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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you
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
The Sew Steamboat Team,
Nancy, Carol, Lynn, Donna, LA, Blair, Kathleen, Cindy and Cho
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!