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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     

Elizabeth Doherty is Teaching at My Sister Knits!

Elizabeth Doherty is coming to teach at My Sister Knits!  We are not only thrilled but honored to have her!Elizabeth Doherty, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, ColoradoElizabeth's designs have been published by Quince & Company, Brooklyn Tweed, and Twist Collective.  Her book, Top down: reimagining set-in sleeve design, has become a go-to reference on knitters' bookshelves.  To have a teacher of Elizabeth's caliber come to Fort Collins is a special event indeed!

Top-Down Set-In Sleeves, Sunday Nov. 5th, 10am - 6pm

My Sister Knits, sweater knitting, set in sleeve knitting, knitting classesElizabeth has developed an innovative method for knitting top down sweaters with set-in sleeves!  Simply put, sweaters need to fit our shoulders.  In order to do that, the armholes need to be shaped so that there is the correct amount of fabric across both the back and the front.  This will allow your sweater to stay put on your body, not look sloppy or fall off your shoulders. Elizabeth will teach us how to do it!We will learn everything we need to know about making a sweater that fits in the shoulders and armholes using our own measurements!  This will transform our sweater knitting into a thing of pleasure.  Never again will it be an experience of fret and worry about the fit!Read more about Elizabeth's set-in sleeves and the class details.

Warming Up to Linen, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 10am - 1pm

Elizabeth Doherty, bluebeestudio, My Sister Knits, northern Colorado, knitting with linenElizabeth will show us the wonders of knitting with linen!  This oft-neglected fiber creates garments with absolutely gorgeous drape that become softer and more supple with washing and wearing.  Linen is meant to go through the washer and dryer!  We will learn helpful techniques for working with a non-elastic plant-based yarn, from how to make our stitches look beautiful to weaving in ends.  If you've been hesitant to give linen a try, this is the class for you!  We'll become confident and eager to knit with this ages-old fiber!Read more about linen and the class details.

Tailored Pockets for Any Sweater, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2pm - 5pm

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, sweater knitting, adding pockets to a sweater, knitting classesWhen Elizabeth's friend Barb asked her to write pocket directions for the Copperplate cardigan, Elizabeth loved the  outcome!  She decided she wanted pockets in everything!  The beauty of free-hanging pockets is that they allow the front of the sweater to hang naturally without stretching out of shape.  Knit in a denser gauge with lighter weight yarn, these pockets don't add bulk and will stand up to use.  How fun to know how to put pockets in any sweater!Read more about the pockets and the class details.Call us at 970.407.1461 to reserve a spot in any or all of these classes.  They are an incredible, not-to-be-missed opportunity to develop new skills by a renowned designer and teacher! 

 

 

Cotton Makes Summer Knitting Comfortable

We are in the throes of hot summer weather here at My Sister Knits which has us making projects with cotton and linen yarns.  Not only do these yarns breathe and draw moisture away from the body, they also flow through our hands easier than animal fibers in the heat.It's lovely to sit outside and knit during the cooler hours and knitting with a plant-based yarn is just the thing to make our enjoyment complete!Knitting with linen was the topic of a recent blog post; today our focus is on cotton.My Sister Knits carries two luxurious cotton yarns that are completely different in feel and appearance.  This allows you to choose the perfect one for your intended project!Quince & Co. Willet, which can be worked at a DK or a Sport weight, has a tiny hint of luster; soft, muted colors; and a 3-ply construction.  Willet can be machine washed and laid flat to dry.cotton, My Sister Knits, Northern Colorado, summer knittingIn accordance with Quince & Co.'s environmentally responsible belief system, Willet is produced by family farmers in California participating in the Cleaner Cotton™  program, eliminating the 13 most toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton production.cotton, My Sister Knits, Fort Collins Colorado, local yarn shopShibui Rain, a DK weight, has bright colors with a high sheen, chainette construction, and comes to us from Japan.  Rain should be hand washed and laid flat to dry.cotton, My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, ColoradoRain is mercerized, a process developed in 1844 that causes the yarn to have a high sheen and to accept dye readily, resulting in  Rain's bright, bold colors.  The chainette construction, besides adding visual interest, gives cotton fabric some memory so it's more likely to stretch, give, and recover its shape.  In addition, the fabric will be lighter in weight and will drape more than plied cotton.Both Quince & Co. and Shibui have patterns designed especially for these yarns.  Come into My Sister Knits and we'll be happy to show you!  1408 W. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado.Comment below on your experience with linen or cotton knitting! Love it?  Hate it? Somewhere in between? It will be fun to see what readers think!