News from Jorstad Creek

Speckled yarns were big this past winter and knitters love them. Once you’ve nestled beautiful speckled skeins into your stash, what to do with them? They’re not exactly hand painted variagated, and they are not a gradient yarn by any means. The little pops of color create are stunning in the yarn but how to use them to greatest effect?

Linda Gordon came up with this amazing pattern she named aptly “Falling Stars.” We created three speckled colorways for this great hat; Hello Cupcake, Embers, and Into the Mystic. Paired with either a white, black, or violet solid, the speckles pop out as you knit your way up to the crown of the hat. The yarn is Vashon, our super soft worsted weight four-ply in Superwash Merino.

We are putting together kits with the three colorways.  They will be available soon at our new online store on Etsy as Jorstad Creek Yarns.

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You can shop for Jorstad Creek Yarns and Fiber online!

By popular demand we’ve opened an online Etsy store, Jorstad Creek Yarns, to post our beautiful hand dyed fiber for spinners and select kits for knitters. Keep checking our offerings, we will add more each month. We are putting together yarns and patterns from the BK Collective, Linda Gordon, and other designers to feature our hand dyed beauties and to help customers outside of our local area access our yarns on line. We also continue to work with our good friends at Row House Yarns, an on line yarn, pattern, and help portal, to create yarns and colorways for the beginning and intermediate knitter. Look for BK Collective/Row House designs to be rolled out paired with yarns and colors we created in partnership with their design team!

We’re going on the road, too!

First up, we are invited to attend the Seattle Knitter’s Guild onWednesday, June 7 to display a table and talk about Jorstad Creek. Next is a trunk show on Saturday June 10 at Northwest Handspun in Bellingham, Washington! We will be in the store with a pop-up shop for the day. Later in the month we’re driving down to Eugene Oregon for the Black Sheep Gathering on June 23 through the 25th.

The Nordic Knitting Conference will be back this Fall! I just heard from organizers that this great event will be held October 6-8! More details to come, along with news about KnitFit in November with a new venue at the Seattle Center. Here’s a summary of the schedule as it stands:

  • June 7 – 7 pm at the Seattle Knitter’s Guild (click here for more info)
  • June 10 – Northwest Handspun in Bellingham
  • June 23-25 –  Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene
  • September 1-3 – Olympia Harbor Days with Zonta
  • October 6-8 – Nordic Knitting Conference in Ballard
  • November 10-12  – KnitFit! at the Seattle Center

Meanwhile, at the studio…

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Classes at the studio were rolled out this spring. We offer both knitting, spinning, dyeing and crafting classes at our spacious and friendly studio in downtown Olympia, Washington. We are almost through our May/June schedule – check on our class page on this blog for upcoming dates and class descriptions.

We had our first dye class! We hand painted silk scarves with dye inks, exploring several techniques with Kathie Adams, local fiber and surface design artist.  This Saturday, along with our once-per-month Overdye Day we have a hand-painted skein class. We’re full this time, but we will be offering it again later in the summer so check back. Email me at jorstadcreek@comcast.net to reserve your space!

We’ve also extended our studio hours to Tuesday Nights.

We’re open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 on Tuesday’s for drop in knitting, spinning, and crafting. There is always a skilled knitter “in residence” to help with knitting challenges. And if you need a skein of something, we’re open for sales, too!

We love our little warehouse…

Knitter’s who come to the studio seem to like the atmosphere and feel the creative energy flow as we work on our dye projects, wool, and talk about everything under the sun in a safe accepting place. Sometimes our little warehouse doesn’t love us back. We’ve had floods from the many rain storms this spring, and now a burst pipe as we plumbed a new hot water heater so we can scour fleece. Not to worry, there was minimal damage  from this latest accident, and things are almost back to normal! Having a storefront has been a challenge, one we’ve been able to rise to with the help of many friends, family, volunteers, and just innocent bystanders! We are so grateful for the helping hand, the understanding sympathy, and the continued visitors and shoppers who are helping us keep “afloat” physcially and financially. You are so appreciated! As you go about your busy summer we hope you will think of us and stop in to say hello, start a project, or see what’s new.

Mongolian Adventures

Some of you know we’ve been stocking cashmere yarns and fiber directly from Mongolia for awhile. We are working on sending one of our own, Madison Wallace, to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in July to help Zola teach friends and family about drop spindling! We are fund raising to help with travel costs and to purchase equipment for this trip. If all goes well Madison will come back to us with amazing samples of intricate felting by Mongolian felt artists, as well as stories of adventures and new friends. This trip is to scope out further opportunities to partner on what we hope will be a new enterprise. We will be sure to share updates here on this blog, including a soon to be established “GoFundMe” campaign.

Until then hope to see you at the studio!

 

 

 

Madrona Fiber Arts Feb16-19 – Winter Classes at the Studio

deshutes-resizeEvery year we begin preparations for Madrona a little earlier hoping that when the day arrives to bring our lovelies to the Hotel Murano to set up our booth that our display will be the best ever. Every year customers come back and we renew our friendships and make new ones with fellow fiber enthusiasts. I enjoy this time, plotting how to amaze and inspire each year. Really we spend all year creating new colorways and patterns and then revealing them to this annual audience for four days of fiber bliss.

This year we’ve expanded our selection and colorways of fiber braids for spinners. Added to our collection of yarn are some amazing cashmere and yak blended with silk. We have new patterns from the  BK Collective! And at the urging of some of our fans, we had a special drawstring bag printed with our Jorstad Cat on the back, made in the USA of course. Oh we are going to have fun!

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Our talented photographer Christina Corrin shot our latest photos at the Capital Campus in Olympia
What we’re knitting these days are hats, mitts, socks, and the occasional large project like a sweater. Once the gift knitting was over at Christmas and the emergency pink hat production was done, we turned to projects that had been put on the back  burner and spent our evenings cuddled up with larger projects on our laps. That’s all part of the charm of winter isn’t it?

We hope you will come to the Madrona Fiber Arts market to drop in and say hello. You can find out more about the details of this event at the Madrona website.

Classes at the Dye Studio

At the studio we have put together a class schedule for expanding your knitting skills. Yes, we will have dye classes too! A separate class schedule for learning dye arts, spinning, and doll making at our studio is in the works.

Inca Trail Cowl-February 25 10am-12pm

Use multi-colored yarn to create a beautiful patterned cowl. Using yarn with long stretches of color opens up a whole new world of possibilities of knitting “fair isle” projects without the stress of putting multiple yarns together. Get stunning results! Class is instructed by Linda Gordon.

Cables & Twisted Stitches- March 11 10am-12pm

The mysteries of cables and twisted stitches will be revealed! Cables look difficult and impressive, but they aren’t complicated if you have someone showing the way. A choice of patterns is included in the class fee. BK Collective designer Jann Hoppler, is the instructor.

Understanding Charts March 25 10am-12pm

In lace or textured knitting, charts are now being used instead of row by row instructions in today’s patterns.

Jann will guide you through understanding and using charts, opening up a whole array of patterns you might otherwise avoid attempting in your knitting. A choice of patterns from the BK Collective is included.

Traveler’s Toe-Up Sock-  April 8 10am-12pm

Are you ready to try knitting socks from the toe-up? Learn a technique that lets you use leftover yarn with confidence and try on the sock as you go. You will learn to make a nearly seamless toe and a modified Dutch heel that makes a great fitting sock. Pattern included with class fee. Class is instructed by Kerry Graber.

Unicorn Adorable!   April 15 10am-12pm

Make this charming magical creature from Jorstad Creek yarn as we provide the materials and you download the pattern.  You will learn techniques you can use to make more stuffed creatures to delight. Leanna Saplan is the instructor.
 

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.