fingering weight yarn

Ritual Dyes Yarn

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.

Introducing Cestari Yarn!

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.Cestari yarnIn 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

Cestari Sheep and Wool CompanyThis 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

My Sister KnitsColumbia 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!     

Introducing My Sister Knits 'Local' Yarn!

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.

Fingering/Sock weight

My Sister KnitsJulie 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.

DK weight

yarnNotice 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.

Worsted weight

yarn store Fort CollinsWe 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! My Sister Knits yarn  

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     

Lightweight Summer Knitting Ideas

As the warm weather approaches, we turn our minds to spring and summer knitting.  Our bulky and worsted weight yarn projects are put aside in favor of those that are more comfortable to knit with in the new seasons on the way.Summer is the traditional time for family vacations, hanging out on the porch with a cool drink, and visiting with friends.  Spring and summer call for projects that can be worked on anytime and anywhere; projects that use light weight yarns and can be knit with little concentration.My Sister Knits is here to help you choose those projects!  We have three in mind to get your creative juices flowing and you’ll find these samples upstairs in the shop.

Pinking Shears 

My Sister Knits, Pinking Shears shawl, Churchmouse patterns, Isager Spinni yarn, Fort Collins Colorado, summer weight shawlsThis Churchmouse pattern is a shallow triangle knit with garter stitch; perfect for knitting while having a nice conversation with friends!  Knitting the few zig-zag stitches at the edge is the only time you’ll need to pay close attention to what you’re doing. This scarf is knit in pieces and then grafted together in the center.  Please don’t panic about grafting! If you’d like help with the Kitchener stitch, come into the shop for help or check out a few youtube videos. This one and this one clearly show what to do stitch by stitch. Our sample is knit with Isager Spinni but this would also work well with a linen such a Shibui Reed.

Hakusa

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins yarn shop, Isager yarns, Hakusa, Kirsten Johnstone, northern ColoradoThis light as a feather piece, almost more like a large asymmetric kerchief, is a fun knitting adventure!  It’s stockinette stitch throughout, the adventure is with the yarns suggested! Two yarns are required and there are several options listed on the pattern.  The first 20 rows are knit with one yarn that contains stainless steel! The knitting might be a bit tedious until your fingers get used to it but it’s only 20 rows and the effort is totally worth it because of the end result! You have an edge that can be scrunched or shaped!  The rest of the scarf is knit with a strand of the stainless steel and a strand of extremely light weight wool. Try our sample on and play with it!

Aeque

 My Sister Knits, Anzula, local yarn shop, Colorado yarn shop, Aeque, fingering weight yarnThis cowl looks like a small asymmetric triangular shawl and is perfect to have in your bag, ready to throw on as the evening gets chilly.  Made with fingering weight yarn, it is lightweight and the stockinette pattern makes it ideal for an 'anywhere, anytime' project.  Aeque is designed to use a set of small gradient skeins.  Alternatively, you could use up some of your left-over yarn for this unique project!  It is knit flat with a small seam up the back.  If the seam gives you heart palpitations, remember that we are here to help you!We have even more ideas for lightweight, ‘anytime-anywhere’ projects!  Come into the shop and browse or ask us to help you find something on Ravelry that suits your fancy!  

Two Yarns You May Have Missed!

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.

My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, northern Colorado, stellina, Forbidden Fiber CoThis 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?My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Fort Collins CO, Harry Potter Yarn ClubForbidden 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

My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, Colorado, magpie fibers, 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, magpie fibers, swanky sock, swanky dk, fort collins yarn shopMy 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!    

My Sister Knits is Going to Yarn Fest!

Interweave Yarn Fest is Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th!  We are so fortunate to have it take place right in our own back yard at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO!We had so much fun in our booth last year that we're doing it again!  We're in the same place, about halfway back in the middle, in booth 316.  It's a corner booth so we'll be easy to find.We've been scurrying about the shop gathering special items to take and planning our displays.  We'll have.......

Kits

We've put together kits for Mini Marley and Across the Pond with two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed's Loft and one skein of Spin Cycle's Dyed in the Wool!  Mini Marley is a smaller version of Andrea Mowry's Marley, with modifications by Kate SalomonAcross the Pond, also designed by Andrea Mowry, is a cowl with some "techniques to indulge in" as Andrea says!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins CO, Marley, Andrea Mowry, Across the Pond, Brooklyn Tweed, Loft, Spin Cycle yarns, Dyed in the Wool, cowl, shawl

Shibui Knits yarn

We will showcase two of Shibui Knits' yarns, Lunar and Drift, plus we will have their brand new colors available!Lunar is lace weight loveliness made with 60% Merino wool and 40% silk.  Our featured pattern, Birdrock, designed by Anne Ginger, can be either a long cowl or a scarf and uses three colors of Lunar knit with a size 5 needle.Drift is worsted weight and is heavenly to knit with as it is 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere!  Our featured pattern for Drift is Mad Fusion by Plucky Knitter Design.  The tassels on this shawl are such a fun finishing touch!  Using garter stitch and knit with size 13 needles, you can be wearing this in no time!My Sister Knits, Shibui yarn, Mad Fusion shawl, shibui lunar, shibui drift, norther colorado

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry

Brooklyn Tweed's Bulky weight yarn, Quarry, is a heathered 100% wool, produced entirely in the US.  Since it is woolen spun, it is light, airy, and warm!  Our featured pattern for this yarn is Annie Rowden's Bracken.  This cozy child's pullover, in sizes 6 months through 12 years, has a unique texture that is created with two needle sizes, an 8 and a 13.  It's top down, seamless, and has raglan sleeves and a crew neck. It's the perfect 'sweatshirt' for our Rocky Mountain spring!My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, Brookyn Tweed, Quarry, bulky weight yarn, Bracken, Colorado

And sock yarn!

Oh, the fingering weight sock yarn we're bringing!  We've gone international with Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland from the parish of Drung, Tot le Matin from Paris, Qing from London, and A Homespun House from Berlin! We certainly will have what you're looking for!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, local yarn shop, sock yarn, Qing, Olann, A Homespun House, Tot le MatinAnyone visiting our booth will get a discount coupon for use at My Sister Knits anytime during Yarn Fest weekend! 

A Homespun House!

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.My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, A Homespun House yarnMolly 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:My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, local yarn shop, fingering weight yarn, A Homespun House yarn

A shawl

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.My Sister Knits, Colorado, DK weight yarn, A Homespun House yarn, baby knits, DK weight shawls

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!  

Why Choose One Needle Tip Over Another?

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. My Sister Knits, Colorado, lys, knitting needles

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.  My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Co, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Lykke needles, Addi needlesSharp 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.My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, Addi rockets, Addi needles, northern colorado 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!

A Hat Named Hofsos

My Sister Knits has a hat sample that you’re going to want to take a look at!  Stephen West designed this hat in 2013 and it’s a pattern that will never go out of style due to its unique construction.My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Co, local yarn shop, Brooklyn Tweed Loft, wabarna pom pomsThe Hofsos Hat is made with two strands of Loft held double throughout.  Part of the cleverness of this pattern is that the two strands create a marled look; another part of the cleverness is that three colors are used.  Imagine the colors identified as color 1, color 2 and color 3.  Sometimes colors 1 and 2 are held together.  Sometimes colors 2 and 3 are held together.  Sometimes colors 1 and 3 are held together.  At other times, two strands of the same color are held together.  So clever!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, Loft, woolen spun yarn, Brooklyn TweedA look at the project page on Ravelry shows that 251 hats have been made and posted which is a sign of a well written pattern!  The project pages are a helpful place to look for color inspiration and to see how other knitters liked the pattern.  Watch for the smiley face emojis as an indication of how well the pattern is liked.  The other thing to watch for are the life-ring emojis as they show notes that others found helpful. Stephen West writes patterns that are clear, concise, and easy to follow.  His patterns can be trusted!  You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish this hat; it looks much more complicated than it is!  Nothing about it is difficult and we are happy to help you with anything you aren’t sure of.  Always look at the ‘Abbreviations’ list to see what stitches are required when choosing a pattern.  The M1L is the only stitch that might be off-putting but Stephen explains  how to do it and we've added an instructional link also.My Sister Knits, Colorado, lys, marled yarn, Stephen West, If you’re going to stretch yourself a bit with this hat, or any pattern, we suggest you work on it in the shop when you can, especially during Fearless Knitting help times!  Those are Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 - 1pm.  That way, we’re only steps away and can get you over a rough patch in moments.  The name of this hat, Hofsos, is the name of a tiny, sleepy fishing village in Iceland which is known for its magnificent thermal pools.We invite you to come into the shop to examine this hat!  

February Classes

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

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, icelandic sweater, letti lopi, worsted weight child sweater, yoked cardiganYou 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

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, Fort Collins, northern Colorado, colorwork mittens, Tuku Wool, fingering weight mittens, knitting classes, local yarn shopHere 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

My Sister Knits, Colorado, local yarn shop, inclination cowlIn 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

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, knitting classes, local yarn shop, fixing knitting mistakesOverheard 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! 

Beauteous Black Elephant Yarn has Arrived!

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!My Sister Knits, Black Elephant Yarn, Fort Collins, DK weight yarn, speckled yarn 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.My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, fingering weight yarn, sock weight yarn, Black Elephant yarn 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!My Sister Knits, Colorado, sock knitting, speckled yarn,  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.