.
A few people asked if I would post a pic so you can recognize me. I asked simon to be the photographer, but he declined.
So here is a really bad self portrait!
Sorry about the photo quality and the look of a total zombie, but that’s what happens when you are in the bathroom on a cloudy day.
I WILL be wearing my hand knit sweater and a sweet sheep tank top! The photo has me in the super cool track suit I bought from my cafe press shop.
Hope to see you all there, I promise to be much more lively!
Ok, you might want to sit down for this…oh, you probably are sitting…make sure you are comfortable I have bad news.
The Rhinebeck sweater is not done…now before you go pointing the finger at my slow fingers I swear it is not their fault! I simply ran out of fiber…no actually, this sweater ATE all of my fiber. Carrie RUSHED me all of her sweater fiber and alas it was not enough. That’s insane!
So I will not be wearing the sweater, but have been working my fingers off on a new sweater. It is not quite finished, but I hope to have pictures a bit later today. I will probably be working on the finishing as i walk through the gates, but I will have a hand knit sweater for Rhinebeck.
The Rhinebeck sweater WILL get finished. I have some spinning to do when I get back and then Carrie will be sending me the finishing roving as soon as she can. I will keep you updated. Now I am off to work on sleeves!
I am so thrilled to announce that we now have 3 new exclusive Jolene Mosley Designs!
A beautiful one skein stole requiring 880yds of lace weight. Pattern and info is Here
Next up…a great new sock pattern:
This pattern contains 2 versions of the sock. One version with the traveling Cable and one without. The pattern is greatly detailed and easy to read...more info here
And last but certainly not least Cinnamon imperials:
Another brilliant one skein stole! This stole requires 880 yds of lace. Details are here
At this point the patterns are not downloadable, but I am willing to email them if you send me an email. Emailing patterns is only availible for pay pal payments. Patterns will be sent once payment is received. Email is sales AT thesweetsheep DOT com
Now…which one should i knit first?
Just a little note to let you all know that I will be heading off this week to Rhinebeck.
I am thrilled to be going, but will miss the shop in my absence.
Orders placed by Tuesday night will go out on Wed morning. All other orders will go out when I arrive home on Tuesday Oct 23rd. I will be leaving Thursday so I will try my best to get as many orders placed on Wed out as possible but cannot make any promises!
If you are going to Rhinebeck too i would love for you to say hello. I will be posting a photo of my outfit on the blog this Thursday so you can recognize me…plus I will be carrying a fiber filled sweet sheep tote!
Hope you all have a great week!
We have great updates coming when I get back:
Funky Carolina Lace, sock yarn, rovings and sweater kits
Fleece artist thrummed sock and mitt kits
Yesterday I went out to my balcony to check the dryness of the sweater (which I do about 20 times a day) and found this
That is my sweater…completely ripped off the “blocking board” by the wind. Pins were everywhere! It seems that mother nature was not agreeing with my need to dry this sweater in order to rip the front. It has been cloudy and rainy since I blocked it and I was getting no where, and then to add insult to injury…the wind kicks my sweater’s ass.
Now, I know that my blocking board is not the greatest, it is simply 2 pieces of styrofoam left over from my dishwasher box, but so far it has worked.
I pulled all of the pins out and hung it on the railing. Mother Nature was smiling on me and decided to clear up into beautiful sun, so I left the sweater out to dry as I went 35 minutes to my LYS for a Jane Ellison workshop. Moments after the workshop started I heard the cackle of Mother Nature again and it started raining…
When I returned home I expected to find my wet sweater on the balcony, but was terrified to see it was not there. After drilling C with questions of where it was, I looked over the railing to see my lovely handspun sweater laying dead in the rose garden. Now I have not only a wet, unfinished sweater, but a wonderfully dirty sweater.
Mother Nature 1 Sweet Sheep 0
I am so thrilled to have this line up and running.
The base yarn is 100% superwash BFL and wonderful to knit with
More Sweater Disasters to come tomorrow!
Just when all was moving along smoothly, I have hit a bump.
I am not taking all of the credit for this one! The chest shaping in the sweater went well on the first side. However, when working the right side the pattern simply told me to do the opposite…ok makes sense, but wait…that’s a lot of opposite to process…and therefore I did the shaping on the zipper edge instead of the armhole edge.
There is no getting out of this one…it has to be ripped back. I didn’t notice it until I had soaked it for blocking today. The sweater will be spending some time out in the sun as I try to hurry up the drying.
In case that wasn’t a big enough bump for you, I also ran out of roving. Carrie is so kindly RUSHING me some more. This sweater will be done in time for Rhinebeck…even if I have to pin the pieces on me..I will be wearing this sweater in some manner.
Speaking of Rhinebeck sweaters, Mama E will also be wearing her newly steeked lopi sweater…and speaking of Mama E it is her birthday! So head over and wish her a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I am so thrilled to announce that Nicole F has won the Grand Prize!
Once again thank you all for donating we raised $1363.00!! Amazing thank you all so much. I am really looking forward to next year!
I am once again working on my hand spun sweater, here is how she looks this morning.
it is actually looking like a sweater…ish. I am just working on the back and then she will be receiving a very agressive blocking while I knit the sleeves and hood. I have a giant skein of yarn drying on the deck this morning and am hoping to get back to knitting tonight or tomorrow if it needs longer to dry.
Just a reminder of all of my US and international friends: Monday is Canadian thanks giving so packages will be going out on tuesday!
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate this weekend!
Simon wants to let you all know that there will be an update of Ceyeberfiber Yarns and Sknitches Self Striping on Thursday.
This cat LOVES the photo tent
Sunday was a wonderfully beautiful day. Due to some travel issues I did not get to meet up with my team, but had fun none the less. Here are some of the hilights!
This is a ford SUV that they were giving away, but the coolest part was that you could write the name of who you were running for and stick it to the car.
Mine is the “Barb” magnet. She is a wonderful survivor who taught me a lot about Strength and Grace. I guess I have not ever gone into why the run is so important to me…and that is probably because I do not have a tragic story to tell. I fundraise and run for breast cancer so that I WON’T ever have a tragic story to tell. My mom has had a few scares that thankfully have been just that…scares. The nights we spent waiting for results were terrifying, but luckily that is were our ordeal ended. So many women get the terrible news, and I want that to stop. So thank you…each and every one of you who donated for giving what you could to help stop cancer.
I ran into this couple and laughed out loud at their team name!
I love it, what a great sense of humor!
And finally I made it here
It was a wonderful day, we raised a whopping $1308.00!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will still be accepting donations until Friday when we will do our Grand Prize Draw.
I also received some mail from my amazing secret pal on friday.
Is this not the coolest packaging you have ever seen. I even needed a knife to open it.
What an amazing package the sock yarn is misty mountain and do you see that tea?!? It is green and white tea…my two favorites together..mmmm. I have also been wanting to try the burts bees products! Simon was thrilled that there was a gift in there for him…we rolled them in cat nip and he was off!
Thank you so much SP!
Hope you all have a wonderful day…I am working my buns off over here to get an update ready for you.