As we head into the holiday season, we start to think about all the things we need to do to prepare. There are parties to host as well as to attend. Let's get creative when considering hostess gifts. Yeah, sure, wine is always appreciated, but c'mon, let's be unique! You can crochet pretty hot pad holders or trivets. You can knit a wine bottle gift bag that's reusable. You can sew a set of Steamboat napkins (we have wonderful animal batiks in moose, elk and bear.) We even have small holiday-themed rug hooking kits that would be fun to give as a gift. Get creative!
Just a reminder, the Saturday following Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. We love our customers near and far, and we appreciate that you "shop small" every time you come into our store throughout the year. Thank you!
We wanted you to know about a couple of shop closure dates: Monday, November 7th for an all day partner planning retreat and Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving. Also, Sewciety will not meet on Wednesday November 16th or the 23rd.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
The Sew Steamboat Team,
Nancy, Carol, Lynn, Donna, LA, Blair, Kathleen, Cindy and Cho
Color Theory with Jan Mathews
Sew Steamboat was a busy place on October 4th when we hosted Jan Mathews, a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, who taught us some basic color theory as it applies to fabric choices for a quilt, yarn for a knitting project or even wool for rug hooking. Jan was in the area for a week for a yoga and horseback riding retreat and wanted to share her expertise with our local fiber artists.
We rounded up 19 quilters and knitters and spent several hours learning about the color wheel and looking at many beautiful paper pieced quilts that exemplified the differences certain color choices can make. Quilts from the exact same pattern looked totally different when colors from the same side of the color wheel were used instead of contrasting colors. We saw how one favorite printed fabric can be a great jumping off place from which to pick our colors, and that it's okay to mix batiks with quilting cottons!
We even had time to practice the "six degree" rule which shows how you can use two wonderful but seemingly incompatible fabrics in a quilt. You start with one of the fabrics you really want to use and find another that goes with it and also introduces a new color. Then choose a third that goes with the second and introduces yet another color and work your way across your quilt until you get to your other favorite fabric. Fun!
There is a lot to learn about color, and it was fun to have someone to get us thinking about our choices and hopefully inspiring us to think outside the box.
What's On Our Needles: Cindy Clark
Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok: Cromwell Pullover
Woolstok is Blue Sky Fibers newest addition to their fiber family. It's a worsted weight, 100% fine Highland wool. It comes in 21 rich colors and either 50g (123 yds) or 150g (370 yds) skeins. This yarn has been so well-received by fans, especially the 21-color Slouch Hat that uses, you guessed it, all 21 colors. There are several Blue Sky patterns, designed specifically for Woolstok - the Cromwell pullover being one. If you're familiar with the term "boyfriend" fit, then you'll know what I'm talking about. It's meant to be a comfy, cozy and casual sweater.
After much debate, I settled on a dark green (#1306 Wild Thyme) and went to work on the Cromwell Pullover. WOW can you say quick and easy?! The pattern is very simple to follow, and the wool is a pleasure to work with. The stitch definition is nice and clean. If you're like me, you tweak patterns for a better fit. I shortened the sleeves a bit and lengthened the body ever so slightly. With the scooping neckline, you'll most likely wear a shirt underneath (like the pattern picture shows), so the shorter length isn't a real issue. By all means, tweak patterns so that you are happy with your results.
I've worn my sweater a couple of times now, and it really does fit well and it fells great. I like it so much, I might even do another one in a different color. At $8.59 for 50g, it's a very economical choice in handmade knitted sweaters. I'm so impressed with this 100% worsted wool, that it might become my new "go to" yarn.