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New Gallery Exhibit :: Miriam Morrissette

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If you’ve been in the shop in the last few days, you’ve likely noticed some dramatic new artwork on display.

We are pleased to be hosting the paintings of local artist Miriam Morrissette for the month of August. Miriam is a delightful young woman who is not only a talented painter, but an exceptional knitter as well!

Here Miriam explains her intentions behind these pieces:

This show at Stash entitled “Emotional Wave” is a culmination of work from the past two years. As a person with Aspergers syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, I have trouble expressing my emotions verbally, and am often unaware of them.

I decided two years ago to start exploring my emotions in paint and my goal ever since has been to convey various emotions through color, line, and shape. I believe that this has helped me to recognize my emotions better and has been truly profound experience to see how others responded to them.

I am often asked if the “Round object” in my painting is an eye and I think that it should be up to the viewer to decide what it is and how it fits into the various scenes I put it in.

I love texture and the tactile experience and try to bring this to my paintings by layering paint, scraping, and through use of various palette knifes to create a tactile experience for the viewer.

I hope to inspire the viewer to slow down and internalize their own emotions a little bit more in the fast past world that we live in and just be.

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Emotional Wave 

a Reception with Miriam Morrissette

August 17th, 2013

12-2pm at Stash

Join us for some tasty treats and a chat with a local artist!

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A Wonderful, Wooly Time

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Rock Island in Sweet Georgia’s merino silk lace

Our second trip to the Black Sheep Gathering was a lot different than the first.  This time we knew a little bit more of what to expect from the experience, and were able to adjust accordingly.  Pack snacks and antihistamine (all that hay from the sheep barn!).  Focus on indie dyers.  Bring lots of patterns for our samples.  You know, the basics.  But we’re perfecting this whole taking Stash on the road thing, and it is getting easier!

Black Sheep is right in our backyard, which makes this show all the more fun.  We got to see a lot of familiar faces and meet plenty of new ones.  A special thanks to listeners of The Knitmore Girls podcast who came to the shop and our booth!  After a show like this we all come home feeling pleasantly exhausted and full of inspiration.

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We had a special order of Sincere Sheep‘s Treble yarn dyed up especially for the show.  Made by hand in the Napa Valley using natural dyes, this yarn is truly something special.  We are in love with Brooke’s soft yet saturated hues and the feel of this 100% superwash merino.  This yarn is at Stash for a limited time only, so if you’re eyeing a skein you better act fast!

Were you at Black Sheep this year?  What is your favorite part of attending a fiber festival?  Let us know in the comments.  We love hearing from you!

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Baah, Baah, Black Sheep!

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Last year we had an absolute blast creating, stocking, and meeting knitters and spinners in our booth at Black Sheep Gathering.  So much fun in fact, that we’re doing it again!

We’re bringing a few special treats exclusive to the show, so be sure to stop by the booth and say hi!

Our brick & mortar shop will be open regular hours all weekend.  So if you’re in town for BSG, consider making the short journey to Corvallis, too!

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FO Friday: Robin

Our newest shop sample is a perfect pairing of yarn and pattern: Knitted Wit’s Welterweight Rambouillet &  Lee Meredith’s Robin. It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of Lee’s innovative patterns and Lorajean’s unique and beautiful yarns, and the marriage of these two makes for one amazing shawl!

One of my favorite things about Robin (besides the incredibly fun and addicting short rows!), is that it’s designed so you can finish the shawl at virtually any point to maximize your available yardage. I was able to make the most of my 350 yard skeins and knit until I was almost out of the Raspberry Milkshake color. There is also a 3-color option available and Robin can be knit with any gauge yarn.

The Knitted Wit Welterweight Rambouillet is sport-weight yarn that comes in skeins with 350 yards and dyed in Lorajean’s vibrant colors, which are perfect for spring. So what exactly is Rambouillet, anyways? Rambouillet is a breed of sheep whose wool has a wonderfully springy crimp that creates a soft, squishy fabric perfect for wrapping around your neck. It’s excellent for garments and accessories worn next to the skin and the Knitted Wit Rambouillet has a great texture that is just perfect for squishy garter stitch knits.

Stop by the shop to squish the new sample and play with the gorgeous colors to come up with your own unique color combo!

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Going Vogue :: Our Trip to Seattle

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Both our moms came to help us for the weekend

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Anna Hrachovec’s Teeny-Tiny Gnomies

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Susan B. Anderson’s Topsy Turvy inside-out toys

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Jane Richmond stopped by to say hi!

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and tried on Liz’s Arbutus knit in Anzula Oasis

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Rebecca Danger came to pick up some special books

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My mind is still abuzz with memories of all the sights, sounds, textures, faces, and handknits we encountered over the weekend. Vogue Knitting LIVE  Seattle was a truly special event, both for Stash as a shop and for Liz and I as knitters.

Can you imagine anything better than being in a room full of yarn, knitters, and handknits? It was beyond inspiring; we felt like we were with our People, that sacred tribe of wonderful wool-lovers who understand this life we live beyond hobby that we call Knitting.

Our booth was a blast to set up, and we had fun watching people react to it all weekend long. Knitters of all kinds made their way to our booth, and we were lucky enough to have a few of our favorite designers, podcasters, and yarn dyers visit too.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come say hello and check out our wares. We love you!

And an extra-special thank you to our vendors who were game enough to pose for these photos during a busy weekend.

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Wendee Shulsen of Hazel Knits

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Saremy Duffy of Chicken Boots

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Kate + Rachel of Spincyle Yarns

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The beautiful team at Churchmouse Yarns + Teas with Jared Flood

Were you at VKLive? What was your favorite part of the experience?  Please let us know what you loved about the event in the comments below!

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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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Quick Gifts to Make + Give

As gift-making time dwindles, we like to choose quick, almost-instant-gratification projects. Thicker yarns + small projects are your friends now!

Here are a few favorites we’ve knit up and would love to give (or receive) any time of year.

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Arctic Circle Cowl:: Tundra by The Fibre Company  We can hardly say enough good things about this new yarn! Baby alpaca, merino, and silk combine to create such a light and luxurious bulky weight yarn.  This cowl is surely a knit you’ll want to keep for yourself!

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Pocket Socks:: Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere The ultimate luxury: cashmere on your feet! This is also a new yarn for us, and we are smitten.  It’s a bit of a splurge, but that’s what one-skein projects are for!  These socks can be knit with one skein, as can a hat, fingerless mitts, or a small neckwarmer.

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Luscious Mitts:: Caress Luxury Yarns Luscious royal baby alpaca Another one-skein project, these sweet mitts knit up in a flash.  The yarn is lovingly hand-dyed and made in Albany, OR with local alpaca. The royal baby alpaca knits up like a dream, feeling soft as cashmere.

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Windschief:: Spincycle BFL Worsted  This cowl is fast and easy, coming out looking more complicated than it actually is.  Bonus: the pattern includes instructions for the cowl and a matching hat, perfect for the guy or gal on your list. We knit ours out of one skein of Spincycle BFL worsted, a hand-dyed hand-spun wool from Washington.

Retro Thrummed Slippers:: Columbia by Imperial Yarns + Bellwether Wool Co. Roving Cozy hand-knit slippers are the perfect antidote for our damp winters.  Made out of 100% Oregon wool, these would make a thoughtful gift indeed.  Offer up a pair to a houseguest after forcing them to take off their muddy shoes, or gift them to a neighbor. Chilly feet will be thankful.

We hope you’re feeling inspired to make and give this holiday season.  And yes, giving a little something wooly to yourself this time of year is okay too.  Happy knitting!

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