knitted hats

My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day!

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!My Sister KnitsIf 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?Hat KnittingYou 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

It would help us plan for you if you could RSVP by Dec. 8th letting us know you're coming or even thinking about coming.  However, if you decide to join us at the last minute, please do so!My Sister Knits' Make a Hat Day

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!

Back from Vacation

Delightful surprises awaited me at every turn when I walked into My Sister Knits after being in England and Scotland and completely out of touch for three weeks!There are new samples, new enamel pins, new bags, and new classes among the delights!One of the first items that caught my eye was the Arika sample.My Sister Knits, Arika cowl, Kestrel, Quince & Co., Fort Collins ColoradoWe love this kerchief-shaped cowl designed by Jane Richmond for winter wear so much that we modified it for summer!  The original has yards of eye-catching fringe but we decided to leave it off of our summer version.  We also used linen to make it hot-weather friendly.  Quince & Co's aran weight Kestrel was our linen of choice.  This makes a fun accessory for a summer's day!When I went upstairs to see what was new, I immediately saw a group of items made with Hue Loco's Backyard Chicken sets.  Any of these projects answers the question, "What do I do with these fun sets of yarn?".My Sister Knits, Flax Light, Hue Loco, Backyard Chicken collection, northern Colorado, There are two hats, one sweater, and a pair of socks for your inspiration!  Our supply of Backyard Chicken sets is limited but these sample show marvelous ways to use up some of your odds and ends of yarn that are in your stash waiting for 'just the right thing'!  Be sure to check them out when you're in the shop!  My personal favorite is the Flax Light sweater designed by tincanknits with the contrasting rib and garter ridge detail which are modifications we added.  I know a toddler who is going to get one this fall!With some more poking around the shop, I found several new bags and these in particular are noteworthy.  Ann found them when she went to Squam this past month.  Squam is a lake in New Hampshire; it's also a gathering of artists and makers.  We encourage you to check out the link!My Sister Knits, Colorado yarn shop, kzstevens, knitting project bagsThese are one-of-a-kind handmade, and sometimes hand stitched, bags created by Karen Stevens who lives in Connecticut.  We have both cross-body and tote styles.  Ann would love to talk to you about them in detail and about her glorious weekend at Squam!And this isn't all I found; there's also an Anzula trunk show with samples galore and some intriguing class offerings!It's fun to walk into My Sister Knits after being gone and discover what's new.  Be sure to allow yourself some browsing time if it's been a few weeks since you've been in! 

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!  

Joyful Knit Collage Yarn!

Knit Collage is fascinating yarn to create with!  This super bulky yarn is so much fun that you have to keep going to see what the next row reveals, and the next, and the next!  Fortunately it works up quickly so you don't have to wait long to gaze in delight at your finished project!My Sister Knits, Knit Collage, super bulky yarn, Fort Collins, local yarn shopAmy Small, owner, has taught a handful of women in Punjab, India how to craft her yarn designs on traditional spinning wheels.  A few others create embellishments to add to the yarn.  Each skein is a treasure of uniqueness due to the exceptional amount of hands-on work involved!My Sister Knits, knit collage, northern colorado, local yarn shop, super bulky yarnSome of the colorways have over 10 different colors of fiber to create their spectacular look!  Amy suggests that when you knit with a yarn with embellishments, you should gently push the embellishment to the front of your work after you've finished the stitch. She also suggests lightly blocking them so they aren't soaking wet to avoid lengthy drying time.My Sister Knits, Wabarna pom poms, knit collage cast away yarn, Knit Collage has patterns that showcase the details of their yarn perfectly.  The hat above, worked on size 13 and 15 needles, is the Rosalita Hat designed by Cheryl Kubat. Wabarna pom poms seem as if they're made specifically for this hat!My Sister Knits, fort collins colorado, knit collage yarn, super bulky, knitting project bags, lys, shop local, shop fort collinsThese mittens are Susan B. Anderson's Christmas Mitten Story worked on a size 10.5 needle.  How fun to wear on a dreary day!You will have noticed the My Sister Knits bags in the photos!  We now have a collection of our own bags, beautifully hand made with great attention to detail, by local artisan Jennica Force.  Be sure to check out the zippers!We invite you to our little corner of the world to peruse our Knit Collage yarns and choose a bag that calls to you!  See you soon! 

Try this yarn!

A big focus at My Sister Knits is to find yarn that has a great background story.  We love yarn companies that we can relate to and have personalities!North Light Fibers is just such a company. They produce hand crafted artisanal yarns that are minimally processed.  This yarn is often overlooked in our shop and we'd like to tell you the story behind it.My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, North Light Fibers, Water Street yarn, cabled hats, ribbed beanies, worsted weight yarn

The place:

Twelve miles off the coast of Rhode Island is Block Island.  It's a small place, with 48% of the island protected by conservation easements.  In the middle of this idyllic spot is Abrams Farm.  You will find North Light Fibers' micro mill on this farm on the far side of the alpaca pasture!  There are also yak, camels, llamas, kangaroos, Scottish Highland bulls, and assorted sheep and goats who live there.Sven and Laura Risom are passionate about producing luxury yarn with the finest fiber they can find.  Their yarns go from raw fiber to luxurious skeins in their small mill!  Everything is done on the island.  They have scoured the world to find the finest fibers to supplement the fiber raised on the island.  My Sister Knits carries two of their yarns, Water Street and Atlantic.

The yarn:

Water Street is the perfect luxurious balance of cashmere and merino in a worsted weight.   Cashmere must be knowledgeably sourced as it can get old, dry, and brittle easily; traits that are unacceptable to Sven and Laura.  It also must be spun ever-so-carefully to avoid pilling which is caused by short, broken fibers.  Most of North Light Fibers' cashmere comes from Mongolia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan via Scotland!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, North Light Fibers, Water Street, merino, cashmereMerino wool can be different depending on climate, altitude, and feed, among other criteria.  Merino from the Falkland Islands, off of southern Argentina, is known to be high quality fine wool.  The sheep are sturdy and basically pest free. Naturally, if North Light Fibers has to go abroad to find the quality of merino they seek, they go to the Falklands!Atlantic is 100% Falkland Island merino worsted weight that is soft and bouncy.My Sister Knits, North Light Fibers, Atlantic, Colorado, northern Colorado, merino woolWe encourage you to give yourself the gift of knitting with either of these yarns.  To give you further incentive, for the rest of January they will be 15% off!  Water Street and Atlantic are waiting for you on the far wall as you enter the shop!  Come in and treat yourself to a skein; we have several pattern suggestions and we're happy to help you find one you can't wait to cast on!   

Hannah Fettig's Home and Away Trunk Show is Here!

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!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Hannah Fettig, sweater knitting, home and awayThere 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!My Sister Knits, Colorado, cardigans, sweater knitting, knitbot, home and awayThe 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!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, Hannah Fettig, Quince & Co yarn, home and awayWe 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!

How to Prepare for Knitting a Dream Project!

Today we're going to tell the story of Sally.  Sally is a newish knitter who is totally smitten with all things knitterly.  She loves to sniff and squish yarn, she has her own Ravelry account, she took our Learn to Knit class, and is eager to learn new skills.The other day Sally came into the shop and she saw our Ondawa sample. She was awed by the intricate cables and the textural beauty of this sweater.  She said to herself, "Oh my, if only I could create something this beautiful but I don't even know how to cable!".My Sister Knits, Ondawa, Brooklyn Tweed, Fort Collins, knitting cables, sweater knittingOndawa is Sally's 'later' project.  For now, she needs to start with a something  smaller and simpler, take a class, and come in for Fearless Knitting help to perfect her cabling skills.  She may even look to her favorite online resources for technique tutorials when she can't make it into My Sister Knits.  In addition, Tuesday Knit Nights will provide her with an encouraging group of knitters who will be cheering her on every step of the way.Sally will start with an easy cabling pattern such as the Pollen Hat.  By the time she's finished she'll be cabling with ease, full of confidence in her ability to learn, and her 'later' project will be closer to reality.Pollen Hat, Andrea Mowry, Drea Renee Knits, My Sister Knits, northern ColoradoThe next step on Sally's journey to Ondawa needs to be a bit more complex.  She spied our Cranberry Capelet sample, tried it on, and fell in love with the cable columns that can run either up and down the side or the front.  It depends on how you want to wear it!This is a perfect mid-level project for several reasons:  like Pollen, it's made with worsted weight yarn which will make it easier to see what she's doing and the whole project go faster, it has cables over a larger number of stitches, and there are two easy-to-follow charts that will prepare her for the ones in Ondawa.My Sister Knits, Blue Sky Fibers, Woolstok, Cranberry Capelet, Thea Colman, Baby Cocktails, Colorado, My Sister KnitsWhen Sally finishes her Cranberry Capelet she'll be ready to start her dream sweater!  Her passion for Ondawa and her belief in herself allow her to develop the needed skills quicker than otherwise.  She also knows that there is help and a community of support at the shop.Sally will have prepared herself to make something that wasn't possible in the beginning.  She'll realize it's an amazing feeling to attempt such a feat!Do you have a 'later' project that you dream about?  We'll be delighted to help you find projects like Sally's that will prepare you to create it!

An Invitation to MSK's Make a Hat Day Party Friday, Sept. 15th!

Friday, September 15th is Make a Hat Day and My Sister Knits is going to have some fun with it!  This is a merry way to kick off our fall knitting projects!My Sister Knits, Make a Hat Day, Wabarna, Fort Collins, knitted hatJenny will be at My Sister Knits all day hosting our Make a Hat Day party!  We invite you to come to the shop and knit a hat for the entire day or as long as your schedule allows.It will be a fun, rare day to focus entirely on knitting with no distractions! We'll have coffee and mid-morning treats.  Later we will have the option of ordering in lunch and of course there will be chocolate for our mid-afternoon break!  We'll finish up the day with a toast to our progress!Fort Collins, My Sister Knits, Make a Hat Day, Wabarna pompomsIf you've never knit a hat before, 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!My Sister Knits has a variety of patterns and samples made with Aran and Bulky weight yarns that will knit up quickly.  We've thoughtfully chosen patterns that require only simple stitches and cast ons.  However, you might find yourself falling in love with a hat knit in a lighter weight yarn or with more design details.  This will take a bit longer to finish but you will still make good progress by joining us for the bulk of the day!My Sister Knits, Colorado, Make a Hat Day, local yarn shop, Fort Collins yarn shopYou are welcome to come to My Sister Knits Friday, Sept. 15th ready with your yarn and pattern.  Alternatively, you may come that morning, choose your pattern and your yarn, and then get started!This coming Saturday, Sept. 9th, would be a perfect time to come in and choose your yarn!  Sandy Barnes from Shibui will be in the shop all day and will be happy to help you choose a Shibui combination that would make a luxurious hat!We hope you can join us for this fun, unusual event; no sign up is needed!  

Use North Light Fibers in School Colors for Hats and Mitts!

  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.North Light Fibers, school colors, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, ColoradoThey 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!My Sister Knits, North Light Fibers, baby hat, Northern ColoradoThis 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 HatNorth Light Fibers, colorwork hat, colorwork, My Sister Knits, ColoradoThis 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!

Not one but two trunk shows at My Sister Knits!

My Sister Knits has not one but two trunk shows for you to pore over!In 2013, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting published Botanical Knits, a book of 12 patterns inspired by the beauty of plant life.  The next year Botanical Knits 2 came out with another 12 patterns. Now Alana has given us Baby Botanicals,  five darling child sized sweaters that go with the adult ones.trunk shows, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, ColoradoSamples of these sweaters for little girls, sized 6 months to 12 years, are at My Sister Knits until July 22nd.Alana's patterns are well written; the schematics are detailed, the instructions are written out as well as charted, and the details that make these designs so special are well thought out.  As an example, be sure to check out the charming pockets on the Little Buds cardi when you come to the shop!  The cables on the back of  Baby Branches and Little Buds are not to be missed either!trunk shows, My Sister Knits, baby botanicals, yarn shopThese dear little sweaters are made with light fingering, fingering, and sport weight yarns.We also have the Swoon Maine trunk show!  Assembled by Carrie Bostick Hoge, this collection is an homage to Maine, as the name suggests.  Carrie designed the bulk of the patterns with guest appearances by Maine designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Leila Raabe, and Mary Jane Mucklestone.trunk shows, My Sister Knits, northern colorado, swoon maine, Pullovers, cardigans for young and old, cowls, a hat, and mittens have made their way to My Sister Knits!  These patterns suit an array of knitters who like to knit with weights from fingering to aran.trunk shows, My Sister Knits, yarn, knitted mittens, hat patternsThese two trunk shows are on display until July 22nd.  We invite you to come in, try on, and play with these exquisite knits!  We are located at 1408 W. Mountain Ave in Fort Collins, Colorado.Comment below on whether you have a favorite yarn weight to knit with or if you are an all weights knitter!