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!
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