The time is finally here, after all the teasers, I finally present to you: Stash Lounge.
Now you might not be as excited as I am about a knitting boutique. But you should be.
This place takes yarn to a whole new level. There is baby alpaca, 100% wool, cotton, fleece, eco-friendly…all in more colours and textures than you can imagine.
The yarns come in skeins of brilliant blues, masculine tweeds, vibrant pinks, and of course calming neutrals. The textures range from the skinniest pieces of yarn, perfect for those tightly wrapped scarves, to massive chunky pieces, wider than your fingers, for those cozy blankets that make you want to stay in bed all day with a warm cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
My favourite yarn so far is “Malabrigo”. There are easily twenty different colours (likely more), many of which are combinations. Perfect for those of us that don’t want to deal with tying on string after string of different yarns.
But that is not all they have.
There are patterns strewn across the shop and examples of what they would look like once completed. Scarves, blankets, mittens, hats, sweaters, headbands, you name it! It is hard to not leave feeling inspired to create something absolutely epic.
They even offer knitting classes in a cozy little room, catered to the item you want to make and your respective skill level.
The wools are stored away in trunks, drawers, cabinets, and shelves filled from the floor up to the ceiling.
Then, if you are looking for a little razzle dazzle, there are big wooden buttons, colourful pom poms (incredibly soft too!), trinkets, and pins. You can really make something to fit the personality of your friends, family, or yourself.
Plus, who doesn’t appreciate a good home-made gift? The time it takes to pick out the yarn and knit your creation is much more meaningful than walking into a store and picking something up off a shelf.
With free patterns online at websites like Ravelry (or any simple Google search), it is easy to make something of good quality.
The yarns range anywhere from $10-$50. However, your final item will look much more valuable than that!
The staff are exceptionally helpful in providing advice on any mistakes, which needles to use, or which yarns might be best for putting whatever is in your mind into reality.
I am just in love with this little shop! Knitting is so “in” right now, so even if you don’t live in Calgary there are hopefully a few boutiques nearby! I’ve really enjoyed discussing projects with my friends, and some of them even have knitting circles. What a great way to chat with a few girlies (or gents) and still feel productive. I love to knit while I’m watching TV, so I don’t feel as guilty when I go on a binge and end up watching an entire season of some show on Netflix.
If you want suggestions on patterns please let me know, or comment below with some of your ideas!