Monthly Archives: November 2012

Learn to Crochet!

Whether you’re a knitter looking to expand your skill-set to include crochet or someone new to the world of fiber arts, you’ll be sure to walk away from our Beginning Crochet class with some new skills! Saralyn will be teaching students the basics of crochet including how to make a foundation chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and the slip stitch. She’ll also get you started on a granny square and show you the basics of reading a crochet pattern!

A little bit about Saralyn:

My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 8 years old.  I made a lot of brightly colored afghans, then progressed on to lace doilies in my teens.  In my early twenties I taught myself to knit from library books while I was expecting my oldest daughter.  I came to especially love Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s breezy style of “make what you want” knitting patterns.  I spent my children’s early years knitting and crocheting anything and everything that struck my fancy.  When no pattern suited my vision, I made up my own.  For a time I wrote a knitting blog, and posted a few original patterns.  The most well-known is the Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf which currently has 497 projects on Ravelry.  In 2009 I took Abby Franqemont’s beginning spindle spinning class at Sock Summit, and began a love affair with spindles.  I’ve spun at the playground, walking the kids to school, in the car, at the Newport Aquarium, and anywhere else I can think of to pull out my spindle.  I enjoy sharing my love of crocheting, knitting, and spinning with anyone who wants to learn.

Join Saralyn on December 8th from 10:30-1:30 for our Beginning Crochet class. Cost is $30.

Once you’ve learned the basics, you can tackle some of these gorgeous patterns (or sign up for Saralyn’s other class: Intro to Crocheted Lace!):

We carry all these gorgeous Churchmouse Yarns and Teas patterns at Stash! Photos from Ravelry pattern pages.

Crochet is also handy skill for knitters to have in their bag of tricks! It’s great to use for edgings or embellishments on your hand knits!

Important Class information:

Skill Level: Novice
Skills Learned: Foundation chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, slip- stitch, granny square and a basic introduction to reading crochet abbreviations.
Materials: 100 yards of smooth worsted weight wool and a size H (5mm) crochet hook. Stash Recommends: Dream in Color Classy and Laurel Hill Crochet hooks! 15% off class materials purchased at the shop.

Spaces are limited so stop into the shop or call 541-753-9276 to reserve your spot today!

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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 Sunday December 9th from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $35. 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:  400 yards of fingering-weight yarn for shawl (solid or semi-solid is recommended), ~25 yards of light-colored fingering-weight scrap yarn for lace stitch sampler, 24-inch (or longer) size US 6 circular needle (or needle size to get desired drape), one stitch marker. Stash Recommends: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock and Addi Lace needles. 15% off class materials. 

Homework: With scrap yarn and size 6 needles, cast-on 25 stitches and knit for 2 inches in stockinette stitch.

Isn’t this shawl gorgeous? Sheila designed the shawl herself and the pattern is included with the class. We have a wonderful variety of fingering weight yarns that would look stunning in the geometric lace pattern!

Stop into the shop or give us a call (541-753-9276) to reserve your spot for this fun class!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yarn Edition

If you’re like us, you’ve been saving tasty tidbits of yarn and fiber from projects since the beginning of your crafty career.  Those partial skeins are insurance against damaged knitwear, reminders of projects past, and a bit of an albatross.  What is one to do with all those partial balls of yarn?

Leftovers aren’t just for Thanksgiving anymore.

We’ve put together a handy little list of some of our favorite ways to use up those stray balls of yarn and possibly kick-start your holiday crafting.  We’ve also created a board on our Pinterest Page for further inspiration!

Yarn Leftover Remix

These are some of Sonia’s past Leftover projects.

  • Pom poms You know we love these at Stash!  They make great embellisments on knits, decor, and presents alike.
  • Ornaments: Deck the Balls, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit
  • Holiday cards (these are really cute)
  • Home decor This holiday wreath is so chic and easy
  • Embellish presents use yarn instead of ribbons to tie packages together.
  • Wrap  baby hangers to give with a handknit sweater or use to display of heirloom knits.
  • Make a toy use yarn for small toys + creatures (slugs!) or to add hair to sewn dolls
  • Make something big Knit hexi puffs or crochet granny squares and evenutally you’ll have something big to show for it.
  • Keep it small mini socks, sweaters and mittens make great ornaments, garland, and embellishments on gifts
  • For the little ones tiny fingers + toes small amounts of yarn are perfect for baby booties + toddler mitts
  • Put a stripe on it Use a small amount of an accent color to add stripes and colorwork: Leftie by Martina Behm
  • Get natural flowers + insects make great little decorations and embellishments.
  • Accessorize make jewelry:  10 yard cuffs, Beignet necklace, Crochet Ring Bracelet 

What are some of your favorite ways to use up leftover bits of yarn? Let us know in the comments below.

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Steeking Class: Taking the Scary out of Cutting Your Knitting!

Cutting your knitting?! Why in the world would someone do that?! The biggest reason is that working fair isle (stranded colorwork) is easier to work in the round, but sometimes you want something that isn’t circular. Like a cardigan, for example. Ann Weaver’s Oranje Cardigan is a perfect example of this.

Photo from Knitty.com

You could do all that colorwork flat, but it would be much easier to do it in the round, and then *gasp* CUT up the middle of the sweater and then work the button bands.

How about a less intimidating colorwork project? Michele Bernstein’s Ruffle Kefuffle Scarf is knit in the round, cut, and then a ruffle is added!

Photo from Ravelry project page

Some knitters also use steeking for non-colorwork cardigans to save themselves from having to purl on the WS rows.

Don’t know how to do stranded colorwork? That’s okay! You don’t have to know how to do fair isle to take the class.

Cutting your knitting sounds SCARY, I know. Fran is an expert steeker who can help you get over your fears about cutting your knitting. During the class you’ll be cutting a swatch, so you can practice before cutting an actual project!

Interested? Here are the class details:

December 2nd from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $30.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate, Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. The Fair Isle technique will be discussed during class, since this is a technique most frequently used with Fair Isle knitting, however Fair Isle techniques will not be taught.

Skills Learned: Students will learn to steek (cut) their knitting either using a crochet reinforcement or with a machine-sewn edge (1 or 2 sewing machines will be available during class).

Materials: Approximately 150 yards of non-superwash worsted weight wool, 10 yards of non- superwash worsted weight wool in a contrasting color (this will be provided), crochet hook in size H or J, scissors Stash Recommends: Imperial Erin and Addi crochet hook. 15% off class materials purchased at the shop.

Homework: Cast on the number of stitches (in a needle size appropriate for your yarn) in your yarn’s gauge to get a swatch that is approximately 7.5-8 inches across. Working a flat piece, work 5 rows in garter stitch (knit every row), and then in stockinette stitch for an additional 6 inches. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and bind off. Bring this square to class.

Spaces are limited, call the shop at 541-753-9276 or stop by to register!

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It’s Ornamental :: Holiday Knitting with Beads

It seems that every knitter has a stitch or technique that is a No Zone.  You see it mentioned in a pattern and, no matter how much you thought you wanted to make it, you are now turned off.

For me, it was short rows.  I didn’t understand the nuances of the wrap and turn, and most attempts were hole-filled tragedies.  For years I avoided patterns that even vaguely smelled like they might have short rows, claiming that I just wanted something simple and easy.  But then one day I took the time to practice, tried a couple of different methods, and wast soon short-rowing like a pro.  And you know what?  Short rows weren’t so scary after all!

We have a few classes coming up that may touch on one of your No Zone techniques (you can view them here).  Perhaps beaded knitting has you stymied.  If so, I’m here to tell you that it’s really not so difficult.  In fact, once you get started, knitting with beads can be addictive!  And with this pattern, you can practice using beads and make a lovely holiday decoration at the same time.  Win win.

✂It’s Ornamental with Sonia Ruyts 
November 17 10:30-12:30
$20, 
Ornaments, beads, and pattern will be provided.

Get started on your holiday decorating and gift-giving with this fun ornament-making class! We will be knitting round ornament covers and embellishing with beads. Perfect if you’ve been wanting to learn how to add beads to your knitting. 

Space is limited, so call or come by the shop to reserve your space today! 541-753-YARN (9276)

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Classes: Twisted Stitch Fingerless Mitts

It’s the perfect time of year for fingerless mitts. When we get that fall chill in the air, I always bust out my  fingerless mitts for walking around town, driving, and for sitting at my computer typing! It’s also the time of year when small and portable projects come in handy!  If you’re anything like us here at Stash, you’re probably looking for some of these projects to focus on during the hectic holiday season.

Sheila has designed these beautiful fingerless mitts and will be teaching knitters the ins and outs of twisted stitches and i-cords on Sunday November 11th from 12:30-3:30. The cost for the class is $35 and includes a copy of the pattern.

Since the holiday knitting season is upon us (deep breaths, try not to freak out!), these would make a perfect gift for a special someone on your gift list. Of course, you could always knit them for yourself! In fact, we definitely encourage you to knit something special for yourself this time of year!

Additional Class Details:

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner- Students must be comfortable with the knit stitch, purl stitch, and knitting in the round
Skills Learned: Twisted Stitches, i-cord cast-on, knitted-in i-cord, left and right-leaning increase, i-cord cast-off
Materials: 200 yards of fingering-weight yarn for mitts or 300 yards of fingering-weight yarn for gloves, 1 set size US 2 double pointed needles (or long circular to do magic-loop), 3 stitch markers. Gauge is 8 sts and 11 rows per inch in stockinette stitch. Stash Recommends: Shibui Sock and Hiya Hiya double-pointed needles.15% off materials purchased in store, Pattern will be provided.

Come join Sheila on Sunday to have some fun while learning some new skills! Spaces are limited so call the shop (541-753-9276) or stop in to register today!

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Lee Meredith Coming to Stash!

We have a very special guest coming to Stitch Night in a couple of weeks.  Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) will be here with a trunk show of her fabulous designs!

Meet + Greet with Lee Meredith

November 14th, 5-8 pm at Stash  

Wobble Bass Hat  (photo from Ravelry pattern page)

A little bit about Lee, from her website:

Lee is a maker of things, doer of stuff living in Portland, Oregon, with a main focus on designing original hand-knit accessories. She spends her time writing, designing, making, teaching, spinning, photographing, brainstorming, and creating. With a background in photography and art, and a love of color, puzzles, and experimentation, she brings all these elements into her creative work, as well as into her writing on her blog, do stuff!

Lee has designed a variety of accessory patterns including hats, shawls, fingerless mitts, scarves and cowls. One of my favorite things about Lee’s patterns (besides the fact that they’re just plain awesome) is that they’re all completely customizable. Her patterns allow you to use any gauge yarn you’d like and guide you through the steps to make it just right.

Parallel Lines (photo from Ravelry pattern page) would be a great pattern for self striping yarns or little bits of leftovers! 

Lee’s patterns are  fun and original and many of them have an innovative and interesting construction. They’re also packed with great information and tutorials to help you learn any new techniques you may need for the pattern.

Freewheelin’ (photo from Ravelry pattern page) Gorgeous cables + contrasting edge.

The Either/Or (photo from Ravelry pattern page) mitts are part of an e-book called Remixed.

Well, I could go on and on about all the fun and interesting patterns designed by Lee…but how about you just come meet Lee and see for yourself? You can try on her innovative designs and perhaps start a new project at Stitch Night!

Mark your calendar now:

Meet & Greet with Lee Meredith 

November 14th, 5-8 pm at Stash  

Lee also has a Mystery-KAL going on right now…extra brownie points to anyone who brings a finished shawl from the MKAL!

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