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Announcing Coop Knits Yarn and Books

Announcing Coop Knits Yarn and Books

We have some Coop Knits yarn and books in the shop that you’re going to want to know about!

Rachel Coopey lives in the UK and designs socks, mittens, and hats but mostly socks. She lives and breathes socks, both designing them and knitting them. She loves them so much she created her own yarn that shows off her designs to the max!

Introducing My Sister Knits 'Local' Yarn!

My Sister Knits is incredibly excited to introduce our own yarn, Local!  Julie and Diana collaborated with local dyer Nicole Clark of Hue Loco to create seven colorways in three bases. This special project has been in the works for months and is now ready to present to the world!  We can't wait!The color inspiration came from Pantone colors and paint chips.  Julie and Diana wanted a Colorado-themed palette of fall and winter colors for this first edition of My Sister Knits yarn.Our launch party is Saturday, Sept. 8th so mark your calendars!  Nicole will be at the shop from 11am until 1pm to help us celebrate.

Fingering/Sock weight

My Sister KnitsJulie is knitting socks with the speckled yarn using the orange as a contrast for the heel and cuff.  Since the speckled includes all of the colorways, any of the contrast colors can be used to create different effects!  There is also a sample of Melanie Berg's shawl Solaris in progress; it should be ready by our launch date so look for it in the shop!This soft but strong yarn is 80% superwash Merino and 20% nylon.

DK weight

yarnNotice the delicate, softly muted colors in the DK speckled yarn!  The exquisite dappled watercolor effect is created by using a non-superwash base.  All of the DK colorways are lovely muted colors and are 100% Merino.  This is a specialty line of Nicole's and might not be available again.Julie is knitting the Morning Walk hat which is a great 'anywhere/anytime' project.  It's a 1x1 rib, meaning knit 1, purl 1 all the way around.

Worsted weight

yarn store Fort CollinsWe keep picking up these saturated tonal 100 % superwash Merino yarns to ooh and aah over them!  We were amazed to find that five of them perfectly blend with some Shibui Silk Cloud colorways!  Oh, the possibilities!The hat in the photo is a free pattern, Marled Hat, by Plucky Knitter Design.  It's quite entertaining to see the marled effect developing as you knit!  This is also an anywhere/anytime project because it's only stockinette after the ribbing.  There aren't even any crown decreases!

Nicole Clark of Hue Loco

Nicole knitted for years before she began playing around with dying yarn in her kitchen.  She has a background in art and was an elementary school art teacher before deciding to stay home with her kids.  Color has always been a huge part of her life and playing around with the color of yarn was a natural extension for her.  She had an Etsy shop featuring sewing bags, put some of her hand dyed yarn on it, and the rest is history! Or as the French say, 'et tout le monde connait la suite'!Note:  if any of you are curious about the term 'colorway' and it's use, take a look at this discussion.  It clears up the matter a bit although it can still be confusing!We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 8th as we launch our own My Sister Knits Local yarn! There is a finite number of skeins and when they're gone, they're gone.  If you miss them, you'll have to wait until next time, with new colorways! My Sister Knits yarn  

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!

How and Why to Knit With Cooling Linen

Our hottest months are upon us and knitting with wool can leave our hands and lap sticky and damp, even in air conditioning.  The solution?  Having an adventure with linen or cotton!  Today the subject is linen; watch for cotton coming soon!Fort Collins - Yarn Shop - Knitting with LinenLinen is the perfect yarn to use, and creates the perfect fabric to wear, during hot weather.  It actually helps keep you cool!  For detailed information, read this blog post by Elizabeth Doherty who is coming to My Sister Knits to teach in November!Knitting with Linen - My Local Yarn Shop - Fort Collins, CO Linen creates a fluid fabric that softens with washings and can be washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer!  The dryer's tumble action helps transform the fibers into a wonderfully soft and supple fabric.   Be sure to make a swatch and launder it the same way your finished project will be laundered because the finished gauge will no doubt change!Linen Knitting - My Sister Knits - Northern Colorado Yarn ShopIf you'd like to try softening a finished linen knit, handwash and dry it and then put it in the dryer on air-dry to soften.Knitting with Linen - Fort Collins Knitting Shop - My Sister KnitsLinen's characteristics are what give it its casually sophisticated look:  your stitches will not be uniform, your finished project will wrinkle, and the slightly biased fabric that may be created is just fine.  You will end up with a cool, elegant garment with plenty of drape that will be worn again and again!Knitting with Linen - My Sister Knits - Fort Collins, Colorado Tips for knitting with linen:

  1.  Plan to go down a needle size or two because it creates a slightly larger stitch.
  2. Use a longer cable than usual because linen stitches don't compress like animal fibers.
  3. The texture of wooden needles may help even out your stitches.
  4. Work from the outside of the ball.
  5. Join a new ball of yarn at an inconspicuous spot such as the side; knit a few stitches with the old yarn and new yarn held together to secure the new yarn.
  6. Use point protectors to keep your stitches on the needles since they can slide off easily.

A summer knitting adventure with linen is just the thing to solve those sweaty hand blues!If you'd like to make a summery linen shawl instead of the tees we linked to, or a different tee, we will be happy to help you find a pattern you love!