Friday, October 17, 2014

New: Perfection Lights

You asked for it, and we heard you! Customers have been asking for yarn with a bit of sparkle in it, and we think you'll really like this one.

Kraemer's Perfection continues to be one of our all-time most popular yarns, so we're really excited to be able to offer you Perfection Lights Worsted. Like its non-sparkly cousin, Perfection Lights is an easy care, classic worsted weight blend of superwash merino and acrylic, but with the addition of a tinsel-like polyester thread.

Here's a closer look at the colors we have in stock. The rich palette is, well, perfect for fall and winter knitting. What will you make with this yarn--a festive hat? elegant evening shawl or cowl? blinged-out Christmas stocking?

Perfection Lights Worsted comes in a 200-yard ball for $7.50.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Fall" in love with fosters

Welcome to another installment of kitten cuteness! We're pleased to announce that two of our current four fosters have been pre-adopted. Now let's find homes for the other two.

Astor (left) is a fun-loving girl who has the biggest, prettiest eyes. Just look at that adorable face! She has beautiful swirled tabby markings and sweet little white paws.

Benson (or Benny, as we call him) was under the weather for a bit, but antibiotics perked him right up and now he just loves to play and explore! But his very favorite thing is to be held and cuddled. Benny has a nice loud purr to show you how happy he is. Honestly, he's just about the sweetest kitten we've ever fostered--and that's really saying something!

During the month of October, Dekalb County Animal Services is running a Fall In Love adoption event. That means all adoptions (including our fosters) are FREE. This includes spay/neuter, microchip, and up-to-date vaccines.

Wouldn't you like a new furry friend to snuggle on these chilly autumn evenings? Contact DCAS and apply to adopt Astor and/or Benson today!

Monday, October 13, 2014

New: Camy's Body Butters

We're pleased to announce another addition to the roster of local artisans whose products we carry at Sheepish: Carmela Akinsuyi, creator of Camy's Body Butters!

Photo via Camy's Natural Skin Products

Carmela says, "Camy's Natural Body Butters are all natural homemade products primarily made with quality refined Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. There are no fillers in my products."

Carry a jar of this body butter in your project bag to keep your hands smooth and snag-free while you knit or crochet. Choose from a variety of delicious fragrances, or keep things simple with the unscented version.

Photo via Camy's Natural Skin Products

Stop by to try this creamy, dreamy body butter for yourself! Grab some extra jars to stock up for the dry winter months, or to give as gifts. As always, we encourage you to support local artisans whenever you can.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New: Transitions yarn

Do you love yarns with loooooong color repeats? Are you a fan of fingering weight? If so, you'll be very excited about Transitions.

From Done Roving, the fine folks who make the popular Frolicking Feet sock yarn, Transitions is a pre-wound, 480-yd. cake of fingering weight, superwash wool. Each colorway has four transitions of color based on the Frolicking Feet colors.

The cake comes in this handy clear bowl so you can see all the beautiful colors, while still keeping your yarn clean and contained. The bowl has a hole to dispense the yarn through, so it sits still while you knit. Clever!

The fine gauge and long color repeats make this yarn an ideal choice for shawls. Done Roving has some stunning examples up on their web site. Hurry in to the shop and grab this great yarn for yourself, soon--people starting buying it straight out of the box before we even had a chance to price it or add it to our inventory system!

By the way, that box also contained our fall shipment of Frolicking Feet. Lots of new colors here, in addition to old favorites. Come and get 'em!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cozy up to Hand Paint Sock

Many of you who were here for Shop Hop were excited about the multi-colored yarn we used for our shop sample.

Detail of our Shop Hop shawl.

Those pretty, artistic colors are courtesy of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock. The colorway used in the shawl is called Treasure. We have quite a few other fabulous colorways in stock as well. See?

So many pretty colors!

Hand Paint Sock is a delicious blend of 50% superfine alpaca, 30% merino wool, 10% silk, & 10% nylon. It comes in a 436-yd. hank (which, course, we'll gladly wind for you on our ball winder when you purchase it here).

Misti Alpaca has plenty of pattern support for this yarn on their web site. Sock-wise, the color changes of this yarn are really best displayed in simple designs like these.

Maybe the softness and fine gauge of HPS make you think about items for the little ones in your life. The Misti Alpaca web site offers this cute set for ages 1-5 years.

For those who think this yarn might be a bit too luxurious for socks or kids' stuff, how about using it in a pretty scarf? Lisa Bruce's Favorite Scarf Ever was designed with HPS in mind. It's a free Ravelry download and takes only one skein.

Need more ideas, for this or any other yarn?  Come on in and we'll help you brainstorm! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The wild bunch

This is a first for us--fostering four kittens who aren't littermates. These cute "singletons" arrived from Dekalb County Animal Services yesterday and they aren't yet sure what to make of all this. They had a pretty crazy day getting used to each other and adjusting to foster care. We'll introduce them to you with the names DCAS gave them.

Benson says he's settling in just fine, thank you very much. This handsome fuzzball is a total love bug who likes nothing better than being held and cuddled.

Sue is the shy one of the group. The first day, she spent most of her time hiding from the other kittens and growling. She was scared out of her poor little mind. She's starting to relax now, and has been having fun chasing her tail and playing with the jingle bell toy.

Astor, on the other hand, is no wallflower. She might be the smallest of the group, but she's also the most fearless. Loves climbing, jumping, and wrestling with the boys. And look at those huge eyes! Sheesh, could she be any cuter?

And then there's the unphotographable Starsky. The camera batteries went dead in the process of trying to get a good shot of this guy. As you can see, he's a feisty little thing. He's not shy about meowing to get your attention, and when he gets it, he rewards you with a super-loud purr.

These adorable beasts aren't big enough to go to their forever homes yet, but if you're interested in adopting one or more of them, contact DCAS and fill out the paperwork ASAP. Adoptions are free during the month of September!