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 5th and save 10%. You also have your choice of a hard copy of the pattern or Ravelry download for $8, regular price $9.
Not local? You can still join in and participate on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.
UPDATE MARCH 28!!
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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!
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!
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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)
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 email@example.com. 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
Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th
Yarn lovers start your engines! The Bay Area Knitting Guild is organizing the first ever (and hopefully annual) Tampa Bay Yarn Crawl! Four days, six shops and 89 miles of yarn filled fun. Pick up your passport at one of the participating shops, A Good Yarn, Criativity, Fab Fiber, Fiber Art, Picasso's Moon or yours truly, get it stamped at each shop and be entered to win a fantastic prize package worth over $200.
Want more free stuff? Silly question, right? Stash will also be doing daily drawings for all the things yarn lovers love. We're stocking up on more yarn including a Trunk Show from our friends at Blue Sky Alpacas and some exciting new yarns for our shop.
Need some learning while your crawling? Keith Leonard from Knits All Done will be teaching two classes on Saturday, February 27th, Flawless Finishing and Fixing Mistakes. And if you have a project for him to finish feel free to drop it off at Stash before Saturday and save on shipping it to him. If you haven't seen his meticulous work check his before and after shots on Facebook.
You'll want to be following us on social media too, because we'll be tweeting
, and raveling
some secret deals. Plan to spend some extra time when you come to Stash 'cause rumor has it
some of my shop neighbors will also have some deals for you. And there's some good eatin' and drinkin' on the block
when you need to refuel.