Monthly Archives: July 2012

Wrap-up of Summer CKAL

It is nearly the end of July which means our summer crochet and knitalong will be ending.  If you are not done with your top, not to worry!  The fun of a CKAL is to have support from others who are knitting the same thing as you are, not to finish by a deadline.  With that said, here is a round up of finished and almost finished Spring Garden Tees (both little girl and adult sizes) knit by us and our customers (photos are by the respective knitter):

Kathy’s lovely chartreuse Tee

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Almost finished child’s tee by Lois  (And then she’s got one more to go for twins!  Go Lois!)

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Liz’s Spring Garden Tee in a beautiful teal

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Knit by Rachel for her daughter, a charming pink version

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And my vibrant fuchsia version, knit for my daughter

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Fantastic job everyone!

For those of you still working away on your tops, don’t give up!  Bring them to knit night and we’ll cheer you on or lend a hand if needed.  Once you’re done, post a photo of your completed top in the Summer KAL thread on Ravelry.  We all want to see them!

Next up:  The Fall KAL.  Stay tuned for details!

~Cinnamon

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Meet the Samples: Fine Fella Hat

I know it’s hard to think about wearing handknit hats when we’re having such beautiful weather, but chilly temps will inevitably return and why not get a jump start on cold weather accessories!

Pattern: Fine Fella by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Swans Island Worsted in Red Coral

If you read my review of Swans Island yarn a while back, it should come as no surprise that knitting with this yarn was a real treat. It’s incredibly soft, has wonderful stitch definition, and subtle color variations which make for a wonderful knitting experience and a lovely FO!

Carrie of Irish Girlie Knits does a wonderful job with her patterns. She provides both written instructions and charts and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Fine Fella is a one-size-fits-most pattern due to the forgiving nature of the ribbing. I love the crown decreases and that the cable continues all the way to the top in a neat and tidy fashion.

Stop on into Stash and grab a Fine Fella pattern, some Swans Island yarn and getting knitting those winter accessories!

Happy Crafting!

Stash Enhancer Liz

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New for Fall: The Fibre Company

We are thrilled to welcome The Fibre Company to the Stash family.  Distributed by Kelbourne Woolens, this yarn is the beautiful result of the efforts of Kate Gagnon Osborn + Courtney Kelley.  You may know them from their individual knitwear designs and book collaboration, Vintage Modern Knits.

About the yarn:

Focusing on interesting blends of natural fibers, the unique yarns are all carefully developed to achieve the perfect combination of softness and structure. The beautiful, saturated and sophisticated colors in the lines are all kettle dyed to create a subtle variation in tone and color.

We are bringing in 4 sumptuous yarns for fall, and hooray!  3 of them are already in the shop and ready to be knit up into something warm and soft.

Canopy Fingering

50% baby alpaca + 30% merino + 20% viscose bamboo

Acadia DK

60% merino + 20% baby alpaca + 20% silk

Road to China Worsted

65% baby alpaca + 15% silk + 10% camel + 10% cashmere

Tundra Bulky *coming soon!*

60% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool + 10% silk

Arctic Circle Cowl in Tundra
photo from http://www.kelbournewoolens.com/blog


All of these yarns are next-to-skin soft and would be excellent choices for accessories and sweaters alike.  We have paired each yarn with a range of beautiful patterns to inspire you. You simply must stop into the shop to touch and nuzzle these yarns for yourself!

 

Leave a comment and tell us: which of these yarns are you dreaming of stitching up this fall?

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Knitting Along, Westknits Style

The first clue of the Westknits Mystery KAL was released this past Friday, and with it a flurry of intense excitement.  I started waiting anxiously on Thursday night to see if the clue would be released at midnight EST (9pm Oregon time). Even though it wasn’t, I was happy to see the update in my Ravelry library Friday morning.  So excited, in fact, that I cast on at work.  Shhh…don’t tell my boss!

Spoiler pic coming up, so stop here if you don’t want to know.

Swans Island fingering in Seasmoke; Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Electrolyte

This little fan of knitting is just filled with interesting techniques: attached i-cord edging, short-row shaping, carrying a color up one side, and more. It immediately grabbed my attention and the attention of knitters worldwide; there are over 2,300 projects already!  There has been a lot of photo sharing a discussion in the group about preferred methods of creating short rows, the pros and cons of various color combos, and plenty of general good cheer amongst participants. While I cannot keep up with all the chatter, it is comforting to know that should I have a question there is a pool of knowledge there to help almost instantly.

The joys of a knit-along also mean that we can join together in person and share our joys and woes.  Have a question about the shawl or just want to show off your tidy wrap + turns? Liz, Kathryn, and many customers are also knitting the Rockefeller, so stop by the shop and join the discussion!  We’ll be more than happy to show off our wedges. ; )

Are you playing along?  Leave a comment and tell us what color combo you’ve chosen!

Happy knitting,

Sonia

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New Classes: Double Knitting and Cast-Ons

We are thrilled to be welcoming Laurel Coombs to Stash on August 4th to teach 2 information-packed classes! Be sure to read to the end of this post for a special offer you won’t want to miss.

Laurel Coombs is a passionate knitter who loves the variety of techniques available inside the sphere knitting. She enjoys spreading the love of knitting, and wants everyone to enjoy making unique and beautiful knitwear. She’s been designing for five years, as Lobug of Lobug Designs. Lobug is the designer of The Unique Sheep’s Lord of the stRings Sock club series. Other designs of hers can be found in the Alice in Wonderland Sock Club series, as well as in Yarn Forward magazine. Laurel knits and designs at home in Portland with her husband in between homeschooling their four children.  You can follow A Bug’s Life online at lobug.blogspot.com or on Ravelry and Plurk under Lobug.

Double Knitting on August 4th, 10:30-1:30 – $40

Do you suffer from Second Sock Syndrome? Interested in learning how to make reversible items such as hats, socks and mittens? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this is the class for you! During the class students will learn how to knit two identical items at the same time as well as how to make reversible knitwear. If you’re wondering what kinds of double knitting patterns are out there…I’m a big fan of this cowl, these reversible mittens come in sizes for the whole family, and all you bike lovers can make a reversible bicycle hat!

Double Knitting is great for reversible fair isle patterns!

This is an advanced beginner/intermediate class and students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, knit in the round, increase and decrease.

 Materials: Students must bring 100 yards of fingering weight or DK weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors, needles for your preferred method of knitting in the round (dpns, 2 circulars or 1 long circular needle) that match your yarn gauge.

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Cast-Ons: August 4th, 2:00-4:00 – $30

Have you ever passed over a pattern because it called for a specific Cast-On that you didn’t know how to do? Or come across a pattern with a Provisional Cast-On and were frustrated trying to teach yourself? This class will focus on provisional cast-ons and closed in-the-round cast-ons such as the Middle Eastern Cast-On and Judy’s Magic Cast-On, since those are the toughest to learn on your own!

Laurel’s Cast-Ons class is a beginner level and students should have a basic knowledge of knitting.

Materials: 100 yards of worsted weight yarn, a length of scrap yarn in a contrasting color, 2 circular needles and your preferred needles for knitting in the round (dpns, 2 circulars, or 1 long circular) that match your yarn gauge. 

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Both of these classes offer skills that would be great additions to any knitter’s “bag of tricks” and will open up a new world of possible patterns! Registered students receive 15% off class materials.

Stash would like to extend a special offer to students: Sign up for both classes by July 25th and receive 20% off. Call it a knitter’s Stay-cation or retreat and make a day of it!

There are a limited number of spaces for these information-packed classes, so call to reserve your spot today: 541-753-9276

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Mission: IncogKnito Caper

TOP SECRET MEMO

Continue reading only if you are willing to accept a Top Secret Mission.

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As aggressive as the title may sound, Yarn Bombing is a cheerful and peaceful act of yarn art. Everyday objects become works of temporary wooly art when covered in hand-knit and crochet fabric. Imagine bike racks, park benches, lamp posts, and even statues and trees covered in a cheerful layer of stitches.

Stash is participating in a top-secret mission this summer. We’ve been approached about adding some color and texture to the Corvallis Fall Festival in celebration of their 40th anniversary.  Can’t you just picture the gazebo covered in colorful stripes, park benches wrapped in afghans, and our ballerina statue wearing leg warmers and a crown?

But we cannot do this alone.  We need your talent and time to help make this dream a reality!

from Spud & Chloe.com, copyright Annie Bee

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  • donate unwanted yarn or finished objects (think scarves, blankets, anything that could wrap or decorate a fixed object)
  • knit or crochet 8 x 8 inch squares and longer strips to donate to the cause
  • volunteer your time to help install the yarn art around Central Park
  • all of the above!

Stash will serve as a collection point for yarn and finished pieces.  Stop by to pick up free yarn to knit or crochet a piece, then drop it back by to get more.  Feel free to use up your own odds and ends of yarn; the more colorful and crazy the combinations, the better.  We will also have a few pieces in progress at the shop, so if you have a few minutes you can sit and work a row or two. Every stitch counts!

This year’s Fall Festival is happening September 22 + 23.  Stash will be coordinating the installation of the finished pieces the evening of September 21st. If you’re interested in helping, please see a Stash Enhancer to get your name on the list.

Remember, this is a Top Secret Mission, and is only to be spoken openly about within the walls of Stash! ; )

Please come into Stash for more details.  Looking for inspiration?  You can view our Yarn Bomb Spectacular board on Pinterest.

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Westknits Mystery KAL

Last summer I joined hundreds of other knitters in a mysterious knitting adventure: the 2011 Stephen West Mystery Shawl Knit Along.  We were given parameters and told to choose three colors.  After that, a new clue was released each week, and we got to watch West’s cleverness unfold in a bold, geometric pattern.  I was really happy with my color choices, and loved how they played together in the pattern.  You can see my finished shawl here.

Color A: Swans Island Organic in Seasmoke + Color B: Hazel Knits in Electrolyte.

So when I found out there would be a 2012 Mystery KAL, it was a no-brainer.  Two colors of fingering weight yarn are needed: Color A can be a solid or semi-solid; Color B can be a little more variegated or self-striping if you like.  Judging from the yardage requirements, this is going to be a generous shawl.  I’ve been daydreaming about this color combination since the Hazel Knits arrived at the shop, and I think it will be a good choice for the knit along.

There’s still time to purchase the pattern through Ravelry before the knit along begins on July 13th.  After that, the pattern will not be available for download until after all of the clues have been released.

Will you be playing along?

xoxo

Sonia

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