Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meet The Samples :: Sheep Heid

 

As soon as our new Elemental Affects yarn arrived, I knew it had to be knit up into one of Kate Davies’ stunning Fair Isle patterns.  I also knew that our resident Fair Isle instructor Fran Biel would be the perfect knitter for the task.

She and I poured over the many lovely patterns,and ultimately chose Sheep Heid as a way to highlight the natural colors of this lovely American Shetland Wool.  From their Ravelry page:

This beautiful Shetland wool was grown in Montana, under the watchful eye of master spinner Judith MacKenzie, and spun in the USA. Available in 9 natural sheep heathered shades and 42 hand-dyed colors, this yarn is a fine choice for gloves, mittens, hats, and warm, lightweight sweaters.

We have all the colors in stock, and at just $6 per 118-yard skein, the opporunities for decadent color work are well within your reach.

Don’t know how to follow a Fair Isle pattern? Struggling with how to juggle all those colors?  Fear not:  Fran is teaching her popular Fun with Fair Isle class on November 4th!

Here’s what Fran had to say about the yarn and pattern:

I just had the pleasure of knitting up a hat sample of Sheep Heid for Stash using nine (9!) colors of Elemental Affects Fingering Weight. Simply put, this yarn is fantastic!

I really liked having the entire line of colors available in the shop, and the colors that I did choose – the entire natural/undeyed selection, plus light denim – complimented each other very well. The yarn felt great in my hand, and was not splitty.

I’ve knit with other Shetland wool before, and I most definitely will work exclusively with Natural Affection in the future.

The Natural Affection felt softer to me, and it was a bit kinder on my hands to work with. This might sound odd, but the yarn also smells really good! It must be the wool wash, since it does not smell sheep-y at all; more of a light, subtle floral perfume. 

Anyhow, I’m already planning my next Fair Isle project using this yarn – perhaps a pair of socks, or maybe even the Venezia Pullover if I’m feeling really adventurous.

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Pattern Notes

Sheep Heid Hat (available for purchase at Stash)

Elemental Affects colors used on right:

  • 2001 White = White
  • 2006 Gaulmogot = Musket
  • 2008 Katmollet = Mioget
  • 2002 Mooskit = Fawn
  • 2003 Shaela = Light Denim
  • 2007 Sholmit = Red Bark
  • 2004 Moorit = Moorit
  • 2009 Yuglet = Emsket
  • 2005 Black = Black

Pattern modifications:

  • Chart B: sheep body was knit using emsket
  • 2nd repeat of Chart A: rows 1 and 4 were knit using musket instead of emsket, and rows 2 and 3 were knit using emsket instead of musket.
  • Chart C: Rows 12-14 were knit with light denim as background color, rows 15-17 were knit with white as background color

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Inspired to do some Fair Isle knitting of your own but want a helping hand to get started? Join Fran on November 4th where you’ll get started on another stunning hat: Edith the Hat.

Call or come by the shop to register. 541-753-YARN

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Anniversary Bash a Smash Hit!

For an entire week leading up to our 1st Anniversary Bash, I had butterflies in my stomach. It was almost as if the shop was opening for the first time all over again.  I was convinced no one would come, and was worried that I’d have to eat all the cupcakes by myself (not that that’s a problem, really).

Turns out I didn’t need to worry!

You showed up by the dozens, and embraced us all with warmth, gratitude, and enthusiasm.  It was an amazing night, and my heart was so full afterward.  Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us; this place couldn’t thrive without you!

It means the world to know that you like what we’re doing here at Stash.  We will continue to provide the most beautiful and luxurious yarns we can find and serve them up in a fun, inviting atmosphere.

Our Anniversary Contest also went really well.  You are a talented bunch of stitchers!  We used a random number generator to pick a winner, and Ashley was our lucky knitter!  She made the blue sweater on the adorable little boy below.

We put together a little collage of just a few of the projects you completed in our first year.  Enjoy!

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Classes: Mosaic Knitting!

The air is turning crisp and the leaves are changing! That means that perfect weather for wearing handknits is right around the corner!

Sheila has designed this gorgeous hat to help you learn the art of mosaic knitting. You’ll only be working with one color per row, but the mosaic knitting technique makes the hat look far more complicated and intricate.

Come join Sheila on October 21st from 12:30-3:30pm. The cost is $35 and the pattern, Transit of Venus, will be provided.

Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate – Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, work in the round, and do decreases

Skills Learned: How to use 2 colors to do mosaic knitting while working on a hat.

Materials: 120 yards each of 2 contrasting colors of Heavy Worsted/Aran weight yarn, 16″ circular needle in size US 10.5 (or size to obtain gauge), double pointed needles in size 10.5 (or size to obtain gauge), stitch markers (10 if you’d like to mark every pattern repeat or 1 to mark the beginning of your round). Stash Recommendation: Imperial Columbia yarn, Addi Lace circular needles and Hiya Hiya double pointed needles. Pattern for Transit of Venus hat is included.

Space is limited so give us a call (541-753-9276) or stop in to register!

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Learn to Knit Socks:: It’s not so scary!

Hand-knit socks for everyone!

I’m a firm believer in knitting what you love, even before you’re ready. If you don’t know a certain type of project is “supposed” to be difficult or advanced, you just figure it out as you go along.  With enough passion and gumption, the knitting world is your oyster!

I had only been knitting a year when I started eyeing the socks on my knitting friends’ needles. That looks fun, I thought: let’s do this. I looked for an online tutorial and cobbled together some of the funkiest, albeit functional socks. I wish I had thought to go to my LYS and ask for help in person! Knitting is a slow magic trick, as the Yarn Harlot says, one never more evident than in the process of making socks.

Knit-along socks at Stash

If you’ve found yourself petting the gorgeous sock yarns and thinking I wish I could knit socks, or tried on your own and ended up with something that could be improved upon, come see me. I love socks, and I will show you the method behind the sock knitting madness. Because it is a little crazy, isn’t it?

Crazy fun, I say.

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✂Basic Socks
with Sonia Ruyts

October 13 and October 20, 10:30am-12:30pm  $45
Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round.
Skills learned: Anatomy of a sock, heel flap, slip-stitch pattern for heel, slip-stitch selvages, heel turn, gussets, toe shaping and kitchener stitch. Socks will be knit cuff down in DK weight yarn on double-pointed needles.

*There is homework for this class.

Limited seating available. Call or stop by the shop to register. (541) 753-YARN www.stashlocal.com

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