Only 114 days until Christmas! You can use the clock online at www.xmasclock.com to stay on top of the countdown. Not to stress you out, but that's not a lot of time to get all those hand-crafted gifts finished for everyone on your list. No one wants to be finishing and blocking, or binding, or ironing that final applique in place on Christmas Eve! Let's make a promise to start the process today. There's a saying that Blair likes to quote: "Always Be Christmas-ing!" Doesn't matter what time of the year, it's always a good time to work on Christmas-themed projects and/or projects that you intend to give as gifts at the holidays. The Garter Cable Pillow highlighted below (and as a class) is a great gift to make for someone (or yourself!)
In the spirit of thinking ahead, we wanted to let you know about a couple of events that are coming up in October. To celebrate Socktober, we are going to participate in Knit Purl Hunter's October Sock KAL. It's a toe-up sock with cables and a special heel. It's a mystery KAL, so details are revealed as time goes on. Stay tuned for details.
We also are very excited to announce that guest speaker Jan Mathews will be hosting a Color Theory lecture, Q&A and quilt 'show and tell trunk show' at Sew Steamboat October 4th from 1 - 3 p.m. Jan is a Judy Niemeyer-certified instructor and quest lecturer. Her class not only applies to quilters, but to knitters and other fiber artists as well. Call 970-879-3222 today to register - spots will go fast!
The Sew Steamboat Team,
Nancy, Carol, Lynn, Donna, LA, Blair, Kathleen, Cindy and Cho
Routt County Fair Results
The 102nd Routt County Fair took place in August, and several of the partners submitted projects to be judged in the Home Arts categories. County Fairs are important aspects of every community, and it's a great experience for those participating as well as those judging.
Lynn won Grand Champion for her beautiful needle felting quilt hangings:
Cindy won Grand Champion for her pretty, lace wrap:
Carol won First, Second AND Reserve Champion for her quilts:
We even had a young participant buy fabric for her rabbit so that they would have matching outfits. Adorable!
What's On Our Needles: Cindy Clark
Home Decor Pillow
While flipping through the fall issue of Love of Knitting magazine, I came upon a photo and pattern (Garter Cable Pillows by Kristen TenDyke) for a knitted pillow that resembles a cable sweater. I instantly wanted to knit one! I also thought this would be a fun class to teach the basics of cables. And who doesn't want fun throw pillows?!
I bought the magazine and then immediately pondered which yarn will I use? I settled on Plymouth's DK Merino Superwash in Natural (#1001). The pattern calls for a cotton yarn, but I opted for a superwash wool instead. Let the substitutions begin!
After establishing gauge (without blocking), I went to work. It's a fun and easy pattern to follow. For the most part, you're following a 12 row repeat with only two of those rows with cable stitches. When I was done, I was ready to block. Turns out my pre-blocked piece measured 12" x 32.5" and after blocking it measured 15" x 42.5"! When I block, I do a quick soak with Eucalan, lay out on a towel, and pin in place. Because my piece grew a whopping 10", I just assumed I would have more of an overlap of my ribbing sections, and I was fine with that. However, once the piece was spread over the pillow form, the edges were sewn, and buttons put on, it really wasn't that "big."
I love the Plymouth DK Merino Superwash yarn - it's super soft, was great to work with, and we have many colors to choose from. The 16" pillow takes 4 skeins (130 yds each), 3 buttons and 1 pillow form. All of which we have at Sew Steamboat. Check out the class we will offer in September if you are new to cables, but know how to knit and purl.