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On the Needles :: Rock Island Shawl

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This beautiful lace border seems like it will never end. Back and forth it goes, growing longer and longer by the day. Eventually it will become the frame for an even more stunning shawl. Eventually.

There seems to be a tipping point in every project where you feel like you’re making zero progress daily, and then all of a sudden you’ve knit way more than you realized. The challenge is keeping that in mind as you slog along. To enjoy the process, the feel of the yarn as it slides through your fingers, the joy of making something from nothing.

Do you have projects that seem to drag on for ever and ever? Let us know how you cope in the comments below.

Remember to make today amazing!

xo

The Stash Enhancers

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Going Vogue :: Our Trip to Seattle

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Both our moms came to help us for the weekend

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Anna Hrachovec’s Teeny-Tiny Gnomies

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Susan B. Anderson’s Topsy Turvy inside-out toys

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Jane Richmond stopped by to say hi!

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and tried on Liz’s Arbutus knit in Anzula Oasis

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Rebecca Danger came to pick up some special books

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My mind is still abuzz with memories of all the sights, sounds, textures, faces, and handknits we encountered over the weekend. Vogue Knitting LIVE  Seattle was a truly special event, both for Stash as a shop and for Liz and I as knitters.

Can you imagine anything better than being in a room full of yarn, knitters, and handknits? It was beyond inspiring; we felt like we were with our People, that sacred tribe of wonderful wool-lovers who understand this life we live beyond hobby that we call Knitting.

Our booth was a blast to set up, and we had fun watching people react to it all weekend long. Knitters of all kinds made their way to our booth, and we were lucky enough to have a few of our favorite designers, podcasters, and yarn dyers visit too.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come say hello and check out our wares. We love you!

And an extra-special thank you to our vendors who were game enough to pose for these photos during a busy weekend.

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Wendee Shulsen of Hazel Knits

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Saremy Duffy of Chicken Boots

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Kate + Rachel of Spincyle Yarns

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The beautiful team at Churchmouse Yarns + Teas with Jared Flood

Were you at VKLive? What was your favorite part of the experience?  Please let us know what you loved about the event in the comments below!

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Meet the Samples:: Romney Kerchief

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Every once in a while a yarn and pattern combine to make knitting perfection.  There’s something just so right about the combination, like peanut butter and grape jelly, and everything goes better than you could have imagined. The Romney Kerchief + Gradient yarn was one such combination.

Knit from the center back out, this small shawl is quite addictive.  You see progress immediately and regularly; with the addition of a long color-repeat yarn, that effect is even more powerful.  I just wanted to keep knitting to watch the colors dance and play with the pattern.  You know the drill: “Just one more row…”

If you’re looking for a lovely, simple pattern to show off that special skein of worsted weight yarn, look no further.  You can make this shawl small, as I did, or keep going and make it even more generous. Jared Flood gives you all the maths you need to completely customize your shawl.

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I also fell in love with this yarn. Gradient  is a new yarn for us at Stash, and I am pleased to say it was a delight to knit with.  It is a single ply merino, and the yarn is so incredibly soft and lofty! The colors are fresh and vibrant, with smooth and gradual transitions.

Apparently we’re not the only ones who like this yarn.  As with many of the Zauberball yarns, it is in high demand.  So if you like a skein, you should grab it because we don’t know when it will be coming our way again!

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We hope you are having a happy and peaceful weekend. Our thoughts and hearts go out to all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy in Connecticut.  

xoxo

Sonia + The Stash Enhancers

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On The Needles

It’s been a little while since we’ve shown you some of our own works-in-progress, hasn’t it?

This fall has kept all of our needles busy knitting up samples in some of our newest yarns. It’s a tough job, but the Stash Enhancers are always up for a challenge!

Rustling Leaves Beret

Rustling Leaves Beret

Currently on Sydney’s needles is the Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos. This has been a popular pattern since its release in Coastal Knits last year, and for good reason. It knits up in just 175 yards of fingering weight yarn, and the leaf motif is addictive and fun to knit.

Here we’re using Caress Luxury Yarns Alpaca Sock in Denim, a locally sourced and hand-dyed blend of superfine alpaca, merino and nylon. We just love supporting our local fiber artisans while making something beautiful and cozy!

Romney Kerchief

Sonia’s needles have been obsessively clicking away on Jared Flood’s Romney Kerchief. This simple triangular shawl really shows off the colors of our elegant new Gradient yarn from Schoppel-woole.

The colors change slowly, effortlessly, and you’re guaranteed to want to knit until the next color change. If you receive our newsletter, you know that Sonia can often be heard muttering “Just one more row…” as she compulsively knits on this project!

So what’s on your needles this week? Are you busy with holiday projects?

Remember, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle, you can always join us at Stitch Night on Wednesday evenings. We’re here with tea, support, and a few good laughs.

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