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Special Guest Classes: Michele Bernstein

We’re very excited to announce that Michele Bernstein (Pdxknitterati) is returning to Stash on September 21st to teach 2 great information-packed classes!

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These classes are filled with tips and techniques that every knitter should have in their bag of tricks. Michele’s first class of the day focuses on fixing common knitting mistakes, while the second class will teach you a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs. Each of these classes offers valuable information that can help you navigate the crazy fun world of knitting!

Each class is $40 or make a day of it and pay $70 for both classes! Call the shop (541-753-9276) or stop by to register. Space is limited for both classes.

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TINK, DROP, FROG: HOW DO I FIX THIS with Michele Bernstein

September 21  l 10:30-12:30pm

Does your knitting come to a screeching halt when you discover you’ve made a mistake? Learn how to fix (and notice!) common knitting mistakes!

Skill Level: Beginner- students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl and bind off. Skills Learned: Picking up dropped stitches, unknitting stitch by stitch (tinking), tearing out several rows at a time (frogging) and other common mistakes. Materials: One skein of bulky-weight yarn (plain, light color is best), a set of 10.5 needles and one crochet hook in size G, H, or I. Homework: Knit one flat, stockinette stitch swatch. Cast-on 20 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for 16 rows. Leave your swatch on your needles and bring it to class!

$40

CAST ON, BIND OFF with Michele Bernstein

September 21  l  1:30-3:30pm

How many cast ons do you know? Why do you use the one that you use? Tired of running out of yarn with your long tail cast on? Come to class and learn some new tricks! We’ll cover long tail, knitting on, cable cast on, crochet provisional cast on, and maybe more depending on time. We’ll also talk about when/why you might choose one over another, and some bind offs that go well with your new cast ons.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn and straight or 24” circular needles in the appropriate size for your yarn.

$40

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It’s Back to {Yarn} School Time!

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I still get excited about school supplies.  The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a new notebook, and the sense of a new beginning always get me feeling ambitious. Like clean the house, bake a pie, learn a new language and cast on 5 new sweaters ambitious.  While doing laundry and writing a blog post!

When you’re a grown up, there’s not always a chance to experience the thrill of going back to school. Sure, we get to feel the bittersweet and enchanting end of summer as it rolls over into the beginning of sweater season.  As knitters, the beginning of cooler weather is very exciting indeed.  It’s also a great time to treat yourself to the gift of going back to school.  Yarn school, that is!

September is the start of knitting season, just as it’s the start of a new school year for many.  We’ve loaded our calendar with classes and events just to be sure you get the chance to go back to school, too.

Following that theme, we had a blast creating our Back to Yarn School window display.  Vintage knitting patterns folded into paper airplanes.  A knit apple and paper.  Yarn-wrapped letters. The anatomy of a sock. It all helped get us in the mood for a shiny new season of knitting.  Of casting on for cabled sweaters, cozy hats, and endless eternity cowls.

Whether you’re able to get back to yarn school or not, we urge you to embrace the spirit of the season.  Indulge in some new yarn.  Cast on a flurry of new projects.  Study a new-to-you technique.  Try something you’ve never done before (in knitting or in life). If not now, when?

What gets you excited this time of year? 

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We’re Jumping for Joy!

There’s something very special about this time of year.  Fall is a fresh start full of new sources of inspiration.   We can hardly keep our hands off the wool and the urge to start dozens of new projects is mounting.

For me, fall means sweaters and tights, hot mugs of coffee, and a renewed sense of motivation to learn all I can about the things I love.  No matter how long I have been out of school, this time of year beckons me, calls me back to learn something new.

At Stash, our classes aren’t only about learning a new technique.  They’re about challenging oneself to step outside the limits of what is known into the realm of possibility.  They are about connecting to a community of like-minded people who encourage and inspire one another.  They are about exploring the world of knitting in new and challenging ways.

As the new knitting season begins, we are beyond honored and excited to share our biggest lineup of events ever.

With that in mind, brew a cup of something tasty, find a comfy seat and read on.  When you find a class you’re inspired to take, simply pick up the phone at give us a call.  Or you can come on down to the shop, too.  Either way, we’ll get you on the list!

Early Fall Classes at Stash

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Winter Knit-Along :: The Jeweled Cowl

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Well, it’s February again, a month of chilly weather, grey skies, and wavering constitutions.  If you’re like us, you believe in the power of knitting to lift spirits, create beauty, and brighten moods. We’ve come up with a group project worthy of rejoicing and shaking away the doldrums.

The Jeweled Cowl sample has been such a hit this winter, it only seemed sensible to make this cowl the project for our next KAL!

Beads add an irresistible bit of sparkle and shine to help ease the winter blues. Knit in the round, this drapey beauty is stockinette-heavy and easy to size-alter for skinnier scarves or wider, more dramatic stoles. If you’ve been meaning to try beaded knitting, this is an excellent beginner project!

Here are the details:

Pattern: Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura
Yarny Needs: 400-600 yards of lace weight yarn and size 6-8 24” or 32” circular needles (depending on your gauge and your preferred fabric texture)
Beady Needs: size 8 round seed beads and a size 14 steel crochet hook (tiny!)
Dates: Cast on February 6th, finish by March 20th, Spring Equinox

We have a mini class for knitting with beads using a crochet hook coming up this Sunday 2/10/13 at 1pm. Call or stop by the shop to register.

Ready to cast on?  If you are local, join us this Wednesday for Stitch Night where we can cast on together!  Of course, anyone anywhere is welcome to participate in our Stash knit-alongs.  All you need to do is hop on over to our Ravelry page and join in on the discussion.

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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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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.

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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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