Is Fall Here or What?

Overdye Saturday was moved to the second Saturday!! Let’s do this on September 10!

We love it so much we don’t want to supplant it with other stuff like holidays and even our lovely Harbor Days event! This coming Saturday we will get the dye pots bubbling. Bring us your tired, your unloved skeins and we will make them new again. Please plan to arrive between 11 and 3 – First come will be first served. We have to cut off the list at 3 so we can be sure to get it all done before closing. We have our new utility sink! We’re ecstatic that Overdye Day will be so much easier having the new deep double sink plumbed next to our dye pots.

Drawing for thank you prizes for fleece helpers!

We had a number of generous volunteers drop in to help us clean the Finn fleeces. It was a lot of fun getting to know you better, a side benefit of working together around a table of beautiful fleece. We are drawing for prizes this weekend to thank everyone for their help in August. We still have too much fleece, so we’ll be doing a new drawing for anyone dropping in to the Studio to help in September.

Click for Babies hat kits still available at the Studio.

We still have a few hat kits to give away to support the Click for Babies charitable project. If you didn’t get one come by the studio and get your kit. Bring it back to us and we’ll get it back to Familly Education and Support Services (FESS) to donate to area hospitals. Our booth with the Zonta Club of Olympia and FESS was a big success. Volunteers from both or organizations, all passionate supporters for local families, came out to help staff the booth. Many more supporters stopped by to chat and pick up a hat kit.

Isle of Skye is coming…

Many loyal customers have stopped by the studio looking for lovely Isle of Skye (kid mohair/silk), as well as other yarns that have been out of stock for awhile. We are working as fast as we can to resupply. We delivered a supply of this yarn and Hebrides (merino/tussah silk) to the fabulous Acorn Street Shop in Seattle recently. Our next delivery is to local Black Sheep Yarn Boutique on the west side of Olympia in a couple of weeks – we’ll let you know when they arrive at this wonderful yarn store. Once we have wholesale orders filled we will have some available at the Jorstad Creek Studio. Thank you for your patience, as the supplier for this gorgeous yarn is all the way in the UK and takes planning! We are also working on dyeing new supplies of single-ply sock “Orcas”, Tweed Sock, and Catalina for the studio in new and popular colors.

Fall colors under development.

Currently in development are a selection of Fall Pantone colors that intrigue us. We’re adding a couple of cool blue tones to our loved Lady Grantham and Serenity. Contrasting colors that intrigue us include Dusty Cedar and Taupe. Some of you have seen the astounding Tibetan Red we developed, a bright lipstick red with undertones of sun yellow. We have also perfected our recipe for Saffron Spice, a great Fall color with pops of gold, yellow, and brown like taking the Autumn colors off a Maple tree that is turning. In the realm of hand painted colorways, we are still in love with Sibelius Park, a combination of fucia, persimmon, and grey that are unexpectedly nuanced for such a bright combination. We’ve added solids of Red Velvet in fingering-weight “Fidalgo,”, along with an intense Violet that took us many, many test batches to figure out.

If you would like to see the Pantone take on fashion colors check it out at Pantone. They have a collection of images like the one below that show the Fall colors in application.

Free Newborn Hat Pattern for Click-For-Babies Project

CLICKimageOlympia Harbor Days rolls around at the end of summer each year here in Thurston County. We work and plan for it all year by taking donations from our Overdye Saturday customers towards the purchase of yarn and bags to make our free kits. Then we share booth space with the local Zonta Club and Family Education and Support Services (FESS) to give away the hat kits to raise awareness for the prevention of shaken baby syndrome.

Completed hats from knitters are turned in to FESS and in turn they are given to local hospitals and clinics with an educational video for new parents.

This project, and the educational resources, are very effective at preventing shaken baby syndrome.  We at Jorstad Creek are proud of our third year supporting this charitable project that supports families in our community.

This year we’re giving away lovely washable wool/acrylic blend yarn in a DK weight, along with some of our Tweed DK in purple shades.  Here’s our free pattern that will work with the yarn for a newborn sized hat. This is a modification from one of the free hat patterns offered through the PURPLE program on line – it works well with the yarn kits.

Visit http://www.CLICKforBabies.org crochet patterns!

Materials: DK wieght sfot yarn in 57 to 62 yards; one US#5 and US#7 double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker (optional).

Abbreviations:

K = knit

p = purl

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together

sts = stitches

MC = main color

Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rounds over 4′ (10 cm)

Head circumference: 14.5 inches (37 cm) for average newborn size

Please note the hat’s cast-on edge needs to be stretchy. With two smaller needles held together, cast on 60 sts using yarn. Pull one needle out. Distribute sts evenly on 3 double-pointed needles (20 on each); mark beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist.

Using size 5 needles knit a 2 x 2 rib (knit 2, purl 2) rib for 1.5 inches.

Change to size 7 neeldes and knit the body of the hat in stockinette for 3 inches.

Crown shaping:

Round 1: (K8, K2tog) 6 times. (54 stitches)

Round 2: Knit

Round 3: (K7, K2tog) 6 times (48 sts)

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: (K6, K2tog) 6 times (42 sts)

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: (K5, k2tog) 6 times (36 sts)

Round 8: (K4, Ktog) 6 times (30 sts)

Round 9: (K3, K2tog) 6 times (24 sts)

Round 10: (K2, K2tog) 6 times (18 sts)

Round 11: (K1, K2tog) 6 times (12 sts)

Round 12: (K2tog) 6 times (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave ends.

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Overdye Saturday 7/9/2016

Overdye Saturday

Usually takes place every first Saturday of the month but this month it’s on Saturday the 9th 11am-6pm! We upcycle your ugly or boring yarn. Bring in your wool or wool blend yarn and we will over dye it for you into a yarn color you will love! We will walk you through how the dye processes works then you can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea while we let the overdyeing take effect. We are also accepting donations for the Purple Hat Project.

Shown in pictures: Actual customer’s results from Overdye Saturday event.

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Studio CLOSED July 1 & 2

We will re-open July 8th at 11am. Overdye Saturday rescheduled for July 9th 11am-6pm.

Overdye Saturday:

Usually takes place every first Saturday of the month. We upcycle your ugly or boring yarn. Bring in your wool or wool blend yarn and we will over dye it for you into a yarn color you will love! We are also accepting donations for the Purple Hat Project.DSC_0035Shown in picture: Actual results from customer’s overdye experience

Stitch N’ Pitch July 19, 2016

Tuesday, July 19 – 7:10 p.m.

White Sox vs. Mariners

The Seattle Mariners and Jorstad Creek Yarns welcomes you to the 12th Annual Stitch and Pitch Night at Safeco Field! Bring your knitting, stitching, quilting or other fiber arts projects to the game, get help from the experts, view the latest samples from area shops and meet other enthusiasts all while enjoying Mariners Baseball. Stitch N’ Pitch info.

We will be bringing Mariners colored yarns as well as our light weight summer yarns. Many of our yarn/pattern kits and new patterns by BK Collective will be available.

Purchase your discounted tickets at our shop during our open hours or online at Stitch N’ Pitch tickets.

Hope to see you there!

 

Yarn Travelers: subscription yarn club

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Yarn Travelers – A subscription yarn club for the adventurous knitter or crocheter. We partnered with Yorkshire Yarns, BK Collective, and Island Style Crochet to bring you an amazing journey in fiber and colors all wrapped up in a one or three-delivery subscription.

THE JOURNEY BEGINS IN JUNE…

  • Subscribe in person or on-line at Yorkshireyarns.com for the June delivery. 
  • Every other month receive a mystery project and a clue about the next project shipment! 
  • Projects include yarn and project materials like beads or ribbon that you will need for the project. 
  • Receive a code to download a crochet and/or knit pattern from the participating designers; choose the one you want to make. 
  • Projects will invoke a character, place, or time in history that will capture your imagination! 
  • Skill level for the intermediate needle crafter. 
  • Subscribe anytime, the deadline is the 10th of the month prior to delivery!

Cost: One delivery: $36 or Three deliveries: $96 ($12 Savings)

Click the link to purchase a subscription on yorkshireyarns.com:

http://www.yorkshireyarns.com/yarn-club/134-yarn-travels-yarn-club.html

Join the conversation on the Yorkshire Yarns Ravelry group:

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yorkshire-yarns-of-lakewood/3427678/1-25

June Delivery Clue

The Dowager Duchess felt an on-set of nerves. This was most unusual, as she was known to be a woman of substance, of gentility, and above all, presence of mind. Here she was, settled in the plush carriage of first class accommodations waiting for the train to depart the station towards London.

Around her shoulders and covering the bodice of her wool traveling dress was a shawl made of the finest wool her estate could offer, spun and knitted by the local women in the village. Her feet were warm in the January cold as they were safely enveloped in knit hose made by her personal maid. On her wrist, over finely sewed gloves, she carried her reticule stocked with a stout bottle of smelling salts. Not for fainting spells, though she thought she just might need them with these nerves.

“Margaret,” she said to herself, “it has been too long since you’ve traveled from home.” It would be her first London Season in years. She would attend the winter circuit of parties, feats, and balls indulged in by the nobility of the British Empire. She took a deep breath, clutching the bag of smelling salts for reassurance, knowing that swung just right the heavy bottle would leave a respectable bruise on anyone who dared to accost her during the journey. Her mouth twitched a little at the image.

If she was honest with herself she would admit she was also clutching the reticule because of a treasure it contained, a memento.  A small silver box contained a lock of hair from the man who nearly swept her away from the Duke that long-ago night at the ball. “He had thick, wavy hair, as black as a raven, but soft to the touch,” she reminisced. He would be there in London knowing she was widowed. He would see her across the room at a ball or musicale. Their eyes would meet and they would know in an instant. The passage of time would mean nothing. Her hands shook slightly and she sighed heavily, startling her maid who sat across from her. She willed herself to be calm but the thought would not leave her.

Store Location and Coming Events

Hello Everyone,

Come visit Jorstad Creek at our Dye Studio. We are showing off our beautiful hand dyed yarns and local fibers in our store. You can come see how the yarn is made and dyed as well. We would love to see you here!

Located At:

414 1/2 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA

Behind the Fish Tale BrewPub

Open: Friday & Saturdays 11am- 6pm

 

JULY/ August Events Dates & Times. Descriptions below

Overdye Saturday:July 9th  11am-6pm, August 6th at 6pm

Fiber Fun Tuesday: July 12th at 6pm, August 9th at 6pm

New Knitters Group: CANCELED for July, August 16th at 6pm

 

Overdye Saturday

Every first Saturday of the month we are upcycling your ugly or boring yarn. Bring in your wool or wool blend yarn and we will over dye it for you into a yarn you will love! We are also accepting donations for the Purple Hat Project.

 

Fiber Fun Tuesday

Every second Tuesday of the month at 6pm is our Fiber Fun Tuesday. Bring in your spindle, wheel, or projects. Have a blast with other spinners and knitters!

 

New Knitters Group CANCELED for the month of July

Every third Tuesday of the month at 6pm we have our New Knitters Group and Project Help. Learn to knit or get help with an existing project. Bring your needles, yarn, and patterns, for a fun time.

July Calander

 

Dye Studio Chronicles

 Hello from my new studio in Olympia, Washington! Located at:414 1/2 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA. Open house was great, so many friends and family came by and I was finally able to show them this crazy fiber-love thing I do. Not that it convinced them of my sanity, but at least now they have a visual.

 I’m also pleased to say that knitters are finding me in this little out of the way place in downtown Olympia, and seem to like the space. I am able to showcase the local wool and shine a spotlight on the beautiful yarns created from local fiber. The local movement is strong here in my community, and I am encouraged that Jorstad Creek will be able to continue to support the local farms we partner with as we keep growing the market for locally produced yarn.

With the imported hand-dyed yarn line I am both happy and chagrined to see sources of British Blue-faced Leicester yarns sell out as fast as they can be produced. I found some very special BFL yarns I’ve been dyeing for a number of years, and now others have also found them – poof! They are gone from the supplier. I am encouraged that British BFL is making a comeback, and hope to see the resurgence of this amazing breed of sheep continue and be sustainable.  Because of the success and limited supply I will have to move on to discover new and equally amazing yarns that knitters will appreciate. And I will cast around for locally grown BFL, as I recall there is a small grower in southwest Washington that sells wool from their flock!

It has been a slow summer for the yarn stores I partner with, even though we’ve collaborated on trunk shows and other events to keep up the excitement around handdyed yarns and summer projects. This is part of the cycle for this craft, compounded by extreme summer heat in the northwest. We put together small projects in kits and focused on color as well as yarn blends with silk.  Next year I hope to bring to the yarn collection organic cotton. I am careful to look for fibers that do not require toxic chemicals to make, and come from sustainable sources. Part of the fun is experimenting with prospective yarns and really looking at quality as well as source.

With the new expanded space for the dye studio I will begin working on Fall/Winter seasonal colors. I’ve already discovered an amazing seasonal blue that pairs with a gold-toned brown and “marsala,” the Pantone color of the year. And I now have the time and equipment to be able to produce hand-painted yarn again! I’ve been photographing inspirational color combinations in preparation for being able to do this technique. I am also planning to make a foray into painting roving for spinners. I hope to post next time more about colors, and include photos.

  I will be setting up a schedule for Fall for a monthly spin-in and a monthly knit-in. The interaction with my fellow fiber artists is what so often provides the inspiration and the energy to try new things. The feedback loop is an essential part of what I need to keep inspired, so I look forward to the cooler weather as a time for coming together again, old friends and new. If you are interested in attending one of these groups please send me your email address and I will add you to the notification list – you will get an email with the schedule and occasional updates. Until next time, keep knitting! Kerry