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Meet the Samples :: Cowl Season

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Arctic Circle Cowl / Antonia Shankland / The Fibre Company Tundra / Tamarack

Cowls seem to be the accessory of the season; we’re seeing them everywhere!  Easy to wear, cowls offer warmth and style without the loose ends of a scarf to worry about.  We love the little pop of color a cowl can add to a neutral winter coat, and sometimes even leave them on all day!

The smaller scale of a cowl provides an opportunity to play with a new technique, stitch pattern, or luxury yarn. As knitters and crocheters we have the ability to create our own accessories, just the way we like them.  What could be better than that?

Here are some of our favorite samples for your viewing pleasure.  Short, long, thick, thin, there’s infinite variety when it comes to choosing your cowl style.

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Lacy Infinity Crochet Scarf by Heidi Beukelman / Twisted Sisters Essential / Handpaint 86

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September Circle Cowl byMelissa LaBarre / Schoppel-Wool’s Crazy Zauberball

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Bedknobs + Broomsticks by Tiny Owl Knits / Knit One Crochet Too’s Seda Rustica / Stormy Sea

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho / Madelinetosh Chunky / Tomato

Do like to make cowls?  Why or why not?  Let us know in the comments!

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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.

Windschief Cowl

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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Vintage Modern Knits:: A Trunk Show

As soon as I saw the box, I knew it was going to be a rough day.

For it was a box full of beautiful hand knits made in sumptuous yarns of silk, wool, and alpaca, and I had things on my To-Do list; being driven to distraction with the temptation of trying on said knits was not one of them!

I think I showed remarkable restraint, and only tried on one sweater immediately.  Fortunately there were other willing victims models around, and soon we were all parading around in our hand knits and practicing Sweater Pose.

Kathryn in the Yangtze cardigan (left) and Andrea in the Tilghman Island pullover (right)

What could bring on all this strange behavior, you ask?  Why, it’s the Vintage Modern Knits trunk show, of course!

Released in 2011, this book is chock full of modern interpretations of some lovely vintage garments.  From sporty ski-bunny ready hats to delicate colorwork stockings and elegant cardigans, there is a true range of style and skill in this book.

One of my surprise favorites is the Maple Bay cardigan.  Not normally one to knit or wear large-scale intarsia motif sweaters, my unabashed love for this sweater really caught me off guard. Perhaps it’s that it’s a bit ironic while still paying homage to the traditional Cowichan sweaters from Canada.  Or maybe all that OSU spirit is sinking in, and I can’t help but love a knit with a beaver on it.  Either way, I’ve tried this one on multiple times and have goaded others (even a dude) into trying it on.

And have I mentioned the yarn?  All of the patterns in the book feature yarns from The Fibre Company, known for its sophisticated color palette and fiber content.  We currently carry Canopy fingering (as seen in the Yangtzee Cardigan), Road to China (Rhodes Point Gansey),  Acadia silk/merino/baby alpaca; the new bulky Tundra is also on its way.  These yarns represent multiple weights and could happily be used for several of the patterns in the book.

Sonia in the Adelaide Pullover

In any case, there’s a serious case of Things I Want to Knit Right Now happening over here at Stash.  Prepare to be tempted into a little fall/winter knitting.  It’s never too early to start, even when it feels like summer has only just begun!

As a special treat for you, we’re offering all books and patterns from The Fibre Company and Kate and Courtney at 10% off this weekend only.  So grab a friend, come on down to the shop for a fashion show, and stock up on patterns!

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New for Fall: The Fibre Company

We are thrilled to welcome The Fibre Company to the Stash family.  Distributed by Kelbourne Woolens, this yarn is the beautiful result of the efforts of Kate Gagnon Osborn + Courtney Kelley.  You may know them from their individual knitwear designs and book collaboration, Vintage Modern Knits.

About the yarn:

Focusing on interesting blends of natural fibers, the unique yarns are all carefully developed to achieve the perfect combination of softness and structure. The beautiful, saturated and sophisticated colors in the lines are all kettle dyed to create a subtle variation in tone and color.

We are bringing in 4 sumptuous yarns for fall, and hooray!  3 of them are already in the shop and ready to be knit up into something warm and soft.

Canopy Fingering

50% baby alpaca + 30% merino + 20% viscose bamboo

Acadia DK

60% merino + 20% baby alpaca + 20% silk

Road to China Worsted

65% baby alpaca + 15% silk + 10% camel + 10% cashmere

Tundra Bulky *coming soon!*

60% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool + 10% silk

Arctic Circle Cowl in Tundra
photo from http://www.kelbournewoolens.com/blog


All of these yarns are next-to-skin soft and would be excellent choices for accessories and sweaters alike.  We have paired each yarn with a range of beautiful patterns to inspire you. You simply must stop into the shop to touch and nuzzle these yarns for yourself!

 

Leave a comment and tell us: which of these yarns are you dreaming of stitching up this fall?

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