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Window to the Soul (of a Yarn Shop)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do you have a favorite Stash window? 

xo

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!

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Quick Gifts to Make + Give

As gift-making time dwindles, we like to choose quick, almost-instant-gratification projects. Thicker yarns + small projects are your friends now!

Here are a few favorites we’ve knit up and would love to give (or receive) any time of year.

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Arctic Circle Cowl:: Tundra by The Fibre Company  We can hardly say enough good things about this new yarn! Baby alpaca, merino, and silk combine to create such a light and luxurious bulky weight yarn.  This cowl is surely a knit you’ll want to keep for yourself!

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Pocket Socks:: Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere The ultimate luxury: cashmere on your feet! This is also a new yarn for us, and we are smitten.  It’s a bit of a splurge, but that’s what one-skein projects are for!  These socks can be knit with one skein, as can a hat, fingerless mitts, or a small neckwarmer.

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Luscious Mitts:: Caress Luxury Yarns Luscious royal baby alpaca Another one-skein project, these sweet mitts knit up in a flash.  The yarn is lovingly hand-dyed and made in Albany, OR with local alpaca. The royal baby alpaca knits up like a dream, feeling soft as cashmere.

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Windschief:: Spincycle BFL Worsted  This cowl is fast and easy, coming out looking more complicated than it actually is.  Bonus: the pattern includes instructions for the cowl and a matching hat, perfect for the guy or gal on your list. We knit ours out of one skein of Spincycle BFL worsted, a hand-dyed hand-spun wool from Washington.

Retro Thrummed Slippers:: Columbia by Imperial Yarns + Bellwether Wool Co. Roving Cozy hand-knit slippers are the perfect antidote for our damp winters.  Made out of 100% Oregon wool, these would make a thoughtful gift indeed.  Offer up a pair to a houseguest after forcing them to take off their muddy shoes, or gift them to a neighbor. Chilly feet will be thankful.

We hope you’re feeling inspired to make and give this holiday season.  And yes, giving a little something wooly to yourself this time of year is okay too.  Happy knitting!

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Imperial Yarn Review

Going through my inbox the other day, I found an email I had saved for later and then completely forgotten about (I’m sure many of you can relate).  It was one of Clara Parkes’ informative yarn reviews featuring none other than Oregon’s own Imperial Yarn, specifically the Columbia 2-ply (an aran or light worsted weight yarn).

When I initially read the review, I had not actually ever knit with any of the yarns from this local company.   As usual, Ms. Parkes did such a thorough job of describing the yarn; I was convinced to try it out.  Thank goodness we carry the Columbia 2-ply!

After swatching the yarn for myself, I went back and re read Ms. Parkes’ review.  The yarn is exactly as she describes it, and I found the softness of my finished swatch irresistible.  It made me want to cast on for a project right away and after a quick look through Imperial Yarn’s patterns, I found the Essential Sweater Dress, which couldn’t be more perfect.

Soft comfy sweater dress here I come!  Right after I finish the 40 other items in my queue….

P.S.  We also carry Imperial Yarn’s Tracie Sport Weight 2-ply, Bulky Pencil Roving, and Native Twist (bulky, soft-spun single), each of which have corresponding patterns and shop samples.  Come in and check them out!

~By Cinnamon S.

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Book Review: Knit Local

If you’ve visited Stash, you know that we feature yarns, fibers, buttons, and other accessories created right here in the Pacific Northwest. The book Knit Local, published in 2011, by Tanis Gray fits in quite nicely here at Stash!

Knit Local highlights 28 different U.S. based yarn companies and gives a fun and interesting look into how these companies “keep things local”. Many of the companies, like Oregon’s very own Imperial Stock Ranch, raise their own sheep, while others source and mill their yarn from various places in the US. The introduction to the book is an interesting read. It poses the question, “Why Knit Local?” and goes on to explain some of the reasons why knitters should consider purchasing local products for their craft. The introduction is thought provoking, but not preachy or condescending in any way.

Here at Stash, we currently carry products from 4 of the yarn companies highlighted in Knit Local! Like I mentioned earlier in the post, Imperial Stock Ranch is included as well as Dream in ColorKollage Yarns (makers of the very popular square needles), and Knit One Crochet Too.

The yarn company profiles are fun to read through and are accompanied by gorgeous photography of the yarns, sheep, farms, and mills that are used. In addition to some really interesting information and gorgeous photography, there are knitting and crochet patterns! Each yarn company profile is accompanied by a pattern that uses one of their yarns. There were quite a few patterns that caught my eye as I flipped through the book, and I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites.

I’m a sucker for fingerless mitt patterns and I think Pike’s Mitts would look fantastic knit up in some Dream in Color Classy!

Looking for a shrug to go with all those spring dresses you own? How about Lily of the Valley in some Baah! Sonoma?

The Straits of Mackinac Vest calls for Imperial Yarn Pencil Roving!

I’m not a crocheter, but I think the Wildflowers Scarf would look beautiful in some Knitted Wit Shimmer Lace.

With all the great patterns, good reading, and gorgeous photos, I think Knit Local would be a great addition to any knitter or crocheter’s personal library!

Happy Crafting,

Stash Enhancer Liz

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