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!
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!
New project bags from Grey Poodle Designs.
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?
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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!
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. ; )
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!
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
Based on the Wildflower Cardigan
What is your favorite pattern from the collection?