Knitters and Crocheters Creating Comfort

Odds are that you, a family member, a friend, or a friend of a friend has gone through breast cancer.  My Sister Knits has a marvelous opportunity for you to do something kind and oh-so-meaningful for breast cancer patients!

Hope Lives

The purpose of Hope Lives, a local non-profit, is to provide supportive services to women going through breast cancer in order to help them manage the physical and emotional side effects.  Their reach goes much further than Fort Collins, they have patients taking advantage of their services throughout northern Colorado.To find out more and see the complete list of services they offer, visit their website.Each person who enrolls in the Hope Lives program has an orientation meeting with Leah Barrett, their Care Navigator.  At the end of this meeting, she gives the new member a Comfort Kit.  She has been told over and over that the most meaningful piece of the kit is the lap blanket or shawl the women get to choose.My Sister Knits, Hope Lives, fort collins colorado,

Lap Throws and Shawls

Here is your chance to make a huge impact on someone’s life!  Hope Lives is in need of lap throws that are approximately 30 inches x 50 inches.  Shawls are also accepted!  The women who receive them are overjoyed and thankful that other women have created these throws or shawls for them.  By making and donating a shawl or a lap throw, you are touching the life of another woman in ways you might never understand.  You can use any yarn you like!  However, if you’d like to use an economical superwash, our suggestion is Plymouth Encore worsted weight.  Use it doubled to create a bulky/super bulky yarn that will work up in a flash!My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, northern colorado, hope livesWe love to help you find patterns and we have some ideas in mind  that might be just the thing for you.  We can also delve into Ravelry to find one that leaves you eager to cast on!You can include a note with your throw or shawl if you'd like to take your gift a step further!My Sister Knits, Hope Lives, Colorado, local yarn shop, plymouth encore, lap throws, lap blankets

Yarn

Yarn is also needed!  Volunteer knitters are available and will happily make blankets!  Most of them are on a fixed income and they have the time to kit or crochet but not the funds to buy yarn.  This form of donating is every bit as important as finished blankets.  Please purchase enough yarn to create a bulky weight blanket; about 800 - 900 yards of super bulky or double that of the Encore so it can be held double.Please contact either My Sister Knits at 970.407.1461 or Chris Rexroat (volunteer coordinator) at 970.413.3621 with questions. When you bring in your finished project to donate to Hope Lives or leave your purchased yarn at the shop for it to be donated, you will receive a coupon for 20% off one item in the shop, excluding Signature needles.Fiber folk are generous souls; let's make handmade hugs for some women who need them! 

Good-hearted Knitters and Crocheters Needed!

My Sister Knits is reaching out to good-hearted knitters and crocheters!  We know you will jump at the chance to make a huge difference in someone's life.  There is an immediate need in Northern Colorado for  Knitted Knockers ; soft, comfortable knit or crocheted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors.Recently, Style magazine, the Coloradoan, and the UC Health newsletter have published articles bringing attention to these lovely soft, handmade prosthetics.  Until last Friday, our local chapter of Knitted Knockers was receiving 5 - 8 requests a week.  Since then, due to the much appreciated publicity, they have received 78 requests and counting!  There are many, many women who need these and there aren't enough Knitted Knockers to fulfill the requests.We know that knitters and crocheters will join together to fill this immediate need and then help to keep up the supply. Here's what you do:  1.  get some approved yarn (we have it in the shop for $5 and we can ship it to you if you can't come in)  2.  we'll provide you with the  pattern or you can download a free one here  3.  make a pair in just a few evenings  4.  return them to the shop.  C and D sizes are desperately needed as quickly as you can make them right now!It's extremely important to only use approved yarn because otherwise they can't be used and that would be a shame.Starting in April, My Sister Knits is going to have Knitted Knockers making sessions the last Wednesday of every month at Tasty Harmony from 4 - 7 and everyone is welcome!  Making these in the company of others will add an extra dimension of camaraderie and friendship to the project.  However, don't think you need to wait until the end of April as these are needed as quickly as possible.If you want help, come to our free Fearless Knitting help sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays from noon until 1pm.  We are happy to help at any other time, however, the help sessions are when you'll get one-on-one guidance with no distractions.  We also are happy to help at the Tasty Harmony making sessions.Deanna Scott, Knitted Knockers Program Coordinator for UC Health, received a grant from WISH  to start the program locally.  The grant covers the cost of packaging and mailing the prosthetics.  These are given free of charge to anyone in Northern Colorado who wants them.  There are samples in all oncology offices, radiation rooms, the infusion center, everywhere cancer patients would be.  They are made of soft cotton yarn and filled with silk fiber that is non-allergenic, durable and washable.Jenny is going to start a pair of D cups on Friday and have them back to the shop by Wednesday.  She's making them in honor of her sister who is currently undergoing chemo.  Let's see how many Cs and Ds we can get back to the shop by Friday, April 21 so they can go to recipients who are on the wait list!For more information, contact Deanna at info@coknittedknockers.org or My Sister Knits at 970.407.1461. 

A bit more time

Now that all of your gift knitting has been finished and delivered (even if it was wrapped up with the needles and a promise to be completed soon) we hope that you'll have time to knit for others that need your help.We collected underwear for under privileged elementary school children in our area earlier this month; and when Julie delivered these items to the schools, she learned from the principals that what the kids still need is mittens and gloves.  Without proper protection for their hands, the children can't play outside at recess.bulky-mittens-03We've found over 400 FREE patterns available on Ravelry that you could use to create a pair or two.  We hope that you'll take some time in the next several weeks to knit or crochet a pair of mittens or gloves for the little ones in Fort Collins that need warm hands.Julie will be collecting mittens and gloves for children ages 5- 12 until Friday January 15th, and to make this a little more fun, we will offer you 20% off a single item for your donation.We know that your time is precious, and we hope that as the new year starts you may have a few spare hours to make a difference that will warm your heart as well as some tiny fingers.

You can make a difference

It is the season for giving, and we hope that this week you'll help us support some local children that need our charity.underpantsWe are collecting donations of new unopened packages of children's underwear, socks, tights, leggings, underpants, t-shirts, even little sweat pants. (ages 5 -12).  These items will be distributed to children at the Irish and Putnam Elementary Schools here in Fort Collins before the Christmas holiday.These items will benefit under-privileged elementary school children who are currently attending school with just the necessary outer clothes.  Please bring what you can and support the kids in our area that need our help.And to make this a little more fun, we will offer you 20% off a single item when you bring an unopened package of children's clothing to the shop from now until December 17th!Help us fill our basket this week and make a local child's holidays a bit brighter and warmer with your care.

Giving Tuesday

Perhaps you've heard mention of  this.  "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.  It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more."It's a lovely intention, and one that we'd like to support by drawing your attention to a project going on right here in Fort Collins.knittersOn Saturday, November 21, an 11 year old boy in our community committed suicide. He left behind his parents, 15 year old sister and 14 year old brother.Our friend Lydia Martin will be collecting 8 in x 8 in handknit squares, to seam together into what she is calling the #knitforhealing afghan for this family. She wants to give them something warm and comforting to support them through this heartbreaking time... especially as the holidays approach.Let's show them that they're not alone. We recognize that there are no words for this tragedy, but let's leave them with something to hold onto, long after the cards and meals have dwindled. Will you join us?The details:- 8 in x 8 (20.32 cm x 20.32 cm) handknit squares in any pattern and colors- Squares must be washed and blocked to measurements before mailing- Only use machine washable or superwash yarns in any weight- Be thinking of 'warmth' and 'comfort' when choosing your yarns- Squares must be finished and delivered by December 10.We'll be collecting squares in the shop and have yarn available for this project that you can use for your square.  Stop on by and let's work together to make something beautiful that will help support a family on our community.

Stitching for others

We are lucky.  Our passion and craft allows us to create useful, woolly garments and accessories.  When we knit for others, we can wrap friends, family and even strangers in warmth and our care.scarf-projectWe are delighted to be supporting the Warm Wishes Scarf Project.  This holiday season, we can all donate a hand crafted scarf to the collection that will hang at the FoCo Cafe.These scarves will be enjoyed by others in our community that could benefit from their warmth.  Anyone who would like a scarf can take one.  So we crafters have an opportunity to make something special for someone we may never meet.Julie has donated a special collection of all kinds of yarn for anyone interested in making a scarf for this project.  To help get you inspired, we have curated a small collection of fantastic FREE scarf patterns that we think will be as much fun to knit as they will be to wear:

  1. The Noro Striped Scarf from Jared Flood looks fantastic in almost any yarn selection.
  2. The Easy Winter Column Lace Scarf by Ratchadawan Chambers uses a lacy stitch pattern for a feminine look and has a youtube video link to ensure success.
  3. The Baktus designed by Strikkelise, and the Lacy Baktus designed by Terhi Montonen are both elegantly simple and a breeze to work.
  4. Wheat created by tincanknits will allow you to play with texture and make a scarf that is sure to be delightfully warm.
  5. The Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia can provide you with a chance to practice your cabling skills.
  6. And for those of you who want to kick it up a notch, try the brioche stitch with the Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf by Saralyn Harvey or Stephen West's Bundled in Brioche.

We hope that you'll find a pattern that appeals to you among the myriad available on Ravelry.  Let us know if we can help you with any unfamiliar techniques and be sure to stop in to pick up some yarn from the skeins that we have available for donation.It will be a pleasure to put our skills to use and ensure that our stitches warm someone in need this winter.

Many hands make light work

We wanted to pass along some heart warming news today.  Earlier this year the folks who organize Larimer County Project Linus celebrated a stunning  20,000 blanket celebration. They currently deliver up to 200 blankets each month!  So it won't be long before they reach another milestone like that one.project linusNationwide, Projct Linus has delivered close to 6 million blankets since 1995.  We are proud to be a collection spot for Project Linus and love to see the hand knits that are lovingly created to be donated to children in need.If you'd like to do a bit of charity knitting before the holidays, we can help get you started.  We've got some great project ideas that could use up some of your stash yarn.  And there are additional ways that you can get involved.You might want to consider attending one of the Larimer County group's meetings.  They gather on the the 2nd Saturday morning (9-11) and the 2nd Tuesday evening (6-8) each month at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay in Fort Collins.  

Another way that you could support the cause is by attending the group's Christmas Craft Fair.  This year the Fair will be Saturday, December 5, from 9-3 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay in Fort Collins.

The gift of a handknit is a bit like giving the warmth and comfort of a hug.  What better way to share the holiday spirit with the little members of the Fort Collins community that need our support?

Get involved

We find that many of our friends and customers as well as those who participate in our Community Knit Nights are eager to find out about charity knitting.  There are rich rewards in making items for others.  And when those others are in need, the rewards are that much greater.We are thrilled that the Fort Collins community has such a strong support for Hope Lives.  This charitable organization is near and dear to our hearts.  Creating hand crafted blankets and shawls for those undergoing cancer treatment is any easy way to support women in our community fighting breast cancer.hope livesMy Sister Knits is a drop off spot for shawls and blankets.  All donations will be picked up at the shop by Sept. 30th so we hope that you'll have a chance in the next couple of weeks to stop by and deliver a hand knit that might comfort a mother, sister, neighbor or friend who is going through treatment.Let us know if you have any questions about the program or would like our help selecting a project that you'll be able to finish by the deadline.

Save the date and come shop local

We would like to invite you to our Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! Please come join us on Friday November 28th & Saturday November 29th for a whole lot of fun.

We are offering a store wide sale of 15% off.  This includes our beautiful yarn, most of our needles (with the exception of Signature needles), all of our notions, as well as our fun gift items such as bags, yarn bowls, and candles.  And additional savings are available!

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Bring an unopened package of children's clothing to the shop during these two days and we will offer you 20% off your entire purchase!All month long, we will be accepting donations of new unopened packages of children's underwear, socks, tights, leggings, underpants, t-shirts, even little sweat pants. (ages 5 -12).  These items will be distributed  to under-privileged elementary school children in the Fort Collins area who are currently attending school with just the necessary outer clothes.  Please bring what you can and support the kids in our area that need our help.

Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 and we can ensure you don't miss out on the savings.

We are looking forward to your visit.

Hope lives... in Fort Collins

If you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you probably already know that we are a collection point for Hope Lives.hope-livesThe Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Ft. Collins businesswoman who battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the approximately 200 women in Larimer and Windsor counties diagnosed each year receive complete post-diagnosis support and care. Their mission is to Support and Strengthen those touched by Breast Cancer by providing Care, Guidance & Education.Our mission at the shop is to support this group and the women that they are caring for by collecting knitted and crocheted items for local breast cancer patients to enjoy while undergoing chemo.  We have a bin in the shop and will gladly receive:  scarves, shawls, lap blankets/afghans, slippers, and hats.Your hand-knit items will warm and comfort women in the Fort Collins area who are in need of our compassion.We hope that you can drop off a hand crafted item in the next few weeks.  Please call us at the shop at 970-407-1461 if you have any questions about how you can get involved.

Hope Lives collection

We are proud to be a collection site for Hope Lives! again this fall. a1615053-3068-4ea2-a111-02f0153c4aa8The Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Ft Collins businesswoman who had battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the approximately 200 women in Larimer County and Windsor, CO diagnosed each year receive complete post-diagnosis support and care. Their Mission is to support and strengthen those touched by Breast Cancer by providing Care, Guidance & Education.We will be collecting knitted and crocheted items for local breast cancer patients to enjoy while undergoing chemo.  We currently have a bin in the shop and will gladly receive:  scarves, shawls, lap blankets/afghans, slippers, and hats.  Your hand knit items will warm and comfort women in the Fort Collins area who are in need of our support.Please contact us at 970-407-1461 if you have any questions about a donation.  We would love your support with this cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

Get Your Knit On!

All around the world on Saturday June 15th Knitters will be out and about and knitting in public. 

World Wide Knit in Public Day was created in 2005 by Danielle Landes to foster better living through stitching together.  What a great idea!  While we like to gather every Tuesday to knit together, or use our beautiful garden space any day of the week to enjoy our gorgeous Spring sunshine; this special event is a great opportunity to meet new friends and support the Greeley Public Library.

Festivities will run from 1pm to 4pm. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes are going to be offered.  Details can be found here.  So head out to Greeley on the 15th and Knit in Public.  Happy stitching!

Thank You

We at My Sister Knits want to make a more concerted effort to support the Fort Collins Community in 2013.  We started the year with a drive to support the Kiwanis Club.  We gathered a record number of items for them, and local school children have benefited from your generosity.

In April, we continued the community support with a Food drive to support the Larimer County Food Bank.  A big thank you goes out to those of you who dropped off much needed food items with us at the shop, or made donations directly to the organization.

This month we wanted to draw your attention to Animal House Rescue & Grooming, a much loved animal shelter that provides second chances for local dogs that need help.  Dawn and her son have recently become involved with this organiation as dog walkers.  She can’t say enough about her experience there, and I hope that you’ll ask her about it the next time you are in the shop.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved.  You may choose to adopt, or become a foster family for a dog that needs help.  Or the warmer weather may inspire you to volunteer your time as a dog walker.  You could also donate items on the Animal House’s Wish List.  These items are essential for the day to day needs at the shelter; and you may find it easy to drop them by the shelter and meet one of the residents like Buttercup (above).

For those of you who love to run when you aren't stitching, On Saturday May 19th there is a 5k Run Fur Fun that will benefit the organization.  Details can be found here.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a quick race that is geared for the whole family (including four legged members)!

We hope that you may be inspired to pitch in. We would love to hear about other local charities and organizations that are dear to your heart, so that we can continue to create stronger ties in the Fort Collins community.

March Crochet Along

We are trying something new this March with our Community Knit along project.  For starters we are going to be hosting two events.  Both of them are going to be focused on beginner crochet projects. And we are going to be accepting donations for the Fort Collins Kiwanis Club as part of both events.

On March 12th and 19th, Danielle will lead us through the basics of a beautiful blanket based on Erika Knight's design that appeared in the UK magazine, Mollie Makes.

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Then, on the 26th, Danielle and Julie will demonstrate how to create rugs that they have been crocheting from either Malabrigo Rasta or strips of fabric. (These are based on our shop dog's favorite rug).  If you have wanted to learn crochet, either or both of these projects are perfect for you!

All three events will be on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. If you have questions, feel free to give the shop a call.  We hope that you will come join us at the shop on these Community Knit Nights and be a part of the fun.

In support of our local Kiwanis Club and their efforts to serve the needs of Fort Collins' youngsters, we will be accepting donations of new unopened packages of children's underwear (ages 5 -12).  We will be acting as a drop off site for these items that will be distributed by the Kiwanis Club to under-privileged school children in the Fort Collins area who are currently attending school with just the necessary outer clothes.  Underpants and socks are all needed; please bring what you can and support the kids in our area that need our help.

Bam! Pow! Them's Fightin' Words!

Fightin' Words KAL

Our first Knit-a-Long of the season starts on Tuesday, October 2!  Please come join us from 5:30 - 8:00pm for some tasty treats and to cast on for Wattsolak's Fightin' Words fingerless gloves!  Dani from Sunshine Yarns will also be joining us and bringing some beautiful samples of her yarns.  We love her yarns so much for this project that we're even offering an additional 20% all Sunshine Yarns on Tuesday so you can stock up!

 

Donations for Hope Lives Gala

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and My Sister Knits is collecting donations to help victims of this terrible disease.  The 12th Annual Hope Lives Gala takes place on October 22 at the Fort Collins Hilton.  We are collecting knitted donations until October 22 to show our support!  Please bring knitted (or crocheted) socks, blankets, fingerless gloves or sweaters to donate -- they have plenty of scarves and hats and have asked for other items.  Pink is wonderful, but not required.  Please call the shop for more information.

 

KnitWear

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth at this year's KnitWear event!  We had a really great time and we're thrilled that everyone liked our kits!  (We'll be coming up with additional kits in the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned for those.)  We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Happy September!

We want to thank all our friends who stopped by to wish us Happy Birthday this Saturday.  It was a very special day and not just because of the delicious cupcakes and wonderful espresso drinks.  The weather was perfect with just a hint of fall in the air as we started the morning, and the garden is always a welcome spot to relax and socialize.  It was a lot of fun to share our favorite fibers and wonderful books with local knitters that came to celebrate our eight years of being the most beautiful and welcoming place to knit in Fort Collins. 

 

 

 

Coming Up!

On Sunday, September 23 from 11am – 4pm we will be at the annual KnitWear Event at Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.  This event is always a lot of fun, and we’re very excited to be participating again this year!  It’s a great chance for yarn lovers of all types to come together and see what’s new, get some help and do a little shopping.  One of our featured yarns this year will be Boulder-based Sunshine Yarns.  The more we see this yarn and the more we knit with it, the more we love it!  Be sure to stop by our booth and take a look at Sunshine Yarns, along with everything else we’ll have that day.  We’re also offering a special coupon for people who visit us – don’t miss it!

 

 

Photo snagged from Ravelry

Our next knit-a-long is a good one!  We’re making the Fightin' Words fingerless gloves by Wattsolak Designs.  This knit-a-long begins Tuesday, October 2 from 6:00 - 8:00pm, and we’ll be meeting two additional Tuesdays (October 9 and 23 – same time, same place) to help each other along.  We’re offering 20% off the materials you purchase for this knit-a-long, and we highly recommend using the Sunshine Yarns mentioned above.  Stop by the shop to see the colors we have available and to sign up!