I’ve been keeping a secret from you. Well, not a secret so much as a tender, fragile dream that has slowly grown stronger and bigger over time. My dream?
To own a yarn shop.
Thanks to the encouragement of my incredibly supportive friends and family, as well as that of my online family (Kathy, I’m winking at you) I am now ready to make the big leap into the unknown.
I am opening a yarn shop!
Stash will be opening in Corvallis Oregon this fall. The shop will feature yarn, accessories, and artwork created in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the retail yarn business, the store will also be part gallery and part gathering space where classes, knit nights, gallery openings, and special yarny events will be held. It is my intention to create a community gathering place (family-friendly, too!) where people can come together to share knowledge, celebrate each other’s work, and just have a good time in the presence of other creative spirits. And, yarn. Lots of beautiful, soulful yarn from talented spinners and dyers from our neck of the woods. To quote the Contessa, “How bad can that be?”.
There has been a lot of business happening behind the scenes these last couple of months, as well as much navel gazing and contemplating the enormous shift in lifestyle from stay at home mama to entrepreneurial mama. We have been working closely as a family to come up with a business model and childcare/playschool opportunities that offer flexibility and maximum time together. It’s important to me to remain very much a part of PB’s daily life, to be able to take her to some of her favorite activities, and to welcome her into my new workspace. I think we’ve about got it figured, which is a huge relief.
And now I’m at a really fun stage in the process: looking for a location and selecting vendors. I’ll be at Sock Summit taking a peek in person at some of my potential vendors’ newest yarns and colorways. This is the biggest stash enhancement expedition of my knitting life, and a dream come true!
Look to this space for updates on the progress of the shop. If you’re so inclined, join the Stash Ravelry group. And, if you are one of the talented, soulful spinners, dyers, designers, artists, or crafters making beautiful things in the PNW, please email me at sonia AT stashlocal DOT com. I’d love to take a look at your work.
Let the adventure begin!