SHEEP THRILLS News http://www.sheepthrillsknitting.comhttps://www.sheepthrillsknitting.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:32:29 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 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>