Meet Our Team!

Hey Folks!  I figured it was time for me to post a little update about all the faces you might be seeing around Stitch Space these days.  You have already learned a little about me, but as Stitch Space grows, it is always my goal that you feel comfortable coming in for help, and chatting with us about your projects so we can get you the help you deserve!  I’ve asked each of the girls to answer a fun little questionnaire so you can get to know them a little more!

 

First up, Grace.  Many of you have met Grace, because she has been working with me for a little over a year, since back when we were at the temporary location.  She’s also been teaching classes, like beginner knitting, continental, Fix-A-Stitch, and has a couple of fun ones coming up, like colorwork, and short rows!  You  might notice that by publication, she has a new hairdo 😉

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How long have you been knitting/crocheting? I have been knitting over 2 years
Who taught you? I taught myself!
Favorite Color? I have to pick one??? Coral, mint green or any neutral 😉
Astrological sign? Virgo
Favorite type of project? Anything with a challenge!!!
What advice would you give to a new knitter, or someone frustrated/stalled on their project?
Take a deep breath and keep knitting. It takes time and practice to get something the way you want it. Going along with that, every knitter/crocheted/crafter is on a different level so be comfortable with where you are and what you’re doing! All levels are great levels!!!

 

Next we have Joy.  Joy has been sample knitting for the store for awhile now, and I recently recruited her to start teaching some new classes as well.  She is awesome at anything complicated, lace, crochet, the list goes on and on.  Anything I don’t have the patience for, I know Joy will be able to conquer 😉  Joy is also helping us on some of the Saturday help clinics!

IMG_0215How long have you been knitting/crocheting?  Knitting since 2005, Crocheting since about age 10.
Who taught you?  Mom taught me to crochet.  I learned to knit from the Stitch and Bitch books by Debbie Stoller.
Favorite color: Blue in any shade.
Astrological sign: Cancer
Favorite type of project: A challenge with an interesting new technique or construction. I like learning new things.
Advice to new knitters: Just keep trying, and it’s only yarn, it doesn’t judge.  If you’re stalled, give your brain a break and walk away for a while, or reread the instructions (that’s almost always where I mess up.)

 

The most recent addition to the team is Amanda.  Amanda was very new to knitting when I met her, but I was so impressed with her fearlessness.  She came in one Saturday with a friend, had just learned to purl, and signed up to take my cable sweater class starting the next weekend!  And she finished the thing, too!  She has started working on Stitch Nights and Saturdays, and is already diving in headfirst to all the crazy fibery knowledge that can be obtained here 🙂

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How long have you been knitting/crocheting? 3 ish years
Who taught you? Youtube and Sasha
Favorite Color? Turquoise
Astrological sign? Cancer
Favorite type of project? Sweaters
What advice would you give to a new knitter, or someone frustrated/stalled on their project?
Make sure to pick a project you love because otherwise you will burn out and not finish it.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know our team a little better, and that you enjoy getting to know them even more as you come in to Stitch Space!  As always, Happy Knitting!

-Sasha

The Color That Inspired The Club

The Story of Missouri Sky

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about my inspiration for creating the Yarn Year Round Club!  The idea has been marinating awhile in the back of my mind because of a collaboration for a beautiful custom color that the folks at SweetGeorgia Yarns did for us.

In early March of 2014, I was busy planning the celebration for our one-year anniversary at Stitch Space.  I had opened the store in June the year before with a “If you build it, they will come” philosophy, and in less than a year in business, the community we were building was just blowing me away with support and positive feedback.  Believe it or not, I knew very few people who were knitters, crocheters, or fiber artists before I opened, but I knew that if I was desperately missing having a shop locally that there had to be others out there.

For our anniversary, I knew I wanted to host some special events, and really do something to commemorate that first milestone in business.  I approached the folks at SweetGeorgia about doing a custom color for the event!  They agreed to make a color for us in one of my favorite yarns, Tough Love Sock.  I sent over the photo below for inspiration:

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You see, I wanted something uniquely Missouri, so I chose this photo of a sunset that I had taken a few years back.  You may not know that I minored in photography in college, and my husband & I have a little collection of film cameras.  This was a shot that I took on a Diana Film camera.  I truly believe we have some of the best sunsets in Missouri!  I have visited many places, but I always find the sunsets here at home have something special because of all the wide open westward views we have.  Little did I know that this photo/project/collaboration/yarn would take on so much more meaning to me.

Just a week or two after I contacted SweetGeorgia to put this project into motion, we had the fire at our shopping center that caused us to lose all of our inventory and shut down from the end of March through to August.  Now, I don’t know that I have ever fully told this story anywhere online, and I don’t know that I will ever be able to put it into words.  I actually had the opportunity awhile back to talk with Felicia from SweetGeorgia about it on her podcast, and it is just something that is hard to describe.  It is heartbreaking to sit in the parking lot of a burning building, knowing that inside that building is the business that you poured your whole heart and soul into.  Knowing that the next day at work (and weeks, and months) will be nothing like what had been the joy of walking into the dream that you finally created.  I’ll be honest, I shed so many tears throughout that time, had so many breakdowns, and wanted to give up over and over and over.  I have amazing family and friends that I have to credit for helping me make it through this tough time.

But I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing.  I have finally found the thing that makes me excited to get out of bed each day and go to work.  There have been other times in my life where I had less hope, because my purpose wasn’t as clearly defined.  There are always people out there who have it worse.  So each day I pulled on the same smoke-smelling hoodie and I went to work cleaning it up.  I had created Stitch Space once, there was no reason I couldn’t do it again, right?

Only this time, I had the support of my entire Stitch Space community behind me.  This time I already knew people would show up.  I didn’t have to rely on the same Field of Dreams/Wayne’s World philosophy.  The custom color project with SweetGeorgia became a motivator.  So we weren’t going to be open for the anniversary?  Ok, we’ll make it the re-opening colorway!  It will be a celebration that we made it through to the other side of this mess.

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And so it was.  When I got the samples and we decided on the final colorway, it was so colorful and cheery, and exactly what we needed to celebrate what we had been through.  A Missouri Sky in all its complexity and beauty.  I went to work designing a pattern to accompany the yarn, and that is when I realized how much fun the whole process had been.  How much of an escape thinking and dreaming about this collaboration had been from the difficulties.

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The pattern, Sunset Sky, had to show off the contrast in colors, and had to have fun details.  It can be hard, sometimes, to really show off a variegated color without completely obscuring the design, or just giving up and going for garter stitch.

I realized through this process, that this was my design sweet spot.  Seeing an entire story through from start to finish.  Having an inspiration, collaborating with talented people like those at SweetGeorgia, starting the pattern idea with the requirement that yarn and pattern must be friends.  Making something I love to wear, that is fun to knit.

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This is where the idea for the Yarn Year Round Club came in.  It has been hanging out on the backburner for quite awhile, but this year we got settled into our permanent location, and now it’s time to push forward with all the big projects we have in store for Stitch Space!

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So this week, we will be opening up registration for the Yarn Year Round Club.  We are kicking it off in January with another custom color from SweetGeorgia, and then a different custom yarn each month of next year.  Full details will go out at the end of this week, and if you want to be the first on the list, make sure you get your e-mail on the list over at www.yarnyearround.com.

Registration will only be available for a short time, because we have to get numbers to our custom dyers!  You even get a free pattern for joining the notification list, so make sure you are on it today!  The free pattern uses another SweetGeorgia Yarn, CashLuxe Spark.  (Can you tell we’re SweetGeorgia fans?!?  How can you go wrong with their colors?!?)

Our Free Pattern, the Strange Magic Cowl!

Our Free Pattern, the Strange Magic Cowl!

And, if you want to get your hands on some SweetGeorgia Missouri Sky, we have a limited quantity left!  We had another run of the color produced for our booth at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago, and the leftovers are available for purchase!  If you are local, you can come on in to pick yours up while supplies last, but we are happy to ship as well!  Give us a call at 417-673-2240 and we will get it sent your way.  Each skein is $30 and includes a download code for the Sunset Sky pattern.  We are open Tuesday 11 AM-8 PM, Wed/Thurs/Fri 11 AM-6 PM, & Saturday 10 AM-4 PM (Central Time)

I hope you have enjoyed hearing a little bit more about the process and thoughts behind Missouri Sky, and the Yarn Year Round Club!!  I cannot wait to show you all the fun things we have in store for the Club!

New Tutorial & Free Pattern!

Hello Stitch Space friends!  Today, I have a new video tutorial for you, showing how to do a crochet provisional cast on!  This is a method that allows you to cast on with waste yarn, and then unravel the waste yarn to have live stitches to work with.  It’s useful anytime you want to graft two ends together, do a 3-needle bind off, or maybe work a design that is symmetrical from the center out!  Here’s the video, and if you scroll down, I’ve also got a fun announcement to share that includes a free pattern that uses this technique!

 

The other fun thing we have going on here at Stitch Space is the announcement of our Yarn Year Round Club!

This is a monthly subscription service that will start in January 2016 featuring a different custom yarn, pattern & surprise for each month of the year.  We are getting ready to release all the details, and start accepting signups later this month.  If you want to be the first on the list, you can click over to www.yarnyearround.com and signup there to be on the notification list!

Hooray!  It's here!

Hooray! It’s here!

As a bonus, we are including a FREE pattern download for signing up to be on the Yarn Year Round Notification List.  Yay!  The pattern is Strange Magic, a seamless striped cowl, that is knit on the bias, and uses a provisional cast on.  Check it out on Ravelry here.

Our Free Pattern, the Strange Magic Cowl!

Our Free Pattern, the Strange Magic Cowl!

As always, happy knitting!

I cannot wait to show you what we have in store for the Yarn Year Round Club!  🙂 🙂 🙂

-Sasha