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

Make a Gift Day on Friday, December 1st!

Sunday, December 3rd is National Make a Gift Day!  Those of us who love working with yarn most often love making things for others. It’s heartwarming to think of the recipient as we create, pouring love into each stitch. My Sister Knits is celebrating Make a Gift Day on Friday, Dec. 1st from 10am until 5pm.  We had so much fun on Make a Hat Day in September that we are doing it again!  We will have breakfast pastries, we’ll order in lunch and we’ll celebrate our accomplishments with a glass of champagne at the end of the day!

 Marshmallow Mitts by Tin Can Knits, using YOTH Daughter.

 We have chosen several patterns that are quick to knit up, and beautiful as well, ranging from cowls to mitts and hats. Even if you can't sit and knit with us for long, come in on December 1st and pick up some patterns and yarn to get knit up before the holidays!

Fern Lace Cowl, knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

We look forward to helping you pick out a few quick knits on December 1st!

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. 

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!    

Make Brooklyn Tweed Quarry's Aquaintance

When you choose Brooklyn Tweed's Quarry for your next chunky weight project, you're in for a marvelous knit with a special yarn!quarry-skeins-rtp quarry-skeins-3-rtp quarry-skeins-2-rtp Quarry is spun in a unique way to give it a plump squishy texture.  When you look at it closely, you'll notice that its three plies are placed next to one another and then gently spun as one.  It looks rather like a single ply of roving but is much stronger.rovingQuarry makes a great round trip to get to us!  It begins its life on a sheep in Wyoming, travels to Texas, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and right back here to My Sister Knits!We have accessory samples in the shop for instant gratification knitting or crocheting.furrow-hat-quarry-rtp furrow-hat-quarry-detail-rtp triple-lux-cowl-quarry-rtpQuarry would also be fantastic used for.........brooklyn-tweed-copse-rtp brooklyn-tweed-riverbend-rtp brooklyn-tweed-burnaby-rtp One of the great things about Brooklyn Tweed is their pattern support.  Choose one of their well written, easy to follow patterns and you can be confident that your project and your yarn will be a perfect match!

Mixing it up

Trying something new can offer more benefits than you might imagine.  A new skill can also offer you a different perspective which may allow you to approach other projects and patterns with more confidence and more creativity.Dana's upcoming crochet class is a great example.  Mastering basic crochet skills may improve your knitting!Granny BagBasic crochet is often used to embellish knitted projects and can be a terrific easy way to add a finishing touch to raw edges.And learning crochet can be its own reward.  Constructing a bag like the one shown above will allow you to get hands on experience constructing an object one stitch at a time instead of one row at a time; perfect for beginners.  And faster than you can imagine.  You'll find out why the "hookers" among us love the craft.Chevron CowlYou may instead want to sign up for Dana's cowl class.  This single session class that meets next month will walk you through the creation of this delicately textured cowl.  We have a delightfully rich color selection so that you can find the tones that are perfect for you: neutral, muted or as bold and vibrant as the accessory shown above.Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 to reserve your spot in either of these fun classes today! 

Lets get hooking

A new teacher is joining the team at My Sister Knits to share her passion for all things crochet!  Dana is offering two beginning crochet classes that you will want to join.

Granny Bag

Basic Granny Square Becomes a fabulous bagWhen: 2/27 and 3/12 9 - 11 amCost: $45 (excluding yarn and materials)Granny squares are a crochet powerhouse. New crocheters are often curious about how to make these lovely squares. Students will learn how to combine the basic stitches (chain, single crochet, double crochet) into a fabulous bag. Students will also learn tricks for weaving in ends, various techniques for joining squares, and a quick and seamless way to add handles to complete a Granny Bag.This project requires four skeins of yarn (any gauge from light to bulky) and a corresponding crochet hook.  Pictured above: Toft Aran in Cream, Charcoal, Steel, Stone with J/10/6.00mm hook.

Chevron Cowl
Cost: $25 (excluding yarn and materials)The chevron pattern is a classic crochet technique that has grown in popularity. Beginners and those needing a refresher on crochet will learn basic crochet skills like the chain and single crochet. The class will also cover how to turn a simple row into a beautifully textured chevron fabric, how to change colors and weaving in ends.This project requires 3 skeins yarn (anything from sport to worsted) and a corresponding crochet hook.  Pictured above: Lux Adorna Knits (previously known as Pepperberry Knits) 100% Cashmere Sport in Kitten, Idaho Sunset and Hibiscus with G/6/4.00mm hook.We are thrilled that Dana is eager to get us comfortable using hooks instead of needles.  We hope that you'll be able to join the fun.  Call the shop today at 970-407-1461 to reserve your spot!

 

Behind the scenes with Jonathan of MJ Yarns (part 2)

So who is the man behind the beautiful skeins of MJ Yarn we have all fallen head over heels for?  We asked Jonathan to share some of his thoughts about his work, his yarn, and his love of knitting. 20140608_121136What were you doing before you started MJ Yarns? ~and~ What was the inspiration for starting MJ Yarns?

My "grown up job" was as an Ops Manager for a major shipping company. While the pay and benefits were unmatched, I was miserable. It was an environment where nothing was good enough. The work we did was important but I had no passion for it. I could find no joy in processing tens of thousands of packages every night.I've learned that, if a situation isn't working, change it. I had been knitting for years by this time and found every bit of joy in it that I could hope for. I began to wonder how I could turn this passion in to a career. I talked to several people in the industry, most notably Maggie Casey. She was clear: "dye yarn!" Life has also taught me to listen to the people who have experience. I listened, and MJ Yarns was born.

What is your favorite part of your craft?

"For me, this is not a job. MJ Yarns is about creating something beautiful that makes me and others happy. Each morning I walk in to my studio to find the ever changing landscape of my drying racks. I'm always struck by the glory of the field of colors stretched out in front of me.  As I dye my yarns, I can't help but enjoy the constantly increasing complexity that appears as each color is added. My life now is surrounded in beauty and I wouldn't have it any other way."

How do you come up with the names for your yarns?

"Each colorway has a story. Some names came from suggestions from others. Cerulean Twilight got its name from a friend on Facebook. Other colors start with a name before they are ever made. Fire Dragon was made to fit in with its siblings Green and Purple Dragons. Other colors were named because they brought to mind very specific things: Peasant is one.  When this yarn went on the drying rack for the first time, I couldn't help but see it on the back of a medieval serf. Yarns with proper names (like Katelyn or Mazlyn) were named for specific people who either suggested the color or the yarn brought to mind. Then there are my favorites: the yarns that demand  that they receive a specific name. Mice and Men simply wouldn't let me call it anything else. From the moment I put the first coat of Grey on this yarn, the name Mice and Men was in my head. I spent the entire day that I created that color trying to come up with another name that seemed more fitting or at least made some sense, and most of the next as well. My mind was blank and Mice and Men was born."

And a question we can resist asking anyone we come in contact with,
What is on your needles?

"I am something of an anomaly in the knitting world. I absolutely refuse to have more that two projects on the needles at any given time. I heard about "startitis" early on in my knitting life and decided that it would never happen to me. That being said, I finished one project last week and another one today. At the moment, I have nothing on the needles! This is, of course, a crisis and tomorrow's first priority will be some time on Ravelry searching for a perfect pattern. I know where I'll get the yarn though."

Jonathan's skeins of yarn are featured in the shop right now and we hope that you can visit soon to take a look at his beautiful work.  We know that these skeins are destined for stunning projects and we can't wait to share photos of those with you as they come of the needles. 

Bombs away!

About a dozen intrepid crafters converged on the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery earlier this week for some after hours yarn bombing.  These gals created one of a kind installation pieces both inside and outside the museum in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Stitching Through Time. stich-signAs part of this month-long event, Denver based yarn bombers Ladies Fancywork Society will be coming to Fort Collins tomorrow to teach a crochet class that should be wonderful fun.  You can find out more about that class here.Our local yarn bombers (who shall remain nameless) had a wonderful time at the Museum and we hope that you can make time for a visit in upcoming weeks to explore the museum and enjoy their handiwork.  Here are a few examples. photo 4 photo 3Julie's personal favorite may be the rainclouds and drops that are inside the museum as part of an irrigation exhibit. photo 3-1The Associate Director sent an open letter to those involved:

Dear Mad Bombers (whoever you are),

While I would normally not want to think about our museum being bombed, in this case it was a joy to behold. My normal routine of walking into the museum already thinking about what I was going to have on my plate today was quickly distracted by the colorful, out of the norm, creations that were all around me.

My initial smile when I saw the first evidence of your work turned to amazement as I encountered more and more of your creative, artistic pieces. I was particularly taken with the ingenious use of one particular exhibit structure—it made me think that maybe a little water in the museum is not such a bad thing after all.

Thanks for your efforts in brightening up the place, adding a surprise to my day and surely to our visitors days, and may you be rewarded with good bombing karma in the future.

Sincerely,

Brent Carmack Associate Director

What fun!  A job well done to be sure.

The story behind the trunk show

Dawn shot some terrific photos of some of the samples sent to us by the folks at Manos del Uruguay in order to demonstrate how beautifully their gorgeous sport weigh yarn Serena knits up.  We’ll be sharing those with you early next week.In the meantime, we wanted to be sure you had a chance to learn more about where this yarn comes from.  Serena, like all of the yarns from Manos is beautifully kettle dyed for soft heathered colors that are almost impossible to resist.  But it is the story behind the Manos yarns that make these skeins unique. © Manos del Uruguay“The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work.”Purchasing this yarn will help these fiber artisans support her family, and allow the cooperative that she is a part of to enrich her community.  The first 5 kindergartens that were established in Uruguay were created by Manos Cooperatives for their members. © Manos del Uruguay“Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came. You will be supporting the hand-crafted rather than mass-produced, and contributing to an economy where the workers control of the means of production. You, as a handknitter, crocheter or weaver, will be contributing to women’s careers in harmony with family life, and contributing to the landscape, and cultural heritage of Uruguay.”This is a rich tapestry to be a part of.  We are very proud to be a part of this picture by bringing Manos yarn to the My Sister Knits community.  We hope that you can stop by the shop this month to take a look at the inspiring trunk show samples that are on display, and the stunning skeins of yarn that are waiting to be discovered.

Spring Fever knitting

While we are waiting (a little impatiently) for our gardens to look a bit more like this... shop garden mayWe thought we'd take matters into our own hands and add a bit of color to Fort Collins.  According to Wikipedia, "Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, Kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk."You've seen evidence of it in the shop's garden, and here in our blog when we posted photos like the one below. bannersWe are going to get crafty, and add some color to the neighborhood over the next couple of weeks.  And we'd love your help!  We'll be knitting and crocheting up a storm over the next several Community Knit Nights at the shop, and we hope that you will drop in and join us on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm.Bring stash yarn that you are eager to get rid of, and we'll fill you in on the plan.  Your stitches can join ours, and together we can make Fort Collins just a bit brighter this Spring.

New Year's Resolutions

I love to start a new year with great expectations and good intentions.  I often use the time to set goals for myself.  Many are new habits that I hope to make a more regular part of my life, such as an exercise routine, or better remembering to stay hydrated.  And others are skills that I hope to pick up or perhaps even master in the coming months.Last January I set the intention of learning to crochet.  2013 was going to be the year of the hook!  I signed up for several classes and cast on for a few projects.  While I was able to get working knowledge of the craft, I kept gravitating towards knitting needles as I started new projects, so crochet is still at the top of my list for 2014. bannersI hope that this year will inspire me to try more crochet projects, I know that as I get more practice, the awkwardness and uncertainty of trying something new will diminish and my confidence will grow.  I would like to make a rug of some kind, a yarn basket, and perhaps get comfortable with Tunisian crochet stitches.What kind of resolutions or intentions do you have for 2014?  I hope that if there are some new knitting skills you are eager to master, that we at the shop can help make that happen for you.  We have a very diverse class schedule for the beginning of the year that might include something that appeals to you.We also find that our Community Knit Night on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm is a wonderfully supportive and nurturing group. Many a new knitter has found answers, suggestions, and other help from friendly neighbors around our work table.For some New Year's intentions, it can take a village to achieve success, and we are just the community that can lend a helping hand.  Let us know what you would like to accomplish in 2014 and we'll do what we can to help!

Our crush on crochet continues

Look what just arrived in the shop!

This beauty is the Churchmouse Vintage Crocheted Blanket.  This little crib blankie was created with 3 skeins of Imperial Yarn’s Erin.  And Molly has already made it hers.

This sample was created by Sarah Dudek, a local designer, crocheter, and blogger.  Her crochet patterns are fun and funky; and her blog Sans Limites is an inspiring read.   Sarah is going to be joining the teaching staff here at My Sister knits this fall giving us the opportunity to add some terrific crochet projects to our class offerings.  We have a beautiful Granny Square Pillow planned that of course could become a throw if you get hooked.

We also have plans for a Tunisian Crochet sampler that could become a gorgeous runner for your Thanksgiving table, as well as some fun last minute gift ideas that will work up as quick as a wink for last minute gifts.

We will let you know when our Fall Class registration opens, and we’ll keep you posted as new crocheted samples arrive in the shop for you to check out.

Upcoming Knit-Alongs

My Sister Knits has some exciting knit-alongs coming up in the next few months that we want you to know about.

First, on February 5th and 12th, we will be making Thrummed Mittens. Made in Fleece Artist's BFL Aran and contrasting roving, these mittens are made for the coldest February mornings. The thrums create stitches that look like little hearts, making them perfect for a Valentine's Day present.

We have been all about crochet at My Sister Knits lately, so March's KALs are going to be dedicated to crochet. On March 12th and 19th, Danielle will be leading a KAL based on a crocheted blanket by Erika Knight that appeared in the UK magazine, Mollie Makes. Then, on the 26th, Danielle and Julie will show you the rugs that they have been crocheting from either Malabrigo Rasta or strips of fabric. If you have been wanting to learn crochet, either or both of these projects are perfect for you!

All KALs will be on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. If you have questions, feel free to give the shop a call.

What's on our needles?

You’ve been hearing us talk a bit about the rewards of completing our holiday gift knitting.  Now that the last minute gifts have been joyfully given and received, we get to play with some of those projects that have been waiting patiently in our Ravelry queues without specific recipients or deadlines.  Danielle and I exchanged notes this week about what’s next for our needles.

© Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

Danielle has Brooklyn Tweed’s Guernsey Wrap with Swans Island Worsted on the needles for herself.  She also started working on Molly’s Blanket.  Her new passion for crochet inspired her to pick Julie’s brain about how to recreate the beautiful throw rug we have in the shop made with Malabrigo Rasta that Molly loves to rearrange into a nest under the table. She hopes to be able to offer that project as an introductory crochet class later this spring.

© katushika

I am working on hats.  This cold spell has me eager to keep my ears warm and I love the gratification of finishing smaller projects.  So I am working on Katrina Nopp’s Wurm made with a skein of the Madelinetosh Pashmina that arrived last month.  I also hope to cast on Gudrun Johnston’s Norby from the Wool People Vol. 2 later this week with some Isager Hojlandsgarn.

Keep us posted on what you're working on.  Our community Knit night this Tuesday night is a perfect time to stop in for inspiration, advice, or a new pattern to get you going.

What's next? Deal of December: All our books are 30% off

Our holiday wish for you is the promise of new projects to come; the joy and fun of planning colors, or thinking of new skills to learn that will make a project you've been dreaming of a possibility.  May your Ravelry queue be filled and all of the possibilities be exciting!

Looking for inspiration?  We are discounting all of our books 30% for the entire month of December.  Just as armchair travelling can fill many a cold and snowy afternoons with virtual vacations; we think that the project descriptions, charts and photos in our selection of books will help get your creative juices flowing and inspire some amazing new projects in the year to come.  And what better way to enjoy some down time after the bustle of the holidays has been finished, blocked, and wrapped up?  Treat yourself to a book or buy one for a crafty friend.  What a perfect last minute gift!

Stop by to pick up a book to relax with during the rest of the holiday season and start your New Year with some bright ideas for what's next...

 

There is still time for Last Minute Knitted Gifts: 30% off Malabrigo Rasta

This week’s Deal of the Day is 30% off Malabrigo Rasta.  We love this yarn as a solution for the last minute knitted gift problem.  We have created some last minute gifts of our own at the shop. 

Julie has crocheted a handful of these cozy hats.  She has it down to a science, and believe it or not has been able to finish one in less than an hour.  Similar hats are selling around town for over $90.  With this weeks deal, you will be able to make yours for a fraction of that!

I am a huge fan of cowls. I love having something to snuggle into around my neck that won’t become untucked and leave me cold the way a scarf might.  I used two skeins of Rasta in the Laguna Negra colorway to create The Gaptastic Cowl.  It can be knit up in just a few hours and will appeal to any Fashionista on your shopping list.

And Ravelry is filled with more cowl ideas that make the most of the luscious colors and dreamy softness that we all love Malabrigo for.  Here are three patterns that are available as free Ravelry downloads:

Whipped Berries by Jesseca Sleeman calls for two skeins.

Marian by super stylish designer Jane Richmond can be done with just a single skein.

Bulky Mobuis Cowl by Haley Waxberg also calls for just one skein.

It’s not too late to make some beautiful handmade gifts for your friends and family.  Stop by this Wednesday to take advantage of this week's deal and surprise your loved ones with gifts that you didn’t think you had time to make.

Who among us doesn’t like a really good deal?

This week's Deal of the Day is a little different.  Instead of just one item being on sale on Wednesday, we are celebrating the season with a storewide sale on Friday and Saturday.

We think that it is a great time to start or perhaps wrap up your holiday shopping.  (Personally, I’m a last minute shopper, but I’ve got family members that start their holiday shopping before Labor Day and have it all wrapped up with a big red bow before the first snow falls.)  For those of you more like me, I start thinking about holiday shopping as the last Tupperware container of leftovers pops into the fridge.

I am not a fan of crowds and so you won’t find me in line at the crazy Black Friday sales. Instead, I like to support my local independently owned shops that stock more unique gift ideas and can provide me with thoughtful suggestions for those folks on my list who are difficult to shop for. 

This week in Fort Collins the local shops are going to be displaying plaid decorations and providing some very special deals and treats in solidarity of our commitment to provide you with a fun, festive, and affordable alternative to battling the Black Friday crowds or the rather lonely Cyber Monday option of shopping online.  We want to help you find the perfect gift; and some of our favorite shops around town are going to be participating in the fun. 

Here at My Sister Knits we are going to be having a storewide 20% off sale on Friday Nov. 23rd and Saturday Nov. 24th.  We hope that you’ll come in to take advantage of this wonderful deal. We have some terrific ideas for gifts that can be knit or crocheted up for your loved ones or for the knitter in your life.

This week’s Deal of the Day is 30% off of Rowan's Baby Alpaca DK

Dawn and I have both made deliciously soft accessories with this yarn.  I finished the Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Gloves a couple of weeks ago. And last season Dawn made a ruffle-less version of the Little Ruffle scarf.  You need to come in to feel how deliciously soft it is. It is the perfect neutral color and the kind of scarf you would find yourself reaching for every time you felt a little nip in the air.

Surfing around on Ravelry, I found some fun project ideas that would be fun to work up in this yarn. And at just about $10 a skein with this week’s discount, you may find yourself looking for projects to add to your queue.

Kim Hargreaves – Leaf  I love the classic lines of Kim's designs and this is no exception.

Elizabeth Jarvis – Baby Kimono  This is a free Rav download and a perfect tiny heirloom that will knit up in a flash.

Leslie Friend – Toast  These babies were knit up with two colors and used close to a skein each.  katetheyogi has created a verion of this design that looks a bit like what Eileen Fisher has created with her stripey merino glovelette.

Don't you love it when you can make something yourself in just the perfect colors and save close to $50 in the process?!

Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl!

August 11 - 26, 2012

This weekend marks the start of the third annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl!  We could not be more excited to be participating again this year, and wanted to take a moment to tell you about all of the great sales we will be offering.  There's a lot going on, so pace yourself!  (All of the links below will take you to Ravelry for more information on the yarns.)

Saturday, August 11 -- 30% off Rowan Summer Tweed
Tuesday, August 14 -- 30% off Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock
Wednesday, August 15 -- 30% off Misty Alpaca Chunky
Thursday, August 16 -- 30% off cute-as-pie Chic-A Bags
Friday, August 17 -- 30% off Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky
Saturday, August 18 -- 30% off all books
Tuesday, August 21 -- 30% off Mila Mia
Wednesday, August 22 -- 30% off Skacel HiKoo Simpliworsted
Thursday, August 23 -- 30% off Fibre Company Terra
Friday, August 24 -- 30% off Malabrigo Rasta
Saturday, August 25 -- 30% off Anzula Laceweights: Cloud and Wash My Lace


Cute-as-pie Chic-A Bags, on sale Thursday, August 16

We're also offering 30% off all our Clover brand circular needles, while supplies last!  There are daily give-aways (also while supplies last) and the Grand Prize drawing for everyone who turns in a completed passport.  Whew!  So much to give away, and so many great opportunities.  Please feel free to contact the shop with any questions. 

For those of you who are new to a yarn crawl, a brief description.  Nine shops all along the front range come together and offer sales, events, door prizes and new products from August 11 - 26.  Simply visit any of the shops listed below beginning August 11 and pick up your passport.  Each participating shop you visit will stamp your passport.  Completed passports are turned in to any participating shop at the end to be entered for the Grand Prize drawing.  No purchase is necessary to have your passport stamped or receive the Grand Prize.  Please contact any of the shops listed for more information.  You can also join the Ravelry Group or follow everything on Facebook.

Participating Shops (in Alphabetical Order)

Cowgirl Yarn
119 Ivinson Avenue

Laramie, WY  82070
307-755-9276

My Sister Knits
1408 West Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO  80521
970-407-1461

Ewe Count
819 Randall Avenue
Cheyenne, WY  82001
307-638-1148

Neota Designs
156 Wiest Drive
Estes Park, CO  80517
970-586-8800

Lambspun of Colorado
1101 East Lincoln (at Lemay)
Fort Collins, CO 80522
970-484-1998

Prairie Wind Fiber Arts & Beads
1916 House Avenue
Cheyenne, WY  82001
307-632-3082

The Loopy Ewe
2720 Council Tree Ave, Ste. 255
Fort Collins, CO  80525
1-888-527-9181

The Stitchin’ Den
165 Virginia Avenue
Estes Park, CO  80517

970-577-8210

Your Daily Fiber
330 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-484-2414