Fifteen years ago, in June, My Sister Knits opened its doors and became not only a local yarn shop but a sought after destination yarn shop! We are going to celebrate!
As I mentioned in the last blog post about local yarn shops, one of the perks of being a small yarn shop owner is being able to stock yarn that is made in small batches.
National Local Yarn Shop Day is a day to support and celebrate brick and mortar yarn stores.
There’s nothing quite like a LYS! Each one has its own character and knitters search them out when traveling! Some have even become a destination in their own right.
Did you know there’s a Pantone Color Institute Color of the Year each year? It’s a prediction of what color we’ll see everywhere. For 2019, it’s Living Coral. As you are out and about, start looking for anything and everything to have some coral.The Pantone Color Institute also creates a semi-annual Fashion Color Trend Report. Each year this highlights the top colors that fashion designers at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week will be featuring.
Shibui Knits, the epitome of elegant yarn, will be featured in My Sister Knits’ booth at Interweave Yarn Fest this weekend, March 28th - 30th!
Sandy Barnes of Shibui Knits will be at our booth along with the entire Spring 19 collection which you are welcome to try on! She will be happy to discuss all things Shibui and help you choose the best yarn for your intended project.
We are nearing the end of March and that means that Interweave Yarn Festis almost here!For the past several years we have been lucky enough to have this major yarn festival right here in northern Colorado! Yarn Fest takes place the last weekend of March at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado. This year the dates are Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st.
Spincycle Yarns' Dream State is a hot commodity in the knitting world right now!Thanks to all of the recent patterns featuring Dream State, this unique and colorful yarn is flying off the shelves!
My Sister Knits has the good luck to be one of only five yarn shops to carry Ritual Dyes yarn! This is a brand new line of yarn from Rachel Bratcher of Portland, Oregon.Rachel has developed two yarn lines that are quite diverse. One is completely from the United States and dyed with natural plant dyes, producing gorgeous soft colorways. The other is sourced outside of the United States but is dyed in-house, producing deeply saturated and ever-so-subtly speckled colorways.
My Sister Knits carries all sorts of special bags but Julie may have just found the most unique of all!
We have a sample in the shop that is truly elegant in its simplicity and sophistication! It's the Princeton Capelet designed by Sylvia Hager. Sylvia designed it specifically for Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere. This little gem is perfect for the warmer spring weather that will be here before we know it!
At times we want to make a project with machine washable wool. Socks, baby clothes, and items for children come to mind. But which machine washable wool do we choose and what exactly does machine washable mean?
Come one, come all to the Colorwork Trunk Show presented by Brooklyn Tweed! We will have this trunk show until the last week of February so put it on your calendar!
Cestari yarn is now available at My Sister Knits! We recently added two lines of Cestari Sheep and Wool Company yarns to our thoughtfully curated collection of yarns grown and processed in the United States.Francis Chester, founder of the small family run company, always wanted to be a farmer. He was finally able to realize his dream in 1968 when he bought a sheep farm. He didn't know it at the time but his family had been shepherds for centuries in Italy! His passion for growing the wool sheep population in the U.S. is apparent in the programs he initiated to help other sheep farmers and in the love he puts into his own flocks.In the 1980s Francis built the first wool processing mill in the US for generations. The American mills were closing and he didn't want to send his wool to China to be made into yarn. All of the Cestari yarn is grown in the U.S. and processed, spun, and dyed at their mill in Augusta Springs, Virginia.You may possibly find a few specks of hay or straw in your Cestari yarn and that's a good thing! It indicates that the natural bounce and texture of the wool was preserved during scouring!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Vermont Collection
This fingering weight yarn is 100% Merino wool which makes the softest and finest yarn possible and is available in solid colorways. Among other things, it would make a luxurious shawl with incredible drape!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Traditional Collection
Columbia and Targhee sheep give us this yarn. Columbia sheep give us a wool that is still soft but hardier than Merino and can withstand rougher treatment. The addition of Targhee wool gives it loftiness, elasticity, and extra softness. This worsted weight Cestari yarn is available in tweedy, heathered, solid, and natural colorways. It is ideal for hats, mitts, and sweaters!We invite you into the shop to oohh and aahh over our new Cestari yarn! As always, we'll gladly help you with ideas for your next project!
Knitting inspiration sometimes eludes us. My Sister Knits is a superb place to come when you know what you want. It's just as wonderful a place when you haven't the faintest idea of what you want to make next!Our shop is filled with inspiration! The next time you just can't decide what it is that tickles your fancy, set aside an hour or two to come in and browse to your heart's delight.Start with our samples. Wander through both floors of the shop to see what catches your eye. We have accessories: hats, mittens, fingerless mitts, cowls, shawls, scarves and even a hot water bottle cover! We have garments: sweaters, socks, and ponchos. We even have two racks of samples upstairs which are sometimes overlooked!All of our samples are meant to be picked up, examined, and tried on. No need to ask, that's what they're for!We also invite you to pull out skeins of yarn that call to you. Fondle them, smell them, walk around the shop with them. You'll know if they bring you joy!You may find an item that you'd prefer in a different color or maybe a different yarn. You might wonder if you have the skills to create it. We're there to help, encourage, and support you. Please ask us!You'll find knitting inspiration in abundance at My Sister Knits!
A Reminder about By Hand Serial
We'd like to remind you that Andrea Hungerford, author and creative director of By Hand Serial will be at the shop on Saturday, January 26th. We are thrilled to be featured in the latest edition and celebrating the launch! We are also hosting the indie dyers featured in the magazine: Nicole Clark of Hue Loco, Rachel Lundstrom of Six and Seven Fibers, and Dani Frisbie of Sunshine Yarns. Their pop-up shops will be from 1 -3 on Saturday.Andrea is giving a lecture on all things yarn from 9 to noon and will be signing books from 1 - 3. If you'd like to attend the lecture and/or the afternoon activities, please register online or call the shop at 970.407.1461. More information can be found here.We hope to see you at this special event!
By Hand Serial is a lookbook that comes out three times a year featuring making communities in the U.S. and Canada. This publication is a feast for the eyes! The distinctive photography adds a beautiful photo journal quality to By Hand.Local yarn shops and interviews with local artisans and knitwear designers are prominent in each issue along with a representation of regional arts and crafts.My Sister Knits is thrilled to announce that we are featured in the latest issue of By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 8: Colorado's Front Range! To celebrate, we have invited Andrea Hungerford, By Hand's author and creative director, to join us for the official launch on Saturday, January 26th!Andrea will give a lecture in the morning from 9 until noon. From 1 until 3pm she will be signing books and chatting with our customers. Also from 1 until 3pm, the indie dyers featured in this issue of By Hand Serial will be at My Sister Knits with some of their yarn!Nicole Clark of Hue Loco, Rachel Lundstrom of Six and Seven Fibers, and Dani Frisbie of Sunshine Yarns will all be at the shop. Dani does not wholesale her yarns, so this is a rare opportunity to purchase her yarn at My Sister Knits!
When Andrea was at the shop a few months ago, she talked about making sweaters and how to choose yarn that would work well with a specific pattern. We loved hearing what she had to say and asked if she would like to share her knowledge when she came for the launch. She graciously agreed and we are eager to provide this great learning opportunity for you!Her lecture will include points to consider when choosing yarn for a sweater, including yarn construction and characteristics. This is heady knowledge for yarny geeks and anyone who wants to successfully substitute yarn! In addition, she'll talk about animal and plant fibers and the difference between woolen and worsted spun yarn.For more detailed information, visit our workshop page here. This lecture requires signing up by either visiting the link just provided or calling the shop at 970.407.1461.We hope to see you at My Sister Knits for the By Hand Serial launch on Saturday, January 26th!
Sock knitters unite! My Sister Knits is starting an extra-special Knit ALong (KAL) on Tuesday evening January 22nd from 6:00 until 7:30. We will meet at the same time the following three Tuesdays, ending on February 12th.Julie and Ann are hosting our Snowshoe Sock KAL. Everyone will be making this fun and engaging sock pattern from Emily Foden's book Knits About Winter.We are having so much fun knitting these socks in very different ways! Our results are on display in the shop so come and see! The possibilities are endless. These socks are knit with two strands of fingering weight yarn. These strands can be changed up in as many ways as your mind can imagine!
Here's what you need to know if you'd like to share in the fun!
It's important to realize that this Snowshoe Sock Knit ALong is for experienced sock knitters only. The idea of a KAL is for a group of knitters to get together, knit the same item, and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. This is not a time for teaching although we will certainly support each other!Since this Knits About Winter pattern is only available in the book at this time, purchase of the book is necessary. We have plenty of books available in the shop! This beautiful book tells Emily's captivating story and is chock full of exquisite photography and enticing patterns.Making the Snowshoe Socks allows you to be as creative as you'd like with your yarn selections. We would like to propose a potluck of sorts. We want everyone to be able to play with a selection of colors. Towards that end, we encourage you to bring in your fingering/sock yarn scraps of at least 20 - 25 grams to share. If you need us to wind your scrap yarn, please bring it in to My Sister Knits before the KAL starts. That way we can be sure to have our yarn potluck ready to go for our first session.Only one of the two strands of yarn need to be fingering weight sock yarn with some nylon. Anything goes for the second strand as long as it's fingering weight! With our potluck of shared yarn, our choices will be so much fun and we will be able to play to our hearts' content!There is no fee for our Snowshoe Socks Knit ALong but please call to reserve a seat if you're planning to join us at 970.407.1461.We know this gathering of sock knitters is going to be a rousing good time!
Are you a person who uses a knitting planner of some sort to keep track of the details of every project? Or are you like me (Jenny) and intend to do all that but never quite get around to it?Ravelry is the first place that comes to mind when keeping track of projects. I dearly love Ravelry and don't know what I'd do without it. However, I must admit that my project pages are sorely lacking. The idea of posting a project before it's finished is not at all appealing to me. Plus, usually I'm so eager to start something that the last thing I want to do is take the time to post it. Hence my issues with project chaos!A few months ago a post in my Instagram feed implored knitters to keep track of their projects. This person was picking up a project after it had been hibernating for awhile. She deeply regretted the lack of information she had kept. This has stuck with me. The idea of finding a way to keep details of projects that suits me has been percolating ever since.January is a great time to bring some order to my knitting projects. Yes, I have more than one going at a time!Evidently I'm not the only one with project chaos because there are several knitting planners available this year. I think that I might like one that I can carry with me and jot down notes as needed. I can transfer that information to Ravelry when I'm done. If it takes me awhile to do that, I'll know where to look!Each planner has different organizational and recording components. Due to my good intentions in the past, I own the two that My Sister Knits carries. Finally I will try them out to see how they suit me!
Knitters Graph Paper Journal
I think it's kind of fun to write notes on graph paper! This was designed by knitters and the graph paper is scaled to knit stitches' proportions so it's useful to chart designs. Helpful information can be found inside both covers also. I like that this journal is a blank slate and I can fill the pages however I like.
My Knitting Notes
This is a beautiful book by Laine with space for 31 projects. Each project is given four pages: the first one is for date started, pattern name, yarn and needles used, and a few other details; next is a lined page for notes followed by two blank pages.Whichever of these knitting planner systems I choose to use, I'll reserve a blank page at the beginning as a 'Table of Contents'. The key to bringing order to my projects is to use the books! And, for me, the key to using them is to have them with me whenever I'm knitting. Both of these are easy to carry along.I could also use any type of notebook or binder if I didn't want to invest in a planner. Once I find a system that suits me, my next step is to figure out a way to keep my swatches organized so I can find them again!I'd love to know how and if you keep your project information organized and I invite you to comment below!