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July Newsletter 2015



Dear Customer:

The Heat is On!

Summer is in full swing!  Our gardens are in, folks are floating the Yampa, vacations are on and oh boy, is it hot out!  Thank goodness for Colorado's cool evenings!  

July is referred to as "Cowboy Christmas" which reminds us that it is never too early to start thinking about holiday-crafting.  Getting started now avoids that mid-December feeling of panic we all know too well.  If you are traveling, we are happy to help you find portable projects to work on (embroidery, knitted socks, knitted hats...) and if you are planning a "stay-cation" we can help you get going on a larger project.  Some wonderful snow-themed flannels just arrived-think quilts!  We also have fresh yarn that knits up quickly into a baby blanket or lap blanket.  

Kathleen has an interesting and thought provoking new blog post: History of Knitting: The Wars Go On and On and On

Have a blast on the 4th and stay cool!

-The Sew Steamboat Team

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


From Left: Lynn, Donna, Mariah, Nancy, La, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, and Cho


Staff Picks: Lynn Wunder


Sewing With Knits!

I recently ventured out of my comfort zone and made a simple, sleeveless top out of a new knit fabric as a sample for the shop. Now you have to understand that I hate sewing with knits. Don't get me wrong.  I love wearing knits, but I have always avoided sewing with knit fabrics because they require some expertise which I did not think I possessed. Well, it wasn't too bad!  The top is pretty cute and the fabric was fabulous with which to sew.

Here are a few tips when sewing with these easy wearing knits. First of all, choose a pattern which says "For Knits" or lists various knits under the fabric suggestions on the back. You can use a pattern for woven fabrics, but not all of them are appropriate and you may need to downsize to allow for the stretch and change some of the construction methods. Cut your fabric out according to the lay-out in the instructions but use pattern weights or ball point pins. As you start construction, you should always practice sewing on a scrap piece to determine which stretch stitch you want to use and play around with lowering the tension and adjusting the stitch length before you start your garment. Always use a stretch, jersey or ball point needle when sewing with knits. Lowering the pressure of your presser foot helps prevent stretching the knit or use a walking foot if you have one. I never sew knits with a straight stitch unless I'm using a twin needle which which I use on the hems. On this garment I used a very slight zig-zag stitch to sew all the seams and I finished the seam allowances with a knit stitch that gives a nice flat edge finish when trimmed. I used a narrow strip of the garment fabric folded in half to bind the neck and armholes and then stitched flat with a twin needle. If you have a serger, by all means, use it to finish or even sew your seams.

So, don't be afraid to sew with knits, just be willing to practice and experiment with your stitches. If you're interested in a Sewing With Knits class, stop by or give us a call at the shop and we'll put you on our list. Have fun sewing!



What's On Our Needles: Mariah Poole


Spud & Chloë

By Blue Sky Alpacas


Last Year I decided that my third knitting project EVER needed to be a sweater; not sure what I was thinking! I have a tendency to be a bit of an overachiever. I am, a year later, still pushing diligently knitting along little by little!

The pattern that I chose was Spud & Chloë No. 9532, Chill Chaser Cardigan, by designer Sylvia Häger. The yarn for this project was the Spud and Chloë, Sweater. This yarn is a worsted weight, super wash. It is a blend of 55% wool and 45% organic cotton, and I am in love with it! Spud and Chloë is a product of Blue Sky Alpacas. We have featured the Blue Sky Alpacas yarn previously and our love for the product has not changed. The Spud and Chloë yarns are just as amazing. For someone who cannot wear 100% wool, this yarn is a wonderful alternative. I am very fair and wool does not work well with my skin; this blend does not irritate me in the least.

Knitting with this yarn, as a novice knitter, has been a treat. As you can imagine, I have had to rip out my project a few times, and the yarn has maintained its integrity very well. It does not have a separating quality as some yarns do.  

If you are a novice or an advanced knitter I would recommend this yarn to you. It is an excellent choice for your next project! Come by the shop and see the beautiful colors we have and be inspired. 


Classes: 10% off materials with class sign up!

Learn to Crochet

Saturday, July 11th; 2 - 4 pm

Description: Learn to crochet by making this fun beret beanie!

Instructor:  Avery Cavender

Cost:  $25 + materials

Needle Felting

Needle Felted Leaf

Sunday, July 12th; 1 - 4 pm

Description: Learn flat and basic 3-D needle felting with Lynn in this class.

Instructor:  Lynn Wunder

Cost:  $40 + materials

Learn to Knit a Lace Scarf

Thursday, July 16th; 4 - 6 pm

Description: Knit a pretty scarf that can be worn to dress up a t-shirt or with a blouse. If you've wanted to dip your toes (or in this case, fingers!) in lace knitting, this project is for you! A basic knowledge of knitting is best for this class.

Instructor:  Cindy Clark

Cost:  $25 + materials




Sew A Date Night Dress

Thursday, July 2nd; 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Description: Sew the cute Date Night Dress and learn pattern fitting, layout, cutting, French seams, as well as rolled hems. For advanced beginners or intermediate sewists.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $50 + materials

 Sew A Summer Skirt

Thursday, July 30th; 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Description: Sew a simple summer skirt with a zipper. Learn pattern fitting, layout, cutting, and darts! French seams and centered zipper will be highlighted.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $50 + materials


Knit a Bundle Me Blankie

Saturday, July 25th; 3 - 5 pm

Description: Make an adorable blanket for any new baby in your life!

Instructor: La Bourgeois

Cost: $25 + materials




Upcoming Events:

Saturday Seminar!

Reading Charts and Patterns by La

Saturday, July 25th; 10 am - noon

Host: La Bourgeois

Cost: FREE!


Routt Count Fair!


The 2015 Routt County Fair is coming! Time to start up those projects for judging. The fair runs August 13th - 16th in Hayden, Colorado. Check out the Home Arts Competition Categories for Needlework, Quilts, Clothing, and more! Entries are due by August 13th, with judging on the 14th. Of special note is the You Be The Judge contest - chemo hats to be donated to Yampa Valley Medical Center. More details at Sew Steamboat.



Pincushion Contest!Sew Steamboat Pin Cushion Contest

Announcing our Summer Crafting Contest: Pincushions!  Use any medium-as long as you can stick a pin in it!  Sew it, knit it, crochet it, felt it, braid it...Stuck for ideas?

We've filled a board on Pinterest to inspire-look for Sew Steamboat and our Pincushion board.

The Pincushion Party will be Friday, August 14th, from 4-6 pm, during Sit and Stitch.

Drop entries by the store anytime from now until August 12th. Prizes announced on the evening of August 14th.



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