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.We 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?".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!These 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!
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.Molly 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:
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.
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!
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!There 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!The 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!We 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!
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!