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April Newsletter 2017


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Dear Friends:


Happy April Fool's Day! The month of April brings a few changes in Steamboat Springs. The closing of the ski mountain will be on Sunday, April 16th. We are coming into the 'mud season' as locals call it where many of us will be taking a short break/vacation. If you need to pick up your vacation supplies, Sew Steamboat will be open 7 days a week (with the exception of Sunday, April 9th and Monday, April 10th when we are closed for inventory) until April 15th. Our store will be closed on Sundays beginning April 16th through May 21st. If you have not met our new partner Stephanie, be sure to stop by and perhaps join her on the Knit-A-Long Indigo Frost poncho. See you very soon!              

Best Wishes:

From back: Lynn, Cindy, Cho, Stephanie, and Nancy; Front: Donna and Carol


Staff Pick: Cindy Clark


To Block or Not to Block?

Sew Steamboat - Blocking Tools by Cindy Clark

That is the question. It’s too bad “blocking” isn’t a four-letter word, because it might as well be. We have many discussions about blocking at our Friday night (4-6 pm) Sit ‘n Stitch gatherings. There are those in the blocking camp, and those that aren’t. VERY similar to swatching. You either do it or you don’t. Or if you do, you do it begrudgingly. For example, I block most things, but I have never blocked a hat before.

Sew Steamboat - CoCo Knits - Blocking by Cindy ClarkLast summer, at our industry’s trade conference, I purchased a “Check” Your Gauge Cloth from Cocoknits. I wasn’t sure if  I’d use it, but I really wanted it! Months later I wanted to block a small Colorado headband sample I knit for the store, and I remembered that I had this gauge cloth with its 1 inch checkered pattern. I thought, “I’m going to try this thing!” Usually I get out my tape measure to make sure I’m blocking my piece to the correct measurements and hope my lines are straight. No need with the Cocoknits “Check” Your Gauge Cloth. I positioned it 4 squares by 9 squares and pinned it in place with T-pins. I swear I heard angels singing...

Then I used it for a bigger project: a cable pillow that you see in the picture. Again, it was nice to use the checkered pattern as a guide for straight lines as I positioned the project to the cloth. I was HOOKED! I had a couple of finished projects that needed some freshening up, so I washed and blocked those too.

I’ve decided, because of this blocking cloth with its 1” squares that I kind of enjoy blocking now. Blocking is a necessary evil; therefore, we also have Knitter’s Pride knit blockers, T-pins, and blocking wires for lace projects (or for shawls where a straight line is important as well as to open up the lace work.) To answer my original question, by all means block, but use tools that make the task easier and more enjoyable.



What's On Our Needles: Lynn Wunder


Sew Steamboat- Brain Hat by Lynn Wunder

The Brain Hat

Occasionally I get a knitting request. A few months ago, my sister, a super scientist extraordinaire, announced she was participating in the Science March on Washington for Earth Day in April. I had shown her a Brain Hat on Ravelry, and she thought that it might be perfect for the march. I thought wool in DC in April might be a stretch, but we  decided to go for it! I found a pattern on Ravelry for a Brain Hat by Alana Noritake. I decided to follow her directions for making I-cord and attaching it to a cap to make the brain's gyri. My neuroanatomy courses from many years ago also helped with this...who would have guessed? Since I decided to knit the cap out of soft, pink Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers, I used a hat pattern from Blue Sky called the Spicer Hat since I knew it was an easy to fit and wear hat. One small skein of Woolstok easily completed the hat, but it took another skein to knit 17-18 feet of I-cord! Yes, it takes at least this much to sufficiently cover a hat. This was definitely a one time project. Fun, but not that fun! No requests, please.


Classes: 10% off materials with class sign up!     

April Classes

Intro to Knitting

When: Tuesday, April 4th; 4-6pm

Limited Space Available.

Description: Introduction to Knitting class will teach you the basics of casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off. Everything you need to get started on basic knitting projects. Intro to Knitting will be offered the first Tuesday 4-6 pm OR the third Sunday 1-3 pm of each month. Cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. Join us TODAY! 

Instructor: Partners

Cost: $20 + Materials 

Private Classes

Cost: $25 per hour + Materials

If your schedule does not permits you to learn a new craft, no problem! Sign up for a private class with one of our partners and instructors. Private classes are a great way to work on a specific project or a craft that you would like to learn.  


  Quilting & Needlepoint

Advanced Beginning Quilting

Sew Steamboat - Carol Mikkelson Quilts

When: Saturday, April 15th, 22nd, and 29th; 10:30am-1:30pm

Full. Wait List Only!

Description: Learn how to make a larger quilt with Carol. This class is a great way to improve on quilting skills acquired from the 'Beginning Quilting' class. In this class, Carol will teach you how to select fabric for quilting. 

Instructor: Carol Mikkelson

Cost: $75 + Materials

Sew-Steamboat- Needlepoint - Colorado Flag

When: Friday, April 28th

Youth: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Adults: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Description: Learn to needlepoint a Colorado State Flag with Cho. We will explore the basic stitches of needlepoint such as the tent or continental and basketweave stitches. This class is for youth, ages 11-17, an adult class is available from 2-4pm. 

Instructor: Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick

Cost: $25 + Kit

Materials: Purchase a kit at Sew Steamboat. Available in several colors. 




Upcoming Events:                                                

Steamboat Sew-ciety 

Every Wednesday, 4pm -6pm

Drop in to use our sewing machines for free on Wednesdays 4pm-6pm.

Bring your sewing ideas, bring your sewing projects, bring your mending or even some hand sewing and come join fellow sewers for Steamboat Sew-ciety Our sewing experts will be available for advice and our sewing machines as well as cutting table and tools are available for your use, or bring your own.


Sit N' Stitch

Every Friday, 4pm - 6pm

Drop in with your knitting, crocheting, embroidery or any needlework project(s) for our weekly social stitching!

The More You Buy, The More You Save! 

Do you need some yarn for your next project? 

Buy a full bag and you will receive a 10% discount. Ask us for more detail. 
Mention this newsletter to receive a 10% discount on blocking supplies. 
offer expires April 30, 2017
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