Happy Leap Year! February 29th - a day when women propose to men. There are many traditions, folklore and superstitions surrounding this day/year. In Finland, if a man refuses a woman's Leap Day proposal, he must buy her fabric for a skirt. Not that we want women to be refused her love; however, Sew Steamboat has a wide selection of fabric for skirt-making! We also have a Leap Day birthday this year - the husband of our partner, Blair, is turning "12" on February 29th! Happy Birthday!
Other fun February events in Steamboat include Winter Carnival, Valentine's Day, and Blues Break. For 103 years now, Steamboat Springs has a time-honored tradition called Winter Carnival. Fun times include kids being pulled on skiis by horses down main street (jumps included!), ski jumping, Lighted Man (visualize a downshill skier with fireworks shooting out of his suit!), a parade and more! After all this fun in the snow, families tend to head to warmer climates with a week off of school called Blues Break. Don't worry, Sew Steamboat will be open, and if you are staying in town this year, come in to check out all the neat supplies we have for you to enjoy a crafty Blues Break week!
As the snow continues (and continues....and continues...) to fall in Steamboat, the partners are working hard ordering new fabrics (we have new pretty batiks) and yarn, creating new classes (LA has a Knitter's Almanac series for 2016), and enjoying visits by locals and tourists alike! There have been many stories in the media lately about the health benefits of knitting. Of course, WE already knew this, and we're pretty sure you do too. So ladies and gentlemen, keep knitting and crafting for your health -- Sew Steamboat will be here to help!
From Left: Lynn, Donna, Mariah, Nancy, La, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, and Cho
Celebrating Sew Steamboat Yarn
Our new Sew Steamboat yarn combines 70% CVM wool and 30% alpaca, all sourced locally from Routt and Moffat counties and spun by Yampa Valley Fiberworks. As I knit it, the stitches spring to life, allowing cables and simpler stitch
patterns to shine. Softening alpaca creates a fuzzy halo; the yarn blooming and
filling in little nooks and crannies. Just enough lanolin remains in the fiber
to keep the yarn moving easily through my hands. For now, the colors remain all
natural, but are still quite varied: cream, silver, champagne and milk
chocolate. I use three of these for my new “Lynn's Wonder” cowl (in honor of our
dear friend, Lynn Wunder, who created this yarn with my small help. Find the
story of the beginning of our journey here). Join us to celebrate this newest accomplishment of Sew Steamboat on Friday, February 5th, from 4-6 p.m.
What's On Our Needles: Lynn Wunder
Needle Felting To The Rescue!
A few weeks ago my daughter sheepishly presented to me her beautiful alpaca poncho which I had given her for a trip to India several years ago. Across the front panel was a triangular burn mark which she thought came from the electric heat in her room. Well, no way to remove a scorch mark like that...don't ask me how I know. Should we dye it? Turn it around backwards and forget about it? Do an applique? No, I'll needle felt something across that panel. Our first idea was to do some type of flowers but then I thought a sandhill crane flying up the panel would be really cool. I tried and tried different ways to fit that flying crane across that burn mark, but nothing worked that would fit correctly within that panel...darn! So, back to doing an abstract flower. All I did was put the felting foam behind the area I was about to felt, lay out very thin layers of dyed wool roving in the flower design and start felting the roving to the poncho. This is a very quick process, but the longer you needle the wool into the garment, the more integrated it becomes. Voila! No more burn mark!