If you haven’t heard about Clara Parkes’s new anthology, A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn, where have you been?
We are proud to be a part of this volume, a lovingly curated collection of 22 essays that cover the subject of yarn ownership. The range of essays is pretty astonishing, given the very specific topic. Stash is personal. Stash is often a reflection of a knitter’s inner state. Stash is fun.
It got us to thinking.
What about knitters who don’t have stashes? Shouldn’t everybody have a stash? What about knitters who are just starting out? Or unaware that having a pile of yarn within arm’s reach is a source of comfort, inspiration, and (in a pinch) insulation? What about those knitters who are tired of all that time-consuming selecting, deciding, choosing, and paying for yarn?
This is it. We’re here to help.
We humbly present our effort to share the luv. Think of it as a stash starter, like a sourdough starter. This will get you on your way. With this as your base stash, you’ll be well positioned to expand on your stash skills with confidence and courage.
The Great Stash Giveaway
There will be two prizes.
1. Ann’s Stash
My goal here is to give a knitter a tasting menu of all sorts of yarns. Laceweight, fingering, sock yarn, DK, worsted. Fibers including wool, linen, tencel, silk, mohair, hemp. Lots of color—from hand dyers, small makers, and larger companies. Makers that any knitter ought to know. And fiber festival yarns you’ve never heard of. Quantities range from a single skein to a couple of sweater quantities of MadTosh and Berroco Ultra Alpaca. There’s more in this prize than could fit on my table, so there will be surprises beyond these.
2. Kay’s Stash
My pile o’ yarn is daintier than Ann’s, but full of really good things that I’m only giving up because I’ve held onto them for a long time without the Perfect Project coming into view, and also because I love humankind and want someone to experience these hanks of joy. Like Ann’s pile, mine contains both big brands and small-batch skeins from fiber festivals and trunk shows. Now that I’m giving it away, I see so many possibilities here. My stash has one oddball add-on, pictured below: this is my dearly beloved cache of Tahki Cotton Classic. I made two cherished Mitered Square Blankets from this yarn, and yet there is at least another blanket’s worth of yarn left over. The colors are the juicies and blahs that I love to combine. (Careful observers will note that some of this stash has seen a vision and transformed itself into a granny square.)
We are not going to say what percentage of our stash we are giving away. (That’s like asking somebody’s bra size!) (More accurately, we don’t really know. There are a lot of containers at Ann’s house.) But the photos here show you the two prizes. It’s a lot of yarn, frankly, some of which we have nurtured and marinated to a point of exquisite vintage.
Each prize will come, of course, with a copy of A Stash of One’s Own. It’s a book with a lot of wisdom about the care and feeding of a stash of one’s own.
The contest is easy. Two parts:
- Leave a comment below naming the first yarn you ever bought.
- Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, at the bottom of this page. (It is a favorite habit for knitters in the know.) If you have already signed up for Snippets, a) thank you! and b) do leave a comment below, because your entry is not complete without your leaving a comment, and also: it’s fun to hear knitting origin stories.
Entries accepted from now until Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:59 pm Pacific time. Two names will be drawn randomly from all complete entries, one to win Kay’s Stash and one to win Ann’s Stash. Winners will be notified by email.
Small Print (Important!)
Winners must be able to provide a U.S. shipping address. Maybe you live in Iceland and have a friend in Seattle? Plan a trip to the States to haul home your prize. Seriously, we can’t ship the prizes internationally, as much as we’d like to.
We look forward to hearing from you.