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Author: Amanda Hansen

Colors and News and Events, Oh My!

Colors and News and Events, Oh My!

Welcome to the Critical Sheep blog, Yarn Clippings!

Here we’ll be talking about yarn we have coming up, patterns available to use for our yarn, upcoming events and all other manner of fun stuff!

It’s been a whirlwind three months since we opened our “doors” in March and we’re looking forward to mixing up some new concoctions and colors for the coming seasons. Currently we have bright reds, pinks, greens and purples, but this season we’re looking to display more variegated and speckled yarns!

CriticalSheep New Colors
BloodRaven and Phantasm in the skein
CriticalSheep New Colors
Tradewinds and Autumn Fire Pattern: Turkish Bedsocks from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas


These gorgeous colors are easy to make and beautiful in both the hank and the knitting! The beauty of the 50 gram skeins of D4 is that you can get one skein and make two little socks or a cute shawlette. Two skeins makes a big shawl or two long socks. Anything more than that and the sky’s the limit!

Do you want to see what Critical Sheep Yarns look like in person?

Many people say they can’t make a yarn decision without feeling it and seeing the colors in person, so now is your chance! Critical Sheep Yarns will be on display and for sale live at the 2016 Milwaukee Makers’ Faire at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park. Chief Dyer Amanda and her Herders will be on hand to answer any questions you have about Critical Sheep Yarns and you can experience all the bright colors and sweet scents available! Plus, all visitors of the Critical Sheep booth will leave with a free gift!

Last, but certainly not least for this update: Free Shipping on all Orders! We’re cleaning house to make space for new colors and skeins for summer! Now through July 10, get free shipping on all order of D4 Fingering yarns. Use code FREESHIP50 for free 2-day Priority shipping.

Welcome Swappers

Welcome Swappers

Welcome to the Color Coordinated Swap Members for Ocean and Red Swaps! Use your discount codes and save on your yarn purchases!

Looking for Ocean Blue or Red yarns for your Color Coordinated Swap? Look no further than Shinobi or Æther for your Ocean Blue! Warlord and Barbarian offer bold colors of red.

Each skein is hand-dyed using only food-safe dyes that leave you with a soft, sweet-smelling yarn which is both durable and colorfast.

Ocean Blue

SHINOBI – The Japanese word for Ninja, this color is fearless and unapologetic; just as you will be when you wear it.
Aether is the ersonification of the sky or heavens breathed by the Greek gods of Olympus;


WARLORD – Just like a fighter on the field, this vibrant red will make a statement in any garment it’s made into.
Strong and sturdy, Barbarian speaks it’s mind and leaves nothing to the imagination.


Welcome to the flock!

Welcome to the flock!

Critical Sheep is about one nerd making her own mark on the knitting world.

When creator Amanda decided it would be a good idea to start hand-dyeing yarn in her Waukesha apartment kitchen and selling patterns on Ravelry, it seemed like it would be a bit of a disaster. Happily, things came together well enough and here we are! With a little bit of business advice and a lot of experience in Marketing and Advertising, Critical Sheep was born.

We are now open!

Visit my shop on Etsy to see what brilliant colors are now available, and watch for a sneak-peek at the colors coming up in the next shop update!

About Amanda:

I’m a nerd, knitter and lover of everything that has to do with sheep. If I could live in the country with a big farmhouse with a herd of sheep and spend my days knitting, spinning, cooking and making a warm and loving home, I would be so happy with my life. I live in Waukesha and love filling my time with yarnie goodness. I am married to an equally nerdy man and we spend our Saturday nights playing video games.

I’m looking forward to the loveliness that is my future endeavors. I’m working on so many things but first and foremost: Research and Development.

In the meantime, please keep an eye out on the blog for more information and on Ravelry for patterns available for purchase.  If you’d like to start receiving emails from me on a regular basis, please go here to fill out the form and you’ll start receiving emails soon!

Happy Knitting, everyone. I’m so excited to see where this adventure takes me!