Black Friday discounts from Stash Fine Yarns

A warm hello from the new team at Stash Fine Yarns. It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the closure of the bricks and mortar shop in Chester, UK. However, you can still find us at – where we will continue to stock an amazing choice of the yarns and accessories.

Look out for news in early 2016 of our new shop.

To kick off Black Friday – we are offering a further 20% discount across the whole range on our website, this includes already discounted items! – including Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding and Noro.


(offer valid on current stock only and subject to availability).

Available from Wednesday, 25th November until Wednesday 2nd December 2015,
please enter the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.


Relocation of the business

Due to circumstances we have had to close the Chester Showroom.

The website is still fully functional and will be updated very soon.

We will be sending out a e-newsletter soon with full details of the new location, along with new stock lines.

Thanks you for your patience and understanding in this matter.


Autumn Bonanza!!

Bonanza-BannerWe currently have a fantastic offer online and in the shop – we are calling it the Autumn Bonanza!!  There is a MASSIVE 50%off on the selected lines listed in the banner above.  But you must enter the code BONANZA at the online checkout to receive the discount.  Visit our website here.  And if you happen to visit us at the bricks and mortar shop, just mention the word BONANZA at the till and you will receive the same discount!   We have a few single balls of other yarns in our sale section which are also 50% off.  These are not on our website so come and visit us.  We have a large sale section too so plenty of bargains to be had.  

Anne has recently knitted Wave by Kim Hargreaves using Fyberspates Cumulus.  This yarn is 74% alpaca, 26% silk and is super soft and fluffy.


Anne made the medium size and used 6 skeins of the Cumulus.  The cowl is also knitted in the same yarn

Wave7We hope to see you soon………..

Join us in the Sirdar Knitalong – animals from Noah’s Ark

You may or may not know that Sirdar is currently hosting a Knitalong. If you haven’t come across this term before, a Knitalong is when lots of people all knit the same item at the same time, usually within a set time frame. This may happen in an organised knitting group – often for charity – or you can join in with one online and knit along with other members of a website such as

The Sirdar knitalong involves knitting some of the animals from Noah’s Ark. And of course being Noah’s Ark you have to knit two of each!

One pattern is released each fortnight and you can find these for free on the Sirdar website. Print them off or view them on an appropriate mobile device and you are ready to go.

Patterns 1 and 2 are already available and number 3 is released today – 16th October. The first pattern was for Molly and Mickey a pair of cheeky monkeys. Anne and Lesley knitted one each. Lesley knitted hers with the suggested yarn, Sirdar Baby Bamboo – available from our website – while Anne used an alternative yarn to show that you can use something else if you want to. Our cheeky monkeys made a break for freedom the other day and we found them hanging around in a tree outside the shop……………..

Pattern 2 is for Eddie and Ellie Elephant. Lesley again is knitting hers in the suggested Sirdar Baby Bamboo, while Anne and Donna have collaborated on the second one using Mirasol Paqua Pura. We haven’t quite finished them yet but here you can see they are coming along nicely………………..

ellie and eddie elephant

So why not have a look at our selection of Baby Bamboo colours, grab your pattern and needles and knit along with us. We’d love to see your animals, why not post them on our Facebook page or on our Ravelry group?

Socks – How do you knit them?

SOCKS – Have you knitted them?  Which method do you use?  There are several different ways and there’s crocheted socks too..

With the advent of Ravelry and numerous books and magazines, you can always find one to suit.

Anne prefers knitting 2-at-a-time on two circular needles so that she avoids sock-itus (the “dreaded” unfinished 2nd sock syndrome).  She also knits her socks toe-up which has the advantage of being able to knit until she runs out of yarn because she likes her socks long.


Toe-up 2-at-a-time

Donna prefers knitting top down, one at a time using the magic loop method on one long circular needle. This just feels quicker but it does mean that you have to then start again and knit another identical sock.

Top down 1-at-a-time, 1 circular needle

There is a wide variety of methods used by the members of our knit group, from top down 2-at-a-time, to toe up one-at-a-time.  From one circular or two, to 4 or 5 double pointed needles.  Everyone seems to find the method they feel most comfortable with.

Whichever way you create your socks, we all love a good yarn to ensure the sock lasts.

These Regia and Sirdar yarns are ideal, and for the more luxurious pair how about Rowan Fine Art.  Although you could use any 4ply yarn for socks, yarns with a percentage of nylon gives strength to the yarn, particularly helpful in the heel and toe of your socks, where they get the most wear.

Regia Active sock yarn is particularly interesting. The First Sock yarn with temperature regulation!

The Regia Active 6-ply 50g ensures a new dimension of comfort during any kind of outdoor activity, no matter how rough it gets outside! This is made possible by the temperature regulation properties of Outlast®, this fibre is used with the tried and trusted Regia quality.  Outlast® fibre technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts against the extreme temperature fluctuations in space. It’s been proven that wearing Outlast® components keeps your body temperature within a comfortable range. Whether in space or the great outdoors, your comfort is guaranteed!

Knowing which size to knit can be tricky but here is a handy website where you put in your size and it gives you all the maths! –  Regia Interactive Sock Guide





Debbie Bliss Angel inspiration!

If you’re looking for something a little bit special, why not try Debbie Bliss Angel?

Debbie Bliss Angel

A luxury mohair and silk lace-weight yarn, it’s prefect for autumnal knitting projects. Thanks to the beautiful blend of kid mohair and silk, it’s wonderfully soft and light, yet warm and comes in a wide range of shades so there’s a colour to suit everyone!

There is even a version of Angel with a little subtle sparkle, Party Angel perfect for evening wear!

We love this glamorous stole pattern which you can knit in either Angel or Party Angel. You can find the pattern here, and it also includes a pattern for a shrug (below), a perfect extra layer to cover your arms with a nice dress for the party season!

Party Angel leaflet

Happy Knitting!

Fun project inspiration for Sari Ribbon!

sent wrapping ideas from Louisa Harding Etcetera

We love Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon!  It’s an amazing sparkly ribbon yarn, which can be used for garments (2 skeins for a little shrug), accessories, or for some really lovely and unusual trimmings making it a very versatile yarn.

Sari Ribbon close up

With 120 metres in a 100g skein, even if you just use it as a pretty ribbon for tying around presents, it’s a bargain, working out at just over 8p per metre at full price or just over 5p per metre if you use your HEATWAVE discount code to get 35% off!

Sari Ribbon Bag

If you fancy making a cute accessory instead, how about this lovely free Easy-Peasy bag pattern which you can find on Knitting Fever’s website here?  It only takes one 100g skein!

Louisa Harding’s Etcetera book has a range of patterns for Sari Ribbon, Mila, Jesse, Mulberry, Grace Hand dyed and Mulberry Hand beaded.

Sari Ribbon CardiIf you fancy making a garment, how about this pretty little cardi? It takes 2 – 3 skeins of Sari Ribbon, just add an extra skein if you want to make the version with elbow length sleeves.  Sari Ribbon CushionOr how about this lovely lace cushion cover?  Just 3 skeins will make a really eye catching addition to your sofa that knits up quickly on 7mm needles.

If you’re looking for another creative idea for Sari Ribbon, how about making little yarn eggs?  Anne has been busy making these cute little packages which are perfect for filling with chocolate as little gifts!

Yarn eggs

To make these, get some little balloons (those sold for making water bombs are perfect), soak the ribbon in glue and wrap it randomly around the inflated balloons, leaving a few little gaps (so you can fill them later) and leave them to dry.  Then pop the ballons, remove them from inside the yarn eggs and fill them with whatever takes your fancy.  Great fun!

Happy Knitting!