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New Items, Handmaiden Yarns, and a Recipe!

May 2020

Support Nova Scotia Red Cross

Nova Scotia's recent tragedy has prompted Handmaiden to start a fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Red Cross.  What does this mean for you? Buy a skein of Nova Scotia (there are 30 different bases!) from us*, we will send your order to Handmaiden where it will be dyed to order, then the skein will be shipped straight to you!  Handmaiden is donating $3-5 for every skein and we will match the donation.  Order here.  

*not eligible for discounts

New Items and Kits for Mother's Day!

Tina restocked the Fyberspates Gleem, Teresa Ruch 3/2, and Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply.  We have some lovely new colors too!  Tina used the Gleem in her Cadfael Shawl for the #blacksheepcrafttime Craft-A-Long.  Kelli thinks she might need some Vivacious to design a new pattern. Plus you can pre-order Handmaiden in any of their colors and we will have it shipped directly from Handmaiden to you. 

We ordered some new Kiriki sampler kits and adorable pendant kits.  Kelli has been stitching on the Honeybee Sampler and really enjoying it.  The Kiriki kits come with pattern, floss, and pre-printed cloth so you can start right away!  Make sure to pick up some John James needles and you are ready to go! 

Then we came up with the classic Rosita Shawl kit for Mother's Day.  This Shetland pattern inspired piece is a 3/4 octagon so it sits nicely around your shoulders.  With the springy PCC yarn, the lace pattern pops.  We even included some stitch markers to make it easy to keep track of your pattern. 

Discounts For All!

We need some cheer, so let's take 10% off all orders PLUS get free shipping (email us for a discounted international shipping quote) with code "blacksheepcrafttime" through May 31, 2020.  Now is a great time to get started on your Christmas presents and birthday gifts. 

BlackSheep Craft Time & Live Videos!

If you've been waiting to join our virtual craft alongs, there is still time. Tina just finished her Cadfael and Kelli is still working on her tatted bracelet and charms.  Remember, if you buy your yarn at BlackSheep we will give you the pattern for free, buy one of the patterns and use your own yarn, or just join us with whatever you are making.  We would love to see your work, so make sure to tag it (#blacksheepcrafttime).

Kelli and Tina are hosting FaceBook Live videos every week on the BlackSheep Page.  Kelli is posting at about 2pm CST and Tina posts closer to 3pm PST.  Join us live or watch the videos later for lessons on blocking, tatting, cabling without a cable needle, and more.  Kelli is planning videos on Monday and Wednesday next week. 

Don't forget the free shipping on all US orders through May 31!  No code needed.  International customers, email us for a discounted shipping quote. 

My husband asked if I could make these cookies that remind him of home, so I made an attempt and they came out pretty tasty!  I made a few adjustments to the recipe, but try these for a fun taste of India.  

1 cup all-purpose flour (125 g)
¼ cup gram flour (besan) (40 g)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cream of wheat(fine rava or sooji) (20 g)
2 to 3 pinches powdered or grated nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ cup butter at room temperature, 80 grams
2/3 cup powdered sugar or icing sugar
½ tablespoon yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoon milk
Plain whole almonds for toppers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 180 C. Cream the powdered sugar and butter until it is light, smooth, and creamy. 
Sift the following dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, besan (gram flour), baking powder, and baking soda. Set the dry ingredients aside.  Add the yogurt to the butter mixture and mix well. Next add the sifted dry ingredients, cream of wheat, cardamom powder, and nutmeg powder. Mix until just combined and the dough is smooth.  If the mixture is too crumbly and will not smooth, then add 1 to 3 tbsp of milk and mix just until smooth.

Pinch medium sized balls (think golf ball sized) from the dough. Roll them evenly in your palms, then slightly flatten them as you lay them on the baking sheet. Leave a generous space around each cookie (2.5 inches at least) as they spread while baking.  Press an almond in the middle of the top. You can also make some criss-cross designs on the nankhatai with a fork or toothpick.

Bake for 20-25 mins till light golden. Move to a wire rack to cool.  Store in an airtight container as the cookies absorb moisture easily. 

Check Your Account Online

Keep track of your points and rewards online!  Did you know you can create a login and check your points balance through the website?  You can even redeem your rewards through the website. You earn $5 back for every $100 spent.  We may have closed the physical store, but you still earn points and are able to redeem rewards on all purchases (whether from the website or a festival).

Go here to register. :)

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Hillsboro, OR 97124

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