Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fun at the Trunk Show

It’s been about a week and a half since the Knitted Wit and PDXKnitterati Trunk Show at Stash, but the effects are still lingering. We have new yarn and patterns in stock from both designers: Bulkan, a Merino Cashmere Nylon aran weight yarn, and This Little Ziggy hat and vest. I’ve already cast on for the hat using Knitted Wit’s polwarth silk DK yarn, and it is a dream to work with.

But back to the trunk show…

Lorajean and Michelle drove down from Portland with a station wagon full of baskets and bins of yarn and sample knits. It was a sight to behold, and I could barely contain my excitement as they each unpacked their wares. Isn’t this vintage orange suitcase full of woolens sweet?

I think we all had a fun afternoon of yarn appreciation, social knitting, and project planning.  I know I came away with a few new projects on my to-do list!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support these independent business ladies!  I’m so proud to have their work at Stash, and am happy that you like it, too.

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Our next trunk show is with Salem hand-dyer Stephania Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns on December 17 from 2-5pm.

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Seeing Red

So I was knitting away on a sample mitt for the beginning knitting class when something unusual struck me.

Essie Polish in Ruby Slipper, Columbia 2-ply wool in Wild Strawberry

Guess I’m having a red moment!

I’ve noticed that many of us tend to favor the same colors, or a particular palette.  Whether it be in our homes, our wardrobes, or our yarn stashes, the same colors seem to find their ways into our hearts time and again.  Sometimes we like to challenge ourselves to take more color risks and venture outside our comfort zones.  That’s probably how I ended up with a few of those skeins that just can’t seem to find the right project!

I’m pretty liberal with my color choices.  As long as it’s a saturated tone, any shade has equal opportunity to end up in my wardrobe or yarn stash.  Except peach and beige; I’ve always had a hard time with those!  But lime green, fuscia, silver, camel, or indigo? Yes, please, with sparkles on top!

What are your color habits? Do you approach color with trepidation, or are you a fearless color fanatic?  Is your taste in color different in yarn than it is in other areas? I’d love to hear your habits and thoughts!

Remember, this is a big weekend at Stash: Gallery Event Saturday 6-9pm, Knitted Wit & PDX Knitterati Trunk Show Sunday 1-4.  Have a great one!

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A Very Special Weekend

There is a lot happening this weekend at Stash.  There will be students learning to knit, an artist reception, and two lively ladies from Portland bringing in new yarn, patterns and samples.   There will be some tasty treats and lots of yarn.  Need I say more?  So plan on making a weekend of it, and stop in Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It will be good fun. Read on for the details…

Saturday, November 19th, 6-9pm

Live Painting Night with local artist Rachel Urista.  You’ve seen her work on display in the shop, now you can meet Rachel  and see her painting in action.  She just brought in some new mini paintings in a  fun candy-inspired palette.  There are also prints, blank cards, and larger original paintings available for purchase.  There will be light refreshments, music, and lots of yarn, too.

Sunday, November 20th 1-4pm

Join us for our first live trunk show at Stash. Lorajean Kelley, the sassy lady behind the hand-dyed Knitted Wit yarn, will be bringing a selection of new-to-Stash yarn bases, colors, patterns, and samples for you to peruse and purchase.  I’m really excited to see some of her other yarns in person!  She’ll also be delivering an order of Bulkan for the shop, a sumptuous aran weight blend of cashmere, merino, and nylon.  I’m envisioning giant cowls and mittens!

Michele Bernstein will also be joining us!  She blogs and designs under the name PDXKnitterati and is the brains behind the popular Pacific Shawl we have on display.  She will be bringing a selection of her stunning patterns and sample knits, and will also be demoing some fun techniques  Michele and I go way back in Internet years; we became online friends through our blogs while I was living on the East Coast!  It has been a lot of fun getting to know her in person since moving to Oregon.  I am thrilled to be hosting her and her design work at Stash.

See you this weekend at Stash!

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What’s in Your Knitting Bag?

We all have either a bag, purse, tote, basket or container of some sort that houses our yarn and projects. When I first started knitting, I put my projects in a plastic sandwich bag and left them next to the couch. Later I used a sturdy LLBean tote bag that stood open next to my chair at knit night. Now I’ve graduated to multiple hand-sewn project bags and a big-girl knitting bag.

My bag is the LJ Kaelms by Jordana Paige. I bought it last winter at Stitches West and have faithfully carried it with me ever since. This bag is on the larger side and can hold multiple projects, patterns, a notions bag, my Addi Click set, my wallet and cell phone, and even a book or iPad. This morning it even fit my cosmetics bag in addition to all of the above!

We currently have three different styles of Jordana Paige bags in the shop: LJ Kaelms, The Knitter’s Satchel, and The Knitter’s Messenger Bag.  Any one of these would be a decadent gift for yourself or a beloved knitter in your life.  They are vegan and cleverly designed by a knitter for knitters and crafters.  Pockets and compartments everywhere help keep you organized, and the strap length makes them easy to carry over your shoulder to stitch night. The only challenge here is deciding which color to buy!

 

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Wow! Table

On display in the front of the shop this week is a sampler of our stash of Shibui Yarns and patterns, including

SockStacatto, Silk Cloud, Baby Alpaca DK (new!), and Heichi Silk (new too!).  What’s not to love?

Shibui Knits fuses modern taste with classic silhouettes, creating a line of elegant and functional designs. They do a wonderful job of producing affordable luxury yarns and inventive, elegant patterns to suit your style and budget.

Stop in and pet these lovelies and perhaps even pick up a little something luxurious for yourself.

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Sit & Spin Sunday

This past Sunday some spinners invaded Stash.  They were most welcome, of course, and I was excited to see the local spinners in action.  You see, I don’t spin (yet) and was dipping my toe in the water to check the temp, so to speak.

The spinning itself was mesmerizing and looked quite relaxing.  What really got me excited were the drum carders and the enormous pile of fluffy, silky, sparkly goodies to mix into roving to create the most beautiful and fun batts.

It turns out many of the spinners are also sock knitters.  It only took a minor amount of cajoling to get them to show off a little bit!

I think this will have to become a monthly event, don’t you?

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