A Million and One Things

It is surprisingly hard to write a blog post after having not written one in a while. It isn’t as if nothing has happened, that I have stopped knitting, that we have stopped selling yarn. In fact, a lot has happened, I am still knitting (or I would be crazy) and we are definitely selling yarn.

So I am going to highlight some news and then get back to regular posting schedule.

The hottest selling yarn both online at Polkadotsheep.com and in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe has been our very own PDS Yarn line of hand dyed yarns. We are so thankful to all our customers both new and old that have been making this venture such a success. The yarn is flying off the shelves so fast that Jennifer, our dyer, had to double her dying capacity. Here is a photo of part of her new set up. What you see here is her dye pots.

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In addition to dying our existing lines, we are rolling out our new DK line, Stumptown DK. I am personally very thrilled with this new development as DK is probably my favorite overall weight of yarn. It is currently available in limited quantities and colors but more is being added weekly. If you are starting to think about your new fall sweater, consider using a DK weight and give Stumptown a try.

In the Knit ‘n Needle Ravelry group, we are hosting a Sideways Shawls KAL. This is a laid back sort of KAL, perfect for the waning days of summer. It runs through the end of August. The featured patterns are the Waterton and Across the Pond. Both work from one end to the other. So they start and end small. As shown the Waterton (right) is knitting in PDS Tenderfoot 80/20 and the Across the Pond (left) is knitting in PDS Sport. So join in!

sideway shawl KAL with end date

Last but not least, we will be hosting a Polka Dot Sheep Yarns Tasting at the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe on August 9th, 2014. If you are local to the Flathead Valley in Montana or visiting the area, please come by and try all of the yarns in the PDS line. Bring your own needles. The event runs from 2 – 7 pm with refreshments from 5 – 7 pm.

We also will be giving away three fabulous prize packages.

1st Prize: 3 skeins of PDS Sport in color of your choice, Knit’n Needle large project bag, Across the Pond pattern, Polka Dot Sheep tape measure, and a Lavishea lotion bar. VALUE: $100.00

2nd Place: 2 skeins of PDS Worsted in color of your choice, Knit ‘n Needle large project bag, Snow Ghost Slouchy pattern, Polka Dot Sheep tape measure, and a Lavishea lotion bar. VALUE: $80.00

3rd Place: 1 skeins of Tenderfoot 80/20 in color of your choice, Knit’ n Needle large project bag, Waterton pattern, and a Polka Dot Sheep tape measure. VALUE: $50.00

There are multiple ways to enter the drawing for these prizes.

  1. Answer trivia questions about PDS Yarns in the PDS Yarn group’s Yarn Tasting thread. These entries are completely free. You can earn as many points as possible by answering correctly.
  2. Attend the Yarn Tasting and try out the yarns for 1 entry point.
  3. Bring a finished project made with PDS yarns to the Tasting for Show and Tell for 1 entry points.
  4. For EVERY SKEIN of PDS Yarn purchase through August 9th 2014, earn an entry point. This offer is good both online at Polkadotsheep.com and in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe.

You do not need to be present to win.

I think that is all the information I will unload on you now.

Oh I just thought of one more thing. I am knitting a Waterton for the Sideways Shawls KAL. I am using a new yarn called Cobasi. It is non wool sock yarn with cotton, bamboo and silk with nylon with strength. It has a great textured look and I am really enjoying it. Check out our colors here, Solid and Multi.

Happy Knitting and I hope you can join us in at least one of our current happenings.

~Angela M.

PS We have decided on our fall KAL. It’s a sweater. Look for further news.

PSS There are spoilers for that KAL in our Ravelry group but I will make you go looking for them. Insert evil laugh here. Happy reading.

 

August 6, 2014 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

Possibilities in over 25 Colors

Whoa, where did April go? It seems like we have all been very busy. But much of it has been behind the scenes. I would love to share with you some of the results of that work.

Welcome to Across the Pond!

We teamed up with Dagmar Mora, a favorite designer of ours. She is from Scotland and is known for her innovative fingerless mitts and glove designs. She has many lovely accessory designs.

IMG_7321_medium2Across the Pond is written for three sizes: neckerchief, shawlette and shawl (small, medium, large). Knit end to end, Across the Pond using 1 (2, 2) skeins of PDS Sport.  The pattern has both written and charted instructions.

Here is a broader view of the lace pattern and overall shape.

IMG_7364__1__medium2Across the Pond is shown in PDS Sport Azul Maya in the shawlette (medium) size.

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Welcome to Waterton!

Another new pattern is a design from Aimee Alexander, Waterton. Waterton shawlette is an elegant combination of eyelets and garter stitch. It is also knit in PDS Sport, shown in Azul Maya.

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Shawlettes of this type are very popular in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe. They are a relaxing knit that yields a very wearable article.

Waterton College

Get Pattern buttonYou may be wondering why I mentioned a number of colors in the title of this post. It was totally a coincidence that both the Across the Pond and Waterton were knit in the same color. But in fact we have over 25 colors of PDS Sport. A few colors that are currently proving to be popular are Inspiration, Juneberry, and Platinum. I am sure we have a color for you.

popular Sport colors 5-1-14

See all currently in stock colors of PDS Sport!

There is still time to join our PDS Yarns Kickoff KAL contest! Remember you can enter for free by posting in the Kickoff KAL General Chat thread on Ravelry. All the details are here.

We are off to TNNA show this weekend. This is the trade show for the knitting, yarn, and other needlearts. Looking forward to being inspired and meeting new people in the knitting, crocheting and yarn world.

Happy Knitting!

~Angela M.

May 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

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