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Fall 2013 Knit Along – Amy Herzog Designs

Last year, many of you joined us for our “Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting” KAL and some of you completed your very first sweaters. This year, let’s take it to the next level and achieve a perfectly fitting sweater.

Amy Herzog is passionate about helping women create well fitting sweaters. Her 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!

From Amy’s website:

While I love all knitting, and do occasionally design all kinds of knitted things, my true passion is for sweaters. It is my intent that all of these sweaters should be wardrobe staples for you–things you love to pull out of the drawer and wear again and again. It’s crucially important to me that they fit you well.

To that end, I recommend you choose a size that fits your shoulders properly and make modifications from there. I’ve created lots of resources to help you do this! Please start by visiting my fit to flatter page, and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Amy Herzog DesignsFrom top left going clockwise: Trimmings, Jackaroo, Asilomar, February Fitted Pullover, & Afterlight

Want to take full advantage of Amy’s knowledge about fit and making modifications to achieve a perfect fitting sweater? Stop in and pick up a copy of Knit to Flatter and if you already own a copy, bust it out and start reading! Sonia and Liz have both been pouring over their copies and plotting ways to flatter their shapes.

Amy has over 60 published patterns, truly something for everyone! All of Amy’s Ravelry patterns are available here at Stash through the Ravelry in-store download program, and we also have several copies of Knit to Flatter at the shop, which contains 18 of those patterns.

The Knitty Gritty:

  • The Fall 2013 KAL begins on September 21st (no better way to celebrate the first day of fall than casting on a new sweater!) and ends December 21st.
  • Pick any Amy Herzog sweater design.
  • If you’re feeling really ambitious, pick up her book, get yourself measured and get to work making some modifications that are going to make your sweater fit perfectly.
  • Join us for a special monthly edition of Stitch Night to get support and cheer each other on! September 25th will be the first KAL focused stitch night! Need help getting your measurements? We have a tape measure and are happy to help. Let’s all support one another and encourage each other make the best sweaters possible!
  • Need a review from last years tutorials? They’ve all been compiled into one Googledoc or you can view them on the blog.
  • Now, get swatching!
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Simple Love Spot Blog Tour

Today I’ve been invited by Kathy of Bliss Beyond Naptime to share a spot in my home that I have lovingly lavished a simple, less cluttered serenity to.

A spot that I love because of its simplicity and its reflection of a feeling I cherish.

That feeling?

Potential.

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I love things that remind me of a place in time, a mood, a person. Being transported back in time by a color, shape, or scent of an object is a magical gift, and one I hold dear.  I don’t keep a lot of extra objects around my home, but each piece that is there speaks to a cherished memory.

Everything is  here for a reason.

When I look at what I lovingly refer to as my Stash Cabinet, I am reminded of a time where life was pretty simple.

This cabinet reminds me of a carefree drive up the New England coast with my sweetie. We were living in Connecticut at the time, and loved to explore the area on day trips.

We were meandering along, checking out beaches, fried fish stands, and flea markets when we stumbled upon a promising craftsman. He was selling furniture pieces made from rehabed doors, windows, and other architectural remnants. I had never thought about needing an entire piece of furniture devoted to my yarn, but as soon as I saw this, I knew I would soon have one.

It seemed extravagant, optimistic, and unneccessary.  And yet I knew it was right for a number of reasons.

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Buying this piece of furniture was an outward commitment that honored my creative self and my love affair with knitting. I now had a dedicated space for those treasures I had been collecting.

Wherever we go, I know my yarn has a home, and my heart has a place to daydream.

There’s almost nothing happier to me than a skein of yarn; all that unwound potential just sitting there, waiting to become whatever you dream.

Each skein of yarn in my Stash Cabinet has a story to tell.  Precious skeins picked up on vacation.  Yarn bought when I was celebrating something or consoling myself during a difficult time.  There’s yarn I’ve received as gifts, in swaps, and in yarn clubs.  I remember the story behind each skein, and that is only the beginning.

Once I choose a yarn to work with, its potential is unwound and worked up into a new piece that will have its own story to tell. And because I have this lovely Stash Cabinet, I have a place to store all that potential.  A place that also reminds me of our time spent living in New England.  Of the days when my stash fit into a shoe box.

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Kathy is the Mama Bliss Coach and Simplicity Parenting Group Leader over at Bliss Beyond Naptime. She offers online Simplicity Parenting workshops for each of the four levels of simplifying found in this epic, must-have parenting book: the Environment, Rhythm, Scheduling and Filtering. 

Starting September 16th, Kathy’s offering a group study of the environment module so you too can design a home that echoes your carefully chosen values while exuding peace and harmony.

Kathy is also thrilled to offer one our readers a copy of the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne, because really, it’s a must-have. This book blew her Mama mind in a good way and she hopes the same thing happens to yours! Simply leave a comment on this blog post by Friday 9/20/13 and you’re entered to win.

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Cooperative Press Trunk Show at Stash

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Ever dreamt of taking matters into your own hands and publishing your own knitting patterns? What about starting a publishing company?

Cooperative Press was created “to reflect the relationships we have developed with authors working on books.” Shannon Okey, who acquired the business and is responsible for the renaming, rebranding, and forward vision of the company has this to say about the business:

We work together [with authors] to put out the best quality books we can, and share in the proceeds accordingly.  Although working with traditional, large publishers can be very rewarding, there are some books that fly under their radar. They’re too avant-garde, or the marketing department doesn’t know how to sell them, or they don’t think they’ll sell 50,000 copies in a year.

5,000 or 50,000. Does the book matter to that 5,000? Then it should be published. 

We lead, we don’t follow.

We love that statement so much!  If you’re as intruiged by Cooperative Press as we are, please venture over to Stash this weekend for an exclusive trunk show of over 2 dozen titles.

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Why shop for books at a trunkshow? Easy:

  1. you get to touch and flip through all the books.
  2. you’ll get a free digital copy with each print copy (this only happens when you buy in-store!)
  3. you’re supporting & a great indie press and your local yarn store.
  4. it’s FUN!

We will have the books on display at the shop this Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 each day. We will be taking book orders all weekend, which means you will get the book + a digital copy with no shipping!

Click here to check out Cooperative Press’s amazing selection of diverse knitting books.  Pick your favorites to order, and you may be able to walk away with a copy this weekend, too!

See you this weekend!

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Meet the Samples :: Mix No. 24

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DSC_0542When there are so many amazing new patterns sprouting up, we ask you this: why knit the same old beanie this fall?

A playful bonnet may be just the thing to wake up your winter coat, make someone smile on the slopes, or simply warm your noggin’ with whimsy.  And who could resist those braided ties with pom poms?!

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  • Pattern: Shibui Mix No. 24 by Alex Tinsley
  • Yarn: Shibui Merino Alpaca in Jumpsuit + Shibui Baby Alpaca in Jumpsuit, 1 skein each (or
  • Project notes: available on our Ravelry project page.

This zesty little bonnet was a juicy piece of knitting. Two strands of different yarn are held together throughout: one is an aran weight merino alpaca blend, the other a 100% baby merino dk weight. They combine to make an ultra squishy, slightly haloed fabric that is heavenly against the skin.

We love how Shibui is playing with texture and gauge in their Mix pattern collections. Two seemingly disparate yarns can come together to create an entirely new fabric, one that is often more interesting that its individual parts.

Here are some other favorites from the Shibui Fall/Winter collection, all available in the store now.

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There’s a Mix No. 19 on the needles as we speak… keep your eyes peeled for a new sample shortly!

Which pattern is a must have for your fall knitting queue?

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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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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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