The new spacious setup in the retail store is working out well, providing plenty of space for social distancing while browsing or talking to our staff. We are adding to our inventory, with new cotton blend yarns in a variety of gauges as well as plumping up the supply of our hand dyed yarns.
It was difficult to be closed and while we all felt a little isolated from our knitting community at the store we found new ways to be together with Zoom knitting and spinning groups. In many ways the new tools for communicating have expanded our engagement with the crafters around us near and far. What a welcome gift to come from tragic circumstances.
Now that we are back open it is almost a giddy feeling to talk in person to you!
We are open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5:30 for the time being. I hope you are able to stop in. If you come during the week chances are good you will have the store to yourself for your visit. There’s plenty of room to social distance, and we are asking everyone to wear a mask to protect our loyal staff.
Also don’t forget we keep adding new items to our new shopping site, so drop in from time to time to see what’s being featured. Just click on the Shop button on the top of the website menu to visit.
Thank you to everyone for continuing to support us through the crisis and for keeping us in mind for your crafting needs. We really appreciate you! You’ve made it possible to hang in there.
Remember that the Slow Crawl is now underway, and we have a smashing new pattern available for crawlers, made in our hand dyed yarns. See it on the Slow Crawl Ravelry page, it is called The Plum Street Blouse! Thanks again and stay well.
Do not despair! We ship if you know what you need, transactions can be handled by PayPal or Square. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, use the word ORDER in the subject line!
March 25, 2020 Video Blog Notes
Stash Buster Ideas – Stripes!
Topics covered in the video blog:
Recommended Tutorials for Techniques
Weaving In Ends As You Go with Lucy Neatby at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33907xc3XwE
Jogless Stripe demonstrated on Knit Purl Hunter at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PjA0IR0MOU
Recommended Patterns Knit by Kerry
Breathing Space sweater by Veera Välimäki – in Fingering Weight Yarns – short rows to accomplish the diagonal. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/breathing-space
Lineage sweater by Gabrielle Knits (Gabrielle Vezina) – in 6 colors of Jorstad Chelan DK – weave in ends as you go, and off-set the overlaps in color. You can use more than 6 colors for this project! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lineage-sweater
Top Down Knit Pullover – Yarnspirations – free – Uses self-striping yarn but I used 5 different colors in stripes – top down means you can use multiple colors to knit the length until you run out of yarn. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/top-down-knit-pullover-2
Aasgard Pass Hat by Jann Hoppler of the BK Collective in Camano DK – one hand painted, one solid color – modular construction means you can use up bits of yarn in the design. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aasgard-pass-hat
Crazy Quilt Mitts by Kerry Graber – 5 or 6 colors of worsted weight in small bits of yarn. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crazy-quilt-mitts-2
Striped Patterns We’ve Knit in Jorstad Yarns
Texture Shawl by Helen Kennedy in Spirit Lake DK. Slip stitches on the diagonal make the fabric look woven! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/texture-4
Power and Parallels Shawl by Destiny Itano in Ursa Minor and San Juan fingering weights. Fabulous garter in alternating yarns in broad sections and contrasting zig zag traveling stitches. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/power-and-parallels
Capriccio Shawl by Nancy Mills – a BK Collective Pattern. Shawl is in fingering, multiple colors and lots of possibilities including our Jorstad kit in Iona and Antigua gradient minis. Stash idea, use Zauerball or Mini Mochi from your stash as the base color, and pick a contrasting solid for the stripes. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/capriccio-shawl-2
Capriccio Hat/Mitts also by Nancy Mills in DK weight in two contrasting colors. Uses wrapped short rows. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/capriccio-hat–mitts
Patterns Kerry Researched as Ideas – can’t wait to knit!
Prism socks by Jaya Srikrishnan – free – fingering – one hand painted color, one solid in squares of color.
Baktus scarf (shawlette) by Strikkelise – free – one hand painted or gradient, and a contrasting solid. The main picture doesn’t do it justice, look at the project pictures for ideas. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baktus-scarf
Baktus Scarf is shown at left.
Wide scarf or “Stole” uses 9 colors of fingering weight yarn – great stash buster, super easy, and stunning. The picture on the pattern does not do it justice, look at pictures of finished projects to get ideas about the possibilities! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stole-7
Johannes by Suvi Simola – Men’s amazing striped garter sweater with interesting graphic vertical and horizontal lines in two colors of Aran weight. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/johannes-4
Designers With Amazing Striped Designs
Isabell Kraemer – Ravello pullover in fingering, left. The stripes are at the top of the sweater, the body in a solid color. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ravello
Atelier Alfa – Stripes Gone Crazy – sweater and cardigan with a diagonal striped swath in the back. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripes-gone-crazy
Melanie Berg – Drachenfels shawl. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drachenfels.
True Colors. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/true-colors
The Joker and the Thief. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-joker-and-the-thief
Martina Behm – Hitchhiker, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker.
Also Easy is a very cool use of Zauerball yarn. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-2
General Hogbuffer – Vertizonal socks – amazing use of stripes every which way. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vertizontal
Brick and Mortar Cowl by Kim McFall – free – in worsted weight 1 multicolor, 1 contrasting color. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brick-and-mortar-cowl
Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush or anything by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Ultimate Sweater Book by Amy Herzog
Color by Victoria Finlay
Everyone Stay Home and Stay Healthy, we will see you on the other side of this!
We love our craft! Drop in for expert instruction that gets the new knitter on a solid confident foundation.
Teaching a structured curriculum you will start beginner projects such as handwarmers or a scarf. Work with our recommended needles suitable for beginners, and start out with our amazing hand-dyed superwash wool. Go as fast or slow as you like, we’ll give you personalized instruction at your pace!
The art of crochet is nearly as old as knitting and just as versatile. Use crochet techniques alone or paired with other fiber art skills like knitting and weaving to create original works of art!
We will cover basic crochet stitches like chains, single crochets, double crochets, and slip stitches. Discover how to make stitches in straight rows or in rounds to create both flat and 3-dimensional fabrics. Learn increasing and decreasing to get your fabric just the right size and shape, and deal with the fiber artists’ bane–hiding those pesky ends
Enrollment fee $35/student includes all the materials you need! Beginning knitting or crochet pamphlet from Churchmouse, needles or hook, Worsted Weight Yarn, and a beginner pattern.
Drop in tuition of $5 per session per student thereafter.
Choose the day of the week that is most convenient for you, or come as often as you wish to any session and learn at your own pace!
Children and Teens are welcome! 12 yrs and under must attend with enrolled parent.
JJ is an avid knitter who loves to teach knitting to beginners. His passion for the craft and ready laugh will keep his students both relaxed and motivated to learn!
Kerry is the founder of Jorstad Creek – and yes she loves yarn and knitting! Students attending her Holiday craft clinics inspired her to return to teaching.
Heather is an experienced crochet teacher and designer with her own Instagram following! She loves teaching and all things yarn. Her humor and affection for the craft shines through her gentle teaching approach.
Monday & Tuesday 11 to 6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 8
Saturday 11 to 5
801 7th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Find us at Plum Street and 7th.
This schedule of short classes are for the crafter to learn techniques for improved project success and increased confidence.
No initial enrollment fee – Sign up for one or more clinics and pay $5 per session. Call Jorstad Creek to reserve your spot or drop-in on the date of the clinic – you are welcome if there is room! Limit 8 students per clinic to ensure quality instruction. Hand-out or reference materials provided.
Note: Parent with child should contact Jorstad Creek before attending in order to make sure the clinic is age or skill-appropriate.
Basic competence in knit, purl required for all of these clinics unless otherwise noted. Check website for updates to homework or additional materials!
Bring basic supplies such as scrap yarn, needles, and stitch markers unless otherwise specified for the class.
Instructors are pattern designers, yarn dyers, and experienced teachers. All are regulars at Jorstad and live in the area. In our pursuit of a local focus we strive to bring you the best possible instruction in a beautiful, positive environment. We hope you will join us and be inspired on your journey to learn new skills!
March 14 – Provisional cast on with Nancy. Bring two colors of yarn and a crochet hook along with knitting needles.
March 28 – Sewing pieces together – Kitchener stitch and grafting with Susie. See website for homework and supplies.
April 4 – Three Needle Bind Off with Nancy. Homework: Swatch of 20-30 stitches cast on provisionally, 3-5” length on 16-24” circular needle or straight needles. Double-pointed or additional needle of same size required.
April 11 – Embellishments with Susie. See website for homework.
April 18 – Brioche stitch with Madison. See website for homework/materials.
May 9 – Magic Loop for small round knitting (like socks) with Celia. Bring 40” circular needle in appropriate size for scrap yarn, and two 24” circular needles.
May 16 – Crocheting Stuffies with Heather and Leanna. Basic competence with crochet techniques required.
May 23 – Exploring projects that use beautiful speckled yarns with Leanna and Heather.
May 30 – Short Rows. German, Wrap & Turn with Nancy. Homework: swatch worked in garter, about 20 stitches.
June 6 – Beautiful edgings with Susie.
June 13 – Blocking for beautiful project results with Jann.
June 20 – Fixing Dropped Stitches in Stockinette and Garter with Nancy. Homework: swatch on needle knit half in Stockinette and half in Garter stitch.Crochet hook in appropriate size.
Monday & Tuesday 11 to 6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 8
Saturday 11 to 5
801 7th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Find us at Plum Street and 7th!
Knitted flowers can be a simple way to embellish a bag, scarf, or wrapped gift. We provide yarn and instruction for a simple rosette. Bring size US 4 or 5 short straight needles.
These one hour demo classes have been a fun way to learn a technique or make a small Holiday gift. So far drop in students have made mini sweater ornaments, a knitted ball for the tree, and needle-felted gnomes.
This is the last of our Holiday craft series before Christmas. Hope to see you there!
Make a doll sweater, ornament, or garland for the Holidays
We show you how to knit a tiny sweater! This is a fun craft, just bring sock needles size 1, 1.5, 2, or 2.5 to make these tiny treasures from odds and ends of sock yarns. Once you get started you might not be able to stop because the possibilities are endless and the results are amazing. Pattern included with fee. It is best to have advanced beginner or intermediate knitting skills for this craft. The pattern is free to students.
Kerry Graber is your instructor. Kerry is the owner of Jorstad Creek and has been knitting most of her life.
Make a tree ornament for the Holidays
Knitted tree ornaments are great for gifts and a fun way to get in the Holiday spirit. We will look at a few Holiday gift books and patterns for ornaments, including many that are available free as downloads from Ravelry.
We will start a Christmas ball as made popular by Arne and Carlos, two famous knit designers, instructors, and lifestyle icons. Small color chart patterns that lend themselves to Christmas ball knitting will be shared, and we will chat about preparing for the season while we share good company. Free pattern with class. Bring sock needles in small sizes.
There might be some of that famous Jorstad hot apple cider warming in the crockery pot while we sit around the work table in the Studio!
Kerry Graber is your instructor
Make a needle felted tree ornament for the Holidays
Take some wool fuzz or fluff, a piece of foam, and felting needles. Sculpt a Holiday ornament! We will demonstrate the technique for making a simple folk ornament made from colored wool. Foam, wool, and felting needle available for use in the Studio. Then you try it out with our materials.
Kerry Graber is your instructor.
Several types of flowers are often used as embellishment on hats, bags, etc. We will demonstrate some methods on how to knit flowers for endless design possibilities. Or use them to decorate gift packaging as a special touch. We will share a few of the resources for knitted flower projects. Bring small gauge needles US#2 to #4, either 6” double pointed or short straight needles.
Kerry Graber is your instructor.
Dye classes are planned for Spring and Summer
In the meantime, join us at the Studio in the evenings from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesdays for Knit Social, Thursdays for Spin & Knit, and Fridays TGIF Knitting. Drop in and work on a project or get some help from the Jorstad crew, or just relax on a Friday, bring your own beverage.
Questions? Contact Kerry at email@example.com
The Jorstad team celebrated with family and friends as we opened at our new location in downtown Olympia this September. We said goodbye to our warehouse studio at the end of July and moved our production dye studio to a private location to process big orders of beautiful hand-dyed yarns. Then we focused on our new public location, setting up our retail space, processing, shipping, and micro studio in a former interior design space at the corner of Plum Street and 7th Avenue.
Our new space features a stunning wall for display of our hand dyed yarns, a comfortable knitter’s lounge and work table with tons of light, and a tiny efficiency space for working on colorway development and small batch dyeing.
We rolled out the red carpet on September 7th, welcoming in new and return patrons who gave us a big hug and lots of love for the new space. Generous parking, great visibility and signage, lots of windows, and a cozy interior makes this location a big improvement for us.
The new space expands on the original idea of “studio” not just as our dye studio, but also a creative space for people to be inspired, share ideas, and achieve their vision for beautiful knitwear. It is important to us that we continue our work in colorway design on quality yarn and fiber, adding and expanding as a space for the support of knitwear pattern designers and knitters in a broad studio concept. Expanding hours into evenings three days a week encourages people to gather here as a crafting community to work on skills and projects in a supportive environment.
Our selection of yarns includes lace weight to bulky, artisan made by the Jorstad dyers. We’ve expanded the selection of needles and notions, spindles, and fiber for spinning. As the BK Collective expands the collection of patterns for our yarns we will display beautiful samples that show you the possibilities with artisan-dyed yarns. We hope to expand the collection soon with crochet designs as well as our knitting patterns.
Our new expanded hours find us open every day but Sunday:
Monday Tuesday 11 to 6
Wednesday Thursday Friday 11 to 8 pm
Saturday 11 to 5
Wednesdays are a great evening to drop in if you are a new knitter, a new mom, or new to town! Starting at 5 until 8 pm drop in and join a growing knitting and crochet community. You will get help if you are stuck or just want some good company. It’s okay to brown bag your dinner.
Thursdays is a good time for spinners to gather at the studio. We focus on all things fiber. From 5 to 8. We can get you re-started if you have a drop spindle and forgot what to do with it or need a tune up. There’s room for wheel spinners and knitters, too.
Fridays is when we let our hair down. Time to relax, unwind from the busy week, and get a start on the weekend. Bring your own beverage, your latest project, and a friend. While it is always 5 o’clock somewhere, we start at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time and close the place down at 8 pm. We like the idea of sipping, crafting, and enjoying whatever project is simple, easy, and do-able while we are chatting and being social.
The BK Collective as a pattern company meets quarterly with Jorstad Creek at the studio to study color, design, and plan the pipeline of new patterns for the next season. Since all the designers are avid knitters or crocheters it is a fun time to talk about our craft and how it relates to outside influences like fashion. We are really excited about the first three new knitting patterns in Jorstad yarns, out and available on Ravelry.com right now. One of the patterns, “Drunken Geese Socks” made it to Ravelry’s Hot Right Now page! Find the entire BK Collective catalog at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/bk-collective/patterns.
Along with being a design studio and retail space there is room for small group classes and instruction. Our Fall schedule is in development right now. Our list of classes will be posted soon, along with additional news about spinning, knitting, crochet, and dye classes. People have asked us about our dye classes, and with the positive feedback from prior students and with home dyeing in mind we are planning to work on our lesson plans in order to roll out an expanded curricula for next Spring/Summer. So many wonderful things to come!
Our summer dye schedule is finally settled, and I am happy to announce we’ve added multiple dates to accommodate the popularity of two of our classes.
The following dates are available for sign-up, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the words “Dye Class” in your subject line. We will get you on the list to reserve your spot.
Instructor Hilary Grant
Hilary Grant teaches her Botanical Contact Print class. Use natural plants and materials to achieve amazing prints on silk. (See photo below.) Students come back to this class again and again because of all the variation. It’s different every time! Cost $210 includes materials. Limited space, reserve your spot soon!
Instructors Kerry Graber and Madison Wallace
Choose your date and learn the art of hand painting skeins of wool or silk yarn with non-toxic low-acid dyes. We set you up with three skeins of undyed yarn and show you different techniques of applying dyes to the yarn. Bring extra undyed skeins if you like! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring rubber gloves (the dish washing kind). Limited to eight students per class to make the most of the experience. Cost $95 per student includes 3 skeins of undyed wool blend yarn.
Instructors Kerry Graber and Pam Ring
This class provides you with 3 pre-knitted yarn blanks to paint self-striping yarn with low acid dyes. Additional blanks available for purchase.
Cost $95 per student includes 3 blanks of undyed wool blend yarn.
Instructors Kerry Graber and Pam Ring
Learn the art of hand painting skeins of cotton or other plant fiber yarn with non-toxic fiber-reactive dyes. We set you up with three skeins of undyed yarn and lots of colors, show you different techniques of applying dyes to the yarn, and you get to play with color.
If you’ve wanted to try dyeing cotton blend, linen, bamboo, or other plant fiber yarn we show you how we do it. Cost $95 per student includes 3 skeins of undyed wool yarn.
Instructors Madison Wallace and Leanna Saplan
Dye silk hankies, then sit down with your spindle and learn how to spin these precious fiber jewels! Cost $95 per student includes three hankies.
Reminding you that the Studio is closed for the next few days – back on Tuesday evening,
5 to 8 pm for drop-in knitting!
When I started adding yarns to my dye-portfolio that were not made from scratch with local fiber I decided I wanted to look for something I couldn’t easily make myself, a yarn that would stand out in any crowd. Focusing on luxury blends with an eye for their source, I sought out yarns that made me want to drop everything else and knit. That is the standard we continue to apply to yarns we add to the line up. We’ve added some truly special yarns, but it is hard for anything we dye to stand up to the movie-star qualities of Isle of Skye.
Named for an island off the coast of Scotland (a visit in my twenties to this amazing place on the planet), it manages to take every color and behave as if it were being seen through a camera filter. Every angle is replete with the spectacular. The fibers display our colorways like a legend waiting for her closeup. Endlessly fascinating, 24 colors is not enough for this amazing yarn. From the sublime of soft Grey and Dusty Cedar to the eye-popping Lipstick, Indra, and Ultraviolet, this yarn takes color and reflects it back with sparks of silk in the depths of the soft kid mohair. Can you say that a yarn is sexy and mysterious like Joan Crawford or Marlene Dietrich? Well it just is.
We’ve paired this yarn with all sorts of companion fingering-weight yarns to make a DK combination that is light, lofty, and incredibly beautiful. Solid or hand-painted yarns gorgeous on their own are elevated to something transcendent when knit together with Isle of Skye. We’ve used this technique of holding two yarns together for all kinds of projects. Now we have two designs using this technique, developed by our sister-company BK Collective, a design cooperative. The Glacier Cowl and the Sunset Beach Shawl offer simple design in a two-skein project. The results are stunning and a pleasure to wear.
The possibilities are wide open when you think about all the DK weight designs you can make by pairing Isle of Skye with that special sock yarn you’ve fallen in love with. It is also a great way to experiment with color dominance – you can pick a matching color of Isle of Skye, or a contrasting color – you will get wildly different results.
Isle of Skye is classified as lace weight on its own. It is a two-ply, 70% Kid Mohair, 30% Mulberry Silk (the kind of silk that is smooth and shiny). Find it at our Studio or meet Isle of Skye in real-time at TNNA or the Madrona Arts Festival in Tacoma later in February.
We’re going to a trade show in Portland at the end of January, and as a consequence we will be closed January 31, February 1, 2, and 3. We are back to normal hours starting the week of February 4. Then we will be closed February 14 through 17 for the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival.
Both of these events take all of our attention, energy, and focus to achieve, so we hope you understand and can bear with us. We will miss our regular drop-in knitter friends and customers, and ask for your understanding and support.
Jan. 31 – Feb 3
Feb. 14 – Feb
We look forward to meeting new friends and having time with returning friends as we attend our two big events in Portland and Tacoma. To make it easier to get to know us we thought it would be fun to post about our crew, who we are and what we do. Jorstad is a labor of love, but for now our folks are all part-time and hoping 2019 will bring us the ability to make it our full-time occupations!
Here I am, Kerry Graber, originator of Jorstad Creek! I started my knitting journey at age 4, learned about wool, spinning, and dyeing in my twenties, and in 2010 founded Jorstad Creek, a local and hand-dyed yarn company. My first experiences sharing locally sourced and hand dyed yarn was at the Nordic Knitting Conference and the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. Knitters loved the yarns, and I am so grateful for the support! The positive feedback encouraged me to keep going. In 2016 I moved the dye studio into a warehouse in downtown Olympia and with the help of my husband Craig scaled up production. The rest of the crew came on board throughout the last three and a half years. I am so lucky to have these terrific ladies on my team!
Madison Wallace was already an accomplished spinner of yarn and dyer of roving when we met. She is a founding member of “Spinners Anonymous”, a group of spinners who sell handspun yarn. (Come and see, we always have some on hand!) Maddy is enthusiastic and creative – and a talented knitter. This is helpful to customers when they are looking for the perfect yarn for a project. You will find Maddy at the dye pot or work table turning out our artisan dyed yarns. Maddy also develops colorways, produces fabulous roving braids and spins samples so you can see the amazing yarns you can achieve with our roving. If you want to learn to use a drop spindle or wheel, Maddy teaches at the Studio too.
Pam describes herself as a worker bee. She takes care of customers when we are open to the public, dyes yarn and fiber, and helps us figure out methods for dyeing our plant-fiber yarns and roving. Pam is an innovator with an eye for new color combinations as well as clever ways to do things more efficiently. Her go-to knitting is cotton wash cloths but she also likes to knit colorful shawls. Pam is well-known in the Olympia community for volunteering at the door of local Traditions, a Fair Trade and music venue. We are fortunate she agreed after much persuasion to join us!
Dawn’s crafting talents are amazing! You will see her excellent sewing skills in her “Bag Lady Bags” seen in our Studio and around local yarn stores in the northwest. She is always innovating a new design and we get to benefit from her ideas. Dawn calls herself the Yarn Wrangler. She manages the freshly dyed and dried yarns with great care and finesse by tidying them into neatly tied and labeled skeins. Dawn provides that final touch to our skeins that really shows them off. She also winds cones of yarn into skeins for dyeing, and handles every deadline with dedication and humor. All of this and she is an amazing crocheter and spinner who spins her Mom’s Romney sheep’s wool!
Leanna Saplan is one of the newest members of our team. Leanna started as a customer and big fan of our yarn and fiber. A member of Spinners Anonymous with Maddy, she is a prolific knitter and spinner. She also makes the most amazing knitting project journals, handcrafted from beautiful papers and bound by hand. Her meticulous attention to detail, organizational skills, and enthusiasm for the craft of artisan dyeing is valued and appreciated by everyone on the team! Look for Leanna as a co-instructor with Maddy for our spinning classes.Together they help new spinners get a great start.
Heather Williams is currently a hard-working student at Central Washington University. Heather started working for me when I worked out of my house – she wrangled the yarn into beautiful skeins on the skein-winder in those days. Now when she is in town she wrestles with our stash of raw fleece, preparing it to go to the mill for scouring, carding, and spinning. Her upbeat attitude always lifts us up and makes this labor-intensive task much more fun. Heather likes to crochet, listen to alternative music, and is really a wonderful addition to our crew.
A scoping project to establish a fiber company in Mongolia based on the principles of Fair Trade
A yarn and fiber company.
(and crochets, and stitches, and is otherwise generally crafty)
Award-winning Scottish publishing and design
Interweaving life with fiber arts! (Photograph by Carly Moskat.)