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January Newsletter 2015



Dear Customer:


Happy New Year! We had a great 2014 at Sew Steamboat thanks to you, our customers, friends, and vendors near and far.

Part of the mission at Sew Steamboat is to be involved in our community through various charitable and nonprofit events and organizations. We were honored to participate in and help out with the following in 2014:  Steamboat Youth Council, Steamboat Springs High School, United Way, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Fair, Girl Scouts of America, and 4-H to name a few! Sometimes we donated our time, often we donated materials, and other times we did both. We look forward to more collaborations in 2015!

Please note our holiday hours: we are closed New Year's Day.

Here's to a great 2015, from all of us at Sew Steamboat,

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

Staff Picks: Blair Weibel - Bijou Spun Yak

When I first heard "Yak Yarn", my initial thought was "Itchy!" Bijou Basin Ranch (located in Elbert, Colorado), the producer of Bijou Spun Himalayan Trail (75% yak down, 25% super fine merino), claims that yak down is "warmer than wool and softer than cashmere." After casting on and feeling the yarn in my own hands, I believe them! I am using two colors to knit a stranded colorwork hat (Snow Ghost Hat - available on Ravelry) for my husband. I think the nature of this cozy yarn will feel soft (not itchy!) plus keep him very warm. Two skeins (200 yds ea) will be more than enough to knit this hat. I may just have to knit ear warmers for myself with the leftovers! Please note: due to the hand-dyed nature of this yarn, after knitting and before blocking, soak project in a water-vinegar mix (1 gallon-1 cup) for 15 minutes to make it colorfast.

What's On Our Needles: Mariah Poole


If you have not worked with wool in your crafting career, now is the time. I have made a few garments with different types of wool over the years, and it is by far one of my favorite fabrics to work with. It is a stable woven fabric, which provides a lot of structure to any given garment. Not to mention with the coldest months coming for the Valley, a wool jacket, pants, skirt or a jumper would not be a bad option for your wardrobe! Come down to the shop and check out the wools that we have and the patterns to suit. We look forward to seeing you warm this winter!




Learn to Knit

Tue., Jan. 6, 13 and 20,  5 - 7 pm

Knitting is a great all-time favorite portable pastime! Awesome for trips, social gatherings, or just chilling. In this three-session class, you'll learn how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase, and decrease. All the tools necessary to make a pair of fingerless mitts and a hat.

Instructors: LA Bourgeois and Cindy Clark

Cost: $75 plus materials

First Time Sock

Wed., Jan. 21, 28 and Feb 4,  5:30 - 7:30 pm

Don't be afraid of the big, bad sock! Socks are not as hard as they look. Blair will teach you how to use gauge to custom fit your socks, basic sock construction, how to turn a heel, and how to close the toe with the Kitchener Stitch.

Instructor: Blair Weibel

Cost: $75 plus materials

Next Step Cowl

Sat., Jan. 24 and 31,  3 - 5 pm

Now that you've learn to knit and purl, what's the next step? A cowl of course! Learn moss and seed stitch, cabling and lace work, all in one simple cowl. Perfect for beginning knitters ready for the next step. 

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $50 plus materials


Sweater Workshop: Fitting to Finishing (series of 6 classes)

Thur., Jan. 15 & 29, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 12 & 26,  5 - 7 pm

Finally finish that sweater with our six-part sweater workshop! We start with measuring and altering, and continue all the way through finishing.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $125 for all six sessions or $25 for an individual session; plus materials

Tunisian Crochet

Sat., Jan. 10 and 17, 2 - 4 p.m.

If you love the look of knit, but prefer to crochet, this class is for you! Learn how to make a foundation chain, simple stitch, knit stitch, reverse stitch, and bind off.

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $50 plus materials

Sewing 101

Thur., Jan. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

This class will help you to become acquainted with the sewing machine. Practice straight sewing seams and hems. Participants will make a simple pillowcase.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials


Sewing 102

Thur., Jan. 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Now that you know how to use the sewing machine, let's ramp it up! Participants will sew a cute reversible bag in this class. Learn curved seams and top stitching.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials




Christmas Stocking Contest Winners!

Yarn - Bonnie M

Fabric - Linda D

Other - Gayle D

Kids - Samantha P

People's Choice - Katie H

Grand Prize - Bonnie M



Seminar: Understanding Ravelry

Grab a coffee (and your knitting, crocheting, or other needlework) and join us for a little tech talk as we explore Ravelry, the online knitting and crocheting resource. We're habitual Ravelry users down here at Sew Steamboat!

Saturday, Jan 10th, 10 am - noon

Leader: LA Bourgeois


Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off

Bijou Spun Yak Yarn!

offer good through January 31st

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