Monthly Archives: July 2013

On & Off the Needles: Recent Stash Enhancer Knits

Here ths Stash Enhancers share a little of what we’ve been knitting (and finishing) this summer.  No matter the weather, we are always clicking our needles.  Some of us finish things faster than others, but that just keeps the rest of us motivated!

The minute our last shipment of Hazel Knits DK arrived, I snatched up the colorway Heartthrob to CO for Neon. Featuring an all over lace pattern, Neon keeps the knitting interesting, but not too complicated. I don’t want to wish away summer, but I can’t wait to start wearing this cheerful cardigan this fall!

It doesn’t look like much yet, but hopefully this sweet little summer top will be finished in time to get some wear this summer! The Riverine Pullover is from the most recent Pom Pom Quarterly and I’m knitting it some top-secret yarn that will be hitting the shelves at Stash this fall!

~Liz

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The summer heat hit with full force this year, so I have stuck to small fingering weight  projects until I can shut myself in a dark, air-conditioned room and pretend it’s winter in Iceland. This pair of socks is knit from a beautiful hand-dyed merino yarn that our very own Kathryn dyed! The pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks and is the first of many that I will knit from this book.

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As far as works in progress, I have a few vintage blouses going at the moment that all seem to be at a stopping point. This one, knit in Knitted Wit fingering, is one of those oops-I-should-have-bought-more-yarn projects. I’m currently awaiting a skein of white fingering weight to use as a contrast color so I can get it finished!

~Sydney

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I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but… I haven’t finished any knitting projects this summer.  Yet!

These two projects are so close to being finished.  I just need to spend some quality knitting time with each of them and we’ll be in good shape.  I especially want to finish this red Lobelia cardigan.  It’s been on my needles since April!  I started it intending to layer over dresses and skirts, so the sooner I finish the more wear it will get.

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This little number is the Sweet Bunting cardigan.  I just joined the sleeves to the yoke and am poised to being knitting some sweet pink bunting flags.  I am loving working with the slightly rustic texture of this very luxurious yarn from The Fibre Company.

So, that’s what’s on and off our needles!  Now it’s your turn.  What have you been knitting (and finishing) this summer?

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New & Noteworthy:: Patterns to Stalk for Fall

Fall tends to be the official start of knitting season, but we’re getting an early start with fall issues of magazines and online publications. There is so much inspiration around us right now!  Here’s a peek at three of our favorites.

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BT Men: Volume 1

One of the most exciting things to come out this summer has to be Brooklyn Tweed’s collection of knits for men.  Rugged, rustic, and classic at the same time, these designs are fit for men of all ages and stages.  Remember friends, this collection is about the knitwear, but the beards and wistful gazes don’t hurt, either.

Individual patterns available at Stash!

Slade by Michele Wang

Timberline by Jared Flood

The Brooklyn Tweed Men’s collection includes patterns for 8 garments and 5 accessories.  With designs from Jared Flood, Julie Hoover, Veronik Avery, and Michele Wang, there’s sure to be something here to inspire your knitting fantasy life.   These are definitely patterns you will knit for him and be tempted to keep for yourself.

Click here to view on Ravelry.  Visit us in store to purchase your copy

Knitscene Fall 2013

The Fall issue of Knitscene came out in June (how’s that for planning ahead!) and was an instant hit.  With stories on reverse stockinette, colorwork, and chevrons, there are loads of patterns to inspire your fall/winter knitting.  Here are some of our favorites:

Penny Candy Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle in Fibre Company Acadia

Emmanuelle Sweater by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

June Mitts by Cassie Castillo in Dream in Color Smooshy

Click here for a pattern preview.  We’ve already sold out of this magazine at the shop; a second shipment is on its way!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits special issue.

Ginny’s Cardigan by Mari Chiba

I keep watching the window for owls, and have been daydreaming about these mittens:

O.W.L. Mittens by Celeste Young

Mermaid’s Song by Susanna IC

Modern Stripes House Scarves by Kim Haesemeyer in The Fibre Company Organik

Click here to preview all of the patterns on Ravelry.  Then click here to watch Harry Potter on Netflix. You know you want to!

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Now that your queue has expanded (you’re welcome), let us know what you’re planning on knitting up this fall.  Daydreaming and planning can be half the fun!

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Inspiration Hunting :: A Confession.

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I’m about to tell you something I don’t talk about very often.  It may be a bit controversial, but it has to be said.

Opening a yarn shop has really cut into my knitting time.

Imagine immersing yourself in the world of fiber arts, a world you’re already spending most of your free time in.  You obsess over patterns, yarn, colors, and tools, playing and dreaming up the perfect combinations.  Your heart feels light and your mind inspired when you pick up the needles to being a new project.

Soon your dream starts to grow and you imagine filling the shelves of an empty store with just the right materials.  Yarns you know and love, as well as new-to-you colors and textures swirl in your mind.

One day you find an empty retail space and your dream quickly proceeds into reality and it is amazing.

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But there’s a dark side.  A side people in the industry rarely admit to.

Sometimes when you’re living your dream, you stop dreaming.

What once was nothing but pure joy has changed.  Sometimes knitting feels like work.  Not all the time, but in small ways.  Yarn can become a widget if you’re not careful.

It’s a continual challenge to stay inspired, to not let the dream be replaced by rote repetition and paperwork.  It is so important to keep dreaming, to feed the dream you imagined with new ideas, people, and adventures.

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Our mission at Stash is to cultivate an inspired knitting community.  We actively hunt and gather the most beautiful and unique collection of inspiration for our tribe (psst…that’s you).  But it’s also important that we work to stay actively inspired ourselves.

To that end, we are working on an all new lineup of classes and events that we’re super excited to take ourselves!  We’re also taking Stash Enhancer field trips, dreaming up new yarn + pattern combinations for fall samples, eating a lot of ice cream, and working on other big new projects.

We’re so thankful that you’re along for the ride.  YOU are a continued source of inspiration and love, and we wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.

As a maker, how do you stay inspired? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

xo

Sonia

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Hot off the Presses: New Books!

Some gorgeous and inspiring new books just hit the shelves here at Stash! We’ve also replenished our supply of Botanical Knits (review here). These are all wonderful in their own way, so let’s get to it and take a peek inside the pages!

Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

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Amy Herzog’s  Fit to Flatter blog series was immediately a huge hit in the knitting world when she wrote it in 2010. Soon after releasing the tutorials, she started offering classes at yarn shops teaching knitters how to determine their body shape and create well-fitting sweaters. Earlier this year she released the hugely anticipated book, Knit to Flatter, which includes all of the incredibly useful information from her blog series plus a whole lot more!

If you’ve ever struggled to figure out what what style sweaters will flatter your figure, this is the book for you. Amy first gives instructions on how to determine your shape and then has a chapter on each shape category. These chapters give the knitter ideas about what will look great as well as things to avoid. Plus, there are patterns specifically tailored to each shape included in the chapter! There are 21 designs in all; truly something for everyone. The final chapter of the book is all about figuring out what modifications need to be made to a design to achieve a sweater that fits (that thing we strive for every time we cast-on for a sweater!).

Fit to Flatter was a huge hit at Black Sheep Gathering, so we’re planning another order! **Our stash of books is going fast! If you’d like to pre-order a copy, stop into the shop before July 15th to place a special order. As per shop policy, 50% of the purchase price is required to be placed on the special order list. Fit to Flatter retails for $24.95.**

Island by Jane Richmond

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Island is Jane Richmond‘s first self-published pattern collection which is inspired by Vancouver Island. Island features 5 gorgeous patterns which are all done in Jane’s classic style. One of the things I love most about these patterns is that they really let the yarn shine. None of the designs are too fussy and have just the right amount of lace or cables. The patterns are beautifully photographed and will make you want to pack your bags and go visit Vancouver Island! Pick your favorite skein of DK weight yarn to knit Arbutus or grab that sweater quantity of hand-dyed sock yarn and cast-on for Grace!

Pacific Knits by Emily Wessel & Alexa Ludeman

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Also inspired by life on the west coast of Canada are the ladies of Tin Can Knits! Pacific Knits is a collection of 18 patterns ranging from small accessories to sweaters for the whole family! One of my favorite features of this book is that all of the sweater patterns have a huge size range. Each sweater includes 15 different sizes ranging from 0-12 months to 4XL.

I love that I can pick up this book and find the perfect project to meet my knitting mood. In the mood for instant gratification? Try Main Street. In the mood for some fair isle knitting? Give North Shore a shot (confession: it is Stash Enhancer Liz’s dream to knit this sweater in Hazel Knits DK). Need a sweater for your loved ones? There’s Antler, Campfire, Low Tide, North Shore, and Urban Hiker. Stash Enhancers Liz and Kathryn have already knit the Antler Sweater and Kathryn’s is a shop sample knit in Dream in Color Classy:

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Antler is such a sweet little sweater knit with Dream in Color Classy’s colorway Morning Dove. The darling wooden buttons are from the collection of Wooly Moss Roots we have at the shop. We are also stocking the single print patterns for Antler!

Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston

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Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston is a truly unique book. Many “mother-daughter” books offer patterns for woman and small children, but Gudrun has taken the theme to a new level. Knit with Me includes 7 sweaters and 5 accessories with sizes for teenagers and adults. Most of the garments have a range of sizes from a 30″-50 or 55″ chest circumference. Gudrun was inspired to put together this collection after her daughter had finished her very first knit sweater. She knit the same sweater as her daughter as moral support. The book includes a perfect pattern for the teen in your life to knit her first sweater. Granny Smith (also known as the Beginner Sweater) is a seamless top-down raglan style sweater with simple yarn-over increases. Even if you don’t have a teenager daughter or a teen in your life to knit for, this book is full of beautiful sweater patterns and fun accessories to knit for yourself!

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Fun Accessories from Knit with Me

Stop into Stash, check out these books and get inspired! What will you cast on for first?

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Meet the Samples :: 3 Fresh Knits for Summer

One of my favorite things about working at a yarn shop is coming up with the perfect pairing for yarn and pattern.  There are so many stunning yarns out there, and an unfathomable amount of inspiring patterns to choose from.  It can be overwhelming trying to find just the right pattern to work with your yarn, and vice-versa.

At Stash, we think about these things all day long.

We fondle and swatch the yarns.  We talk about what patterns would bring out the best in each yarn.  We lay out unending color combinations, yarn options, and pattern choices before ever casting on a sample.

We put this thought and time into each sample so that you don’t have to.  All you have to do is fall in love.  And do the knitting!  But hey, you were going to do that anyway, right?

Here is a roundup of our latest samples, chosen just for you this summer.  We dare you not to fall head over heels in love.

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Rock Island by Jared Flood was knit by Stash Enhancer Sydney in Sweet Georgia Merino/Silk Lace. We love how the zesty Lemon Curd colorway pairs with Jared Flood’s gorgeous design. This intricate lace-weight shawl weighs almost nothing,  and would be the perfect project for both summer stitching and wearing.

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Fran whipped up Pendulum by Amy Miller in under 2 weeks! This garter stitch shawl is knit in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the colors Splish Splash & Saffron. We’ve put together some of our favorite color combinations to create kits (available at the shop for only $48). Of course you’re also welcome to choose your favorite two colors of HK to create a custom kit.

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And last but not least, Kathy quickly knit up Shibui Mix No. 15 by Lidia Tsymbal. This cute tank is knit in Shibui Linen in the Cascade colorway. The linen is crisp and light, with excellent drape and stitch definition.  Layer this over a white tee or on its own; so perfect for the heat wave we’re having right now!

Come on down to the shop to see, touch, and try on your favorite samples.  We’re sure you’ll fall in love with at least one of them!

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