Sunday, July 27, 2008

Introducing...Pima Petite

Pima Petite is the newest Unique Sheep yarn, and perfect for the heat of summer and early fall, or year round for those of you in warmer climates. Its softness makes it ideal for baby items or for those with wool allergies. But even wool-lovers will fall for this high quality, silky cotton. When one of our designers first tried it, this is what she had to say...

"And can I just say, this yarn is incredible? It doesn’t feel like any cotton I’ve ever touched - it feels more like cashmere! You’re going to want to use the suggested yarn for this one"

Pima Petite is now available on our website, as well as through a number of our vendors including Eat. Sleep. Knit. and Wool Girl. Very soon we will also have patterns designed specifically for Pima Petite for washcloth sets and a cute summer top!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Guess who's getting married?

In a little under five days I'll be tying the knot with my honey of 8 years- Chris. I'll be dyeing yarn until 3 days before the wedding, and back at it once I get back from our honeymoon (4 nights at a B&B in the mountains), but if you place an order during the next week please be patient-- your order may be delayed a few days. I'll have my laptop with me and can be reached my email in case of an emergency, but might not be answering non-emergency emails during my honeymoon. Can you blame me? Anyway...

How does a hand dyer celebrate getting married? By dyeing a special colorway inspired by the beautiful Italian vineyard where shes having her wedding, of course! We are having both our ceremony and reception at a vineyard near our hometown in North Carolina. So I guess its not really an Italian vineyard, but the wine is in the Italian style and the Villa looks like Tuscany. The vineyard and the colorway are named Raffaldini- the name of the Italian family that owns the place. The colors you see when you visit the vineyard are the brick red of the terra cotta roof tiles, the creamy gold of the stucco walls and the green of the rolling hills of grape vines. Can't you taste the chianti already?

The best part about getting married (other than that whole soul mate, life partner bit) are all the great knitting opportunities. I have knit socks for my bridal party (no, they don't have to wear them during the JULY wedding, they are for them to enjoy during cooler weather!), crocheted lace edgings on handkerchiefs for our moms and grandmothers, knit wire & bead jewelry as thank you presents for nearly all the women who helped in anyway, and knit myself a shawl and stockings to go with my gown! When I had my bridal portrait done a few weeks ago we took a few shots showcasing my shawl and stockings. Want a sneak peak?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Raffle for a Cause

This is completely unrelated to the Unique Sheep, but I feel compelled to share. Susan of Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm (the awesome fiber CSA collective) is having a HUGE raffle with all the proceeds going to provide support for her uncle who was recently paralyzed (nearly killed) in an accident. Visit her blog and read the story she tells about her aunt and uncle-- truly amazing, selfless people. Anyway, I've contacted her to see if the Unique Sheep can donate a prize to help with her raffle, but more importantly I want to encourage you to go buy a ticket or two. Each ticket is only $10 and the prizes are worth far, far more.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Its after midnight in most of the US now, so its time to announce our 4th of July Sale! For one day only (July 4th) take 50% off your order of any yarn in the America colorway. We've never offered our yarn at such a low price before, so don't miss this opportunity. Place your order on this page, but be quick, the sale ends in 24 hours!

*Not familiar with American holidays? The 4th of July is our Independence day, the day we celebrate our freedom from British rule. Normal festivities include barbeques, parades, fireworks and plenty of Red, White and Blue!

End of the Quarter

The end of June not only signifies the official start of summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but its also the end of the 2nd quarter of the business year. This means taxes and paperwork, but also one fun thing that I always look forward to. At the end of each quarter I determine how many skeins of each yarn we have sold in the Doctors without Borders colorway and calculate how much money we have raised for the organization. The Unique Sheep donates 50% of our income from sales of Doctors without Borders yarn/fiber. That means that if you buy a $20 skein of Verve in the Drs colorway, we donate $10. Basically we cover our expenses and donate everything else. This quarter, we raised a little over $100. And because Doctors without Borders makes efficient use of their funds, over 90% of the money donated will go directly to program services, such as providing health care in places of war and conflict, responding to natural and man-made disasters and fighting epidemics. Thank you to everyone who has included a skein of Doctors without Borders yarn in their order. Every order helps us donate more. And remember, any of our yarn or roving can be ordered in the Doctors without Borders colorway and 50% is donated. So what are you waiting for? Lets try to raise even more this quarter!