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September Newsletter 2016


Dear Friends:


Only 114 days until Christmas! You can use the clock online at 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

Staff News:

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.




Home Decor Pillow

Sat. Sept. 17th 10 am - noon, and Oct. 1st 10 - 11 am

Prerequisite: Knowledge of knit and purl stitches.

Prep Required: Purchase the pattern, cast on and work 8 rib rows.

Want to learn how to cable? It's the next step in most knitter's learning journey. This pillow is a great and easy way to learn cables while making a pretty garter pillow.

Instructor: Cindy Clark

Cost: $40 plus materials


Beginning Crochet

Sat., Sept. 17th, 1 - 4 pm

Chain stitch, single crochet, back loop, etc...these are terms and techniques you'll learn while making this beautiful scarf!

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $40 plus materials

Intro to Knitting

Tues., Sept. 6th, 4 - 6 pm OR Sun., Sept. 18th, 1 - 3 pm

Learn the basics in this class: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Everything you need to get started on your knitting journey!

Instructor: Sew Steamboat Partners

Cost: $20 plus materials



Upcoming Events:

Labor Day Sale

It's our annual Labor Day sidewalk (and inside!) sale Sept. 2nd through the 5th during regular business hours (Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm.) Enjoy up to 75% off!!


Yarn Tasting

Come sample our newest yarns Saturday, Sept. 24th. This is your chance to "play" with yarns at Sew Steamboat before committing. Register to win a prize!

Field Trip

Join the partners when we tour Yampa Valley Fiberworks in Craig, Colorado. This "sheep to shawl" mill is owned by Lorrae and Lewis Moon who process natural fibers into beautiful finished products. Stay tuned to Facebook for details.



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Herriot Fine by Juniper Moon Farm*

*offer good through September 30th

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