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.

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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………..

What are we knitting?

We love to see what you have been knitting, it’s always really exciting when a customer brings in a lovely project in progress or a beautiful finished object to show us.  So we thought it would be fun to share what we have been making with you!

First to share her project with us is Anne, who’s knitting a cardigan in Fyberspates Cumulus.  Over to you Anne…..

Fyberspates Cumulus is so light and airy that it really does remind me of clouds!  I was keen to knit a cardigan in it ever since I first had a ball to squish.

Finally I came across a pattern which I could use… ‘Wave’ from Kim Hargreaves’ Echoes book.  I know it’s not a pattern for Cumulus, but it’s working out superbly.

Wave by Kim Hargreaves

‘Wave’ is designed to be knitted using Rowan Kidsilk Haze doubled, which is near enough the same weight as a single strand of Cumulus and for this slouchy cardigan it is ideal!  So I am one happy knitter.

I’m making a few modifications to the pattern.  I’ve knitted the body in one piece as it gets rid of the seams; as the knitted fabric is be so light I didn’t want them showing.

The pattern uses a 4.5mm for the knit row and 8mm for the purl row to create the striped effect so I’m using Knit Pro Symfonie interchangeable needles with one point of each size on a single cable so I’ve just got one long circular needle!

I used at three needle cast off on the shoulders so there was no sewing up.  I know some folk have trouble with finishing garments….

Anne's Wave cardigan in Fyberspates Cumulus

At the moment I have picked up the stitches for the front band and am trying to decide how wide to do it.  In the pattern there are only 10 rows, but I think I will make it wider so that I can wrap it round me.

Then it will be time to knit the sleeves!  I’m planning to pick up stitches round the armholes and knit down with short rows to create shaping for the sleeve caps instead of knitting the sleeves separately from the bottom up and seaming them.  I’ve never used this technique before so I’ll be looking for guidance from this informative blog post on DayanaKnits.

When it’s finished I’ll let you know!

Happy Knitting! 🙂

Yarn Shop Day Tomorrow!

We’re all very excited because tomorrow (Saturday 2nd May) is Yarn Shop Day!

Yarn Shop Day

There are lots of special things planned for the day at Stash Fine Yarns.  We’ve got Jeni from Fyberspates visiting to launch her lovely new shades of Vivacious and Gleem Lace and we’ll have luxury undyed yarns from Chester Wool Company too.

Fyberspates greys

We’ve also got a raffle with fabulous prizes, lovely goodie bags for the first 15 customers who spend over £35 an ex display garment sale and cake!

We’d love to see you so do pop in and say hello 🙂

Happy Knitting!

Knit.Purl, Knitscene and Knitting Traditions now in stock!

Three gorgeous new magazines from Interweave Press have just been delivered into our eager hands!

First up we’ve got Knit.Purl (Spring/Summer 2015):

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Full of stylish understated knits with thoughtful details and a modern edge, Knit.Purl always proves popular, so don’t wait to long to get your copy!

We love the gorgeous Featherfall Cardigan by Jenifer Dassau, which would look stunning knitted in Louisa Harding Grace Harmonies.

Featherfall Cardigan

Next, we’ve got the latest issue of Knitscene (Summer 2015):

Knitscene

We love the Taffy Cowl by Faye Kennington:

Taffy CowlWe think it would look fabulous in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, best of all, you’d only need one skein!

Last but not least is Knitting Traditions:

Knitting Traditions

With lots of interesting articles on the history of knitting in various cultures, Knitting Traditions is a fascinating read, with plenty of knitting patterns too.

Happy Knitting!

Fyberspates Vivacious Volume 1 now available!

The New Year brings exciting new arrivals at Stash Fine Yarns, the first of which is this lovely new book of patterns for Vivacious 4ply and DK from Fyberspates, Vivacious Volume One.

Vivacious Volume1 Cover

This collection of ten classic pieces by top British designers Belinda Boaden and Rachel Coopey has a lovely relaxed feel about it, perfect for casual weekend wear.

There’s a nice mix of garments and accessories for both the 4ply and DK weight versions of Vivacious.

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We like the simple and fuss free pared down look of the sweaters and cardigans, perfect to wear to a pub lunch with friends or just for snuggling up on the sofa at home with your latest project!

The range of sizes is brilliant too, with each garment sized from UK 8 – 26.

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If you prefer smaller projects that are quick to knit there are cosy accessories too, which use just one of two skeins and would make great gifts or even just a nice treat for yourself.

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If you love some of the brighter colours in the range but are unsure about a whole garment in a vibrant shade, why not try adding a pop of gorgeous colour to your outfit with a slouchy hat or mittens?

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You can find Vivacious Volume One on our website here and take a closer look inside the book here.

Vivacious DK and 4ply are available on our website.

Happy Knitting and a Happy New Year too, from all of us at Stash Fine Yarns!

Fyberspates Cumulus Trunk Show Tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder, it’s our Fyberspates Cumulus Trunk Show tomorrow!

Between 11am-4pm Jeni from Fyberspates will be here and you’ll be able to try on samples from the new patterns, pet some yarn and choose your next project. We can even help the non knitters in your life choose the perfect Christmas present for you.

We’re also offering an amazing 20% discount on all in store purchases tomorrow, so you can stock up and fill your stash.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the yummy new yarn and patterns like this beautiful one by Anniken Allis…….

Etherow Shawl by Anniken Allis

We can’t wait to see you there 🙂

Happy Knitting!

Yarn Shop Day!

We had a great time at Yarn Shop Day on the 3rd of May and it was lovely to meet so many wonderful knitters 🙂

So what did we get up to?

Well, we had Andy from the Chester Wool Company here with his beautiful luxury undyed yarns and some yummy Fyberspates too:

Andy from the Chester Wool Company

And in the afternoon Louisa Harding arrived with gorgeous samples from her latest collections, including her new book; Knits From An English Rose.

Louisa Harding at Stash

We had demonstrations of knitting techniques too, in Kitchener stitch, magic loop, Judy’s magic cast on, cabling without a cable needle, fixing a dropped stitch, mattress stitch and Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy cast off.

Knitting demonstrations at Stash

….. And for those who were in need of refreshment, we had lots of yummy cake!

Yarn Shop Day cake

Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you all had as much fun as we did!

Hope to see you all again soon 🙂

Happy Knitting!

Fyberspates Scrumptious Collection Volume 3 now in stock!

The gorgeous Scrumptious Collection Volume 3 from Fyberspates has arrived and it really is scrumptious!

With a beautiful selection of patterns for garments and accessories all designed for the Fyberspates Scrumptious yarns (from Lace to Chunky), you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Rosemorran Cardigan from Scrumptious Collection Volume 3

There are beautiful, wearable cardigans like Rosemorran by Belinda Boaden (above) knitted in Scrumptious 4ply and Irwerne by Kyoko Nakayoshi (below) knitted in Scrumptious DKIwerne in Scrumptious DK

There are also cosy sweaters like Larigan by Amanda Crawford knitted in Scrumptious Chunky……

Larigan in Scrumptious Chunky

… and beautiful accessories like the Kenwyn Hat and Cowl by Rachel Coopey in Scrumptious Aran.

Kenwyn Hat and Cowl in Scrumptious Aran

We can’t wait to cast on!

Happy Knitting!

 

Craft Hobby + Stitch International 2013

Last month Steve and Helen (the Boss’s!) managed to grab a nice day out to the Craft Hobby + Stitch International show at The NEC, Birmingham.

Craft Hobby + Stitch International is Europe’s largest dedicated trade show for the art, craft, needlecraft, fabric, and hobby industries. So, of course this involved a day of browsing, stroking and caressing lots of lovely new and existing yarny products. I’m sure you all feel just as jealous as the rest of us that didn’t manage to get down there for the weekend. Thinking of us here, Steve and Helen took a few photographs to show to us, surely not to brag? but for work purposes only haha. Here they are …

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         Helen Browsing the DY stand.                                 Jeni & Andy – Fyberspates.

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                                           More of the Designer Yarns Stand.

Stash Loves Yarn

Hello! Well aren’t we all feeling happier this month? Especially approaching Valentine’s Day on the 14th. I am going to add to that happiness and share with you all our newbies, new offers and information!

Rav Valentines Advert

To start we have a brand new pattern EXCLUSIVE to Stash Fine Yarns from Rowan designer Jem Weston. Fairisle Hat & Mitts using Rowan Felted Tweed.

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We’ve had a lot of new season pattern books and magazines come in to stock to last few weeks, to give you an idea here is a selection…

New Mags

All of the designs for each of the pattern books are available to view on our website, however here is a closer look at some of them anyway!…

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Debbie Bliss Magazine 10 – 33 Fresh new knits for Spring plus plenty more from Debbie Bliss. The magazine is wonderful and has a really great choice of patterns ranging in all ages and of course lots of helpful tips.

MiniCollection

Rowan Mini Collection – The first ever Rowan Mini Collection contains six designs
by Marie Wallin selected from the Rowan archive and re-knitted using our fabulous Kidsilk Haze Stripe. Photographed simply against a white backdrop, these simple yet classic styles allow the unique colour blends to show through. All patterns are written in English, French, German & Dutch.

ScrumptiousVol2

Fyberspates Scrumptious Collection 2 – A brand new pattern collection for Scrumptious, with 9 fabulous designs, beautifully photographed this book will add a touch of spring into your knitting.

RowanStudio30

One of my favourite children’s knit books at the moment is Rowan Studio 30 – Folk influences were to be found for both adult and child’s wear this season and Rowan Studio 30 offers a capsule wardrobe of knits for every little fashionista. From a cosy ‘grandad’ cardigan for boys to a pretty cape for girls, this collection will have everyone wishing they were young again!

DBLuxurySilk

Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK is a beautiful new line in for this season. We have both the pattern book and the lovely yarn available. Ten beautiful designs in Luxury Silk Double Knitting, a stunning yarn from Debbie Bliss, it is 100% silk and is very much a luxury yarn!

We have 3 new offers starting today,

15% off ALL DY Choice yarns

15% off ALL Brittany Birch knitting needles, crochet hooks and DPNS

AND

Free postage on orders over £30 excluding VAT.

Now I’m pretty sure that is enough to keep you all going until next time! And for all the men out there, these offers are a great starting point if you don’t know what to get your loved one for a Valentine’s gift!