Spring Break. It conjures up all sorts of images. Tropical vacations, spring skiing, warm weather around the corner, spring flowers showing off. It would appear that spring is just a little further in the distance for us in Steamboat Springs. The end of March brought us more snow, which makes some people very happy, and others, well, not so much. If it's true that April showers bring May flowers, then we certainly look forward to that! Regardless of your Spring Break plans, we hope that each of you enjoys whatever activity, near or far, you have planned, and that you'll make memories to cherish. For our part, Lynn is offering a few kids sewing classes during Steamboat's Spring Break, so check out the details below. These are very popular and fill quickly, so don't wait to register - call today.
Spring is also a time when projects start to "lighten up." We tend to move from wool, sweater knitting to linen/cotton/bamboo/etc. shawl knitting. Mittens and hats are set aside until next winter, and out comes the dishcloth and fun needlepoint projects. Likewise for sewing! We have beautiful linens and cottons to make spectacular skirts and fun spring and summer bags from (yes, we have patterns too!) Nancy has ordered some new yarn in spring weights and colors - they should be arriving any day. Watch Facebook for arrival notices or stop in the shop and we can point them out.
We need to mention a few store closings for April. First, we will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, April 11th and 12th, for inventory. Don't worry, this is actually GOOD news for you. Read our Upcoming Events section below to see what we mean (hint: think sale!) Next, since it's officially "mud season" in Steamboat, and the crowds tend to lessen, we take this time to close the store on Sundays. Beginning April 17th, Sew Steamboat will be closed on Sundays. We will resume Sunday hours on Memorial Day, May 29th.
The Sew Steamboat Team
From Left: Lynn, Donna, Mariah, Nancy, La, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, and Cho
Rug Hooking - New Season, New Patterns
Our beginner rug hooking kits have been so popular that we have expanded our
offerings! The kit themes span the seasons; pumpkins, snowmen (several to choose
from!), a large, warm heart, and for spring and summer, flowers, a bunny (with a
darling wooly tail), a speckled hen and a patriotic flag. I have been turning
the completed kits into pillows, to inspire folks to make their own hooked
decor, for a fraction of the price of a completed, handmade pillow. Another idea is to display the completed projects in frames or as
an around-the-year wall hanging. They add warmth and charm to a room, and you
can say you made it yourself! The finished product is about 5" x 7", but
with a wool border, backing and pillow insert, it can feel much larger and make a
statement! And, they can still be hooked on a 10" embroidery hoop, or one of
the locally made frames we sell. I have to say, the more I make, the more I am
What's On Our Needles: Nancy Paul
I enjoy taking classes and knitting is no exception. In fact, a knitting class is what got me in the door of Sew Steamboat and thus began my adventure as a partner in the business. Classes challenge me, inform me and add to my social interaction, so when Sew Steamboat offered a Stephen West, Doodler Shawl class (taught by Mary Beth Gower), I jumped at the opportunity.
I am somewhat obsessed with Stephen West's patterns. I love his architectural and artistic designs. The Doodler is my third, but certainly not my last West pattern to knit. The instructor, Mary Beth, is another Stephen West devotee, and has completed numerous West patterns, including four Doodlers, which makes for a very good instructor as she knows the pattern inside and out! Below is a photo of one of Mary Beth's Doodler shawls.
I have enjoyed the challenge of this class, spending time with Mary Beth and the other students and getting to know them a little bit better. We have learned many time-saving techniques; Mary Beth's enthusiasm and experience with this pattern has made the class invaluable. I encourage you to take classes, learn new techniques and challenge yourself as the benefits greatly outweigh any disadvantages.
Yarns used in my Doodler include: Louisa Harding Pittura, KFI Luxury Silk, Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine, and Ella Rae Lace Merino.