Andrea Mowry

Two Fun October Knitting Classes!

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

Lambing Mitts

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

Wanderers - Mukluk Slipper Socks

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

How to Prepare for Knitting a Dream Project!

Today we're going to tell the story of Sally.  Sally is a newish knitter who is totally smitten with all things knitterly.  She loves to sniff and squish yarn, she has her own Ravelry account, she took our Learn to Knit class, and is eager to learn new skills.The other day Sally came into the shop and she saw our Ondawa sample. She was awed by the intricate cables and the textural beauty of this sweater.  She said to herself, "Oh my, if only I could create something this beautiful but I don't even know how to cable!".My Sister Knits, Ondawa, Brooklyn Tweed, Fort Collins, knitting cables, sweater knittingOndawa is Sally's 'later' project.  For now, she needs to start with a something  smaller and simpler, take a class, and come in for Fearless Knitting help to perfect her cabling skills.  She may even look to her favorite online resources for technique tutorials when she can't make it into My Sister Knits.  In addition, Tuesday Knit Nights will provide her with an encouraging group of knitters who will be cheering her on every step of the way.Sally will start with an easy cabling pattern such as the Pollen Hat.  By the time she's finished she'll be cabling with ease, full of confidence in her ability to learn, and her 'later' project will be closer to reality.Pollen Hat, Andrea Mowry, Drea Renee Knits, My Sister Knits, northern ColoradoThe next step on Sally's journey to Ondawa needs to be a bit more complex.  She spied our Cranberry Capelet sample, tried it on, and fell in love with the cable columns that can run either up and down the side or the front.  It depends on how you want to wear it!This is a perfect mid-level project for several reasons:  like Pollen, it's made with worsted weight yarn which will make it easier to see what she's doing and the whole project go faster, it has cables over a larger number of stitches, and there are two easy-to-follow charts that will prepare her for the ones in Ondawa.My Sister Knits, Blue Sky Fibers, Woolstok, Cranberry Capelet, Thea Colman, Baby Cocktails, Colorado, My Sister KnitsWhen Sally finishes her Cranberry Capelet she'll be ready to start her dream sweater!  Her passion for Ondawa and her belief in herself allow her to develop the needed skills quicker than otherwise.  She also knows that there is help and a community of support at the shop.Sally will have prepared herself to make something that wasn't possible in the beginning.  She'll realize it's an amazing feeling to attempt such a feat!Do you have a 'later' project that you dream about?  We'll be delighted to help you find projects like Sally's that will prepare you to create it!