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January Newsletter 2017



Dear Friends:


We hope you had a great 2016 as we welcome the New Year 2017! If you are like many of us and your New Year resolution involves learning a new skill or picking up a new craft, January is the month for you. We are excited to offer several different classes for both adults and kids. If you have wanted to learn how to sew, join Lynn for an Adult Beginning Sewing class I on January 10th. You can continue to improve your sewing skills with Adult Beginning Sewing class II on January 24th. We are also offering Kids’ Sewing Camps during the first week of the month. Registration is a must as they are very popular.  

If you are interested in needlecraft, we have 3-D needle felting classes for both adults and children (10 years old). Learn to knit a Squarshy hat class is offered by Cindy over two Saturdays. This class is intended for beginners where skills such as knitting in the round, knitting with double pointed needles, and making a pom pom will be acquired. As usual, we also have the Introduction to Knitting classes and a Beginning Crochet class. We hope that you will join us! 

Wishing you the happiest and craftiest 2017!

Warm Holiday Wishes:

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


Staff Picks: Cindy Clark



RavelryIf you are already registered with the amazing online community known as Ravelry, then you can quit reading and go on to the next article. Yay!! I want to talk with those folks who still don’t use and/or, OH MY, haven’t heard of Ravelry ( It’s a must go-to website for knitting and crocheting patterns, information about yarn, project notebooks, and social help from other like-minded crafters.

I’m always surprised when folks come into the store asking for patterns and I mention Ravelry. “What’s that?” they ask. I take them over to the computer, bring up Ravelry and do a quick search for “baby hats” What the what?? There are 15,950 patterns for baby hats?! Why yes there is. It’s a little like Pinterest, two hours later you wonder how that happened! Didn’t I just log on 7 minutes ago?! If you happen upon a pattern that costs money (many, many are free – I always try that first!), we can sell that pattern to you in the store. It costs the same to you, but we realize a little profit when we sell patterns. Ravelry is very supportive of LYS and we appreciate that very much!

A second reason for using Ravelry relates to your stash. Sometimes, I go to my stash to reacquaint myself with all the fun things I’ve purchased along the way. I think, “I really ought to knit something up with this gorgeous skein of lusciousness!” I head to Ravelry, type in the yarn name, and click on “Projects.” All sorts of inspiration for that skein of yarn pop up as suggestions. I also keep a list of my stash online – when I’m visiting other LYSs in other states, it helps to know what’s in my current stash.

It’s also a place to track your projects, which for a person such as myself, is very “neat and tidy.” It’s like lining up all your projects (even those you’ve given as gifts and don’t have on hand) and oohing and aahing all over them again. I put notes in as reminders – if I changed the number of cast on stitches, if I shortened the sleeve length, if I liked it or it was only “meh.”  It’s also how folks such as yourself find inspiration – the more you put on, the more you get out. Call it “crowd sourcing” if you will. I like to see other knitters’ notes for a particular project – it might save me a bunch of time in the end.

You can also go there for help. The Forums and Groups are fun places to go even further down the rabbit hole. For example, I’ve gone to a specific group looking for advice on a particular knit along – it was extremely helpful and supportive. I’ve also joined several Groups that I’m fond of (like a LYS near my son’s house in D.C.) If you’d like, feel free to send a friend request to our shop’s page under the People search tab (sewsteamboat). You can also join our Group (yarn it!) As knit alongs and community projects come up, we’ll activate a discussion here.

Enjoy and I’ll see you on Ravelry soon!



What's On Our Needles: Nancy Paul


Plymouth Merino Textura 

Sew Steamboat- Plymouth Merino Textura

One of the new yarns that we are carrying this season is Plymouth Merino Textura. We always have Plymouth Yarns in the shop but this yarn is special. Plymouth Merino Textura  is a beautiful “thick and thin” worsted weight yarn. The content of this yarn is 68% super wash fine merino and 38% merino wool and is made of two piles of different thicknesses of wool that creates a slightly tonal variation. 

I am knitting a very simple hat pattern and because of the slubby nature of the yarn,  a very interesting textured fabric is created. This yarn is soft and  delicious and would be great for most any project. 


Classes: 10% off materials with class sign up!     

January Classes

Intro to Knitting

When: Tuesday, January 3rd; 4-6pm


Sunday, January 15th; 1-3pm 

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 

Learn to Knit Squarshy Hat

When: Saturday, January 7th and 21st; 2pm-4pm


Learn to knit in the round and also make a pom pom for the top with Cindy!

Instructor: Cindy Clark

Cost: $50 + Materials

Materials: 1 skein Malabrigo Mecha (or one that provides the same gauge); 16" US 8 for the brim; 16" 10 (or 10.5 or 11 - pattern is flexible) for the hat; 10/11 dpns for decreasing; stitch marker; and yarn needle to weave in ends; pattern provided in class.

Beginning Crochet

Sew Steamboat - Learn to Crochet

When: Saturday, January 28th; 10:30am-1:30pm

DescriptionLearn to crochet a beautiful scarf with Avery. 

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $40 + Materials

Materials: 200 yards worsted weight yarn; Crochet I Hook

Private Classes

Cost: $25 per hour + Materials


  Sewing & Felting Classes

Kids' Sewing Camp - Beginners

(This class is FULL!)

When: Tuesday, January 3rd; 10am-12:30pm

Description: Now that you've used a sewing machine, let's get more practice making a pillowcase. For beginners who are 8 years and up. 

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25

Materials: 3/4 yard and 1/4 yard coordinating fabric and matching thread. 

Kids' Sewing Camp - Experienced

When: Thursday, January 5th; 10am-12:30pm

Description: Let's make zippered pouches and dress them up with a ruffle and strap! For experienced sewists, who are 10 years old and up.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials

Materials: Please inquire within.  

Adult Beginning Sewing I

When: Tuesday, January 10th; 5pm-7:30pm

Description: For the "never ever" on the sewing machine. Learn how the sewing machine works and practice sewing straight seams and hems. We'll make an easy 16" pillow cover to show off your new skills.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials

Materials: 1/2 yard fabric for pillow cover and matching thread. Please get these before class or bring your own. 

Adult Beginning Sewing II

When: Tuesday, January 24th; 5pm-7:30pm

Description: Now that you know how to use the sewing machine but need more practice, we'll make a reversible bag with some curved seams.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials

Materials: 3/4 yard of two compatible or contrasting cotton fabrics with thread to match and 1 1/2 yards lightweight interfacing. 

Tips from instructor: Please purchase fabric and ask for pattern and instructions to cut out bag before class. Open sewing on Wednesdays is a good time to do this or Fridays when Lynn is in the shop.

3-D Needle Felting for Adults

When: Saturday, January 21st; 10:30am-12:30pm

Description: Learn step-by-step how to create basic shapes with wool and sculpt a cute little creature.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials

Materials: Basic needle felting kit.


3-D Needle Felting for Kids

When: Saturday, January 21st; 10:30am-12:30pm

Description: Learn step-by-step how to create basic shapes with wool and sculpt a cute little creature.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 + Materials

Materials: Basic needle felting kit or needles and you can borrow foam from instructor. 

Registration Instructions: Minimum age for class is 10 or must have previous experience and permission from instructor. 




Upcoming Events:                                                

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!   


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 Plymouth Merino Textura.
offer expires January 31, 2017
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