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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