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May 2014 Newsletter

Happy Spring.  I'm celebrating the good with the bad as it seems like every other day is glorious and sunny and then -- not so much.  Now I need to find the perfect day for decorating the statues in front of the store with their spring attire. Anyone want to help?  If so, just let me know.  It's a lot of fun going through the samples we've collected to put together something fun.

New to the store this month is a selection from Northwest Yarns Diana Collection of Silky Merino.  A beautiful purple has been added to our collection and we've restocked the popular colors we were short of.  I have almost completed the shawl I started last fall with the marine blues.  I should have it hung for display by the first of the month! Yeah!                                
We're thinking ahead to the warm days of summer and have reorganized the back wall to feature all the wonderful cottons and baste fibers we have available.  From Cascade Yarn's Ultra Pima to Made in America's Florafil to a extensive color range of Cascade's Cotton Rich we have lots to choose from.  For those who like the exotic, we have Knit one Crochet Too's  Cozette (62% silk 30 % cotton 8% polyamide), Twisted Sisters Essential (60% help 40% Silk) and Cestari Wool's Island Collection (67% cotton 25% wool and 8% silk).  We'd love to help you find the perfect pattern to knit or crochet.
On May 15 Cabled Fiber Studio will be one of the four downtown businesses selling bags for the infamous Girls Night Out. This year's theme is Nifty Fifties and there are lots of activities planned by Port Angeles Downtown Merchants including a fabulous fashion show on Laurel Street.  Many businesses are staying open late that evening and there will unique beads to be collected as a keepsake from these participating businesses.  Come dressed in costume and Cabled may have something special for you!

Needle felting is really taking off. I've seem some amazing things made from the fiber's we carry.  Check out our facebook page for updated photos.  We are offering several Wednesday evening felting classes.  LauraLee Deluca will give a class on wet felted Nuno Scarves on May 14th and has some amazing samples from Abstract Fibers roving. By popular demand she will repead the introduction to needle felting n May 21 and in June will teach introduction to wet felting.  Check out class descriptions on our website.
Beth Witters
Education Coordinator,
Cabled Fiber Studio
106 N Laurel ST
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Caring for Superwash Wool


Carly's Helpful Yarn Tips! From Cascade Yarns.

How to block 220 Superwash®

220 Superwash® is designed to be used for no-fuss garments that are washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer.  The fibers of our 220 Superwash® have been descaled, which prevents them from gripping each other, especially when wet.  You may find that when you pull your piece out of the washer, it looks like it grew.  No worries, put it in the dryer and it will spring back into shape! 
Suppose your piece has texture elements like lace or ribbing that need to be opened up after washing and drying.  You can block 220 Superwash® to accomplish this.  There are three common ways that most people block knitwear:  steaming, soak and pin, and pin and spritz.  Because 220 Superwash® tends to grow when saturated with water and needs to be put in the dryer to resume its original size, we do not recommend soaking your piece for blocking.  Instead, pin your piece into shape on a blocking board and either spritz until damp or steam with an iron.  Graze the steaming iron over your piece to allow it to inundate with steam.  Never press the iron down into the pieces. 

Spritzing is the safest way to go because you cannot burn your garment.  Steaming is faster, however, we recommend you practice your technique on an old sweater or swatch to perfect your technique before steaming your new piece.
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