As I mentioned in the last blog post about local yarn shops, one of the perks of being a small yarn shop owner is being able to stock yarn that is made in small batches.
Spincycle Yarns' Dream State is a hot commodity in the knitting world right now!Thanks to all of the recent patterns featuring Dream State, this unique and colorful yarn is flying off the shelves!
My Sister Knits has the good luck to be one of only five yarn shops to carry Ritual Dyes yarn! This is a brand new line of yarn from Rachel Bratcher of Portland, Oregon.Rachel has developed two yarn lines that are quite diverse. One is completely from the United States and dyed with natural plant dyes, producing gorgeous soft colorways. The other is sourced outside of the United States but is dyed in-house, producing deeply saturated and ever-so-subtly speckled colorways.
My Sister Knits carries all sorts of special bags but Julie may have just found the most unique of all!
Cestari yarn is now available at My Sister Knits! We recently added two lines of Cestari Sheep and Wool Company yarns to our thoughtfully curated collection of yarns grown and processed in the United States.Francis Chester, founder of the small family run company, always wanted to be a farmer. He was finally able to realize his dream in 1968 when he bought a sheep farm. He didn't know it at the time but his family had been shepherds for centuries in Italy! His passion for growing the wool sheep population in the U.S. is apparent in the programs he initiated to help other sheep farmers and in the love he puts into his own flocks.In the 1980s Francis built the first wool processing mill in the US for generations. The American mills were closing and he didn't want to send his wool to China to be made into yarn. All of the Cestari yarn is grown in the U.S. and processed, spun, and dyed at their mill in Augusta Springs, Virginia.You may possibly find a few specks of hay or straw in your Cestari yarn and that's a good thing! It indicates that the natural bounce and texture of the wool was preserved during scouring!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Vermont Collection
This fingering weight yarn is 100% Merino wool which makes the softest and finest yarn possible and is available in solid colorways. Among other things, it would make a luxurious shawl with incredible drape!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Traditional Collection
Columbia and Targhee sheep give us this yarn. Columbia sheep give us a wool that is still soft but hardier than Merino and can withstand rougher treatment. The addition of Targhee wool gives it loftiness, elasticity, and extra softness. This worsted weight Cestari yarn is available in tweedy, heathered, solid, and natural colorways. It is ideal for hats, mitts, and sweaters!We invite you into the shop to oohh and aahh over our new Cestari yarn! As always, we'll gladly help you with ideas for your next project!
When you walk into My Sister Knits it’s hard not to notice the striking bags on top of the display case! These bags are Fibres of Life fair trade products from Nepal.Jenn Pullin, founder of Fibres of Life, is from Nova Scotia. If you would like to read the full story of how she came about founding Fibres of Life, read this. Jenn is passionate about fair trade products! She has put that passion to work helping to design and create handmade, ethically produced, high quality products.Fibres of Life designs are fanciful and colorful, embracing a rich fall palette. Jenn has learned that having up-to-date, distinct designs is an essential part of fair trade success!No two products are exactly alike. Knitting, felting, dyeing, stitching, and weaving are all done by hand and reflect each artisan’s traditions and artistic expression.Jenn says it best when describing fair trade associations:"Fair trade associations are based first, on supporting people and communities, with developing products as a means to that end. We meet and work where people work in small groups in neighbourhood houses with their children nearby or nestled in the group, family-based workshops, or in the main facilities of the fair trade associations, where parents working share the space with daycare support, a school for their kids, adult literacy classes, or a subsidized cafeteria with incredible food. The people who come to work at the associations come for varied reasons and from varied backgrounds. Some come simply seeking a positive work environment, training and mentorship, or better compensation. Others may have been marginalized in one way or another – economically, from a minority group or low caste, women leaving family violence, or youth at risk."For in depth information on fair trade, the Fibres of Life website is well worth exploring!We encourage you to come in and check out these bags that are hand made by artisans on a small scale. One of My Sister Knits' goals is to bring this type of product to our customers!
My Sister Knits is incredibly excited to introduce our own yarn, Local! Julie and Diana collaborated with local dyer Nicole Clark of Hue Loco to create seven colorways in three bases. This special project has been in the works for months and is now ready to present to the world! We can't wait!The color inspiration came from Pantone colors and paint chips. Julie and Diana wanted a Colorado-themed palette of fall and winter colors for this first edition of My Sister Knits yarn.Our launch party is Saturday, Sept. 8th so mark your calendars! Nicole will be at the shop from 11am until 1pm to help us celebrate.
Julie is knitting socks with the speckled yarn using the orange as a contrast for the heel and cuff. Since the speckled includes all of the colorways, any of the contrast colors can be used to create different effects! There is also a sample of Melanie Berg's shawl Solaris in progress; it should be ready by our launch date so look for it in the shop!This soft but strong yarn is 80% superwash Merino and 20% nylon.
Notice the delicate, softly muted colors in the DK speckled yarn! The exquisite dappled watercolor effect is created by using a non-superwash base. All of the DK colorways are lovely muted colors and are 100% Merino. This is a specialty line of Nicole's and might not be available again.Julie is knitting the Morning Walk hat which is a great 'anywhere/anytime' project. It's a 1x1 rib, meaning knit 1, purl 1 all the way around.
We keep picking up these saturated tonal 100 % superwash Merino yarns to ooh and aah over them! We were amazed to find that five of them perfectly blend with some Shibui Silk Cloud colorways! Oh, the possibilities!The hat in the photo is a free pattern, Marled Hat, by Plucky Knitter Design. It's quite entertaining to see the marled effect developing as you knit! This is also an anywhere/anytime project because it's only stockinette after the ribbing. There aren't even any crown decreases!
Nicole Clark of Hue Loco
Nicole knitted for years before she began playing around with dying yarn in her kitchen. She has a background in art and was an elementary school art teacher before deciding to stay home with her kids. Color has always been a huge part of her life and playing around with the color of yarn was a natural extension for her. She had an Etsy shop featuring sewing bags, put some of her hand dyed yarn on it, and the rest is history! Or as the French say, 'et tout le monde connait la suite'!Note: if any of you are curious about the term 'colorway' and it's use, take a look at this discussion. It clears up the matter a bit although it can still be confusing!We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 8th as we launch our own My Sister Knits Local yarn! There is a finite number of skeins and when they're gone, they're gone. If you miss them, you'll have to wait until next time, with new colorways!
If you have a small girl-child in your life and you have yet to discover Knitting for Olive patterns, you are in for a treat! One look at Pernille Larsen's patterns on her Knitting for Olive Ravelry page and you'll fall in love!Olive's grandmother Pernille began designing patterns for Olive when she was born a few years ago. Pernille started sharing the patterns and in 2015 she and her daughter (Olive's mom) started selling them. The knitting world is so lucky that they have shared with us! Olive gets to wear these adorable garments and must be the best dressed little girl in Copenhagen, where they live. Imagine having a grandmother who is such a talented designer!There is now a sample of the simple Ruffle Dress in the shop. Watch for Olive's Christmas Stocking and her Mullet Skirt coming soon! Knitting for Olive patterns range from stockinette with texture that adds interesting and clever detail to garments with cables and lace.We chose to make our sample out of Shibui Staccato, a fingering weight Merino/Silk blend. This does create a dress that needs to be hand washed but we think the result is worth it! Shibui's yarns have such deep colors and this charming little dress is as soft as down. If the little girl you have in mind might look better in something other than blue you could use any of these:or these:If a superwash yarn would suit your needs better, My Sister Knits has plenty of those in fingering weight! We'll be happy to show them to you you when you come into the shop. Or, look at what we call our 'sock wall' just as you get up the stairs to the second floor. This sweet knitted dress would be a great use for some of our speckled yarn! Or what about some with little sparkly bits?Knitting with Olive designs offers well written patterns in a wide range of sizes, some with style options, and we hope to see more as Olive grows!
Our Anzula trunk show arrived! We thought it would be marvelous for all of the people participating in the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl to be able to touch and try on these pieces!Sabrina Famellos, owner of Anzula, started dyeing yarn in 2006. Before that, she was an avid spinner and crocheter and sold her shawls, hats, gloves, and other accessories in the San Francisco Bay area. She began her foray into dyeing with spinning fiber first and later expanded to dyeing yarn. The home base of Anzula Luxury Fibers is now in Fresno, California, where the hand dyeing takes place. All of their yarns are spun in the U.S. and Canada.The items in our trunk show are all made with Anzula For Better or Worsted, a blend of 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon. We have seven items including sweaters, shawls, and cowls.One of the first things you'll notice is the fantastic stitch definition this yarn gives! Cables and textured stitches such as seed stitch stand out beautifully.Anzula is synonymous with luxury fiber. The colorways range from vivid and strong to muted and delicate. Anzula yarns are soft, squishy, and slide like butter along your needles. Knitting with any of Sabrina's yarns is a sublime experience! Since they are superwash, they can be washed in the machine; we suggest a hand-wash cycle if your machine has one. Jenny recently washed a baby blanket made with Cricket, For Better or Worsted's little sister DK weight yarn, in this way. She laid it out to dry and it looked and felt like new!This yarn pairs well with needles that have a less-pointy tip. As this yarn is slippery, we encourage you to consider using a wooden needle. Swatching with both a wooden needle and a metal needle would immediately tell you which you prefer. If the term 'swatching' has you thinking of huddling in a dark corner, you might substitute the term 'yarn tasting'! You can 'taste' it with both types of needles to see which you like best!We invite you to come into My Sister Knits and pore over the Anzula trunk show items!
The 2018 Hot August Knits yarn crawl is upon us! Starting Saturday, July 28th and running through Sunday, August 12th, this is the highlight of many a knitter's summer!The yarn crawl is so much fun! You'll meet other crawlers, compare experiences, and find treasures in each shop. Beautiful scenery will delight your eyes and perhaps you will find a favorite new spot for lunch or coffee. Your brain will be full of knowledge about the local yarn shops in our region as you return home from your southern Wyoming/northern Colorado yarn crawl!
General Yarn Crawl Details:
Complete information can be found on the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl website.There are two ways to get your Passport which will be stamped at each shop. You can download it from the website or get one from My Sister Knits and other participating shops. If you get stamps from all participating shops (no purchase necessary), you will leave your Passport at the last shop to be entered to win one of 8 grand prize baskets! One basket is on display at each shop. Your completed passport will also enter you into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate that each shop is offering!Official souvenir Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl bags will be available for purchase at each shop.
My Sister Knits Yarn Crawl Details:
We are opening at 9am Saturday, July 28th to kick things off. To celebrate, we have specials such as 40% off select yarns! Be sure to look for the signs in the shop!Colorful Eclectic, based in Golden, Colorado, has created an exclusive colorway for us, available only during the yarn crawl. When it's gone, it's gone. It's name? Sister: Keeper of Secrets! Perfect for My Sister Knits! In addition, Liz has provided mini skeins that complement our colorway.The first 200 people in the door will get a limited release pin featuring one of the famous My Sister Knits chickens!We will have a drawing on two Saturdays, August 4 and 11 for a prize. Get your ticket at the shop, write down your name and phone number and enter it in the drawing. It's as simple as that, no purchase necessary!Gather your friends or come alone, plan your Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl adventure, and look for the yarn-bombed tree! We can't wait to see you!
Delightful surprises awaited me at every turn when I walked into My Sister Knits after being in England and Scotland and completely out of touch for three weeks!There are new samples, new enamel pins, new bags, and new classes among the delights!One of the first items that caught my eye was the Arika sample.We love this kerchief-shaped cowl designed by Jane Richmond for winter wear so much that we modified it for summer! The original has yards of eye-catching fringe but we decided to leave it off of our summer version. We also used linen to make it hot-weather friendly. Quince & Co's aran weight Kestrel was our linen of choice. This makes a fun accessory for a summer's day!When I went upstairs to see what was new, I immediately saw a group of items made with Hue Loco's Backyard Chicken sets. Any of these projects answers the question, "What do I do with these fun sets of yarn?".There are two hats, one sweater, and a pair of socks for your inspiration! Our supply of Backyard Chicken sets is limited but these sample show marvelous ways to use up some of your odds and ends of yarn that are in your stash waiting for 'just the right thing'! Be sure to check them out when you're in the shop! My personal favorite is the Flax Light sweater designed by tincanknits with the contrasting rib and garter ridge detail which are modifications we added. I know a toddler who is going to get one this fall!With some more poking around the shop, I found several new bags and these in particular are noteworthy. Ann found them when she went to Squam this past month. Squam is a lake in New Hampshire; it's also a gathering of artists and makers. We encourage you to check out the link!These are one-of-a-kind handmade, and sometimes hand stitched, bags created by Karen Stevens who lives in Connecticut. We have both cross-body and tote styles. Ann would love to talk to you about them in detail and about her glorious weekend at Squam!And this isn't all I found; there's also an Anzula trunk show with samples galore and some intriguing class offerings!It's fun to walk into My Sister Knits after being gone and discover what's new. Be sure to allow yourself some browsing time if it's been a few weeks since you've been in!
When you walk into My Sister Knits, you first notice the yarn. Two floors of it! As you browse the yarn, you begin to notice the other items. Special items that Julie has found and stocked the shop with. Items that make your knitting life and your daily life more fun!For instance, Swedish Dishcloths! These eco-friendly, ultra-absorbent dishcloths are made with 70% wood cellulose from FSC certified forests and 30% cotton. Since they can be washed many, many times, each one can replace 17 rolls of paper towels. They last 9 - 12 months and are biodegradable. Plus, they have darling screen-printed designs on them!You won't want to miss the tiny items! We have our own enamel pins featuring Molly, Julie's Brussels Griffon and our official shop dog, and the My Sister Knits' chickens! We have a selection of other pins such as the white Brooklyn Tweed one on the far left of the photo above. We also have wooden stitch markers and tags for hats and sweaters from Katrinkles. Keep your eye out for these small goodies!Oh, the bracelets! These are so much fun! When you try one on in the shop, you may notice that it's a bit stiff. Never fear, it will soften up with one or two wearings. In addition to being useful, these are unique accessories that are conversation starters! They come in different lengths so be sure to try them all!Wax and Wool candles are a wonderful find! You'll often see one burning in the shop as we can't get enough of them! They are hand-poured soy candles with incredible scents. Leaving the candle lit for two hours or until the wax melts to the edges of the jar lengthens the burn time up to 50 hours.We also have Soak to care for your hand knits and other delicate garments. Soak is a rinse-less fabric wash. It's a low suds liquid and the dirt and detergent come out in the water. No need to rinse ever! It's also eco-friendly, biodegradable, and their bottles are recyclable and have all be recycled once before.We invite you to play with these special items, and more, that Julie has found!
The Farmers Daughter FibersOne of our most recent discoveries has been the beautiful yarns from The Farmers Daughter Fibers. Candace English who owns and operates the business has been wonderful to work with and we love seeing her yarns on our shelves every day.
We currently stock two bases, Foxy Lady and Squish. Foxy Lady is a beautiful single ply fingering weight yarn composed of 70% merino wool and 30% silk.
Squish is a 100% superwash merino worsted weight yarn. Both yarns are currently in stock and come in a variety of wonderful hand dyed colors.Both weights will be beautiful knit up as shawls, shawls, cowls and more! About Candace EnglishCandace English is the owner and operator of The Farmers Daughter Fibers, and she was born and raised in Montana. She draws inspiration from her Native American roots, having grown up just outside of the Blackfeet Reservation, as well as her ranching and farming background.In addition to running The Farmers Daughter Fibers, Candace has begun putting on a Montana Mountain Retreat which will surely be a beautiful experience!Next time you are in the shop, take a look at our selection of The Farmers Daughters Fibers and pick up a skein or two!
If you'd like to own a small piece of Norwegian knitting history, our long-awaited Selbuvotter sock and mitten blockers are here! Selbuvotter mittens are Norway's quintessential national symbol.My Sister Knits has an expert Selbuvotter teacher, Jeannie Gibberson and her mittens have been on display in the shop. No matter your skill or interest level in knitting these unique mittens, you're going to want some of these blockers as art pieces, if for nothing else! The story behind these blockers is captivating! Patricia Anne Fortune moved to Norway from Dallas over 20 years ago. She and her family live on a small farm at the top of a mountain, in the middle of a forest overlooking Selbu lake and the village of Selbu.One day she found herself in the Selbuvotter museum's room that shows how knitting machines and metal and plastic tools made the old wooden ones obsolete. This room has a collection of beautiful handmade wooden sock and mitten blockers that are no longer produced.She set about reviving this little piece of history that had been given over to mass production in modern times. Patricia's blockers are made from Norwegian birch from her farm, which is processed at a saw mill in her village. They are individually carved using laser technology. The last step is sanding and polishing by hand with beeswax.These blockers are handmade after they are ordered and each of the ones in My Sister Knits were made specifically for us. The thought of these blockers being hand crafted in Norway just for us makes them precious; we've been handling them with reverence! If you want to know more about Patricia, be sure to ask Ann when you see her in the shop as she is the one who discovered these remarkable blockers and their story!
Amongst our DK and fingering/sock weight yarns are some that you may have missed. We have such a good selection that now and then a new yarn can go unnoticed, a hidden gem in between our tried and true old faithfuls. We are going to have a number of posts featuring these yarns in the next few months. Today, we want you to know about two of them!
Forbidden Fiber Co.
This hand-dyed yarn comes to us from Los Angeles, California. We carry fingering weight Pride, a blend of 70% superwash Merino, 20% nylon, and 10% stellina. Stellina is a nylon fiber that is metallic toned, not actually metal. This adds understated sparkle to any project! Perhaps a glittery shawl? Sparkly stripes on a sweater? Socks that make your feet want to dance?Forbidden Fiber has a special Harry Potter yarn each month. Fans of this yarn can add anything that reminds them of Harry Potter to Forbidden Fiber's Pinterest board. Each month, a pin is chosen to use as inspiration for that month's colorway. If you are interested in adding a pin, you can PM Forbidden Fiber on Pinterest and be added.Each month's yarn base is chosen at random and the colorways are kept secret until the 20th of the month when the inspiration for the colorway and the resulting yarn are shared on Ravelry. Once My Sister Knits' shipment for the month is gone, it's gone. You just have to wait until the next month when a new yarn will be revealed!
Magpie Fibers’ founder Dami Hunter moved to historic Frederick, Maryland and signed up for a knitting class in a local yarn shop that opened the same week that she arrived! With her background in and love of crafting, fashion merchandising, and apparel design, she quickly became infatuated with knitting. The colors of the yarns captivated her and she began experimenting with dyeing. She found the art and chemistry of it irresistible and now knitters benefit from her curiosity! Dami launched Magpie Fibers in 2014 at The Knot House, the yarn shop that opened at the same time she moved to Frederick. We find that rather magical!My Sister Knits carries her Swanky Sock and Swanky DK yarns. Both are blends of 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon which creates a yarn with exquisite drape and sheen!We love the diversity of her colorways, from solids and tonals to speckled, she has it covered!Both of these yarn companies have something special to offer and the lucky thing is that you don't have to chose between them! You can get a skein of each the next time you're in the shop!
My Sister Knits is the first in the country to carry A Homespun House yarn!This yarn comes to us from Berlin, Germany! Molly, who is an American living in Berlin with her husband and young children, is the creative force and dyer of this enticing yarn.Molly has been knitting most of her life and was inspired by her grandmother who was a leading member of her crafting community. Molly's grandmother, along with two friends, established a business selling hand-crafted gifts that was the original Homespun House!This yarn, in eye-catching colors, is exactly right for spring projects! Of course the fingering weight, with its SW Merino/nylon blend, makes fun socks but we have a few other patterns for you to consider in both fingering and DK weights:
Carol has just finished Lovella, designed by Ambah O'Brien and it's on display in the shop. Be one of the first to make this as it was just published in February! This shawl uses two yarns for garter row stripes and incorporates a simple section of eyelet. Worked with the DK yarn and size 7 needles, this can be finished in plenty of time to be a transitional piece as the weather becomes warmer!
A pullover for any size
We love tincanknits patterns for their versatility, easy to follow directions, and helpful tutorials! Flax Light, a free pattern, would be adorable using A Homespun House fingering weight yarn. See our shop sample to fully appreciate the garter stitch sleeve details on a baby sized sweater. This pattern is sized from newborn to adult 4XL.
A brand new pattern from Joji Locatelli
Joji Locatelli's new collection, Interpretations Volume 5, is out this month and her Glacier Tunic is a contender for this yarn! Using fingering weight, this tunic can be knit to any length, from a short top to a dress. It promises to be a fun knit with intriguing construction.
A little girl's dress
We envision this dress being loved by a little one! The pattern is Caesia, designed by Georgie Nicolson, and uses DK weight and sizes 3 and 6 needles. There are 422 Ravelry projects of this dress, indicating that it's a great pattern and well written! Included are detailed instructions for working the yoke increases which indicates Georgie's thoughtfulness as a designer. This is a top-down, seamless pattern with a decorative textured yoke for size newborn to 12 years.
A baby cardigan
This simply designed garter stitch cardigan will show off Molly's yarn beautifully! The pattern is playtime by Lori Versaci, uses fingering weight yarn, and comes in sizes 3 months to 18 months. There are design options for a solid, color blocked, or a striped yoke.Our customers are the only ones in the US able to buy this yarn from a yarn shop so hurry in to get the best choice of colorways! You'll be glad you did!
My Sister Knits has a hat sample that you’re going to want to take a look at! Stephen West designed this hat in 2013 and it’s a pattern that will never go out of style due to its unique construction.The Hofsos Hat is made with two strands of Loft held double throughout. Part of the cleverness of this pattern is that the two strands create a marled look; another part of the cleverness is that three colors are used. Imagine the colors identified as color 1, color 2 and color 3. Sometimes colors 1 and 2 are held together. Sometimes colors 2 and 3 are held together. Sometimes colors 1 and 3 are held together. At other times, two strands of the same color are held together. So clever!A look at the project page on Ravelry shows that 251 hats have been made and posted which is a sign of a well written pattern! The project pages are a helpful place to look for color inspiration and to see how other knitters liked the pattern. Watch for the smiley face emojis as an indication of how well the pattern is liked. The other thing to watch for are the life-ring emojis as they show notes that others found helpful. Stephen West writes patterns that are clear, concise, and easy to follow. His patterns can be trusted! You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish this hat; it looks much more complicated than it is! Nothing about it is difficult and we are happy to help you with anything you aren’t sure of. Always look at the ‘Abbreviations’ list to see what stitches are required when choosing a pattern. The M1L is the only stitch that might be off-putting but Stephen explains how to do it and we've added an instructional link also.If you’re going to stretch yourself a bit with this hat, or any pattern, we suggest you work on it in the shop when you can, especially during Fearless Knitting help times! Those are Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 - 1pm. That way, we’re only steps away and can get you over a rough patch in moments. The name of this hat, Hofsos, is the name of a tiny, sleepy fishing village in Iceland which is known for its magnificent thermal pools.We invite you to come into the shop to examine this hat!
My Sister Knits is happy to announce that we are now stocking Wool and the Gang yarns! Coming to us from England, this yarn company focuses on do-it-yourself fashion!
Crazy Sexy Wool
Made with Peruvian wool, this is a Super Chunky weight ball of single ply softness! Calling for size 15 - 50 US needles and a wpi of 2.5, this yarn knits up fast! We have two hat samples in the shop that are darling with a Wabarna pom pom added! This yarn was designed with beginners in mind because progress is seen immediately!
Heal the Wool
Also from Peru, this yarn is recycled wool fiber. It is a soft, chunky two ply Super Bulky weight that also can be knit with size 15 - 50 US needles and has a wpi of 5. Wool and the Gang donates 30% of the yarn price to Friends of the Earth to help fight climate change.
A word about wpi....
You may have noticed that these two yarns have different weight classifications but the suggested needle size is the same. Crazy Sexy Wool has a wpi of 2.5 while Heal the Wool has a wpi of 5. The term 'wpi' means wraps per inch. To determine the wpi of a yarn, it is wrapped carefully around a ruler, with each wrap touching the one before but not overlapping, for one inch. The number of wraps helps to determine the weight of the yarn. Taking into account the difference of wpis, Heal the Wool is the lighter weight of the two.
Shiny Happy Cotton
This aran/worsted weight pima cotton is also from Peru and rounds out our Wool and the Gang collection. Items made with pima cotton are softer, denser, and more durable that those made with regular cotton. Just feel our Fade Cowls and dishcloths that are on display!Projects made with Wool and the Gang are perfect for quick Christmas gifts! We have ideas for hats, cloths for dishes or faces, and cowls on display. We invite you to come in and check them out!
Our highly anticipated shipment of Black Elephant yarn has arrived! We love the colorways of the superwash DK and Sock weight yarns and exclaimed over each one as it was pulled out of the shipping box! Black Elephant yarns are hand dyed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. Ten years ago Petra Schwarcz moved to England from Slovakia. She learned to knit as a child but wasn't serious about it until she arrived in Sheffield which is colder than Slovakia! She wanted hand knits to keep her warm and cozy. Petra found that there were no video tutorials in the Slovakian language so she had to relearn how to knit in English. Imagine! It occurred to her that maybe there were other Slovakian knitters who would like some video tutorials in their own language. She started a blog and posted some! She was bowled over by amount of knitters who appreciated them and clamored for more!Soon after, she discovered hand dyed yarn. That was the beginning of her fascination with fibers of all sorts; wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere, silk, she wanted it all! Of course the name Black Elephant has a story behind it! One Christmas her mother gave her a special notebook to be used for her knitting ideas. There was a darling little elephant on the front cover. Petra's last name means black in German and some of her friends used that as a nickname for her. She put those two names together for her company.Black elephants do exist and, according to Hindu thinking, elephants are revered as symbols of good luck and good fortune so Petra's choice is excellent!Come into the shop to see this whimsically colored yarn in person! We have many more colorways than are shown in these photos. When you hold it in your hand, think about Petra and her story and know that this is a special yarn indeed.
Once upon a time there was a young woman in France; Normandy, to be exact. This young mother of three wanted to knit a pair of socks. She searched high and low for the ideal color she had in mind. Alas, it was nowhere to be found.The young woman, who has a background in textile design, decided to dye some yarn for herself. Then she dyed more, and still some more.Since she loves to make her yarn early in the morning, she named it Tot le Matin (early in the morning!).Now our heroine has a profusion of yarn in both bold and gentle colors that she loves but she does not have time to knit the socks!Tot le Matin yarn is only available in three shops in the US and My Sister Knits is proud to be one of them!Plan to come in to see Lauriane's gorgeous colorways before they disappear as quickly as early morning peace turns into late morning bedlam!