April is a unique month in Steamboat Springs. The last day of Ski Season 2014-15 is on Sunday, April 12th, which means that the mud season officially begins in two weeks! Although the town will be sleepy, for the fiber enthusiasts, it is time to create and craft our ideas and thoughts. It is a time for new colors and creations.
At Sew Steamboat, our shelves are full and fresh with new products for the upcoming season! Check out LA’s class on Saturday, April 4th on Intrasia Knitting Technique: the next step in knitting with colorwork. If you are unable to participate in any of our classes or events, be sure to schedule a PRIVATE session for any craft with any of our instructors!
Our Spring Store Hours will begin as the ski season ends; we will be closed on Sundays beginning April 12th through May 17th. Hoping to see you soon!
Wishing you a Happy Easter 2015!
From Left: Lynn, Donna, Mariah, Nancy, La, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, and Cho
Staff Picks: Kathleen Titus - Malabrigo Yarn: A Tale with Two Stories
I’M NOT AFRAID OF CABLES ANYMORE!
In February I took a “reversible cable” class from our Partner and knitter extraordinaire, LA Bourgeois, to learn about cables, which have always intimidated me. She used a scarf pattern that creates a cable stitch that is seen in the same way on both sides (thus reversible). Cables in this pattern are really just knitting and purling with a “cable needle”. LA prefers a hook-shaped needle, while the straight-with-curve shape seems to be more common. Our shop sells both shapes as well as simply a small straight needle. After some experimentation, I agree with LA; the hooked tool holds your stitches and stays out of the way while you are completing the cable. No more mystery – I am off and running.
The second story is that of Malabrigo Yarn, made in Uruguay and Peru, a product that we just started offering in the Shop a few months ago, with great success. LA made her reversible cable sample with the worsted merino wool in brown, so it was an easy choice for me to go with the worsted, though I chose the beautiful spring yellow. The worsted merino wool yarn is variable in diameter as well as ever-so-slightly variable in color and is soooooo soft! It does not split and for a knitter like myself who knits a little loosely, it comes out sturdy while at the same time relaxed. It is a positive delight to handle. We stock several different weights, in a variety of rich colors and all at very reasonable prices. You have to come into the shop, touch and feel, to really appreciate it.
What's On Our Needles: Blair Weibel and
When we heard that 2015 was the Year of the Sheep/Year of the Goat we thought-which is it-goat or sheep? They are both fiber, to us! Goats produce luxurious fibers such as cashmere and angora and sheep produce our favorite scrumptious local wools. We can get behind that! A little lesson on semantics which causes the dispute over which animal in the zodiac is this lunar year-in Chinese, sheep and goat (and ram) are each represented by the same character (Yáng). Two of us, who are characters in our own right, Cho and I, embroidered a goat and a sheep, in honor of 2015 Lunar New Year-The Year of the Goat...Sheep... We decided to embroider on linen-a material that offers a fine background and one that comes in a rainbow of colors. For floss, we chose multi-ply floss that can be divided by strand rather than perle cotton, which is used whole. We found our images on the Internet, and used a water soluble marking pen to draw our images, and after stitching we removed the marks with water. A little pressing with a dry iron (on the reverse side, to make the stitches pop) and we have nifty representations of this year's lunar zodiac animals. Next year, monkeys!