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Temptation

Now that I’ve aired all my unfinished objects out in the open… I’d really like to skip most of them.  At least until I’ve knit myself a pair of these.  I’ve become obsessed with knitting a pair of baby booties for Little Sheep.  One that she can really wear.  I did knit her a pair, exactly one year ago today.  I had just found out I was pregnant, but my husband was out-of-town for the weekend.  I had to keep that to myself for 5 DAYS!!!  To keep myself from spilling the beans to passers-by, I knit these.

booties

 

I used a multi colored, wool sock yarn I picked up on the fly from Michael’s, and this easy Magic Slippers pattern from Ravelry.

When my husband finally made it home, I presented them to him, to tell him we were pregnant 🙂  Still gives me the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

Anyway, Little Sheep never really wore those.  I wanted to keep them in good shape, for a scrap-book or something.  Plus they only really would have fit her in October, which is never a terribly cold month in Southern California.  Of corse now we’re colder than some places back East!  50’s during the day, 30’s at night!  Unheard of!  The Californians are freezing out here!  Little Sheep’s baby socks aren’t cutting it any more, so I think I’ll give into temptation and knit the new booties.  For my daughter’s well-being of corse.

Also, I’ve dyed up some wonderfully pink stuff for my Etsy shop, and I can’t very well sell it when I haven’t tried it out myself now can I?  So the decision is made!  Baby Booties!  Colorway “Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”!

"Stuck-in-Gum Sheep"

“Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”

Consider this a sneak peek into the Lazer Sheep hand dyed collection that will be available later this month.  I’m super excited about it!  Every colorway has its own sheep, with its own little personality 😀  Hopefully I’ll be adding buttons with the individual sheep on them at a later date.  For the time being I just need to finish up a few tiny things on the shop before it’s opened.  Anyone have suggestions for colorways they’d like to see in the future?

 

 

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The Story of Lazer Sheep

Lazer Sheep came into existence when I was in high school. My friend Steph and I were Juniors at the time. To curb our artists block during art class we frequently drew little cartoons, gave them names and back stories, and generally goofed around.

 

The Lazer Sheep eventually spawned a whole army of sheep. Good Sheep. Bad Sheep. Sunday Sheep (complete with hot fudge and a cherry on top). Scuba Sheep. Naked Sheep. Dead Sheep (a personal favorite).

 

A few years out of high school I decided the assorted Sheep needed a public audience. I found a craft fair of sorts and screen printed (poorly) several of my own shirts. Some of them did manage to sell! However they failed in the arena of Etsy.com. I wore my left overs proudly and did get some complements on them, but the Sheep eventually found their way to the back of my closet.

 

A few years ago I got seriously into knitting with another friend of mine, and we entered another craft fair with knit items under the logo of Lazer Sheep, short-lived as it was. It would seem that craft fairs are a little few and far between in Southern California. It probably also doesn’t help that we are in fact in Southern California where winters dip to a chilly 58 degrees, if we’re lucky! Hand knits for the purpose of warmth are not a top priority.

 

I have lofty ideas about selling hand dyed yarn on-line (any tips/tricks of the trade appreciated!), under the Lazer Sheep design. The Lazer Sheep remind me of art classes, and doodling for fun. They make me remember a good friend who I’ve long lost touch with. I like their simplicity and versatility. We’ll just have to see where they take me from here…