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A Wonderful, Wooly Time

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Rock Island in Sweet Georgia’s merino silk lace

Our second trip to the Black Sheep Gathering was a lot different than the first.  This time we knew a little bit more of what to expect from the experience, and were able to adjust accordingly.  Pack snacks and antihistamine (all that hay from the sheep barn!).  Focus on indie dyers.  Bring lots of patterns for our samples.  You know, the basics.  But we’re perfecting this whole taking Stash on the road thing, and it is getting easier!

Black Sheep is right in our backyard, which makes this show all the more fun.  We got to see a lot of familiar faces and meet plenty of new ones.  A special thanks to listeners of The Knitmore Girls podcast who came to the shop and our booth!  After a show like this we all come home feeling pleasantly exhausted and full of inspiration.

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We had a special order of Sincere Sheep‘s Treble yarn dyed up especially for the show.  Made by hand in the Napa Valley using natural dyes, this yarn is truly something special.  We are in love with Brooke’s soft yet saturated hues and the feel of this 100% superwash merino.  This yarn is at Stash for a limited time only, so if you’re eyeing a skein you better act fast!

Were you at Black Sheep this year?  What is your favorite part of attending a fiber festival?  Let us know in the comments.  We love hearing from you!

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Baah, Baah, Black Sheep!

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Last year we had an absolute blast creating, stocking, and meeting knitters and spinners in our booth at Black Sheep Gathering.  So much fun in fact, that we’re doing it again!

We’re bringing a few special treats exclusive to the show, so be sure to stop by the booth and say hi!

Our brick & mortar shop will be open regular hours all weekend.  So if you’re in town for BSG, consider making the short journey to Corvallis, too!

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WWKIP with Stash

Worldwide Knit in Public Week starts today!!!

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Picture this: sunshine, knitting with food and friends, cheering on a local softball team.

Sound like fun? Excellent!

For the 2nd year in a row Stash has co-sponsored the most lovely softball team in all the land. These ladies know how to have fun, and they’re pretty darn good softball player too.  Last year they were even division champions!

Join us as we cheer on the Stash/Flat Tail team in person at their game while also celebrating Worldwide Knit in Public week.

The knitty gritty:
When: Tuesday June 11, 7-9pm
Where: Sunset Park softball field (4567 SW Country Club Dr. Corvallis, OR)

  • There are some bleachers and a grassy area for seating. Plan on bringing your own chair or blanket, snacks, and plenty of yarn.
  • There are nice bathrooms, a picnic shelter, and a play structure; feel free to bring the whole family!
  • The team has pink t-shirts, so it would be fun if you wore pink or red/aqua for Stash. They also do theme nights for their games and are planning their own knit night for this game! Hopefully it’s not too hot…

If you’re on Facebook, please head on over to our Facebook Event Page and RSVP to the event so we know how many people to expect!

How do you plan on coming out as a knitter or crocheter this week?

 

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Behind the Scenes:: Shibui Headquarters

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Earlier this week, the Stash Enhancers hit the road for a field trip to Shibui headquarters in Portland. Our tour started in the building where all the yarn is kept.

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Shelves full of beautiful yarn surrounded us as we talked with Sandy about what happens when a shop like Stash places an order.  They seemed to be very organized and genuinely excited to be at working fulfilling our yarn fantasies.

While we were chatting, FedEx arrived with a long anticipated order of Shibui Linen (we’re talking 2 pallets of yarn-they were huge!). It’s nice to know we aren’t the only ones that scream and jump up and down when new yarn arrives! We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a new Shibui yarn that will be debuting at TNNA in a few weeks.  You’ll be seeing it at Stash someday soon…

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Once we finished drooling over all the yarn, we walked over to the Shibui design studio to take a look at some new designs, some of which will also be debuting at TNNA. We learned that the Shibui design team typically works on designs about 18 months before they are scheduled to be released. A few of the pieces we saw will be for Spring 2014!

We felt extremely lucky to get to touch and try on garments and accessories before the official pattern releases. I think it’s safe to say that all the Stash Enhancers fell head over heels in love with at least one of the pieces and our ever growing queues grew larger.

It was incredibly inspiring to see new designs and meet the faces behind Shibui. I think we’re all even more excited about Shibui yarns than we were before!

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New yarn samples, Stash Enhancer Kathryn trying on a new design & Stash Enhancers squishing samples.

Of course, no field trip to Portland would be complete without good food and a bit of shopping!

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The Stash Enhancers hit up Salt and Straw for lunch and yarn talk. One of the perks of being an adult: ice cream for lunch. A little bit later we stopped by the Grilled Cheese Grill food cart downtown for a super yummy 2nd lunch. Some of our other favorite stops of the day were Radish Underground, Magpie, and Tender Loving Empire.

There’s nothing more refreshing and inspiring than a change of scenery, don’t you think?

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