Shorn II (2019 clip): Jan 31st 2:00pm CST

It’s happening . . . Shorn II is about to be launched into the world on Jan 31st at 2:00pm CST! I’ll post a YouTube video with all of the details at that time.

In the meantime, here is your sneak peek . . . and if you want to be added to the Shorn email list so that you can stay up-to-date and have access to special offers, please email me at knittingthestash@gmail.com to be added to the list. The next email will go out tomorrow, Sunday, January 26th and you don’t want to miss out!

Yarn Info

Shorn 2019 is a 3-ply sport weight yarn that has about 250yds per 4oz. It’s in a beautiful blended grey made up of Corriedale and Teeswater wool from right here in Illinois! We cared for some of Cathe’s sheep from Seven Sisters Farm on our own pastures this summer and this blend is bouncy, next-to-skin soft, and perfect for cables and texture. It’s been milled in the midwest, at Stonehedge Fiber Mill, and it’s all natural–no synthetic stuff, no dyes, nothing but awesome, local, natural fiber!

Exclusive Patterns

Kephren Pritchett (https://kephrenknittingstudio.com/) designed two wonderful accessories just for this yarn: the Traveling Hat and the Traveling (fingerless) Mitts. Both take full advantage of the plump, 3-ply yarn to make their cables pop!

OPTIONS:

  • Each skein: $25*
  • Traveling Hat Kit (1 skein of yarn, digital download code): $30*
  • Traveling Mitts Kit (1 skein of yarn, digital download code): $30*

*Domestic shipping will be $6 for 1 skein, $8 for 2 skeins, and $12 for 3+ skeins
*International shipping is available, but costs will vary by location

I’ll begin accepting Launch Day orders on Jan 31st at 2:00pm CST; shipping will begin on Feb 3rd.

Thank you all so much for your support of local sheep, fiber, mills, and community! I’d love to share a little piece of this flock with you 🙂

~Melissa
xxoo

 

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Episode 70: What, Me Worry? Increasing in Pattern & All the Little Things . . .

Hi fiber folk! A new year brings new FOs, such as the Miki hat . . . and it means finishing off some things from 2019, like that Rosenblom Genser! Happy to talk about sleeve caps and increasing in pattern; plus, lots of giveaways for project bags from The Cocoon Tree and beautiful maker art from Georgia Camden! Come hang out, learn a little, share some fun, and help support makers in your community! Oh, and I have a wee “life” update for you about our injured pup and a high school ski trip (yikes!). Hugs all around by the end of this episode 🙂  ~Melissa

Giveaway Info: To win the beautiful maker print from Georgia Camden, visit her website (www.georgiacamden.com) and leave a comment here, on the YouTube episode, or on the Ravelry thread letting me know which of her illustrations you like best. I’ll draw a winner in two weeks time via random number. Please note: international winners are responsible for their own postage costs. Good luck!

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Episode 69: Button Bands, Bags, & Buh Bye 2019

Hello fiber folk! I am too excited about this episode!! Yes, we have a HUGE GIVEAWAY from Lorna Landcaster of The Cocoon Tree . . . but that’s not all! I have a SweetGeogia FO, the Meraki Cowl, plus a lesson about button bands and collars, and a set of German stitch dictionaries that should not be missed! Our Knits in Translation KAL will be in full swing until Feb 1st, so get those entries in! Prizes will be announced soon–yarn and project bags and maybe a pattern or two! And I want to know what’s on your 2020 To-Learn Lists! Share in the chatter over in our knittingthestash Ravelry group! I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings all of us! ~Melissa [Show Notes are down below!]

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Giveaway Info: To win one of three prizes from The Cocoon Tree, please leave a comment here, on the blogpost for this episode, or on the Ravelry thread letting me know which of her bag designs you like best AND which prize you’d like to win. I’ll draw three winners in two weeks time via random number. Please note: international winners are responsible for their own postage costs. Good luck!

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Affiliates/Ambassadorships/Amazon Associate Links

I am very pleased to be an ambassador for a number of companies that I enjoy supporting. These include: SweetGeorgia Yarns, Making Stories, and KnitCrate. I often receive products and books for review and testing from these folks and I’m happy to share my opinions with you! I also receive books for review from other, usually independent, authors and publishers. I am happy to share my honest opinion and review of these books here on the blog.

As an Amazon Associate, some links on my blog allow me to receive a small commission on books and other products that I am proud to recommend. In other words, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There is no cost to you when you use these links, but it provides a small stipend to me that helps support my work in the crafting community.

If you are interested in sending books or other knitting products for review, please contact me at knittingthestash@gmail.com and I would be happy to chat!

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Episode 68: Kinky Weaving and the Kitchen Sink

Hello fiber folk! Today’s episode has a little bit of everything (thus, the kitchen sink!) and a Spencer-ism to beat them all: Kinky Weaving. You’ll love this one! So, yes, Spencer returns to the podcast to defend his colorway-honor and teach us all a little bit about knitting . . . plus, I have a finished Joker and Thief Shawl and my gorilla is reknit. There is also chatter about a master class on pattern grading and a new knitting concept: Distitch, by Assia Brill. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF! And all of the giveaways winners are announced! Come hang a while? ~Melissa

SHOW NOTES:

 

Affiliates/Ambassadorships/Amazon Associate Links

I am very pleased to be an ambassador for a number of companies that I enjoy supporting. These include: SweetGeorgia Yarns, Making Stories, and KnitCrate. I often receive products and books for review and testing from these folks and I’m happy to share my opinions with you! I also receive books for review from other, usually independent, authors and publishers. I am happy to share my honest opinion and review of these books here on the blog.

As an Amazon Associate, some links on my blog allow me to receive a small commission on books and other products that I am proud to recommend. In other words, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There is no cost to you when you use these links, but it provides a small stipend to me that helps support my work in the crafting community.

If you are interested in sending books or other knitting products for review, please contact me at knittingthestash@gmail.com and I would be happy to chat!

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Indie Interview: The Cocoon Tree

If you’re at all like me, you see a pretty project bag and think: what fun it would be to tote that around and pull my knitting out in the next coffee shop or during the next meeting 🙂  And, if you all know me, you know I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination! I am, in fact, slightly terrified of my sewing machine–which I, consequently, rarely use and then only under supervision. But my blogspot guest today, Lorna Lancaster of The Cocoon Tree, is an expert sewist and I quite admire her bags. If you follow her on Instagram, you may have noticed the awesomely textured fabric of her bags or their unique shape–she even has a new fabric “yarn bowl” that looks light enough to tag along with you! The bags are named after places that she’s visited–I wonder what her favorite of these places is . . . Well, Lorna agreed to an interview and shared some lovely photos of herself and her work with me. So, jump down below to learn more about Lorna and enjoy the beautiful photos! Plus, psssst, there is a giveaway coming soon to the podcast!! How exciting!

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KTS: Where did the inspiration for The Cocoon Tree come from?

Lorna: I have been sewing since about the age of 7, as my mum was a tailoress, now in her 80s, as I was growing up, she worked from home, and after getting back from school I used to sit with her and hence learnt the old way.

I went to the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels and this gave me great insight and knowledge into the textile and clothing industry.

I come from a knitting family and, again, growing-up there were five of us knitting at home, my grandmother, mother, myself and two sisters, (my poor father! )

I have been sewing more than knitting over the past few years, but my niece and oldest sister knit constantly and suggested I look into making project bags. I made a few for them to try and The Cocoon Tree came to fruition.

KTS: Your bags are beautiful inside and out–what are some features that you think are key for a functional (and beautiful) project bag?

Lorna: Throughout my career in the clothing and textile industry I have always been extremely passionate about what I do, quality of workmanship is always high on my priority list and have followed this philosophy with my bags.

The handle on my bags is big enough to carry your project on the go without being cumbersome and they are soft based to allow you to carry inside your handbag, both making it easy to take your project with you.

Six sizes gives my customer the choice, depend]ent on what they are working on, as to which size bag to purchase.

Lastly, choice of fabric is also key to ensure they are visually appealing and finished to a high quality spec.

KTS: You sell your bags locally (in the UK) at Ginger Twist Studio–I love Jess’s shop!!–are there other shops or plans for distribution? Are you looking for stockists in the US?

Lorna: I am always looking for new stockists and am, at present, following up on some lovely wool shops in my local area. I was very happy to supply Ginger Twist to exhibit at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, a great opportunity at such a large event.

There seems to be a huge knitting community in the US and would be very excited to have the opportunity to supply stockists there.

KTS: What’s in your project bag at the moment?

Lorna: I am at present knitting a charcoal and white tweed scarf Isager Tweed, which I bought from La Bien Aimee on a shopping trip to Paris two years ago. I might add knitting very slowly!!!

KTS: Anything new on the horizon for your shop?

Lorna: Yes I have just finished sampling on the Cocoon, my version of a yarn bowl. This is made from 3mm thick felt which I’m very excited about, and should be in my shop this week. I love the concept of it, and have plans for something else to carry it in, but need a bit of time to pull this together, to make sure it’s right before I launch it.

Since starting to make project bags, new ideas, new fabrics, new concepts  are cropping up all the time, I just can’t stop my mind from working overtime.

I would like to offer all bags in the same fabrics, as I like things to coordinate and hope customers do to.

KTS: Where can folks find you online?

Lorna: I am not very good with social media but I try !!

I am on Instagram, Facebook and have the Etsy shop, but am more than happy to discuss orders via email or messenger.

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Thanks so much, Lorna, for sharing your beautiful creations and a bit about your life! I love meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email (knittingthestash@gmail.com) or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above)

Happy knitting! 🙂

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Episode 67: The Gorilla In the Room!

Well, knitting friends . . . sometimes you miss the BIG stuff when you’re looking at the details. Here is my story of woe! Plus, fiber mill talk about Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill, a Making Stories Review, and giveaways old and new! If you want to learn more about fiber processing, I’m also uploading a supplemental video answering your questions about fiber processing and mill processing! Show notes for both are below. Thanks to Dawn Brown, Anne Bosch, and all of you viewers out there 🙂 Lovely to hang with you today! ~Melissa

Giveaway Info: To win one of two prizes from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill, please leave a comment here, on the blogpost for this episode, or on the Ravelry thread about woolen and/or worsted yarn. Anything you want to know or learn! I’ll draw two winners in two weeks time via random number. Please note: international winners are responsible for their own postage costs. Good luck!

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Book Review: Making Stories 2

It’s here, it’s here! The latest Making Stories print magazine is out and I found my review copy in the post just last evening. Of course, I raced inside, tore open the package, and sat down with a cup of tea (at the end of a long day of teaching) to enjoy ALL the SWEATERS!

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But, I’m getting ahead of myself 🙂 For those of you who may not know, Making Stories is an excellent indie, ad-free publication out of Berlin, Germany created by two wonderful women, Hanna Lisa Haferkamp and Verena Cohrs. I have spent some time in Berlin–love that city!–and I only wish these were recent trips, as I would love to hang out with these ladies and pick their brains about all things publishing. To date, they have released a number of print and e-books filled with beautiful knitting patterns and fueled by their love of sustainability (in paper products, yarn, and notions). If you are reading this in the US, our official stockist is Corinne Claire of the Woolly Thistle (NH)–Oh, how I adore her shop! Plus, the Making Stories team is now offering subscriptions, so you will never miss an issue! Ok, on to the sweaters!

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If you follow me on Instgram, you likely saw my post about nearly all of the sweaters in this issue. There are six–yes, six!!–all together: from hoodies, to wraps, lace yokes to yummy mohair texture, this issue really does have something for everyone. It even includes a wee, child version of one of the designs, Stern, by Verena Cohrs. Two of my absolute favorites from this issue are Deganwy, by Theresa Shingler and Hali, by Leeni Hoimela (both pictured here). But I also love Mut, by Renate Kamm

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Beyond the sweaters, there are two sock designs, a cowl, and two hats to lure you in 🙂 Plus, a handful of essays in the theme of the issue: Loving and Caring. I particularly love the essay on recognizing oneself as “Knitworthy” no matter what body-type, size, or way of being you may embody. Knitting for ourselves and recognizing ourselves as beautiful is a life-long lesson about feeling good about who we are. And I can’t imagine a better message to send out into the knitting world: you are knitworthy.

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Making Stories 2 is an excellent issue and you can check out all of the patterns on Ravelry. If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint (if only a little), you can download the e-book version and save a tree!  Thanks to Verena, Hanna Lisa, Claire and all of the Making Stories team for getting this beauty out into the world! And if you want to see even more of the magazine, I’ll be speaking about this issue on the next episode of the podcast over on YouTube!

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