I still get excited about school supplies. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a new notebook, and the sense of a new beginning always get me feeling ambitious. Like clean the house, bake a pie, learn a new language and cast on 5 new sweaters ambitious. While doing laundry and writing a blog post!
When you’re a grown up, there’s not always a chance to experience the thrill of going back to school. Sure, we get to feel the bittersweet and enchanting end of summer as it rolls over into the beginning of sweater season. As knitters, the beginning of cooler weather is very exciting indeed. It’s also a great time to treat yourself to the gift of going back to school. Yarn school, that is!
September is the start of knitting season, just as it’s the start of a new school year for many. We’ve loaded our calendar with classes and events just to be sure you get the chance to go back to school, too.
Following that theme, we had a blast creating our Back to Yarn School window display. Vintage knitting patterns folded into paper airplanes. A knit apple and paper. Yarn-wrapped letters. The anatomy of a sock. It all helped get us in the mood for a shiny new season of knitting. Of casting on for cabled sweaters, cozy hats, and endless eternity cowls.
Whether you’re able to get back to yarn school or not, we urge you to embrace the spirit of the season. Indulge in some new yarn. Cast on a flurry of new projects. Study a new-to-you technique. Try something you’ve never done before (in knitting or in life). If not now, when?
What gets you excited this time of year?
They say that the eyes are the window to one’s soul. For a store, its eyes are actual windows that show you what that business holds dear.
We love our front window at Stash. From the outside, it offers a glimpse of the wooly wonders that await you once you enter the shop. You get a taste of the whimsy and craftiness we adore. Through these eyes we hope to share that our yarn shop has a soul + a big heart.
Each season we look for inspiration all around us: nature, fashion, interior design, DIY posts, and music; anything goes. And like the most fervent bout of startitis, the mood strikes suddenly and a new window display is born.
We’ve made it rain yarn, hatched eggs in yarn nests, and yarn bombed a bicycle. While not every display incorporates merchandise from inside the store, every scene does play with yarn in some way.
This season’s window display was inspired by the freshly blooming crocus and impending new life of early spring. We saw an image on Pinterest and knew we’d love to give these gigantic tissue paper flowers a try.
As it turns out, not everything you see on the Internet is as easy at it first appears. Sydney and I were challenged to make these petals have structure while hanging. It was a fun challenge, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.
Do you have a favorite Stash window?
Sonia + The Stash Enhancers
p.s. Yarn nests are made with Rasta from Imperial Yarn, one of our favorite Oregeon purveyors of wool.
p.p.s. Want a peek into out sources of inspiration? Follow us as StashLocal on Pinterest!
One of my favorite things about Stash is the front window. A large plate glass window is the perfect opportunity to create something visually stunning that draws people to the shop and inside its doors. For our Valentine window I had something else in mind entirely. When things just didn’t fall into place with plan A, along came plan B. And you know what? I think I like it better that my original idea!
The heart garland is so simple to make, and the options for hanging are endless. Want to make some? Here’s what I did:
♥Paper Heart Garland DIY♥
- fold a pretty piece of scrapbook paper in half, then cut into strips about 1 inch wide.
- using the fold as the point of your heart, fold the two ends together to form the curves of the heart.
- insert the folded bottom of the next heart into this curve and staple together.
- repeat until garland is desired length. I did groups of 2, 3, and 5.
- Next, I simply attached various lengths of yarn to a spray-painted embroidery hoop to create this one of a kind paper heart mobile.