The Unique Sheep is turning TEN this summer! We can’t believe we made it this far! It seems like just yesterday that we were tentatively putting our first Gradiance colors up on a ramshackle website, hoping that someone might place an order. I don’t think either of us dared to dream that ten years later people would still be buying our yarn! The Unique Sheep has survived changes in the fiber arts community and major changes in both of our lives (several moves, many job changes for our spouses and the birth of Laura’s first child, Connor).
But through it all we keep dyeing yarn and- miraculously- you all keep buying it! We can’t express how GRATEFUL we are for all of you. Both of us see every order than comes in. We take note of your names and often remember your color preferences. In a small way, we have been part of your Christmases and birthdays. We’ve been with you on your summer vacations and winter hibernations. We have been honored to dye yarn for your weddings, christenings and your prayer shawls.
To celebrate this anniversary we have dyed up two special new colorways that we are offering as kits. We had the Take it All pattern in mind when we made the kits, but of course you can use the yarn for other patterns as well (see yarn amounts below). Both colorways are complete rainbows, going from pink/red through purples, blues and greens and ending with yellow. Two different contrast colors are available for each set so make sure to select the one you prefer when you order!
As the year comes to a close we are busy working on new things to offer in 2017. While you won’t see them on the website quite yet, we wanted to give you a heads up that they are coming so you can keep them in mind as you plan your 2017 knitting!
Our focus in 2017 is going to be KITS. There are so many great patterns out there that would look awesome in Unique Sheep yarn but many of them take unusual or awkward yardage amounts or Gradiance sets that don’t quite work with our standard sets. We have picked a few of our favorites and are currently having samples worked up so we know exactly how much yarn to put in the kits. A few that we are working on are:
Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Of the Forest by Larissa Brown
Take it All by Lisa Hannes
Inara by Ambah O’Brien
You can see some of the other patterns we are considering here.
We will also be doing some kits that use yarns that aren’t part of our regular line up. Sometimes we come across a yarn that is special. Maybe there isn’t much of it available, or it looks great in some colorways but awful in others. Or maybe its just a yarn that is perfect for a certain pattern but not going to have mass appeal for others. For whatever reason, these yarns aren’t a good fit for our regular yarn line but are perfect for kits. Keep an eye out for a yarn made with yak and silk, yarns made from locally sourced wool, one with a bit of extra glitz and another with a “tweed” style. We posted our first kit like this a week or two ago and had a great response from you guys. Thanks for helping us sell out in record time!
We are having a lot of fun picking out patterns, experimenting with new yarns and working on new colors. We hope you’ll enjoy what we come up with! Please remember, though, that all of these kits will have LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Our plan is to dye them ahead of time and then put a cap on how many can be ordered. Once they are sold out they will be gone! We may offer something similar (like the same pattern in different colors or yarn bases) later but not an exact repeat. So if you see something you like don’t hesitate to order! We generally make announcements about new kits on our Facebook page first followed by an emailed newsletter.
Have you ever been told that you have to compromise? That you can’t have it both ways? Well we disagree! You no longer have to choose between being able to see your intricate stitch work and working with a fun Gradiance colorway. The colorways created for the Ombre Club are designed to be subtle enough that they won’t “fight” with your stitches for attention, but still fun to work with and unique enough to provide your finished product with that special touch you can only get from Gradiance colorways.
These colorways will all be subtle shadings of one color from light to dark. The full range will be spread over 12 skeins, going all the way from white to a medium shade of the color to black. When you sign up for this club you can get the light half, the dark half or the full range.
What is really fun about this club are the different ways you can use the colors. Order the full range and you can knit from light to dark, just the way they are dyed. OR select the “Light Side” option and each shipment you’ll receive a set that goes from white to the medium shade of a different color. After you have collected a couple of sets, pair them together to shade from one color to white and then out to a totally different color. The “Dark Side” works the same but with black in the middle.
Have really BIG project in mind? Knit the Full Range of one color and when you get to black bridge over the black end of the next color. You could go on like that forever (and remember your project doesn’t have to be huge if you just use part of each skein).
What other ways can you think of to use these colors? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Get all the details and sign up HERE!
With Dragoncon coming up later this week it seems like a good time to reveal a new colorway collection inspired by some of our favorite space explorers. While we are known for our dramatic Gradiance colorways, sometimes its nice to go back to the simple things in life– solid colors and vintage tv. See if you can figure out where we found the inspiration for each color– the names may give you a clue!
Visit our website to find out more!
These colors were first dyed up by Kelly to make a baby blanket for Laura’s little Connor. Attendees at our annual retreat made the blocks and then surprised Laura with it. Before Connor was born, Laura and Chris nicknamed him “Riker” since he is their “Number 1”. Photo of the blanket (and cute recipient) below!
One of our long term goals for The Unique Sheep is to have more of our yarns be 100% produced in the USA. Currently many of them are milled in the US, but most of the raw material still comes from out of the country (Australia and New Zealand mostly). While we don’t mind supporting Australian and New Zealander producers, if we could source our materials from closer to home then we wouldn’t have to have it shipped half way across the world, thereby reducing our carbon foot print. Our Fresh From the Farm Collection is our first step in this direction but is, unfortunately, always very limited in quantities. Finally though we have a yarn that is available in large quantities at a competitive price and is 100% grown, processed, milled and dyed right here in the USA. Please meet our newest base yarn, Organic Cotton Petite DK.
Organic Cotton Petite DK is almost exactly the same as our now discontinued Pima Petite with the exception of being from the US and being organic. Same soft feel, stout twist and great colors. The gauge is the same so you can use it for the same projects as you have used Pima Petite in the past, but with the comforting knowledge that the yarn you are using is now better for the environment!
Like all of our yarns, Organic Cotton Petite DK is available in both Gradiance and regular colorway and can be purchased in several different sized sets/skeins. And, of course, if you need a quantity not listed on the website just email us and we can put together a custom order.
Our long running Rubber Ducky Club will now feature Organic Cotton Petite DK instead of Pima Petite. We are also changing the yarn options for Rubber Ducky to allow you to receive larger skeins!
Love is in the air and no matter how you are celebrating I think we can all agree on one thing— we all love knitting!
Celebrate your love of knitting with one of these Unique Sheep patterns
Instead of a bouquet of roses, perhaps your sweetheart would like a shawl inspired by roses:
These two scarves uses a unique twisted stitch that reminds us of a tight hug!
Ribbons of Hope
For a subtle touch of romance, these men’s socks feature small hearts in colorwork around the ankle.
Slip Him a Hickey
Gaia’s Garter is a quick and easy project to add a bit of fun to your Valentine’s day celebration!
We have a lot of colorways. It can be overwhelming trying to pick out a color for your next project or KAL. My favorite way to organize color ideas for a project is to use a Pinterest Board. If you aren’t on Pinterest, it is easy and free to join here.
To set up a new board on Pinterest, go to pinterest.com and click on your name in the upper right corner to go to your account page. Click on the “Create a board” icon. Set up your board something like this:
Now that you have a board set up, you can start adding things to it. Find a colorway that you like on our website. I picked one of our new colorways, Smoke & Spice. There are numerous ways to Pin from the web. The easiest way is to add a Pin It button to your browser. Some images come with a Pin It button in the top left corner of the picture. Click that button, or click the Pin It button in your browser tool bar.
A Pinterest window will pop up asking you where you want to save this Pin. Make sure you save it to your new board so that you can find it again!
Once you’ve saved your pin, you can see it at anytime by visiting your Favorite Colorways board. It’ll look something like this:
Once you’ve added all of your favorite colorway, you’ll be able to easily browse through them to decide which one you want to use next!!
Another way to use Pinterest to organize your colorways is to set up a board for a specific project. For example, we have an Inspiration board set up for our Snow Queen KAL where we’ve pinned images that inspire us as well as some of our favorite icey colorways.
Follow The Unique Sheep’s board Snow Queen on Pinterest.
p.s. also make sure to follow us on Pinterest. We often post inspiration boards for our clubs and new colorways as well as pattern suggestions and photos of Unique Sheep projects from out customers. If you’d like to share a project that you have made with Unique Sheep yarn, send
This morning a customer emailed me asking for suggestions of sweater patterns to use with Gradiance sets. We haven’t developed any sweater patterns for our yarn yet, but some of our customers have adapted other patterns to our yarn with wonderful results. I searched Ravelry and found some projects that are too beautiful not to share:
CreationbyDawn’s Sugar Maple
Beeberino’s # 128 Top down Trapeze Pullover
Edmoejewel’s Sugar Maple
Lobug’s Ruth’s Tunic
Toricon’s Featherweight Cardigan
Have you knit a sweater with Unique Sheep yarn? If so, we’d love to see pictures!
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