SHEEP THRILLS News http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 20:52:20 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How to Use a Lifeline in Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10410 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/130101398_m_1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1333" align="" /><br />A lifeline is a neat tool that can save you hours of stress and frustration if you ever have to unravel your knitting. If you&rsquo;re not already using a lifeline, it&rsquo;s time to add it to your projects!</span></strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You may be wondering, <em>what is a lifeline in knitting? </em>A lifeline is a spare thread or yarn that sits in your knitting project and can be used as a safety measure to save your stitches in case you need to unravel your knitting later on. When you&rsquo;re unraveling, the lifeline almost acts as a knitting needle by keeping your stitches in the right position.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you need any more convincing as to why you should to be using lifelines, when you drop a stitch the lifeline keeps it from going to the bottom and ruining all of your work. For an activity that brings you peace of mind, you should keep that peace by taking advantage of this tool.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Best Lifeline Yarn Types</span></strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re ready to use a lifeline once you&rsquo;re sure you have the right number of stitches on your needle and there is no mistake in your work. For best results, you&rsquo;ll want to start by using a <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-FIBER-TYPE.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=lifeline">smooth yarn type</a>, thinner than your working yarn, and different enough in color.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve found your yarn, make sure it is twice as long as the width of your project and cut it to that length.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Most Common Way to Add a Lifeline</span></strong></p> <p>First, take your lifeline yarn of choice and thread it into a wool needle. If you&rsquo;re working on a project using small knitting needles, use the thinnest you have.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then, take it to the beginning of the row you want to add it into. Begin to run it through every stitch that&rsquo;s on your knitting needle. It&rsquo;s very important that you don&rsquo;t make the mistake of dropping a stitch here or your lifeline won&rsquo;t do its job properly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve reached the end, pull enough so that both ends of your lifeline are at an even length on both sides of your work. Finish it off by tying a knot on each end so your lifeline doesn&rsquo;t slip out as you knit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Update the Location</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve knitted many rows past your first lifeline without needing to unravel, you can remove it from your work. You can repeat the same steps as above to add and move up your lifeline to the most current row.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a rule of thumb, it&rsquo;s good practice to move your lifeline every two to four inches of your work. If you&rsquo;re working with a more complex pattern, you may want to update the location more often.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=lifeline">website</a>&nbsp;to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Essential Knitting Tips for New Knitters http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10409 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/41012833_m_1_min.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1333" align="" /><br /><br />We&rsquo;re sharing some wisdom and giving you four of our essential knitting tips. These tips will help you build a solid foundation of knowledge and avoid common mistakes in your knitting journey.</span></strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Tip #1: Accidental Stitches</span></strong></p> <p>A common mistake among new knitters is accidentally adding in new stitches. This happens when you create a yarn over. A yarn over is when you carry your yarn in front of the needle as if you&rsquo;re going to purl, but instead of purling, you knit into the next stitch. This creates a new stitch and throughout your knitting work, holes will start to appear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to watch your work. If you&rsquo;re knitting, you need to keep your yarn in the back. As you get more comfortable with the craft, it&rsquo;ll be less likely that you make the mistake of slipping in an accidental stitch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Tip #2: Start With Bamboo &amp; Wood Needles</span></strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/MATERIAL/Wood.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=essential_tips">Bamboo and wood needles</a> are known to be the best needles for new knitters for several reasons. The main reason is in the material &ndash; the natural surface tension in wood or bamboo allows for better grip. Working with slippery material is what every beginner should avoid.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Tip #3: Opt for Circular Needles</span></strong></p> <p>There is a wide variety of needles to choose from, but circular needles are more versatile than others. <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Fixed-Circular.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=essential_tips">Circular needles</a> are flexible because you can use them to knit in the round or to knit flat. They&rsquo;re also more comfortable to use when you can just slide your work onto a table and take the pressure and tension off your wrists.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Tip #4: Interchangeable Needles are a Gamechanger</span></strong></p> <p>Interchangeable needles are a cable with screws on both ends where you can screw any interchangeable needle size onto. If you buy a set of interchangeable needles with multiple needle sizes and different cable lengths, you possibly won&rsquo;t need to buy another pair of needles again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re committed to your craft, invest in a set of <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Interchangeable.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=essential_tips">interchangeable needles</a> today!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=essenital_tips">website</a>&nbsp;to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> How to Make the Inauguration Mittens http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10324 <h3><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/48349766_m_1_min.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="1600" align="" /><br />On January 20<sup>th</sup>, Bernie Sanders attended the 2021 presidential inauguration sporting unique mittens that caught everyone&rsquo;s attention. Made from repurposing old sweaters, the mittens are being replicated by knitters all around the world.</span>&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not every day that the knitting world gets so much attention from the media. If you have been keeping up with social media, you have probably seen many photoshopped images of Senator Bernie Sanders wearing his hand-knit mittens. These mittens have turned into an internet sensation. People were also able to track down the Vermont schoolteacher who created them, Jen Ellis. As part of a side business, Jen would upcycle wool clothing into mittens and sell them at craft fairs or give them to others as gifts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Lucky for you, we were able to find a <a href="https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vermonts-finest-bernies-mittens">free Ravelry pattern</a> published by a fellow knitter who reverse-engineered the mittens. If you&rsquo;re stuck at home and feeling up to the challenge, you can give the knitting pattern a try. If you want to recreate a more unique version of Bernie&rsquo;s pair at a beginner level, keep reading along.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Use Old Knitwear</span></strong></p> <p>As previously mentioned, Bernie&rsquo;s mittens were not completely hand-made from scratch. They use repurposed wool sweaters to achieve a hand-knit look. Why do the extra work? If you have knitwear lying around that you&rsquo;re not getting much use out of, recycle it and use it to create your unique pair of mittens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pro tip: If you plan on gifting a pair to loved ones up North, using machine-washed sweaters that shrunk will make for denser knitwear. This kind will trap more warmth and is highly recommended for cold winters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Make the Lining</span></strong></p> <p>Bernie&rsquo;s mittens are lined with fleece. If you need the extra layer, start by tracing a mitten shape around your hand on a sheet of paper. Cut that out and use it as a guide to cut the fabric of your choice. You will need to cut two for each hand and sew them together while leaving an opening for the hands.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Make the Outer Layer</span></strong></p> <p>The next step is to repeat the previous process, but with the outer layer of your choice. Make sure you trace around your hand while wearing the lining layer to make this cutout of the outer layer slightly bigger.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Stitch Both Layers Together</span></strong></p> <p>Place your outer layer inside the lining layer so that the mitten is inside out and begin sewing it together. We recommend using <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-FIBER-TYPE/100-Cotton/p/Natural-Cotton-700g-Circulo-x52129660.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=bernie_mittens">thick cotton</a> once you get to sewing both layers together at the cuff. Once it&rsquo;s all sewn, you will have a unique pair of famous Bernie mittens!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=bernie_mittens">website</a>&nbsp;to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> 3 Ways to Celebrate National Crochet Month http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10323 <h3><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/120656315_m_1_min.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1333" align="" /><br /><br /><br />March is finally here. That means it&rsquo;s National Crochet Month! If you want to celebrate, here are fun ways to recognize your love for crochet this month.</span></strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For those who stitch year-round, you don&rsquo;t really need a special reason to pick up your crochet hooks. National Crochet Month is a great way to celebrate and promote our craft to everyone who does not yet know of the joys and benefits of crochet. Keep reading to find out how.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>1. Teach Someone to Crochet</span></strong></p> <p>Are you an experienced crocheter? What better way to spread the art of crochet than by passing your wisdom along to others. Teaching others your skills can help this amazing community grow. You can offer to teach a class at your local yarn store, teach your family, or teach your friends. Maybe even you can learn something about crochet this month! Check out the <a href="https://www.crochet.org/page/CrochetHistory">history behind crochet</a> according to the Crochet Guild of America.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>2. Take a Local Crochet Class</span></strong></p> <p>Some of the best places to improve your crochet skills are closer than you think. Search for local yarn stores in your area and call them to find out if they have any special classes for crochet this month. At Sheep Thrills, you can schedule private crochet lessons by calling our store at 954-742-1908. Every Tuesday afternoon in March, Sheep Thrills is also hosting a Sit and Knit. Sit and Knit is separate from our classes and is a time for everyone to knit or crochet with friends. We do have limited seating so you must make a reservation in advance. Don&rsquo;t forget to invite your friends!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>3. Splurge on Crochet Tools</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve had your eye on a new crochet hook or special yarn and you&rsquo;re dying to get your hands on it, treat yourself to it this month. And if you&rsquo;re on a budget, Sheep Thrills always has a variety of items on sale. You can check them out in-store or online <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/ON-SALE.htm?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=national_crochet_month&amp;utm_term=sale">here</a>.</p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/?utm_source=website&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=national_crochet_month">website</a>&nbsp;to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Your Knitting Room: A Guide for Beginners http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10278 <h3><strong><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/108810696_xl_1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1337" align="" /><br />At&nbsp;</strong><span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><strong><span>Sheep Thrills,</span></strong></a></span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;our slogan is&nbsp;&ldquo;Where Knitters Unwind&rdquo;. We&rsquo;ve always believed knitting could bring us joy in more ways than one. While our door is always wide open, we want to bring our slogan to your home to help you create the knitting room of your dreams, something to call your own. With that being said, </strong><strong><span>our friends at&nbsp;</span></strong><span><a href="https://porch.com/"><strong>Porch.com</strong></a></span><strong><span>&nbsp;created a beginner's guide to developing your very own knitting room which provides helpful ideas on transforming any space into a creative oasis for knitting!</span></strong></h3> <p><strong><span>Why is knitting such a popular pastime?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Many people wonder how to start knitting, but few actually stop to think about why knitting is such a popular hobby in the first place. While creating your own scarves, baby blankets, and garments is rewarding in and of itself, there are actually several health benefits related to knit crafts. Knitting can help to lower stress levels. The soothing, repetitive motion of making stitches can potentially even reduce low-level memory loss, too.</span></p> <p><span>After you&rsquo;ve become more familiar with the art of maneuvering needles and yarn to create stitches, you&rsquo;ll need the right yarn room to take your knitting to the next level. Use the following&nbsp;DIY&nbsp;guide to </span><span><a href="https://porch.com/advice/knitting-room-guide-beginners"><span>design the ideal knitting space</span></a></span><span> in your home.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Before you begin, gather your knitting supplies</span></strong></p> <p><span>Basic knitting supplies include needles and yarn. When deciding what kind of yarn and needles you&rsquo;d like to use, your options are literally endless. You can opt for thin or thick yarn in virtually any color you prefer. You&rsquo;ll also need to&nbsp;choose the right knitting needles&nbsp;to successfully make various knitting patterns. You can purchase all of these items online or at your local craft store.</span></p> <p><strong><span>How to create the knitting room of your dreams</span></strong></p> <p><span>A little imagination and resourcefulness are all it takes to transform any room in your home into your dream knitting space. Whether you enjoy your knit crafts on a comfy couch or in&nbsp;</span><span><a href="https://porch.com/advice/how-to-design-the-ultimate-craft-room"><span>a spacious spare bedroom</span></a></span><span>, use these DYI tips to transform your space into a creative oasis.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Make sure your space is comfortable</span></strong></p> <p><span>When you&rsquo;re knitting for extended periods of time, make sure you add the right furniture to reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain. Consider purchasing an office chair or couch with lumbar support that&rsquo;s designed to keep your spine aligned to its natural curvature.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Include extra room for friends</span></strong></p> <p><span>Nothing&rsquo;s better than having other knitters over to enjoy your favorite hobby together. If you&rsquo;re planning to host knitting clubs, include extra seating options for guests.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Encourage a calm, tranquil environment</span></strong></p> <p><span>If you use knitting as a tool to de-stress, you&rsquo;ll find the hobby most enjoyable in a calm space that encourages relaxation. Add to the tranquil ambiance of your knitting room by diffusing soothing essential oils like lavender, chamomile, or peppermint.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Design a space that stimulates imagination and creativity</span></strong></p> <p><span><a href="https://porch.com/advice/3-easy-ways-choose-best-paint-colors"><span>Color plays a major role</span></a></span><span>&nbsp;in the look and feel of a knitting room. Base your design scheme on a color that you love to encourage focused concentration within a stimulating environment. If you opt for multiple color shades, try to pick options that work together rather than clashing.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Use your knitting experience as a learning opportunity</span></strong></p> <p><span>Since knitting may not require too much-undivided attention, use your knitting sessions as a learning opportunity. You can watch documentaries about topics you&rsquo;ve always been curious about or listen to audiobooks.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Create a noise-free zone</span></strong></p> <p><span>For maximum relaxation and concentration when you&rsquo;re focusing on your knitting patterns, designate your knitting room as a noise-free zone. The last thing you need while you&rsquo;re enjoying your knitting hobby is to be disturbed by the sound of the phone ringing.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Decorate to inspire</span></strong></p> <p><span>When decorating your yarn room, gain inspiration from your knitting supplies! Keep your beautiful yarns on display on open shelves or cabinets. Add plenty of green plants throughout the room to reduce stress, improve concentration, and encourage mental focus. Make a mood board so you can put swatches, inspiring magazine clips, and other items prominently displayed.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Organize your knitting supplies</span></strong></p> <p><span>Keep your knitting supplies </span><span><a href="https://blog.hireahelper.com/a-pro-diy-ers-experience-with-the-konmari-tidying-up-method/"><span>neatly stored and organized</span></a></span><span> to make sure each knitting session is as stress-free as possible. If you&rsquo;re working on various knit crafts at a time, store the yarn and needles you&rsquo;ll need for each project in its own basket for easy access. You can store additional supplies like buttons, zippers, and ribbons in old glass jars to add brilliant pops of color throughout your knitting space, too.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Simple knitting tips for beginners</span></strong></p> <p><span>If you&rsquo;re thinking about taking up knitting as a hobby but don&rsquo;t know where to begin, the good news is that anyone can knit. By&nbsp;learning a few basic knitting patterns&nbsp;and becoming more familiar with the most&nbsp;common knitting terms, beginners can quickly graduate to knitting masters in no time.</span></p> <p><span>Most knit crafts basically boil down to practicing three essential skills:</span></p> <ul> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;Cast on: Casting on is the process of getting the yarn onto the needle and transforming yarn into neat stitches.</span></li> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;Knit stitch: After you&rsquo;ve learned how to turn yarn into stitches by casting on, the knit stitch process turns your yarn into beautiful stitches.</span></li> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;Cast off: Once you&rsquo;ve used your needles to transform a loose bundle of yarn into a work of art, casting off gets your knitting off the needles to complete your project.</span></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>Where to get knitting tips</span></strong></p> <p><span>When you&rsquo;re a beginner knitter, there are plenty of resources you can take advantage of to progress. Improve your skills and creativity by hosting or joining a knitting club. Knitting clubs offer an easy way for beginners to connect and practice their different knitting patterns within a fun social setting.</span></p> <p><span>Your laptop can also be an essential piece of knitting equipment. Keep up with trends in your new hobby, get free knitting patterns, and connect with other knitters by becoming a member of a free online knitting group.&nbsp;A quick internet search can provide a wealth of information about knitting tips, too.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Also, consider investing in a few trusty reference books or magazines that make it easier to learn how to start knitting. Resources with step-by-step pictures and detailed information can go a long way in helping you through a sticky situation.</span></p> <p><strong><span>What knit crafts should you start with as a beginner?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Once you&rsquo;ve become more comfortable with knit stitches and needles, you&rsquo;re ready to start your first knit crafts. Here are a few DIY knitting tips to help you get started:</span></p> <strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;1. Knit your first scarf</span></strong><br /> <p><span>To knit your first scarf, begin by casting enough stitches that measure the width you&rsquo;d like your scarf to be. Then, start knitting until you&rsquo;ve reached your preferred length. Once you&rsquo;ve finished, simply cast off.<br /></span><strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;2. Knit your first hat</span></strong></p> <p><span>When you&rsquo;re ready for the next challenge, knitting a hat will build on your skills. This project will teach you how to knit with double-pointed needles, knit in the round, and create simple rib stitches.<br /></span><strong><span>&nbsp; &nbsp;3. Knit your first blanket</span></strong></p> <p><span>Knitting a blanket&nbsp;requires a few basic knitting techniques: cast on and off, knit stitch, and weaving in ends. The number of stitches you cast on, in the beginning, will determine the blanket&rsquo;s final width. Although you can use any type of yarn to knit your blanket, worsted yarn is a great weight to start with if you&rsquo;re a beginner.</span></p> <p><span>Think about the yarn material that will provide the feel you&rsquo;re looking for, too. While wool is incredibly durable and warm, some types of wool have a scratchy feel. On the other hand, cotton yarn is easy to care for and super-soft, but it may not offer enough warmth. For those reasons, many knitters opt for a wool blend that delivers both the warmth of wool and the softness of cotton.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Make every knitting session a relaxing moment</span></strong></p> <p><span>The basic art of knitting engages the body and mind. Knitting can give you something fresh to think about after unwinding at the end of a long day. The rhythmic act of making simple, repetitive stitches can soothe a tired nervous system. In fact, knitting could have similar emotional, physical, and mental health benefits akin to restorative yoga.</span></p> <p><span>Since knitting requires you to remain focused on the task at hand, it can be an effective method of releasing calmness. Make every knitting session a relaxing moment by returning your focus to your knitting patterns whenever you find your mind starting to stray a bit. This can help keep your mind off of stressors you&rsquo;d rather avoid.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Share your knitting hobby with others</span></strong></p> <p><span>Learning how to start knitting can be a confidence booster. Throughout every stage of learning how to knit, share your journey with others. Help beginners develop the skills they need to take their knitting to the next level by sharing useful tips. Start a weekly knitting club where you can engage with others who have the same passion for knit crafts. Create unique gifts like scarves, baby blankets, and hats to gift friends and family members.</span></p> <p><span>Whether you&rsquo;re just starting out or knitting has been your go-to pastime for years, knitting is a highly rewarding hobby with plenty of therapeutic benefits. Hopefully, the above guide will provide you with everything you need to know about designing a dedicated knitting space so you can enjoy your knit crafts even more than you already have.</span></p> <p><strong><span>This article was originally posted on </span></strong><span><a href="https://porch.com/"><strong><span>Porch.com</span></strong></a></span><strong><span>.</span></strong></p> New Year, New Knitting Resolutions http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10188 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/61252095_m.jpg" alt="" width="2508" height="1672" align="" /><br />It&rsquo;s that time of year to put pen to paper and declare your New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions!</span></strong> <strong><span>Creating a list of Knitting Resolutions gives you the opportunity to reflect on last year&rsquo;s finished projects, techniques employed, pattern choices, and skills mastered.</span></strong></h2> <p><span>While we fully support the lifestyle goals that typically accompany the New Year, </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span> has curated goals that support our already resolved lifestyle choice: knitting! And not just because these are resolutions, we know we can keep. Now is the time to write down and commit to doing everything you want to do with your knitting this year! There will always be the resolutions like, finish the second sock and finally learn to </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting.htm"><span>crochet</span></a><span>, but this year we wanted to share and curate more realistic and balanced goals with our knitting. Without further ado, here is </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span> Knitting Resolutions for 2021.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span>1. Challenge Yourself</span></strong></p> <p>You can challenge yourself in many different ways. Maybe you will tackle a bigger project than you normally would, like a <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Afghans-and-Blankets.htm">blanket</a>. You could try to make something that you have never made before, like a <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Hats.htm">hat</a> or <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Sweaters.htm">sweater</a>. There is a whole world of crafts open to you, many of which can go right along with your knitting addiction hobby - crochet, spinning, and dyeing to name a few!</p> <p><strong><span>2. Knit More for Yourself</span></strong></p> <p>After spending so much time knitting gifts (especially during the holiday season) for everyone else, it can feel like ages since you&rsquo;ve knitted anything lovely for yourself. Put together a list of projects that you want to complete in 2021 and stick to it. Knit for yourself first and reflect on why you started knitting in the first place! Bring on the selfish knitting!</p> <p><strong><span>3. Make a Difference</span></strong></p> <p>There are many local charities that will take hand-knit goods, but there are a few international organizations doing good work right now. If you want to get involved in your own community, most hospitals take hand-knit hats and blankets for babies. Some even provide patterns.&nbsp; You can also donate WIPs (including all the yarn and needles to finish the project) that we know you will never finish to a nursing home or other in-need group!</p> <p><strong><span>4. Join a Group</span></strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s great to learn along with a community of knitters who are even as passionate about the craft as you are. Communicating and sharing your projects keeps you motivated and when you&rsquo;re struggling, you can resort back to your group and ensure there is someone to turn to for advice. Here at <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">Sheep Thrills</a> we also offer <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm">classes</a> if you want to have more hands-on learning. Masks must be worn by all participants!<br /><br /></p> <h2><strong><span>Happy New Year, to all of our yarn lovers! May your year be full of fiber and fun!</span></strong>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h2> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Are You Ready to Knit Your First Sweater? http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10187 <h2><strong><span><img width="1847" height="1672" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1847x1672_97335328_mjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br />Are you thinking about knitting your first sweater? </span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><strong><span>Sheep Thrills</span></strong></a><strong><span> is here to help you learn everything you need to know to make that first big jump to knitting a </span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Sweaters.htm"><strong><span>sweater</span></strong></a><strong><span>, including tips and recommended knitting patterns.&nbsp;<br /></span></strong></h2> <p><span><br />Something is empowering about finishing a </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Simple-Woven-Garments-x27894012.htm"><span>garment</span></a><span> of your very own. Whether it&rsquo;s the time put in or watching all the little details come together, the result always leaves you with an immense sense of pride. Knitting a sweater seems like a big project that will take a lot of time and skill which can make knitters feel too intimidated to take on the challenges. </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span> is here to tell you that with a good beginner sweater </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/PATTERNS.htm"><span>pattern</span></a><span> and a few basic </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/A-Year-of-Techniques-x32266160.htm"><span>techniques</span></a><span>, you will soon be able to add your hand-crafted sweater to your wardrobe! Without further ado, here is a list of essentials tips to get you started!</span></p> <p><strong><span><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></span></span></strong><strong><span>1. Know the Basics<br /></span></strong></p> <p><span>Before you begin, it&rsquo;s a good idea to be comfortable with a few basic skills first. If you can knit and </span><a href="Tapestry%20Needle%20(Purl%20&amp;%20Loop)"><span>purl</span></a><span>, you are capable of knitting your sweater. You should also be comfortable with casting on and binding off, as well as forming the knit stitch.&nbsp; There is always going to be more to learn in the craft of knitting but in terms of constructing your sweater, learning how to read a pattern is incredibly important to making your vision come to life!<br /><br /><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span>Choosing a Sweater Pattern that Suits your Skill Level<br /></span></strong></p> <p><span>The sweater pattern you pick for knitting your first-ever sweater depends on your skill set. But, even if you have been knitting for years, it is best to keep everything as basic as possible when to get a feel of the process. </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span> is more than happy to assist you with matching a pattern to your designated skill set and we have a plethora of patterns to fit every need!<br /></span><br /><strong>3. Getting Gauge</strong></p> <p><span>Getting the right </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Sweaters.htm"><span>sweater</span></a><span> fit is one of the most important skills involved in the sweater-making process and most of that skill lies in simply getting the same </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Needle-Gauge.htm"><span>gauge</span></a><span> as your sweater pattern<strong>. </strong>Try knitting a </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Swatch-Critter-for-Zoom-Loom-x8750142.htm"><span>swatch</span></a><span> that is a 6-inch square and make sure to block it before </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Specialty-Tools.htm"><span>measuring</span></a><span>. Remember to take your time and measure your gauge multiple times to ensure it's right before you start!</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><span>Here at </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span>, we enjoy helping out other fellow knitters. The best advice to improve your knitting skills and perfect your first sweater is to become friends with your local yarn store! If you want extra help in improving your knitting skills, we offer classes and we are more than happy to help you with your knitting journey to crafting a sweater to call your own!</span></p> <h2><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h2> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks for knitting your first sweater? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> Knitting VS Crochet: The Similarities and Differences http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10183 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/120810644_m_min.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1331" align="" /><br />Knitting Versus Crocheting: What exactly is the difference? Depending on your skills, you may be better suited to learn the tools and methods of one over the other.<br /></span></strong></h2> <p><span>When getting into needlework, there are so many options to choose from. Two of the most popular options are crochet and knitting. Over the years there have been many discussions surrounding the similarities and differences between the two. Here at <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">Sheep Thrills</a>, we want you to remember that at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. How do you know which craft is best for you? How do you decide if you learn to crochet or learn to knit? This post is here to guide you down the right path to making the choice that is best for you.</span></p> <h3><strong><span>What is Knitting?</span></strong></h3> <p><span>In simpler terms, Knitting is where the crafter uses two needles to create their fabric. Stitches are transferred from one needle to the other and back again to create the weave of the piece. Knitting is built <strong>row by row</strong>.</span></p> <h3><strong>What is Crocheting?<br /></strong></h3> <p><span>Crocheting is where the crafter uses one hook to create its fabric. Crocheters create one stitch at a time using a series of yarn overs and inserting the hook in different areas of their project. Crocheting is built <strong>stitch by stitch</strong>.<br /><br /></span></p> <h3><strong><span>Determining which one is for you: Crochet VS. Knitting<br /></span></strong></h3> <p><span>There are several key differences between the two and this list will help you determine which is a better fit to dedicate your skillset towards.</span></p> <ol> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><span>There are two major differences between the two styles of handling yarn. The first difference is how you loop the </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-NAME.htm"><span>yarn.</span></a><span> The act of knitting is similar to that of stitching and crocheting is knotting the yarn.</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><span>The second main difference between crochet and knitting is the tools involved. The fundamental difference is that knitting uses two </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Double-Point.htm"><span>knitting needles</span></a><span> and crochet uses a single </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Crochet-Hook.htm"><span>crochet hook</span></a><span>. We will expand more on this statement.</span></li> </ol> <h3><strong><span>Different Types of&nbsp;</span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Specialty-Tools.htm"><strong><span>Tools</span></strong></a></h3> <p><strong><span>For Knitting, </span></strong><span>common tools include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS.htm"><span>A variety of knitting needles</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS.htm"><span>Crochet hooks</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Stitch-Markers--Holders.htm"><span>Stitch markers</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Scissors.htm"><span>Scissors</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Point-Protectors-Large-x7179917.htm"><span>Point protectors</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Tape-Measures.htm"><span>Measuring tape</span></a></li> </ul> <p><strong><span>For Crochet</span></strong><span>, common tools include:</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS.htm"><span>Crochet hooks</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Needle-Gauge.htm"><span>Gauge swatches</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Row-Counters.htm"><span>A row/stitch counter</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="Darning%20Needles"><span>Finishing needles</span></a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Scissors.htm"><span>Scissors</span></a></li> </ul> <p><span><br />The fact is, both knitting and crochet are great. People may argue that one is better than the other but, in the end, it comes down to whichever one is best for you. Knitting and crochet are both wonderful crafts for unwinding and creating something wonderful with yarn! At </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span>- we are more than willing to help you every step of the way whether you pick the path of knit, crochet and more. Allow us to be a resource for you and give us a call!<br /></span></p> <h2><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h2> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks about Knitting and Crochet? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <br /> <h3><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></h3> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><strong>&nbsp;</strong></h3> <h3><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></h3> Better Living: One Stitch at a Time http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10134 <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/optimized_156196612_xl.jpg" alt="" width="1196" height="900" align="" /> <h2><strong><span>Knitting is an underrated craft that can be enjoyed by people of any age- especially while social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are staying home more than ever- using their time to discover new skills or hobbies to take up. We are here to tell you that the craft of knitting in particular is a relaxing and practical choice that is proven to improve your well-being. During a time where it is important to maintain your sanity, it is important to note that self-care is an essential part of getting through this temporary situation we are currently living in.</span></strong></h2> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0f0e0e;">At&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #0f0e0e;">Sheep Thrills,</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;our slogan is:&nbsp;&ldquo;Where Knitters Unwind&rdquo;.&nbsp;We&rsquo;re big believers that not only does knitting bring you joy but it has physical and mental health benefits too. The best of both worlds. We want to be the place where you can jumpstart your way to picking up the craft of knitting, paving your way towards bettering your health, education and wellness. Let&rsquo;s briefly investigate the health benefits of knitting, shall we?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li> <h3><strong><span>Knitting Reduces Stress</span></strong><span></span></h3> <span>- The key to relaxation could be the repetitious and rhythmic motions that characterize knitting. This could explain why most devoted knitters swear by knitting as a de-stressor: doing it may cause a spurt of serotonin! Those who had been sluggish, stressed and depressed can soothe themselves through the art of knitting. The more you knit, the less worried and fearful they became. There&rsquo;s something satisfyingly hypnotic about watching your&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS.htm"><span>needles</span></a><span>&nbsp;move in a repetitive rhythm, and it&rsquo;s easy to find yourself drifting into a super relaxed state of mind!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></li> <li> <h3><strong>Knitting Creates a Sense of Purpose</strong></h3> - Knitting is perfect for those who want to set achievable tasks. Regardless of what you make, the success of your project can signal the release of dopamine, which stimulates your reward center. When you&rsquo;re knitting, you&rsquo;re equipped with the power of choice. Whether choosing to make a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Afghans-and-Blankets.htm"><span>blanket</span></a><span>&nbsp;or something for your&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Babies--Children.htm"><span>children</span></a><span>, you set your own goals that are synced with your preferences, which gives you a sense of control for your &ldquo;me time.&rdquo;</span><span></span></li> </ol><br /> <h2><strong><span>How can you get started with knitting?</span></strong></h2> <p><span>It is incredibly easy to get started with knitting these days or even if you haven&rsquo;t crafted in a while, you can learn to knit from scratch or refresh your memory on how to cast on and do basic stitches. At&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/" target="_blank"><span>Sheep Thrills</span></a><span>- we are more than willing to help you every step of the way as you pick up a new hobby that is not only a great expression of your creativity but an act that can improve your well-being. Allow us to be a resource for you and give us a call! Knit to gain instant pleasure and good health!&nbsp;</span></p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h2> <p><span>If you&rsquo;re ready to reap the benefits of knitting, look no further. Whether you&rsquo;re looking to order your next project online or wanting to meet other knitters at your local South Florida yarn shop, Sheep Thrills is the place where knitters unwind! Visit our&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span>&nbsp;to shop online and find more information about our store hours.</span></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong>&nbsp;</p> The Beginners Guide to Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10133 <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1837x1255_karen_penroz_8zxpv_0wtze_unsplashjpg.jpg" alt="" width="1837" height="1255" align="" /><br /> <h2><strong><span>Want to learn how to knit? Are you completely new to the craft or are you just looking to brush up on your foundational skills? You've come to the right place. Welcome to the Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting, </span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><strong><span>Sheep Thrills</span></strong></a><strong><span> Edition!</span></strong></h2> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #1d1c1c;">So how would you define a beginner? Sometimes it&rsquo;s wandering aimlessly through piles of yarn, thousands of patterns, and wondering how to get started, but that adds on to the excitement of being able to become an expert at the craft. The good news is that each and every knitter was a beginner at one point, and this wealth of collective knowledge we will provide is now at your fingertips. The adventure of your first knitting project is pretty amazing and we are here to help you create your own stories through your hand-crafted goods.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Now, let&rsquo;s get started on our Knitting 101 guide by discussing some of the essential tools and materials you will need to get the (yarn) ball rolling! The best part is- you can find all the items on the list at <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">Sheep Thrills</a> to collect all of the materials you need and more!</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"><strong><span>Knitting Needles</span></strong></span></a><strong>:</strong> When you&rsquo;re learning to knit, the first thing you&rsquo;ll want in your knitting kit is a good set of knitting needles. There are all types of knitting needles, but some knitting needles are better to start with. We suggest<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/DPN-HiyaHiya-Bamboo-x8212901.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"> bamboo</span></a> needles or <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Wood-Cable-Needle-x22090802.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">wood</span></a> because of the natural surface drag that &ldquo;grips&rdquo; the yarn, making it less slippery than other needles.</span></li> </ol><ol start="2"> <li><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-FIBER-TYPE.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"><strong><span>Yarn</span></strong></span></a><strong>: </strong>We recommend to use a <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-FIBER-WEIGHT/Worsted.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">medium worsted weight yarn</span></a>. Light colors tend to be better because it&rsquo;s easier to see where you&rsquo;ve stitched. Some of our favorite brands include&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-NAME/p/Aerial-Berroco-x51084337.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">Berroco</span></a>, <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-NAME/p/Anne-65-Circulo-x47904348.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">Circulo</span></a>, and <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-NAME/p/Big-Wool-Rowan-x48158778.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">Rowan</span></a>. The list can go on and on, if you come in-store or call, we can help you find the perfect one for your next project to go with your vision.</span></li> </ol><ol start="3"> <li><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Stitch-Markers--Holders.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"><strong><span>Stitch Markers</span></strong></span></a><strong>: </strong>Beginners should keep a healthy cache of the different types of stitch markers in your knitting supplies. We suggest the <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Stitch-Markers--Holders/p/Circular-Stitch-Holder-Short-x8294686.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">Circular Stitch Holder Short</span></a> perfect for holding a drop-stitch in place.</span></li> </ol><ol start="4"> <li><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS.htm"><span style="color: #1c1b1b;"><strong><span>Miscellaneous</span></strong></span></a></span><ol> <li><strong><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></strong><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><a href="Tape%20Measures"><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><strong>Tape Measure</strong></span></a><strong>: </strong>A tape measure is useful in determining the full length or width of your project.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Scissors.htm"><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><strong>Scissors</strong></span></a><strong>: </strong>You&rsquo;ll need a pair of sharp scissors for snipping ends or cutting knots. Plain and simple.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1e1c1c;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Point-Protectors.htm"><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><strong>Point Protectors</strong></span></a><strong>: </strong>Point protectors are just what they seem. They&rsquo;re designed to cover the tips or points of your knitting needles.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1e1c1c;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Tapestry-Needle-Purl-Loop-x15921395.htm"><span style="color: #1e1c1c;"><strong>Tapestry Needle:</strong></span></a> </span>They have large eyes than sewing needles which makes threading yarn through them much easier.</li> </ol></li> </ol> <p><span style="color: #1c1b1b;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Once you&rsquo;ve gathered all your tools, your knitting kit will serve you well for years to come and we are sure that you will rack up on many more items as your passion for knitting continues to grow. We know there are a lot of knitting tools and accessories on the market these days and the list for your perfect beginners kit can be hard to make to know which knitting supplies you really need and what can wait so we hope we were able to break down some of the important tools you will need in order to start off strong! We also offer <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm"><span style="color: #000000;">classes</span></a> if you want to have more hands-on learning. Masks must be worn by all participants! We hope this deep dive into knitting tools and notions helps! Stop procrastinating and learn to knit now!</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span style="color: #000000;">website</span></a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Knit and Gift Your Way Through the Holidays http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10132 <div style="padding-left: 120px;"></div> <img width="1397" height="1272" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1397x1272_dsc00980jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br /> <h2><strong><span>Need holiday gift ideas for fellow knitters in your life who seem to already have everything? No worries, there are tons of suggestions we have provided to gift something we guarantee they will love!<br /><br /></span></strong></h2> <p><span>If you&rsquo;re seeking a knit gift for someone on your list this season, we have some great suggestions. &nbsp;Give your knitter friend some extra excitement this holiday season with new needles, knitting bags, yarn, etc., or if you are a knitter yourself, here is a list of items that you may want to ask for if you don&rsquo;t already have them yourself. Knitters can be a tough bunch to buy for especially when you know nothing about the craft itself.<br /></span></p> <h3><strong><span><br />In this Holiday Gift Guide for Knitters, we have provided a breakdown of gifts that can all be found and purchased at </span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><strong><span>Sheep Thrills</span></strong></a><span><strong><span>!&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></strong></span></h3> <ol> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/BAGS--CASES.htm"><strong><span>Project Bags</span></strong></a><strong><span>- </span></strong><span>Every knitter needs a handy tools bag to hold all of their essential supplies. That way, they can pick up their project bag when heading out the door and dive right into their knitting on the go!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Stitch-Markers--Holders.htm"><strong><span>Stitch Markers</span></strong></a><strong><span>- </span></strong><span>Stitch Holders are essential for every knitter and are useful in many projects. Sheep Thrills has an </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Stitch-Markers--Holders/p/Locking-Stitch-Marker-Collection-SHEEP-THRILLS-Exclusive-x32269807.htm"><strong><span>exclusive locking stitch marker collection</span></strong></a><span> which contains markers in 10 different colors(100 total) coming in a clear plastic organizer case!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NOTIONS/Yarn-Bowls.htm"><strong><span>Yarn Bowls-</span></strong></a><span>This gift will make a big difference in the ease and convenience of working on a knitting project!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm"><strong><span>Classes</span></strong></a><strong><span>- </span></strong><span>We offer a plethora of classes that are bound to match a specific area you want to learn or pick up a new technique!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting.htm"><strong><span>Knitting Kits</span></strong></a><span>- Gift an all-in-one package! There are so many options to choose from!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-NAME.htm"><strong><span>Yarn</span></strong></a><strong><span>- </span></strong><span>Because who said you could never have too much yarn?</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/PATTERNS.htm"><strong><span>Patterns-</span></strong></a><span>Knitting or crochet patterns to create your beautiful, hand-made masterpiece!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/GIFTS--JEWELRY/Knitting-Pins.htm"><strong><span>Enamel Pins-</span></strong></a><span>These pins can make a great stocking stuffer! You can pin them to sweaters, bags, jackets and more!</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/INSTRUCTIONAL-MATERIALS.htm"><strong><span>Instructional Materials-</span></strong></a><span>Calling all knitters who enjoy reading and knitting! Why not combine the two?</span></li> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp; </span></span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop.htm"><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Gift Card</span></strong></a><strong><span>- </span></strong><span>When purchasing a gift card with your desired amount loaded, it can be used for <strong>ANY </strong>merchandise in our store including classes or private lessons!</span></li> </ol><br /> <p><strong><span>The list of gifting options is endless. The beauty of all of these ideas is that you can do all your online gift shopping on our</span></strong><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><strong><span> website</span></strong></a><strong><span> from the comfort of your own home. When you know someone who does a craft, sometimes it can be overwhelming choosing the right gift for the knitter on your list. We are here to guide you down the right path of buying the perfect gift in addition to spreading holiday joy!</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></strong><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></p> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h2><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></h2> 4 Ways to Include Sustainable Practices into Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10043 <h3><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/rocknwool_x3n59fmm0me_unsplash.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1493" align="" /><br />Have you ever stopped to wonder how sustainable your knitting practices are? Sustainability is not a trend but instead a mentality. There are many ways, both big and small, that you can make a difference utilizing sustainable practices when knitting your handmade goods.</span></strong></h3> <p><span>&nbsp;</span>Knitters understand the value of what comes off our needles, they need to cherish it and wear it over and over again. When we discuss sustainability within textiles, we must understand where the yarn is sourced and how resource-intensive the process is. So, let&rsquo;s jump to the chase and explore more ways that we can execute sustainable habits into our knitting process.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><strong><span>Here are 4 ways to incorporate sustainable principles when beginning your next knitting project:</span></strong></h3> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ol> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong><span>Reusing older yarn:&nbsp;</span></strong>Do you have old knitted projects that you have made that you don&rsquo;t wear anymore? Don&rsquo;t throw it away when there is an eco-friendly way that you can rework this! Even projects that are sitting in the back of your closet that you never ended up finishing. Check out our blog article on <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/module/news/9923/how-to-reclaim-used-yarn"><span>"How to Reclaim Used Yarn"</span></a><span>; As Sheep Thrills is all for sustainability and doing our part to not let materials go to waste, we have provided a step by step guide on how to reclaim the yarn and reuse it while working on your next project!</span></li> </ol><ol start="2"> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong><span>Sustainable Fiber Choices:&nbsp;</span></strong>So, what are some sustainable yarn choices? Wool is a fantastic choice as long as it is sourced ethically. Upcycled Yarn is made from recycled synthetic maters making it a great option. Other sustainable fiber choices are organic cotton, bamboo and silk!</li> </ol><ol start="3"> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong><span>Sharing Resources:&nbsp;</span></strong>Knitting is more fun when we help each other and share our love for the craft with our friends! Share and exchange the extra resources you have, trade patterns, books and tools. Having a group of people with the same passion and love for knitting can also become an opportunity to teach each other how to implement green practices into your crafts.</li> </ol><ol start="4"> <li><strong><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><strong><span>Mending:&nbsp;</span></strong>Lastly, the term &ldquo;make do and mend&rdquo; is something you should consider as a way to fight back against disposable clothing culture. It takes skill and practice, but the feeling of repairing your own crafts is deeply satisfying!</li> </ol> <p><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <h2><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h2> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Knit & Crochet for Charities http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10042 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/margarida_afonso_ahmcpxdujv0_unsplash.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1500" align="" /><br />Looking for your next knitting or crocheting project? There are several charities who are looking for crochet donations now, so why not help a cause you care about with your handmade goods!</span></strong></h2> <p><span>One of the greatest joys that come out of crocheting and knitting is that you can use your hands and materials to make others smile while relaying that passion into your creations. Whether making </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Sweaters.htm"><span>sweaters</span></a><span>, </span><span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Socks.htm">socks</a></span><span>&nbsp;or </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Afghans-and-Blankets.htm"><span>afghans</span></a><span>, gifting those items to people we care about is extremely meaningful and rewarding.&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><strong><span>Here&rsquo;s a list of 5 charities (in no particular order) where you can lend your skills to others in need, gifting while giving courage and strength to people who need it most.</span></strong></h3> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.knittedknockers.org/"><strong><span>Knitted Knockers</span></strong></a><strong><span>: &nbsp;</span></strong><span>As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, crochet a breast prosthesis for a woman who has undergone a mastectomy.</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; </strong></span></span><strong><a href="https://www.knotsoflove.org/">Knots of Love:</a>&nbsp;</strong><span>Knots of Love donates blankets to Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the country. You can donate by knitting or crocheting a </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/KITS--Knitting--Crocheting/Afghans-and-Blankets.htm"><span>blanket</span></a><span> made from any soft, cozy, lightweight yarn.</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="http://caretoknit.org/"><strong><span>Care2Knit</span></strong></a><span>:&nbsp; Provide hand-knitted and crocheted items such as scarves, lap shawls, hats and other related accessories to those in shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://warmupamerica.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwiaX8BRBZEiwAQQxGx9vLc6tsYOj0TOrwuEVrNyBENfWQs8RCb4f88KsmdDa3tN5DLXAZeBoCH1EQAvD_BwE"><strong><span>Warm Up America</span></strong></a><span>: This organization has volunteers donate their time to crochet and knit one or more 7" x 9" rectangles as well as entire blankets which provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive situations, etc.</span></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.snugglesproject.org/"><strong><span>The Snuggles Project</span></strong></a><strong><span>: </span></strong><span>Calling all animal lovers: This organization accepts crochets donations for animals living in shelters worldwide to help them feel more comfortable.</span></li> </ul> <h3><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></h3> <h3><strong><span>Knitting for charity not only makes you feel good about what you are doing but also fills a need for many organizations all striving to make a difference in the world day in and day out.</span></strong></h3> <p><span>There are so many people, families, kids and animals that have hit hard times and need some extra help. Putting your knitting skills to work to make helpful items is a needed skill. There are endless opportunities and projects out there where you can craft to make a difference. Any charity organization would be more than happy to be on the receiving end of your creative efforts, who themselves work each and every day to warm the hearts and bodies of those in need.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> "Fall" in Love with these DIY Knitted Pumpkins http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10035 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/filename.jpg" alt="" width="5120" height="3413" align="" /><br />Are you looking for craft ideas to add to your autumn d&eacute;cor this year? These DIY decorations add the warmth you have been longing to bring into your home during this upcoming holiday season!</span></strong></h2> <p><span>Crochet and knit patterns for fall are the perfect home d&eacute;cor ideas that will have you falling for fall all over again. The best part is: Sheep Thrills has all the materials you need to get started.&nbsp; In honor of our favorite time of the year, we are offering these </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Pumpkin-Kit-x52103167.htm"><span>Pumpkin Kits</span></a><span> to get your &ldquo;pumpkin patch&rdquo; started!</span></p> <h3><strong><span>Materials</span></strong></h3> <p><span>Inside of our &ldquo;</span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Chenille-Pumpkin-Kit-x52103159.htm"><span>Pumpkin Kit&rdquo;</span></a><span> is where you will find all of the instructions you need to knit your pumpkin to perfection. This pattern is so simple having no complicated steps that even a complete beginner would be able to give it a go and participate in the seasonal fun! If you want to read more about getting started with knitting for the first time, check out this </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/blog.htm"><span>blog article</span></a><span> we&rsquo;ve put together to show you exactly what you need to know before diving into this project! This is also a great activity for the whole family will want to participate in. It is time to take your home d&eacute;cor to the next level and we have made the experience so easy by providing all the materials you need! &nbsp;Here is a list of what is included inside of our kit which is available to purchase on&nbsp; </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>&nbsp;Sheep Thrills website</span></a><span> or you can buy it in stores today!<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/filename1.jpg" alt="" width="5120" height="3413" align="" /><br /></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>You will be provided with <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Uneek-Chunky-3-Ply-Urth-x46430773.htm">URTH UNEEK 3 Strand Chunky Yarn</a> where you will be able to make 1 large pumpkin or 2 small pumpkins of your choosing, which comes in a lovely fall color. There will be enough yarn to make 1 large pumpkin or 2 small ones.</li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Stuffing to finish one (1) pumpkin: The shape of your pumpkin will depend on how full you decide to stuff it which is completely up to you!</li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>2- Leather Leaves &amp; 1-Leather stem or a wooden stick to tie your masterpiece all together.</li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Pattern</li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>Needles &ndash; size 11 or 13 or 7 =., depending on the yarn</li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Carabiner-Stitch-Markers-x22447857.htm">Stitch marker</a></li> <li><span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Tapestry-Needle-Purl-Loop-x15921395.htm">Tapestry Needle </a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><span>&nbsp;</span>There you have it. Your very own knitted pumpkin. Make one, two, or twenty for yourself and all of your friends. It&rsquo;ll bring the fall spirit into any home. Your crochet pumpkins will look great as part of your entire holiday table set up. If you want to make even more, they would be perfect fall gifts for your neighbors or relatives. This project is so open-ended and could be done in a million different ways. The possibilities are endless to add a nice touch of fall into your home!</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p><span>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our </span><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/"><span>website</span></a><span> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Beginner Knitters: 5 Things You Should Know http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10005 <h2><strong><span><br />The internet has a lot of information that can be overwhelming to those trying to learn a new skill. Besides learning how to knit, there are other things beginner knitters should know before embarking on the knitting craft.</span></strong></h2> <h3><strong><span>1: Spend Less Time on the Internet</span></strong></h3> <p>The internet is a place with a wealth of knowledge. If you want to learn something new, it&rsquo;s nothing but a quick Google search. The problem is, sometimes there is too much information. When you&rsquo;re overwhelmed with 10 different ways to knit a scarf, you may be hesitant to pick up knitting.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to do something for the first time, look up one simple tutorial for it and try that one out. Don&rsquo;t go searching for more tutorials to confuse you and make it more complicated. Take it one stitch at a time. And if something goes wrong, just undo and try again!</p> <h3><strong><span>2: Work with Your Favorite Colors</span></strong></h3> <p>When you start knitting for the first time, you&rsquo;re testing the waters, so you&rsquo;ll probably pick up cheaper yarn and not invest too much yet. If you must be picky about one thing, it should be the color you use. Using a color of yarn that you like will make you look forward to finishing the piece since you&rsquo;re more likely to see yourself wearing it. It also doesn&rsquo;t hurt to look at a sea of stitches in your favorite colors as you keep knitting.</p> <h3><strong><span>3: Pay Close Attention to the Yarn Information</span></strong></h3> <p>Your fresh, new ball of yarn will most likely come with a piece of paper wrapped around it.</p> <p>Pay close attention to that piece of paper! It comes with all the important information you&rsquo;ll need to know about that specific yarn. It will suggest a needle size to use with it and standard gauge. Those are recommendations, but you can use whatever you work best with. It&rsquo;ll also tell you what material your yarn is made of, how much yarn is in the ball, and how you should care for your finished project based on the material.</p> <p>Also, this paper will indicate the yarn&rsquo;s dye lot. This is crucial if you plan on using several balls of yarn for one project and you are keeping it one consistent color. Two balls of yarn can fool you and make you think they&rsquo;re the same color. If two yarns are from different dye lots, there still may be a subtle difference you&rsquo;ll notice once it&rsquo;s stitched together.</p> <h3><strong><span>4: Do Not Force Yourself to Knit</span></strong></h3> <p>Sometimes you&rsquo;ll start something you think you&rsquo;ll like, but it ends up not being for you. Whether it be knitting in general or just the project you picked, and that&rsquo;s okay. If you don&rsquo;t want to pick up your needles and finish a project in progress, just start something new. It could be a new pattern, a new type of yarn, or new needles. Switch it up and find something you&rsquo;re excited about.</p> <p>Whatever you do, just don&rsquo;t force it. Knitting is meant to be your escape!</p> <h3><strong><span>5: It Won&rsquo;t Always Be Perfect</span></strong></h3> <p>The difficult part of knitting is spending a lot of time making something and not liking how it turns out. Sometimes this will happen, and you&rsquo;ll just have to accept it not working out. Whether the color is wrong, or the hat you knit looks weird on your head, it&rsquo;s okay! It happens to all of us and it&rsquo;s a part of the process.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t let these failed projects go to waste. You can either <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/module/news/9923/how-to-reclaim-used-yarn">reclaim the yarn</a> to make a new item or you can gift the item to a friend. Also, you may grow to love the item later on.</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> A Guide to Knitting Needles http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9987 <div><img width="600" height="848" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/600x848_img_2110_1jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" /><br /> <h2>Embarking on a new knitting project means starting with the right kind of needles. There are so many types to choose from&mdash;that&rsquo;s why we made this guide.</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re a beginner knitter, making the first step to choose your knitting materials may be dreadful. There are so many different needle types, materials, and sizes out there! Fear not. We have a guide that will help you pick the right tools depending on your project or desired stitch size.</p> <h3>Knitting Needle Materials</h3> <p>The material your knitting needles are made of doesn&rsquo;t necessarily change with each project you take on. The material you pick is mainly based on your personal preference. It&rsquo;s important to pick the material that feels best for you and ensures a comfortable knitting experience.</p> <h4><em><span>Wood</span></em></h4> <p>Wooden knitting needles are very common among knitters as well as bamboo needles! Wooden needles tend to be more expensive, but bamboo is a cheaper and similar alternative. These needles offer users an even knitting speed and a warm, soft touch that you don&rsquo;t get with plastic or metal needles which can be cold.</p> <h4><em><span>Plastic</span></em></h4> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for the cheapest needles, plastic knitting needles may be for you. They&rsquo;re a wise choice if you&rsquo;re just starting knitting and want to test the waters without making a big dent in your wallet. Plastic needles come in bigger sizes so they&rsquo;re perfect if your project calls for bigger stitches. They are also lightweight and easy on the hands.</p> <h4><em>Metal</em></h4> <p>Metal knitting needles are the most durable of needles, being made out of aluminum, nickel, or brass. Because of their smooth surface, they offer users a faster knitting speed.</p> <h4><em><span>Other</span></em></h4> <p>Needles can be made of many other different materials such as glass or resin. If you&rsquo;re looking for something unique or just more density, these options may interest you.</p> <h3>Knitting Needle Styles</h3> <h4><em><span>Straight Needles</span></em></h4> <p>The most common style of needles is straight knitting needles. These can be found in many sizes and they work best for smaller projects that don&rsquo;t have a lot of yarn sitting on the needles while you work. These can be used to create baby blankets, scarves, and wraps.</p> <h4><em><span>Circular Needles</span></em></h4> <p>The most versatile style of needles is <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Fixed-Circular.htm">circular needles</a>. They come with two short pointed ends attached by a cord. They come in varying lengths. They can be used for projects of most sizes, though they&rsquo;re more commonly used in larger projects since the cord offers more space for the stitches. Also, the weight of large projects can sit along the cord and on your lap, which makes for a more comfortable knitting experience.</p> <h4><em><span>Double Pointed Needles</span></em></h4> <p><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/NEEDLES--HOOKS/Double-Point.htm">Double pointed needles</a> come with points at both ends of the stick. They&rsquo;re great for knitting in the round, so they&rsquo;re best equipped for knitting hats, beanies, or socks.</p> <h3>How to Choose Knitting Needles</h3> <p>This guide should help bring you more insight into the different types of needles there are and what they&rsquo;re better used for. This information can help you pick the right type depending on your project and preferences. In the end, it&rsquo;s important to try different needles out and pick the one that works best for you.</p> <h3>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> </div> How to Reclaim Used Yarn http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9923 <div style="text-align: left;"><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1000x667_92557503_m_1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="667" align="" /><br /> <h2><strong><span>Maybe you have an old project you got halfway through knitting and forgot about. Or maybe you knit something you haven&rsquo;t found use for. Whatever the case, there&rsquo;s a way to get back that yarn and reuse it!</span></strong></h2> <p>It happens to all of us &ndash; you get tired of a project or you knit something that just doesn&rsquo;t look as good as you thought it would and you don&rsquo;t want to miss out on using the material to knit something new. We&rsquo;re all for sustainability and doing our part to not let materials go to waste so, learning how to reuse yarn across different projects is a game changer!</p> <h3><strong><span>Getting Started</span></strong></h3> <p>In this tutorial, we&rsquo;ll take you step by step on how to reclaim the yarn you&rsquo;ve chosen. Take the project you&rsquo;ll be reclaiming &ndash; it can be wool or cotton, the process is the same for both. You&rsquo;re also going to need a container large enough to soak the material you&rsquo;ll be undoing. Lastly, have some yarn on hand that is at least a few shades lighter than the color of what you&rsquo;re soaking to avoid any color from running.</p> <h3><strong><span>Step One: Unravel Your Yarn</span></strong></h3> <p>To start off, go back to where you last left off in the project or go to the cast-off end and begin unraveling the yarn that you&rsquo;ve knitted. As you&rsquo;re pulling it out, begin to wrap the yarn around into a ball to avoid any tangles and knotting.</p> <h3><strong><span>Step Two: Prepare Your Unraveled Yarn</span></strong></h3> <p>After you&rsquo;ve pulled out and unraveled all of the yarn you&rsquo;ll be reusing, make it into a <a href="https://www.marthastewart.com/1536241/hank-skein-ball-yarn-differences-explained">hank</a>. You can do this with a book, clipboard, or a similar flat surface. If you have a lot more yarn than what fits on a book, you can use the back of a chair, or a swift or winder if you have one.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve made the yarn into a hank, find the ends of the yarn and make sure they&rsquo;re placed going in the natural direction of how they&rsquo;re winded. To prevent the hank from falling apart, cut a couple of strands of the lighter yarn we mentioned earlier and you&rsquo;re going to tie them around the hank you made. Make sure you tie one of them where your ends cross.</p> <h3><strong><span>Step Three: Time to Soak</span></strong></h3> <p>Now that your hank is secured, take your container of room temperature water and completely submerge it in the water. Make sure the top part also gets wet. Be careful not to use hot water &ndash; your yarn might shrink and if it&rsquo;s wool, it may felt.</p> <p>As you&rsquo;ve soaked it, start stretching the yarn a bit so that the curls created from being stitched can relax. After this, let everything soak for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, start looking for the next <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/PATTERNS.htm">pattern</a> you&rsquo;ll create with the reclaimed yarn!</p> <h3><strong><span>Step Four: Dry Your Yarn</span></strong></h3> <p>When ready, take out your yarn and begin to squeeze out any water without twisting it. You can also remove excess moisture by wrapping it in a towel and squeezing gently &ndash; no rubbing. Do this as many times as necessary until your yarn is no longer dripping water.</p> <p>Put the hank on a hanger and leave it out to dry somewhere without direct sunlight. Once it&rsquo;s dry, remove ties and gently wind it back up into a loose ball to avoid stretching.</p> <p>You now have reclaimed yarn that is ready to use for a new project!</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> </div> How to Avoid Pain When Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9914 <h2><strong><span><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1000x667_128311629_m_1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="667" align="" /><br />When you aren&rsquo;t knitting comfortably, your body will start to exhibit pain that can lead to injury. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re covering ways to improve your posture, safety, and efficiency in knitting, so you won&rsquo;t have to stop doing what you love.</span></strong></h2> <h3><strong><span>Take a Break to Stretch and Move Around</span></strong></h3> <p>We&rsquo;ve all been there: getting so wrapped up in a project you lose track of time and forget to take care of yourself. Being in a fixed position while knitting for so long will have you feeling pain in your hands, arms, shoulders, and many more parts of your body.</p> <p>Although knitting brings amazing benefits for your mind and body, too much of a good thing can be bad. This is why it&rsquo;s very important to take periodic breaks if you plan on knitting for a long time. Try timing yourself or setting a recurring alarm to remind you to stop and get up from knitting. It can also help to put the alarm clock in a different room, that way you can&rsquo;t avoid getting up to turn it off.</p> <p>When you&rsquo;ve taken a break, try out some&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mybluprint.com/article/stretches-to-beat-hand-stiffness">hand stretches</a>! These are good for warming up and reducing stiffness.</p> <h3><strong><span>Check Your Sitting Posture</span></strong></h3> <p>Similar to office ergonomics, being in the proper position to knit is crucial to avoid pain and injury. As you&rsquo;re sitting, keep your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Also, make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor. Be sure to avoid crossing your legs &ndash; your feet must be touching the ground to take some of the strain off your back. Lastly, choose a chair with an armrest to support your elbows.</p> <p><strong>Bonus:</strong>&nbsp;Try knitting on the go! You don&rsquo;t have to stop knitting to get your body moving. Put your yarn in a small bag and take your knitting project for a nice stroll.</p> <h3><strong><span>Keep Warm</span></strong></h3> <p>Did you know the cold makes your muscles stiffen and tighten? While knitting in a cold environment, your muscles will be tenser, and repetitive movements could cause pain more easily. Pick a warm room and park yourself there. If you have a fireplace in your home, that&rsquo;d be the perfect place to go.</p> <p>Bring out the wool! You probably have a few wool projects from the past that you can use for this purpose. Pick out a cozy sweater or shawl from your collection to stay warm while you knit something new.</p> <p>After sitting down with a project, it would also be helpful to use heat to relax your muscles. You can use a warm compress or heating pad on your neck, shoulders, and back. And if you&rsquo;re going for a shower, turn up the heat to turn your bathroom into a sauna! Your body will thank you later.</p> <h3><strong><span>Try New Knitting Needles</span></strong></h3> <p>Every knitter is different, so what works for someone else might not work for you. Either way, we had to bring up <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Set-KP-FC-Trendz-The-Traveler-x38268394.htm">circular needles</a>. Circular needles, as opposed to straight needles, tend to be more versatile. They involve two hard tips joined together by a flexible cord. Working with circulars will make it a lot easier for your body because the needle holds more of the weight of the project.</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <span>If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</span> Measuring Wraps Per Inch (WPI) http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9901 <h2><strong><span><img width="1000" height="666" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/1000x666_screen_shot_2020_08_17_at_105415_ampng.png" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /><br />Have you found loose yarn with no labels you want to use for your next project? Don&rsquo;t let it go to waste. Just use a wraps per inch tool to determine the weight of the yarn.</span></strong></h2> <p>We&rsquo;ve all experienced that moment. The relief of finding a bunch of yarn you haven&rsquo;t used! But you realize you threw out the labels and now you have no idea if these mystery skeins will work for your project. Don&rsquo;t worry! A tool was invented precisely for this reason.</p> <h3><strong><span>What is Wraps Per Inch (WPI)?</span></strong></h3> <p>Wraps per inch is a measurement used by weavers, spinners, knitters, and crocheters. It&rsquo;s helpful for identifying the weight, or thickness, of yarn when you no longer have the label to reference it to. There are many ways to do this, but we&rsquo;ve found the <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/WPI-Tool-Kit-x6612885.htm">Wraps Per Inch Tool Kit</a> to be extremely handy! With this kit, it&rsquo;s been so much easier to find the weight, gauge, and the right needles to use.</p> <h3><strong><span>Quick Guide to Measuring with the WPI Tool<img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/800x581_screen_shot_2020_08_17_at_105434_ampng.png" alt="" width="800" height="581" align="" /><br /></span></strong></h3> <p>Pictured above is the WPI Tool Kit (and <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/c/p/Natural-Cotton-Multicolor-Premium-Circulo-x47055483.htm">Natural Cotton Circulo Yarn</a> in color #9438) which brings the measurement tool and Knit-Kard.</p> <ol> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Holding the nifty measuring tool in one hand, take the tail of loose yarn and slide it through the top slit to hold it in place.</li> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Once the tail is secured, take the rest of the strand down towards the wooden handle. Begin twisting it around the handle and continue to do this until you reach the one-inch mark. For yarns with lots of character, such as &ldquo;hairy&rdquo; yarn, you&rsquo;ll need to allow more space between each wrap, so continue wrapping through the two or three-inch mark. Make sure the yarn is snug, but not too tight in order to avoid inaccurate measurements. The wraps should lay close together, side by side, and there should be no overlapping.</li> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Once you&rsquo;ve completed wrapping it around, the number of times you count a loop around the handle is your WPI number. For the other types of yarn mentioned that should go past one inch, divide the total number of loops by the number of inches you reached to get an accurate WPI number.</li> <li><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Use your WPI number and find it on the corresponding Knit-Kard. If you don&rsquo;t have a Knit-Kard, you may get an idea of your measurement by using <a href="https://www.ravelry.com/help/yarn/weights">Ravelry&rsquo;s Weight Table</a>. The Knit-Kard serves as the reference to determine the category of yarn your WPI number belongs to.</li> </ol> <p>And there you have it! The WPI Tool Kit makes measuring so simple! For knitting on-the-go, you can even store the Knit-Kard in your wallet for easy access.</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p>Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you&rsquo;re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.</p> Counting Your Stitch Rows in Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9862 <img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/900x600_blogrowpng.png" alt="" width="900" height="600" align="" /> <h2><strong><span>If you&rsquo;re just getting started with knitting, you&rsquo;ll soon realize how easy it is to lose track of your knitting project. Identifying the rows in a stitch is one of the first things you should nail. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re going to show you how to count your rows!</span></strong></h2> <h3><strong><span>What Are Rows and Why do They Matter?</span></strong></h3> <p>As you begin to knit, you will start building one row after another and stacking them on top of each other. For a basic rule of thumb, going left to right on a needle is one row.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to keep track of your rows and learn how to count them across the different stitches you will make especially if you are following a project. You don&rsquo;t want to knit a whole sweater only to find out it&rsquo;s too short because you forgot to count your rows.</p> <p>Make sure you do not count the row at the bottom of your knitting, known as the cast on row, and what&rsquo;s on your needle. You should begin tallying the number of rows you have above the cast on row and finish counting the last row before getting to your knitting needle.</p> <h3><strong><span>Garter Stitch Rows<br /></span></strong></h3> <img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/800x270_67485392_ljpg.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="270" align="" /><br />Garter stitches are made by knitting all rows. This makes for a more durable fabric that doesn&rsquo;t curl. These stitches look like waves due to the interlocking stitch loops. In the image above, we marked four waves or undulations. These four waves represent four rows counted. You may be tempted to count one straight line of stitches curving up as one row and one straight line of stitches curving down as a second row, but make sure you are using all three points of the wave shown above in black to sum one row. <h3><strong><span>Stockinette Stitch Rows<br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/800x168_81448212_ljpg.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="168" align="" /></span></strong></h3> <p>Another common stitch is the stockinette, or stocking, stitch. This stitch is made by knitting one row and then purling another row. It is quickly identifiable by its V-shape. In the image above, we marked four orange V-shaped stitches. Each V is one row which makes our row count four.</p> <h3><strong><span>Reverse Stockinette Stitch Rows<br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/800x208_107342221_ljpg.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="208" align="" /></span></strong></h3> <p>Lastly, the reverse stockinette stitch. This stitch looks a lot like a garter stitch, except it curls just like a stockinette stitch. The reverse stockinette stitch is made by purling stitches on the right side. In the image above, we&rsquo;ve marked four arcs in blue. Each arc represents one row.</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p>Are you a beginner knitter? Do you need one-on-one help to get started with your projects? At Sheep Thrills, we offer private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. If you&rsquo;d like a private lesson, call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule. You can also visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about shopping in-store.</p> Knitting for Beginners http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9854 <div style="text-align: left;"><img width="900" height="600" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/900x600_51963650_l_min_1jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /></div> <h2><strong><span>Getting started with knitting for the first time? We&rsquo;ve put together a guide to show you what you need to know before diving into your first project.</span></strong></h2> <h3><strong><span>Gather Your Materials</span></strong></h3> <p>First thing&rsquo;s first, you&rsquo;re going to need the right tools before beginning. Pretty much all you need is needles and yarn! The tough question is <em>which do you choose</em>?</p> <p>There is an endless amount of options to choose from. You can go to a local yarn store to pick out materials with the help of experts, or you can buy starter kits from online shops. There are also different sizes and types of needles to choose from!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/400x400_beginner_knitterjpg.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="400" align="" /></p> <p><strong>TIP:</strong> For beginners, Sheep Thrills recommends starting with chunky yarn and thicker needles. Not only is chunky yarn fun, but it&rsquo;s easy to work with and grasp as you go through the motions of knitting. Thick needles are great for chunky yarn and allow the row to be more visible, making it easier to see where you&rsquo;re going.</p> <h3><strong><span>Cast On</span></strong></h3> <p>Now that you&rsquo;ve chosen the right materials for you, it&rsquo;s time to start knitting. To start, you&rsquo;re going to need to get the yarn secured onto your needles by casting on. This is the first necessary step to take so you don&rsquo;t have any loose yarn. It&rsquo;s essentially looping and knotting the yarn across your needle.</p> <p>There are many helpful videos and tutorials online showing you the different techniques and steps to take, such as <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Knitting-Lessons-Cast-On-Techniques/">this</a>. You can also participate in our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm">guided knitting classes</a> if you&rsquo;re local to South Florida.</p> <h3><strong><span>Start Knitting Your First Stitch</span></strong></h3> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re following a project or going with the flow, you&rsquo;re all set up to begin stitching! There are many different stitches to follow and create. Some of the most common stitches are the garter stitch and stockinette stitch.</p> <p>This may seem like the hardest part, but practice makes perfect! Knitting is just like any other skill; you need to hone it and develop as a knitter over time. Eventually, the repetitive movements you make while knitting will become almost natural. You&rsquo;ll be able to knit in your sleep in no time!</p> <h3><strong><span>Cast Off</span></strong></h3> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve finished knitting all your rows, it&rsquo;s time to tie it all together with a cast off. All you need to do to get your work off of the needle is cast off each stitch on your right needle with two stitches at a time. On the last stitch, you should cut off a tail and use that to pull through and tighten your stitch. Now, your project is safe and secured!</p> <h3><strong><span>Sheep Thrills in Lauderhill, FL</span></strong></h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a one-stop-shop to start knitting, look no further. Sheep Thrills offers an extensive selection of quality yarns, patterns, specialty kits, and tools to choose from. We&rsquo;ve also grown a tight-knit community of crafters who love sharing their knowledge and passion. Visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online and find more information about our store hours.</p> The Mental Health Benefits of Knitting http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9840 <h2><img width="900" height="600" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/900x600_123246678_m_1jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="" align="" /><br />There&rsquo;s no better moment to talk about mental health than during COVID-19. In times like these filled with stress and anxiety, it&rsquo;s valuable to discover healthy ways to cope. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re here to reveal the mental health benefits of knitting.</h2> <h3>Knitting Improves Mental Health</h3> <p>There are many benefits to yoga and meditation, but pausing your thoughts and attempting to meditate isn&rsquo;t as easy as it sounds. What many don&rsquo;t realize is that knitters are getting the same benefits one stitch at a time. When your mind is racing and it&rsquo;s hard to sit still, reaching for some yarn and a pair of needles could be the answer.</p> <p>Once you overcome the learning curve, knitting becomes almost natural through continuous, rhythmic movements. <a href="https://www.creativehertfordshire.com/networks/creative-hertfordshire/documents/health-benefits-of-knitting.pdf">Research</a> shows that these rhythmic, or repetitive, movements involved in needlework can place you in a state of calmness and relaxation &ndash; just like with meditation. Using both of your hands to continuously work also uses more of your brain capacity. This leaves less room for other thoughts and worries.</p> <p>At Sheep Thrills, we&rsquo;ve always believed knitting could bring us joy in more ways than one. In fact, knitting movements also promote the release of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for creating feelings of well-being and happiness.</p> <h3>Knitting Lowers Your Blood Pressure</h3> <p>In addition to relaxing your mind, you also end up relaxing your body through the motions of knitting. A <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/knitting-linked-to-health-benefits-including-reducing-depression-and-slowing-dementia-report-reveals_uk_5aa63cb0e4b07047bec7feee">Huffington Post</a> article referencing the Harvard Medical School&rsquo;s Mind and Body Institute reveals that there is research to prove that knitting helps lower your blood pressure. Being in a relaxed state as a result of repetitive knitting movements lowers your heart rate by 11 beats per minute, on average.</p> <p>A decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension are all a result of the &ldquo;relaxation response&rdquo; that comes from knitting or crocheting. This response can also help lower the levels of stress hormones in your body.</p> <p>As knitting fanatics, we can become so involved in our project that everything around us seems to fade away. It&rsquo;s thrilling to discover the physiological and psychological links that explain the bliss we find when we pick up our needles and get to work.</p> <h3>Knitting Promotes Social Connection</h3> <p>Gathering with local or virtual knitting groups is a huge step towards improving your social well-being. Whether it&rsquo;s online or eventually in person, there is a whole knitting community ready to welcome you with open arms, or open laptops. Sheep Thrills is proud to have an amazing local community of fellow knitters. Although we can&rsquo;t host Social Knitting, we are still offering <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm">Guided Knitting</a> classes at our store in Lauderhill, FL. These classes are limited in space to adhere to all local and state guidelines.</p> <h3>Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re ready to reap the benefits of knitting, look no further. Whether you&rsquo;re looking to order your next <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/Pandemic-Project-Kits.htm">pandemic project</a> online or wanting to meet other knitters at your local South Florida yarn shop, Sheep Thrills is the place where knitters unwind. Visit our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/">website</a> to shop online and find more information about our store hours.</p> The Knitted Dollhouse by Sophia Minakais http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9215 <h2>Meet the author Sophia Minakais on March 17, from 4-8 pm for a book signing and demonstration.&nbsp;</h2> <h2><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/245x326_knitted_dollhouse_1jpg.jpg" alt="" width="245" height="326" align="" /><br /><br />With its unique, one-of-a-kind design, <em>The Knitted Dollhouse</em> brings you a crafting project sure to thrill makers and recipients of every age. &nbsp;</h2> <p>She will also be demonstrating the Modified Bickford Seam, which results in a flat, invisible vertical seam&mdash;perfect for anything knit with stockinette stitch (including garments). Bring along 2 stockinette swatches and an extra length of yarn (for seaming), and you will learn this fantastic technique!</p> <p>The dollhouse stands 12.5&rdquo; tall, 13&rdquo; wide and 8&rdquo; deep. It opens to lay flat, revealing five interior rooms along with a swimming pool surrounded by a lush, green lawn and a garage to hold the family car. There are 33 movable pieces of furniture and a family of five that tuck away inside the house for easy storage and transport.&nbsp;</p> <p>So gather up your yarn and get ready for a fun evening!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Sophia Minakais</strong></p> <p>Sophia first learned the basics of knitting from her dear grandmother, at the age of 8. While grateful for the guidance, she had the antsy boredom shared by most eight-year-olds, so knitting was set aside for a bit.</p> <p>When she turned 12, her parents gave her a basket full of yarn, needles, videos and books to see if it would, naturally, re-kindle an interest. With no nudging needed, she took flight. She spent hours eagerly pouring over all of the materials in that basket. Thirsting for more knowledge, she used every method available to diligently delve deeper into the craft.</p> <p>After gaining a firm command of many techniques through self-education and creating numerous gifts for loved ones, she informed her parents that she wanted to start a knitting business. Her desire was to design patterns and she soon launched her online business &ndash; Knitting the Natural Way &ndash; in 2015.</p> <p>While she greatly enjoys designing knitwear, toys are one of Sophia&rsquo;s favorite things to knit. She has designed numerous educational, knitted toy patterns to include a mix &rsquo;n match card game to challenge a child&rsquo;s memory; alpha-numeric blocks that are just the right size for small hands &ndash; to teach vowels, consonants, odd and even numbers; geometric shapes, rainbow stacking rings for learning colors and more.</p> <p>Originally, Sophia&rsquo;s plan was to publish these and other patterns together, in book format, along with her largest toy pattern &ndash; The Knitted Dollhouse. However, when it came time to (self-) publish, it was determined that The Knitted Dollhouse deserved a book all its own. &nbsp;</p> <p>The dollhouse stands 12.5&rdquo; tall, 13&rdquo; wide and 8&rdquo; deep. It opens to lay flat, revealing five interior rooms (kitchen / living room / parent&rsquo;s bedroom / two child bedrooms) along with a swimming pool surrounded by a lush, green lawn and a garage to hold the family car. There are 33 movable pieces of furniture and a family of five which tuck away inside the house for easy storage and transport.</p> <p>Perfect for group knitting, <em>The Knitted Dollhouse</em> is an heirloom project to share with children and grandchildren for countless hours of quality time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Useful Links http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8553 <h4 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h4> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/Pandemic-Project-Kits.htm" target="_blank">Pandemic Project Kits<br /></a><br /><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-MANUFACTURER/Cascade-Yarns-Inc/p/Llamerino-Cascade-x28790556.htm" target="_blank">Shop Llamerino<br /><br /></a><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/YARNS-BY-MANUFACTURER/Urth.htm" target="_blank">Shop URTH Yarns</a><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/Pandemic-Project-Kits.htm" target="_blank"><br /><br /></a><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop.htm" target="_blank">Shop Products</a></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm"><br /></a></span><br />&nbsp;<span>Become a&nbsp;</span><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/newsletter-signup.htm" target="_blank">Thrill Seeker</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><br />See Perks for&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/weaving-and-knitting-at-sea-2020.htm">Weaving and Knitting at Sea<br /><br /><span>&nbsp;</span><span></span></a><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/classes.htm">Class Schedule&nbsp;</a></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Deluxe Designer Canvas Bags from See Design http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8411 <p>We&rsquo;re having a <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/BAGS--CASES/p/deLuxe-Designer-Canvas-Bag-x26037212.htm " target="_blank">sale on these gorgeous tote bags</a>. Carry your projects in style this summer with these made to travel totes in a variety of bold and bright colors&mdash;all at spectacular savings.</p> <p>All Donna Gorman&rsquo;s totes are made from 100% heavy weight cotton canvas, which is printed on both sides from contrasting hand painted designs and have heavy duty zip top closures.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/BAGS--CASES/p/deLuxe-Designer-Canvas-Bag-x26037212.htm " target="_blank">Sheep Thrills stock</a>&nbsp;features two styles: Medium Square Tote and The Weekender.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/BAGS--CASES/p/deLuxe-Designer-Canvas-Bag-x26037212.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/421x632_see_design_bags_1png.png" alt="" width="421" height="632" align="" /></a><br /><br /></p> <p>The Medium Square Tote measures 12"L x 12"D x 7"W (excluding the handle) and has an inside pocket.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Weekender measures 25"L x 16"D x 9"W (excluding the handle) and is large enough to hold a small loom.</p> <p>As <a href="https://www.seedesignshop.com" target="_blank">her website notes</a>, Donna Gorman began See Design in 2008, combining her vision, her love of pattern, her passion for travel, and her pursuit of beauty in accessible, everyday objects. She custom prints her colorful, hand painted patterns in India and has them sewn into basic designed lifestyle products.</p> <p>Trained as a photojournalist, Donna has kept her photojournalist&rsquo;s instinct for connecting with details of everyday life. Her designs are often born in the images she captures with her camera during her travels to exotic locales. The photographs serve as inspiration- visual field notes- to be transformed with brush and vivid colors into paintings that are ultimately reproduced into her patterns.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="https://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/shop/BAGS--CASES/p/deLuxe-Designer-Canvas-Bag-x26037212.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/416x625_see_design_bags_2png.png" alt="" width="416" height="625" align="" /></a></p> Knitting Nurses http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8369 <p><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/nursesweek_1.png" alt="" width="1178" height="774" align="" /><br /><br />On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, our own Patti Jacobson taught a Beginning Knitting Class at <a href="https://westcoastuniversity.edu/campuses/miami.html" target="_blank">West Coast University</a>'s newest campus is located in Miami, Florida. The class was part of Nurses Week festivities for the college and its students</p> <p>Sheep Thrills taught administrators and nursing instructors knitting up a storm&mdash;lots of learning and laughter for all participants. Everyone had a great time!<br /><br />Check our album on Facebook for more photos of this fun event.<br /><br /></p> <iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmedia%2Fset%2F%3Fset%3Da.2310115239203157%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="621" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> Three Reasons Why I Created Sheep Thrills by Patti Jacobson http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8360 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img-responsive" src="https://media.rainpos.com/3991/patti_jacobson.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="470" align="" />&nbsp;</p> <p><em>by Patti Jacobson</em><br /><br />When I retired from a career in education a local knitting shop closed its doors. I&rsquo;ve been knitting and sewing for long time and thought this to be an opportunity to open a new door in my life.</p> <p>1. <strong>Creating for the Next Generation</strong></p> <p>Knitters, crocheters, and weavers are all active crafters and makers. I wanted to create a place that not only served my community in South Florida&mdash;with <a href="/classes.htm" target="_blank">robust classes</a>, guest teachers, and trunk shows&mdash;but offer an online store featuring our quality goods as well.</p> <p>2. <strong>Offering the Best Supplies</strong></p> <p>With our store, once you come in, you see our extensive selection of lush yarns&mdash;in every color way, avant-garde patterns, pre-assembled specialty kits, and industry-leading notions. The best supplies surround you. And everything we carry in the store, you will <a href="/shop.htm" target="_blank">find online</a>&nbsp;as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>3. <strong>Shaping a Tight-knit Family</strong></p> <p>When you are here, you&rsquo;re family. Makers and crafters are by nature communal and happy to share their knowledge. We have a huge round table in the center of our store for that very reason. You can come in, shop the yarns, visit the needle room, and have a cup of coffee while you dream up your next project.</p> <p>For all these reasons, my second home is Sheep Thrills. All of our customers are family&mdash;and we all share the same dog, Ralphie.<br /><br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3991/ralphies_party.jpg" alt="" width="960" height="880" align="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> MLK Day http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8091 <span style="font-family: comic sans ms, sans-serif; font-size: 18pt;">On January 15, 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 90 years old had he not been assassinated on April 4, 1968. In 1986 the third Monday in January was made a federal holiday to honor his memory and achievements. Most of us remember Dr. King as a civil rights leader.&nbsp; He was in fact much more. He was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.&nbsp; He was a voice for poor people, who had no other voice. He took the baton from Gandhi and was the icon for non-violent activism. During his life Dr. King was beloved and despised. Making his birthday a federal holiday was not without considerable controversy.&nbsp; But with each passing year is memory grows brighter. His personal shortcomings have become irrelevant</span>