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Meet the Samples :: Mix No. 24

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DSC_0542When there are so many amazing new patterns sprouting up, we ask you this: why knit the same old beanie this fall?

A playful bonnet may be just the thing to wake up your winter coat, make someone smile on the slopes, or simply warm your noggin’ with whimsy.  And who could resist those braided ties with pom poms?!

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  • Pattern: Shibui Mix No. 24 by Alex Tinsley
  • Yarn: Shibui Merino Alpaca in Jumpsuit + Shibui Baby Alpaca in Jumpsuit, 1 skein each (or
  • Project notes: available on our Ravelry project page.

This zesty little bonnet was a juicy piece of knitting. Two strands of different yarn are held together throughout: one is an aran weight merino alpaca blend, the other a 100% baby merino dk weight. They combine to make an ultra squishy, slightly haloed fabric that is heavenly against the skin.

We love how Shibui is playing with texture and gauge in their Mix pattern collections. Two seemingly disparate yarns can come together to create an entirely new fabric, one that is often more interesting that its individual parts.

Here are some other favorites from the Shibui Fall/Winter collection, all available in the store now.

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There’s a Mix No. 19 on the needles as we speak… keep your eyes peeled for a new sample shortly!

Which pattern is a must have for your fall knitting queue?

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Hot off the Presses: New Books!

Some gorgeous and inspiring new books just hit the shelves here at Stash! We’ve also replenished our supply of Botanical Knits (review here). These are all wonderful in their own way, so let’s get to it and take a peek inside the pages!

Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

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Amy Herzog’s  Fit to Flatter blog series was immediately a huge hit in the knitting world when she wrote it in 2010. Soon after releasing the tutorials, she started offering classes at yarn shops teaching knitters how to determine their body shape and create well-fitting sweaters. Earlier this year she released the hugely anticipated book, Knit to Flatter, which includes all of the incredibly useful information from her blog series plus a whole lot more!

If you’ve ever struggled to figure out what what style sweaters will flatter your figure, this is the book for you. Amy first gives instructions on how to determine your shape and then has a chapter on each shape category. These chapters give the knitter ideas about what will look great as well as things to avoid. Plus, there are patterns specifically tailored to each shape included in the chapter! There are 21 designs in all; truly something for everyone. The final chapter of the book is all about figuring out what modifications need to be made to a design to achieve a sweater that fits (that thing we strive for every time we cast-on for a sweater!).

Fit to Flatter was a huge hit at Black Sheep Gathering, so we’re planning another order! **Our stash of books is going fast! If you’d like to pre-order a copy, stop into the shop before July 15th to place a special order. As per shop policy, 50% of the purchase price is required to be placed on the special order list. Fit to Flatter retails for $24.95.**

Island by Jane Richmond

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Island is Jane Richmond‘s first self-published pattern collection which is inspired by Vancouver Island. Island features 5 gorgeous patterns which are all done in Jane’s classic style. One of the things I love most about these patterns is that they really let the yarn shine. None of the designs are too fussy and have just the right amount of lace or cables. The patterns are beautifully photographed and will make you want to pack your bags and go visit Vancouver Island! Pick your favorite skein of DK weight yarn to knit Arbutus or grab that sweater quantity of hand-dyed sock yarn and cast-on for Grace!

Pacific Knits by Emily Wessel & Alexa Ludeman

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Also inspired by life on the west coast of Canada are the ladies of Tin Can Knits! Pacific Knits is a collection of 18 patterns ranging from small accessories to sweaters for the whole family! One of my favorite features of this book is that all of the sweater patterns have a huge size range. Each sweater includes 15 different sizes ranging from 0-12 months to 4XL.

I love that I can pick up this book and find the perfect project to meet my knitting mood. In the mood for instant gratification? Try Main Street. In the mood for some fair isle knitting? Give North Shore a shot (confession: it is Stash Enhancer Liz’s dream to knit this sweater in Hazel Knits DK). Need a sweater for your loved ones? There’s Antler, Campfire, Low Tide, North Shore, and Urban Hiker. Stash Enhancers Liz and Kathryn have already knit the Antler Sweater and Kathryn’s is a shop sample knit in Dream in Color Classy:

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Antler is such a sweet little sweater knit with Dream in Color Classy’s colorway Morning Dove. The darling wooden buttons are from the collection of Wooly Moss Roots we have at the shop. We are also stocking the single print patterns for Antler!

Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston

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Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston is a truly unique book. Many “mother-daughter” books offer patterns for woman and small children, but Gudrun has taken the theme to a new level. Knit with Me includes 7 sweaters and 5 accessories with sizes for teenagers and adults. Most of the garments have a range of sizes from a 30″-50 or 55″ chest circumference. Gudrun was inspired to put together this collection after her daughter had finished her very first knit sweater. She knit the same sweater as her daughter as moral support. The book includes a perfect pattern for the teen in your life to knit her first sweater. Granny Smith (also known as the Beginner Sweater) is a seamless top-down raglan style sweater with simple yarn-over increases. Even if you don’t have a teenager daughter or a teen in your life to knit for, this book is full of beautiful sweater patterns and fun accessories to knit for yourself!

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Fun Accessories from Knit with Me

Stop into Stash, check out these books and get inspired! What will you cast on for first?

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Meet the Samples :: 3 Fresh Knits for Summer

One of my favorite things about working at a yarn shop is coming up with the perfect pairing for yarn and pattern.  There are so many stunning yarns out there, and an unfathomable amount of inspiring patterns to choose from.  It can be overwhelming trying to find just the right pattern to work with your yarn, and vice-versa.

At Stash, we think about these things all day long.

We fondle and swatch the yarns.  We talk about what patterns would bring out the best in each yarn.  We lay out unending color combinations, yarn options, and pattern choices before ever casting on a sample.

We put this thought and time into each sample so that you don’t have to.  All you have to do is fall in love.  And do the knitting!  But hey, you were going to do that anyway, right?

Here is a roundup of our latest samples, chosen just for you this summer.  We dare you not to fall head over heels in love.

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Rock Island by Jared Flood was knit by Stash Enhancer Sydney in Sweet Georgia Merino/Silk Lace. We love how the zesty Lemon Curd colorway pairs with Jared Flood’s gorgeous design. This intricate lace-weight shawl weighs almost nothing,  and would be the perfect project for both summer stitching and wearing.

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Fran whipped up Pendulum by Amy Miller in under 2 weeks! This garter stitch shawl is knit in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the colors Splish Splash & Saffron. We’ve put together some of our favorite color combinations to create kits (available at the shop for only $48). Of course you’re also welcome to choose your favorite two colors of HK to create a custom kit.

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And last but not least, Kathy quickly knit up Shibui Mix No. 15 by Lidia Tsymbal. This cute tank is knit in Shibui Linen in the Cascade colorway. The linen is crisp and light, with excellent drape and stitch definition.  Layer this over a white tee or on its own; so perfect for the heat wave we’re having right now!

Come on down to the shop to see, touch, and try on your favorite samples.  We’re sure you’ll fall in love with at least one of them!

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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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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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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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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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