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!
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!
Linen and cotton are sought after summer yarns! If you haven't ever tried one of these yarns, My Sister Knits has several to choose from that create accessories and garments with breath-ability and lovely drape and this is the time to try one!Today we'll showcase several choices of our best yarns for warm weather for you to consider!Shibui Knits Twig is 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool and is a sport weight. The recycled silk is what gives this yarn its almost tweedy look! Three patterns written by Shibui's Shellie Anderson specifically for Twig are Bevel, a loose fitting short sleeved summer cardigan; Slope, a sleeveless top with a high/low hem; and Tier, a rectangular scarf.Shibui Knits Reed is 100% linen and is a fingering weight yarn with a chainette construction. We have samples of a short sleeved pullover, Lucia, and a sleeveless A-line tank, Athens, both designed for Reed by Shellie Anderson. Octave, designed by Erin Duffy, is a fun rectangular scarf with colorful sets of stripes of differing widths.Shibui Knits Rain is a DK weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn with a chainette construction. It has a lustrous sheen and the chainette retains shape. Our current samples of Rain are Shellie Anderson's short sleeved cardigan Eames and Stephen West's Boneyard shawl. Another Shellie Anderson design written specifically for Rain is Meridian, a loose short sleeved cardigan with wide lapels.Quince & Co. Sparrow is a 100% linen fingering weight yarn. Often it is also knit at a sport weight gauge which creates a loose fabric. We have three shop samples in Sparrow: Christy Becker's Cool Breezes cowl; Meghan Telling's Miranda shawl written specifically for Sparrow; and Veronika Jobe's Let's Get Lost shawl. If you're looking for a simple summer tee, Edie by Isabelle Kraemer is worth a look! Isabelle designed this pattern using Sparrow.Quince & Co. Kestrel is an aran weight, 100% linen yarn with a ribbon construction. We have two summer yarns samples in the shop at the moment. Elizabeth Smith designed Mira, an oversized openwork tee for Quince & Co, using Kestrel. We also have Jane Richmond's cowl Arika. Another pattern suggestion designed for Kestrel is Heidi Kirrmaier's seamless top down minimalist cardigan Quick Sand.Quince & Co. Willet is a 100% cotton yarn that works as both a sport and a DK weight. Our sample is a summer tee, Atlee, designed for Quince & Co. by Leah B Thibault. Other pattern ideas we like for Willet are Pam Allen's Auger, a garter stitch top with a high/low split hem and her baby hat Baby Kelpie. Pam Allen founded Quince & Co in 2010.Now that you've had a chance to thoroughly look into these summer yarns for knitting, we invite you to come to the shop, examine our samples, and choose your next summer project!
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!
Norwegian Fir is the dear little cardigan you'll find upstairs on display. You'll probably notice it as soon as you turn left at the top of the stairs! Be sure to check out the button!This pattern is sized for 0-3 months through 8-9 years. It's a top-down pattern with explicit row-by-row directions until the divide for the sleeves, fronts, and back. The garter stitch body and sleeves create a wonderfully squishy fabric and the simple lace detail at the raglan increases make this an irresistible knit! Some of us are so in love with this enchanting sweater that we want to make it even though we have no one to give it to!Our sample is knit with Rosy Green Wool's Cheeky Merino Joy in undyed Edelweiss which makes it easy to visualize in other colorways. The choices are endless!The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but our sample is knit with a Sport weight which leads to the question of whether or not DK and Sport are interchangeable. There is a common misconception among knitters that they are almost identical and can be easily substituted for each other.This, however, is not the case. Care should be taken when deciding between these two yarns as Sport weight is lighter than DK, resulting in a difference in the size of your finished project. As always, we encourage you to make a gauge swatch to inform your decisions!Ravelry has a helpful table that explains the difference between yarn weights. Also, the Craft Yarn Council created a Standard Yarn Weight System of weight guidelines. When looking at these two tables, it becomes evident that there are no hard and fast rules to yarn weights! There are instead, guidelines. Still, putting the information from each site together gives a good sense of the differences between Sport and DK.Sport weight has 24 - 26 stitches to 4 inches, 12 wpi, and suggests a 3 to 5 US needle. DK weight has 22 stitches to 4 inches, 11 wpi, and suggests a 5 to 7 US needle. The differences are not great but they are significant. Wpi means 'wraps per inch' and is a well known term among spinners. It's also helpful to knitters, especially when we find a yarn in our stash that has lost its tag! Just take your yarn, wrap it around an object such as a pencil or ruler with the yarn touching but not overlapping. Measure out an inch and count the number of wraps, easy peasy!We invite you to come in and play with yarn choices for this little cardi. We're confident you will fall in love with it as we have!
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!
In December we posted about the value of moving more often while we knit, protecting our backs when we sit, and knitting on more than one project at a time using different sized needles and weights of yarn.Today we’ll share why needle tips make a difference, again with information from Carson Demers’ book Knitting Comfortably, the Ergonomics of Handknitting.
Matching our needle tips to our yarn
Something to keep in mind when choosing a needle for a project is the type of tip on the needle. If you match needle tips to your yarn, your knitting experience will be more pleasant. For instance, like Amelia, you may love sharp needle tips but they aren’t the best for for two-ply yarn or yarn that is softly spun or softly plied. The structure of two-ply yarn causes the plies to push away from each other, causing gaps which are found by a sharp tipped needle. Then we complain because the yarn is ‘splitty’ and it isn’t the yarn’s fault at all! When this happens to you, try a needle with a medium-to-blunt tip and see if the problem goes away! That blunt tip won’t find the gaps between the plies the way a sharp tip will. Sharp tips are wonderful for projects with small gauges like socks, lace, cables, and twisted stitch patterns. Try purling two together through the back loop with both kinds of needles as an experiment!Or, like Diana, you may love medium-to-blunt needle tips which are best for stockinette in DK and heavier weight yarn and simple knit-purl textured stitches. Ideally, every knitter should have both types of needle tips in their knitting toolbox!
Which needle to buy
We carry a selection of needles with both medium-to-blunt tips and sharp tips. If you would like a sharp tip for your next project, our Addi lace and rockets are two of your choices. If you’d like to splurge on a super sharp tip, you can treat yourself to a Signature needle! If a blunter tip will make your project more pleasurable, you could use Addi turbos, Knit Picks Dreamz or the new Lykke needles. A thoughtful pairing of needle tips with yarn goes a long way to making your project easier and more enjoyable to knit!We have fun helping you find exactly what you need to make your next project and that includes choosing needles so please ask!
We have the perfect project to give yourself a much needed pick-me-up for the beginning of the new year! Kimberly's Never Let Me Down Cowl is our January KAL, beginning Tuesday evening January 9th and ending February 6th. Kimberly will be in the shop during our community Knit Night on the 6th to get everyone started.A KAL is when a group of people work on the same project and there is usually a specific beginning and end date. KALs are a lot of fun for several reasons! The participants watch each other's projects develop, they offer support and encouragement to each other, and the use of different yarns is showcased. It's also a great way to develop friendships!Kimberly designed Never Let Me Down for her two best friends in high school. Jennifer, Alex, and Kimberly were always there for each other and each helped the others make it through their teen years.Kimberly says, "This cowl is a great use for a zany yarn you like paired with your favorite neutral."Never Let Me Down calls for two skeins of DK weight yarn. It has a twisted rib pattern; purl one, knit one through the back loop. The unusual texture is created by pairing a DK weight yarn with size 15 needles. The texture pops after it is aggressively blocked!This cowl is a quick knit made with an easy rib pattern; the best combination for 'social knitting'! A colorful yarn is shown off to its best with this texture.Come to the shop before January 9th to choose your yarn! Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to ohhh and ahhh over our selection of 'zany' yarns and to pair a neutral with it!
Home and Away, Hannah Fettig’s collection from her book of the same title, is with us through December 21st!This collection consists of pieces with simple lines, nothing fancy! They are wardrobe essentials meant for everyday use. Hannah used Quince & Co’s yarn which is sourced and spun here in the U.S. Their color palette is subdued and their yarns are durable yet soft, perfect for garments that will be worn over and over!There is a hat that can be made in 5 sizes with directions for Bulky, Worsted and DK weight yarn!Then there are the sweaters! Cardigans, pullovers, and a vest! The amazing thing about the sweaters is that each one can be constructed in two ways! You may choose to make a top-down raglan sleeved sweater or a bottom-up seamed sweater with set in sleeves. Hannah wrote patterns for all of us!The sweaters and vest are designed with worsted, DK, and fingering weight yarn; again, something for everyone!The fits vary from the close fitting Lesley pullover to the loose and comfortable fit of cardigans Georgetown and Boothbay. The Moto Jacket is short while Calligraphy is a long cardigan.Hannah put careful thought into this collection, designing for extensive knitting preferences!We also have copies of the Home & Away book. It is filled with gorgeous photographs and well written patterns. There are also helpful articles on gauge, choosing a size, sweater construction, understanding a knitting pattern, substituting yarn, knitting in the round, button bands and buttonholes, and finishing! We encourage you to come into the shop to see these Home and Away samples for yourself. It’s always fun to check out a trunk show with multiple designs by one designer. It helps you to find designers you like!We also are happy to help you substitute yarns for any project. It's easier than you think but there are few things to consider when substituting so please ask if you're unsure!
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.
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!