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Fall 2013 Knit Along – Amy Herzog Designs

Last year, many of you joined us for our “Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting” KAL and some of you completed your very first sweaters. This year, let’s take it to the next level and achieve a perfectly fitting sweater.

Amy Herzog is passionate about helping women create well fitting sweaters. Her 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!

From Amy’s website:

While I love all knitting, and do occasionally design all kinds of knitted things, my true passion is for sweaters. It is my intent that all of these sweaters should be wardrobe staples for you–things you love to pull out of the drawer and wear again and again. It’s crucially important to me that they fit you well.

To that end, I recommend you choose a size that fits your shoulders properly and make modifications from there. I’ve created lots of resources to help you do this! Please start by visiting my fit to flatter page, and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Amy Herzog DesignsFrom top left going clockwise: Trimmings, Jackaroo, Asilomar, February Fitted Pullover, & Afterlight

Want to take full advantage of Amy’s knowledge about fit and making modifications to achieve a perfect fitting sweater? Stop in and pick up a copy of Knit to Flatter and if you already own a copy, bust it out and start reading! Sonia and Liz have both been pouring over their copies and plotting ways to flatter their shapes.

Amy has over 60 published patterns, truly something for everyone! All of Amy’s Ravelry patterns are available here at Stash through the Ravelry in-store download program, and we also have several copies of Knit to Flatter at the shop, which contains 18 of those patterns.

The Knitty Gritty:

  • The Fall 2013 KAL begins on September 21st (no better way to celebrate the first day of fall than casting on a new sweater!) and ends December 21st.
  • Pick any Amy Herzog sweater design.
  • If you’re feeling really ambitious, pick up her book, get yourself measured and get to work making some modifications that are going to make your sweater fit perfectly.
  • Join us for a special monthly edition of Stitch Night to get support and cheer each other on! September 25th will be the first KAL focused stitch night! Need help getting your measurements? We have a tape measure and are happy to help. Let’s all support one another and encourage each other make the best sweaters possible!
  • Need a review from last years tutorials? They’ve all been compiled into one Googledoc or you can view them on the blog.
  • Now, get swatching!

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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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New & Noteworthy:: Patterns to Stalk for Fall

Fall tends to be the official start of knitting season, but we’re getting an early start with fall issues of magazines and online publications. There is so much inspiration around us right now!  Here’s a peek at three of our favorites.

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BT Men: Volume 1

One of the most exciting things to come out this summer has to be Brooklyn Tweed’s collection of knits for men.  Rugged, rustic, and classic at the same time, these designs are fit for men of all ages and stages.  Remember friends, this collection is about the knitwear, but the beards and wistful gazes don’t hurt, either.

Individual patterns available at Stash!

Slade by Michele Wang

Timberline by Jared Flood

The Brooklyn Tweed Men’s collection includes patterns for 8 garments and 5 accessories.  With designs from Jared Flood, Julie Hoover, Veronik Avery, and Michele Wang, there’s sure to be something here to inspire your knitting fantasy life.   These are definitely patterns you will knit for him and be tempted to keep for yourself.

Click here to view on Ravelry.  Visit us in store to purchase your copy

Knitscene Fall 2013

The Fall issue of Knitscene came out in June (how’s that for planning ahead!) and was an instant hit.  With stories on reverse stockinette, colorwork, and chevrons, there are loads of patterns to inspire your fall/winter knitting.  Here are some of our favorites:

Penny Candy Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle in Fibre Company Acadia

Emmanuelle Sweater by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

June Mitts by Cassie Castillo in Dream in Color Smooshy

Click here for a pattern preview.  We’ve already sold out of this magazine at the shop; a second shipment is on its way!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits special issue.

Ginny’s Cardigan by Mari Chiba

I keep watching the window for owls, and have been daydreaming about these mittens:

O.W.L. Mittens by Celeste Young

Mermaid’s Song by Susanna IC

Modern Stripes House Scarves by Kim Haesemeyer in The Fibre Company Organik

Click here to preview all of the patterns on Ravelry.  Then click here to watch Harry Potter on Netflix. You know you want to!

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Now that your queue has expanded (you’re welcome), let us know what you’re planning on knitting up this fall.  Daydreaming and planning can be half the fun!

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Behind the Scenes:: Shibui Headquarters

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Earlier this week, the Stash Enhancers hit the road for a field trip to Shibui headquarters in Portland. Our tour started in the building where all the yarn is kept.

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Shelves full of beautiful yarn surrounded us as we talked with Sandy about what happens when a shop like Stash places an order.  They seemed to be very organized and genuinely excited to be at working fulfilling our yarn fantasies.

While we were chatting, FedEx arrived with a long anticipated order of Shibui Linen (we’re talking 2 pallets of yarn-they were huge!). It’s nice to know we aren’t the only ones that scream and jump up and down when new yarn arrives! We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a new Shibui yarn that will be debuting at TNNA in a few weeks.  You’ll be seeing it at Stash someday soon…

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Once we finished drooling over all the yarn, we walked over to the Shibui design studio to take a look at some new designs, some of which will also be debuting at TNNA. We learned that the Shibui design team typically works on designs about 18 months before they are scheduled to be released. A few of the pieces we saw will be for Spring 2014!

We felt extremely lucky to get to touch and try on garments and accessories before the official pattern releases. I think it’s safe to say that all the Stash Enhancers fell head over heels in love with at least one of the pieces and our ever growing queues grew larger.

It was incredibly inspiring to see new designs and meet the faces behind Shibui. I think we’re all even more excited about Shibui yarns than we were before!

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New yarn samples, Stash Enhancer Kathryn trying on a new design & Stash Enhancers squishing samples.

Of course, no field trip to Portland would be complete without good food and a bit of shopping!

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The Stash Enhancers hit up Salt and Straw for lunch and yarn talk. One of the perks of being an adult: ice cream for lunch. A little bit later we stopped by the Grilled Cheese Grill food cart downtown for a super yummy 2nd lunch. Some of our other favorite stops of the day were Radish Underground, Magpie, and Tender Loving Empire.

There’s nothing more refreshing and inspiring than a change of scenery, don’t you think?

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Hot Off the Presses: New Books and Magazines!

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A few gorgeous new books and magazines have arrived here at Stash over the last couple of weeks! All the Stash Enhancers are incredibly excited about them, and our Chief Stash Enhancer even makes an appearance inside the pages of one!

Botanical Knits

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Botanical Knits is the eagerly anticipated, self-published book by Alana Dakos. The book features foliage-inspired patterns including 4 beautiful sweaters and 8 accessories. Botanical Knits has gorgeous photography, beautiful patterns, and some fun little details that really make the book special. The table of contents not only lists the pattern names with page numbers, but also has photographs of all the patterns with the page number next to them. A small detail that makes it incredibly easy to find the pattern you are looking for at a quick glance. Each pattern contains several photos of the project, a schematic, and detailed knitting instructions. There are also beautiful illustrations (by Neesha Hudson) of leaves and foliage throughout the book. It’s hard to flip through Botanical Knits and not be inspired to grab some needles and yarn and cast-on for one (or all) of the beautiful patterns immediately!

Pom Pom Quarterly

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Pom Pom Quarterly here at Stash. And yes, that is Sonia, our Chief Stash Enhancer, gracing the pages of Pom Pom’s First Anniversary issue! The Summer 2013 issue includes 7 gorgeous patterns, a s’mores brownie recipe (yum!) and a few fun articles. I’m particularly smitten with the Riverine Pullover and Mountain Moss Shawl.

Knitscene Accessories

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The newest issue of Knitscene is packed with 33 gorgeous accessory patterns ranging from simple hats to complicated colorwork mitts and cowls. These would be perfect projects to work on as the weather gets warm or while traveling, since they’re small and portable. Also included are a few great articles on embellishments and fun edging ideas.

Which patterns are catching your eye? 

Happy Crafting!

 

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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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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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