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.
If you'd like to own a small piece of Norwegian knitting history, our long-awaited Selbuvotter sock and mitten blockers are here! Selbuvotter mittens are Norway's quintessential national symbol.My Sister Knits has an expert Selbuvotter teacher, Jeannie Gibberson and her mittens have been on display in the shop. No matter your skill or interest level in knitting these unique mittens, you're going to want some of these blockers as art pieces, if for nothing else! The story behind these blockers is captivating! Patricia Anne Fortune moved to Norway from Dallas over 20 years ago. She and her family live on a small farm at the top of a mountain, in the middle of a forest overlooking Selbu lake and the village of Selbu.One day she found herself in the Selbuvotter museum's room that shows how knitting machines and metal and plastic tools made the old wooden ones obsolete. This room has a collection of beautiful handmade wooden sock and mitten blockers that are no longer produced.She set about reviving this little piece of history that had been given over to mass production in modern times. Patricia's blockers are made from Norwegian birch from her farm, which is processed at a saw mill in her village. They are individually carved using laser technology. The last step is sanding and polishing by hand with beeswax.These blockers are handmade after they are ordered and each of the ones in My Sister Knits were made specifically for us. The thought of these blockers being hand crafted in Norway just for us makes them precious; we've been handling them with reverence! If you want to know more about Patricia, be sure to ask Ann when you see her in the shop as she is the one who discovered these remarkable blockers and their story!
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!
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.Samples 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!These 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.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.These 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!