Mindful Knitting: An Extraordinary Class!

My Sister Knits is offering our knitting community a class this summer that won’t be available anywhere else! This is a remarkable class that we are super excited about - Mindful Knitting!

We now have Julie Jensen on our teaching staff and she has a background that is of immense benefit to fiber folk. Julie is a learning professional for a global corporation and has been in corporate training for about 12 years. A few years ago she was certified as a Mindfulness Coach and has been training in the corporate world.

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Julie realized that she could apply her Mindfulness training to her knitting and now all of us connected with My Sister Knits can take advantage of Julie’s deep knowledge by taking her Mindful Knitting class!

This is a three part class on Thursday evenings from 6 - 8. The dates are July 11th, 18th, and 25th.

The ultimate outcome of the class is to teach us to have a better sense of relaxation and peace when we knit/crochet. We will develop the mental space to focus on our knitting/crocheting and let go of the chaos in our brains. How often do you have thoughts rolling around in your head when you work with yarn? Do you plan when to go to the grocery store next? Or when you’re going to get the laundry done? Or do you ponder the answers to the world’s questions? Suddenly you’re brought back to reality when you find a mistake or have lost count.

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Julie will teach us how to slow down (and therefore we will speed up because we won’t be making mistakes), how to be present with our knitting/crocheting, and we will develop a depth of joy and productivity with our projects that surpasses our current level.

We will become aware of a rhythm of counting with our projects, which is an intriguing concept!

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Mindfulness is a discipline one has to learn and we will have small mindfulness exercises as homework each week to allow us to practice and benefit from Julie’s specialized knowledge. Each class session will build on the one before it and we will be well on our way to a mindfulness knitting practice by the end of the third session!

To sign up for this class online follow this link to our Classes section of the website. You can also sign up by calling the shop at 970.407.1461.







Latvian Mittens Class!

Our resident expert on Latvian knitting, Jeannie Giberson, is teaching a class on this ages old technique!  Latvian mittens have a rich history and Jeannie will undoubtedly love to answer any questions you may have!  It will be like a history lesson combined with knitting!  We are so fortunate to have someone with Jeannie's background and passion for Latvian knitting here in Fort Collins!Latvian MittensYou will make a toddler or young child sized mitten in this class.  It's a perfect size to learn new skills and a young child won't care if they have a mistake or two!  This is an ideal way to practice using Latvian techniques before you commit to making an adult sized pair!Latvian KnittingThe yarn Jeannie uses in her class is, of course, excellent for colorwork.  Rauma Finullgarn is authentic Norwegian yarn and it is 'sticky' which is what you want for these mittens.  My Sister Knits has a wealth of colors to choose from!Two rows of these mittens have three colors and Jeannie will guide you through the handling of that many colors at once!  You will learn how to make the classic peasant thumb and double decreases for the unique shape in addition to a round mitten.  Jeannie will also bring treasured mitten samples and show you how to add cuffs for growing hands!My Sister KnitsWhen you make a pair of Latvian mittens, you are taking a living part in Latvia's tradition, culture, and history.  It's much more than just a colorwork project!Archaeologists have found the oldest mittens on record in Latvia.  For a quick dip into the history of Latvian mittens, read this article.  For a more in depth but not much longer, fascinating experience, read this article!This class is recommended for knitters who have some experience with two color knitting, knitting in the round, and reading a chart for knitting in the round.Reserve Saturdays Oct. 20th and 27th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am for this class!If you'd like to bring a little bit of Latvia into your life, you can call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register onlineKnitting Classes Near Me

Two Crochet Classes in October!

You can also learn to crochet at My Sister Knits!  We have a marvelous instructor, Shannon Player-Timmons, to guide us!Shannon is a talented yarn dyer, owner of Yarn Baby yarns, and an accomplished crocheter.  We are tickled pink that she's come into our midst!  She is teaching two classes in October.

Learn to Crochet:  Saturday Oct. 13th, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

In this class, Shannon will teach basic crochet skills such as chaining (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (c) which will be enough to make a washcloth or this lovely sample:Learn to crochetShe will also teach us how to hold a crochet hook (yes, there is more than one way) and how to read and follow a crochet pattern.learn to crochet a blanket

Crochet Blanket:  Saturdays, Oct. 20th and 27th, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

crochet classes near meAfter you've taken Shannon's Learn to Crochet class, you just might be hooked!  In this two part class you will learn to crochet a blanket using the Magic Circle, also known as the Magic Ring or Loop technique.  It's a way to start crocheting in the round that doesn't leave a hole in the middle of your work.  Shannon will also give tips on how to change colors.  We have kits in fingering weight yarn for this class or you can choose a heavier weight yarn.When asked about the differences between knitting and crochet, Shannon replied, "you can make machines that knit but there are no machines that crochet" which is something to ponder! She also says that mistakes are easier to deal with when crocheting and, because of that, it's easier to learn than knitting.  Also, there is only one tool involved, not two!Shannon's style of teaching is fun and laid back, therefore expect relaxing and enjoyable afternoons working on a new skill!Call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register onlineMy Sister Knits

Two Fun October Knitting Classes!

My Sister Knits has a multitude of knitting classes in October and you can read about two of them here today!  Classes offer a supportive, friendly environment to learn new skills and make new fiber friends!

Lambing Mitts

One of the benefits of these mitts is the fact that they can be worn completely covering your fingers or folded back, to set those digits free!  These are knit with worsted weight yarn; the pattern suggests size 7 needles.These warm mitts knit up quickly with a garter rib pattern consisting of two rounds.  Round 1 is a P2 K2 pattern and Round 2 is knit all the stitches.  You will learn how to make a thumb gusset and how to finish the thumb.  This is reassuring practice for picking up stitches as there are only 10, 12, or 14 stitches to pick up, depending on your size!Lambing Mitts, designed by Veronika Jobe are marvelous gifts and the holidays will soon be upon us!Julie Conway will teach this two-session class on Saturdays Oct. 13th and 20th from 9am until 11am.Call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register online!

Wanderers - Mukluk Slipper Socks

Our winter prediction is for cold and snowy weather.  After all, we do live in Colorado at the foothills of the Rockies! These mukluk slippers, designed by Andrea Mowry, will keep your feet cozy and warm!They are knit with two colors of worsted weight yarn and the pattern suggests size 8 needles.  Kelly will teach this knitting class and her only requirement is that you know how to knit in the round!  She will teach you everything else you need to know complete these cozy slipper socks!This two-part class is offered on Tuesdays Oct. 16th and 23rd from  6pm to 8pm.  Your feet will thank you for making these!Again, call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register online for this class!Both of these knitting classes have a class limit of six people to ensure everyone gets the help they need! 

Join Our Class and Knit a Swancho!

A knitting class is so much fun!  You meet encouraging, amicable knitters, gain confidence in your knitting skills by learning something new, and have an experienced instructor right there!  The instructors at My Sister Knits are always happy to help you through any crochet or knitting class whether you are a newbie or have years of experience.knitting class

Ninilchik Swoncho

The Ninilchik Swoncho, designed by Caitlin Hunter, promises to be a class that will take your knitting to the next level!  Our sample was knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter which is a worsted weight woolen spun yarn.  This is a splendid pattern for your first colorwork project because of the weight of the yarn.  Many colorwork projects use fingering weight yarn; the worsted weight will be easier for knitters new to colorwork.local knitting classesShelter is a woolen spun yarn. It is light in weight while providing extra warmth due to the air trapped in the yarn during spinning.The Swoncho, as the name suggests, is a combination of sweater and poncho.  As such, there is no need to be concerned with exact measurements which will be a relief to many!  The sleeves, which start near the elbow, make this swoncho easy to wear and less floppy than a poncho.Sleeve ribbing gives a cozy, close fit which contrasts nicely with the loose, swingy fit of the body.knitting classes near me

Class requirements

With Kelly ready to guide you through this pattern, anyone who can execute a knit stitch and considers themselves an adventurous beginner can make this! It's knit in the round with no seaming, has only four rows with wrap and turn short rows, and uses only one type of increase and decrease.  There is a large-print, easy to follow chart for each colorwork portion.  You will come away from this knitting class with newfound confidence in yourself as a knitter!

Possible modifications

This pattern can be easily modified in a number of ways.  The body and the sleeves can be made longer or shorter and you can choose to eliminate some or all of the colorwork.  You'd just need to talk to us about how much more main color you'd need.My Sister Knits

Dates and times

This class is offered Tuesday evenings, August 21, 28, and September 11 from 6 until 8.

Future classes

We offer local knitting classes at our shop on Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins every month.  You can find out about them by picking up a class card (always with a lovely photo on the front!) from the shop or by checking our website.  You can choose if you'd like to pay online, by calling the shop, or in person!We invite you into My Sister Knits to play with color combinations and sign up to make this swoncho that will quickly become a favorite fall-into-winter garment!As designer Caitlin Hunter says, "take it one row at a time and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish!" knitting classes for beginners 

Join the Visible Mending Movement!

My Sister Knits now offers a new, cutting edge class taught by Kimberly: Visible Mending and Embroidering Knitwear!  The dates are Tuesdays April 24 and May 1 from 6 until 8pm. There is a movement afoot in the crafting community that embraces visible mending as an artform and a thing of beauty.  My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, visible mending, knitting classesMending our well-loved and often-worn hand knitted and crocheted items allows them to become whole again and have another lease on life!  It can easily become a meditative practice in addition to being a functional one.This is a new idea to a lot of us!  Just think of all the pieces of clothing that have been given up on because of a place that needed mending but it would show, which wasn’t acceptable.  With the Visible Mending movement gaining popularity, we can intentionally draw attention to spots where pieces have worn through, become snagged and torn, or been chewed by your cat.     My Sister Knits, visible mending, northern Colorado, knitting classesVisible Mending and embroidering can enhance the beauty of a garment and add uniqueness, giving it a style and personality all its own.  As Aicha Abbadi, Berlin-based fashion designer, maker, and theorist says about Visible Mending,  “…... the proponents of this tradition strongly believe that the act of repair does not only serve to bring a garment back to its original state, but rather adds to its value and demarcates a visible episode in its history by inscribing traces of use and care.”My Sister Knits, Colorado, Fort Collins Colorado, visible mending, knitting classesKimberly will teach applique which is patching from the front, reverse applique which is patching from behind, darning which is mending a hole, embroidery and duplicate stitch which are decorative.Sign up for this class while there is still room and start rescuing your precious but threadbare handmade garments!  Call the shop at 970.407.1461 or sign up online.

February Classes

Knitting classes are perfect for February!  The holidays are behind us and we're kind of slogging along until spring.  They offer a chance to immerse ourselves in something new to enhance our knitting skills.We have a selection of classes for you to choose from!

Kria Cardigan, Saturdays February 10th through March 3rd, 1pm-3pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, icelandic sweater, letti lopi, worsted weight child sweater, yoked cardiganYou can learn all of the techniques needed for an adult Icelandic sweater on a small scale in Karen's Kria class!  This child sized sweater is made with worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles so it will knit up speedily.  The colorwork pattern is ideal for newbies!  There is still room so sign up posthaste for this class; it starts Saturday the 10th.  Hold your breath, for under Karen's tutelage you're going to learn how to make a button band or put in a zipper and.......steek!

Milet Mittens, Thursdays February 8 through 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, Fort Collins, northern Colorado, colorwork mittens, Tuku Wool, fingering weight mittens, knitting classes, local yarn shopHere is another colorwork class, taught by Amelia.  These mittens are made with fingering weight yarn and size 2.5 needles for the most part.  The chart is easy to read and follow, especially with a piece of highlighter tape to mark your spot!  The pattern on the main part of the mitten is the 'lice' pattern, a mainstay of Norwegian knitting.

Finishing Techniques, Saturday February 17th, 9 - 11am

My Sister Knits, Colorado, local yarn shop, inclination cowlIn this class, you will learn how to  finish your project so it looks 'handmade' rather than 'homemade'!  Amelia will show you how to weave in ends, the best way to block different types of projects from lace to cables and everything in between, and will answer any questions you may have.

Fixing Mistakes, Wednesday February 21st, 5:30 - 7pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, knitting classes, local yarn shop, fixing knitting mistakesOverheard in the shop, "I think the Fixing Mistakes class is too advanced for me.  I'll wait until I'm a better knitter to take it".  This may be a common fallacy.  This class is perfect for new knitters!  What better way to gain some experience with common errors?  Mistakes are a part of knitting and this class offers valuable experience in not-panicking when you have an opportunity to learn (i.e., make a mistake!).  Taught by Amelia, this class often fills up quickly but is offered on a regular basis.  If you don't get into this one, you can get into the next one!Sign up for any of these classes online or call the shop at 970.407.1461! 

Get to know Robin

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We are lucky to have many fantastic teachers at My Sister Knits, and this month we are featuring Robin, our Learn to Knit Teacher! Robin has been knitting with us, baking for us and teaching us how to knit for years. Get to know her a bit by reading this interview!Year KnittingAbout 15 yearsHow did you learn to knit?I had a short lesson in college, and then didn't try again until Julie Luckasen taught my daughter how to knit at school. She started knitting and I got interested again.How did you get started at MSK?I live next door to Julie, and enjoyed spending time at MSK. As my knitting skills improved, Julie asked me to teach Beginning Knitting. I have really enjoyed it. I love meeting new knitters!What is your favorite thing to knit(Project and/or yarn)?I'm still in a cowl & shawl phase, but I have been in hat phases and sock phases, so I know something else will grab my attention eventually.Do you do other work besides teaching knitting?I work at the Lincoln Center full time. What do you like to do when you’re not knitting?I enjoy sewing, baking, cooking. I also serve on the Poudre Landmarks Foundation Board that cares for the Avery House, and work on the Historic Homes Tour every year.Tell us about your family.I have a husband and two grown children. Ken is a Technical Writer and also writes parody songs for the group The Mostlies. My son lives in Fort Collins and works for a property management company. My daughter lives in Detroit, Michigan and works as a finish carpenter. My son doesn't knit but my daughter does! Stella, the pitbull; Guiness and Marzipan the cats; round out the family.What’s your favorite thing about MSK?The warm welcoming atmosphere and the wonderful, always-changing yarns and accessories!If you were stranded somewhere other than home, where would you like to  be and what would you be knitting?I would love to be in a cozy cottage in the English countryside, knitting a complicated shawl or sweater, knowing I won't be interrupted!

Elizabeth Doherty is Teaching at My Sister Knits!

Elizabeth Doherty is coming to teach at My Sister Knits!  We are not only thrilled but honored to have her!Elizabeth Doherty, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, ColoradoElizabeth's designs have been published by Quince & Company, Brooklyn Tweed, and Twist Collective.  Her book, Top down: reimagining set-in sleeve design, has become a go-to reference on knitters' bookshelves.  To have a teacher of Elizabeth's caliber come to Fort Collins is a special event indeed!

Top-Down Set-In Sleeves, Sunday Nov. 5th, 10am - 6pm

My Sister Knits, sweater knitting, set in sleeve knitting, knitting classesElizabeth has developed an innovative method for knitting top down sweaters with set-in sleeves!  Simply put, sweaters need to fit our shoulders.  In order to do that, the armholes need to be shaped so that there is the correct amount of fabric across both the back and the front.  This will allow your sweater to stay put on your body, not look sloppy or fall off your shoulders. Elizabeth will teach us how to do it!We will learn everything we need to know about making a sweater that fits in the shoulders and armholes using our own measurements!  This will transform our sweater knitting into a thing of pleasure.  Never again will it be an experience of fret and worry about the fit!Read more about Elizabeth's set-in sleeves and the class details.

Warming Up to Linen, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am - 1pm

Elizabeth Doherty, bluebeestudio, My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, knitting with linenElizabeth will show us the wonders of knitting with linen!  This oft-neglected fiber creates garments with absolutely gorgeous drape that become softer and more supple with washing and wearing.  Linen is meant to go through the washer and dryer!  We will learn helpful techniques for working with a non-elastic plant-based yarn, from how to make our stitches look beautiful to weaving in ends.  If you've been hesitant to give linen a try, this is the class for you!  We'll become confident and eager to knit with this ages-old fiber!Read more about linen and the class details.

Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2pm - 5pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, sweater knitting, adding pockets to a sweater, knitting classesWhen Elizabeth's friend Barb asked her to write pocket directions for the Copperplate cardigan, Elizabeth loved the  outcome!  She decided she wanted pockets in everything!  The beauty of free-hanging pockets is that they allow the front of the sweater to hang naturally without stretching out of shape.  Knit in a denser gauge with lighter weight yarn, these pockets don't add bulk and will stand up to use.  How fun to know how to put pockets in any sweater!Read more about the pockets and the class details.Call us at 970.407.1461 to reserve a spot in any or all of these classes.  They are an incredible, not-to-be-missed opportunity to develop new skills by a renowned designer and teacher! 

 

 

Take our See You at Rhinebeck Cowl Colorwork Class!

The third weekend in October finds knitters flocking to The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York.  'Rhinebeck', as it is fondly called, can be described as Knitters' Mecca!My Sister Knits, Rhinebeck, Cowl, Fort Collins, knitting classThere is a vast assortment of animals, fiber, items made with fiber, so many yarns, designers, meet-ups with knitters from all over the world, demonstrations of all types, and more!Visitors wear their hand knits with pride, whether it be hats, shawls, sweaters or anything in between.  Consequently, fiber lovers go up to complete strangers, touch their garments, exclaim over them, and no one minds!If a visit to Rhinebeck isn't in the cards for you this year but you'd like to join in the fun somehow, then we have just the thing!My Sister Knits, knitting classes, northern colorado, RhinebeckOur gifted colorwork teacher, Jeannie Giberson, has designed a stranded colorwork cowl called the See You at Rhinebeck Cowl.  Happily, My Sister Knits has a two session class, taught by Jeannie, to teach this easier-than-it-looks cowl that is just right for a beginning colorwork project!This class meets Saturdays September 16th and 23rd from 9:30 to 11:30.  No prior experience with colorwork is needed! This may be just the project to get you hooked on this fun knitting technique with a teacher whose passion is colorwork!  Read about more class details here.Finishing the See You at Rhinebeck Cowl by the third weekend in October is entirely doable!  You'll probably have time to make two!  As a result, you can wear it that weekend and feel as if you're joining in the fun even if you aren't at Rhinebeck.My Sister Knits, Colorado yarn shops, knitting classes, stranded colorwork classesThere are only 6 class spots available as it's important to Jeannie to give her students the individual attention they need.  Call the shop to register for this fun opportunity to learn a new skill at 970.407.1461!

Join us for Fearless Knitting!

Do you have a project you dearly want to create but something is holding you back?  One that you've had your eye on for ages but perhaps there's a certain skill required that you need to learn or brush up on?  We have just the solution!Maybe you've been eyeing one of our shop samples, pondering if you have the skills to make one for yourself.  We have several Shibui samples from their Spring/Summer 17 collection and, as always with Shibui, they are the epitome of simple elegance and style.  Some require seaming with mattress stitch, others have a lovely cast on or bind off.

If any of these skills have you pausing, our two-pronged Fearless Knitting program has you covered! We offer Fearless Knitting twice a week, for free.  Sessions are Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am until 1pm.  The first hour is a technique demonstration and the second hour is focused individual help.

For your convenience, we offer four sessions for each technique demonstration.  We choose a technique that can be learned in one session but you are welcome to come to as many as you like!You can learn how seam with mattress stitch on April 27th and 29th.May 4th, 6th, 11th and 13th is Cast Ons.May 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th is Bind  Offs.Remember our knitting help hour is for anything you need help with!   If you can't make it to a specific technique demonstration, you can still learn it during the noon - 1pm hour.This can also be used as community knitting time; you are welcome to join in just to listen.  It's amazing how much can be learned by listening!We invite everyone to Fearless Knitting!  There is no sign up needed.  

Learn a New Skill - Crochet with Shannon Player-Timmons

Calling everyone who has ever wanted to learn to crochet!  We have a marvelous new teacher, Shannon Player-Timmons, to teach us!Shannon is a talented yarn dyer, owner of Yarn Baby yarns, and an accomplished crocheter.  We are tickled pink that she's come into our midst!Shannon will teach basic crochet skills such as chaining (ch), single crochet (sc), and half double crochet (hdc) which will be enough to make this lovely sample:She will also teach us how to hold a crochet hook (yes, there is more than one way) and how to read and follow a crochet pattern.When asked about the differences between knitting and crochet, Shannon replied, "you can make machines that knit but there are no machines that crochet" which is something to ponder! She also says that mistakes are easier to deal with when crocheting and, because of that, it's easier to learn than knitting.  Also, there is only one tool involved, not two!  Her class will use a size H crochet hook which translates to a size 9 knitting needle.Shannon's style of teaching is fun and laid back, therefore expect two relaxing and enjoyable evenings learning a new skill!  Her class will run over two Tuesdays, April 4th and 11th from 6 - 7:30.  Call the shop at 970.407.1461 to sign up!But, wait, there's more!  On Saturday, April 15th, we are hosting a pop-up shop for Shannon's hand dyed yarn.  All of her dying takes place in her kitchen in Windsor, CO!  She has weights from sock to bulky and many of her yarn bases are a wool/silk blend from the UK, creating soft, squishy, splendid yarns!Shannon started hand dying yarn 5 years ago and now sells to customers around the world.  Her pop-up shop presents a unique occasion to see her yarn!We encourage you to take part in her crochet class and to come to her pop-up shop; you'll be glad you did!    

Lucky Us! Ann Budd is Coming!

Some knitters choose classes and workshops based on the techniques offered.  Others choose by the teacher.  No matter your preferred way of choosing, our Ann Budd classes on March 25th will be both a treat and an opportunity to learn more than you expect!Ann's father took the family to Switzerland for a year when she was 12.  Knitting was part of the school curriculum and ever since then it's been her passion.After getting her Master's degree in Geology and working in that field for a few years, Ann decided that she'd much rather do something else!  She went to work for Interweave, a leading art and craft media company, where she gathered knowledge on knitting construction, yarn, techniques, and pattern writing.Ann is invaluable to the knitting world and is held in the highest esteem, teaching workshops across the country and authoring books to help us become more confident and masterful knitters.We at My Sister Knits are over the moon about having Ann teach two classes on Saturday, March 25th!Kitchener stitch can strike fear into the heart of knitters.  However, with Ann's expert teaching, students will come away confident in their ability to use this joining technique with any fabric from stockinette to ribbing.  This class will be from 9am until noon.Have you ever wanted to match a cast-on to a bind-off for a truly professional finish on projects such as sweaters, cowls, socks, fingerless mitts, or scarves?  In Ann's afternoon class, from 1pm until 4pm, you will learn how to do just that!Ann's teaching skill and fun sense of humor will have you laughing and learning throughout each class.Call the shop at 970.407.1461 to sign up and take advantage of this marvelous learning opportunity!   

Andrea Mowry Workshops

Processed with VSCO with 9 preset© Andrea MowryWe are excited to be welcoming Andrea Mowry to My Sister Knits in the coming year to teach two brioche workshops. Andrea Mowry is a pattern designer known for her incredible shawls and brioche work. She has designed patterns for her own collections as well as various fantastic companies such as Knit Purl and Quince & Co.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset© Andrea MowryShe will be joining us on March 11th, teaching Getting Started with Brioche from 9am-1pm and Beyond Basics Brioche from 2-6pm. Each workshop is $105. Brioche knitting creates such luxurious fabric that we absolutely love to wrap around ourselves throughout the year. Spots in the class are very limited, so call today to reserve yours - (970) 407-1461.Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset© Andrea Mowry“Andrea is one of the many who was lucky enough to learn how to knit as a child from her grandma. By her late teens, guided by the wisdom of the great Elizabeth Zimmerman and her many books, she began trying to work out her own patterns. After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, her hands found the necessary freedom to begin creating with fiber instead of flour. She focuses on designing knits to fit the modern wardrobe - fun to knit and easy to wear, with clear directions for every level of knitter. She believes in enjoying every stitch and wearing at least one hand knit everyday! Andrea has a great love for indulging in new techniques and skills and then sharing them with other knitters thru her patterns and workshops. Her goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered and inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!"

Theodora's Pearls Pop-Up Shop and Classes!

We have a special event indeed coming up for two days:  Friday, December 2nd Saturday, December 3rd!Jennifer Miller, an indie dyer from Longmont, CO who owns Theodora's Pearls, will have a pop-up shop and will be teaching both days.jennifer-rt-pIn the way of yarn, Jennifer offers us luxury hand-dyed yarn in fiberways that include bamboo, wool, wool/cashmere and wool/silk blends,  and more.  She will also bring some Chicken Soup bags and yarny cards for our purchasing pleasure!mitered-cowl-rtpIn the way of classes, Friday night at 5:30 she will give a talk about updated mitered squares .  "Mitered squares, a part of modular or no-sew component knitting, is a great use for scraps, for hand-painted or high contrast yarns, and for creating interesting textures. Squares can be used for creating garments, accessories, and much more!"mitered-hat-rtpThen on Saturday, she will teach Elizabeth Zimmerman's classic pattern, the Baby Surprise Jacket, from 9am until noon.baby-surprise-jacket-rtpAccording to Jennifer, "Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket is a very charming, adaptable, useful pattern that works, as written, for newborns through toddlers. This famous pattern must be easy, since tens of thousands of them have been made over the years – and that counts only those posted on Ravelry! However, EZ’s pattern writing style is conversational and not particularly linear.baby-in-jacket-rtpWith this class and the basic pattern, you will be able to figure it out fast! In fact, it’s quite easy, and lends itself to endless creativity. This fun and interactive class covers BSJ construction; tips and tricks; creative options and ideas; sizing the BSJ; knitting techniques; baby gifting options. I have constructed dozens of BSJs in all sizes & has created my own annotation to the basic pattern."

Participants please bring:
The BSJ pattern from Schoolhouse Press; Sport, DK or light worsted weight yarn; 24" circular needles, size 6, 7, 8 (or those that create a medium-firm fabric with your yarn); stitch markers; safety pins.
Class preparation: please cast on 160 stitches on a size 7 or 8 32” circular needle. (Your choice of cast on methods.)
Instructor provides:  Jennifer's 11 page annotated pattern explication; sample yarn for learning important stitch pattern.
There are over 25,000 projects on Ravelry to provide ample inspiration in making yours unique!
Plan to come to the shop anytime after 1pm Friday through Saturday and call 970.407.1461 to secure your spot in the Saturday class!

Sandy's Coming, Sandy's Coming!

We dearly love it when Sandy Barnes from Shibui Knits has a chance to visit us!  We always take advantage of her extensive knowledge and enjoy her fun personality.This time she's going to teach which is even better!  Our gift to you this holiday season is her Sequences class.shibui-versaci-1-rtpSequences is a bold, striking and cutting -edge wrap designed by Lori Versaci who believes in offering knitters positive and interesting knitting experiences; this certainly holds true with her use of sequence patterning.shbui-versaci-2-rtpSequences can be made in two sizes; the larger one makes a generous wrap and the smaller one is perfect to wear as a scarf under your coat. It's wider at one end than the other, adding sophistication to the design.shibui-versaci-3-rtpThis stylish wrap is made with Shibui's newest yarn, Drift, a velvety combination of 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere in 13 colors.unnamedCome to the shop Tuesday, November 22nd from 5 -7 to get acquainted with Drift!  You'll be able to play with it and will undoubtedly choose a color combination for your own Sequences!  If you'd like to add a pop of color at the short end of the wrap, Sandy will kindly provide it at the class.shibui-versaci-4-rtpThe only thing you need to do is call the shop, 970.407.1461, to let us know you're coming,  If you decide at the last minute that you can make it, then be sure to come even if you haven't signed up!

Say Hello to Jeffrey!

We are in for a rare treat this week!  Some of you may have been to The Yarn Guys' booth at Interweave's Yarn Fest.  The booth is chock-a-block full of amazing Norwegian knits as they are the US distributors of Norway's Rauma yarns.  This yarn is sticky which is perfection for colorwork projects!rauma-brights-rtpWe carry their new yarn, 4 ply Spaelsaugarn (yarn from the ancient breed Spaelsau) which isn't on their website yet, along with Finullgarn (fine wool yarn), Strikkegarn (knitting yarn), and Gammelserie (Old Series).spaelsau-sheep-rtpJeffrey Wall, of The Yarn Guys, is going to visit My Sister Knits!  Jeffrey, in addition to being a lot of fun to be around, is one of the most positive and encouraging people we know!  Join us as we welcome him from 5 - 7pm Tuesday evening, October 25th!  This would be a great time to learn more about Norwegian Rauma yarn created from ancient Norwegian breeds.We are fortunate that he will be teaching two classes on Wednesday, October 26th.  The first one, from 9 - 10am, solves the problem of flipping your project back and forth constantly as you work.  It also is a great help if you prefer not to purl.  Jeffrey is going to teach us how to knit backwards!  We can't wait!raiuma-neutrals-rtpThe second class, from 10:30 - 11:30 is an introduction to stranded colorwork.  So often we admire this technique but feel that it's too advanced for us.  Jeffrey will give us tips, teach us how to knit beautiful designs, and we'll be surprised by how easy it really is.  Jeffrey will inspire us and assure us that we can indeed create something marvelous!There are a few more spaces in each class so call the shop to reserve your spot and we hope to see you Tuesday evening for our meet and greet!970.407.1461  

I'll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck Kit and Class!

Marian of Marianated Yarns and Deb Jacullo, who designs for Chelsea Yarns, have teamed up to give knitters the charming I'll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck design and yarn kit!Kimberly particularly loves the 'guard llama' with the sheep!rhineback-cowl-with-skeins-rtpIf you are enchanted with this cowl but are a tad intimidated by the colorwork, never fear!First, you'll be using a size 7 needle which makes this a fantastic first colorwork project!Second, starting Thursday, October 20th, we are offering a class featuring this cowl.  From 5:30 until 7:30 on three consecutive Thursday evenings, you will learn everything and have all the support and encouragement you need to finish this fun, whimsical accessory!rhinebeck-skeins-better-one-rtpCreating and wearing this cowl is guaranteed to make you feel happy and clever!These are limited edition kits so call the shop to reserve yours if you can't get in right away and, while you're at it, you can sign up for the class!

A Cornucopia of Classes!

Think about the last time you took a knitting class.  What was your motivation?color-affection-rtpLearning a new skill?Meeting other knitters?Brushing up on a certain technique?Gleaning valuable tidbits from a trusted teacher?Just for the pure fun of it?Julie-and-Stephen-brioching-RTP

We have several offerings in October for you to take advantage of......

You could learn how to make truly awesome Latvian mittens!latvian-mitten-thumb-side-rtp Perhaps there's a small child in your life who would fall in love with the Wallaby sweater!wallaby-sweater-full-view-rtp wallaby-sweater-pocket-detail-rtpwallaby-sweater-cuff-detail-rtp wallaby-sweater-neck-detail-rtp You could make a soft, squishy, super warm Brioche Bandana Cowl created with this popular distinctive stitch!brioche-cowl-on-diana-rtpbrioche-cowl-detail-rtp Or you could make cabled socks!karens-socks-and-class-rtp Call 970.407.1461 or come into the shop to sign up for the class that excites you the most!         You could

Beguiling Brioche

Knitters are discovering brioche ribbing and patterns are popping up everywhere!Brioche-cowl-detail-RTPDesigners Bristol Ivy, Stephen West, Andrea Mowry,  Ysolda and Nancy Marchant (the brioche queen), to name a few, have patterns using this light, fluffy fabric that is reversible, elastic, and twice as thick and twice as warm as stockinette or garter.Askews-me-brioche-shawl-RTPBrioche is a type of ribbing that incorporates a slipped stitch with a yarn over on one row which is then knit together as one stitch on the next row.Spincycle-Hawkshaw-Cowl-RTPBrioche, by any other name, is still brioche!  It is also known as English Rib, Fisherman's Rib, Shawl Stitch, Patentsteek, and Shaker Knitting among others, all with various ways of creating the same fabric.  Increases, decreases, and cables can be created with the brioche stitch!The earliest brioche patterns written in English are from 1840 and were for cushions and footstools.  It was called brioche because of its resemblance to the fluffy French pastry;brioche popsugar.com RTPBrioche knit with two colors is as easy or even easier than with a single color.  Come into the shop to see our samples and sign up for Amelia's Brioche Series class on Saturdays, September 10, 17, and 24 from 9am - 11am.brioche-cowl-on-Diana-RTPThis class will have you 'brioching' like a pro; you will learn all of the basics plus how to increase, decrease, create cables and fix mistakes.  Brioche is mesmerizing, relaxing and much easier than one would think!  We encourage you to give it a go!