Meet Francis Cestari!

Meet Francis Cestari!

Francis Cestari is a legend in the United States wool world and he is coming to My Sister Knits!  He’ll be here Tuesday August 27th from 1pm until 4pm. Meeting this impressive and dedicated sheep farmer and hearing his stories will be an event you’ll never forget.

National Local Yarn Shop Day is April 27th!

National Local Yarn Shop Day is a day to support and celebrate brick and mortar yarn stores.

There’s nothing quite like a LYS!  Each one has its own character and knitters search them out when traveling!  Some have even become a destination in their own right.

Shibui Knits at Interweave Yarn Fest!

Shibui Knits, the epitome of elegant yarn, will be featured in My Sister Knits’ booth at Interweave Yarn Fest this weekend, March 28th - 30th!

Sandy Barnes of Shibui Knits will be at our booth along with the entire Spring 19 collection which you are welcome to try on!  She will be happy to discuss all things Shibui and help you choose the best yarn for your intended project. 

Yarn Fest is Fast Approaching!

Yarn Fest is Fast Approaching!

We are nearing the end of March and that means that Interweave Yarn Festis almost here!For the past several years we have been lucky enough to have this major yarn festival right here in northern Colorado!  Yarn Fest takes place the last weekend of March at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado.  This year the dates are Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st.

By Hand Serial Features My Sister Knits!

By Hand Serial is a lookbook that comes out three times a year featuring making communities in the U.S. and Canada.  This publication is a feast for the eyes!  The distinctive photography adds a beautiful photo journal quality to By Hand.By Hand serialLocal yarn shops and interviews with local artisans and knitwear designers are prominent in each issue along with a representation of regional arts and crafts.My Sister Knits is thrilled to announce that we are featured in the latest issue of By Hand Serial Lookbook No. 8:  Colorado's Front Range!  To celebrate, we have invited Andrea Hungerford, By Hand's author and creative director, to join us for the official launch on Saturday, January 26th!Andrea will give a lecture in the morning from 9 until noon.  From 1 until 3pm she will be signing books and chatting with our customers. Also from 1 until 3pm, the indie dyers featured in this issue of By Hand Serial will be at My Sister Knits with some of their yarn!Nicole Clark of Hue Loco, Rachel Lundstrom of Six and Seven Fibers, and Dani Frisbie of Sunshine Yarns will all be at the shop.  Dani does not wholesale her yarns, so this is a rare opportunity to purchase her yarn at My Sister Knits!

Andrea's Lecture

When Andrea was at the shop a few months ago, she talked about making sweaters and how to choose yarn that would work well with a specific pattern.  We loved hearing what she had to say and asked if she would like to share her knowledge when she came for the launch.  She graciously agreed and we are eager to provide this great learning opportunity for you!By HandHer lecture will include points to consider when choosing yarn for a sweater, including yarn construction and characteristics.  This is heady knowledge for yarny geeks and anyone who wants to successfully substitute yarn!   In addition, she'll talk about animal and plant fibers and the difference between woolen and worsted spun yarn.My Sister KnitsFor more detailed information, visit our workshop page here.  This lecture requires signing up by either visiting the link just provided or calling the shop at 970.407.1461.We hope to see you at My Sister Knits for the By Hand Serial launch on Saturday, January 26th!

My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day!

My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day is Saturday, December 15th from 11 - 4!  Join us for fun, frivolity, and some rare knitting time with no interruptions!We will provide soup, hot apple cider, and other yummy goodies including chocolate as an afternoon pick-me-up.  We will also toast our progress with a glass of bubbly at the end of the day!My Sister KnitsIf you're new to hat knitting, Jenny will be there to guide you through the process.  The only requirements are knowing how to knit and purl.  If you’d like to try a new technique on your hat, she will guide you through that also.  She’ll gladly be your ‘safety net’ for your hat project on that day!We have oodles of ideas and hats on display for your consideration.  We have ones that can be knit quickly and ones that require a bit more work.  What are you in the mood for?Hat KnittingYou are welcome to come to My Sister Knits that morning ready with your yarn and pattern.  Alternatively, you may come that morning, choose your pattern and your yarn, and then get started!

An RSVP is appreciated

It would help us plan for you if you could RSVP by Dec. 8th letting us know you're coming or even thinking about coming.  However, if you decide to join us at the last minute, please do so!My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day

My Sister Knits' Annual Clothing Drive

My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day would be a great time to bring in a donation for our annual clothing drive for Putnam and Irish elementary schools.  They are in dire need of sweat pants for the younger grades, socks, and girls' leggings in sizes 4 - 6.  These kiddos really have need of our generosity.“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.” —The Dalai Lama XIVWe hope to see you on Saturday, December 15th!

Introducing My Sister Knits 'Local' Yarn!

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.

Fingering/Sock weight

My Sister KnitsJulie 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.

DK weight

yarnNotice 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.

Worsted weight

yarn store Fort CollinsWe 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! My Sister Knits yarn  

Anzula Trunk Show!

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!Anzula Trunk ShowSabrina 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.Anzula For Better or WorstedThe 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.My Sister KnitsAnzula 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!           

Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Time!

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!Hot August Knits Yarn CrawlThe 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.yarn crawl northern Colorado

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!My Sister KnitsGather 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! Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl 

My Sister Knits is Going to Yarn Fest!

Interweave Yarn Fest is Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th!  We are so fortunate to have it take place right in our own back yard at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO!We had so much fun in our booth last year that we're doing it again!  We're in the same place, about halfway back in the middle, in booth 316.  It's a corner booth so we'll be easy to find.We've been scurrying about the shop gathering special items to take and planning our displays.  We'll have.......

Kits

We've put together kits for Mini Marley and Across the Pond with two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed's Loft and one skein of Spin Cycle's Dyed in the Wool!  Mini Marley is a smaller version of Andrea Mowry's Marley, with modifications by Kate SalomonAcross the Pond, also designed by Andrea Mowry, is a cowl with some "techniques to indulge in" as Andrea says!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins CO, Marley, Andrea Mowry, Across the Pond, Brooklyn Tweed, Loft, Spin Cycle yarns, Dyed in the Wool, cowl, shawl

Shibui Knits yarn

We will showcase two of Shibui Knits' yarns, Lunar and Drift, plus we will have their brand new colors available!Lunar is lace weight loveliness made with 60% Merino wool and 40% silk.  Our featured pattern, Birdrock, designed by Anne Ginger, can be either a long cowl or a scarf and uses three colors of Lunar knit with a size 5 needle.Drift is worsted weight and is heavenly to knit with as it is 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere!  Our featured pattern for Drift is Mad Fusion by Plucky Knitter Design.  The tassels on this shawl are such a fun finishing touch!  Using garter stitch and knit with size 13 needles, you can be wearing this in no time!My Sister Knits, Shibui yarn, Mad Fusion shawl, shibui lunar, shibui drift, norther colorado

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry

Brooklyn Tweed's Bulky weight yarn, Quarry, is a heathered 100% wool, produced entirely in the US.  Since it is woolen spun, it is light, airy, and warm!  Our featured pattern for this yarn is Annie Rowden's Bracken.  This cozy child's pullover, in sizes 6 months through 12 years, has a unique texture that is created with two needle sizes, an 8 and a 13.  It's top down, seamless, and has raglan sleeves and a crew neck. It's the perfect 'sweatshirt' for our Rocky Mountain spring!My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, Brookyn Tweed, Quarry, bulky weight yarn, Bracken, Colorado

And sock yarn!

Oh, the fingering weight sock yarn we're bringing!  We've gone international with Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland from the parish of Drung, Tot le Matin from Paris, Qing from London, and A Homespun House from Berlin! We certainly will have what you're looking for!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, local yarn shop, sock yarn, Qing, Olann, A Homespun House, Tot le MatinAnyone visiting our booth will get a discount coupon for use at My Sister Knits anytime during Yarn Fest weekend! 

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!

Sizzlingly Spectacular Sample Sale by Kate Salomon!

Last week we gave you the opportunity to help survivors of the sex trafficking trade by purchasing colorful handmade Kantha quilts.  This week we’re giving you the opportunity to help the Red Cross hurricane relief by purchasing handknits at our Sample Sale!My Sister Knits, Kale Salomon, Sample Sale, Fort Collins, handknit sweatersThose of you who have been long time customers of My Sister Knits may fondly remember Kate Salomon.  Those of you who don’t know her will have seen her beautifully knitted samples in the shop. A few years ago Kate moved to Vermont but her presence in the shop is still felt.  Right now we have at least three of her samples on display!  Ask about them the next time you are in the shop!Kate has accumulated a daunting amount of her own handknits. She’s decided that it would be fabulous if some of these found a new home where they are truly appreciated and worn, all while helping a good cause.My Sister Knits, local knit shop, local yarn shop, cowls, Colorado, stranded knittingToward that end, My Sister Knits is having a two-pronged Sample Sale of her handknits with the proceeds going to Red Cross hurricane relief.  Thursday, Nov. 16th from 4 - 6:30pm we will hold an Instagram auction!  Go to our Instagram, @mysisterknits, to bid on your favorite items!  We will notify winners that evening.My Sister Knits, knitted hats, northern Colorado, local yarn shopBut wait!  Before that, on Tuesday, Nov. 14th, those of us in or near Fort Collins will have a special opportunity to purchase these items in the shop from 5 - 7:30pm.  Most of these you will recognize and most have never been worn!Among the items Kate has given us are cowls, shawls, sweaters, hats, and even a blanket!  Think instant Christmas gifts!Join us for either of these events and know you are again helping those in need.  Plus, you get to have something you may have drooled over in the shop!

Grab This Chance to Learn From the Best, Elizabeth Doherty!

Rarely do we get teachers and designers of Elizabeth Doherty's caliber to teach in Fort Collins.   We are incredibly lucky to have the experience of learning from her the weekend of November 4th and 5th! There are three classes available; Warming Up to Linen, Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, and Top-Down Set-In Sleeves.Just a few weeks ago I had the unforgettable opportunity to take her Top-Down Set-In Sleeve class and it changed the way I will knit sweaters forever!  I've only made cardigans and I now have the skills to make a pullover!  That fits!  My cardigans always fall off my shoulders.  The armholes are too big which results in extra fabric under my arms.  Elizabeth taught how to fix those problems and I am over the  moon about that!  I can't wait to cast on a sweater using my new knowledge!My Sister Knits, Elizabeth Doherty, sweater knitting, Fort Collins, set-in sleeves, knitting classes, knitting designersElizabeth's class walks us through her ideas about how to create a classic fit that flatters.  Her top down patterns allow us to try on our sweaters as we go.  Her class covers both the techniques and the math involved in modifying other patterns for a better fit.  She measures each student!  Having those numbers gives us the tools we need to improve the fit of any sweater pattern!Sweaters with shoulder seams and set-in sleeves provide a better fit than other styles due to their structure.  Unfortunately, that usually includes sleeve and side seams which are intimidating.  Thanks to Elizabeth's class, I will never have to sew a side seam or set in a sleeve again and neither will you!  She teaches exactly how to pick up armhole stitches and knit the sleeves top-down.  In any sweater!Trying on her samples is a voyage of discovery!   Patterns that you might not have thought would work for your figure are as flattering as they are comfortably wearable.  I was happily surprised by several of them!Elizabeth has an engineer's mind and approaches knitting in a unique way.  She notices problems, figures out how to solve them, and the rest of us benefit!  She has some surprising tips and tricks to improve stitch consistency and prevent 'rowing out'.  I have always had a problem with a hole at the underarm when joining a sleeve.  No matter how many people I asked or how much research I did, I could not find a way to eliminate it.  Elizabeth has a marvelously simple way to avoid the gap entirely!This class is essential for any sweater knitter whether you're planning your first one or your tenth!  Not only will you have a valuable learning experience, you will have fun doing it!  Plus, Elizabeth will tell us her secret to life!Knowing how much I learned from this class, I can't wait for the other two she's teaching! Take advantage of this fantastic chance to learn from one of the best right in our own back yard!  Call the shop now to secure a spot in one or all of Elizabeth's classes!  970.407.1461

Wind Down Wednesdays are a Welcome Event!

We want to get the word out about Wind Down Wednesdays!  They are the last Wednesday of every month from 4 - 7 and are without a doubt open to everyone!  Sometimes it can be hard to join a group for the first time.  We want you to know that you will be welcomed with big smiles and friendly conversation!Each month we take a field trip to an eating establishment, bring along our knitting or crocheting, and have a rollicking good time!My Sister Knits, Wind Down Wednesday, Fort Collins, social knittingIt's a welcome afternoon/evening get away from our normal routines.  We love going to different venues and exploring all that Fort Collins has to offer.There is no need to sign up, just come anytime you can between 4 and 7 and stay for as long as you want!We have the next four months planned out.My Sister Knits, Wind Down Wednesdays, Fort Collins, Colorado, local yarn shop

September 27th

We'll meet at Illegal Pete's, 320 Walnut Street in Old Town.  Fun fact - they have a Starving Artist Program that gives out of town bands a free meal while they are on tour.

October 25th

Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro is the spot, 200B Walnut Street, again in Old Town.  Fun fact - cricket is on the menu!  Evidently they are crunchy with a slight taste of soy nuts!

November 29th

The week after Thanksgiving will find us at The Colorado Room, 642 S. College near the intersection of College and Laurel on the east side of the street.  Fun fact - their tables and bar are handcrafted from beetle kill wood!

December 27th

We can relax after Christmas at Mugs Coffee Lounge, 261 S. College at the intersection of College and Olive St.  Fun fact - owner McCabe Callahan opened Mugs when he was finishing his last semester at CSU!The autumn months often find us busier than ever.  Our Wind Down Wednesdays are meant to be a time away from responsibilities when we can take a much needed mental mini vacation!We hope you can join us.Leave a comment below if you have a suggestion for a meeting spot!  

An Invitation to MSK's Make a Hat Day Party Friday, Sept. 15th!

Friday, September 15th is Make a Hat Day and My Sister Knits is going to have some fun with it!  This is a merry way to kick off our fall knitting projects!My Sister Knits, Make a Hat Day, Wabarna, Fort Collins, knitted hatJenny will be at My Sister Knits all day hosting our Make a Hat Day party!  We invite you to come to the shop and knit a hat for the entire day or as long as your schedule allows.It will be a fun, rare day to focus entirely on knitting with no distractions! We'll have coffee and mid-morning treats.  Later we will have the option of ordering in lunch and of course there will be chocolate for our mid-afternoon break!  We'll finish up the day with a toast to our progress!Fort Collins, My Sister Knits, Make a Hat Day, Wabarna pompomsIf you've never knit a hat before, Jenny will be there to guide you through the process.  The only requirements are knowing how to knit and purl.  If you'd like to try a new technique on your hat, she will guide you through that also.  She'll gladly be your 'safety net' for your hat project on that day!My Sister Knits has a variety of patterns and samples made with Aran and Bulky weight yarns that will knit up quickly.  We've thoughtfully chosen patterns that require only simple stitches and cast ons.  However, you might find yourself falling in love with a hat knit in a lighter weight yarn or with more design details.  This will take a bit longer to finish but you will still make good progress by joining us for the bulk of the day!My Sister Knits, Colorado, Make a Hat Day, local yarn shop, Fort Collins yarn shopYou are welcome to come to My Sister Knits Friday, Sept. 15th ready with your yarn and pattern.  Alternatively, you may come that morning, choose your pattern and your yarn, and then get started!This coming Saturday, Sept. 9th, would be a perfect time to come in and choose your yarn!  Sandy Barnes from Shibui will be in the shop all day and will be happy to help you choose a Shibui combination that would make a luxurious hat!We hope you can join us for this fun, unusual event; no sign up is needed!  

National Sisters Day with Julie and Diana!

National Sisters Day is Sunday, August 6th!  Celebrated around the world on the first Sunday in August, the first National Sisters Day was in 2011.  It's a new unofficial holiday and what a superb idea!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Colorado, National Sisters Day, yarnThe most famous sisters at My Sister Knits are of course Julie and Diana.  For those of you who might not know, Julie is the owner and Diana is her older sister.  Their mom, who Julie says is the best mom, came up with My Sister Knits.  She knew that one day Diana was going to join Julie in the shop and this would be a fitting name.When asked to describe Julie in three words off the top of her head, Diana's response was, "fun, loving, awesome".Julie's answer to the same question was, "nicest person in the world, the one I'd turn to for parenting advice, the pretty one" (what a nice thing to say about your sister!).My Sister Knits, National Sisters Day, Northern Colorado, Local Yarn Shop, knitting, yarn, Julie and Diana learned to knit at the same time when they were about 7 and 8.  They took classes at Mrs. Bohaczek's in-home yarn shop.  Perhaps this is when the seed was planted for My Sister Knits!They have been knitting since then, sometimes taking a break to quilt but always coming back to knitting.  They each like to knit smallish 'anywhere, anytime' projects.  Diana is currently working on Christmas stockings; Julie is on a sock kick!  She also loves to knit hats, little girls' dresses, and gifts because she likes to think about the recipient as she knits.Growing up the oldest two of five siblings, Julie and Diana developed a deep bond.  They think the same, have the same interest in knitting, sewing, family, antiques, and liking to go back to their roots in Nebraska.  They went to the same nursing school with Diana becoming an elementary school nurse and Julie ending up as Head Nurse of the ICU at Poudre Valley Hospital here in Fort Collins.  Julie and Diana even look so alike that they are often mistaken for each other!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, yarn, knitting, local yarn shopThey had a dream of doing something together when they both left nursing.  Julie opened My Sister Knits in 2004.  When Diana retired in 2015 she immediately moved to Fort Collins to partner with Julie and become a beloved fixture at the shop!When they aren't at My Sister Knits they like to spend time at their family cabin in Estes Park, Colorado,; take classes; travel; and enjoy meals cooked by Diana's husband. Their dream has come true!This quote by Isadora James perfectly sums up Julie and Diana:  "A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life."Do you have a sister or sister-like friend you'd like to celebrate on National Sisters Day?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Starts Saturday!

Knitters, start your engines!  Or at least put gas in your car in anticipation of the annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl July 29th through August 13th!We have a bountiful array of yarn shops throughout northern Colorado and southern Wyoming and this is a grand party!  The yarn crawl is your opportunity to experience each shop's style and unique characteristics.Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, My Sister Knits, ColoradoWe at My Sister Knits have been getting ready for weeks, as have the other 9 shops.  We've expanded our 50% off wall, put gift bags together for daily drawings, made samples of our free pattern for you to try on, put all of our Anzula yarn and all Addi needles on sale for 20% off, to name just a few of our preparations.The yarn crawl is so much fun!  You'll meet other crawlers, compare experiences, and find treasures in each shop; see some beautiful scenery; perhaps find a favorite new spot for lunch or coffee; and return home full of knowledge about the local yarn shops in our region.Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, My Sister Knits, Fort CollinsGeneral Yarn Crawl Details:Complete information can be found on the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl website.Before you start your adventure, download your Passport to bring with you.  This will be stamped at each shop.  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 10 grand prize baskets!  One basket is on display at each shop.Each shop has designed a pattern to be given to all participants, no purchase necessary.  You can also download them here.My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Colorado, Hot August Knits Yarn CrawlThere will be an Instagram drawing for a gift basket for those who post photos using the #hotaugustknits2017 hashtag.Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, My Sister Knits, Norther ColoradoMy Sister Knits Yarn Crawl Details:We will have a drawing at the end of each day for a small gift bag.  Get your blue 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!We will also use those blue tickets for our own drawing at the end of the yarn crawl.  We have two baskets and a $50 gift certificate to give away!Print out your Passport, gather your friends or come alone, and plan your Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl adventure today!  We can't wait to see you! 

Join Us in Celebrating Worldwide Knit in Public Day!

On Saturday, June 10th, knitters all over the world will gather to knit in public!We will come out of our homes and flock to coffee shops, restaurants, sporting events, anywhere there are unknown people and we will pull out our WIPs and we will bravely knit in front of everyone!We will show the world that people of all types cherish this craft of ours - old, young, women, men, literally everyone!Worldwide Knit it Public Day began in 2005 and it's always the second Saturday in June.  There are registered events from Guinea to the Philippines to New Zealand to Luxembourg and all points in between!Gather with us as My Sister Knits celebrates this international knitting event; we will knit away in our garden from 10am until 3pm and refreshments will be offered.Yes, we realize this isn't exactly out in public; it's part of our Knitting in the Garden series this summer.  We challenge you to gather your courage to pull out your needles and yarn in our 'safe zone' and then move on to a more public place!You never know how you might influence a stranger to take up knitting, perhaps someone who needs it in their life.We hope to see you Saturday!

Knit Along with Us!

My Sister Knits is having an online Knit Along (KAL)!  Check out the KAL thread in our Ravelry Group and join in as we make Laura Aylor's Milky Way shawl.  You'll see progress photos, make friends, get your questions answered, and generally have a lot of fun!This textured shawl is knit sideways in garter stitch, using slipped stitches to create the stars.Choosing yarn for this project is a marvelous opportunity to dip your toes into creative waters. Our shop sample is made with Shibui Stacatto.  Combing through the shop's fingering weight yarns produced many choices, with similar construction and fiber content, that would all create a lovely shawl with beautiful drape.  


  Our KAL is starting now; choose your yarn, join our Ravelry group, and prepare to enjoy yourself!  Please contact us with any questions!

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!