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Featured Yarn :: Kenzie

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We have a fun new yarn at the shop! Introducing Kenzie by HiKoo, a versatile yet luxurious blend of New Zealand merino, nylon, angora, alpaca, and silk noils.

The yarn is part workhorse wool, part luxurious icing on the cake. It knits up easily into a versatile fabric, which will be easy to wear in hats, scarves, and sweaters alike. We are smitten with the playful flecks of silk that pop out of the semisolid colors. Fun and classic at the same time.

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A lovely trio of Free patterns accompanies this new yarn.  Sonia couldn’t resist the allure of combining two fun colors into a Tayberry Hat by Cirilia Rose.

With 10 great colors to choose from, it was hard to pick just 2.  Teal and orange rose to the top this time.  There may be more than one hat in our future…

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Which pattern will you knit first?

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Featured Dyer:: Anzula

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Today we are pleased to feature one of our shop favorites, indie dyer Anzula.  Inspired by their upcoming visit to Stash (read on for details), we wanted to take a moment to bask in Anzula’s broad array of colors and get inspired by the story behind the yarn.

Anzula specializes in bringing you luxury fibers. You will find beautifully hand dyed and yarns and spinning fibers carefully selected from the best sources in the world. They are passionate about the crafts of knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning their yarns into heirloom works of art to be cherished for a lifetime.

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Stash: Can you tell us a little bit more about how Anzula was founded? Sabrina, what inspired you to take the leap into dying yarn as a business?

Anzula: Anzula grew from a hobby, from owner Sabrina Famellos’ love of crocheting and spinning.  She started selling crocheted accessories and handspun yarn at farmers market, and in a yarn shop and a record shop. She then started dyeing the fiber she spun. She spent a couple of years focusing on her career teaching massage, and when the economic downturn came in 2008 and she was laid off, she jumped into dyeing and got a booth at Stitches West selling hand-dyed yarn. It was well received, so she did Stitches South and Sock Summit that year. Encouraged by the interest, she signed up for a booth at TNNA and the yarn was picked up by 14 new shops.

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Stash: How do you come up with color stories and choose such interesting base yarns?

Anzula: The colorways that Sabrina creates come from her experience. From snapshots, mood boards, or recollections, she recreates ideas in the fiber. When creating the yarns and fiber, the focus is always on creating an heirloom quality product. She chooses only bases that she would knit with herself, and she also keeps an eye out for special blends.

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Stash:  At Stash we believe happiness is living in the potential–what a yarn could become, what a color can make someone feel.  How do you find happiness in the potential?

Anzula:  Potential is Anzula’s playground. Our warehouse is located in downtown Fresno, so our neighborhood itself is full of potential. The team always knows what our goals are, both as individuals and as a company, and we are very aware of what we are capable of achieving. This focus on productivity and goals actually allows us plenty of room for a positive, fun environment, and allows us to bring a lot of joy to our jobs.

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Help us celebrate and support Anzula this Friday for their special trunk show event at Stash.

Trunk Show Event Friday 4/26, 11am -2pm

We’re also kicking off our next Crochet & Knit-Along with their yarns on May 1st, so this is the perfect time to see, feel, and experience new colors, bases, and samples in person.  Anyone is welcome to join in the Anzula-Along; simply pop into our Ravelry group to get in on the conversation!

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What is your favorite yarn or color from Anzula? Let us know in the comments below.

If you liked this post, be sure to share it with your friends by clicking the social media icons below this post so we can spread the Stash love.

See you Friday!

 

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Meet the Samples:: Sugared Violets

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Every once in a while, a yarn crosses our threshold that is simple magical.  All of our yarns are beautiful, mind you, so it takes something very special to make us speechless.

When our Spring order of Anzula Cloud arrived, it was all I could do to keep myself from making a nest and curling up for a dream-filled nap in this.  It is soft as kittens and seems to glow from within with luminous, saturated color.

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We love purple at Stash, so the Sugared Violets shawl in Prince was the obvious choice. Prince is a complex lavender purple, perfect for inviting Spring into your life.  Add a few beads to the lace detail, and you’ve got an extraordinarily special yet wearable shawelette.

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A very special thank you to Mary for knitting

 this gorgeous sample for the shop!

You can view more details on our Stash Ravelry page.

 

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Featured Fiberista:: Erica Swanson of Woven Woods

One of our core beliefs here at Stash is dreaming big and living in your potential. We dream of seeing what a raw material can become, of inhabiting its beauty and seeing into the future toward a different end product. Yarn and fiber are bursting with potential, and can become whatever your heart imagines.

We know we all love yarn. But have you ever loved a goat, alpaca, or sheep before their fiber ever became the yarn you love to work with?

We’ve recently started carrying fiber and hand-spun yarn from a local woman doing just that. She is living her dream of sustainably raising animals and is sharing her process with us here today.

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Erica Swanson, proprietor of Woven Woods in Scio, OR, spins unique fiber and defines herself by the quality of her products and the sustainability of her process.

Erica’s holistic process of production reflects her affinity for animals, land, and sustainability. Far from simply taking fiber and transforming it, she starts at the beginning: with her animals. They are lovingly raised, tended, and sheared. Their fur and fleece is carded, spun, hand-dyed, rolled into skeins, and finally makes its way to you. Each skein is one of a kind.

The animals of Woven Woods don’t simply exist for milk, meat, wool, and a means to an end. Each is known by its name and cherished for its quirks. The fiber animals represent life and love, self-sufficiency and the realisation of a dream.

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Erica values the promotion of heritage variety plants and animals. Some of the fiber available comes from Navajo-Churro sheep,  a rare breed that once dominated the landscape after its introduction to the American continent in the 16th century. Erica also has Finnsheep and several treasured alpacas. All the animals have plenty of room to roam the Woven Woods and produce excellent quantities of fiber.

The enthusiasm Erica has for her dream work is palpable. Whenever she visits Stash, she is beaming with the energy that comes from working to create something beautiful.  Erica is living in her potential, and we couldn’t be more pleased to host her products at the shop.

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You can view some of Erica’s work here at Stash, and online at The Woven Woods.

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Little Knit Sunshine

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It’s now the middle of February, and much of North America is covered in snow, ice, and grey skies.  For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to dodge most of the snow, but the days are still cold, wet, and very grey.  In order to make these long winter days a bit more bearable, we take vitamin D, drink copious amounts of rich tea or coffee and, of course, make things with our hands.

This is the time of year when we knitters and crocheters might try to cram in one more hand-made sweater.  Or we may turn to smaller projects that give us a sense of accomplishment (and warmth) to ease the concern of never seeing the sun again.

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This flower is knit! It would be charming to knit one in a coordinating color, too.

For us at Stash, we’re doing all of the above.  But there has been a subtle shift in seasonal palettes.  Where we were immersed in rich autumnal tones a few months ago, we are now looking toward bright, soul-cheering colors.  Grassy greens, shimmering pinks, glowing teals,and golden yellows are among some shop favorites right now.

Here’s a quick little project that’s sure to lift your spirits, either in terms of color or quickness to knit (or both!).

The Strictly Knit Headband Earwarmer by Elisa McLaughlin.

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Button Alert! Use a sweet fabric covered button, or search your button box for that special button you’ve been saving.

This headband knits up speedily with two strands of Simpliworsted held together. We chose Gold Crest, the color of rich, late afternoon summer sunshine. This yarn is a plump merino/acrylic blend that is machine washable, making it perfect for garments and accessories alike.  And it comes in a delectable range of colors with names like Grape Jelly, Ripe Raspberry, Turkish Coffee, and Silver Hair.

We dare you not to smile while working on and wearing this sweet headband.

What helps you through these deep winter days?  Is it knitting, reading, buying fresh flowers, or quilting?

Please share your habits and tips in the comments!

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On The Needles

The Stash Enhancers have been busy little lambs this month, stitching away on some new shop samples.

In the works:

September Circle Cowl in Zauberball Crazy

Strictly Knit Flower Headband in Simpliworsted in Goldcrest

Cabernet Hat in Hazel Knits Artisan DK in Bloom

We’re working to keep our StashLocal Project Page on Ravelry up to date, so feel free to browse over here to get all the details.

What’s on your needles this week?

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Meet the Samples:: Rustling Leaves Beret

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Our newest sample is the Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos.  You know we love the book Coastal Knits around here, and could no longer resist the allure of this sweet beret.

Sydney knit this one up in 2 skeins of Caress Luxury Yarns’ alpaca sock.  Locally raised and dyed alpaca + sweet beret = luxurious winter knitting style! This pattern takes just 175 yards of fingering weight yarn, making it the perfect project for that luxury skein you have been saving, or to use up the rest of the yarn after making socks.

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A little bit more about the yarn from owner/dyer Ingrid Remmers:

Caress Luxury Yarns developed out of a love, and appreciation, for alpacas and their luxurious fleece.

Caress Luxury Yarns buys high-end alpaca and cashmere from local breeders. Our yarns have been spun from alpaca that we hand selected. The roving and yarns are dyed in small artful batches.

Just when you thought hand-dyed alpaca yarn couldn’t get any better…it did! Caress Luxury Yarns now own and operate their own fiber mill where they can control every aspect of their yarn production.  That makes them  a 100% Oregon product. We couldn’t be more honored to carry Ingrid’s yarns at Stash.

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