Monthly Archives: December 2011

Oak Grove Mitts

We have a stunning new sample knit in the shop.

The Oak Grove Mitts by Alana Dakos knit up beautifully in the Cielo Sport yarn from Becoming Art.  The sweet oak leaf grows from the ribbing at the wrist, then pops out from a reverse stockinette background.  My friend and long-distance sample knitter, Jen, reports that this was a fun and interesting pattern with enough going on that she didn’t get bored, yet it wasn’t overly challenging, either.

And let’s just take a moment to talk about that yarn, shall we?  The colors from Washington indie dyer Lisa Sanchez are deep and saturated, with a hint of darkness.  With color names like Spun Honey, Preserves, and Cinnamon, they are truly drool-worthy!  Best of all, this pattern uses just 150 yards, so you will have nearly half a skein left to play with!

Which color will you choose?

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I Love You Baby!

Check out this sweet new sample of the I Love You Baby pullover, knit up by Ashley:


The pattern is available in the shop and takes just 3-4 balls of our new bamboo nylon blend, Babyboo. Six colors are in stock for you to choose from!

Who do you love?

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Jul Designs & Schaefer Trunk Show

Jul Designs & Schaefer Yarn

Trunk Show one day only!

Sunday December 18, 1-4pm

Jul Designs is new to me, but I was instantly drawn to these hand-made shawl pins.  Carved from beautiful wood or forged from metal, these shawl pins make a beautiful addition to any hand knit shawl or scarf.  Jul also makes a variety of pedestal buttons that are removable and require no button holes! Imagine moving that special button from one sweater or shawl to another simply by unscrewing the base.

We are also pleased to announce that Stash in now carrying Miss Priss from Schaefer Yarn, a hand painted 100% merino wool in worsted weight.  This is a company I have worked with before and am very excited to share with you.  Schaefer is a small, family run yarn business that hand-dyes its yarn in a stunning array of saturated colors.

From their website: While The Schaefer Yarn Company is just 18 years old, we have been hand dyeing variegated yarn commercially since 1980 – first in Mendocino, California, then in New York City. We now live and work in Interlaken, a village just north of Ithaca in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York.  Now it takes a family of 11 to bring Schaefer Yarn to you, and yet each and every skein of yarn is still individually hand painted, just as it was in the beginning. We coined the phrase handpainted because of the painterly way we approached dyeing. 

The trunk show will preview many of Schaefer’s Yarns and unique color ways and, depending on the response, we may have more in the shop very soon…

See you Sunday!

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Three Fates Yarns Trunk Show

Three Fates Yarns Trunk Show @ Stash!

Saturday, December 17th

from 2-5pm

Stephania Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns will be at Stash for an afternoon of yarn and dyeing show & tell.  A work-at-home mom from Salem, Stephania is passionate about dying beautiful yarns with a story behind them.  From her blog:

Moraie is another name for the three fates, clotho, lachesis and atrophos. Who are the Three Fates? The maiden, the mother and the crone, or the spinner, the weaver and the cutter (of the thread of life). Also, me myself and I. In mythology, the Three Fates are Greek goddesses that control human lives, but I think if we had gods and goddesses of fiber arts, they would be it. I always think of the three witches in the Scottish play, conversing over a dye pot, “When shall we three meet again.”

 Stephania will be coming with a selection of gorgeous hand painted yarn; some you’ve seen in the shop, and some are brand new to us.  Please stop in to chat with your local independent dyer and give her a warm Corvallis welcome!

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Meet the Samples

I have had the privilege of meeting many talented and generous knitters over the years.  It has always astounded me how open and giving most fiber people are with their knowledge and time, and this has been very apparent at Stash.  Many people have offered up their talents to knit or crochet samples for the shop, and for that I am deeply grateful.  Not just because having samples helps sell yarn (which it does), but because we are all pressed for good crafting time. That someone would give up their personal knitting time to work on something for my shop is beyond generous.  Thank you all so very much.

And now, for the introductions.  Meet Brandy, otherwise known as the Evening Dusk Bolero by Leigh Radford:

This knits up in just over one skein of Imperial Yarn’s Bulky 2-strand Pencil Roving, and would make a great layering piece over a dress or long-sleeved t-shirt.  The fir button is from Candace at One of A Kind Buttons.

And here is Aly, the Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos.  I have long admired this pattern, and now I get to throw it around my shoulders whenever the shop gets to feeling a little bit chilly!  This pattern uses Knitted Wit’s Polwarth Silk DK and is shown in the Cedar color way.

And last but not least is Caroline’s Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West knit up in Shibui Staccato Sock in Apple and Bohemian.

This is a wonderful pattern for playing around with color combinations.  Whether you prefer high contrast or more subtle combinations, mixing colors yields beautiful one of a kind results in this shawl.

Stop into the shop to see these samples in person!  And don’t be shy: they like to be touched and tried on…

 

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Feed Your Creativity

Introducing Feed Your Creativity from Kollage Yarns.

This is a fun way for us to try out 10 different yarns and patterns in 2012 at Stash.  Some of the kits will go toward classes, others will be available for general purchase.  They just beg for a knit along, don’t you think?  Each shipment will come with a variety of colors, so that each kit will be different.

In the shop now is the Delightful Cowl kit, a sparkly, festive buttoned neck warmer with knit and crochet instructions.  I see this as the perfect simple project with big wow factor, perfect for dressing up your winter coat or adding a layer of warmth to a dressy outfit. This yarn is going fast…just 6 skeins left!

 

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Happy Holidays!

The twinkle lights are up and the window is flocked with wooly decor.

The shop is full of new goodies for your gift-making and gift giving.  From luscious locally hand-painted and hand-spun yarns to new project bags and pincushions, we have something beautiful for you or a special friend.  I also fully support and encourage a little selfish knitting this time of year; you absolutely deserve something soft and luxurious to knit with!

Handmade in Corvallis by Deb Curtis

Beaded necklace and cuff kits from Nelkin Designs

Alto from Abstract Fiber

Cielo Sport from Becoming Art

So stop in and say hi, have a look around, and get your creative juices flowing.

Current Shop Hours:

Saturday 10-5:30
Sunday 12-4
Monday + Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12-9 pm
Thursday + Friday 10-5:30

Holiday Hours
12/24 10-2
Closed Christmas Day
12/31 10-4
Closed New Year’s Day

 

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