Monthly Archives: June 2012

Baa Baa Black Sheep

It’s taken a few days for the fiber to settle and to process all the goodness that was Black Sheep Gathering.  Stash hosted our first-ever fiber festival booth, and it was a hoot! A busy, lesson-learning, inspiring, and fun weekend to be sure.

When we got to the space on Thursday there was literally nothing there but a table! Setting up the layout of the booth was challenging and fun, and I give serious props to all the vendors who have an inspiring set-up at these kinds of shows. It’s not easy!

We chose to highlight the best of what Stash has to offer in store and packed up some local treasures from indie dyers, spinners, and local companies like Imperial Yarn, Abstract Fiber, Huckleberry Knits, Three Fates Yarns, Hazel Knits, Knitted Wit, Becoming Art, Pigeonroof Studios, and more.

Throughout the weekend we chatted with a ton of friends, old and new. It was wonderful to see some finished Stash knits in the wild, and a real thrill to see people so excited about our booth. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello!

One of the most fun things for me about attending fiber festivals is the sheer volume of beautiful hand knits walking around. Stunning shawls, sweaters, and other accessories abound, and Liz and I both left with a long list of projects we’d like to knit.  As a knitter I  feed off of that kind of inspiration

Were you at Black Sheep? Let us know in the comments what your favorite part of the show was!

Happy stitching this weekend!

xoxo Sonia


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Summer Classes: Fun with Fair Isle

If you’ve ever admired all of those fantastic colorwork patterns but were overwhelmed with figuring out fair isle, then this is the class for you! Stash is pleased to welcome Fran Biel, a fair isle fanatic! Fran will be teaching “Fun with Fair Isle” on July 8th from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $35.

Fran is a recent Corvallis transplant, having moved here from Pittsburgh, PA in December. When she’s not knitting, Fran can be found managing a research lab at OSU or trying desperately to get excited about running. She also enjoys hiking and baking.

Students will learn fair isle techniques while working on their very own fair isle hat. Edith the Hat would be a great project to work on this summer; it’s small, portable and you can wear it when the chilly temperatures inevitably return in the winter!

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate – Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl, work in the round and decrease

Materials: 100g of fingering-weight yarn in two colors (50g for each color), 16″ circular needles in sizes 0 and 1.5 (or needles needed to achieve gauge), double-pointed needles in the larger of the needle sizes, stitch markers. 15% off materials purchased in store.

Fran used a skein of Baah! La Jolla  and a skein of Shibui Sock in natural for the class sample! It’s truly gorgeous!! Our fingering weight section has lots of new arrivals, so there are plenty of great color combos to choose from.

Stop into the shop, check out the awesome sample, and sign up for the class!

Phone: 541-753-9276

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New for Black Sheep Gathering

Pigeonroof Studio

New project bags from Grey Poodle Designs.

Huckleberry Knits

Caress Luxury Yarns

Exclusive Stash colors from Three Fates Yarn

We are in the midst of preparing for our first fiber festival booth ever at Oregon’s own Black Sheep Gathering. This means much planning and list-making, and my favorite part: new yarn!

We have replenished stock from favorite dyers like Knitted Wit, Three Fates, Pigeonroof Studios, Becoming Art, and Huckleberry knits. And then there has been the new-to-Stash yarn, too: sock yarn from Hazel Knits and Oregon-grown and dyed alpaca blends from Caress Luxury Yarns.

You can stop in to pet some of these pretties in person at the shop today until 5pm. Other are being saved for debut at the festival on Friday!  This festival is a free, family and fiber-friendly event open to all.

We will be in booth #12 inside building 2 June 22-24th.

The shop will be closed during this time.

Liz and I hope to see your smiling faces at the show this weekend.  Do stop by the booth and say hello, won’t you?

Happy stitching,


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Summer Classes: Intro to Lace

Does the thought of lace knitting both terrify and intrigue you? If so, we have the class for you!

We are thrilled to have knitter and designer Sheila O’Keefe here at Stash to guide you through your first lace project!

“I learned to knit from my mom as a child, but didn’t stick with it. In 1995 I quit my career in electronics and moved from Texas to Oregon to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. That first dark and rainy winter I realized I needed an indoor hobby (besides TV and chocolate). Over the winter holiday break, I checked out some books from the local library, bought some needles and yarn, and re-taught myself how to knit. I’ve been addicted to yarn ever since.” -Sheila O’Keefe

The “Intro to Lace” class will take place on 3 Saturdays, July 7, 14, and 28 from 10:30-12:30. Cost is $65. During the class students will learn the basics of lace knitting including how to read a lace chart.

Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students must be very comfortable knitting and purling and ready not to panic if you drop a stitch or need to rip back

Materials: US 6 24-inch or longer circular needle with fairly pointy tip (or needle size to get desired drape), 400 yards fingering-weight yarn (picking an appropriate yarn and needle will be covered in the first session). 15% off materials purchased in store.

Isn’t this shawl gorgeous? Sheila designed the shawl herself and the pattern is included with the class. She used Knitted Wit Fingering for the class sample. It looks stunning in the geometric lace pattern!

Stop into the shop or give us a call to reserve your spot for this fun class!

Phone: 541-753-9276

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A Day with Brenda Dayne

On Saturday we were thrilled to welcome the one and only Brenda Dayne to Stash for a day of teaching and knitting.  Awesome podcast aside, Brenda is an accomplished knitter and designer, and has the technical know-how to share her knowledge with students.

We hosted Brenda’s Short-row toe-up sock class, and it was packed with enthusiastic knitters.  There were local knitters as well as visitors from Eugene, Salem, Portland, and Seattle here for the class.  What a fun afternoon we had learning, knitting, sweating (it was our first hot summer day, of course), and visiting with Brenda!

Brenda’s in there somewhere demonstrating…

There she is!

Everyone was challenged to learn a new technique, and by the end we had many wee socks around.

Laia with her class sock + Mrs. Beeton wristers

Brenda + Stash knitters!

Thank you to Brenda and all the lovely knitters for making the trip to Stash! It was a memorable day indeed. ; )

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New at the Shop :: Coastal Kids

You may already know and love the popular book Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig.  Well we have something sweet to tempt you into casting on for something new: Coastal Kids.

This is a collection of 4 children’s patterns based on the popular designs in Coastal Knits.  Available in a generous range of sizes (6 months to size 14) there is sure to be something for just about everyone.  Knitting for little ones is a wonderful way to try new techniques or get a sneak preview of what the adult-sized sweater could be.  I could see knitting a Wee Wildflowers cardigan for my 2.5 year old and a full-sized version for myself down the road!

Little Oak

Based on the Gnarled Oak Cardigan

Tiny Rocky Coast

Based on the Rocky Coast Cardigan and knit in The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, a yarn soon to arrive at Stash.

Mini Waters Edge

Based on Waters Edge Cardigan

Wee Wildflower

Based on the Wildflower Cardigan

What is your favorite pattern from the collection?

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Dear Brenda,

Not long after I first learned to knit and had been consumed by the knitting bug, I started listening to knitting podcasts. I was very much in the “All knitting all the time” mindset, and meeting up with my new knitting friends once a week just wasn’t cutting it. I needed more!

It was about this time that a friend suggested I listen to Cast On. I took her recommendation to heart and was instantly hooked. I went on a podcast bender, catching up on past episodes while I knit, folded laundry, walked the dog, and painted almost every room of a house. That’s a lot of Brenda, and I’m still an enthusiastic subscriber!

Started in 2005, Brenda Dayne’s podcast was one of the first high-quality knitting podcasts on the market. With her trademark voice, wit and wisdom, Brenda quickly made a name for herself in the knitting world and now has over 2 million subscribers!  I tune in for quality essays and insights about knitting, her segment Today’s Sweater, in which she recounts the history of one of her hand-knits, and the stories about her adopted homeland of Wales.

Here at Stash we are honored that Brenda added us to her list of destinations for her first-ever North American tour. With such yarn behemoths as Webs and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in her tour’s wake, this little shop is truly humbled.  She’ll be at one of my personal favorite shops in San Fransisco, A Verb for Keeping Warm, this weekend, so stop by if you’re in the area.

We hope that whether you’ve heard Cast On before or not you will stop by the shop next Saturday June 16th to meet Brenda. Let’s help show Brenda what amazing fiber enthusiasts we have in Corvallis!

Saturday June 16th

Toe-Up Sock Class 1-4pm  

  • There are only a couple of spots left, so please get in touch asap to pre-register. (541) 753-YARN

Meet + Greet, 5-7 pm

Happy Knitting!




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Meet the Samples:: Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock + La Jolla Sock Yarn

8 Luscious hand-dyed colors

We have another new sample knit in the shop! We paired the Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock pattern with a new yarn, La Jolla, from one of our favorite West Coast dyers Baah! yarns, and let me tell you, I loved knitting it.

Even though I frogged the partially finished sock no less than 3 times because apparently I cannot read a pattern, I loved knitting with the yarn.  Its squishy-ness, sproing (due to its tight twist), and beautiful color made all the frogging and re-knitting bearable, and the finished product is a “I wish I could wear this every day” type of sock. (I say sock because I only knit one.  There are other samples to be knit!)  Really, the yarn is. a. dream. to. knit. with!

Now don’t let all my gushing about the yarn make it seem like the Basic Sock pattern was second-rate, because it’s not.  If you’ve never knit socks, or knit more than you can count, you’ll like this pattern.

Meet Peg the Leg!

First, it is beautifully laid out in the classic Churchmouse style.

Second, the pattern gives you the option to knit in fingering OR in DK weight yarn, your choice.  There’s also an option to do a rib pattern, or not.  Again, up to you.

Third, the pattern contains incredibly detailed pictures and instructions with tips and hints on how and why you are doing what you are doing when you knit a sock.  This is especially helpful for those of you that shudder when you hear the phrase “turn a heel”, or the word “gusset”.  It is, as usual, a superb pattern from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.

If you are interested in either, we of course have both the patterns and yarn available at the shop, but I’m giving everyone fair warning now, the La Jolla is disappearing from the shelves.  Fast.  (Coincidentally, my paycheck is too…)


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Book Review: Mom & Me Knits

Oh the knitting books!  I think I have about as many knitting books and booklets as I have yarn, and even though the number of patterns I already own would take twice my life expectancy to knit, I keep collecting books.  Of course, it doesn’t help that I work in an awesome yarn shop where I get to see all the latest and greatest publications first hand.  Just in the last two weeks we’ve received quite a few books including Custom Knits: Accessories by Wendy Bernard, Knitting Everyday Finery by Mel Clark, and the one I couldn’t keep my hands off of, Mom & Me Knits by Stephanie Japel.

Copyright by Aimee Herring

 This book is so adorable; I may have actually squeed when I flipped through it.  It contains 10 paired projects to knit (20 patterns in all), and I think I want to knit every single one!  A few details:

–        It is organized with 1 pattern for mom and 1 pattern for baby or child, with the exception of a girls halter top paired with doll halter top pattern

–        The smaller patterns are obviously designed with girls in mind but there is a couple in the book that could easily be made for little boys too (the Surfer Tee would be perfect)

–        4 patterns sized up to 24 months for babies

–        6 patterns sized up to 10 years

–        Women’s patterns sized up to 50” bust

–        There is a variety of gauges to choose from 4st/4in in a bulky yarn all the way down to 32st/4in in a fingering weight yarn

The paired patterns themselves do not all match exactly, and that was the clincher for me.  Never a fan of matching mother/daughter outfits, I can actually see my daughter and I wearing our sweaters, together.

And who knows, maybe in a few years we’ll be knitting them together too!

Surfer Tee Copyright by Aimee Herring

If you’re interested in seeing more, head down to the shop and pick up a copy.  And if the previously mentioned Surfer Tee strikes your fancy, Stephanie Japel is hosting a Surfer Tee KAL on her blog right now.  Check it out.


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