Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Write Haiku to win HiKoo

Journey back in your mind to your school days.  Next, zero in on English class.  Do you remember learning how to write Haiku, the ancient Japanese poetry form?  If not, let me refresh your memory...

A Haiku poem has 17 syllables and 3 lines.  The first and third lines contain 5 syllables each, and the second line has 7 syllables.  Haiku poems generally do not rhyme.  Nature is often, but not always, the subject of Haiku.  Perhaps seeing an example will refresh your memory.  This is a Haiku written by Basho Matsuo in the 1600's: 

An old silent pond
a frog jumps into the pond,
Splash! Silence again.

You are probably wondering why a crafting blog is presenting a lesson on poetry.  There is a good reason!  Skacel yarn company, producer of HiKoo® yarns, is sponsoring a Haiku contest.  I'm writing about the contest because we at the Stitchin' Den want one of our customers to win the prize...$500 worth of HiKoo® yarn.  Imagine the exciting projects you could knit or crochet with $500 worth of yarn! All you need to do is write the winning Haiku, submit it by December 15th, 2017, and redeem your prize at the Stitchin' Den. 

Here is a modern example of a Haiku poem, written by Skacel yarn company:
                                       HiKoo® yarn is great.
                                   My needles are addicted. 
                                 Must feed them more yarn.

Some of our favorite HiKoo® yarns are Simplinatural, Kenzie, CoBaSi, Sueno, Rylie, and Luma.  Stop in, check out these yarns, write 17 syllables, and win!

For more information and an entry form, stop in at the shop or go to

Good Luck! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

You still have time...

to save 25% on our October Specials.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can save 25% on anything pink!  This special includes yarns, fabric, stitching threads, buttons, and notions.   Choose any pink item, and save 25% through October 31st.  Here is a sampling of  Stitchin' Den pink:  

Our other October special is Christmas ornaments and stockings...all for 25% off!  Christmas will be here before you know it, so it's time to start crafting that special something for your loved ones.  

For me, decorating the Christmas tree is a heart-warming time, an occasion to remember people associated with a special ornament.....Grandma crocheted those snowflake ornaments; Dad carved those wooden ornaments; Child #1 made that angel out of a toilet paper roll in Kindergarten.  Oh, I could go on and on!  (My children will vouch for that!)  But, you know what?  Those children have started telling their own "ornament stories."  That's the magic of Christmas decorating.  

So what will you add to your family's Christmas memories this year?  The Stitchin' Den is here to help you find just the right thing for 25% off this month!

My sister gifted my children with a new handmade ornament each year, so as they go  out on their own, they have the ornaments and the stories.  A new ornament is always a welcome hostess gift.  We have a selection of kits from Mill Hill and Val's Stuff for you to stitch up for some lucky recipient.  Here are just 2 examples of ornament kits:

Did a new baby join your family this past year?  Or did you gain a daughter-in-law?  If so, you need a new Christmas stocking.   We have many patterns and kits  to knit, crochet, cross stitch or needlepoint a stocking for a new member of your family.  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's all about the stitch!

Have you admired placemats, scarves or other items knit with the Linen Stitch?  The Linen Stitch is easy to master and quick to impress!  It creates a very pretty, dense texture that looks like woven fabric.
The Linen Stitch is always worked on an even number of stitches.  It consists of 2 rows:
               Row 1:  *K1, slip1 with yarn in front.  Repeat from *to last stitch, K1.
               Row 1:  *P1, slip 1 with yarn in back.  Repeat from *to last stitch, P1.
              Repeat these 2 rows for pattern.  When slipping stitches, always slip as if to purl.

Yes,  that's all there is to it!  Now you see how easily  this stitch could be mastered!   If you worry you might get bored with these two rows, add some fun to the stitch by adding color. You can use as many colors as you wish.  Have fun changing the look of a project by changing the color scheme.

If you choose to work in a single color, you will create a solid fabric with texture.  The wrong side looks like Seed Stitch, creating a reversible fabric, great for scarves.  Knit with two colors and alternate colors every two rows.  Two colors really enhance the woven effect. Choose three or more colors, and you will make a speckled fabric, an option that might be great for stashbusting.   Using colors allows you to see how colors work together...don't be shy about making your own combinations!   Linen Stitch allows you to use as few or as many colors as you wish.  Do you have some variegated yarn you would like to use?   It will look nice in Linen stitch.
Linen Stitch is lovely in fine yarns;  more graphic in bulky yarns.   Available patterns include home projects and projects for both men and women.  Following are some free Linen Stitch patterns available on Ravelry:

       The Mini Mania Scarf
                                                       by Sara Core requires Fingering Yarn.   



Linen Stitch Wristwarmers
     by Pepii require Sport Weight Yarn.

Next time you visit the shop, don't miss our "Linen Stitch Scarf" model by Fiberlicious. This beautiful scarf is knit in 5 colors of  "Colors by Kristin."  Choose one of these patterns and give the Linen Stitch a try.  You'll be glad you did.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall is in the air.  The temperatures are cooler, the dark of night comes earlier, and the kids are back in school.  From my own Kindergarten days through 30-plus years of teaching, Fall is 'back to school' time for me.   I'm guessing many of you have similar memories.  To me, Fall asks the question, "What will you learn that's new to you?"  If life asks you the same question, perhaps The Stitchin' Den can help you. 

Remember, you are never too old to learn something new.  In fact, research is showing that learning will help keep your brain young!  We don't teach French or calculus, but if you would like to  learn a new fiber art, we may be able to help. We offer classes in knitting, crocheting, needlework, and quilting. 

Current, on-going knitting classes include Building Blocks, Building in Color, and Building with Lace based on Michelle Hunter's books.   We welcome new students in these classes.  Please call the shop or visit the website for details. 

Beginning Crochet classes are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  Beginning Knitting classes are held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.  Each of these classes is $20.00 with 20% off all materials for the class purchased here.  Reservations must be made in advance.

A new Beginning Sock knitting class begins October 2 with Alison.  Classes will be held at the shop on Monday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 2, 16, & 30.  The three classes are $60.00, with 20% off of materials for the class.  Reserve your spot now.

We will announce other classes soon, but we do like to customize our classes to our students' needs and wants. Would you like to learn to knit cables, or a hat, or ????  Or would you rather crochet that vest you saw in a magazine?  Or maybe you're ready to learn how to needlepoint or quilt?  If you don't see what you want, ask. We are open to suggestions. We do offer private classes, but there is always a chance someone is interested in learning the same thing.  Maybe you have a group of friends that have a common desire to learn a stitchin' skill.  We will arrange a class that works for your group.  Let us know what you want!

Enjoy your fall by learning a new stitch or two at The Stitchin' Den!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hot August is here, and The Stitchin' Den is boiling!  Well, okay, the morning temperatures have been in the 50s this week in Estes Park.........but our shop is hot!   Knitters and crocheters are coming here for Hot August Knits--the annual southern Wyoming/northern Colorado Yarn Crawl.  

For us, Yarn Crawl this year features the Building With Lace book, the third in Michelle Hunter's "Building" series.  The pattern calls for HiKoo Rylie yarn, a scrumptious mix of baby alpaca, mulberry silk, and linen in truly beautiful colors.  Paula's class based on this book has started, but there is still room for you to join.  Start now and by this time next year, you will be a master lace knitter!  Call the shop for information on this class.  


The "Sisterhood of the Sweater" is another Hot August Knits special.  This sweater reflects the designer's awareness of how many times women see a pattern they like, but think they shouldn't make the garment because they don't look like the model.  Katie Rempe found 8 women ranging in age from 20 to 60 in different shapes, sizes, and heights  and asked them to choose their own colors and knit the same sweater in their respective sizes.  The result is a sweater that looks great on everyone!

The Stitchin' Den carries the three HiKoo yarns used in this sweater:  Kenzie, Simplinatural, and Sueno.  Come pick out your colors.  This would be a great sweater for the coming fall weather.  

When you are in the shop, be sure to see our large collection of Arequipa yarns, which include Worsted, Boucle, Fur, and Adventura.  All of these yarns, in combinations of wool and alpaca, are available in neutral shades of grey, ecru, and taupe. The yarns in this collection are a true delight to a crafter's sense of touch!  For our Yarn Crawl, we have MANY models to inspire your creative juices. Here are a few: 

The Fibre Co.'s Luma yarn is another Hot August Knits trunk show item.  Luma is a mixture of merino wool, organic cotton, linen, and silk.  This DK-weight yarn has been intentionally crafted with subtle texture and color variances.  The Fibre Co. has nicknamed this beautiful yarn "Threads of Sunlight", a unique name for a unique yarn.  Knit this into a  'Stone Point Poncho' or 'Bennett Creek Sweater', then stand back and enjoy the compliments while wearing it.


Last but not least, Hot August Knits at The Stitchin' Den includes 25% off any Christmas project you choose for crafting.  That includes fabric, cross stitch, needlepoint, and yarn!
Christmas is only four months away, so come in and start gathering ideas AND saving on your crafting!