speckled yarn

Norwegian Fir Cardigan

Norwegian Fir is the dear little cardigan you'll find upstairs on display.  You'll probably notice it as soon as you turn left at the top of the stairs!  Be sure to check out the button!My Sister Knits, Norwegian Fir, Fort Collins, child's cardiganThis pattern is sized for 0-3 months through 8-9 years. It's a top-down pattern with explicit row-by-row directions until the divide for the sleeves, fronts, and back.  The garter stitch body and sleeves create a wonderfully squishy fabric and the simple lace detail at the raglan increases make this an irresistible knit! Some of us are so in love with this enchanting sweater that we want to make it even though we have no one to give it to!Our sample is knit with Rosy Green Wool's Cheeky Merino Joy in undyed Edelweiss which makes it easy to visualize in other colorways.  The choices are endless!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, A Homepsun House yarn, Lemonade Shop yarn, Black Elephant yarn, local yarn shopThe pattern calls for a DK weight yarn but our sample is knit with a Sport weight which leads to the question of whether or not DK and Sport are interchangeable.  There is a common misconception among knitters that they are almost identical and can be easily substituted for each other.This, however, is not the case.  Care should be taken when deciding between these two yarns as Sport weight is lighter than DK, resulting in a difference in the size of your finished project.  As always, we encourage you to make a gauge swatch to inform your decisions!My Sister Knits, Colorado, local yarn shop, Arranmore light yarn, Anzula Cricket, Dovestone yarn, DK weight yarn, Sport weight yarnRavelry has a helpful table that explains the difference between yarn weights.  Also, the Craft Yarn Council created a Standard Yarn Weight System of weight guidelines.  When looking at these two tables, it becomes evident that there are no hard and fast rules to yarn weights!  There are instead, guidelines.  Still, putting the information from each site together gives a good sense of the differences between Sport and DK.Sport weight has 24 - 26 stitches to 4 inches, 12 wpi, and suggests a 3 to 5 US needle.  DK weight has 22 stitches to 4 inches, 11 wpi, and suggests a 5 to 7 US needle.  The differences are not great but they are significant.  Wpi means 'wraps per inch' and is a well known term among spinners.  It's also helpful to knitters, especially when we find a yarn in our stash that has lost its tag!  Just take your yarn, wrap it around an object such as a pencil or ruler with the yarn touching but not overlapping.  Measure out an inch and count the number of wraps, easy peasy!We invite you to come in and play with yarn choices for this little cardi.  We're confident you will fall in love with it as we have!    

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!  

Join Our January Never Let Me Down Knit ALong!

We have the perfect project to give yourself a much needed pick-me-up for the beginning of the new year!  Kimberly's Never Let Me Down Cowl is our January KAL, beginning Tuesday evening January 9th and ending February 6th.  Kimberly will be in the shop during our community Knit Night on the 6th to get everyone started.My Sister Knits, Never Let Me Down cowl, Fort Collins, DK weight cowlA KAL is when a group of people work on the same project and there is usually a specific beginning and end date.  KALs are a lot of fun for several reasons!  The participants watch each other's projects develop, they offer support and encouragement to each other, and the use of different yarns is showcased.  It's also a great way to develop friendships!My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, Anzula Cricket, cowl, Hedgehog FibresKimberly designed Never Let Me Down for her two best friends in high school.  Jennifer, Alex, and Kimberly were always there for each other and each helped the others make it through their teen years.Kimberly says, "This cowl is a great use for a zany yarn you like paired with your favorite neutral."My Sister Knits, Colorado, The Lemonade Shop yarn, Plucky Knitter, cowl, Never Let Me Down cowlNever Let Me Down calls for two skeins of DK weight yarn.  It has a twisted rib pattern; purl one, knit one through the back loop.  The unusual texture is created by pairing a DK weight yarn with size 15 needles.  The texture pops after it is aggressively blocked!This cowl is a quick knit made with an easy rib pattern; the best combination for 'social knitting'!  A colorful yarn is shown off to its best with this texture.My Sister Knits, Hue Loco yarns, Tosh Merino DK, madelinetosh, Colorado, cowl, DK weight yarnCome to the shop before January 9th to choose your yarn!  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to ohhh and ahhh over our selection of 'zany' yarns and to pair a neutral with it!   

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. 

Speckled Yarn and Plainer Yarn; How to Pair Them Successfully

We all have it - one skein of speckled yarn that caught our eye and we just had to make it our own immediately!  It's absolutely perfect!  The delicate base color is dappled with our favorite bolder colors and the whole skein makes us cheerful just looking at it.The problem is what to make with that one skein?  My Sister Knits has the answer for you; make a two-colored shawl!My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, fingering weight shawls, These are three of several two-colored shawls on display in the shop.  They are all splendid patterns to showcase a speckled yarn!"Wait a minute", you say.  "How do I choose a yarn that will go with my dear beloved speckled skein?"  Once again, My Sister Knits comes to the rescue!  Armed with the information below you will become a master at selecting two yarns that play nicely together.Matching the yarn brands is not necessary!First, choose a yarn that is the same weight.  Fingerings go with fingerings, DKs go with DKs, you get the picture!Second, match the plies.  If yours is a single ply, pair it up with another single ply.  If it's plied, pair it with a plied yarn.Third, compare the drape of your beauty and pair it with a skein that has about the same.To do this, hold your speckled skein and the one you're considering in each hand to see what their 'flop factor' is.  The more flop, the drapier the yarn.  It's fun to go around the shop and test yarns, try it!Once you've found a yarn with the weight, ply, and drape that goes well with yours, it's time to choose a color!In the photo above we've paired yarns as examples.  Some are the same yarn line, some aren't.  The top left pair is a skein from tot le matin with one from madelinetosh.  That black has a hint of blue that is gorgeous!  The speckled yarn on the top right is hue loco paired with a tonal from hazel knits.  Look at how those greens match!The middle shelf shows how a speckled yarn can pair well with more than one color.  The speckled and the green are both Hedgehog Fibres while the orange is madelinetosh.The bottom two are both madelinetosh.Bring your speckled darling to the shop and have some fun choosing a playmate for it and an ideal pattern!  There are always plenty of people at the shop to help you with choosing if you so desire!  Staff and customers alike love to chime in on the yarn selection process when asked!We hope to see you and your precious speckled beauty soon!