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Summer Stitching

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Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Lace :: 50% merino 50% silk

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Be Sweet Cotton Candy :: 100% cotton

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Blue Ridge Yarns Shimmer Lace :: 100% silk

“I don’t knit during the summer.”

“It’s too hot.”

“I just don’t have the time.”

“Who wants to work with wool when it’s warm outside?”

We’ve all either heard or said something like this, haven’t we?  Stitching in the summer is one of those subjects that seems to be a dividing moment between knitters and crocheters.  Some of us are happy to pick up and put down our yarn throughout the year, happily working on a project when the mood strikes.  Some of us need knitting like we need food, and are literally incapable of letting more than a few days pass without yarn in our hands.

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Cozette :: 62% silk, 30% cotton, 8% poly

Regardless of your approach, we’re here to tell you that it’s okay.  It’s okay not to play with yarn in the summer.  It’s okay to knit a heavy wool sweater in anticipation of cooler weather.  It’s okay to play with wool, silk, bamboo, cotton, and linen any time and anywhere (well, maybe not on an exam table or while riding a horse, but that’s up to you).

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Shibui Linen :: 100% linen

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Twisted Sisters Essential :: 60% hemp, 40% silk

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Riveting :: 100% recycled cotton

If you’re looking for some new temptations for summer stitching, something that won’t be too hot or heavy, we’ve got options.  Crisp linen, cool cotton, textured hemp, and luxurious silk yarns are on the shelves, shimmering with promise.

The promise of what they could become in your pretty little hands.

As the weather warms up in Oregon, we Stash Enhancers are dreaming of cotton blend tees, silk shawls, cashmere socks, and (gasp!)getting a head start on holiday knitting. There’s even been talk of planning new sweaters for fall!

What does summer mean for your project basket?  Does it lie dormant, waiting for cooler weather? Or are your hooks & needles just as busy as ever?

 Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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The Stash Spring Kindness Project

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The Stash Spring Kindness Project is a new project designed to spread kindness and joy through random acts of yarn.

How nice would it feel to be walking down the street and have a smiling stranger hand you a colorful, hand-made flower?  We dream of combining our love of yarn and fun to spread smiles and kindness with this project.

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Buy a kit through the shop or use your own stash to knit and crochet flowers from our selection of patterns. Give the flowers + a Kindness Card to someone who needs a smile in your community and spread the Kindness!

Our first batch of Kindness Kits will debut at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle April 5-7, 2013. Stop by our pop-up shop in Booth #206 to get yours!

After the event, kits and Kindness Cards will be available for sale at Stash.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

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Buy a kit or work from your own stash using the patterns kindly provided by the designers below.  Then share photos of your kits and flowers using the hashtag #Kindness on Ravelry, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! We’d love to see your random acts of yarn in the real world!

Follow our Kindness Pinterest board here.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our generous Kindness Sponsors who got behind the project right from the start.  We couldn’t spread the smiles without you!

Yarn:

Anzula

Baah! Yarn

Becoming Art

Be Sweet

Dream In Color

Hazel Knits

Knitted Wit

Knit One Crochet Too

Sweet Georgia

The Fibre Company

Patterns:

Pretty Corsage by Heather Walpole

Pretty Little Petals  by Kim of Egg Bird Designs

Pinwheel Flower  by Frankie Brown

Simple Knitted Rose & Leaf by Sarah M. Hughes

 Rose Brooch by Daniela Herbertz

Headband Flower by Lauren Dahl

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Meet the Samples :: Cowl Season

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Arctic Circle Cowl / Antonia Shankland / The Fibre Company Tundra / Tamarack

Cowls seem to be the accessory of the season; we’re seeing them everywhere!  Easy to wear, cowls offer warmth and style without the loose ends of a scarf to worry about.  We love the little pop of color a cowl can add to a neutral winter coat, and sometimes even leave them on all day!

The smaller scale of a cowl provides an opportunity to play with a new technique, stitch pattern, or luxury yarn. As knitters and crocheters we have the ability to create our own accessories, just the way we like them.  What could be better than that?

Here are some of our favorite samples for your viewing pleasure.  Short, long, thick, thin, there’s infinite variety when it comes to choosing your cowl style.

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Lacy Infinity Crochet Scarf by Heidi Beukelman / Twisted Sisters Essential / Handpaint 86

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September Circle Cowl byMelissa LaBarre / Schoppel-Wool’s Crazy Zauberball

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Bedknobs + Broomsticks by Tiny Owl Knits / Knit One Crochet Too’s Seda Rustica / Stormy Sea

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho / Madelinetosh Chunky / Tomato

Do like to make cowls?  Why or why not?  Let us know in the comments!

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Handmade Love

Looking for a quick little hand made gift to give your love this season?  We’ve got an array of eye candy lined up to delight and inspire you.  Tasty little bits of knitting and crochet are sure to satisfy your need for instant gratification.

Enjoy, and remember that WE LOVE YOU!

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Amigurumi Love Birds by Lion Brand Yarn.

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Heart by Kristin Ledgett @ Knitty.

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Valentine’s Day Hearts by Stacey Trock @ FreshStitches.

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Heartfelt Rings by Stephanie Dosen @ Tiny Owl Knits.

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Sunburst Granny Hearts by Jacquie @ Bunny Mummy.

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our We Love Hearts board on Pinterest.

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Resolutions for the New Year

With the start of each year, one cannot help but think of new beginnings.  Now more than any other time of year, we feel inspired to make changes, clean slates, and start anew. The energy is ripe for making declarations of grand change!

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As crafters, our resolutions often tend to focus on restrictions or limitations.  How many of you have ever gone on stash diets, vowed to knit socks all year, or only work from patterns you already own?  These are just a few of the popular resolutions we’ve heard about.

This year, we’re all trying to focus less on restrictions and more on expanding our horizons, working with beloved materials, and challenging the status quo.

Curious what the Stash Enhancers’ resolutions and goals are for 2013?  Well, let us tell you…

My biggest crafting resolution this year is to dye more blank skeins and get my Etsy store really up and running. I’ve been practicing all sorts of dyeing techniques and playing with color all year, and I think I’m finally ready to start sharing my skeins with other people.  This is surprisingly difficult: I want them all to myself!

For my own knitting, I’m trying to buy fewer single skeins. I’m a sucker for hats and mitts, but I want to start making larger projects, and having nothing but mismatched skeins in my stash is kind of limiting (unless I want to do stripes of epic clown barf proportions). More sweater quantities, please!

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In the past, when I’ve made a crafting New Year’s resolution, I can never seem to stick to them! For example, one year I vowed to knit 1 pair of socks per month for the entire year. I think I knit one pair of socks in January, started a very complicated pair in February and only made it through the first sock!

This year, I’d like my resolutions to be a bit more broad. In 2013, I would like to step outside my comfort zone and attempt some new techniques. In my sewing world, I really want to make an effort to make a few garments besides a simple skirt, and finally finish that queen sized duvet cover I started over the summer!

As far as knitting goes, I really want to knit a fair isle sweater in 2013, but need to become more comfortable with the technique (fair isle accessories, here I come!). I should probably also include another stash reorganization and make a better effort to log my stash on Ravelry!

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In 2013 I’m planning on excavating some deep stash. I’m sure I’m not the only one with several single skeins rolling around that are more than a few years old… Since opening Stash in 2011, I’ve almost exclusively knit with new shop yarn.  This is a dream come true, but it has left my beloved, well-curated home stash a bit neglected.  I did most of my holiday knitting from stash yarn, and it felt really good. I have held onto most of these yarns because I love them, so why not knit with them already?!

So this year I’m going to attempt to cast on a project from deep stash every 4 weeks.  I’ll be doing this along with the Use it or Lose it group on Ravelry.   Along with that, I’d also like to knit a Fair Isle sweater and, like Liz, may work up to that by making some accessories first.  This may help move through some single skeins… That said, I am putting no limitations on acquiring new yarn.

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I’ve always had generic New Year’s knitting resolutions – knit only one project at a time, knit more for other people, knit more from yarn I already have (that’s a lost cause), but this year I decided to aim a bit higher. In 2013, I will only be knitting from vintage patterns.

The majority of these will be from the 1930’s-1950’s, but some may be from before. I only have two exceptions: knitting for work and gift knitting. Besides that, all it will be for me is 4-ply wooly jumpers, cloches, and hard-to-read, fragile, old patterns. I am actually rather excited to take this plunge, I have been collecting old patterns all year and now I get to organize who is coming first and what yarns I get to knit! If you want to follow my progress I will be blogging at theivoryneedles.wordpress.com

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Now it’s your turn: do you have any goals, resolutions, or changes you’d like to make in 2013?

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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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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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