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Fall 2013 Knit Along – Amy Herzog Designs

Last year, many of you joined us for our “Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting” KAL and some of you completed your very first sweaters. This year, let’s take it to the next level and achieve a perfectly fitting sweater.

Amy Herzog is passionate about helping women create well fitting sweaters. Her Fit to Flatter blog series was immediately a huge hit in the knitting world when she wrote it in 2010. Soon after releasing the tutorials, she started offering classes at yarn shops teaching knitters how to determine their body shape and create well-fitting sweaters. Earlier this year she released the hugely anticipated book, Knit to Flatter, which includes all of the incredibly useful information from her blog series plus a whole lot more!

From Amy’s website:

While I love all knitting, and do occasionally design all kinds of knitted things, my true passion is for sweaters. It is my intent that all of these sweaters should be wardrobe staples for you–things you love to pull out of the drawer and wear again and again. It’s crucially important to me that they fit you well.

To that end, I recommend you choose a size that fits your shoulders properly and make modifications from there. I’ve created lots of resources to help you do this! Please start by visiting my fit to flatter page, and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Amy Herzog DesignsFrom top left going clockwise: Trimmings, Jackaroo, Asilomar, February Fitted Pullover, & Afterlight

Want to take full advantage of Amy’s knowledge about fit and making modifications to achieve a perfect fitting sweater? Stop in and pick up a copy of Knit to Flatter and if you already own a copy, bust it out and start reading! Sonia and Liz have both been pouring over their copies and plotting ways to flatter their shapes.

Amy has over 60 published patterns, truly something for everyone! All of Amy’s Ravelry patterns are available here at Stash through the Ravelry in-store download program, and we also have several copies of Knit to Flatter at the shop, which contains 18 of those patterns.

The Knitty Gritty:

  • The Fall 2013 KAL begins on September 21st (no better way to celebrate the first day of fall than casting on a new sweater!) and ends December 21st.
  • Pick any Amy Herzog sweater design.
  • If you’re feeling really ambitious, pick up her book, get yourself measured and get to work making some modifications that are going to make your sweater fit perfectly.
  • Join us for a special monthly edition of Stitch Night to get support and cheer each other on! September 25th will be the first KAL focused stitch night! Need help getting your measurements? We have a tape measure and are happy to help. Let’s all support one another and encourage each other make the best sweaters possible!
  • Need a review from last years tutorials? They’ve all been compiled into one Googledoc or you can view them on the blog.
  • Now, get swatching!

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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!

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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.

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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!

$40

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.

$40

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Making & Mothering :: Sonia Ruyts

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IMG_3024It’s 8:30 pm and I’m just sitting down at the end of a long day.  The couch has been whispering to me for hours, but the energy of dinner prep, cleanup, after dinner playtime, bath and bedtime have kept me moving.  By now my daughter is sleeping soundly in her bed, and the rest of the night is mine.  Unfortunately for me, I have always leaned toward an early bedtime which means I now have an hour and a half at most before I’m asleep with a book on my face.  These 90 minutes are precious.  This cannot be the only time I give myself out of a total of 24 hours.   I need this block of uninterrupted adult time to focus on my knitting, my wife, and a good movie (or a bad one.  I’m not really that particular these days).

That said, I’m finding that it’s important to fit in small pockets of time throughout the day to create.  To connect. To feel inspired.  I have to take breaks at work to play with the yarn, to make a new display, take a few photos, move a table.

These moments of creating something, beautifying the space around me, or of feeling connected to my creativity are critical.  Without them I would be a frazzled shell of myself.  Without them, I would not be happy.  So why do we sometimes feel that these moments come last in the hierarchy of care?  Why do some of us put our personal needs after everyone else (even the dog’s)?

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Before my daughter was born, I could knit pretty much whenever I wanted, for as long as I wanted.  I made her dozens of things, things I could make while she was around, then plop onto her as soon as they were off the needles.  When she was a small baby, I still got in a lot of time with my yarn and needles; she was a great napper!  But as time has passed and she’s grown and our work lives have changed, that isn’t possible in the same way.

I keep my knitting out and work on it throughout our time at home.  I bring it with me in the car, and to work.  And when knitting isn’t possible, I’m creating in other ways: writing, cooking, taking photos, rearranging the mantle…

Making something with my hands every day is a priority.

How do you make time for your creative pursuits? Do you treat yourself after your family has been cared for? Do you fit bursts of making in throughout your day?

To help answer this question, we have invited some other women who have been down this same road as mothers and makers.  Once a month we will be sharing this space and having a conversation about what it means to be a creative person, how we find creative bliss in a busy day, and how we incorporate (or don’t) our little ones into the making. Our first interview is with knitter + mother Susan B. Anderson and comes with a book giveaway!  Be sure to stay tuned to this space.

Some of the best conversation happens in the comments, so please feel free to share what has and hasn’t worked for you. We’re all doing the best that we can, and to hear support and ideas from one another is invaluable.

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It’s Just Knitting! Or is it…

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Every so often, a knitter walks through the doors of Stash, and she is terrified.

She is a competent knitter, but somewhere along the way she learned not to trust her instincts, to second guess herself, and to question everything about a pattern. She looks to us with pleading eyes, seeking permission, reassurance, and sometimes even step-by-step advice so that she can continue on.

We’re here to help, of course (and we have classes for these sorts of moments).  We want to reach new heights in our knitting, and getting through the tough parts is part of the adventure.  Yet I can’t help but wonder why the stakes are so high for some knitters.

It’s just knitting, after all! 

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And that’s the thing, I think, that seems to create a divide. For some of us, it’s just knitting: an activity to enjoy, play with, and feel challenged by. It’s nothing to get so upset over. It’s yarn. You can pull it out and start again!

That said, knitting can certainly be an emotional endeavor.  We are putting our time and emotions into each stitch, and that naturally creates a loaded situation.  For me, knitting is often the thing I turn to for comfort and a sense of control when other parts of my life feel hectic or upsetting.  I can create something from nothing, and more often than not it is beautiful.

Knitting can be challenging, for sure, and that’s part of the fun.  But unpleasant, confidence-shattering, endlessly frustrating?  No. Life’s too short for your hobbies not to be insanely fun.

Whenever I meet someone who’s not having fun with her knitting, I just want to hug her and tell her to start a new project.  A really, really fun one.

Is there a technique or situation in knitting that scares you?  Is it just yarn to you? We’d love to continue the conversation in the comments below!

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We’re Jumping for Joy!

There’s something very special about this time of year.  Fall is a fresh start full of new sources of inspiration.   We can hardly keep our hands off the wool and the urge to start dozens of new projects is mounting.

For me, fall means sweaters and tights, hot mugs of coffee, and a renewed sense of motivation to learn all I can about the things I love.  No matter how long I have been out of school, this time of year beckons me, calls me back to learn something new.

At Stash, our classes aren’t only about learning a new technique.  They’re about challenging oneself to step outside the limits of what is known into the realm of possibility.  They are about connecting to a community of like-minded people who encourage and inspire one another.  They are about exploring the world of knitting in new and challenging ways.

As the new knitting season begins, we are beyond honored and excited to share our biggest lineup of events ever.

With that in mind, brew a cup of something tasty, find a comfy seat and read on.  When you find a class you’re inspired to take, simply pick up the phone at give us a call.  Or you can come on down to the shop, too.  Either way, we’ll get you on the list!

Early Fall Classes at Stash

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On & Off the Needles: Recent Stash Enhancer Knits

Here ths Stash Enhancers share a little of what we’ve been knitting (and finishing) this summer.  No matter the weather, we are always clicking our needles.  Some of us finish things faster than others, but that just keeps the rest of us motivated!

The minute our last shipment of Hazel Knits DK arrived, I snatched up the colorway Heartthrob to CO for Neon. Featuring an all over lace pattern, Neon keeps the knitting interesting, but not too complicated. I don’t want to wish away summer, but I can’t wait to start wearing this cheerful cardigan this fall!

It doesn’t look like much yet, but hopefully this sweet little summer top will be finished in time to get some wear this summer! The Riverine Pullover is from the most recent Pom Pom Quarterly and I’m knitting it some top-secret yarn that will be hitting the shelves at Stash this fall!

~Liz

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The summer heat hit with full force this year, so I have stuck to small fingering weight  projects until I can shut myself in a dark, air-conditioned room and pretend it’s winter in Iceland. This pair of socks is knit from a beautiful hand-dyed merino yarn that our very own Kathryn dyed! The pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks and is the first of many that I will knit from this book.

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As far as works in progress, I have a few vintage blouses going at the moment that all seem to be at a stopping point. This one, knit in Knitted Wit fingering, is one of those oops-I-should-have-bought-more-yarn projects. I’m currently awaiting a skein of white fingering weight to use as a contrast color so I can get it finished!

~Sydney

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I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but… I haven’t finished any knitting projects this summer.  Yet!

These two projects are so close to being finished.  I just need to spend some quality knitting time with each of them and we’ll be in good shape.  I especially want to finish this red Lobelia cardigan.  It’s been on my needles since April!  I started it intending to layer over dresses and skirts, so the sooner I finish the more wear it will get.

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This little number is the Sweet Bunting cardigan.  I just joined the sleeves to the yoke and am poised to being knitting some sweet pink bunting flags.  I am loving working with the slightly rustic texture of this very luxurious yarn from The Fibre Company.

So, that’s what’s on and off our needles!  Now it’s your turn.  What have you been knitting (and finishing) this summer?

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New & Noteworthy:: Patterns to Stalk for Fall

Fall tends to be the official start of knitting season, but we’re getting an early start with fall issues of magazines and online publications. There is so much inspiration around us right now!  Here’s a peek at three of our favorites.

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BT Men: Volume 1

One of the most exciting things to come out this summer has to be Brooklyn Tweed’s collection of knits for men.  Rugged, rustic, and classic at the same time, these designs are fit for men of all ages and stages.  Remember friends, this collection is about the knitwear, but the beards and wistful gazes don’t hurt, either.

Individual patterns available at Stash!

Slade by Michele Wang

Timberline by Jared Flood

The Brooklyn Tweed Men’s collection includes patterns for 8 garments and 5 accessories.  With designs from Jared Flood, Julie Hoover, Veronik Avery, and Michele Wang, there’s sure to be something here to inspire your knitting fantasy life.   These are definitely patterns you will knit for him and be tempted to keep for yourself.

Click here to view on Ravelry.  Visit us in store to purchase your copy

Knitscene Fall 2013

The Fall issue of Knitscene came out in June (how’s that for planning ahead!) and was an instant hit.  With stories on reverse stockinette, colorwork, and chevrons, there are loads of patterns to inspire your fall/winter knitting.  Here are some of our favorites:

Penny Candy Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle in Fibre Company Acadia

Emmanuelle Sweater by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

June Mitts by Cassie Castillo in Dream in Color Smooshy

Click here for a pattern preview.  We’ve already sold out of this magazine at the shop; a second shipment is on its way!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits special issue.

Ginny’s Cardigan by Mari Chiba

I keep watching the window for owls, and have been daydreaming about these mittens:

O.W.L. Mittens by Celeste Young

Mermaid’s Song by Susanna IC

Modern Stripes House Scarves by Kim Haesemeyer in The Fibre Company Organik

Click here to preview all of the patterns on Ravelry.  Then click here to watch Harry Potter on Netflix. You know you want to!

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Now that your queue has expanded (you’re welcome), let us know what you’re planning on knitting up this fall.  Daydreaming and planning can be half the fun!

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