This week's Deal of the Day: 30% off Lotions, Chapstick, and Candles

This week’s Deal of the Day is our way of encouraging you to pamper yourself.  During cold spells like the one we are in the middle of, the dry climate of Colorado can feel even more extreme when forced air heating makes our snug interiors feel as dry as the Sahara.  When my hands and lips become chapped from exposure to heat and cold, and working with deliciously soft yarn loses its charm because my hands are too dry; I know it’s time for a home spa day.  I light a few scented candles, put some quiet soothing music on the stereo, and put some water on to boil for a facial.  I start my spa with a long hot shower and plenty of delicious moisturizer.  After a few minutes with my head over a bowl of steaming water, I give myself a mini facial with extra moisture for my face and hands.

Then I snuggle up in my favorite corner of the couch with a cup of tea and a knitting project to keep my lap warm and watch the snow come down.

We are discounting all of our lotions, chapstick, and candles 30% this week.  We hope that this sale will inspire you to relax, take good care of yourself and stay warm!

Deal of the Day: Anzula Cricket 30% off December 26th!

We at My Sister Knits want to wish you all a very happy holiday season.  We have been so inspired by all of the projects that came though our doors this month.  Wonderful gifts that were thoughtfully planned and occasionally frantically finished. We were even shown a rare few that were going to be given on the needles with a promise to finish as quickly as possible.

As we planned our Deal of the Day for this week we were thinking of you and hoping that perhaps you are ready to make a little something for yourself.  This Wednesday, December 26th, we are offering Anzula Cricket at 30% off.  This baby soft sport weight yarn is a squeezable blend of superwash merino, cashmere, and a hint of nylon for strength.  It is a luxurious treat for the those of us who knit for color because the spectrum of color that we have in the shop will make you gasp just a little.

We have some beautiful samples in the shop made with this lovely yarn.

Hudson Bay Crib Blanket by Purl Bee. Julie has knit up a few of these in a fun selection of colors.  The stripes don't have to be traditional.  One of my favorites was one dreamed up by a customer who made one for a new grand-daughter with a spectrum of pinks.

This goofy little guy is Howard by Wattsolak.  Annie Watts inspired me to make my very first little animal this fall; and I know that this little guy will be warmly welcomed into my dear friend Judy's home to greet her new baby daughter this spring.  It's amazing to me that he's machine washable.

                                  Copyright Enchanted Mama

And last but not least I wanted to share this work of art with you.  Boulder based Blogger Enchanted Mama designed Over the Rainbow for her son who asked her for a rainbow striped sweater for his birthday this fall. The pattern isn’t available because she dreamed it up as she went, but Kellen’s attention to detail is wonderful. I wanted to share this with you for the way she does the hem alone!

We hope that you'll stop in the shop this Wednesday to see what this yarn inspires you to create.  We wish you a new year filled with beautiful yarn, fun and challenging patterns, and projects that you can't wait to work on!

 

Our Winter Class Schedule

Our winter class schedule is out! The My Sister Knits website has all the detailed information listed in the class section, but I wanted to blog a little more in depth about some of the classes that we are really excited about this January, February, and March!

As always, Julie C. will be teaching a Learn to Knit class once a month, but we have also added another monthly class to Julie’s schedule. She recently taught a Fixing Mistakes class for us and it was so popular that it quickly sold out! Due to the high demand, we will have a Fixing Mistakes class every month this winter where students will learn basic fixes like making vertical and horizontal corrections, unraveling, recognizing and correcting twisted and skipped stitches, and common causes for too many or too few stitches. Knitting should be a relaxing and fun hobby, so if you find yourself overwhelmed by dropped stitches or constant unraveling, let Julie help you to identify and fix anything that makes knitting stressful.

Kate S. will be offering a new kind of learning experience in the form of two workshops- one on seaming and one on blocking. These skills are so important to the look of your finished knitted projects, so bring those projects or swatches in to practice these techniques with Kate. The next time you have to seam or block, you will be confident with the information that Kate will give you!

We will also be offering technique classes based around a project so that you have a great finished product to go along with your new skills. I will be teaching a cables class with Churchmouse’s Reversible Cable Neck Wrap and a lace class with Churchmouse’s Diagonal Lace Scarf. Kate will be teaching a felting class with Tiny Owl Knits’ Hopsalot slippers. Our favorite yarns for these projects are included in the price for the class so you are sure to leave with a beautiful knitted item. Come by the shop in the next few months to see the finished projects knitted up by the teachers.

 

 

 

Again, the details for all of these classes including the dates, times, and prices are all in the class section of the My Sister Knits website. Keep an eye on the site in the upcoming months too because we will be adding more classes as we get more ideas. If there is a class that you are interested in, give the shop a call to reserve your spot!

 

Last minute gifts for Knitters and those who crochet

I got a chance to catch up with my sister on the phone last night and she is suffering from holiday stress.  As a working mother of two with a house full of pets, she finds holiday shopping to be a chore, because she simply doesn’t have the time she’d like to devote to finding the most thoughtfully perfect gift for everyone on her long list.  Her situation made me think of Jenny, a regular here at the shop who has come up with a fun solution: she and her husband are each getting themselves the perfect gift.  They won’t exchange gifts but will still have that wonderful surprise of seeing what the other selected.  Odds are it won’t be what the other might have selected; and neither has any anxiety about hoping they got it right.

With that in mind, I have created a little list of gifts for the knitters and crocheters among us.  I hope that you’ll pass on these ideas to anyone who is searching for the perfect gift for you.  It can promise a wonderful treat for you and a little less stress for those shopping for you.  Everyone wins!

Priceless:

Any of our upcoming Classes

A Gift Certificate

A Swift and Ball winder to save your aching arms

Under $50:

Yarn Bowl or project bag by Connie King

Blocking wires

Shawl pin

Project bags to keep everything organized

All our books are discounted 30% for the entire month of December

Sock blocker

An hour’s private tutorial time

Leather cuff or any of the other handmade jewelry we have in stock

Soakbox by Lorna’s laces (we've got these gorgeous kits all tied up in a bow)

Stocking Stuffers:

Eucalan or Soak to make any project wonderfully soft

Measuring tape

Darning needles

Stitch markers

Cable needles

Soap, lotion, Lolo Bar products and a knit washcloth (they could still be time to whip up a little garter stitch number)

Buttons; the finishing touch to many a project

Chart tape

Quote buttons

Sheep ornament

Last-Minute Knits for the Holidays

Christmas is almost here and it is crunch time for knitters who still need to finish up those last-minute gifts. If you need some ideas and inspiration, I have a few that you can still knit up in time for the big day. All of these patterns are free on Ravelry and can be finished fast!

The Gridiron Hat is a quick, yet beautiful, knit. Mine is done in one skein of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky, a soft and warm yarn that MSK carries is many colors. I finished it in one (fairly dedicated) evening. The best thing about it is that is can be worn by either men or women, so it is a great present for anyone on your list.

Another great gift is the Chinese Waves Dishcloth. A few of us at the shop are making it in Euroflax Sport Weight Linen from Louet and plan to give and use them as exfoliating washcloths as opposed to for the dishes, although they would be great for either. You can get quite a few dishcloths from one skein and, paired with a bar of some pretty soap, you get great bang for your buck if you have a few recipients!

 

Lastly, I have the Gaptastic Cowl. This cowl is great way to show off beautiful bulky yarn with its simple seed stitch (also good for TV knitting). If you cast on an odd number of stitches, you don’t even need to keep track of the beginning of the round; just keep knitting and purling until you run out of yarn! Kate made hers from two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta for its bulk and beautiful colors, but this cowl can be made from any yarn in any weight that you love if you don’t mind changing the number of stitches that you cast on.

We all have our favorite last-minute gifts, so come on into the shop for more. I hope that you got some inspiration from these and that you all have a happy holiday!

What needles do you prefer? Deal of the Day: 30% off needle sets

What is your favorite kind of needle?  Depending on whom you ask at the shop, you will get very different answers.  This week’s Deal of the Day discounts 30% off all our knitting needle and crochet hook sets; so no matter what kind you prefer, we have a set that will perfectly suit your knitting or crochet style.

Julie’s favorites are the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz. She loves the flexible cable, and the very long tapered tips that end in a sharp point that make quick work of fine stitches. Plus, the price point can’t be beat.  Katie also swears by Knitters Pride Dreamz.  She loves the sharp tapered points, the pretty colors (each size is identified with its own color making matching needles a breeze to find), and soft cords that aren't too twisty.

This beautiful boxed set is available at the shop at can be yours with the discount for just $70.

Dawn is an Addi Lace fan.  She counts on their pointy tips, thin flexible cord, and metallic finish which ensures that her yarn glides smoothly with just enough friction (compared to the Turbo).

Our Addi Click Kit comes with 10 pairs of needle tips US siz 4 to 15 and is available with the discount for $119.

I am a pusher who works close to the tips of her needles; so I prefer blunt tipped metal needles that will allow my stitches to slide with no resistance and won't poke a hole in my finger.  Addi Turbo needles are my favorite and I have a set of the Addi turbo clicks that I adore.  Danielle, like me chooses Addi Turbo.  They are smooth, super-fast and oh so nice.  She uses the lace needles for lacework but doesn't care for the pointy tip for all her projects because as a continental knitter who pushes her left needle through the stitches with her right pointer finger, her fingers get sore. 

January Knit Along: Purl Bee's Brioche Cowl

With the arrival of Madeline Tosh Pashmina in the shop, we've gotten a bee in our bonnet about brioche. We are going to kick off the new year with a fun project that we think you'll enjoy too: the Purl Bee's Brioche cowl. The instructions online are wonderfully clear (they have even provided photos to make the brioche stitch easier). But if the two rows of brioche stitch instructions have you shrugging your shoulders, come join us on Tuesday evening January 15th to work on the tricky part of the Purl Bee's Brioche Cowl. There is limited space available, so call the shop to save your space, and come pick out your yarn so that you can arrive at the meeting ready to dive in! 

The pattern starts with 6 rows of garter stitch and we hope that you'll have already cast on and started the project by the 15th so that we can focus on the brioche rows to ensure your ah-hah moment happens with us when we meet.

We have plenty of colors to choose from, and can't wait to help you select yours!

Trunk Show with Connie King

Connie King, of Mud Season Ceramics, will be bringing her wonderful creations to us on December 15th

Connie is a local potter and you have probably already seen her beautiful yarn bowls around the shop. Connie doesn't only make yarn bowls though, and she will be bringing all kinds of beautiful ceramics as well has her hand-made bags to the trunk show. They will make great gifts for the special people in your life, knitters and non-knitters alike, so come by the shop to support this local artist on the 15th!

Check out Connie's Etsy store or Facebook page to get an idea of what you will see at the trunk show.

What has Julie dreaming of quilts?

Some of you may know that Julie’s crafting extends beyond the yarn in the shop.  She is also a very talented quilter. I asked her if she’d be willing to share with us some of her favorite sources of inspiration.

Julie’s must read list is topped by Material Obsession, one of the blogs that she hopes will influence this one with its breathtaking photos, very personal perspective, and fun insights into the author’s crafting life.  This blog comes from a very special quilting store in Australia, which Julie has found to be her favorite source for beautiful material.

Blue is Bleu the creating of a very talented quilting designer who is very connected with the quilting blogosphere.  Her must read list is a treasure trove of additional resources that will keep you in front of your computer screen all morning long!

Auntie Cookie is the creation of another Australian design maven Shannon Lamden.  She is the kind of crafter that you want to sit with on a back porch and shoot the breeze with, or go shopping with, or just wander around her house…  Her blog comprises a beautiful collection of great ideas and terrific products. Her fabric packs just may make a quilter out of you. Spoiler alert: some of her delicious fabric will be featured here at My Sister Knits in the New Year.  Check back for more details…

Last but certainly not least is Denise Schmidt.  Even I know about her, and I haven’t sewn a stitch in a quilt.  I‘ve come across her mouthwatering fabrics in my favorite indie fabric shop in Boulder: Fabricate.  But her quilting has me inspired to finally dive into sewing projects that are bigger than I am.  The photo above is appropriately enough, from her Denver Series.

I hope that Julie’s sources of inspiration help motivate you; if not to quilt, then perhaps to knit using colors that are new to you or techniques that might provide a challenge.

Our Winter Class Schedule

Our winter class schedule is out! The My Sister Knits website has all the detailed information listed in the class section, but I wanted to blog a little more in depth about some of the classes that we are really excited about this January, February, and March!

As always, Julie C. will be teaching a Learn to Knit class once a month, but we have also added another monthly class to Julie’s schedule. She recently taught a Fixing Mistakes class for us and it was so popular that it quickly sold out! Due to the high demand, we will have a Fixing Mistakes class every month this winter where students will learn basic fixes like making vertical and horizontal corrections, unraveling, recognizing and correcting twisted and skipped stitches, and common causes for too many or too few stitches. Knitting should be a relaxing and fun hobby, so if you find yourself overwhelmed by dropped stitches or constant unraveling, let Julie help you to identify and fix anything that makes knitting stressful.

Kate S. will be offering a new kind of learning experience in the form of two workshops- one on seaming and one on blocking. These skills are so important to the look of your finished knitted projects, so bring those projects or swatches in to practice these techniques with Kate. The next time you have to seam or block, you will be confident with the information that Kate will give you!

We will also be offering technique classes based around a project so that you have a great finished product to go along with your new skills. I will be teaching a cables class with Churchmouse’s Reversible Cable Neck Wrap and a lace class with Churchmouse’s Diagonal Lace Scarf. Kate will be teaching a knitting in the round class with Stephen West’s Dustland Mitts and a felting class with Tiny Owl Knits’ Hopsalot slippers. Our favorite yarns for these projects are included in the price for the class so you are sure to leave with a beautiful knitted item. Come by the shop in the next few months to see the finished projects knitted up by the teachers.

 

 

Again, the details for all of these classes including the dates, times, and prices are all in the class section of the My Sister Knits website. Keep an eye on the site in the upcoming months too because we will be adding more classes as we get more ideas. If there is a class that you are interested in, give the shop a call to reserve your spot!

 

Deal of the Day: 40% off Swans Island Blankets

Julie and Dawn are known for their impeccable taste.  We count on them for color recommendations and button selections, and often rely on their suggestions for must-visit shops, restaurants, and other destinations.  When they came across Swans Island products they found something very special.

Many of us have had the privilege of using the gorgeous Fingering and Worsted weight yarns for various projects. Even the patterns that come from that small island in Maine are worth their weight in gold.  But the blankets that are created there are something else entirely.

It’s worth reading about the company’s history, but the quick snapshot is this: “The Swans Island process is a labor of love and a meditation on the beauty and value of a handmade life. We approach our weaving and dyeing in a way that honors traditions of craft in order to create a more sustainable future. Each piece is created with techniques honed throughout centuries of fiber arts. Our wool is first carefully selected; each blade of grass removed from the fleece by hand. Washed only in organic soaps that leave the inherent lanolin behind, the wool is then spun, dyed, and woven with age-old techniques.”

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the small selection of hand-woven blankets that Julie and Dawn ordered for us, you’ve been missing out.  This week our Deal of the Day features these amazing heirlooms at 40% off.  This is your chance to make one of these treasures a part of your family’s holiday memories.  It may be the only thing that you want on your holiday wish list.

What's On Our Needles

The best part about getting to work in a knitting shop is being inspired by the people that I work with. Everyone here is so talented and my own creative process is nurtured by their great ideas and advice. We always share what we are working on with each other, so I wanted to take a little time to share with all of you as well.

Dawn is knitting the Bias ‘Before and After’ Scarf from Churchmouse in Malabrigo Sock yarn. Dawn loves this pattern and has knit it up in lace weight yarns too including Malabrigo and SweetGeorgia lace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After talking about wanting to knit the Herringbone Poncho from Last minute Knitted Gifts for a long time, Dawn has finally started it in Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted yarn. Let’s hope it gets cold enough to wear it soon.

Among other things, I am knitting Brooklyn Tweed’s short sleeve sweater, Boardwalk, in Swans Island’s Certified Organic Merino Fingering yarn. Swans Island is my favorite yarn right now and the color that I am knitting this little sweater with, called Beetroot, is so beautiful.

 

If anyone out there ever worries about casting on for another project even though you already have others on your needles to finish, just think of Kate’s works in progress to make yourself feel better. Currently, Kate has Churchmouse Diagonal Lace Wrap with fingering bamboo, a Herringbone blankie (loosely based on the Herringbone poncho that Dawn is working on) with Anzula Cricket, a Linen Stitch blankie (loosely based on the Churchmouse’s Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf) with Madelinetosh DK, Swans Island Measure for Measure wrap with Swans Island fingering weight, Brooklyn Tweed’s Wellwood and Gudrun Johnston’s Plivver with Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn, Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan with Isager 2, and Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s Shadow with Heirloom Romney from Fancy Tiger on her needles! Here is a picture of all of her project bags to prove it.

We always love to see your works in progress too, so bring them by the shop the next time you stop in. Our customers are always a great source of inspiration too!

Holiday Shopping...in Boulder!

As a Boulder resident, a devoted crafter, I can provide you with first hand insight as to why you’ll want to come down to Boulder next weekend to check out the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market.  This market is curated by three Boulder area artists who have carefully selected more than 70 local artists and crafters to provide you with a spectacular selection of one-of-a-kind gifts at every price.

A scroll through the gift guide will give you a chance to see a selection of the extraordinary gifts that will be available.  You’ll find something for everyone on your list; and you’ll have the pleasure of supporting local artists. (Like our friend Erin DeLargy of Hot Pink and Sequins who brough her beautiful work to our little shop for a trunk show a couple of weeks ago.)

The Firefly girls will also provide some fun and thoughtful amenities that will appeal to everyone in your party:

A self-serve custom wrap station with paper and Ribbons from Two Hands Paperie

A kids craft area to keep your little one occupied

Treats by Tee & Cakes to appease your sweet tooth

A beverage bar

and more!

The specific details are below:

Where: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street in Boulder.

($2 ADMISSION to benefit BMoCA, 12 & Under FREE).

When: Friday Dec 14th: 6pm-10pm

Saturday Dec 15th: 11am-6pm

Sunday Dec 16th: 11am-6pm

I hope that you'll decide to make the trip. Stop in the store to get some personalized recommendations from your truely about other shops and restaurants in the area that you won't want to miss, and I can promise you a field trip that you'll want to repeat every year.

 

What's next? Deal of December: All our books are 30% off

Our holiday wish for you is the promise of new projects to come; the joy and fun of planning colors, or thinking of new skills to learn that will make a project you've been dreaming of a possibility.  May your Ravelry queue be filled and all of the possibilities be exciting!

Looking for inspiration?  We are discounting all of our books 30% for the entire month of December.  Just as armchair travelling can fill many a cold and snowy afternoons with virtual vacations; we think that the project descriptions, charts and photos in our selection of books will help get your creative juices flowing and inspire some amazing new projects in the year to come.  And what better way to enjoy some down time after the bustle of the holidays has been finished, blocked, and wrapped up?  Treat yourself to a book or buy one for a crafty friend.  What a perfect last minute gift!

Stop by to pick up a book to relax with during the rest of the holiday season and start your New Year with some bright ideas for what's next...

 

There is still time for Last Minute Knitted Gifts: 30% off Malabrigo Rasta

This week’s Deal of the Day is 30% off Malabrigo Rasta.  We love this yarn as a solution for the last minute knitted gift problem.  We have created some last minute gifts of our own at the shop. 

Julie has crocheted a handful of these cozy hats.  She has it down to a science, and believe it or not has been able to finish one in less than an hour.  Similar hats are selling around town for over $90.  With this weeks deal, you will be able to make yours for a fraction of that!

I am a huge fan of cowls. I love having something to snuggle into around my neck that won’t become untucked and leave me cold the way a scarf might.  I used two skeins of Rasta in the Laguna Negra colorway to create The Gaptastic Cowl.  It can be knit up in just a few hours and will appeal to any Fashionista on your shopping list.

And Ravelry is filled with more cowl ideas that make the most of the luscious colors and dreamy softness that we all love Malabrigo for.  Here are three patterns that are available as free Ravelry downloads:

Whipped Berries by Jesseca Sleeman calls for two skeins.

Marian by super stylish designer Jane Richmond can be done with just a single skein.

Bulky Mobuis Cowl by Haley Waxberg also calls for just one skein.

It’s not too late to make some beautiful handmade gifts for your friends and family.  Stop by this Wednesday to take advantage of this week's deal and surprise your loved ones with gifts that you didn’t think you had time to make.

This Week’s Deal of the Day: 30% off Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran

Thank you so much to everyone who shopped at small businesses this holiday weekend! And a special thanks to everyone who stopped in to our little shop for our storewide sale.  It was a wonderful weekend filled with visits from good friends and new ones.

The season's savings are just beginning, this week we are offering Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran at 30% off.  This yarn is a treat to work with. The Aran weight means that it knits up quickly; and the fiber blend of 85% wool and 15% angora means that all that deliciously rugged texture isn’t uncomfortable next the skin.

We have some fun accessories in the shop that have been knit up with this yarn that you should come in to squeeze.  You won't believe how soft a tweed this burly can be.

Grove by Jared Flood; a delicious pair of cabled mittens that are an unexpectedly quick knit and very comfy to wear.

Cozy Boot Cuffs by Churchmouse come in three different lengths ensuring a perfect fit for any kind of boot, from ankle boots to knee-high Wellies.

 

Ravelry is full of inspiring projects that have been created with this yarn.

I love the detail of Knittingnumpty’s Cable cushion.  The yarn looks so beautifully rustic in these crisp cables, as though the finished pillow should be nestled by a fireplace in a cabin up in Estes for the winter.

The yarn has been used to knit up both Dryad and Levenwick by Jared Flood.  Both of these patterns call for Brooklyn Tweed’s worsted weight Shelter, but small pattern modifications that we can help you with, can ensure perfect results.

Come on by the shop this Wednesday for this special deal and let us help you dream up some fun projects that will make the most of this wonderful yarn.

Holiday Decorations

With Thanksgiving arriving early this year, we have more time than usual to get the shop and our homes decorated for the season.  You’ve seen postings and photos of some our favorites this fall with the Churchmouse wreaths that we started with a Knit Along early this month; and the wonderful Woolly Bird Holiday Ornaments that Marie Mayhew showed us how to make when she held her workshop here in late October.

The instructional help and inspiration is going to continue with our Crochet Snowflake Ornament class on December 1st at 9:00 am. 

These beauties are inspired by style and decorating maven Martha Stewart.  Her article details how to make these ornaments, but if you think it would be more fun to join us at the community table, we hope that you’ll call the shop to reserve a spot.

We hope that you'll share some of your holiday decorating plans this year.  We love to know about what you are working on and how we can help!

Julie's favorite things

Oprah is not the only style maven you might want to watch while thinking about your holiday shopping lists.  Julie has found a wonderful local artist who is designing extraordinary jewelry and accessories that could make your special holiday outfits pop or provide a wonderfully unique handmade gift that will be a surefire hit.

Erin DeLargy of Hot Pink and Sequins is a Longmont based designer who has been "revamping and repurposing" suede and silk from vintage couture items (remember that old silk promdress that you took to the consignment shop?) and creating one of a kind pieces of jewelry that are mouth-wateringly colorful.

Check out this beauty.

Her sense of style is wonderful and she designs for all tastes.  If bright is not your thing perhaps something like this might be more your speed.

Her bold designs are wonderfully fun and remarkably easy to wear. These bold pieces are light as a feather because of the materials Erin uses.  But even better, the price of these beauties can't be beat.

We hope that you will come to the shop for a special Trunk Show that Julie has arranged on Tuesday November 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 to see these pieces for yourself.  We are sure that you will have a ball playing dress up with us and finding a piece or two that were designed with you in mind.  The hard part will be giving them away!

 

What is Dawn cooking up?

With a foodie holiday right around the corner I thought of asking the shop’s food expert to share some of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  Boy was I pleased when the first idea she had was for Dijon Braised Brussels Sprouts; one of my favorite veggies, and one that is easy to find at the Farmer’s Market.  With just a couple of weeks left to find local fresh veggies I love the idea of adding these to my holiday menu.

The link above sends you to a wonderful blog with gorgeous photos and very clear directions that I think will be a breeze to follow.

Her next recipe comes from a little eatery in the East Village of Manhattan – perhaps a stop on her gastronomic tour of the big apple this summer? This Kale salad from the Northern Spy Co. is beautiful and probably the healthiest possible side dish that one could choose to add to the table.  And, better yet this recipe doesn’t require kale massaging, so it comes together with less work than you might imagine.

Last but certainly not least, is a colorful option for dessert.  And it’s not a pie!

Williams-Sonoma has a beautiful jewel of an upside down Cranberry cake that has my mouth watering already.  I love using cranberries to provide a tart balance to the rich traditional dishes my family tends to make.  Plus, you can’t beat the pop of color that they make on the plate.

We here at the shop with you a very delicious holiday, and a fun few days pouring through cookbooks or surfing the web for recipes that will grace your Thanksgiving table this year.  Feel free to stop by and share any good ideas you have – especially if they involve tasty ways to dress up leftovers!

 

Who among us doesn’t like a really good deal?

This week's Deal of the Day is a little different.  Instead of just one item being on sale on Wednesday, we are celebrating the season with a storewide sale on Friday and Saturday.

We think that it is a great time to start or perhaps wrap up your holiday shopping.  (Personally, I’m a last minute shopper, but I’ve got family members that start their holiday shopping before Labor Day and have it all wrapped up with a big red bow before the first snow falls.)  For those of you more like me, I start thinking about holiday shopping as the last Tupperware container of leftovers pops into the fridge.

I am not a fan of crowds and so you won’t find me in line at the crazy Black Friday sales. Instead, I like to support my local independently owned shops that stock more unique gift ideas and can provide me with thoughtful suggestions for those folks on my list who are difficult to shop for. 

This week in Fort Collins the local shops are going to be displaying plaid decorations and providing some very special deals and treats in solidarity of our commitment to provide you with a fun, festive, and affordable alternative to battling the Black Friday crowds or the rather lonely Cyber Monday option of shopping online.  We want to help you find the perfect gift; and some of our favorite shops around town are going to be participating in the fun. 

Here at My Sister Knits we are going to be having a storewide 20% off sale on Friday Nov. 23rd and Saturday Nov. 24th.  We hope that you’ll come in to take advantage of this wonderful deal. We have some terrific ideas for gifts that can be knit or crocheted up for your loved ones or for the knitter in your life.