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!
Our resident expert on Latvian knitting, Jeannie Giberson, is teaching a class on this ages old technique! Latvian mittens have a rich history and Jeannie will undoubtedly love to answer any questions you may have! It will be like a history lesson combined with knitting! We are so fortunate to have someone with Jeannie's background and passion for Latvian knitting here in Fort Collins!You will make a toddler or young child sized mitten in this class. It's a perfect size to learn new skills and a young child won't care if they have a mistake or two! This is an ideal way to practice using Latvian techniques before you commit to making an adult sized pair!The yarn Jeannie uses in her class is, of course, excellent for colorwork. Rauma Finullgarn is authentic Norwegian yarn and it is 'sticky' which is what you want for these mittens. My Sister Knits has a wealth of colors to choose from!Two rows of these mittens have three colors and Jeannie will guide you through the handling of that many colors at once! You will learn how to make the classic peasant thumb and double decreases for the unique shape in addition to a round mitten. Jeannie will also bring treasured mitten samples and show you how to add cuffs for growing hands!When you make a pair of Latvian mittens, you are taking a living part in Latvia's tradition, culture, and history. It's much more than just a colorwork project!Archaeologists have found the oldest mittens on record in Latvia. For a quick dip into the history of Latvian mittens, read this article. For a more in depth but not much longer, fascinating experience, read this article!This class is recommended for knitters who have some experience with two color knitting, knitting in the round, and reading a chart for knitting in the round.Reserve Saturdays Oct. 20th and 27th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am for this class!If you'd like to bring a little bit of Latvia into your life, you can call the shop at 970.407.1461 or register online.
We posted about our upcoming Ninilchik Swoncho class a few weeks ago. We suggested that it would be a good beginner colorwork project. It is knit with worsted weight yarn and larger needles than many colorwork projects.However, if you can't take the class or don't want to commit to a project the size of the swoncho, we have something else for you! The Flying Geese Cowl is on display at My Sister Knits. You should come in and take a close look at it. Mary Jane Mucklestone, a superb designer of colorwork knitting patterns, says that her Flying Geese Cowl is a 'stellar first stranded colorwork project'.It uses Aran weight yarn and suggests size 9 needles for the bulk of the cowl, making for a fairly quick knit. Size 8s are used for the final 1 1/2" of ribbing. There are only 36 rows in addition to the top and bottom ribbing!This pattern is only one page long, including the easy to read and follow colorwork chart! Flying Geese has a gradient background which adds an interesting detail to the cowl. Still, it could easily be made with one color for the background if you prefer. Mary Jane states how many yards are needed for each color. That makes it easy to go stash diving if you have any aran weight left-overs!The more we look at this cowl, the more we like it with the gradient background! There will be enough yarn left over for a pair of fingerless mitts or mittens! We can help you find a plain pattern and use stripes for a cowl/mitt set that blends but isn't matchy-matchy.If you'd like to change out the colors but aren't sure which to use, there are a couple of things you can do. We love playing with colors and would be happy to help you! The other thing you can do is go to the Ravelry project page to find inspiration by looking at all the projects there.Mary Jane has a great video that demonstrates how to knit with two colors, whether you knit English or Continental. If you don't know what which way you knit, she'll explain that, too!If you need help or encouragement, you can stop by the shop during our Fearless Knitting times, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 - 1. We'll gladly help you anytime but those times have a person dedicated to only helping people who come in! Otherwise you might have to wait.We encourage you to take a look at this truly beginner colorwork project! The color combinations are endless; come into the shop and play with them!
Knitting classes are perfect for February! The holidays are behind us and we're kind of slogging along until spring. They offer a chance to immerse ourselves in something new to enhance our knitting skills.We have a selection of classes for you to choose from!
Kria Cardigan, Saturdays February 10th through March 3rd, 1pm-3pm
You can learn all of the techniques needed for an adult Icelandic sweater on a small scale in Karen's Kria class! This child sized sweater is made with worsted weight yarn and size 7 needles so it will knit up speedily. The colorwork pattern is ideal for newbies! There is still room so sign up posthaste for this class; it starts Saturday the 10th. Hold your breath, for under Karen's tutelage you're going to learn how to make a button band or put in a zipper and.......steek!
Milet Mittens, Thursdays February 8 through 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Here is another colorwork class, taught by Amelia. These mittens are made with fingering weight yarn and size 2.5 needles for the most part. The chart is easy to read and follow, especially with a piece of highlighter tape to mark your spot! The pattern on the main part of the mitten is the 'lice' pattern, a mainstay of Norwegian knitting.
Finishing Techniques, Saturday February 17th, 9 - 11am
In this class, you will learn how to finish your project so it looks 'handmade' rather than 'homemade'! Amelia will show you how to weave in ends, the best way to block different types of projects from lace to cables and everything in between, and will answer any questions you may have.
Fixing Mistakes, Wednesday February 21st, 5:30 - 7pm
Overheard in the shop, "I think the Fixing Mistakes class is too advanced for me. I'll wait until I'm a better knitter to take it". This may be a common fallacy. This class is perfect for new knitters! What better way to gain some experience with common errors? Mistakes are a part of knitting and this class offers valuable experience in not-panicking when you have an opportunity to learn (i.e., make a mistake!). Taught by Amelia, this class often fills up quickly but is offered on a regular basis. If you don't get into this one, you can get into the next one!Sign up for any of these classes online or call the shop at 970.407.1461!
The third weekend in October finds knitters flocking to The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. 'Rhinebeck', as it is fondly called, can be described as Knitters' Mecca!There is a vast assortment of animals, fiber, items made with fiber, so many yarns, designers, meet-ups with knitters from all over the world, demonstrations of all types, and more!Visitors wear their hand knits with pride, whether it be hats, shawls, sweaters or anything in between. Consequently, fiber lovers go up to complete strangers, touch their garments, exclaim over them, and no one minds!If a visit to Rhinebeck isn't in the cards for you this year but you'd like to join in the fun somehow, then we have just the thing!Our gifted colorwork teacher, Jeannie Giberson, has designed a stranded colorwork cowl called the See You at Rhinebeck Cowl. Happily, My Sister Knits has a two session class, taught by Jeannie, to teach this easier-than-it-looks cowl that is just right for a beginning colorwork project!This class meets Saturdays September 16th and 23rd from 9:30 to 11:30. No prior experience with colorwork is needed! This may be just the project to get you hooked on this fun knitting technique with a teacher whose passion is colorwork! Read about more class details here.Finishing the See You at Rhinebeck Cowl by the third weekend in October is entirely doable! You'll probably have time to make two! As a result, you can wear it that weekend and feel as if you're joining in the fun even if you aren't at Rhinebeck.There are only 6 class spots available as it's important to Jeannie to give her students the individual attention they need. Call the shop to register for this fun opportunity to learn a new skill at 970.407.1461!
As My Sister Knits is located in a university town, we are always on the lookout for patterns that are begging to be knit with school colors!The time of year when we will be attending outdoor sporting events is fast approaching. A hat and mitts are essential to carry in a bag or pocket and we've found designs that we love!First we found Tin Can Knits' Paddle Mitts.They are sized for all ages, from toddler to an adult large. We used North Light Fibers' Water Street Worsted for our samples. Once we made the first pair, we didn't want to change yarns! Even though the pattern calls for DK weight yarn, this is a light worsted and it makes lovely warm mitts for those chilly hours outside.Next up was a hat in Colorado State University colors for little ones. Tin Can Knits has classic, superbly written patterns for the whole family so we went looking for a hat that would work for all ages.We found the Easy Peasy hat!This hat has sizes baby through adult large. The ear flaps are the cutest addition and just the thing to keep those little ears warm! The stripes aren't in the pattern but they are easy to add. We can show you how to do it!Last on the list of items we wanted was a feminine hat with just a bit of colorwork that would be easy enough for a first-timer to do. We found one that is a perfect introduction to colorwork, the Sand and Sea Hat! This hat has a purled brim which looks like a rolled edge. Then there are only 11 rows of colorwork, with just two colors per row and the rest is relaxing stockinette!We chose North Light Fibers' Water Street for our samples because we are in love with the heathery colorways, the 30% cashmere content, and the warmth and feel of the fabric it creates! However, we did stray to Blue Sky Fibers' Woolstok to find the perfect green; it's handy that these two yarns can be used together!You want to have hats and mitts on hand when they're needed, so come in and get your school colors now!Leave a comment below on which colors you'll be choosing and which school they're for!