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A Holiday Knitting Tale

As told by Sonia, Kathryn, and Sydney

With less than a week until the Big Day, we are all in various states of frenzy.  There are inches more to knit, dozens of cookies to be baked, and presents to be bought, wrapped, or shipped. Or perhaps you’re waiting anxiously for that cabled sweater you blocked last week to dry already.  Whatever point you’re at, the fact remains: 3 days till Christmas. Breathe.

We understand how you feel.  We’ve been there, too. 

Let us share our 2012 Holiday Knitting Tales…


I don’t mean to sound too smug, but my Christmas knitting is finished (shields eyes from pointy needles).  That is, if you don’t count the last-minute thought that maybe I could finish a pair of socks I started back in August.  I quickly abandoned that thought as soon as Wool People 4 was released.  At this point, I’m coveting lots of new projects and planning a selfish knitting binge in January.



Fortunately, I kept myself to mostly small projects this Christmas. (I may have started a crocheted blanket for my mom, in a holiday burst of what-the-heck-am-I-thinking, but I talked myself out of that one real quick.) And my little pile of hats and cowls is … mostly … finished! The highlight project was definitely a Slouchy Hat Of Luck And Bravery in woodsy green for a friend who may be asking their significant other an important question during their holiday travels…

Like Sonia, I’ve got a nice long ‘selfish knitting’ stretch planned for January and February. Time to finally invest in a big cozy sweater project, I think. And then I’ll start Christmas 2013’s gift knitting in May or something, so you won’t see me scramble to finish this time next year!



Every year I tell myself I am going to cut down my list. That I will only knit for my close friends, and select members of my immediate family. But for some mystical reason, my list GROWS every year!

This year, I am knitting for 15 people. Yes, 15. How does that happen? After (and during) every project, every hat, mitten, leg warmer, and cowl, I find myself staring at my jumper yarns, my sweater’s worth skeins, nearly drooling at the idea of knitting a sweater. I am definitely a big project type of knitter. Instant gratification knitting does nothing for me. Curse you whoever decided that knitted headbands were “in” this year!! They’re lovely, but now I have six to make. Please, make it stop!


We hope that whatever stage of Holiday Making you are in, you are also taking care to daydream about your own projects for the New Year.  It’s a tradition of mine to cast on a new project on January 1st, something just for me.

Your turn to share!

How do you make for the holidays?  What are looking forward to doing for yourself in January?


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It’s Ornamental :: Holiday Knitting with Beads

It seems that every knitter has a stitch or technique that is a No Zone.  You see it mentioned in a pattern and, no matter how much you thought you wanted to make it, you are now turned off.

For me, it was short rows.  I didn’t understand the nuances of the wrap and turn, and most attempts were hole-filled tragedies.  For years I avoided patterns that even vaguely smelled like they might have short rows, claiming that I just wanted something simple and easy.  But then one day I took the time to practice, tried a couple of different methods, and wast soon short-rowing like a pro.  And you know what?  Short rows weren’t so scary after all!

We have a few classes coming up that may touch on one of your No Zone techniques (you can view them here).  Perhaps beaded knitting has you stymied.  If so, I’m here to tell you that it’s really not so difficult.  In fact, once you get started, knitting with beads can be addictive!  And with this pattern, you can practice using beads and make a lovely holiday decoration at the same time.  Win win.

✂It’s Ornamental with Sonia Ruyts 
November 17 10:30-12:30
Ornaments, beads, and pattern will be provided.

Get started on your holiday decorating and gift-giving with this fun ornament-making class! We will be knitting round ornament covers and embellishing with beads. Perfect if you’ve been wanting to learn how to add beads to your knitting. 

Space is limited, so call or come by the shop to reserve your space today! 541-753-YARN (9276)

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Classes: Tink, Drop, Frog and Holiday Stocking

We’re very excited to announce that Michele Bernstein (Pdxknitterati) is returning to Stash on October 6th to teach a couple of classes! Last time she was here, her classes were very popular and all the students had a fantastic time!

This time around she’ll be teaching 2 great information-packed classes. We’ve had many knitters express interest in a class about fixing their mistakes, so the first class of the day will be just that.


Tink, Drop, Frog: How Do I Fix This? will take place on Saturday October 6th from 10:30-12:30! The cost is $20. During this class you’ll learn how to fix and notice common knitting mistakes. Learning the skills to fix your mistakes is something that will definitely help take your knitting to the next level!

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 rows at a time (frogging), and other common mistakes
Materials: One skein bulky-weight yarn (plain, light color is best), a set of US 10.5 needles, and one crochet hook in size G, H, or I Stash Recommendation: Sweet Georgia Superwash Bulky and Addi Lace circular needles.Receive 15% off class materials purchased in store.
Homework: Knit one flat, stockinette stitch swatch. Cast-on 20 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch for 16 rows. Leave your swatch on the needles and bring to class!


I know you knitters don’t want to hear it yet, but the Holiday Knitting season is quickly approaching. Why not learn how to do stranded fair isle knitting while working on a Holiday Stocking for a loved one (or yourself!)? The Holiday Stocking class will also be on October 6th. The class runs from 1:30-4:30 and costs $35.

During this class students will learn how to make a traditional Christmas Stocking with a snowflake motif worked in 3 colors. You’ll learn how to knit from a colorwork chart and turn a heel. How fun would it be to make a stocking for a loved one in their favorite sports team colors? Or how about traditional red, green, and white?

Skill Level:Intermediate – Students must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, knit in the round and bind off
Skills Learned: Knitting from a colorwork chart, turning a tiny heel so you’ll know how when the time comes
Materials: Three coordinating colors of worsted weight yarn (75 g of main color, 25 g of each contrast color), 16” circular needle in US 7 or 8, and size 7 or 8 double-pointed needles. Includes Michelle’s Snowflake Stocking pattern. Stash Recommends: Imperial Yarns Columbia and Hiya Hiya needles. Receive 15% off class materials purchased in store.
Homework: Please complete the ribbing of your stocking so you are ready to begin the colorwork section. Also, on dpns cast-on 12 stitches and work as folllows: Row 1: Slip 1, knit to end of row, Row 2: Slip 1, purl to end of row, Repeat these 2 rows until you have completed 10 rows. We will turn this tiny heel in class.


There are a limited number of spots available for both of these classes, so call the shop at 541-753-9276 or stop by to register!

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