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2144 Queen St E
Toronto, ON
416.691.6320
April 2010
Happy April!
April is upon us and that means spring and summer is well on it's way. Although the warmer weather is pretty close, you still have time to start on knit items for your summer wardrobe (see our newest sample down below), you can get a jump on your winter/gift knits or knit like us - knit or crochet toys, Korkinesse and eggs!  Quick, easy and oh so cute:
 
Sophie from ysolda.com 
                April Sophie eggs2 

We are pleased to announce we are participating in the Downtown Knit Collective's Annual Knitter's Frolic on May 8th.  For more details, please go the DKC website, HERE.  The DKC has some awesome instructors teaching great classes, including Kate Atherley and Fiona Ellis! 
 
PSST - we will have a bunch of new yarn not seen at our shop to debut! 

dkc

 
On May 12th, we are holding OUR annual Yarn Swap, and expanded the items to include, books, needles, other crafty hobbies you have long given up and Finished Objects you know you will never use.  This year's event is going to be bigger than ever, so reserving your spot is essential!  More details to come as we get closer to the date.
 
 
 
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April is ALPACA Month at The Sheep!
 
For the entire month of April, all yarn with Alpaca content is 20% off regular price!
 
That includes our ever popular Alpaca Peru, Alpaca Sox, Inca Alpaca, Baby Alpaca Sport, just to name a few!
 
Only exception is Viola Fancy Sock, and alpaca yarns already on sale, no special orders, no holds.
 
alpaca
Learn To Spin On A Wheel!   3 SPOTS LEFT
Julia Lee, Ontario Master Handspinner is back!  Our last class was full and with three spots, left and we still have wheels to borrow during class, if you have thought of learning to spin, now is the time!
 
Class Description:
Learn how to work with your spinning wheel to create beautiful useable yarns from a master handspinner. This series of classes will be geared to the absolute beginner and "still pretty new at it" spinner. It will cover adjusting the wheel to optimize success, learning to treadle, spinning a continuous single thread, and plying.


For the first three lessons we will concentrate on spinning wool. After that, who knows...! Take sometime for yourself after the holidays and learn how to spin yarn on a spinning wheel.

Our class is designed for the absolute beginner! Spinning is so relaxing and therapeutic and like knitting totally addictive. We have three wheels for you to borrow during the class if you don't currently have one!

Cost and Dates: $125, includes roving. April 10th, 17th, May 1st and May 8th

9am to 11am (4-two hour sessions)
Maximum Participants: 6 - 3 spots left
 
If you have a wheel, please bring it in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate, solid-coloured apron or lap cloth .

wheel

Beginner Knitter's Group
We are introducing a night just for YOU. Do you need help reading a pattern, getting started, help with fixing mistakes? Then this night is for you!!!!!

The first Thursday of each month is dedicated to helping you increase your knitting skills. This monthly workshop is suited to beginner knitters who need help starting a first project, understanding a pattern, help with anything to get you going or just want to knit and socialize with other beginner knitters in a warm welcoming environment.

Please bring your pattern, materials and be ready to get started on the path to knitting greatness.
 
Next  Class: April 1st, 6-8pm
Cost: $20, please register
 
 
New Summer yarns and books
Oh my, oh my, oh my!   We received so many summer yummy yarns that I don't know which yarn to knit with first, but I did decide - see our sample section. Thankfully each yarn package arrived with great pattern support!
 
First off, Classic Elite Firefly. This yarn is a stunning 75% viscose 25% linen sport weight yarn. It has a beautiful sheen to it that combines so well with its rustic texture! Each 50 gram ball has 155 yards and costs $12. Check out our tank top made with just 5 balls of this awesome yarn:

firefly

Debbie Bliss Amalfi. A DK weight blend of 70% cotton, 15% viscose, 10% linen and 5% silk. Each ball has 100 metres and costs $ 7.95.   How about knitting a tank, scarf or little shawlette?  This yarn would really work with most projects!

amalfi

Noro Aya. A stunning light worsted weight, this yarn is a blend of 50% cotton, 35% silk and15% wool. Each ball has 135 metres and costs $9.95.  It is so hard to photograph Noro's awesome colourways, so here is your excuse to drop by to see and feel for yourself how awesome this yarn really is! 

aya 1

A new yarn from Mirasol. Lachiwa is a DK weight 60% pima cotton 40% linen blend. Each skein has 123 yards and costs just $6.95. Six pretty sping inspired shades just arrived. 

lachiwa

Nashua Creative Focus Linen, a worsted weight 50/50 linen cotton blend from Nashua. This yarn feels great, comes in some fantastic colours and has 220 yards for $11! Yippeee! 

      nashua 1            nashua 2
                                                 
 
New Books:
 
New Debbie Bliss Baby Book            Knitwear Design Book                   Debbie Bliss Amalfi Collection
Painted Fleece Lace New              Painted Fleece Lace New               amalfi book
Newest Samples!  Come on in and get some inspiration!
What just came off our needles?  Check out these awesome samples!
 
Strappy Tank in Firefly.
I used 5 balls of this awesome yarn. I made just a few changes, I added an extra 1/2 inch to the body, knit 4 rows of K1 P1 ribbing at the bottom to prevent it from curling up and knit the i-cord straps to 6" not, the 10 & 1/2" the pattern states. 

tank top

 
Citron, the next viral knit to hit the internet since the Clapotis scarf. Designed with Malabrigo Lace (which we have btw), we knit ours with 3 skeins of Elizabeth Lavold Silky Wool, potentially one of the best yarns on the planet:
 

April Citron

 
 Never Not Knitting's Leg Warmies in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. One ball will make a pair, but we like the two colour options. The pattern is free with purchase of yarn.

Leg warmies

Sprout Baby Blanket, Classic Elite 100% organic cotton arrived and I had to knit something with this chunky cotton yarn and what better use than the dish cloth blanket, knit with four skeins.  It has already been tested out by our sweet Alana:  

baby 4

           

 

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The Naked Sheep Team,
 
Lisa, Kim, Emily, Naomi and Lorraine
 
 
 
Hours: 
 
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 6pm
Wednesdays - Our Knit Nights! Please feel to drop in and knit - open late until about 10:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
 
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