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August Newsletter 2016


Dear Friends:


When I began knitting a decade ago, I had no idea those few uneven stitches would lead me to this amazing group of women and an ownership share in this wonderful little store. I remember teaching my first class in the back space of this store (where the cutting table now resides); displaying my first design, the Aphra Behn Cowl, in the corner next to the local alpaca yarn; and gathering this incredible group of women together to save our local crafting store. Our knitting and sewing community opened its arms and welcomed us as we transitioned this space from the original owners to our caring hands. Thank you all for your support of our store and my own efforts at knitting design and teaching.

My time is now coming to a close here in Steamboat. The house is on the market, I've finished training my replacements at the Steamboat Arts Council, and now I need to find someone to take my place here at Sew Steamboat. These ladies need someone to bring their own talent to the table to share with our community (and fill my empty shifts!). If you are interested in joining this amazing group of women, please write to me at and I can give you further details.

Please join me for my “Thank You” to you - a Saturday Seminar on August 13th from 10am-12noon to answer all those knitting questions that you've been waiting to ask! As I move across the country, exploring new landscapes, I carry your love and support with me, knitted into my life and work.

With Gratitude,

LA Bourgeois


The Sew Steamboat Team,

Nancy, Carol, Lynn, Donna, LA, Blair, Kathleen, Cindy and Cho

Staff Pick: Lynn Wunder

Baby Hats

For several years, we've had good sales of a wonderful self-striping yarn called Knitcol by Adriafil. This yarn is a DK weight consisting of super wash merino in beautiful colors perfect for both kid and adult projects. As we at Sew Steamboat have learned, samples sell, so I knit a cute little baby hat from the Knitcol. The sample has done its job, but I have never been very happy with the pattern I chose mainly because of the needle size. It calls for a size US 8 which seems way too big so I used a size US 7.

I recently knit my first baby sweater (so proud!) and wanted to do a coordinating hat. I used the original pattern and the Knitcol with a US 7, and I was even more unhappy with the blown out stitches and my inability to control "laddering" between my double point needles. I then cast on the same number of stitches and used a size US 5 instead. This made for a perfect fabric, helped with the "laddering" but was a little small. The third hat was done with the US 5's and 72 stitches, and it looks to be the perfect size. Seems a little like "Goldilocks" but sometimes trail and error is the only way to get exactly what you want.

It also shows the importance of doing a gauge swatch to see what your finished product will look and feel like, but also for size which is especially important in a hat. Now I just need to write up my pattern so that we can provide it to customers who also want to knit the perfect little baby gift.

What's On Our Needles: Carol Mikkelson

Cycles of Life

If you are bike crazy, like a lot of people in Steamboat Springs, then you are going to love this collection of bike-themed fabrics used in my quilt. The different prints are covered with different bicycles of all sizes, along with bike chains and chain rings, in a bright colorway of mostly blues, whites, and oranges with a hint of yellow.

I thought it was the perfect collection to make a quilt for my bike-crazy husband. Considering that for years he has asked me why I haven't made him a quilt, I just knew when he walked in the shop and said that he really liked this fabric (which he's NEVER done!) that this was the

perfect choice to finally make a quilt just for him.

The pattern is from Martingale/That Patchwork Place and it is titled Box Party from their Sweet & Simple pattern collection. Stop by Sew Steamboat to see the quilt top up close and personal while it's on display. We have several fat quarters of various colors and design patterns, and we also have a few of the main fabric choices on the bolt. Steamboat Springs is BIKE TOWN USA!




Kid Camps: Beginning Sewing

Weds., [June 22nd, July 6th and 20th], August 3rd and 17th, 1 - 3:30 pm

For ages 8+ that have never sewn before. This series of "camps" will teach the basics of sewing. Projects include a pillowcase, decorative box, pin cushion, etc. August 17th is a combined Beg/Intermed needle felting class.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials per session

Kid Camps: Intermediate Sewing

Weds., [June 29th, July 13th and 27th], August 10th and 17th, 1 - 3:30 pm

For ages 8+ that have sewing experience. This series of "camps" will expand on the basics. Projects include more advanced bags that include zippers, stuffed animals, and more! August 17th is a combined Beg/Intermed needle felting class.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials per session




Beginning Crochet

Sat., August 10th, 10 am - 1 pm

Chain stitch, single crochet, back loop, etc...these are terms and techniques you'll learn while making this beautiful scarf!

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $50 plus materials

Saturday Seminar: Ask the Expert

Sat., August 13th, 10 am - noon

This is your chance! A two-hour long Q&A with LA. Bring all your questions, and LA will bring her expert advice from years of knitting and crocheting. Questions about bead work? Bring it! Lace? Yes! Yarn weights? Sure! Fiber content? You bet!

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: FREE

Intro to Knitting

Tues., Aug. 2nd, 4 - 6 pm OR Sun., Aug. 21st, 1 - 3 pm

Learn the basics in this class: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Everything you need to get started on your knitting journey!

Instructor: Sew Steamboat Partners

Cost: $20 plus materials



Upcoming Events:

Pin Cushion Contest Winners!!

The following women entered our 2nd annual pin cushion contest, and they won fun prizes and gift certificates for their beautiful works of art:

1st Kids - Taylor G.

1st Cross Stitch - Diane M.

1st Sewing - Cheryl G.


Routt County Fair Entries!

The Routt County Fair is celebrating its 102nd Anniversary this year. They've created a list of 101 reasons to LOVE the fair by staffers, 4-H members, and participants. From August 18-21, come see why you will LOVE the fair.

August 17th, 1 - 8 pm, is check in for the Home Arts categories. Follow our link to see all the needlework categories as well as quilts! You can't win if you don't enter!



Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off

Knitcol by Adriafil yarn*

*offer good through August 31st

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