The Black Sheep 1060 S. Coast Hiway 101, Encinitas, CA

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Welcome to The Black Sheep!

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We are having a

Storewide Moving Sale!

10% - 50% Off!

Saturday May 21 through Saturday, June 18 Only!

We are relocating to Sorrento Valley to create a New Fiber Adventure!

Come help us lighten our load.

Stock up and save on all your favorite:

  • Yarns
  • Fibers
  • Knitting Needles
  • Tools
  • Books
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Ribbons
  • Trims
  • Patterns
  • Special sale on Knitted and Crocheted samples -- sweaters, shawls, scarves, throws, bags, hats. All $5.00 to $25.00

All sales are limited to stock on hand. No returns, refunds, exchanges or winding


For your reference: Our future address will be 11675 Sorrento Valley Rd. #H, San Diego, CA 92121. Our email, web address and phone number will stay the same.



April 11, 2016 Newsletter

Since everyone’s been having fun with it, we’re continuing the sale started on St. Patrick’s Day!!

10% - 50% off selected yarns or brands. 

Some of the yarns are discontinued items and once they’re gone, they’re gone, so shop now for the best selection.  Watch for the orange dots in the store, they point the way to all the yarns on sale.

Learn to Knit, part 1
Instructor:  Kathy French


10 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 16
10 a.m. to noon on Wed., April 20

COST:  $20 for the class + $20 for your new knitter’s kit ($40.00 total)

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?   Meet the knit stitch and use it to knit a dishcloth/washcloth.  Your new knitter’s kit contains some basic tools that you will need, including needles that already have stitches on them.  Using the knit stitch, you will work on this project during class and then at home.

PLEASE REGISTER BY THE END OF THURSDAY, APRIL 14, either in person at The Black Sheep or by phoning The Black Sheep (760-436-9973) and providing a credit card number. Please don't wait until the last minute to sign up, as we have some prep work to do in advance of class, and we need to know how many students there will be!

New Stuff -- New Stuff -- New Stuff -- New Stuff -- New Stuff:

The popular and adorable project bags from Binkwaffle have just arrived! Hooray! They’re already flying out the door, but we still have some of the small dumpling bags and one large dumpling bag. These fun, reversible bags are made of designer fabrics in the USA. We have a couple of new prints along with some old friends; come in and check them out. The new clutch-style zipped bags are back-ordered and due to arrive soon. Shop early for best selection of size and fabric options.


Also newly arrived – recycled sari yarns from Frabjous Fibers. We have Sari Ribbon in two weights, heavyweight and lightweight, and each hank contains approximately 25 yards. The Sari Ribbon is made from hand-cut strips of reclaimed silk saris sewn end to end, and some of it even has bits of embroidery or sequins attached to the fabric. We also have Recycled Silk Yarn, handspun by women’s cooperatives in India from silk weaving mill waste. Each 100-yard hank is unique and will work up at 4 – 5 stitches per inch on US 6 – 8 needles.

A new shipment of potholder looms has arrived from our friends at Harrisville Designs. We have the regular size potholder looms, and the larger 10” x 10” Potholder Pro looms back in stock. Each loom kit comes with all the equipment, including cotton loops, to make two potholders. We also stock packages of refill loops. These are great projects to work on with your children or grandchildren. Or even by yourself! Plus they make practical, substantial potholders or hot pads! In addition to the potholder looms, we also received a couple of Laploom tapestry looms.

If you’re still looking for children’s projects, we’ve also gotten in a few copies of Melanie Falick’s book Kids Knitting. In addition to instruction on the basics of knitting, Falick provides projects, lots of techniques, and tons of illustrations and photos.


In case you’ve set aside some of your completed projects, awaiting warmer weather for blocking, we have restocked blocking mats, worsted-weight blocking wires, and T-pins. We also have lighter-weight blocking wires suitable for blocking lace projects.

Knitting and crocheting aren’t just for winter! The spring-into-summer fiber crafting season has begun!

During this time of seasonal change from winter toward summer, our thoughts run to yarns which make a bridge from heavier, warmer winter fabrics to lighter, cooler fabrics. We’re highlighting a few yarns which blend wool and cotton, perfect for this time of year.

First up is Debbie Bliss Mia, a DK-weight blend of 50% wool and 50% cotton.  It comes in cheerful, bright solid colors, and will have excellent stitch definition.  It comes in balls of 109 yards each.

Next, a heavy worsted weight yarn, Tucson from Tahki Yarns, which comes in beautifully intense colors.  It has 108 yards per ball, and is 52% cotton, 48% wool.  This yarn has a marled, loosely plied texture.

Lastly, for those lovers of variegated yarns, we offer Noro’s Kibou.  It has generous yardage, approximately 297 yards, and is 54% cotton, 34% wool, and 12% silk.  This single-ply marled yarn showcases Noro’s long runs of color.

What’s on our needles?

Karen has just finished Sweet Dreams, a lace shawl, by Boo Knits.  In this shawl, the elegant lace medallions are set off by size 6 seed beads to produce a real show-stopper.  Next up is the Lierne Cowl by Jennifer Kirchenbauer, in Malabrigo’s Arroyo, all twisted stitches and lace.

Kathy recently finished Alchemy’s Once Upon a Twig cowl, and is now working on a linen stitch cowl in two variegated colorways of fingering-weight yarns. Plus her favorite travel project: a pair of socks.

Maggie just completed a Magician Scarf, made from three lovely Alchemy yarns.  Next comes the felting, with fingers crossed!

And to celebrate the coming of spring, Kathy and Maggie have decided to do their own knit-along, a shawl called Waiting for Rain.  It's our own personal rain dance.  Maybe we'll bring more rain to San Diego, too.  Stay tuned for our progress!

Robin has just warped up the Schacht Spindle Company Cricket loom with a beautiful combination of Noro's Silk Garden and Knit One Crochet Too's Sebago. She suggests that if you are interested in weaving, come on in and try weaving on the sample.  It’s lots of fun and a great way to play with colors and textures of yarn.

Robin will be transitioning from working in the shop at the end of April in order to make time to explore in greater depth all kinds of ways to combine colors and textures in many different mediums. We are very excited for her and hope she will keep us in the loop of her creative process!

About The Black Sheep:

In business for almost 40 years, The Black Sheep is a retail yarn store located in Encinitas, California. We specialize in natural fibers -- wool, silk cotton, alpaca, rayon, and some synthetic blends.




Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am — 6:00 pm Sunday: closed



1060 S. Coast Hiway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

We're on the northwest corner at the intersection of South Coast Hiway 101 and "J" Street. Take I-5 to the Encinitas Blvd. exit. Go West. Pass through 3-4 stoplights, and under an Amtrack bridge. Turn Left on South Coast Highway 101. Go through several stoplights. Continue on through one 4-way stop sign. At the next 4-way stop sign (J St.) turn right, and pull into our parking lot!

Phone: 760-436-9973

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