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Meet the Samples: Turbulence Cowl

Stash Enhancer Liz here to introduce you to the newest member of the shop sample family, the Turbulence Cowl!

Pattern: Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Yarn: Shibui Merino/Alpaca in Suit and Ash

Modifications: Why, oh why am I always running out of yarn?! I aimed to knit this cowl in one skein of each color, but I ran out of the main color (Ash) with 4 rows left of the cowl. Instead of breaking into a second skein for 2 rows with that color, I bound off 4 rows early. I think the culprit was using a yarn that is more dense than the suggested yarn. At any rate, if I hadn’t pointed out that there were 4 rows missing, I doubt anyone would notice.

The Shibui Merino/Alpaca is a dream to knit with. Since it’s a cable-ply yarn, it feels like it has a fairly tight twist in the skein, and that it might knit up kind of stiff. In reality, it knit up into a wonderfully squishy fabric with a little bit of drape. The cowl calls for a larger needle size than the ball band, but even knit at a tighter gauge it would retain it’s squishy quality. It did grow a bit when I wet blocked the cowl, but I expected that with the garter stitch.

The pattern was very well written and easy to follow. The cowl is knit in the round with the use of short rows to complete the wedges. Now…don’t go running and screaming at the mention of short rows. There is a clear and concise explanation in the pattern about how to do the short rows. The good news is that there is surprisingly little purling since the short rows take up a good portion of the knitting. This would be a perfect instant gratification knit. I finished it in about 4 sittings and it was really fun to watch all the wedges form as you knit and the stripes make it even more interesting (without being difficult).

Now for the really fun part…other color combinations!

Shibui Merino/Alpaca from L–>R: Velvet & Artichoke, Abyss & Bordeaux, Ivory & Blush

Shibui Merino/Alpaca from L–>R: Artichoke & Blush, Velvet & Ash, Abyss & Artichoke

We also have some other yarns that would look great knit up in a Turbulence Cowl. If you want a lighter-weight and springy cowl, how about Knitted Wit DK (85% Polwarth/15% Silk)?

Knitted Wit DK, Top Row L–>R: Grass is Greener & Stellar, Bobbin Blue & Yellow Brick Road

Bottom row L–>R: Stellar & Azurite, Grass is Greener & Yellow Brick Road

Or how about some of the new colors of Baah Sonoma, a DK weight merino yarn?

Baah! Sonoma, Top Row L–>R: Burmese Ruby & Grey Onyx, Azurite Machurite & Grey Onyx

Bottom Row L–>R: Midnight Sky & Grey Onyx, Winter Purple & Pink Tourmaline

If pure luxury is what you’re looking for, try some Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK (75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk):

 Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK L—>R: Vitals & Celadon, Espresso & Purple Haze

We’re excited to see what other combinations you’ll come up with!

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Feature Friday:: Pigeonroof Studios

Cassiopeia DK

Siren Two Sock

Siren Two Lace

This week at Stash we are loving the freshly dyed yarn stylings of Pigeonroof Studios.  These beauties are the work of independent dyer Krista McCurdy of Oakland, California.  Her colors are luminous and vibrant, rich and multi-tonal.  You may have seen the Cassiopeia DK in person during our Coastal Knits Trunk show knit up into the Gnarled Oak Cardigan. It has a lovely hand that we all loved when trying on the sample!

We could barely contain our excitement while unpacking this yarn.  Hand-dying yarn takes time, and while waiting for this order the excitement just kept growing!  Each unique color way is stunning, and color way names like Ghost Orchid, Vitals, and Cockleshell just add to the appeal.

Stash currently carries three luxurious bases: Siren Two Lace (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10%nylon), Siren Two Sock (same), and the Cassiopeia, a delicious blend of merino, cashmere, and silk (75//15/10).  Excuse me while I go pet it for a moment…

Here are some project ideas to get your wheels turning:

Siren Two Lace:

Siren Two Sock:

Cassiopeia DK:

*Available in Store       **Freebie

Happy weekending, Stashers!

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Feature Friday:: Baah! Yarn

We’re rolling in the love that is Baah! Yarn Sonoma, a rich, luminous merino DK weight yarn.  Hand-dyed in California, this is a yarn to rival other big-name yarns.

Mira Cole is the genius dyer behind these rich, painterly colors.  Baah! is a delightful new addition to the indie dyer scene, and Stash is proud to be an early distributor!  You can look forward to more colors and the La Jolla fingering weight yarn in the shop soon.

Here at Stash we are in love with the Burmese Ruby color way, a dead ringer for our signature color red.   Mira was generous enough to send along a beautiful sample of the Cocoon Me Cowl by Rose Beck, also in Burmese Ruby.  Coincidentally I had recently added this pattern to my Ravelry queue!  I’ve been wearing it around the shop today, test driving the finished project, and really enjoy its warmth and rich multi-tonal color.  Now to decide which color to knit it up in…

Also new at Stash are the recently released Addi Click Lace-Long Tips.

Meet the latest addition to the addi Click family! Longer Lace Tips have the same sharp point as the regular Lace needles, but are just over 5 inches in length, which some knitters prefer. Each kit includes US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, along with 3 pliable blue addi-Lifeline Cords which create 24″, 32″, and 40″ needles, and 1 Click connector. Plus they come in that snazzy pink case, which is reason enough to make the investment!

Happy knitting, all!  I hope you have something sweet planned for the upcoming weekend.

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Knit-along Update + Prize Announcement

Just popping in to say that I finished my Hado Slouch hat for the Stash Sock Yarn Knit-Along!

Hado Slouch Hat by Olga Buraya-Kefelian  knit in Shibui Staccato in Jackie

I had been working on the hat during slow times at the shop, and never really sat down to work on it for an extended period of time. I decided to just bring it home, park myself on the sofa, and get knitting. And you know what? It was fun and I finished in no time at all! Granted, I did one less repeat of the pattern…that always makes things go speedily!  You can see my notes here.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Staccato; that silk and merino is really something special.  While the pattern is written for 4 color stripes, a lot of knitters have opted to use a single variegated yarn.  The cream, silver, taupe, and mustard play really well together, I think.  Combined with the wave motif, you can hardly tell where I forgot to do the purl rows here and there, a delightful perk of a busy pattern!

Are you knitting along with us this time around? How’s it going?

Remember, there’s a prize! You can enter to win by showing off your finished hat or socks in person at Stitch Night, or by posting a photo in the Ravelry thread or Facebook page.  The knit-along ends February 29th, so there’s still plenty of time to join in and/or finish up.

So what are you waiting for? Get those needles clicking!

Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders and a skein of Bling fingering weight from Knitted Wit (63% merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon, 2% silver)

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Meet the Samples:: Featherweight Cardigan

Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Yarn: Sweet Georgia SeaSilk Lace in Tourmaline

Thanks to Stash Enhancer Liz for this stunning sample and for writing up all the details to share with you.  From Liz:

Awhile back (ahem, november, ahem), Sonia asked if I would knit a lace weight cardigan for the shop. Of course, I agreed, since the pattern was simple and straightforward and the yarn was GORGEOUS.

Since this was a shop sample I made very few modifications. I wouldn’t have many any, except that when I went to start the first sleeve I had a huge gaping hole when I picked up the amount of stitches called for in the pattern. I knit a few rows somehow thinking it would magically go away (it didn’t…shocking, I know), and when it didn’t I ripped back and tried again. This time I picked up more stitches than called for and decreased to the correct number on the following row. All good, right? Wrong. The underarm looked great, but after a few rows I realized there was a stitch that not been unpicked correctly, and I had to drop the stitch down a few rows to fix it.

The only other modification I made was to the front band. I was so close to being able to finish the sweater with one skein, it seemed kind of silly to break into a second skein if I didn’t need to. I cut the band short by about 1/2 an inch. After binding off, I realized I probably could have gotten a few more rows out of the yarn, but it would have been really annoying to run out on the bind-off! I knit the sweater to the specifications in the pattern, but it grew like crazy length-wise. It ended up about 2″ longer than the pattern calls for, but it still looks nice.

Let’s talk about the yarn for a minute, shall we? The Sweet Georgia SeaSilk Lace is made from 60% seacell and 40% silk. The blend takes the dye beautifully and the yarn has a wonderful sheen to it. Knitting lace weight yarn on larger needles in stockinette stitch was a new experience for me. At first I was really frustrated because my stitches looked sooooo uneven. It was making me crazy. But blocking is magical. I had my doubts, but my stitches appeared much more even after soaking and blocking. And the yarn totally transformed. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely before I soaked it. But the drape is amazing and it has a wonderful light and silky feel. My only complaint? The yarn bled. A lot. Strangely enough, it didn’t bleed on my hands as I was knitting with it, but it bled like crazy when I washed it. Not a huge deal since I only used one color and I would never wash it with anything else. However, I can see it being a problem if someone wanted to pair it with a lighter colored yarn in a project.

The pattern was very well written with easy to follow instructions, which is always awesome!

Thanks, Liz!  This pattern and yarn combination is stunning, and must be seen (and touched) in person to fully appreciate.  I think it’s the perfect spring knit, and would also be lovely in a fingering weight yarn.  Apple green, daffodil yellow, crocus purple… I’m ready for spring, how about you?!

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Feature Friday:: New Stuff!

Just a few of the new lovelies we have at the shop this week:

Zauberball Crazy! 2ply self-striping fingering weight yarn

Hand Felted Sheep pins from Frabjuous Fibers

Boho Knitter Chic Handspun

Anchovy Knits Handspun

Crafter's Tool Butler by Jordana Paige

Interlocking blocking boards from Cocoknits

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Already a subscriber?  You’re awesome.  Remember: there’s a coupon out right now for 25% off one skein of yarn, good through Sunday 2/11/12.

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