Every 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLICKOlympia 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).
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.
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.
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.
We will re-open July 8th at 11am. Overdye Saturday rescheduled for July 9th 11am-6pm.
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.Shown in picture: Actual results from customer’s overdye experience
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 – 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…
Cost: One delivery: $36 or Three deliveries: $96 ($12 Savings)
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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.
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!
414 1/2 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA
Behind the Fish Tale BrewPub
Open: Friday & Saturdays 11am- 6pm
Every first Saturday of the month we are upcycling your stash. 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.
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
Hello from the hottest July in Washington State that I can recall in all my years living here! It is perhaps not the best month for knitting with the wool fibers I love, but I persist! Fall is coming, and I am preparing to show you all the projects I’ve been working on in Jorstad Creek yarns, including another foray into a fair-isle design. Before we get to Fall there is a world of wonderful silk blends and light, fingering weight projects and patterns to delight in, and that is what is going to be shown at Maker’s Mercantile on Saturday, July 18, 2015.
Maker’s Mercantile is a craft store in Renton that features both the full line of Skacel needles and yarns (courtesy of Karin Skacel, owner), and a collection of local yarns from growers and hand dyers. This is a friendly welcoming store with a gluten-free bakery at the back, an amazing wall of buttons, felting supplies, fabric, and ribbons, and a spacious knitting lounge. It is certainly a destination to put on your list if you are near the Seattle area. I can tell you from experience that the baked goods do not taste like gluten-free fare, they are amazing! And I appreciate the opportunity for local and artisan crafted products to have a showcase, too.
Maker’s is displaying some of the light, summer yarns in the Jorstad Creek repertoire, including St. Clement, a 50% Merino/50% Silk blend, Cornwall, a Blue-Faced Leicester/Silk blend with a touch of cashmere, Isle of Skye, a dreamy kid Mohair/Silk blend, and Iona, a Merino/Silk blend. We’ve come up with some one skein projects that will entice you to take up your needles even in this hot weather, and the luxury fibers in fingering or lace weights help keep your work from making you too warm! For those persistent types like me that don’t mind a larger project even when the heat is unbearable, there are a couple of more ambitious projects too.
I’ll be appearing on trunk show day at Maker’s with at least one of the designers from BK Collective patterns to show off the samples, talk about new ideas in the pipeline, and get your feedback about color for Fall. I will be working on color development as the summer wanes, so I am looking forward to chatting with knitters for opinions about the Pantone colors, and what you like to see in Fall collections. This kind of collaboration is invaluable to me, it keeps me from getting trapped in my own little color bubble.
I’ll also be talking about alpaca/silk and alpaca/merino/silk blend made with local alpaca from a northwest mill, a new experiment for me in seeking to source more of the yarns and more of the manufacturing, close to home. I learned so much in this endeavor, and I am humbled by once again realizing there is much I do not know about the world of fiber. That is what continues to fascinate!
I will also talk about the new Jorstad Creek Dye Studio opening July 24 and 25 at 414 1/2 Legion Way in Olympia, Washington. The dye studio is a dream of mine to take the process out of my home and into a larger location where people can come for a tour, hang out in the knitting lounge and chat with me, try the yarns at a yarn-tasting table, or purchase a sample pack of yarns to try at home. I hope this new space will be as friendly and inviting as the many local stores that I love to frequent, my local Canvas Works also in Olympia, Yorkshire Yarns in Tacoma (adore my friends there!), and Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, a home away from home. The new dye studio is not meant to replace any of these stores, as the focus is on the dye process, interacting with other knitter’s about color and fiber, exchanging ideas (I hope to host a spinning group there!), and showcasing the locally made yarns that come from northwest fiber.
Summer can be hard for yarn stores to keep going, so I hope you will take time to visit, encourage these entrepreneurs, and pick up your knitting supplies. Yorkshire, Maker’s, and Bazaar Girls all have a quantity of select Jorstad Creek yarns in stock. Bazaar Girls have a supply of locally grown yarn made from Finn sheep, the 100% Finn (Finnlanka) and the Finn/Alpaca blend (Finnpaca), in natural colors, in addition to the hand-dyed artisan yarns.
When I post again I hope to share with you a discovery in American made needles, and talk more about the dye studio endeavor as well as share some photos of the new space. Check back soon! Kerry
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)
Interweaving life with fiber arts! (Photograph by Carly Moskat.)