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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. 

Knitting for Olive Designs

If you have a small girl-child in your life and you have yet to discover Knitting for Olive patterns, you are in for a treat!  One look at Pernille Larsen's patterns on her Knitting for Olive Ravelry page and you'll fall in love!Olive's grandmother Pernille began designing  patterns for Olive when she was born a few years ago.  Pernille started sharing the patterns and in 2015 she and her daughter (Olive's mom) started selling them.  The knitting world is so lucky that they have shared with us!  Olive gets to wear these adorable garments and must be the best dressed little girl in Copenhagen, where they live.  Imagine having a grandmother who is such a talented designer!Knitting for OliveThere is now a sample of the simple Ruffle Dress in the shop.  Watch for Olive's Christmas Stocking and her Mullet Skirt coming soon!  Knitting for Olive patterns range from stockinette with texture that adds interesting and clever detail to garments with cables and lace.We chose to make our sample out of Shibui Staccato, a fingering weight Merino/Silk blend.  This does create a dress that needs to be hand washed but we think the result is worth it!  Shibui's yarns have such deep colors and this charming little dress is as soft as down.  If the little girl you have in mind might look better in something other than blue you could use any of these:Knitting for Olive Ravelryor these:My Sister KnitsIf a superwash yarn would suit your needs better, My Sister Knits has plenty of those in fingering weight!  We'll be happy to show them to you you when you come into the shop.  Or, look at what we call our 'sock wall' just as you get up the stairs to the second floor. This sweet knitted dress would be a great use for some of our speckled yarn!  Or what about some with little sparkly bits?Knitting with Olive designs offers well written patterns in a wide range of sizes, some with style options, and we hope to see more as Olive grows!   

Sought after Summer Yarns

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!summer yarnsShibui 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.summer yarns for knittingShibui 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.best yarns for warm weatherShibui 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.fort collins yarn storeQuince & 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.yarn storeQuince & 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.My Sister KnitsQuince & 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! learn to knit     

September 7th is an Important Day for Shibui Knits!

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!My Sister Knits, Northern Colorado, local yarn shop, Shibui, Shibui Knits, Shibui RainTheir 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!Shibui, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Shibui Knits, Shibui ReedThe 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!My Sister Knits, Shibui Drift, Shibui, Shibui Knits, Colorado

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!  

Cotton Makes Summer Knitting Comfortable

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.cotton, My Sister Knits, Northern Colorado, summer knittingIn 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.cotton, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, local yarn shopShibui 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.cotton, My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, ColoradoRain 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!