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Special Guest Classes: Michele Bernstein

We’re very excited to announce that Michele Bernstein (Pdxknitterati) is returning to Stash on September 21st to teach 2 great information-packed classes!


These classes are filled with tips and techniques that every knitter should have in their bag of tricks. Michele’s first class of the day focuses on fixing common knitting mistakes, while the second class will teach you a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs. Each of these classes offers valuable information that can help you navigate the crazy fun world of knitting!

Each class is $40 or make a day of it and pay $70 for both classes! Call the shop (541-753-9276) or stop by to register. Space is limited for both classes.


TINK, DROP, FROG: HOW DO I FIX THIS with Michele Bernstein

September 21  l 10:30-12:30pm

Does your knitting come to a screeching halt when you discover you’ve made a mistake? Learn how to fix (and notice!) common knitting mistakes!

Skill Level: Beginner- students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl and bind off. Skills Learned: Picking up dropped stitches, unknitting stitch by stitch (tinking), tearing out several rows at a time (frogging) and other common mistakes. Materials: One skein of bulky-weight yarn (plain, light color is best), a set of 10.5 needles and one crochet hook in size G, H, or I. Homework: Knit one flat, stockinette stitch swatch. Cast-on 20 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for 16 rows. Leave your swatch on your needles and bring it to class!


CAST ON, BIND OFF with Michele Bernstein

September 21  l  1:30-3:30pm

How many cast ons do you know? Why do you use the one that you use? Tired of running out of yarn with your long tail cast on? Come to class and learn some new tricks! We’ll cover long tail, knitting on, cable cast on, crochet provisional cast on, and maybe more depending on time. We’ll also talk about when/why you might choose one over another, and some bind offs that go well with your new cast ons.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn and straight or 24” circular needles in the appropriate size for your yarn.


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Learn to Crochet!

Whether you’re a knitter looking to expand your skill-set to include crochet or someone new to the world of fiber arts, you’ll be sure to walk away from our Beginning Crochet class with some new skills! Saralyn will be teaching students the basics of crochet including how to make a foundation chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and the slip stitch. She’ll also get you started on a granny square and show you the basics of reading a crochet pattern!

A little bit about Saralyn:

My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 8 years old.  I made a lot of brightly colored afghans, then progressed on to lace doilies in my teens.  In my early twenties I taught myself to knit from library books while I was expecting my oldest daughter.  I came to especially love Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionaries and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s breezy style of “make what you want” knitting patterns.  I spent my children’s early years knitting and crocheting anything and everything that struck my fancy.  When no pattern suited my vision, I made up my own.  For a time I wrote a knitting blog, and posted a few original patterns.  The most well-known is the Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf which currently has 497 projects on Ravelry.  In 2009 I took Abby Franqemont’s beginning spindle spinning class at Sock Summit, and began a love affair with spindles.  I’ve spun at the playground, walking the kids to school, in the car, at the Newport Aquarium, and anywhere else I can think of to pull out my spindle.  I enjoy sharing my love of crocheting, knitting, and spinning with anyone who wants to learn.

Join Saralyn on December 8th from 10:30-1:30 for our Beginning Crochet class. Cost is $30.

Once you’ve learned the basics, you can tackle some of these gorgeous patterns (or sign up for Saralyn’s other class: Intro to Crocheted Lace!):

We carry all these gorgeous Churchmouse Yarns and Teas patterns at Stash! Photos from Ravelry pattern pages.

Crochet is also handy skill for knitters to have in their bag of tricks! It’s great to use for edgings or embellishments on your hand knits!

Important Class information:

Skill Level: Novice
Skills Learned: Foundation chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, slip- stitch, granny square and a basic introduction to reading crochet abbreviations.
Materials: 100 yards of smooth worsted weight wool and a size H (5mm) crochet hook. Stash Recommends: Dream in Color Classy and Laurel Hill Crochet hooks! 15% off class materials purchased at the shop.

Spaces are limited so stop into the shop or call 541-753-9276 to reserve your spot today!

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Classes: Intro to Lace

Does the thought of lace knitting both terrify and intrigue you? If so, we have the class for you!

We are thrilled to have knitter and designer Sheila O’Keefe here at Stash to guide you through your first lace project!

“I learned to knit from my mom as a child, but didn’t stick with it. In 1995 I quit my career in electronics and moved from Texas to Oregon to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. That first dark and rainy winter I realized I needed an indoor hobby (besides TV and chocolate). Over the winter holiday break, I checked out some books from the local library, bought some needles and yarn, and re-taught myself how to knit. I’ve been addicted to yarn ever since.” -Sheila O’Keefe

The “Intro to Lace” class will take place on Sunday December 9th from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $35. During the class students will learn the basics of lace knitting including how to read a lace chart.

Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students must be very comfortable knitting and purling and ready not to panic if you drop a stitch or need to rip back

Materials:  400 yards of fingering-weight yarn for shawl (solid or semi-solid is recommended), ~25 yards of light-colored fingering-weight scrap yarn for lace stitch sampler, 24-inch (or longer) size US 6 circular needle (or needle size to get desired drape), one stitch marker. Stash Recommends: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock and Addi Lace needles. 15% off class materials. 

Homework: With scrap yarn and size 6 needles, cast-on 25 stitches and knit for 2 inches in stockinette stitch.

Isn’t this shawl gorgeous? Sheila designed the shawl herself and the pattern is included with the class. We have a wonderful variety of fingering weight yarns that would look stunning in the geometric lace pattern!

Stop into the shop or give us a call (541-753-9276) to reserve your spot for this fun class!

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Steeking Class: Taking the Scary out of Cutting Your Knitting!

Cutting your knitting?! Why in the world would someone do that?! The biggest reason is that working fair isle (stranded colorwork) is easier to work in the round, but sometimes you want something that isn’t circular. Like a cardigan, for example. Ann Weaver’s Oranje Cardigan is a perfect example of this.

Photo from Knitty.com

You could do all that colorwork flat, but it would be much easier to do it in the round, and then *gasp* CUT up the middle of the sweater and then work the button bands.

How about a less intimidating colorwork project? Michele Bernstein’s Ruffle Kefuffle Scarf is knit in the round, cut, and then a ruffle is added!

Photo from Ravelry project page

Some knitters also use steeking for non-colorwork cardigans to save themselves from having to purl on the WS rows.

Don’t know how to do stranded colorwork? That’s okay! You don’t have to know how to do fair isle to take the class.

Cutting your knitting sounds SCARY, I know. Fran is an expert steeker who can help you get over your fears about cutting your knitting. During the class you’ll be cutting a swatch, so you can practice before cutting an actual project!

Interested? Here are the class details:

December 2nd from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $30.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate, Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. The Fair Isle technique will be discussed during class, since this is a technique most frequently used with Fair Isle knitting, however Fair Isle techniques will not be taught.

Skills Learned: Students will learn to steek (cut) their knitting either using a crochet reinforcement or with a machine-sewn edge (1 or 2 sewing machines will be available during class).

Materials: Approximately 150 yards of non-superwash worsted weight wool, 10 yards of non- superwash worsted weight wool in a contrasting color (this will be provided), crochet hook in size H or J, scissors Stash Recommends: Imperial Erin and Addi crochet hook. 15% off class materials purchased at the shop.

Homework: Cast on the number of stitches (in a needle size appropriate for your yarn) in your yarn’s gauge to get a swatch that is approximately 7.5-8 inches across. Working a flat piece, work 5 rows in garter stitch (knit every row), and then in stockinette stitch for an additional 6 inches. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and bind off. Bring this square to class.

Spaces are limited, call the shop at 541-753-9276 or stop by to register!

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Classes: Twisted Stitch Fingerless Mitts

It’s the perfect time of year for fingerless mitts. When we get that fall chill in the air, I always bust out my  fingerless mitts for walking around town, driving, and for sitting at my computer typing! It’s also the time of year when small and portable projects come in handy!  If you’re anything like us here at Stash, you’re probably looking for some of these projects to focus on during the hectic holiday season.

Sheila has designed these beautiful fingerless mitts and will be teaching knitters the ins and outs of twisted stitches and i-cords on Sunday November 11th from 12:30-3:30. The cost for the class is $35 and includes a copy of the pattern.

Since the holiday knitting season is upon us (deep breaths, try not to freak out!), these would make a perfect gift for a special someone on your gift list. Of course, you could always knit them for yourself! In fact, we definitely encourage you to knit something special for yourself this time of year!

Additional Class Details:

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner- Students must be comfortable with the knit stitch, purl stitch, and knitting in the round
Skills Learned: Twisted Stitches, i-cord cast-on, knitted-in i-cord, left and right-leaning increase, i-cord cast-off
Materials: 200 yards of fingering-weight yarn for mitts or 300 yards of fingering-weight yarn for gloves, 1 set size US 2 double pointed needles (or long circular to do magic-loop), 3 stitch markers. Gauge is 8 sts and 11 rows per inch in stockinette stitch. Stash Recommends: Shibui Sock and Hiya Hiya double-pointed needles.15% off materials purchased in store, Pattern will be provided.

Come join Sheila on Sunday to have some fun while learning some new skills! Spaces are limited so call the shop (541-753-9276) or stop in to register today!

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Classes: Mosaic Knitting!

The air is turning crisp and the leaves are changing! That means that perfect weather for wearing handknits is right around the corner!

Sheila has designed this gorgeous hat to help you learn the art of mosaic knitting. You’ll only be working with one color per row, but the mosaic knitting technique makes the hat look far more complicated and intricate.

Come join Sheila on October 21st from 12:30-3:30pm. The cost is $35 and the pattern, Transit of Venus, will be provided.

Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate – Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, work in the round, and do decreases

Skills Learned: How to use 2 colors to do mosaic knitting while working on a hat.

Materials: 120 yards each of 2 contrasting colors of Heavy Worsted/Aran weight yarn, 16″ circular needle in size US 10.5 (or size to obtain gauge), double pointed needles in size 10.5 (or size to obtain gauge), stitch markers (10 if you’d like to mark every pattern repeat or 1 to mark the beginning of your round). Stash Recommendation: Imperial Columbia yarn, Addi Lace circular needles and Hiya Hiya double pointed needles. Pattern for Transit of Venus hat is included.

Space is limited so give us a call (541-753-9276) or stop in to register!

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Learn to Knit Socks:: It’s not so scary!

Hand-knit socks for everyone!

I’m a firm believer in knitting what you love, even before you’re ready. If you don’t know a certain type of project is “supposed” to be difficult or advanced, you just figure it out as you go along.  With enough passion and gumption, the knitting world is your oyster!

I had only been knitting a year when I started eyeing the socks on my knitting friends’ needles. That looks fun, I thought: let’s do this. I looked for an online tutorial and cobbled together some of the funkiest, albeit functional socks. I wish I had thought to go to my LYS and ask for help in person! Knitting is a slow magic trick, as the Yarn Harlot says, one never more evident than in the process of making socks.

Knit-along socks at Stash

If you’ve found yourself petting the gorgeous sock yarns and thinking I wish I could knit socks, or tried on your own and ended up with something that could be improved upon, come see me. I love socks, and I will show you the method behind the sock knitting madness. Because it is a little crazy, isn’t it?

Crazy fun, I say.


✂Basic Socks
with Sonia Ruyts

October 13 and October 20, 10:30am-12:30pm  $45
Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round.
Skills learned: Anatomy of a sock, heel flap, slip-stitch pattern for heel, slip-stitch selvages, heel turn, gussets, toe shaping and kitchener stitch. Socks will be knit cuff down in DK weight yarn on double-pointed needles.

*There is homework for this class.

Limited seating available. Call or stop by the shop to register. (541) 753-YARN www.stashlocal.com


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