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December Newsletter 2016



Dear Friends:


It's December! The holiday season is upon us. This is a time to share, give thanks, and enjoy our family and friends. This year, our partners at Sew Steamboat are very pleased to accept non-perishable food items on behalf of the Food Bank. Bring 5 items to enjoy a 15% discount! As usual, we will also accept your gifts (handmade or store bought clothing) for adults and children on behalf of the United Way. Stop in with your donations by Saturday, December 10th.  

Happy Holidays to you and your family. See you very soon!

Please note: Sew Steamboat will be closed on Sundays, December 25th and January 1st.

Warm Holiday Wishes:

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


Staff Picks: Blair Weibel


Baltic Braid Cowl in Puna by Amano


Sometimes simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This pattern and this luscious yarn allow the sweet braided detail to speak for itself.  I knitted the Baltic Braid Cowl by Lisa Ellis (available for purchase on Ravelry) in scrumptious Puna by Amano. Puna is a DK weight yarn and its content is baby alpaca, which makes it soft to the touch and gives it a gentle drape. It was a pleasure to knit with, which is good because I decided to learn a new technique, the Baltic Braid. The stitch sort of feels like doing a backstroke; it is worked contrary to most regular stitches and the pattern designer has provided an excellent tutorial on her website which reinforced her clearly written instructions. I'm smitten with this color combination and it might be my go-to gift for folks receiving something handmade by me this year!



What's On Our Needles: Nancy Paul


Tears and Laughter

Tears and Laughter Shawl - La BourgeiosAs many of you know, one of our partners at Sew Steamboat recently moved away. LA was the organizer of our partnership and the backbone of our shop. When we started the partnership over three years ago, she had the most shop experience, was our primary knitting instructor, and a prolific designer of knitting patterns. To say a proper goodbye (her words), she designed a lovely shawl pattern “Tears and Laughter” for us, her partners at Sew Steamboat and gifted us with the yarn in which to knit the shawl. 

I started knitting Tears and Laughter a few weeks ago, and with a little help from Cindy to get started, it has been a breeze. FYI-  put locking stitch markers in the first three stitches.  It is a good pattern to knit while socializing and a great pattern to help you memorize M1L and M1R.  

LA was one of my best friends in Steamboat and I miss her a great deal, but I am looking forward to finishing “Tears and Laughter” and to also seeing her again either here in Steamboat, there in North Carolina, or somewhere in between. "Tears and Laughter" was/is the perfect goodbye.


Classes: 10% off materials with class sign up!     

December Classes

Intro to Knitting

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


Sunday, December t8th; noon-2pm (for this class only)

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, beginning in September. Cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. Join us TODAY! 

Instructor: Partners

Cost: $20 + Materials

Beginning Crochet

Sew Steamboat - Learn to Crochet

When: Saturday, December 10th; 10:30am-1:30pm

DescriptionLearn to crochet a beautiful scarf with Avery. 

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $40 + Materials

Private Classes

Description: Can't get into one of our scheduled classes?  Have you been wanting to learn a new skill? Take a private class with one of our experts to create your own fiber art! 

Cost: $25 per hour + Materials


 Quilting & Sewing Classes

Quilt a Table Runner

(This class is FULL. Stay tuned for another in 2017!)

When: Saturdays, December 3rd and 10th; 10:30am - 1:30pm; Saturday, December 17th; 11am - Noon

Description: Are you ready to begin your quilting adventure? Carol is going to teach the basics, from the beginning... fabric selection, cutting, piecing, making the "sandwich", quilting, and finishing. Make this lovely table runner and learn a new skill at the same time.

Instructor: Carol Mikkelson

Cost: $65 + Materials

Materials: Call for a list

Kids' Sewing Camp - Beginners

(Quilted Box)

When: Tuesday December 27th; 10am-12:30pm

Description: Let's learn how to use a sewing machine and make a quilted box. For beginners who are 8 years old and up. 

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25

Materials: Provided

Kids' Sewing Camp - Experienced

(Animal Storage Basket)

When: Thursday, December 29th; 10am-12:30pm

Description: Let's make an animal storage basket! For kids who are 10 years old and up. For experienced sewists only.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials




Upcoming Events:                                                

United Way and Food Drive

It's the Season of Giving! 

Our partners at Sew Steamboat would be more than happy to bring your donated items to the United Way and Food Bank. 

Drop off any handmade or brand new items of clothing such as hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, etc. for United Way. 

Feeling a little more generous?

 We are also accepting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Get 15% OFF any item when you donate 5 food items! Accepted through Saturday, December 10th by 6pm. 



Steamboat Sew-ciety 

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!   


  Sew Steamboat Yarn
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 10% discount on Puna by Amano.
offer expires December 31, 2016
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