The Stitchin' Den
January 2018

Celebrate the Winter Olympics

     I live in an area where the seasons change.  I know many of you live in areas where it is fairly warm all of the time, but I thought everyone could have our cold weather experience by joining the staff at The Den in this year's first Knit Along and a fun competition.  Sooooo, The Stitchin' Den is off to the races or, rather, off to the games. 
     We can't go to PyeongChang, but we can compete.  What is more fun for crafters than a little friendly competition?  The staff at The Den thought of this fun competition and it is outline below. So scroll down.
     We have two new Knit Alongs.  One is beginning in March and the next one is in April.  The great thing about doing a Knit Along with The Stitchin' Den is you get free in person support.  
     It is supposed to be a weather filled weekend in Estes Park.  Sunshine, warm temps, wind and a snow storm.  All in 48 hours.  What a perfect weekend for us to kick off our free weekend workshops.  This weekend is craft tasting.  Stop in and see what all the commotion is about.  
     I was at my Weight Waters meeting this morning and someone shared that the reason why members were so successful was because they came to meetings and knew they weren't alone in their journey.  Made me realize that that is true for so many things.  We aren't alone unless we chose to be.  Our learning new crafts, techniques and projects is much more fun when we do it togerrher. 
     Join us for our 2018 Spring KAL.  The KAL will be the Colormatic Cowl, (pictured on the cover of The Best of Knit Prul Hunter) which features mosaic patterns and Kenzie yarn by HiKoo.  Order your kit now from The Stitchin' Den and be ready for our KAL.  The fun begins March first. 
     Not sure what a Knit Along is?  It's a great way to try new projects, get reassurance and support for your project and stay on task.  Knit Alongs are often a virtual experience, but The Stitchin' Den will offer virtual support and guidance as well as options for physical help at the shop in Estes and at a location in Loveland.  Probably The 4th Street Coffee shop in Old Town Loveland. Oh.  The other great thing about KALs is that the support is free if you buy your supplies from us.  Wahoo !
     Wait!!  We aren't done.  Coming in April! The Transient Knit Along (Knit Purl Hunter).  The KAL will be a shawl knitted with a beautiful new yarn, Concentric.  Named after the concentric circles that this cake of yarn so closely resembles!  In Transient, each color change will bring a different stitch pattern in this easy to wear shawl. 
     You will find yourself racing to the next color change to find out what comes next!  The Stitchin' Den will provide support at the shop, Loveland and online links (Facebook and Ravelry),  so preorder  your favorite color and get ready for a colorful and fun project.  
     This is a Mystery Knit Along, so you will only get part of the pattern to begin.  The picture shown is the project without the stitch patterns.
Stitchin' Den Olympics
It is time for a little Olympic competition and fun.  Stitch while you watch and end up with a useful cozy hat, scarf or other hand-stitched item and possibly a Stitchin’ Den prize.  You pick the project—all you need to do is:
  • Use yarn purchased from the Stitchin’ Den
  • Start on or after the opening (no cheating and starting early) ceremonies on February 2nd
  • Use approximately 400 yards of yarn (fingering, worsted, or chunky)
  • Be the first, second or third entry.  Awards: 
  • Gold Medal -- $25 gift certificate
  • Silver Medal--$15 gift certificate
  • Bronze Medal --$10 gift certificate.
Winners will be selected from pictures sent to The Stitchin' Den.
Learn More About Our Olympic Competition
Organizing?  Don't Forget Your Sewing Machine.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine-
Courtesy Staff Member Brenda Gibbs
When I began sewing, I had little to no idea what it took to maintain my sewing machine. I thought that a needle stayed in your machine until it broke, then you replaced it with whatever you had on hand.

TIP: Make sure to clean your machine after every large project or about 8 hours of sewing.  Take your time and be meticulous.

If you have a needle that has sewn through multiple projects, a machine that has not been cleaned or oiled, or perhaps you haven’t had your machine in for a servicing in some time, then it’s time for some routine machine maintenance and cleaning.  Read on for the steps on how you can do it yourself.

What You Will Need...
It's Workshop Weekend At The Den
Craft Tasting
Try Knitting, Crocheting, Needlework or Punch Needle
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     This Saturday from 1PM - 3PM, you can test drive the craft of your choice.  This event is free and no purchases are necessary.  You can see, try or watch how a craft is done and accutualy actually play around with doing something you have always wanted to try. 
     Come for the entire two hours or just drop in when you can.  The tea kettle will be hot.
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