Some knitters choose classes and workshops based on the techniques offered. Others choose by the teacher. No matter your preferred way of choosing, our Ann Budd classes on March 25th will be both a treat and an opportunity to learn more than you expect!Ann's father took the family to Switzerland for a year when she was 12. Knitting was part of the school curriculum and ever since then it's been her passion.After getting her Master's degree in Geology and working in that field for a few years, Ann decided that she'd much rather do something else! She went to work for Interweave, a leading art and craft media company, where she gathered knowledge on knitting construction, yarn, techniques, and pattern writing.Ann is invaluable to the knitting world and is held in the highest esteem, teaching workshops across the country and authoring books to help us become more confident and masterful knitters.We at My Sister Knits are over the moon about having Ann teach two classes on Saturday, March 25th!Kitchener stitch can strike fear into the heart of knitters. However, with Ann's expert teaching, students will come away confident in their ability to use this joining technique with any fabric from stockinette to ribbing. This class will be from 9am until noon.Have you ever wanted to match a cast-on to a bind-off for a truly professional finish on projects such as sweaters, cowls, socks, fingerless mitts, or scarves? In Ann's afternoon class, from 1pm until 4pm, you will learn how to do just that!Ann's teaching skill and fun sense of humor will have you laughing and learning throughout each class.Call the shop at 970.407.1461 to sign up and take advantage of this marvelous learning opportunity!
© Andrea MowryWe are excited to be welcoming Andrea Mowry to My Sister Knits in the coming year to teach two brioche workshops. Andrea Mowry is a pattern designer known for her incredible shawls and brioche work. She has designed patterns for her own collections as well as various fantastic companies such as Knit Purl and Quince & Co.© Andrea MowryShe will be joining us on March 11th, teaching Getting Started with Brioche from 9am-1pm and Beyond Basics Brioche from 2-6pm. Each workshop is $105. Brioche knitting creates such luxurious fabric that we absolutely love to wrap around ourselves throughout the year. Spots in the class are very limited, so call today to reserve yours - (970) 407-1461.© Andrea Mowry“Andrea is one of the many who was lucky enough to learn how to knit as a child from her grandma. By her late teens, guided by the wisdom of the great Elizabeth Zimmerman and her many books, she began trying to work out her own patterns. After leaving her life as a pastry chef to start a family with her husband, her hands found the necessary freedom to begin creating with fiber instead of flour. She focuses on designing knits to fit the modern wardrobe - fun to knit and easy to wear, with clear directions for every level of knitter. She believes in enjoying every stitch and wearing at least one hand knit everyday! Andrea has a great love for indulging in new techniques and skills and then sharing them with other knitters thru her patterns and workshops. Her goal is to leave knitters feeling empowered and inspired, and wrapped up in their own beautiful knits!"
We dearly love it when Sandy Barnes from Shibui Knits has a chance to visit us! We always take advantage of her extensive knowledge and enjoy her fun personality.This time she's going to teach which is even better! Our gift to you this holiday season is her Sequences class.Sequences is a bold, striking and cutting -edge wrap designed by Lori Versaci who believes in offering knitters positive and interesting knitting experiences; this certainly holds true with her use of sequence patterning.Sequences can be made in two sizes; the larger one makes a generous wrap and the smaller one is perfect to wear as a scarf under your coat. It's wider at one end than the other, adding sophistication to the design.This stylish wrap is made with Shibui's newest yarn, Drift, a velvety combination of 85% Merino wool and 15% cashmere in 13 colors.Come to the shop Tuesday, November 22nd from 5 -7 to get acquainted with Drift! You'll be able to play with it and will undoubtedly choose a color combination for your own Sequences! If you'd like to add a pop of color at the short end of the wrap, Sandy will kindly provide it at the class.The only thing you need to do is call the shop, 970.407.1461, to let us know you're coming, If you decide at the last minute that you can make it, then be sure to come even if you haven't signed up!
My Sister Knits is delighted to offer a chic pre-holiday event this Saturday, November 12th, from 10am until 1pm.You will have the unusual opportunity to see and buy lovely jewelry created by long time Fort Collins resident Val Mauksch.Val has been designing and making eclectic jewelry for 10 years and participates in local markets, shows, and home parties.She can also work with you to create an original piece just for you.Val has a wide variety of designs and there are more on her Facebook page.Saturday will be an excellent time to pick up a unique gift ideal for a Christmas stocking, either yours or for someone you love!We welcome you to come in and have fun trying on Val's jewelry!
We are in for a rare treat this week! Some of you may have been to The Yarn Guys' booth at Interweave's Yarn Fest. The booth is chock-a-block full of amazing Norwegian knits as they are the US distributors of Norway's Rauma yarns. This yarn is sticky which is perfection for colorwork projects!We carry their new yarn, 4 ply Spaelsaugarn (yarn from the ancient breed Spaelsau) which isn't on their website yet, along with Finullgarn (fine wool yarn), Strikkegarn (knitting yarn), and Gammelserie (Old Series).Jeffrey Wall, of The Yarn Guys, is going to visit My Sister Knits! Jeffrey, in addition to being a lot of fun to be around, is one of the most positive and encouraging people we know! Join us as we welcome him from 5 - 7pm Tuesday evening, October 25th! This would be a great time to learn more about Norwegian Rauma yarn created from ancient Norwegian breeds.We are fortunate that he will be teaching two classes on Wednesday, October 26th. The first one, from 9 - 10am, solves the problem of flipping your project back and forth constantly as you work. It also is a great help if you prefer not to purl. Jeffrey is going to teach us how to knit backwards! We can't wait!The second class, from 10:30 - 11:30 is an introduction to stranded colorwork. So often we admire this technique but feel that it's too advanced for us. Jeffrey will give us tips, teach us how to knit beautiful designs, and we'll be surprised by how easy it really is. Jeffrey will inspire us and assure us that we can indeed create something marvelous!There are a few more spaces in each class so call the shop to reserve your spot and we hope to see you Tuesday evening for our meet and greet!970.407.1461
Today is an exciting day for Woolfolk and My Sister Knits; it's the launch of their newest family member, Tov!Tov is aran weight with an unusual construction; it's a 12 ply cabled yarn. Six sets of two plies are twisted in one direction. Then those six strands are twisted together in the opposite direction creating a round yarn that shows textures distinctly. We can't wait to see your projects with cables and textured stitches such as moss stitch, seed stitch, linen stitch, and more knit with Tov! Stockinette even has a special look; come in and examine our sampler swatch!Like the other Woolfolk yarns that we carry; Far, Tynd, and Sno, Tov is made from Merino sheep from Patagonia with fleece as soft as cashmere! Due to the shape of the scales on the fiber, this yarn reflects light and takes dye in a way to create deep, rich, lustrous colors. Samples to swoon over will be available soon!You're invited to a special event at the shop this afternoon from 1pm - 5pm. You'll find Tov and our other Woolfolk yarns, patterns designed specifically for Tov, a live Facebook event, food, beverages, and a fun party atmosphere!We hope to see you there!
Woolfolk is welcoming a new addition to their family of yarns! Join us as we celebrate on Thursday, October 6th from 1pm until 5pm!Woolfolk, named after owner Kristin Ford's Danish grandmother, is known for its yarns that are soft as down. Kristin found sheep in Patagonia with wool that feels like cashmere! This wool also has a structure that allows it to shine and absorb dye in a way that results in deep, saturated colors.Due to its chainette construction, worsted weight Far is so soft and light that you feel it just might float away if you don't hang onto it!Fingering weight Tynd and Sno are tightly twisted and velvety soft. Tynd is a solid color while Sno is marled, meaning plies of two different colors are spun together. Thursday afternoon we have a special event planned to unveil the newest member of the family! You can expect a specially constructed yarn, patterns designed specifically for this new yarn, a party atmosphere and give-aways!Come into the shop to try on our samples; you'll want to cast on one of your own right away!l
It's the time of year when our minds and projects turn to accessories to keep us warm and the upcoming holidays!We have two events to get you going!The first is our next Fearless Knitting topic which is cables! They make you feel so clever and are so much fun to knit but may be intimidating if you're new to them. Jenny will demonstrate two ways to make cables; one with a cable needle and one without. Brooklyn Tweed's yarns are excellent for cabling because of their 'stickiness' and we have three hat suggestions using worsted weight Shelter and bulky weight Quarry that will have you cabling like a pro in no time, with or without a cable needle! We have more samples using cables in the shop; you can choose to go on a treasure hunt or ask us to show you!The demonstration dates and practice times are Thursdays, September 22nd and 29th and Saturdays, September 24th and October 1st from 11 to noon. Please feel free to come to the shop on those days for free knitting help from noon until 1pm!The second event we have is a Knit Along (KAL) featuring Churchmouse's Basic Christmas Stocking pattern to get you in the Christmas spirit! A KAL is a fun time with everyone making the same thing. As a bonus, there is support and encouragement as you knit at your own pace.We will knit this charming stocking on Tuesday evenings September 27th, October 4th and 11th starting at 5:30. Come in and get your materials before the 27th so you'll be ready to cast on right away!
One of Fort Collins' great fall traditions is the annual Tour de Fat presented by New Belgium Brewing Co.! This is a colorful, noisy, magnificent bike parade complete with costumes for both humans and bikes.Tour de Fat is a traveling bike festival taking place in 13 cities across the U.S., promoting bike use. The Ft. Collins event will be Saturday, Sept. 3rd. Last year the Ft. Collins Tour had 25,000 attendees and raised $94,241 for local charities, proving once again that we are a generous community!We love My Sister Knits' location on a peaceful, tree-lined street near Old Town Fort Collins.On Tour de Fat day, we love the location even more because the parade goes right past My Sister Knits!Join us on the front lawn to experience the fun! We will have a complimentary coffee cart from 9:30am until 1:30pm for your sipping pleasure. Bring a lawn chair, grab a coffee and settle in to enjoy the parade. It begins at Civic Park at 10:00am and will be meandering past us shortly after that.The shop will be open during the parade and all normal activities will take place; however, parking will be on the side streets because Mountain will be closed. We hope you can take part in the Tour de Fat fun on our front lawn and do a little shopping at the same time!
Join the My Sister Knits' community as we challenge ourselves to make the quick-to-knit, versatile Scelte Cowl during the Olympics!We love our sample made with three colors of Anzula For Better or Worsted and Jenny, Diana, and Connie Bea had fun putting together a variety of colors and yarns to spur your creativity! Scelte is worked flat using worsted weight yarn, size 9 needles, and calls for a Provisional Cast On. Jenny will be available Saturday August 6th from noon until 1pm during our help hour if you'd like some assistance.The pattern also calls for a Kitchener stitch join at the end. On Saturday, August 20th, Jenny will have a Kitchener stitch demonstration and help hour from 10 - 11 am.The only rule is that you cast on during or after the Opening Ceremonies and it must be finished by the end of the Closing Ceremonies.Come into the shop to choose your yarn and join our Olympics Challenge fun! Show us your finished cowl the week of August 23rd - 27th to be entered into a drawing for a wooden yarn bowl handcrafted by Rick Reynolds (an $80 value) and 20% off any one item in the store!GO USA!
For your delight, here is a photo journey of the My Sister Knits' yarn crawl experience!As you drive up you'll see a friendly tree, yarn bombed for your enjoyment....Walking to the gate, you'll notice this....The fun goes into full swing as you meander through the garden to the shop....You might catch a glimpse of Kimberly straightening....our friend Jeanne shopping for yarn....or our friend Carol shopping for patterns....And, if you are extra lucky, you might come across one of the next generation of knitters....When you finally arrive inside the shop, you can pick up your Official Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl canvas bag and fill it with goodies to take home with you....Skyline, our yarn crawl cowl designed by Amelia, awaits your perusal....You will see our very own colorway, Purple Mountain Majesty. and its complementary colorways discussed in this post....And last but certainly not least, you can register to win our Deluxe Gift Basket!We hope to see you 'crawling' before it all ends for us on Saturday, August 13th! Some shops may be open on Sunday, August 14th.
Each shop participating in the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl has designed a pattern exclusively for the yarn crawl; another reason to start planning your yarn crawl adventure!My Sister Knits' pattern is the Skyline Cowl, created by our own talented designer Amelia Velarde. Skyline is a reversible, lightweight cowl that uses Shibui Cima and Pebble held together to create the exact fabric Amelia wanted! She loves Shibui and was excited to design a pattern using their yarns. The design of this versatile cowl represents the Denver skyline with its varying building heights.We chose alternative yarns that would be perfect for this cowl also. Fall is coming so we used the Fall 2016 Pantone colors as a guide for our color selection. Starting with the pink at the bottom and traveling clockwise, we chose Anzula Cricket in Hyacinth, Shibui Maai in Brick, Anzula Cricket in Candied Apple, Rosy Green Wool's cheeky merino joy in Sunflower, Anzula Cricket in Peacock, Dovestone DK in yorkstone, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Reindeer, Quince Phoebe in Uranus and lastly, Anzula Cricket in Blueberry.Your yarn crawl preparation list:
- Decide if you’re going to go with friends or have a solo experience. Jenny did it by herself a few years ago and had a blast!
- Choose your dates as you’ll need more than one day.
- Plan your routes.
- Plan your lunch stops.
- Make sure your car has gas!
The yarn crawl is such a terrific opportunity to see yarn shops that you don’t usually visit. It’s also a fun way to give yourself the gift of doing something out of the ordinary!The Yarn Crawl dates are Saturday July 30th through Sunday, August 14th; we hope to see you!
We have been busy planning an extra special event for you during the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, July 30th through August 14th!In the course of rearranging this summer, we realized that we have oodles of samples that need to go to good homes. Therefore, we are announcing our first-ever Sample Sale! This is a rare occasion to purchase handmade items you've admired in the shop.There will be cowls! There will be hats and mittens! There will be shawls! And even a sophisticated white felted bag!We have many more items than pictured here and you'll be able to see them all on Saturday, July 30th starting at 9am. Now is the time to get out your calendars, plot your Yarn Crawl adventure, and plan to take advantage of our extraordinary Sample Sale!Stay tuned because next week we will have another special Yarn Crawl treat to tell you about...........
Ahhhhhhh, do you hear it?Sounds of knitting needles clicking away, of conversation, and laughter.Ahhhhhhhh, do you feel it?Welcome, relaxation, and connection with fellow fiber enthusiasts.A personal weekend away full of pampering, knitting, kicking back, and fun is exactly what we need before the hustle and bustle of the holidays!This will be yours as you experience ‘A Knitting Weekend in the Rockies’ in Estes Park, Colorado; a retreat hosted by Julie Luckasen, owner of My Sister Knits, and Jenny Wilcock.This year’s dates are Friday, Nov. 18th through Sunday, Nov. 20th.We will again be staying in The Lodge at The Stanley Hotel. The Stanley, on the list of Historic Hotels of America, stands magnificent on a hillside above the town of Estes Park, Colorado, which serves as the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. There are unbelievable views of the mountains in all directions from the Lodge! The rooms are historic, yet updated with every modern convenience. When you step into The Lodge you will feel as if you’ve been transported to a very special place indeed!Your retreat fee includes:
- Pampering all weekend!
- Lodging Friday and Saturday nights
- A Deluxe Gift Bag for the first 10 people who sign up!
- A special goody bag with items both useful and beautiful for all
- A delicious homemade breakfast served in Manor Hall at The Lodge each day
- Champagne reception Friday evening
- Saturday afternoon refreshments
- Saturday from 9am - noon a complimentary class based on the book Sequence Knitting with instructors David and Gregory from Tutto in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be held in The Library
- A Yarn Tasting with Ito yarns Saturday evening, hosted by David and Gregory
MealsEach morning in Manor Hall, a room full of windows with beautiful views and vintage charm, we will find mouthwatering baked goods and pastries along with fresh fruit, hot and cold cereal, scrumptious homemade granola and assorted juices and hot beverages. Food is always important and breakfast in The Lodge is incredible!Lunch can be purchased on the hotel grounds at the coffee shop or restaurant, or in town at one of the many local restaurants.We have arranged for group dinners at two of Estes Park’s long time favorite restaurants. You may eat with the group or go out on your own and you may decide at the last minute which you prefer!Friday night - Sweet Basilico, an Italian restaurant loved for it’s homemade pizza crust, tortellini and veal marsala.Saturday night - Claire’s on the Park, known for excellent service and American cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.For our convenience, both restaurants will offer us their complete menu and individual checks.RegistrationThe cost of the retreat is $685 for a single room and $500 per person for a double room, payable to My Sister Knits.*Registration begins Aug. 18, 2016 by Paypal, credit card or check; we will publish complete details the week before.*Registration deadline is October 6, 2016.*You may arrive any time Friday, however, your room may not be ready until the official check-in time of 4pm. We will gather in the Ranch Room of The Lodge.We arranged a late check out of noon on Sunday and will have use of the Ranch Room until mid afternoon Sunday.So much fun was had by all at our retreat last year that we are doing it again and we’re hoping you can join us!Questions? Contact Jenny at email@example.com.
From July 30th through August 14th, knitters will be flocking to ten LYSs (Local Yarn Shop) across our northern Colorado/southern Wyoming region to participate in the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl.Participants will have a grand time visiting yarn shops from Longmont to Cheyenne, with stops in Estes Park, Fort Collins, and Laramie along the way!This is an opportunity to see and experience the diverse selection of yarn shops within a few hours drive. LYSs are disappearing from parts of the country and we are more than lucky to have so many so close.Local Yarn Shops are treasured for what they offer fiber enthusiasts: carefully curated yarn collections, a sense of community, knowledgeable help, samples to feel and try on, classes, and the list goes on!The Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl shops have a fun, party atmosphere especially during this time with people visiting from all over, special events, and festive displays. You’ll be so glad you joined in!We at My Sister Knits will be happy to wind yarn that you collect along ‘the crawl’, and also help you pick the perfect pattern as a memento of Hot August Knits 2016.We can’t wait to welcome 'crawlers' from near and far and hear about your experiences!Below is the information from the Hot August Knits website that tells exactly how to take part!How to Yarn Crawl:1. Start at any participating shop. You will receive a passport and the opportunity to purchase a fun shopping bag filled with a variety of free patterns for the minimal price ($10.00) (while supplies last)!2. Enter into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from the store you are visiting. (Yes, you can enter ALL of them!)Make sure your passport gets stamped at every shop you visit!3. Once you have visited all participating shops, turn in your fully stamped passport at your last stop to enter for one of ten grand prize (one on display at each store) drawings for a basket filled with special somethings from many of your favorite yarn companies.4. No purchase necessary! All you need to do to enter is get your passport stamped when you visit a participating store.Additional information will be posted on our Ravelry Group Page and our Facebook page—so be sure to find us online to stay up-to-date!Winners will be announced approximately 2 weeks after the end of the Yarn Crawl.
My Sister Knits is being treated with a personal visit from Marian of Marianated Yarns this Saturday afternoon, July 9th from 1pm - 3pm!If you are a regular reader of our blog, you may remember a recent post about this new yarn. We love the fact that Marian dyes her yarn in her New Jersey home and that we are one of only 8 yarn shops that carry it in the U.S.!She just happens to be visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and decided to pay us a visit! This is indeed fortuitous and we are eagerly looking forward to meeting her.Marian will bring samples knit up in the yarn we carry, Scrumptious HT, with the focus on her gradient kits. In addition, she will bring some other samples and yarn to go with them. We will be able to place special orders for whatever she doesn't have.This will be a fun, quick trunk show and a special one considering that we will have the unusual opportunity to meet an independent dyer.Be sure to drop by Saturday afternoon to see her samples and have a cool drink and a treat.
Next Tuesday evening at our Community Knit Night, we will be unveiling a new delivery of Julie Asselin's Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets that arrived in the shop this week.These stunning skeins are hand dyed by our favorite French "Canadienne" and her darling husband Jean-Francois. They have created skeins that are mouthwatering in their intensity. And Julie's color sense in spot on!We received five stunning color combinations. Clockwise from the top is: Tempete (ranging from turquoise to charcoal), Fresh (beautiful jewel tones), Souvenir (soft to deep grey), Mirabell (chartreuse to grey through a range of olive greens) and Vendage (pale to deep rose).This fingering weight yarn is a blend of 90% Merino and 10% Silk, making it wonderfully saturated with color that shines and glows with light. The five machine washable 1 0z. mini skeins add up to a generous total of 525 yards making it perfect for the ombre shawls that are so popular on Ravelry.We have been busy scanning Ravelry's pattern suggestions for some terrific pattern options and each of us has found a favorite:Amelia is smitten with the Allira Shawl designed by Ambah O'Brien, Jenny loves Babycakes by JumperCables, Kimberly loves Stephen West's Daybreak shawl, Connie's vote goes to Grace Ann's Gradient, and both Carol and Kate both love the Everyday Shawl designed by Jenny F.We also received five coordinating skeins of Leizu Fingering Yarn that are meant to be paired with the gradient sets for the shawls that Amelia, Carol and Kate have selected. These could be added as a main color or to extend one of the gradient shades into a larger pattern.From left to right: Birch, Tidal, Jardin des Tuileries, Echo and Cailloux. Each of these skeins include 425 yards of the same wool/silk blend yarn used in the gradient sets.We hope that you'll be able to join the fun as we unveil these beauties on Tuesday evening next week. We'll have additional pattern suggestions to share with you!
Sabrina from Anzula is headed our way! We can't wait for her two-day Trunk Show at My Sister Knits on Wednesday and Thursday the 27 and 28th of April from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We know that she is packing her collection of suitcases with samples and skeins that will make our mouths water. You'll have a chance to see her whole range of yarns including blends that aren't normally stocked in the shop. Mark you calendars and plan to bring a friend! It will be a very special event that we look forward to every year.
Yarn Guys Dennis Rinkenberger and Jeffrey Wall paid My Sister Knits a visit this week to help us launch the arrival of three Norwegian Rauma yarns. It was a fun evening filled with show and tell. Dennis and Jeffrey distribute these yarns and know more about these beautiful skeins than anyone else.Here you can see Dennis sharing a stunning version of Stephen West's Earth & Sky shawl."Popular with Norwegian knitters for nearly a century, Rauma uses Norwegian wool of the finest quality to produce their yarns. They are great for color work, knitting, or felting. They do not pill. Items made from Rauma yarns last a lifetime and can still look new when they are actually cherished heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation."Tumi is a sport weight blend of 50/50 wool and alpaca. And these intense shades are perfect for color work where they pop in contrast. We also stock their 100% wool fingering weight yarn: Finullgarn. This yarn's crisp hand will keep color work well defined for years.Jeffrey also brought a sample of this beautiful cowl of his own design: the Endless Rose Cowl. This gorgeous accessory was featured in Interweave Spring 2015 issue and calls for two or more colors of the fingering weight Finullgarn.Also from the folks at Rauma is another new arrival: PT5 Sport yarn. This yarn includes a blend of wool and nylon, just perfect for socks of all kinds that will last and last.We had a wonderful time with the Yarn Guys and were delighted with their visit. We'd love to tell you more about their beautiful yarns and patterns when you visit next to check out these lovely skeins in person!