Tweed Silk Cloud has just joined the Shibui family of yarn! At My Sister Knits we love the elegance of Shibui yarns and the sumptuous fabric they create. Now we have a new yarn to play with!
We have some Coop Knits yarn and books in the shop that you’re going to want to know about!
Rachel Coopey lives in the UK and designs socks, mittens, and hats but mostly socks. She lives and breathes socks, both designing them and knitting them. She loves them so much she created her own yarn that shows off her designs to the max!
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.
We have a sample in the shop that is truly elegant in its simplicity and sophistication! It's the Princeton Capelet designed by Sylvia Hager. Sylvia designed it specifically for Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere. This little gem is perfect for the warmer spring weather that will be here before we know it!
At times we want to make a project with machine washable wool. Socks, baby clothes, and items for children come to mind. But which machine washable wool do we choose and what exactly does machine washable mean?
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!
Spincycle Yarns are like no other; the multiple colors in each skein are so eye catching! We pet these skeins often, trying to decide which is our favorite colorway.Spincycle Yarns Dream State, like their other bases, is "dyed in the wool" creating splendid multicolored yarns! This means that their fleeces are cleaned, carded, made into roving and then dyed before they are spun. Surprisingly, this is done by putting several colors of dye into the dye pot at once. Now you might think that would create nothing but a rather muddy color. However, if the PH and the temperature are exactly right when the roving is added, magic happens!The spinning process elongates the colors and spreads them throughout the yarn. The last step of plying lays one color over another and creates the final amazingly colored yarn! Every skein of Spincycle Yarns is unique which adds to the fun!
Choose Your Own Adventure
Spincycle Yarns are unequaled for adding that little extra 'something' to a project. Kimberly put some kits together that use Spincycle Yarns Dream State to create a go-to accessory! These kits have two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft and one skein of Dream State. When you buy a kit, you can 'choose your own adventure' because you get your choice of one of three patterns for free!Andrea designed this cowl with Spincycle Yarns in mind. Across the Pond's colorwork section uses mosaic knitting which deals with only one strand of yarn at a time; perfect as an introduction to colorwork!This pattern is only available at local yarn shops, it is not available on Ravelry. Laura's goal is to get knitters to adventure to their local yarn shop! This shawl has three versions so you are indeed choosing your own adventure! They start the same, knitting a boomerang shape with a neutral color and then you choose what you'd like to do for the rest of it with skill levels ranging from beginner to more challenging.We have Kate's modification instructions to make the Marley a smaller shawl, the Mini Marley! This delightful smaller version is the result of a pattern-reading mistake that ended up creating something unexpected! As designer Stephen West says, mistakes are just new design elements!We have another sample in the shop that is great for Spincycle Yarns, Mary Jane Mucklestone's Flying Geese Cowl. Diana used it for some of the triangles but you could use one skein for all of them. Be sure to check out this cowl as a possibility!There are plentiful patterns where just a little of this gorgeous yarn goes a long way towards creating something special. We'd be happy to help you choose a different project if that is your wish!We welcome you to come into My Sister Knits to ooohh and aaaahh over Spincycle Yarns, all the while appreciating the process that makes it so special.
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!
A knitting class is so much fun! You meet encouraging, amicable knitters, gain confidence in your knitting skills by learning something new, and have an experienced instructor right there! The instructors at My Sister Knits are always happy to help you through any crochet or knitting class whether you are a newbie or have years of experience.
The Ninilchik Swoncho, designed by Caitlin Hunter, promises to be a class that will take your knitting to the next level! Our sample was knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter which is a worsted weight woolen spun yarn. This is a splendid pattern for your first colorwork project because of the weight of the yarn. Many colorwork projects use fingering weight yarn; the worsted weight will be easier for knitters new to colorwork.Shelter is a woolen spun yarn. It is light in weight while providing extra warmth due to the air trapped in the yarn during spinning.The Swoncho, as the name suggests, is a combination of sweater and poncho. As such, there is no need to be concerned with exact measurements which will be a relief to many! The sleeves, which start near the elbow, make this swoncho easy to wear and less floppy than a poncho.Sleeve ribbing gives a cozy, close fit which contrasts nicely with the loose, swingy fit of the body.
With Kelly ready to guide you through this pattern, anyone who can execute a knit stitch and considers themselves an adventurous beginner can make this! It's knit in the round with no seaming, has only four rows with wrap and turn short rows, and uses only one type of increase and decrease. There is a large-print, easy to follow chart for each colorwork portion. You will come away from this knitting class with newfound confidence in yourself as a knitter!
This pattern can be easily modified in a number of ways. The body and the sleeves can be made longer or shorter and you can choose to eliminate some or all of the colorwork. You'd just need to talk to us about how much more main color you'd need.
Dates and times
This class is offered Tuesday evenings, August 21, 28, and September 11 from 6 until 8.
We offer local knitting classes at our shop on Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins every month. You can find out about them by picking up a class card (always with a lovely photo on the front!) from the shop or by checking our website. You can choose if you'd like to pay online, by calling the shop, or in person!We invite you into My Sister Knits to play with color combinations and sign up to make this swoncho that will quickly become a favorite fall-into-winter garment!As designer Caitlin Hunter says, "take it one row at a time and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish!"
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!
Our Calyx pullover sample has just arrived at My Sister Knits! This sweater, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, will take you from summer evenings into fall days.Calyx is knit with two yarns from Shibui Knits, one strand of fingering weight Reed (100% linen) held with one strand of sport weight Twig (46% linen, 42% silk, 12% wool). This combination makes approximately a worsted weight which will knit up fairly quickly!This slightly boxy sweater pattern is written so thoroughly that it sets every knitter up for success! It, along with Elizabeth's other patterns, fulfills your 'easy seamless sweaters to knit' goal. They are easy because of her precise, clear, thorough directions.When reading over the instructions for Calyx, it's obvious that Elizabeth keeps knitters at the forefront of her mind when she writes patterns. There are detailed notes on blocking the swatches (one for lace and one for stockinette), the pick up rate when picking up stitches, and whether to bind off knit-wise or purl-wise. Plus there are exact short-row instructions for those of us who need to be reminded every time we work them!Elizabeth also offers tips and tricks such as how to soften the corners of a stepped bind off. She adds notes of encouragement when tricky parts appear!Calyx has a large, easy to read graph for the lace parts. Find information on reading graphs here.This stylish pullover has modified drop sleeves and icord edging at the hem and sleeves. A lateral braid is fun to work, adds a distinctive detail, and stabilizes the fabric. In addition, the tweediness of Twig enhances the Calyx pullover with an upscale look!We encourage you to come in, examine, and try on this great transitional piece! You can dream of cool fall days while you're knitting with linen which won't make you hot!
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!
Knit Collage is fascinating yarn to create with! This super bulky yarn is so much fun that you have to keep going to see what the next row reveals, and the next, and the next! Fortunately it works up quickly so you don't have to wait long to gaze in delight at your finished project!Amy Small, owner, has taught a handful of women in Punjab, India how to craft her yarn designs on traditional spinning wheels. A few others create embellishments to add to the yarn. Each skein is a treasure of uniqueness due to the exceptional amount of hands-on work involved!Some of the colorways have over 10 different colors of fiber to create their spectacular look! Amy suggests that when you knit with a yarn with embellishments, you should gently push the embellishment to the front of your work after you've finished the stitch. She also suggests lightly blocking them so they aren't soaking wet to avoid lengthy drying time.Knit Collage has patterns that showcase the details of their yarn perfectly. The hat above, worked on size 13 and 15 needles, is the Rosalita Hat designed by Cheryl Kubat. Wabarna pom poms seem as if they're made specifically for this hat!These mittens are Susan B. Anderson's Christmas Mitten Story worked on a size 10.5 needle. How fun to wear on a dreary day!You will have noticed the My Sister Knits bags in the photos! We now have a collection of our own bags, beautifully hand made with great attention to detail, by local artisan Jennica Force. Be sure to check out the zippers!We invite you to our little corner of the world to peruse our Knit Collage yarns and choose a bag that calls to you! See you soon!
A big focus at My Sister Knits is to find yarn that has a great background story. We love yarn companies that we can relate to and have personalities!North Light Fibers is just such a company. They produce hand crafted artisanal yarns that are minimally processed. This yarn is often overlooked in our shop and we'd like to tell you the story behind it.
Twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island is Block Island. It's a small place, with 48% of the island protected by conservation easements. In the middle of this idyllic spot is Abrams Farm. You will find North Light Fibers' micro mill on this farm on the far side of the alpaca pasture! There are also yak, camels, llamas, kangaroos, Scottish Highland bulls, and assorted sheep and goats who live there.Sven and Laura Risom are passionate about producing luxury yarn with the finest fiber they can find. Their yarns go from raw fiber to luxurious skeins in their small mill! Everything is done on the island. They have scoured the world to find the finest fibers to supplement the fiber raised on the island. My Sister Knits carries two of their yarns, Water Street and Atlantic.
Water Street is the perfect luxurious balance of cashmere and merino in a worsted weight. Cashmere must be knowledgeably sourced as it can get old, dry, and brittle easily; traits that are unacceptable to Sven and Laura. It also must be spun ever-so-carefully to avoid pilling which is caused by short, broken fibers. Most of North Light Fibers' cashmere comes from Mongolia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan via Scotland!Merino wool can be different depending on climate, altitude, and feed, among other criteria. Merino from the Falkland Islands, off of southern Argentina, is known to be high quality fine wool. The sheep are sturdy and basically pest free. Naturally, if North Light Fibers has to go abroad to find the quality of merino they seek, they go to the Falklands!Atlantic is 100% Falkland Island merino worsted weight that is soft and bouncy.We encourage you to give yourself the gift of knitting with either of these yarns. To give you further incentive, for the rest of January they will be 15% off! Water Street and Atlantic are waiting for you on the far wall as you enter the shop! Come in and treat yourself to a skein; we have several pattern suggestions and we're happy to help you find one you can't wait to cast on!
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!
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!
We look forward to helping you pick out a few quick knits on December 1st!
Thursday, September 7th, knitters everywhere will have a treat courtesy of Shibui Knits! That's the day we can see (and purchase) their Fall/Winter 2017 patterns along with their new yarn Birch!Birch is a single ply extra fine merino sport weight with a softness that is close to cashmere, pure sumptuousness! It can be used by itself or paired with any of the Shibui yarns to create a unique fabric. Shibui yarns are meticulously chosen and dyed to work together, allowing you to create your own fabric!Their newest collection of patterns consists of six garments and two accessories. As always, these designs are modern, tailored, and guaranteed to become wardrobe staples!There is a garter stitch pullover, Fresco, with a loose fit and notched hem. If you're more in the mood for a boxy short sleeved pullover with a high/low hem, look no further than Odessa! Three of the sweaters have Dolman sleeves which are knit along with the body so there is no armhole seaming. Just the thing for a quick knit with a loose fit that creates an ideal layering piece!The two accessories are Athos, a really interesting cowl/scarf knit half with one color and half with another. The construction is unusual and creates a versatile accessory. Icon is a stunning wrap with wedges that use three colors.We at My Sister Knits love knitting Shibui patterns because they are well written, with complete instructions and links to tutorials!
Saturday, September 9th, we have another treat, courtesy of Shibui!
Shibui's Sandy Barnes will be at My Sister Knits all day and she is bringing the collection! You'll be able to see, try on, and squish everything! We will have the collection for just two days before Sandy whisks it away Tuesday night.Plan to come in either Saturday, Sept. 9th or Tuesday, Sept. 12th to choose one of these simple, sophisticated, 3-season lovelies to make!Tell us your favorite Shibui pattern or yarn combination in the Comments below!
We are in the throes of hot summer weather here at My Sister Knits which has us making projects with cotton and linen yarns. Not only do these yarns breathe and draw moisture away from the body, they also flow through our hands easier than animal fibers in the heat.It's lovely to sit outside and knit during the cooler hours and knitting with a plant-based yarn is just the thing to make our enjoyment complete!Knitting with linen was the topic of a recent blog post; today our focus is on cotton.My Sister Knits carries two luxurious cotton yarns that are completely different in feel and appearance. This allows you to choose the perfect one for your intended project!Quince & Co. Willet, which can be worked at a DK or a Sport weight, has a tiny hint of luster; soft, muted colors; and a 3-ply construction. Willet can be machine washed and laid flat to dry.In accordance with Quince & Co.'s environmentally responsible belief system, Willet is produced by family farmers in California participating in the Cleaner Cotton™ program, eliminating the 13 most toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton production.Shibui Rain, a DK weight, has bright colors with a high sheen, chainette construction, and comes to us from Japan. Rain should be hand washed and laid flat to dry.Rain is mercerized, a process developed in 1844 that causes the yarn to have a high sheen and to accept dye readily, resulting in Rain's bright, bold colors. The chainette construction, besides adding visual interest, gives cotton fabric some memory so it's more likely to stretch, give, and recover its shape. In addition, the fabric will be lighter in weight and will drape more than plied cotton.Both Quince & Co. and Shibui have patterns designed especially for these yarns. Come into My Sister Knits and we'll be happy to show you! 1408 W. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado.Comment below on your experience with linen or cotton knitting! Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? It will be fun to see what readers think!
Our hottest months are upon us and knitting with wool can leave our hands and lap sticky and damp, even in air conditioning. The solution? Having an adventure with linen or cotton! Today the subject is linen; watch for cotton coming soon!Linen is the perfect yarn to use, and creates the perfect fabric to wear, during hot weather. It actually helps keep you cool! For detailed information, read this blog post by Elizabeth Doherty who is coming to My Sister Knits to teach in November!Linen creates a fluid fabric that softens with washings and can be washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer! The dryer's tumble action helps transform the fibers into a wonderfully soft and supple fabric. Be sure to make a swatch and launder it the same way your finished project will be laundered because the finished gauge will no doubt change!If you'd like to try softening a finished linen knit, handwash and dry it and then put it in the dryer on air-dry to soften.Linen's characteristics are what give it its casually sophisticated look: your stitches will not be uniform, your finished project will wrinkle, and the slightly biased fabric that may be created is just fine. You will end up with a cool, elegant garment with plenty of drape that will be worn again and again!Tips for knitting with linen:
- Plan to go down a needle size or two because it creates a slightly larger stitch.
- Use a longer cable than usual because linen stitches don't compress like animal fibers.
- The texture of wooden needles may help even out your stitches.
- Work from the outside of the ball.
- Join a new ball of yarn at an inconspicuous spot such as the side; knit a few stitches with the old yarn and new yarn held together to secure the new yarn.
- Use point protectors to keep your stitches on the needles since they can slide off easily.
A summer knitting adventure with linen is just the thing to solve those sweaty hand blues!If you'd like to make a summery linen shawl instead of the tees we linked to, or a different tee, we will be happy to help you find a pattern you love!
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!