It’s been a little while since we’ve shown you some of our own works-in-progress, hasn’t it?
This fall has kept all of our needles busy knitting up samples in some of our newest yarns. It’s a tough job, but the Stash Enhancers are always up for a challenge!
Rustling Leaves Beret
Currently on Sydney’s needles is the Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos. This has been a popular pattern since its release in Coastal Knits last year, and for good reason. It knits up in just 175 yards of fingering weight yarn, and the leaf motif is addictive and fun to knit.
Here we’re using Caress Luxury Yarns Alpaca Sock in Denim, a locally sourced and hand-dyed blend of superfine alpaca, merino and nylon. We just love supporting our local fiber artisans while making something beautiful and cozy!
Sonia’s needles have been obsessively clicking away on Jared Flood’s Romney Kerchief. This simple triangular shawl really shows off the colors of our elegant new Gradient yarn from Schoppel-woole.
The colors change slowly, effortlessly, and you’re guaranteed to want to knit until the next color change. If you receive our newsletter, you know that Sonia can often be heard muttering “Just one more row…” as she compulsively knits on this project!
So what’s on your needles this week? Are you busy with holiday projects?
Remember, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle, you can always join us at Stitch Night on Wednesday evenings. We’re here with tea, support, and a few good laughs.
Wednesday at Stitch Night several of us cast on for the Spring Shawl Knitalong. Some chose Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, other opted for Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits.
I was in the mood for the bold stripes and zig-zags in Dancette. It took me a few tries, but I finally settled on a color combination that I love.
- Top: Siren Two Sock by Pigeonroof Studios in Orchid Thief.
- Bottom: Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine in Riptide
It’s not the most bright and spring-like shawl, but I am loving the way the lavender, brown, cream and deep teal are playing together. And both yarns are merino, cashmere, nylon blends which is such a treat to work with. I’m convinced yarn with cashmere knits faster…
What’s on your needles this weekend?
We recently finished up our first ever Stash Knit-Along! In an effort to support a little sock yarn stash-busting, we chose 2 fingering weight patterns: the Hado Slouch Hat and the Paper Moon Socks. Stashers had a bit under 2 months to complete their knitting to be entered to win a great prize. One Stasher was even knitting and bound off at Stitch Night on the final day!
Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so fun to see what pattern and yarn people used; each project was special and unique to its knitter.
This knit along was so much fun that we’ve decided to plan another one: the Spring Shawl Knit-Along. It’s another choose-your-own-adventure KAL, with two options: Ishbel or Dancette.
Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits
We will be casting on on March 21st, the first day of Spring. Anyone can particiapte; you need not be a local knitter to play along with us. Just hop on over to the shop Ravelry group or stay tuned to this space to see what we’re up to!
Last night some participants of the first Stash Knit Along joined together at Stitch Night and cast on. There were a few Paper Moon sock knitters and a couple of Hado Slouch hat knitters, as well as plenty of other non-kal-related projects on the needles. It’s so fun to see what yarn everyone chose! It warms this knitter’s heart to see knitters helping one another get started, make color decisions, and pulling in unsuspecting knitters. That’s what a knit along is all about: support, encouragement, inspiration, and sharing knowledge. And fun, lots of fun.
To sweeten the deal, Stash is offering a few prizes! To be eligible to win, participants must either:
a) post a photo of their finished project on the KAL thread in the Ravelry group or to the Stash Facebook page.
b) bring it in to Stitch Night to show it off!
This means that you can participate from afar, so what are you waiting for?
Multiple entries for multiple finished objects. Entries will be chosen at random and winners announced on March 1st, 2012.
Prizes will include sock yarn, books, patterns, and more TBA. Cast on!