Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stacie's Introduction: I Love My Stash; there I've said it.

Hi! I'm Stacie the other half of this Must Stash. I thought I would start off explaining why I want to blog. The answer is simple: I love knitting and wish to share that enthusiasm with the fiber community at large and I hope to grow in my craft and as a communicator. Talking about yarn is only second to talking about knitting which pales to actually knitting but I can knit while I talk, so it's all good!
A Small Sample of My Sock Stash
So, a little about me. I am a knitter first and foremost and I love my stash! I love each and every skein of yarn I have acquired. When I order online, I track that package everyday and when it arrives, it's like Christmas morning. I can hardly wait to smell the yarn (I always smell the yarn!) and feel it in my hands. Walking into a yarn store is practically religious. I take a deep breath and proceed to touch everything. I keep my stash (mostly) in a large wardrobe and sometimes I just crack the door open and take a whiff of the fiber fumes!

Meetup SnB281 Logo! 
Where I work and among my friends, no one knits and although Ravelry is great, I needed face to face interaction. So, I founded SnB281 in January of 2011. I love these folks! They are awesome and it is so wonderful to meet weekly and chat about knitting and all that entails. They get me and I get them. We share a passion for our crafts and the friendships I've made are wonderful. If you don't have a SnB, find one!

Hand Spun-Hand Knit=Pure Awesome
Yes, you have seen this before. 
In addition to knitting, I've dabbled in crochet and I do believe it is black magic. Abracadabra, you have a hat. Bippity Boppity Boo, there's a blanket. As wondrous as it may be, it's not knitting, so I crochet very rarely.

I learned to spin (a whole new stash!) about a year ago and purchased my wheel, a Majacraft Pioneer, last February. Tour de Fleece 2012 was my first and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Steph and I both spun enough yarn for sweaters and then knit those sweaters during the Ravellenic games 2012. I'm pretty dang proud of this sweater! Steph and I also started a Meetup group just for the spinners in our area called Spin Off. See what she did there? Yes, Steph is a very clever girl. I have stashed quite a few batts and braids but spinning is not knitting, although it can lead to knitting so has it's perks.

And, lastly I started weaving on a little 10" Schacht Cricket Christmas 2012. I made a five foot long scarf in an evening. This makes weaving a very tempting past time, but still it's not knitting and knitting is my passion.

I'm Freeflower on Ravelry if you would like to Friend me and look over my projects. I would love to see you in my Friends activity feed!

Do you love knitting/crocheting/spinning/weaving and embrace your stash?

Steph's Intro

Hello! I'm Steph, one half of the (future!) Must-Stash podcast. I thought I'd do a quick intro on our brand new blog. So what's quicker than a "10 Things to Know About Me" list?

  • I started knitting about 10 or so years ago. 
  • I'm SupaSteph on Ravelry (friend me! I'd love to see what you are working on.)
  • I started spinning a little over a year ago. My first "Wheel Anniversary" will be in April.
  • I spin on a Schacht Ladybug and own several spindles.
  • My favorite spinning fiber is polwarth.
  • My favorite knitting fiber is... anything that's knit-able!
  • I almost always have socks on the needles -- sometimes multiple pairs.
  • 10 years of knitting and I still have trouble making sweaters that fit right. I'm still learning!
  • If I miss my weekly knitting group, it totally throws me off for the rest of the week. I <3 my SnB!
  • My idea of a yarn diet is this: 1. Go a "long" time without buying yarn (a month is an eternity), 2. reward myself by buying more yarn than I would have bought if I hadn't been on a diet, 3. lather, rinse, repeat. 

That's about it! Feel free to friend me on Ravelry (SupaSteph), Google+ (Supa Steph), Twitter (SeeStephKnit) or just send me a plain ol' fashioned email: I look forward to getting to know you all!

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Domain!!!!


I am Stacie, the proud owner of the new domain, and I am pleased to make your acquaintance. 

You can email me or Steph at and hopefully there will be more there than just a picture of a cute sheep if you visit the website. 

Steph & I hope to get our podcast live in the near future and chat away about our current knitting, spinning or weaving projects, and our lives, but most about knitting! Subscribe to receive updates and watch each episode as soon as it is pushed live. 

We will begin this adventure by posting here and keeping you up to date with our projects, queues and finished objects. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to our future friendships. 

Just for fun, here is a picture I found on the web. Wouldn't you love to have a closet full of hand knit socks?!