The Gift of a Tie: Stash's Origin Story Posted on 01 May 09:29 , 5 comments
Do you know the story of the tie? Some of you do, some of you have seen it. For those who don't know here is how it goes.
Shush and I met in 2008 on a not to be named website. We like a lot of the same things: corny old songs, Broadway musicals, food, and we hit it off pretty well. On the day we met he was wearing a tie, I don't remember which one but I'm sure it was goofy. It may have been Goofy. He told me that he wore a tie pretty much all the time including when we was working from home. Silly me, I thought you worked from home so you could wear jammies all day.
Fast forward to 2013 and I'm scrolling through the interwebs when I see a post by a friend for a Kickstarter campaign that had some really cool sculptural, wearable art, including some kick a** ties. I thought this would be a really cool gift to get Jose a/k/a Shush. And so I pledged the required amount and hoped they would get fully funded. (For those of you who don't know about Kickstarter, make sure you investigate it. I've made several pledges and sometimes they are life changing. Stay tuned for this one, too.) Had this campaign not got fully funded the story would have ended here. I would have found some other tie, he would have been mildly amused and I'd probably be teaching Comp 1 or working in a bland cubicle. This was not to be the case. Instead, I was invited to a cool thank you party at the home of the artists, George and Scott of Spathose, and picked up my tie. Here's a photo, pretty cool, eh?
I gave it to him for Christmas. He thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, calling it the best present anyone had ever gotten him. Damn, I did good! Then he asked, "What do YOU want?"
I instinctively replied, "A yarn store."
"You want yarn?" he asked.
"No, a yarn STORE."
He knew I knit, but I don't think he knew that it's every knitter's dream to have their own store, their own giant stash.
In January of 2014 we took a quick little trip to New Orleans and we visited Quarter Stitch. He picked up a big ol' hank of yarn, looked at the price and asked if people would really pay that much. "Yes, and gladly" I told him. That's all it took, he was all in and the rest is history! We opened July 1, 2014 and have never looked back.
Time to KAL! Posted on 24 Mar 13:03 , 0 comments
We've got a new KAL starting up for the Endless Wrap knit in Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers. Woolstok is a lofty 100% Fine Highland Wool and the pattern is perfect for beginners. You'll be using size US 11 needles so you'll get some instant gratification, and plenty of help will be available if you need it. Come to the Cast On Party Thursday, April 20 and join in with all your fiber friends. There will also be PRIZES! But no starting early if you want to win. The KAL will run through May 31st.
Get your pattern free if you purchase the same color that I'll be using. You'll have to guess what that color will be.
Call the shop at 727-822-9276 or email mskristinknits@stashstpete to choose your colors and sign up for the KAL by April 11th and save 10%. Get the pattern at half price with the promo code Endless on Ravelry or at Blue Sky Fibers (through April 30, 2017).
Not local? You can still join in and participate on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.
UPDATE MARCH 28!!
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Show me your heart! Posted on 26 Jan 09:31 , 0 comments
I'm trying to fill the shop windows with hearts for the month of February. If you can knit, crochet, weave, embroider, or just wrap yarn around a piece of heart shaped cardboard I need your help. Any size, any color, any technique, it doesn't matter. I even have some yarn for you to use. Stop by or send your hearts to Stash before January 31!
Stash Christmas Club Posted on 16 Sep 08:03 , 0 comments
Need some motivation to get your holiday* gift projects done? How about some monetary motivation? Here's how it works:
1. Decide on a project and buy the yarn at Stash. The project must require at least 2 skeins of yarn. We'll record details on your Stash Christmas Club (SCC) card.
2. Get 10% off the yarn (regularly priced).
3. Complete the project.
4. Bring project (or photos) back to Stash.
5. Buy yarn for next project on the same day as you bring completed project back and save 15%.
6. Repeat from step 2 up to two more times and receive an additional 5% savings with each project up until December 24th. And then get a gift from me.
*You can do projects for yourself
Must purchase all yarn for project at one time.
If you want to do more than 4 projects you have to start back at 10% savings on new card.
Out of town? No worries, use the discount code StashClub on your first order and when you've finished, send me the pics and I'll send you a new code for your next order.
Enjoy the holiday crafting season!
Summer Holiday closures Posted on 28 May 16:01 , 0 comments
Just a quick notice that we will be closed the following Sundays this summer
Sunday, June 29 (Memorial Day weekend)
Sunday, July 3 (4th of July weekend)
Sunday, September 4th (Labor Day weekend)
Everybody's talking! Posted on 20 May 12:46 , 2 comments
It's been a hectic few weeks what with traveling to Cuba, moving into my new apartment and being on TV! I can't believe all the hullabaloo just because a girl wants to take the bus to work so she can knit. In case you missed it, there were two stories recently about me knitting on the bus. One was on Bay News 9, and the other on Fox 13 with Charley Belcher. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I will sometimes post shots of my knitting while I'm on the bus. PSTA saw them too and reached out to me to do the stories. It really is easier for me and if it encourages someone to hop on the trolley and spend the day downtown then my mission is accomplished.
In the knitting world I've also gotten a little attention, which is pretty cool. About 6 weeks ago knitting blogger Gaye Glasspie, a/k/a GGMadeit came into the shop. She's down here working and asked her many fans to fill her in on the LYS scene here. She stopped into to see us on a Sunday afternoon (my favorite day) and promptly wrote about her experience--you can read it here. Since then I've been enjoying her adventures and appreciating her perspective and the "Confessions of a Yarnho."
Around the same time we had a visit from knitting podcaster Janine McCarty a/k/a Yarn and Ewe Girl. Ok, so she had only done one podcast prior to coming to the shop, but now she's got a few more "in the can" including the second one where she talks about her visit to Stash. Watch it here. I love the connections that I've been making while doing my yarn thing.
This wonderful town of St. Petersburg lures in people from around the world and I love when I have the time to chat awhile and recommend yarns they may not be able to get at home, like our local goodness from The Fiber Seed, and the shop favorite Delicious Yarns. I'll give my advice on where to eat, drink, and shop as well.
Off to Cuba! Posted on 16 Apr 10:21 , 3 comments
Shush and I are heading to Cuba on Sunday, April 17. We'll be gone until Thursday, April 21.There will be no Building Better Knitter class on Sunday April 17, but the shop will be open regular hours 12-4 and Tuesday through Saturday 11-6. The online store will be closed while we're gone, except for classes. You are still able to register and pay for those. The Malabrigo Trunk Show is ongoing through May 9 so please come see all the pretty things they sent---and Caroline, she's pretty, too. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements when we return! Adios amigos!
Sockathon! Posted on 25 Mar 12:06 , 0 comments
It's time for another fundraiser! Knitters are some of the most generous people I know, from chemo caps and prayer shawls to sweaters for penguins and knitted knockers for breast cancer survivors, we're always ready to knit for a good cause. My good cause is Clothes to Kids. Their mission is to provide new and quality used clothing
to low-income or in crisis school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. I used to volunteer for them at the Clearwater store in my pre-Stash days and I was very impressed with the organization. Instead of simply giving children donated clothes they have a "store" where the children can pick out a week's wardrobe including new socks and underwear, shoes, a jacket, and a few accessories. Most of the clothing is donated but they always get new socks and underwear. That's where we knitters come in.
Sockathon is a way for us to knit socks for a cause. Each participating knitter will gather pledges from their friends and family for each pair of socks they will knit between April 1 and June 30. The socks do not need to be donated, but you can should you so choose. In order for the socks to count towards your goal they must be:
1. Cast on and finished during the Sockathon period. Please post photos of the cast on and finished pair to one of our social media accounts with #sockathon. You may also email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Socks must be at least the size to fit a school age child--no baby booties!
1. Pledges can be collected as you go or when you're finished. Your pledger may also make a donation directly on the Clothes to Kids website. There is a spot to indicate how the donation should be used and a dedication or gift. Please have your donor indicate "to purchase socks" and the name of the knitter and sockathon. Have them print a copy and give to you. This method will also give them a tax deductible receipt.
2. A clothing drive will be held from June 18 (WWKIP day) through July 1. Here is list of acceptable donations. They can be dropped off at Stash during the drive.
3. A tip jar and an option to "roundup" your purchases will be available during Sockathon.
4. We will also conduct a Sockathon Chinese Auction. Look for details later.
5. There will be prizes for most money raised, most socks knit, and most socks donated (hand knit). The first prize will be awarded by July 15, the other two will be awarded on July 1, at our anniversary party.
I plan to knit nine pair, each with a different pattern or technique.
If you don't know how to knit socks there will be several classes and workshops throughout Sockathon. If you don't want to knit socks, please consider pledging to one of the knitters.
A pledge sheet can be picked up in the shop, downloaded here, or I will email you one if you request it. Mskristinknits@stashstpete.com
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