I’ve been working with yarn in one way or another since I was a kid – back from when my mom first taught me to finger crochet and use a french knitting spool, to my college years when I learned to crochet and made afghans for everybody I knew – right up to these past years of motherhood, when knitting has become a true passion. I love yarn – working with it, looking at it, running my fingers over it, drooling over colors or fibers that I wish I could bring home but simply don’t have the space (or money) for… Not all yarn needs to be expensive or difficult to find though – and Caron’s newest yarn offering from spokesperson Vickie Howell (the first in her new line of Stitch. Rock. Love yarns) is an affordably-priced, versatile option called Sheep(ish).
I’ve been working with the new Sheep(ish) yarn for the past couple of weeks – I was sent three skeins in the Olive(ish) colorway to try out, which made me very happy since green is my favorite color and this is a beautiful shade of it. Sheep(ish) is a single-ply, wool/acrylic blend (30% wool to 70% acrylic) of a worsted roving yarn (medium weight – 4). It comes in a 3 oz. (85 g) skein with 167 yards (153 m). The suggested needle size is #8 US and hook size is H-8 US. Sheep(ish) is machine washable (cold on gentle cycle), but items should be laid flat to dry. There are 21 different colors all told, so that you’re sure to find the perfect one for your next project.
I initially decided to knit a hat with my Sheep(ish) yarn – I’d found a pattern a little while ago on Ravelry that I’d wanted to try (the Amanda Hat) and since it calls for a single-ply worsted weight yarn, I thought it would be a good fit. The pattern calls for a size US 9 needle, so because my 16” circular is a US 8, I made sure to knit a gauge swatch before beginning the hat. It was also a good way to get a sense of how the Sheep(ish) yarn would be to work with before starting an actual project. I’m glad I took the time to make the swatch – the hat pattern calls for a gauge of 4 sts per inch and I was getting 5 sts per inch instead. So I made a few adjustments in the pattern to account for the gauge difference.
I really like how the hat turned out and the Sheep(ish) yarn was wonderful to work with. I don’t usually like using totally synthetic fibers because I don’t like how they feel against my fingers. I generally prefer more natural fibers when possible, but also prefer yarn that’s machine washable, so the mix of acrylic and wool here is really nice. The yarn slides well through my fingers and onto the needles – and being a single ply, there’s no worry about the yarn splitting as I knit. The Sheep(ish) yarn has a nice sheen to it that I like in the finished product, and it’s just slightly fuzzy. So far I’ve not run into any knots – the skeins are center-pull and it’s been pretty easy to find the ends inside them when I begin one too. This hat fits me well – and my older daughters were more than happy to model it for me.
After finishing the Amanda Hat, I still had almost 2 full skeins of Sheep(ish) left, so I decided to try another project. I’d seen the new free patterns that Vickie Howell has designed specifically for this new yarn, and love her Urban Revival slouchie beanie. I was able to get a copy of the pattern a few days before it was released and began working on the hat last weekend. It’s a nice quick project in general – this is the first time in several years that I’ve crocheted something instead of knit, so I’ve almost had to re-teach myself how to crochet as well.
Here are a few photos of the hat in-progress – first the band, and then the main hat…
I found a couple of silver buttons that I really like at Walmart, so added those to the band, after I stitched it onto the hat:
And here’s the finished product – both off and on. I love it – and look forward to wearing it once the weather gets cold out again next fall!
I am so thrilled to have had this chance to work with the new Sheep(ish) yarn from Vickie Howell’s new Stitch. Rock. Love line from Caron, and can’t wait to try more projects in it (and in more colors) as well. Sheep(ish) is now officially available online at Buy.Caron.com and at JoAnn super stores nationwide To find a location near you that carries it, check out the Sheep(ish) finder app on Vickie’s website. Sheep(ish) is also available through the Herrschners catalogue and will soon be available in select, independent stores. And if you’re in or near Columbus, OH on Sunday, June 12th – Vickie will be at the Notions Marketing booth at TNNA for a Sheep(ish) Make & Take (make your own chopstick cozy!) and an AwareKnits book signing.
You can follow along on the rest of the stops on the Sheep(ish) blog tour here:
- May 25th: BlogHer.com (Kathy Cano-Murillo)
- May 26th: LindaMade.com (Linda Permann)
- May 27th: Kitschy Digitals (Danielle Thompson)
- May 28th: DOUBLE POST DAY:
- CraftyChica.com (Kathy Cano-Murillo) + Me!
- May 29th: Susan B. Anderson
- May 30th: CrochetbyFaye.com (Robyn Chachula)
- May 31st: CathieFilian.com (Yarn Wreath Project by Cathie)
- June 1st: Craftzine.com (Review by Sister Diane)
- June 2nd: Knitgrrl.com (1 Skein Project by Shannon Okey)
- June 3rd: CraftyisCool.com (Allison Hoffman)
- June 4th: Coquette Blog (Natalie Zee-Drieu)
- June 5th About.com (Sarah White)
- June 6th: Manhattan Craft Room (Brett Bara)
- June 7th: BetzWhite.com
- June 8th: TheCrochetDude.com (Drew Emborsky)
- June 9th: Naughtysecretaryclub.com & Ilovetocreate.com (Dual post on the same day. Yarn-wrapped mobil by Jennifer Perkins)
- June 10th: Craftzine.com (Ladybug Outfit Pattern by Vickie)
- June 11th: StephanieJapel.com
Happy knitting (and crocheting)!
I received 3 skeins of Sheep(ish) yarn as part of this blog tour, but all opinions here are 100% my own.