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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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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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Lee Meredith Coming to Stash!

We have a very special guest coming to Stitch Night in a couple of weeks.  Lee Meredith (aka Leethal) will be here with a trunk show of her fabulous designs!

Meet + Greet with Lee Meredith

November 14th, 5-8 pm at Stash  

Wobble Bass Hat  (photo from Ravelry pattern page)

A little bit about Lee, from her website:

Lee is a maker of things, doer of stuff living in Portland, Oregon, with a main focus on designing original hand-knit accessories. She spends her time writing, designing, making, teaching, spinning, photographing, brainstorming, and creating. With a background in photography and art, and a love of color, puzzles, and experimentation, she brings all these elements into her creative work, as well as into her writing on her blog, do stuff!

Lee has designed a variety of accessory patterns including hats, shawls, fingerless mitts, scarves and cowls. One of my favorite things about Lee’s patterns (besides the fact that they’re just plain awesome) is that they’re all completely customizable. Her patterns allow you to use any gauge yarn you’d like and guide you through the steps to make it just right.

Parallel Lines (photo from Ravelry pattern page) would be a great pattern for self striping yarns or little bits of leftovers! 

Lee’s patterns are  fun and original and many of them have an innovative and interesting construction. They’re also packed with great information and tutorials to help you learn any new techniques you may need for the pattern.

Freewheelin’ (photo from Ravelry pattern page) Gorgeous cables + contrasting edge.

The Either/Or (photo from Ravelry pattern page) mitts are part of an e-book called Remixed.

Well, I could go on and on about all the fun and interesting patterns designed by Lee…but how about you just come meet Lee and see for yourself? You can try on her innovative designs and perhaps start a new project at Stitch Night!

Mark your calendar now:

Meet & Greet with Lee Meredith 

November 14th, 5-8 pm at Stash  

Lee also has a Mystery-KAL going on right now…extra brownie points to anyone who brings a finished shawl from the MKAL!

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Coastal Knits at Stash

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As soon as the book Coastal Knits arrived at Stash this fall I knew it was something special. More and more Stashers have been working on projects from the book, and everyone has great things to say about it.  Seeing the actual sample garments in person is such a treat.  There are details that just don’t translate through photographs: the weight of the yarn, the feel of the baubles, leaves, and lace, and the fit or hang of each piece.

Now that the trunk show is here and I’ve tried on all the sweaters, I have to say the Wildflower Cardigan is my favorite. Feminine and classic with lots of sweet details, this cardigan would get a lot of wear. Other favorites include the Rocky Coast Cardigan and the Gnarled Oak Cardigan.

What pattern do you have your eye on?  Have you knit any of them yet?  If so, we’d love to hear about it!  Share here, on Facebook, or in the Ravelry group.

The garments are on loan and will be at the shop thru Sunday January 15th, so hurry in!

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Three Fates Yarns Trunk Show

Three Fates Yarns Trunk Show @ Stash!

Saturday, December 17th

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Stephania Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns will be at Stash for an afternoon of yarn and dyeing show & tell.  A work-at-home mom from Salem, Stephania is passionate about dying beautiful yarns with a story behind them.  From her blog:

Moraie is another name for the three fates, clotho, lachesis and atrophos. Who are the Three Fates? The maiden, the mother and the crone, or the spinner, the weaver and the cutter (of the thread of life). Also, me myself and I. In mythology, the Three Fates are Greek goddesses that control human lives, but I think if we had gods and goddesses of fiber arts, they would be it. I always think of the three witches in the Scottish play, conversing over a dye pot, “When shall we three meet again.”

 Stephania will be coming with a selection of gorgeous hand painted yarn; some you’ve seen in the shop, and some are brand new to us.  Please stop in to chat with your local independent dyer and give her a warm Corvallis welcome!

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