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.
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.
Sonia + The Stash Enhancers
Does the thought of lace knitting both terrify and intrigue you? If so, we have the class for you!
We are thrilled to have knitter and designer Sheila O’Keefe here at Stash to guide you through your first lace project!
“I learned to knit from my mom as a child, but didn’t stick with it. In 1995 I quit my career in electronics and moved from Texas to Oregon to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. That first dark and rainy winter I realized I needed an indoor hobby (besides TV and chocolate). Over the winter holiday break, I checked out some books from the local library, bought some needles and yarn, and re-taught myself how to knit. I’ve been addicted to yarn ever since.” -Sheila O’Keefe
The “Intro to Lace” class will take place on Sunday December 9th from 12:30-3:30. Cost is $35. During the class students will learn the basics of lace knitting including how to read a lace chart.
Skill level: Advanced beginner – Students must be very comfortable knitting and purling and ready not to panic if you drop a stitch or need to rip back
Materials: 400 yards of fingering-weight yarn for shawl (solid or semi-solid is recommended), ~25 yards of light-colored fingering-weight scrap yarn for lace stitch sampler, 24-inch (or longer) size US 6 circular needle (or needle size to get desired drape), one stitch marker. Stash Recommends: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock and Addi Lace needles. 15% off class materials.
Homework: With scrap yarn and size 6 needles, cast-on 25 stitches and knit for 2 inches in stockinette stitch.
Isn’t this shawl gorgeous? Sheila designed the shawl herself and the pattern is included with the class. We have a wonderful variety of fingering weight yarns that would look stunning in the geometric lace pattern!
Stop into the shop or give us a call (541-753-9276) to reserve your spot for this fun class!
The first clue of the Westknits Mystery KAL was released this past Friday, and with it a flurry of intense excitement. I started waiting anxiously on Thursday night to see if the clue would be released at midnight EST (9pm Oregon time). Even though it wasn’t, I was happy to see the update in my Ravelry library Friday morning. So excited, in fact, that I cast on at work. Shhh…don’t tell my boss!
Spoiler pic coming up, so stop here if you don’t want to know.
Swans Island fingering in Seasmoke; Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Electrolyte
This little fan of knitting is just filled with interesting techniques: attached i-cord edging, short-row shaping, carrying a color up one side, and more. It immediately grabbed my attention and the attention of knitters worldwide; there are over 2,300 projects already! There has been a lot of photo sharing a discussion in the group about preferred methods of creating short rows, the pros and cons of various color combos, and plenty of general good cheer amongst participants. While I cannot keep up with all the chatter, it is comforting to know that should I have a question there is a pool of knowledge there to help almost instantly.
The joys of a knit-along also mean that we can join together in person and share our joys and woes. Have a question about the shawl or just want to show off your tidy wrap + turns? Liz, Kathryn, and many customers are also knitting the Rockefeller, so stop by the shop and join the discussion! We’ll be more than happy to show off our wedges. ; )
Are you playing along? Leave a comment and tell us what color combo you’ve chosen!
Last summer I joined hundreds of other knitters in a mysterious knitting adventure: the 2011 Stephen West Mystery Shawl Knit Along. We were given parameters and told to choose three colors. After that, a new clue was released each week, and we got to watch West’s cleverness unfold in a bold, geometric pattern. I was really happy with my color choices, and loved how they played together in the pattern. You can see my finished shawl here.
- Color A: Swans Island Organic in Seasmoke + Color B: Hazel Knits in Electrolyte.
So when I found out there would be a 2012 Mystery KAL, it was a no-brainer. Two colors of fingering weight yarn are needed: Color A can be a solid or semi-solid; Color B can be a little more variegated or self-striping if you like. Judging from the yardage requirements, this is going to be a generous shawl. I’ve been daydreaming about this color combination since the Hazel Knits arrived at the shop, and I think it will be a good choice for the knit along.
There’s still time to purchase the pattern through Ravelry before the knit along begins on July 13th. After that, the pattern will not be available for download until after all of the clues have been released.
Will you be playing along?
Wednesday at Stitch Night several of us cast on for the Spring Shawl Knitalong. Some chose Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, other opted for Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits.
I was in the mood for the bold stripes and zig-zags in Dancette. It took me a few tries, but I finally settled on a color combination that I love.
- Top: Siren Two Sock by Pigeonroof Studios in Orchid Thief.
- Bottom: Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine in Riptide
It’s not the most bright and spring-like shawl, but I am loving the way the lavender, brown, cream and deep teal are playing together. And both yarns are merino, cashmere, nylon blends which is such a treat to work with. I’m convinced yarn with cashmere knits faster…
What’s on your needles this weekend?
We recently finished up our first ever Stash Knit-Along! In an effort to support a little sock yarn stash-busting, we chose 2 fingering weight patterns: the Hado Slouch Hat and the Paper Moon Socks. Stashers had a bit under 2 months to complete their knitting to be entered to win a great prize. One Stasher was even knitting and bound off at Stitch Night on the final day!
Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so fun to see what pattern and yarn people used; each project was special and unique to its knitter.
This knit along was so much fun that we’ve decided to plan another one: the Spring Shawl Knit-Along. It’s another choose-your-own-adventure KAL, with two options: Ishbel or Dancette.
Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Dancette by Irish Girlie Knits
We will be casting on on March 21st, the first day of Spring. Anyone can particiapte; you need not be a local knitter to play along with us. Just hop on over to the shop Ravelry group or stay tuned to this space to see what we’re up to!