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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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Inspiration Hunting :: A Confession.

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I’m about to tell you something I don’t talk about very often.  It may be a bit controversial, but it has to be said.

Opening a yarn shop has really cut into my knitting time.

Imagine immersing yourself in the world of fiber arts, a world you’re already spending most of your free time in.  You obsess over patterns, yarn, colors, and tools, playing and dreaming up the perfect combinations.  Your heart feels light and your mind inspired when you pick up the needles to being a new project.

Soon your dream starts to grow and you imagine filling the shelves of an empty store with just the right materials.  Yarns you know and love, as well as new-to-you colors and textures swirl in your mind.

One day you find an empty retail space and your dream quickly proceeds into reality and it is amazing.

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But there’s a dark side.  A side people in the industry rarely admit to.

Sometimes when you’re living your dream, you stop dreaming.

What once was nothing but pure joy has changed.  Sometimes knitting feels like work.  Not all the time, but in small ways.  Yarn can become a widget if you’re not careful.

It’s a continual challenge to stay inspired, to not let the dream be replaced by rote repetition and paperwork.  It is so important to keep dreaming, to feed the dream you imagined with new ideas, people, and adventures.

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Our mission at Stash is to cultivate an inspired knitting community.  We actively hunt and gather the most beautiful and unique collection of inspiration for our tribe (psst…that’s you).  But it’s also important that we work to stay actively inspired ourselves.

To that end, we are working on an all new lineup of classes and events that we’re super excited to take ourselves!  We’re also taking Stash Enhancer field trips, dreaming up new yarn + pattern combinations for fall samples, eating a lot of ice cream, and working on other big new projects.

We’re so thankful that you’re along for the ride.  YOU are a continued source of inspiration and love, and we wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.

As a maker, how do you stay inspired? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

xo

Sonia

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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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Places to Knit…in Corvallis

We made our first You Tube video!

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Please share it with all your friends, and subscribe to our shiny new You Tube station.  We will be creating more entertaining and educational videos very soon.

xo

The Stash Enhancers

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Window to the Soul (of a Yarn Shop)

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They say that the eyes are the window to one’s soul.  For a store, its eyes are actual windows that show you what that business holds dear.

We love our front window at Stash.  From the outside, it offers a glimpse of the wooly wonders that await you once you enter the shop.  You get a taste of the whimsy and craftiness we adore.  Through these eyes we hope to share that our yarn shop has a soul + a big heart.

Each season we look for inspiration all around us: nature, fashion, interior design, DIY posts, and music; anything goes.  And like the most fervent bout of startitis, the mood strikes suddenly and a new window display is born.

We’ve made it rain yarn, hatched eggs in yarn nests, and yarn bombed a bicycle.  While not every display incorporates merchandise from inside the store, every scene does play with yarn in some way.

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This season’s window display was inspired by the freshly blooming crocus and impending new life of early spring.  We saw an image on Pinterest and knew we’d love to give these gigantic tissue paper flowers a try.

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As it turns out, not everything you see on the Internet is as easy at it first appears.  Sydney and I were challenged to make these petals have structure while hanging.  It was a fun challenge, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.

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Do you have a favorite Stash window? 

xo

Sonia + The Stash Enhancers

p.s. Yarn nests are made with Rasta from Imperial Yarn, one of our favorite Oregeon purveyors of wool.

p.p.s. Want a peek into out sources of inspiration? Follow us as StashLocal on Pinterest!

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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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Little Knit Sunshine

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Strictly Knit Headband

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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