Category Archives: Spinning

We’re Jumping for Joy!

There’s something very special about this time of year.  Fall is a fresh start full of new sources of inspiration.   We can hardly keep our hands off the wool and the urge to start dozens of new projects is mounting.

For me, fall means sweaters and tights, hot mugs of coffee, and a renewed sense of motivation to learn all I can about the things I love.  No matter how long I have been out of school, this time of year beckons me, calls me back to learn something new.

At Stash, our classes aren’t only about learning a new technique.  They’re about challenging oneself to step outside the limits of what is known into the realm of possibility.  They are about connecting to a community of like-minded people who encourage and inspire one another.  They are about exploring the world of knitting in new and challenging ways.

As the new knitting season begins, we are beyond honored and excited to share our biggest lineup of events ever.

With that in mind, brew a cup of something tasty, find a comfy seat and read on.  When you find a class you’re inspired to take, simply pick up the phone at give us a call.  Or you can come on down to the shop, too.  Either way, we’ll get you on the list!

Early Fall Classes at Stash

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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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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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Anniversary Bash a Smash Hit!

For an entire week leading up to our 1st Anniversary Bash, I had butterflies in my stomach. It was almost as if the shop was opening for the first time all over again.  I was convinced no one would come, and was worried that I’d have to eat all the cupcakes by myself (not that that’s a problem, really).

Turns out I didn’t need to worry!

You showed up by the dozens, and embraced us all with warmth, gratitude, and enthusiasm.  It was an amazing night, and my heart was so full afterward.  Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us; this place couldn’t thrive without you!

It means the world to know that you like what we’re doing here at Stash.  We will continue to provide the most beautiful and luxurious yarns we can find and serve them up in a fun, inviting atmosphere.

Our Anniversary Contest also went really well.  You are a talented bunch of stitchers!  We used a random number generator to pick a winner, and Ashley was our lucky knitter!  She made the blue sweater on the adorable little boy below.

We put together a little collage of just a few of the projects you completed in our first year.  Enjoy!

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Anniversary Contest

Can you believe it’s nearly been a year since Stash opened its doors? Neither can we! But on October 13th we will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.

As that day approaches, we are planning loads of fun things to help celebrate.

Part of what we would like to celebrate is you and your accomplishments over the past year! Specifically, what have you made out of materials that you purchased at Stash?

Dalia Cowl knit by Kathryn in Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK

We’re putting together a virtual fashion show (with prizes!) to show off your favorite finished objects. Knit a sweater? Spin some fiber? Crochet a hat? We’d LOVE to see it!

There are 2 ways to enter the contest:

1.Post a photo of your FO in our Ravelry group here and link to your project page or give a description of the project.
2. Email us a photo of your FO here: info@stashlocal.com with a description of the project.

Multiple finished objects? Even better! Each submission enters you to win a drawing for some posh prizes.

Projects must have been completed between October 13, 2011 and September 30, 2012 with materials purchased at Stash to qualify.

Deadline for submissions is October 1st.

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Sit & Spin Sunday

This past Sunday some spinners invaded Stash.  They were most welcome, of course, and I was excited to see the local spinners in action.  You see, I don’t spin (yet) and was dipping my toe in the water to check the temp, so to speak.

The spinning itself was mesmerizing and looked quite relaxing.  What really got me excited were the drum carders and the enormous pile of fluffy, silky, sparkly goodies to mix into roving to create the most beautiful and fun batts.

It turns out many of the spinners are also sock knitters.  It only took a minor amount of cajoling to get them to show off a little bit!

I think this will have to become a monthly event, don’t you?

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