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.
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.
Did you know there’s a Pantone Color Institute Color of the Year each year? It’s a prediction of what color we’ll see everywhere. For 2019, it’s Living Coral. As you are out and about, start looking for anything and everything to have some coral.The Pantone Color Institute also creates a semi-annual Fashion Color Trend Report. Each year this highlights the top colors that fashion designers at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week will be featuring.
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.
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.
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!
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?
Come one, come all to the Colorwork Trunk Show presented by Brooklyn Tweed! We will have this trunk show until the last week of February so put it on your calendar!
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!
Knitting inspiration sometimes eludes us. My Sister Knits is a superb place to come when you know what you want. It's just as wonderful a place when you haven't the faintest idea of what you want to make next!Our shop is filled with inspiration! The next time you just can't decide what it is that tickles your fancy, set aside an hour or two to come in and browse to your heart's delight.Start with our samples. Wander through both floors of the shop to see what catches your eye. We have accessories: hats, mittens, fingerless mitts, cowls, shawls, scarves and even a hot water bottle cover! We have garments: sweaters, socks, and ponchos. We even have two racks of samples upstairs which are sometimes overlooked!All of our samples are meant to be picked up, examined, and tried on. No need to ask, that's what they're for!We also invite you to pull out skeins of yarn that call to you. Fondle them, smell them, walk around the shop with them. You'll know if they bring you joy!You may find an item that you'd prefer in a different color or maybe a different yarn. You might wonder if you have the skills to create it. We're there to help, encourage, and support you. Please ask us!You'll find knitting inspiration in abundance at My Sister Knits!
A Reminder about By Hand Serial
We'd like to remind you that Andrea Hungerford, author and creative director of By Hand Serial will be at the shop on Saturday, January 26th. We are thrilled to be featured in the latest edition and celebrating the launch! We are also hosting the indie dyers featured in the magazine: Nicole Clark of Hue Loco, Rachel Lundstrom of Six and Seven Fibers, and Dani Frisbie of Sunshine Yarns. Their pop-up shops will be from 1 -3 on Saturday.Andrea is giving a lecture on all things yarn from 9 to noon and will be signing books from 1 - 3. If you'd like to attend the lecture and/or the afternoon activities, please register online or call the shop at 970.407.1461. More information can be found here.We hope to see you at this special event!
Sock knitters unite! My Sister Knits is starting an extra-special Knit ALong (KAL) on Tuesday evening January 22nd from 6:00 until 7:30. We will meet at the same time the following three Tuesdays, ending on February 12th.Julie and Ann are hosting our Snowshoe Sock KAL. Everyone will be making this fun and engaging sock pattern from Emily Foden's book Knits About Winter.We are having so much fun knitting these socks in very different ways! Our results are on display in the shop so come and see! The possibilities are endless. These socks are knit with two strands of fingering weight yarn. These strands can be changed up in as many ways as your mind can imagine!
Here's what you need to know if you'd like to share in the fun!
It's important to realize that this Snowshoe Sock Knit ALong is for experienced sock knitters only. The idea of a KAL is for a group of knitters to get together, knit the same item, and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. This is not a time for teaching although we will certainly support each other!Since this Knits About Winter pattern is only available in the book at this time, purchase of the book is necessary. We have plenty of books available in the shop! This beautiful book tells Emily's captivating story and is chock full of exquisite photography and enticing patterns.Making the Snowshoe Socks allows you to be as creative as you'd like with your yarn selections. We would like to propose a potluck of sorts. We want everyone to be able to play with a selection of colors. Towards that end, we encourage you to bring in your fingering/sock yarn scraps of at least 20 - 25 grams to share. If you need us to wind your scrap yarn, please bring it in to My Sister Knits before the KAL starts. That way we can be sure to have our yarn potluck ready to go for our first session.Only one of the two strands of yarn need to be fingering weight sock yarn with some nylon. Anything goes for the second strand as long as it's fingering weight! With our potluck of shared yarn, our choices will be so much fun and we will be able to play to our hearts' content!There is no fee for our Snowshoe Socks Knit ALong but please call to reserve a seat if you're planning to join us at 970.407.1461.We know this gathering of sock knitters is going to be a rousing good time!
Are you a person who uses a knitting planner of some sort to keep track of the details of every project? Or are you like me (Jenny) and intend to do all that but never quite get around to it?Ravelry is the first place that comes to mind when keeping track of projects. I dearly love Ravelry and don't know what I'd do without it. However, I must admit that my project pages are sorely lacking. The idea of posting a project before it's finished is not at all appealing to me. Plus, usually I'm so eager to start something that the last thing I want to do is take the time to post it. Hence my issues with project chaos!A few months ago a post in my Instagram feed implored knitters to keep track of their projects. This person was picking up a project after it had been hibernating for awhile. She deeply regretted the lack of information she had kept. This has stuck with me. The idea of finding a way to keep details of projects that suits me has been percolating ever since.January is a great time to bring some order to my knitting projects. Yes, I have more than one going at a time!Evidently I'm not the only one with project chaos because there are several knitting planners available this year. I think that I might like one that I can carry with me and jot down notes as needed. I can transfer that information to Ravelry when I'm done. If it takes me awhile to do that, I'll know where to look!Each planner has different organizational and recording components. Due to my good intentions in the past, I own the two that My Sister Knits carries. Finally I will try them out to see how they suit me!
Knitters Graph Paper Journal
I think it's kind of fun to write notes on graph paper! This was designed by knitters and the graph paper is scaled to knit stitches' proportions so it's useful to chart designs. Helpful information can be found inside both covers also. I like that this journal is a blank slate and I can fill the pages however I like.
My Knitting Notes
This is a beautiful book by Laine with space for 31 projects. Each project is given four pages: the first one is for date started, pattern name, yarn and needles used, and a few other details; next is a lined page for notes followed by two blank pages.Whichever of these knitting planner systems I choose to use, I'll reserve a blank page at the beginning as a 'Table of Contents'. The key to bringing order to my projects is to use the books! And, for me, the key to using them is to have them with me whenever I'm knitting. Both of these are easy to carry along.I could also use any type of notebook or binder if I didn't want to invest in a planner. Once I find a system that suits me, my next step is to figure out a way to keep my swatches organized so I can find them again!I'd love to know how and if you keep your project information organized and I invite you to comment below!
My Sister Knits has a trunk show consisting entirely of Brooklyn Tweed patterns for babies and children!You may be asking yourself what exactly is a trunk show. It's when a yarn company sends us samples to display for a certain period of time. You get to see first hand patterns knit up in the yarn they were designed for. Many times they accompany the release of a collection of patterns.We will only have this trunk show for a little while longer, so if you have any children to knit for, come in quickly!This one has a diverse selection of pattern categories! There are baby blankets:There are several hats and this adorable colorwork set of a hat and mittens:There are sweaters of all kinds..cardigans and pullovers, colorwork and plain:We've pictured some but not all of the Brooklyn Tweed trunk show items; come in to see the rest before they must be sent back!
Quince & Co. trunk show
In early 2018 Pam Allen, founder of Quince & Co., published a collection of patterns in a book titled Plain and Simple. We are so excited to see these cozy items in the flesh! Plain and Simple is filled with patterns intended to be used every day. They are all designed with Quince & Co.'s worsted weight Owl.The trunk show containing these samples is due in any now!We are lucky to have a sample of one of the cardigans in the book, Chestnut, on display at the shop right now. Instead of being knit with Owl, it was knit with Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter. It's an excellent example of how easy it is to substitute one yarn for another, providing they are alike. We'll gladly help you do that with any project!Now is the time to relax with a knitting project that doesn't have a deadline. We encourage you to come in and find something calming to knit that will help you unwind! Just think of it; yards of lovely yarn, a hot cup of your favorite drink, a scented candle burning, and a new knitting project. What better way to end the year?
Chances are you are busy with the myriad activities that this time of year brings. And chances are you might be wondering how your holiday celebrations are going to come together with everything that needs to be done. We hope that you can pause for a moment and consider our wish for you.Our wish for you is a quiet hour to yourself. A completely peaceful hour! We suggest deciding ahead of time how you'd like to spend it; then take a few minutes to set it up. Only you know what brings you peace....perhaps soaking in a bath with music, a candle, and beverage of choice; curled up in a cozy spot with a good book; knitting in a quiet corner of a coffee shop in the middle of errands; or a stroll outside after dark to see Christmas lights.Whatever it is, give yourself over to it completely and savor the experience. No worrying or fretting allowed for one hour! If you also remember to do some deep breathing now and then, it will enhance your hour of peacefulness.No matter how unlikely this prospect sounds, we strongly encourage you to try it. We are sure you will come away from your hour happier, more relaxed, and better able to handle the inevitable stress of the holidays. You might even want to carve out another hour!Take care of yourself and give yourself the gift of a tiny bit of relaxation. You'll be glad you did! Some of us have done this and we highly recommend it!
Christmas is getting closer and My Sister Knits has some last minute gift ideas for you! We hope these will complete your holiday shopping. They could be for someone special or perhaps tucked under the tree as a festive treat for you!
Six and Seven Fiber
This lovely yarn comes to us from Rachel Lundstrom in Lakewood, CO!If you are an Anne of Green Gables fan, you're going to want to check out the Anne of Green Gables 10-skein Mini Set! This set has a printed pattern with it designed by Joanna Johnson, a Colorado native. It is dyed on Rachels' Milo base, a 75% Merino wool/25% nylon fingering weight. Imagine the fun of knitting with colorways with names such as Lake of Shining Waters or Puffed Sleeves!On the other hand, if you're a Harry Potter fan, you're going to want to see the Harry Potter 10-skein Mini Set, again on the Milo base. This comes with names such as To The Library and Emotional Range of a Teaspoon!We also have Rachel's Alfalfa, another fingering weight yarn that consists of 80% Merino wool, 10% Cashmere goat and 10% nylon.To round out our collection, we have her Soybean which is a 100% DK weight yarn.
This yarn comes to us from another Rachel, Rachel Bratcher who lives in Portland, Oregon.FAE is an ethereal 70% mohair/30% silk lace weight bit of fluff with shine!Maiden is an 80% Merino wool/20% Nylon fingering weight yarn.Priestess is a DK weight, 4 ply 100% Superwash Merino wool yarn.Ritual Dyes is where our Knitter's Backpacks come from; we have a new shipment with several colors available! We also have Moon Pouches, cute little round canvas containers for your knitting accessories or keys, in an assortment of colors!
Pompom Issue 27: Winter 2018 is here! Norah Gaughan is this issue's guest editor which lets us know that we will be treated to her mind-boggling cables; just look at the sweater on the cover!Pompom's Knit How: Simple Knits, Tool & Tips is a book for the new knitter. Chock full of tutorials, advice, and patterns, it's exactly what a beginning knitter needs!
My Sister Knits always has candles! We have our favorites plus a new line. Let us know what you think of them when you find them in the shop! These fill homes with lovely scents of the season!
Make a Hat Day
One last reminder for Make a Hat Day this Saturday, December 15th from 11 - 4! We hope to see you there!
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!If 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?You 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
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!
“What size needle was used to knit this?” is a question we often hear at My Sister Knits. We put that information on the tags of display items as an indication of what size needle to use. Usually it’s the size that was recommended by the designer. It can also be the size the knitter used to get the gauge that the pattern called for. Matching stitch gauge is vital in certain circumstances!If you see something on display, fall in love with it, and want to reproduce it exactly, you’re going to need to do a little research. You want to match the stitch gauge! The knitter who created the item probably knits differently than you do. His stitches may be looser or tighter than yours. The thing you really need to know is the stitch gauge of the project! If the knitter knits more loosely than you and you use the same size needle, your project will be smaller. The opposite is also true; if that knitter knits tighter than you, your end result will be larger. This can be mildly annoying with a shawl or cowl or disastrous in a sweater. The result is possibly a garment that will lay around and be worn only seldom, if at all. This is a shame due to the time, expense, and happy anticipation you’ve put into your project.We urge you to use the needle size on the tag as a jumping-off point, as an indicator of approximately the size needle you might use. So what should you do about the display that you love that used a size 6 needle? Let’s say it’s a shawl. Ask us for a ruler if you don’t have one; lay the shawl out on one of our tables; find something with a point, say a darning needle or pencil, and use it to count the number of stitches over at least 2 and preferably 4 inches in a stockinette or garter stitch section. This will give you the gauge of the shawl you want to reproduce.Your task: buy the yarn you've chosen and make a knitting gauge swatch that matches the display garment’s gauge. Be sure it’s at least 4” wide and tall and give it a bath before you count your stitches per inch! If you have to go up or down a needle size and made another swatch that more closely matches, it’s ok!If you want to get results that are even more in keeping with the display shawl, add in row gauge as well. Keep in mind that row gauge is hard to match. It would be interesting to get the shawl’s row gauge and then measure yours after you closely match the stitch gauge. Then you will have an idea of how closely your project will match the one on display!We hope to see you measuring away at the shop and we'll help in any way we can!