Posts Tagged ‘sheep’

24
Nov

8 Gifts Every Knitter Wants

Written by Sarah. Posted in gift, holiday, want

The holidays are hardly here and things area already crazy, am I right? I promise to stick with you guys through it all. Let’s not decide to make hats for everyone in our family this year, deal? Deal.

I always like to put together a gift guide around this time of year. I usually hold onto it longer but with the big sales coming up, you ought to be prepared. As I say every year, there’s no yarn in my gift guides. Yarn is a pretty safe bet (I recommend a luxurious, hand-dyed sock yarn) but it’s been done. Get that knitter in your life something else and they’ll really think you were paying attention when they were ranting about their notions bag. If you impress a knitter come holiday time, they might consider going through some excruciating Christmas knitting for you next year!

holiday gift guide

1. Knit and Let Knit Tote by Fringe Association
2. Pewter Knit Pendant by Furls Crochet
3. Pouch by Mary Buttons
4. Corozo grommet buttons from Fringe Association
5. Sheepish Notebook by Jill Draper Makes Stuff
6. Moving Mud glass stitch markers from Purl Soho
7. Stitched Away nail decals from Jamberry Nails
8. Oval knit stitch earrings by Jennie the Potter

Don’t forget, knitters love handmade gifts! When in doubt, shop local. You can’t miss!

Gift guides for knitters:
2013
Gift Wrap
2012
2012 – Yarn gifts

Gifts for knitters and makers to give:
Food GiftsHot Chocolate MugsGifts to Knit

Knitters, what’s on your wish list this year?

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22
Oct

We’ll Always Have Rhinebeck: Rhinebeck 2014

Written by Sarah. Posted in events, Rhinebeck

Here’s looking at you, kid. Last year I started my Rhinebeck recap post with a sentimental line from Harry Potter so I think this theme needs to keep going. What whirlwind! I’m still trying to gather myself after spending the whole weekend upstate but I wanted to share all of my pictures because I’m just missing it so much!

Where do I start? I actually remembered to take pictures this year! On my phone, with my dslr- I’m getting the hang of this blogging thing, huh?

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This was my first time spending the entire weekend at Rhinebeck. I was invited to rent a house with some friends (Lisa, Panda, and Ashpags) and some ladies that would quickly become my friends. We stayed in a house in the woods (holy crap it’s dark up there, this city girl cannot get used to that) just outside New Paltz. I don’t get to hang out with knitters often enough. I say that all the time! This weekend just reminded me that I need to change that.

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Nothing felt more magical than curling up on the couch with a cider and my knitting with ten other hilarious gals, all clicking away at our needles. So my resolution before next Rhinebeck is definitely get together with my New York knitters more often.

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I thought that spacing things out over two days would be more relaxing but I was beat when it was over. On Saturday, I ran around with the girls, hunting down the finest yarns. (I sent Jon to a class at the Culinary Institute so he wasn’t bored out of his mind and by that I mean so he couldn’t see all of the yarn I was taking home.)

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I saved all of the sheep cuddling for Sunday when I brought Jon. We met this amazing ram that really wanted to come home with us. I had no idea sheep liked being pet like dogs. This one was all about it. I’m still thinking about him!

rhinebeck sheep

LOOK AT THAT FREAKING FACE!

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I talked to just about everyone under the sun, though, ironically, I didn’t meet up with my city friends for more than a second! I really love being able to talk to other designers that don’t live in the area at Rhinebeck. I only get to see most people once a year so it’s a special time. Got my annual hug from Amy Christoffers. (Nothing feels better than getting a compliment from the designer when you’re wearing one of their patterns!) I got to finally meet Emma Welford and Teresa Gregorio in person! We met up for a moment and chatted about a fun project we’re all working on together! (Love that we can be collaborators from the internet, ain’t no thing.)

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I’m getting a strong case of the feels looking through all of these pictures. This weekend was such a ride and, wow, that amazing feeling of being around such talented people, gorgeous garments, and fantastic spirit. The fact that I could chat up anybody, oogle some beautiful sweaters, and chow down on a dozen apple cider doughnuts this weekend really makes my Grinch heart grow.

Every year I come out of the Rhinebeck weekend with that feeling, I’m really just psyched about being a knitter. I feel inspired and in the right place and I just want TO KNIT EVERYTHING. I sound like I joined some kind of cult. If there was a cult of NY Sheep and Wool, I’d be there.

A post with the yarn is coming soon!

Were you at Rhinebeck? How it go for you?

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15
Aug

Sheep Week All Year Round

Written by Sarah. Posted in sheep week

Sheep Week flew by, huh? I wish I had more sheep-tastic things to share. Maybe, by next year, it’ll catch on? I have to admit, with the gorgeous weather we had yesterday in the city, I’m getting ready for fall. And you know what that means! It’s almost time for sweater weather and yummy wool socks and pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. Am I getting ahead of myself? Most importantly, it means that it’s almost fiber festival season which means SHEEP! Sheep that I can pet and hug in real life!

Sheep Week doesn’t need to come just once a year! I’ve got a hot tip on where to get your wooly fix 365 days of the year.

benjamin hole

 

Benjamin Hole’s instagram is by far my favorite place to day dream. Hole’s picturesque Dorset farm is home not only to some gorgeous views and lovely sheep but a number of other creatures including a little dog named Ochre. His photography really makes me long to run away from city life, put on a pair of galoshes, and run around in a field. (Isn’t it cool that we live in a time when a farmer can share his day-to-day with a Brooklynite?)

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Aside from bringing you the very best farm photos, the Hole farm is starting a new venture that I couldn’t be happier about! There will soon be yarn from these beautiful sheep under the name Hole & Sons. The yarn looks absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Their site also has a wonderful history of the Dorset breed as well as the Hole family farm.

I am just in love with these pictures. I could look at them all day, imagining petting those little lambs! Do you follow any farmers for a taste of life outside the city?

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14
Aug

Sheep Week: Bluefaced Leicester

Written by Sarah. Posted in sheep week

BlueFaceLeicesterimage via

It’s Sheep Week! So let’s talk about some sheep, shall we? Even non-knitters are vaguely familiar with the Merino breed of sheep so I’d like to introduce you to the Bluefaced Leicester. If you haven’t encountered the BFL yet, give some of their fiber a try! BFL yarn has recently become one of my favorite to work with and it’s been gaining popularity among spinners, dyers, and knitters over the past few years.

blue faced leicester image via Breezy Meadows

This British longwool breed has no wool on its neck or long face. It’s a relatively new breed of sheep, developed in the early 20th century. BFL is known for being tougher and less elastic than merino while still being rather soft. Its soft drape makes it a wonderful fiber for shawls while its hard-wearing wool makes it a great option for socks.

Have you knit with BFL yarn? What did you like about it? Do you have a favorite sheep breed?

ps. Don’t forget that The Crash is on sale for $3 all week!

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11
Aug

Sheep Week!

Written by Sarah. Posted in holiday, knits, sheep week

It’s currently Shark Week out in the television universe. Of course, we might not have our own network but I am envisioning seven days dedicated to our wooly friends that make yarn happen. That’s right, here it is Sheep Week! This week’s posts will be dedicated to sheep, lambs, ewes, etc etc.

I figured I’d kick off Sheep Week with a few lamb-inspired patterns!


 sheep heid  sheep mittens

Sheep Heid by Kate Davies & Sheep Mittens by Jorid Linvik

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Welcome to the Flock by Julia Farwell-Clay & Sheep Socks by Sandra Jager

What are your favorite sheep sweaters? Are you looking forward to Sheep Week!?

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11
Jul

Further Reading 7/11/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

my so-called handmade lifeOud Tank via My So-Called Handmade Life

This is the first Oud Tank that I’ve seen on Ravelry! This one is by Michelle and it looks absolutely beautiful on her! And it was in the Community Eye Candy on Tuesday. That’s right, she was on the front page of Ravelry! It’s so exciting to see something I designed being made by somebody else. Here is Michelle’s post with the completed Oud!

>> A few Massachusetts sheep escaped and took a nap in the street.

>> A superhero who’s power is knitting.

>> I’ll always throw shade at those penguin sweaters (People are still sending me the articles about it and the story is how old???) but I am going to be very sad when this story about baby birds in hand-knit nests gets old for me.

>> A guide to NYC craft stores. There are definitely a few missing but there were some shops on here I wasn’t familiar with. Good place to start if you’re visiting the city!

>> The Saint Laurent Spring 15 menswear collection includes a granny square cape.

>> Stainless steel yarn is being used in this cool project to control electronics. We’re talking more than gloves that work on your iPhone.

Phew! A lot to share this week! Hope you are all making up a storm this weekend. I’m going to be working on my second Wiksten tank!

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17
Jan

Further Reading 1/16/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

oud knitscene

I’m still feeling all dreamy over the Oud tank. I just love how it’s styled! Seriously, pick up a copy of Knitscene.  I’ve been so crazy trying to get Faro off the needles (it’s such a quick knit!) to wear to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend, I haven’t had time for much of anything else. (Also, I may have gotten sucked into reading Gone Girl. The book has completely taken over my life this week. I haven’t finished yet but I’m pretty close so save your spoilers!)

>>  CBS lists the five best knitting stores in NYC. I have a hard time choosing my favorite LYS in the city. I get asked that a lot. My answer: whichever one is closest! (Purl Soho, which I consider to be the most well known, got snubbed. Interesting!)

>> If you aren’t spending all of you money at VKL this weekend, don’t forget that Mochimochi Land is offering 20% off PDF patterns! Anna’s patterns are so crazy cute. If you haven’t knit one yet, you should!

>> Saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug two weeks ago. More on that soon, actually. But, hello! Look at these knitted Hobbit characters! I would totally knit a Gandalf.

>> What do we think about this hand-knit merino (shorts!) onesie from Sibling? I’m surprisingly ok with it but really that model could pull anything off.

>> This is a video about a party for sheep. You’re welcome.

So, who am I going to be seeing at VKL this weekend? I’m already there. Who knows what I’m wearing since Faro is still not finished. Come say hey, though! Like I always say, I’m really shy so, really, come say hi. Happy knitting!

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15
Nov

Further Reading 11/15/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading, Uncategorized

Knit York City and Threadpandaphoto via Threadpanda

I just found this photo that I might have stolen from Amy’s Rhinebeck recap. I realized that I basically have zero photographic evidence that I was there at all. That has changed now! Here I am with Panda in her Long Sands cardigan and me in The Crash. That’s right! My sample made it back from Holla Knits just in time to be worn at Rhinebeck. I can’t tell you how many people caressed my shoulders that day and, honestly, I wasn’t even the slightest bit upset about it. My damned sweater is nuts.

>> Sheep in the small village of Grazeley, Berkshire are eating flowers off of graves in the churchyard and everybody’s upset about it. Come on, people, they’re basically being left a buffet. You should not be surprised!

>> My lovely aunt sent me this really weird commercial for walnuts. It’s kind of hilarious and totally bizarre so you know I’m on board. I want to knit you an afghan.

>> If you’re in Manhattan next week, you might want to RSVP for this event with Ann Hood on her book Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. I haven’t read the essays yet (too busy knitting to read about knitting, I guess!) but it sounds like something I’d love and I’m excited to hear her speak.

>>  Workers in Bangladesh are protesting the new minimum wage which still leaves them making 14% of what is considered a living wage. According to the ThinkProgress article, improving factory conditions would only cost consumers 10 cents more on each garment made in the factories. Think about that for a minute.

>> A fascinating article about vicuña garments – the most expensive wool on earth. It sounds like magic. I’d love to pet one in real life and see the shearing ceremony!

>> Yarnbomber Magda Sayeg is looking for help installing her next piece in Manhattan next month! I’m tempted to play hooky from my job because her work is just so amazing!

Hope I’ll be back to my needles this weekend. I can’t stand resting so long. What’re you working on?

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08
Nov

Further Reading 11/8/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

plowline

I’m all about minimalism and brights paired with neutrals so Elly Fales’ Plowline Raglan is right up my alley. It looks just perfect for curling up with a cup of tea or brunch on a crisp autumn morning. Hello, queue!

>> This is hilarious. Tell your muggle friends.

>> I’m so sad that I missed Norway’s “slow television” knitting show. I heard great things about it, too, even though I would totally watch it if it was boring as hell. If anyone knows where I can catch it, I’d love to check it out. I WANT MY KNIT TV.

>>  I just came across this article about Damian Kulash (of OK Go) and his wife (designer) Ambra Medda. I’m kind of obsessed with how adorable and talented they are.

>>  Um, this commercial is the best thing ever. Possibly the opposite of Slow TV.

>>  If you love looking at pictures of fluffy sheep and misty mornings, you ought to be following benjaminhole on instagram.

Guys, I’ve been having such awful pain in my wrists this week. Everyone’s telling me I need to take a break from knitting and ice them. It’s really breaking my heart! Do you get wrist pains? What’s the secret to staying limber?

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03
Sep

Needle Felting!

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, design, DIY, gift, needle felting

The summer is winding down. It’s gone by so quickly! The past few months have been all about craft experimentation for me. It’s been really exciting getting outside of my comfort zone and buying lots of new craft supplies. (Let’s be honest, buying craft supplies is the best part of learning a new craft!) I’ve done some embroidering, a little cross stitch, stuck my toes deeper into the water of design, and even played around with my neglected sewing machine. I just added another craft to my repertoire and I can’t stop thinking about it.

Aunt Sherry made me this adorable little needle felted lamb for my birthday. (Remember the alpaca she made?) Isn’t he sweet?

needle felt sheep

And as part of my birthday present, she taught me how to needle felt! I wasn’t sure I’d be into it but I can totally see why she’s taken it up as her newest hobby. Needle felting is right up my alley. You basically stab at pieces of wool and then they get turned magically into little animals! (There’s a little more to it than that but that’s the gist.) My first needle felted project is this little cow guy from Purple Moose Felting.

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I have a lot of work to do on my technique but I’ve been thinking about lots of other needle felted projects ever since. Best of all, I had a really lovely day hanging out with Aunt Sherry and my mom learning something new (and eating barbecue. We at barbecue)! It reminded me of when I was a kid and she’d teach me how to make origami Christmas ornaments even though I was super impatient. Although I’ve probably gotten less patient with age.

What are your favorite needle felt projects? Any tips for novices?

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