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Hot off the Presses: New Books!

Some gorgeous and inspiring new books just hit the shelves here at Stash! We’ve also replenished our supply of Botanical Knits (review here). These are all wonderful in their own way, so let’s get to it and take a peek inside the pages!

Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

Knit to Flatter Collage

Amy Herzog’s  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!

If you’ve ever struggled to figure out what what style sweaters will flatter your figure, this is the book for you. Amy first gives instructions on how to determine your shape and then has a chapter on each shape category. These chapters give the knitter ideas about what will look great as well as things to avoid. Plus, there are patterns specifically tailored to each shape included in the chapter! There are 21 designs in all; truly something for everyone. The final chapter of the book is all about figuring out what modifications need to be made to a design to achieve a sweater that fits (that thing we strive for every time we cast-on for a sweater!).

Fit to Flatter was a huge hit at Black Sheep Gathering, so we’re planning another order! **Our stash of books is going fast! If you’d like to pre-order a copy, stop into the shop before July 15th to place a special order. As per shop policy, 50% of the purchase price is required to be placed on the special order list. Fit to Flatter retails for $24.95.**

Island by Jane Richmond

Island Collage

Island is Jane Richmond‘s first self-published pattern collection which is inspired by Vancouver Island. Island features 5 gorgeous patterns which are all done in Jane’s classic style. One of the things I love most about these patterns is that they really let the yarn shine. None of the designs are too fussy and have just the right amount of lace or cables. The patterns are beautifully photographed and will make you want to pack your bags and go visit Vancouver Island! Pick your favorite skein of DK weight yarn to knit Arbutus or grab that sweater quantity of hand-dyed sock yarn and cast-on for Grace!

Pacific Knits by Emily Wessel & Alexa Ludeman

Island Collage

Also inspired by life on the west coast of Canada are the ladies of Tin Can Knits! Pacific Knits is a collection of 18 patterns ranging from small accessories to sweaters for the whole family! One of my favorite features of this book is that all of the sweater patterns have a huge size range. Each sweater includes 15 different sizes ranging from 0-12 months to 4XL.

I love that I can pick up this book and find the perfect project to meet my knitting mood. In the mood for instant gratification? Try Main Street. In the mood for some fair isle knitting? Give North Shore a shot (confession: it is Stash Enhancer Liz’s dream to knit this sweater in Hazel Knits DK). Need a sweater for your loved ones? There’s Antler, Campfire, Low Tide, North Shore, and Urban Hiker. Stash Enhancers Liz and Kathryn have already knit the Antler Sweater and Kathryn’s is a shop sample knit in Dream in Color Classy:

antler collage

Antler is such a sweet little sweater knit with Dream in Color Classy’s colorway Morning Dove. The darling wooden buttons are from the collection of Wooly Moss Roots we have at the shop. We are also stocking the single print patterns for Antler!

Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston

Knit with Me Sweaters

Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston is a truly unique book. Many “mother-daughter” books offer patterns for woman and small children, but Gudrun has taken the theme to a new level. Knit with Me includes 7 sweaters and 5 accessories with sizes for teenagers and adults. Most of the garments have a range of sizes from a 30″-50 or 55″ chest circumference. Gudrun was inspired to put together this collection after her daughter had finished her very first knit sweater. She knit the same sweater as her daughter as moral support. The book includes a perfect pattern for the teen in your life to knit her first sweater. Granny Smith (also known as the Beginner Sweater) is a seamless top-down raglan style sweater with simple yarn-over increases. Even if you don’t have a teenager daughter or a teen in your life to knit for, this book is full of beautiful sweater patterns and fun accessories to knit for yourself!

Knit with Me Accessories

Fun Accessories from Knit with Me

Stop into Stash, check out these books and get inspired! What will you cast on for first?

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Hot Off the Presses: New Books and Magazines!


A few gorgeous new books and magazines have arrived here at Stash over the last couple of weeks! All the Stash Enhancers are incredibly excited about them, and our Chief Stash Enhancer even makes an appearance inside the pages of one!

Botanical Knits

Bontanical Knits Collage

Botanical Knits is the eagerly anticipated, self-published book by Alana Dakos. The book features foliage-inspired patterns including 4 beautiful sweaters and 8 accessories. Botanical Knits has gorgeous photography, beautiful patterns, and some fun little details that really make the book special. The table of contents not only lists the pattern names with page numbers, but also has photographs of all the patterns with the page number next to them. A small detail that makes it incredibly easy to find the pattern you are looking for at a quick glance. Each pattern contains several photos of the project, a schematic, and detailed knitting instructions. There are also beautiful illustrations (by Neesha Hudson) of leaves and foliage throughout the book. It’s hard to flip through Botanical Knits and not be inspired to grab some needles and yarn and cast-on for one (or all) of the beautiful patterns immediately!

Pom Pom Quarterly


It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Pom Pom Quarterly here at Stash. And yes, that is Sonia, our Chief Stash Enhancer, gracing the pages of Pom Pom’s First Anniversary issue! The Summer 2013 issue includes 7 gorgeous patterns, a s’mores brownie recipe (yum!) and a few fun articles. I’m particularly smitten with the Riverine Pullover and Mountain Moss Shawl.

Knitscene Accessories

Knitscene Collage

The newest issue of Knitscene is packed with 33 gorgeous accessory patterns ranging from simple hats to complicated colorwork mitts and cowls. These would be perfect projects to work on as the weather gets warm or while traveling, since they’re small and portable. Also included are a few great articles on embellishments and fun edging ideas.

Which patterns are catching your eye? 

Happy Crafting!


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Meet the Samples: Fine Fella Hat

I know it’s hard to think about wearing handknit hats when we’re having such beautiful weather, but chilly temps will inevitably return and why not get a jump start on cold weather accessories!

Pattern: Fine Fella by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Swans Island Worsted in Red Coral

If you read my review of Swans Island yarn a while back, it should come as no surprise that knitting with this yarn was a real treat. It’s incredibly soft, has wonderful stitch definition, and subtle color variations which make for a wonderful knitting experience and a lovely FO!

Carrie of Irish Girlie Knits does a wonderful job with her patterns. She provides both written instructions and charts and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Fine Fella is a one-size-fits-most pattern due to the forgiving nature of the ribbing. I love the crown decreases and that the cable continues all the way to the top in a neat and tidy fashion.

Stop on into Stash and grab a Fine Fella pattern, some Swans Island yarn and getting knitting those winter accessories!

Happy Crafting!

Stash Enhancer Liz

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Meet the Samples:: Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock + La Jolla Sock Yarn

8 Luscious hand-dyed colors

We have another new sample knit in the shop! We paired the Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock pattern with a new yarn, La Jolla, from one of our favorite West Coast dyers Baah! yarns, and let me tell you, I loved knitting it.

Even though I frogged the partially finished sock no less than 3 times because apparently I cannot read a pattern, I loved knitting with the yarn.  Its squishy-ness, sproing (due to its tight twist), and beautiful color made all the frogging and re-knitting bearable, and the finished product is a “I wish I could wear this every day” type of sock. (I say sock because I only knit one.  There are other samples to be knit!)  Really, the yarn is. a. dream. to. knit. with!

Now don’t let all my gushing about the yarn make it seem like the Basic Sock pattern was second-rate, because it’s not.  If you’ve never knit socks, or knit more than you can count, you’ll like this pattern.

Meet Peg the Leg!

First, it is beautifully laid out in the classic Churchmouse style.

Second, the pattern gives you the option to knit in fingering OR in DK weight yarn, your choice.  There’s also an option to do a rib pattern, or not.  Again, up to you.

Third, the pattern contains incredibly detailed pictures and instructions with tips and hints on how and why you are doing what you are doing when you knit a sock.  This is especially helpful for those of you that shudder when you hear the phrase “turn a heel”, or the word “gusset”.  It is, as usual, a superb pattern from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.

If you are interested in either, we of course have both the patterns and yarn available at the shop, but I’m giving everyone fair warning now, the La Jolla is disappearing from the shelves.  Fast.  (Coincidentally, my paycheck is too…)


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Trending in the Fiber World: Kids Edition

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post about some patterns that are hot in the fiber arts world. I thought it might be fun to do the same with some baby/kid patterns!

Probably the biggest and most exciting thing going on in the world of knitting for kids is the news that Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig are planning on releasing kid-sized versions of several patterns from Coastal Knits! The patterns aren’t released yet, but word on the street is that they’ll be coming sometime in May! Both designers have posted some sneak peeks on their blogs:

Rocky Coast Cardi for kids – Photo from Knitbot Blog

How sweet does this version of the Wildflower Cardigan look?! Photo from Never Not Knitting Blog

Oh, the cuteness!! Tiny Gnarled Oak Cardigan – Photo from Never Not Knitting Blog

Now that I’ve tempted you with patterns you can’t have yet, how about we look at some patterns that have been out for a while but continue to be wildly popular.

The Aviatrix Baby Hat is a great last-minute gift for a baby shower. It has gotten rave reviews from both knitters and Moms who have put the hat to use. Several of our customers have made this adorable hat and I think it would look especially fun in our bright colors of Knitted Wit DK or Baah! Sonoma. Pattern is available for free!

photo from ravelry pattern page

 The Milo Vest is another great pattern that is available in sizes newborn-6 years. The pattern provides several cable patterns to choose from and is a fun knit. It would look particularly charming in the new Be Sweet Bambino yarn we have at the shop! The Milo Vest pattern is available for purchase at Stash through the ravelry in-store pattern sales!

photo from ravelry pattern page

Knitted toys, especially those designed by Rebecca Danger are very popular. Her most recent pattern release, Basil the Boogie-Woogie Brontosaurus is no exception. You can choose any weight of yarn you’d like to make Basil and he’d be a great stash-buster project. The pattern can be purchased at Stash.

photo from ravelry pattern page

Happy Crafting,

Stash Enhancer Liz 

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Swans Island Yarn

Several weeks ago, we received some new-to-Stash yarn and patterns from Swans Island! Having lived in Maine for a few years, this was something I’ve been excitedly anticipating since I heard it was on the way. Besides having gorgeous yarns and wonderful patterns, Swans Island has a lovely story. It’s owners, John and Carolyn Grace began Swans Island Blankets (on Swans Island off the coast of Maine) in the early ’90s as a small weaving business using wool from local sheep. Since then, they have grown into a much larger operation and have expanded to selling yarn and patterns in addition to woven blankets, scarves, and throws. Swans Island is one of the few companies that can boast that they not only have organic wool, but that their yarns are naturally dyed as well.

From their website:

Our organic fiber is spun in a certified organic mill. Our mill is one of only 4 in the United States that has a Global Organic Textile Standards certification. That means that the mill must be inspected and must conform to certain criteria to be considered organic. What this means in layman’s terms is that less harsh chemicals are used in processing, thus helping our yarn retain more natural lanolin than many other commercially produced yarns. Our extra fine merino is soft enough to wear next to your skin. After knitting and blocking, your finished projects will bloom to have a beautiful soft luster and a wonderful feel.

Our colors are the colors of the natural world, made only with insects, minerals, and plants. The results of these efforts are heirloom-quality pieces–each one unique, timeless, and beautiful. All of our yarn colors are found in nature and work beautifully together. When asked “How do you choose your colors?” we like to answer “We don’t; our colors choose us!” In our color development process we don’t try to match to current “fashion trends”. Rather, we test out various formulas, with a certain range or target color in mind. Often, many of the colors that we discover along the way we find to be as lovely or more so, than the original shade we set out to create.

Swans Island Worsted

The true test, of course, is how the yarn feels. Swans Island Organic Merino, doesn’t disappoint! In fact, I think it might just be the softest merino yarn I’ve ever worked with. Here at Stash we have the Natural Colors Collection in both fingering weight and worsted weight. We have 3 of the natural undyed colors in the fingering weight and a nice selection of naturally dyed colors in the worsted weight. The fingering weight has a generous 525 yards per 100g skein and the worsted weight has equally impressive yardage at 250 yards per 100g skein! I just used the fingering weight as an accent color for the Dancette Shawl for the current Stash Knitalong, and I’m already plotting ways to use up the rest of my skein. The yarn is incredibly soft (I know, I know…I already told you that, but once you feel it you’ll understand!) and it bloomed up nicely when I blocked it.

Swans Island Fingering-weight with the Anna Cowl and Shot of Spring Patterns

There are some beautiful Swans Island patterns here at the shop! We have the Katherine Pullover (a basic pullover with just a touch of lace), Anna Cowl, Shot of Spring Scarf, Cousins Hats, and the adorable Chatham Boatneck.

Adorable Chatham Boatneck sweater pattern with Swans Island Worsted

Stop on in and give the Swans Island yarn a little squeeze and you’ll see why we’re currently obsessed!

Happy Crafting,

Stash Enhancer Liz 


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Trending in the Fiber World

Did you know that you can sort pattern search results on Ravelry by their popularity or by what’s “hot right now”? I frequently click on the Top 20 patterns to see the latest trends in the knitting word. I thought it would be fun to share some patterns that have been recently spotted in the top 20 over the last few weeks.

First up….Color Affection by Veera Valimaki:

photo from ravelry project page

Color Affection was released in December and already has over 1,400 projects!! Endless amounts of garter make for easy knitting, but color changes and short rows keep things interesting. Color Affection is available at Stash through the ravelry in-store pattern sales.

Veera keeps churning out gorgeous designs (making my queue grow larger by the day) and Something Silver is another gorgeous and wearable design.

 photo from ravlery project page

Something Silver would be a great transitional piece for the cool spring weather we’ve been having! I think it would look fantastic in one of the bright Knitted Wit DK colors. Something Silver is available at Stash through the in-store pattern sales.

Another sweater that would be a great layering piece for spring and for those cool summer nights is Flaming June from the most recent Knitty publication.

photo from knitty.com

Flaming June is knit in fingering-weight yarn and would look fantastic in two of the many colors of Shibui Sock we have at Stash!

This time of year always has me searching for short-sleeved cardigan patterns to wear with summer dress, and I love Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s newest pattern, Floating.

photo from ravelry pattern page

Floating is knit with laceweight yarn on larger needles and looks like it would be the perfect weight for a summer knit! This pattern is available through the in-store pattern sale feature at Stash!

And to continue on the “sweater to wear with a cute dress” theme:  Miss Jane by Georgie Hallam

 photo from ravelry pattern page

Miss Jane has an interesting construction, but doesn’t look too difficult. The top of the sweater is knit side-to-side and the eyelet pattern and body of the sweater is knit the conventional direction. Miss Jane would look fantastic in one of the saturated Baah! Sonoma colors! Also available at Stash through in-store pattern sales.

I guess I better get knitting so I can make all these lovely designs in the near future!

Happy Crafting!

Stash Enhancer Liz 


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