It worked!

Julie and Dawn each made a Snow Day Hat from Purl Bee...and they brought us beautiful snow over the weekend! snowday Julie's (the pink and white) uses two strands of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky using US 10 needles and casting on 44 sts which makes a child's size hat.Dawn's hat uses two strands of Madeline Tosh ASAP with US 15 needles casting on 40 sts which makes an adult hat.Do you want to make some snow fly?

Kate's Gold Rush shawl is off her needles!

Last month we shared details about a new KAL that started on November 24th.  Amy Christoffer's Gold Rush Shawl is a stunning pattern, and the lovely folks at Green Mountain Spinnery organized a knit along on their group page on Raverly.Kate cast on for a version knit up with three and a half skeins of Earl Grey Alpaca Elegance.  Typically, Kate is the last of us to be interested in lace work and we were surprised that she wanted to try something new.She cast off and blocked her shawl last week and was able to share photos with us of her shawl.  (It will be featured in the shop as a sample in early January). coal 03Her finished shawl has the blocked dimensions of 62 inches by 31 and is generous enough to really snuggle into. coal 01This pattern is created from the top down with a garter tab cast on and involves following four charts.  It is a wonderful option to dive into next month as the bustle of the holiday season diminishes and you may find yourself with quiet time to enjoy knitting.Kate really enjoyed spending quiet mornings at her kitchen table working through the charts with her highlighter tape and using a large handful of stitch markers to keep track of repeats.We have some delicious skeins of Alpaca Elegance in stock as well as the tweedy 100% wool yarn that is specified in the pattern: Mewesicmsk mewesicWe hope that you can visit the shop soon and let us know how we can get you started on a project that can stretch your knitting muscles a bit and inspire you to try something new!

Swans Island has done it again!

We love the newest addition to the luxurious Swans Island Yarn selection:  All American Collection Worsted.  These worsted weight skeins contain 210 yards of a delicious blend of 75% wool and 25% alpaca.swan americanAll American is the perfect embodiment of rustic sophistication hand-crafted in the good ol' USA! It's a rich blend of alpaca fiber from small east coast farms and Rambouillet wool from the Erk Ranch in South Dakota.These high quality fibers are woolen-spun at an historic New England mill (the combing process is left out in order to give the yarn its rustic look). From there the yarn makes its way to Swans Island's Northport studio in Maine, where it's hand-dyed to perfection!Ravelry has a mouthwatering selection of patterns designed by Swans Island.  Many of the accessories that call for worsted weight yarn options would be deliciously and luxuriously soft and drapey if knit up with these skeins.This blend is lofty, soft and rich in hue.  We are looking forward to seeing what you feel inspired to make with it!

Treat yourself

I started buying myself a little holiday gift each year about 20 years ago.  It is a tradition that I continue as a way to celebrate the spirit of giving and taking an opportunity to give myself a treat.This year I will be wrapping up a pair of our new scissors that just arrived at the shop. scissors 01scissors 02scissors 03These beauties are from Studio Carta, all sourced in Italy.  Shown top to bottom- crane, small 3 1/2", and medium 4 1/2".  These are absolutely gorgeous and are tempting Theresa as well.She is also considering some Anzula Cricket to make another poncho since she gifted hers away.  And she is also flirting with the idea of getting one of the stunning handcrafted barn wood trays that arrived several weeks ago. theresa wishDawn has her heart set on Bijou Basin Sport Weight yak down in grey.  She is also eagerly awaiting the Fringe Supply tote we are expected to receive sometime soon. dawn wishWhat is on your wish list?  You may want to consider a quick visit to the shop to ensure that what you most desire finds it's way under your tree this year.

Down to the wire

We received some fresh new skeins from Madelinetosh that may be just the thing if you need to knit a quick cowl for your favorite someone. asapThese are the super bulky yarn A.S.A.P.  With 90 yards of superwashed goodness, this wool is the perfect choice for gift knits.  Some of our favorite ideas that you've seen here on the blog and in the shop include the Magnum Cowl featured here in October. magnum 01We also love Abi Gregorio's Vermonter Hat or Drop Stitch Cowl seen below.  All three of these FREE pattern can be knit up in an afternoon spent in front of the fire with a pot of tea or mug of cocoa. bulky knitsAn for the finishing touch... some humorous gift tags that make sure that your carefully crafted gift is received in the spirit of fun and joy. tagsTake it from us, there is little as rewarding as the smile of someone who has received something beautiful that you've hand made.  It makes every stitch worthwhile.We'd love to help make all of your gifts a success and will be available for any last minute needs that arise.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

January Classes for a fresh start in 2015

We have published our new classes for 2015 and we are very excited about what our teachers have planned for you!For beginners, we will continue to offer the monthly Learn to Knit class and Fixing Mistakes class that can help get you started.  And for intermediate knitters we have a top-down sock class, an intarsia hat class, as well as a cowl project that will have you doing a special stranded color technique that you are going to LOVE!You can learn more about our offerings on our website.And that's not all; we have a couple of FREE programs that you won't want to miss. color affectionWe are launching 2015 with a fun Knit Along of Veera Välimäki's Color Affection shawl.  We'll be offering select yarns in amazing colors at a 15% discount all month long so that you can find the perfect shades to work with.We'll be casting on for the project Tuesday January 13th and will be working through the project all month long.  We hope that you can come join the fun during any of our Community Knit Nights on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm.And in anticipation of the third section of this pattern that involves short rows, Julie will be offering a FREE demonstration of the German Short Row technique on Saturday January 10th from 9-10am.  Bring some spare yarn and your favorite corresponding needles and you'll have a chance to get some hands-on practice.We look forward to all the fun new projects that 2015 will bring us and are eager to help you with all that you have planned to craft in the new year.

Hostess gifts

Kimberly has found some great ideas around the shop for thoughtful hostess gifts this holiday season. washcloth without blurWe never like to arrive empty handed and love the idea of exchanging a Tatine candle, a hand-cut bar or soap from Windrift Hill or better yet a bar of soap accompanied with a hand knit washcloth!We received some new skeins of Shibui Cork Chenille that knit up effortlessly into wonderful washcloths with this FREE pattern.We hope that your holiday season is filled with lively festivities.  Stop on by the shop for a visit so that we can help you prepare for all the fun!

Molly's new best friend

Dawn finished her Winslow pillow!  This fun Brooklyn Tweed pattern designed by Julie Hoover is one of our favorites from the BT Kids collection.  Dawn cast on for this project earlier this fall and now we have a delightful pillow that Molly has adopted as her own. winslow 02Dawn decided to use Imperial Yarns Columbia a heavy worsted weight yarn with a delicious rustic feel.  This choice resulted in a slightly larger pillow that has finished measurements of 21" square.She used two skeins of the main color and a skein each of the colors that make up little Winslow. winslow 04Dawn elected to make her little bird a blue one so that the pillow can be gifted to the Little Bird Bakeshop after we've enjoyed it at the shop for a bit.  It will be a sad day for Molly to see this little bird fly our coop.  So we hope that you can come see it soon!

Just a few stitches can make a difference

Kate recently finished two cowls as a bit of an experiment.  She knit up two Climb and Swirl Cowls designed by Craig Rosenfeld.  This FREE pattern is perfect for beginner knitters or those looking for a fun social knitting project.The pattern calls for an odd number of stitches at the cast on edge.  This means that the knit two, purl two rib spirals around the cowl because it is offset by the odd number of stitches. climb and swirlFor the version of the cowl shown above, Kate cast on the called for 75 stitches using two strands of madelinetosh Merino DK held together using a US 9 needle.  She continued knitting until she had justenough yarn remaining to cast off loosely with a larger needle.  This resulted in a cowl whose finished measurements are 20 inches in circumference and 15 inches tall.It has a snug fit surrounding her neck with soft folds of warmth.Kate then cast on for a wider version of the cowl that would be less snug and more flattering for larger figures.  She cast on 99 stitches using the same yarn and needles. cowl  b02This cowl has a finished blocked circumference of 26 inches and 11 1/2 inches tall.  The looser fit means that she can wear it further back on her shoulders and it acts to provide a stunning pop of holiday color instead of snuggly warmth.Which fit would you prefer to wear?This pattern will look terrific knit up with bulkier yarns held singly.   And may be a perfect pattern for a few last minute holiday gifts.We hope that you can stop by the shop to try on both versions of this cowl and find a yarn that you'd like to work with.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

more great gift ideas!

We've received some great one of a kind, locally crafted treasures that just might make your wish list... traysThese beautiful trays are made from reclaimed barn wood from Nebraska.  This wood is from a barn that was built in 1909 and now can be part of your holiday table centerpiece. yarn bowlA small collection of hand turned yarn bowls were delivered by our friend Jerry late last month.  Each one is more beautiful than the last! stick pinsWe also love the stick pins he designed just for us.  These are each approximately 6 inches long and between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch in diameter.  They make distinctive shawl pins that will be a delight to wear. tea towelAnd brand new to the shop are the newly released tea towels created by The Fringe Supply Company.  These are a great stocking stuffer.Julie has curated a unique and exciting collection of gifts that will be a joy for you to choose from.  We would love to help make your holiday shopping a pleasure.  Stop on by or give us a call at 970-407-1461.

A new yarn for lighter knits

We have a brand new yarn in the shop that you may want to cast on with.  Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold is an entirely plant based DK weight yarn. hempathyThis yarn combines 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, and 25% Modal (which is a tree fiber).  It blooms beautifully when blocked so swatching and even blocking your swatch is essential for fitted garments.There are dozens of beautiful pattern suggestions to be found on Ravelry.  We are looking forward to casting on for lighter weight projects and we hope to have samples to share with you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope that you are having a very happy holiday.  We are enjoying some time with our families today, and feeling grateful for all of our friends new and old that we have met through the shop.To express our gratitude, and to share our excitement for the season, we are opening our doors an hour early tomorrow and Saturday; so that you can take advantage of the store wide savings of 15% off that we’ll be offering.  This discount can be applied to all our beautiful yarn, all our needles and notions, as well as our fun gift items such as bags, yarn bowls, and candles.  And additional savings are available!Bring an unopened package of children’s clothing to the shop during these two days and we will offer you 20% off your entire purchase!All month long, we have been accepting donations of new unopened packages of children’s underwear, socks, tights, leggings, underpants, t-shirts, even little sweat pants. (Ages 5 -12).  These items will be distributed to under-privileged elementary school children in the Fort Collins area.  Please bring what you can and support local kids that need our help.Our sale extends through 5pm on Saturday, but we imagine that you’ll want the best selection, so you may want to plan on arriving early.  We can’t wait to see you.

Our new yarn is yaktastic!

Julie found a wonderful new yarn that comes from just 65 miles southeast of Denver!  Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and operated yak ranch situated on the open plains of the Colorado outback.  And their light sport weight Lhasa Wilderness is a new arrival at the shop. Lhasa Wilderness 02For those of you who have yet to work with yak fiber, here is a bit more information about what makes it so special."Typically, yak produce two different types of hair. The first is the outer "guard hair" which is the longer, coarser, and stronger hair.  The second hair produced is the short, fine, soft undercoat or "down hair" which is produced by the animals during the winter and is an incredible insulator. Yak living in cold climates will produce from one to two pounds of down annually. The down is shed in the spring and is harvested by combing.The down is very soft and is comparable to cashmere or camel in softness and quality. Once separated from the guard hairs the down is processed into clouds and rovings and spun into yarn that is wonderfully warm and soft.This yarn has it all: softness and strength, plus an excellent hand and drape, all in a versatile sport weight! Available in a soft natural brown, as well as brilliant semi-solids and a few variegated colors hand-dyed by Lorna's Laces." Lhasa WildernessJulie didn't waste a moment and has already knit up a beautiful Rikke sample with a single skein.  The simple garter stitch  slouch beautifully illustrates the soft suppleness of this yarn.  It is wonderfully soft, perfectly warm and the color is a pleasure to behold.We think that you'll enjoy working with this yarn as much as you will adore the finished projects you create with it.

Two new FREE classes for some holiday fun!

We've just added a couple of classes to our December schedule that will provide you with some new skills and beautiful holiday decorations that you may want to share. ornamentsOn Tuesday December 2nd from 6 - 7:30 pm, Julie will be offering a FREE demonstration of the crochet stitches used to make the darling Snowflower ornaments you see above.This quick and easy crochet pattern could be used to create delicate decorations for your holiday tree, to spruce up the wrapping of your hand made gifts or as gifts on their own for your friends and family.You'll cast on with mini skeins of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails.  When you see the amazing array of colors we have in stock you'll want to make dozens! wreathOn Saturday December 6th from 9 - 11am, Theresa will be sharing tips and tricks to complete on of her favorite holiday patterns: the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas' Wooly Wreath and Garlands.  The pattern makes wreaths of two sizes and we've kitted up the materials needed for this project.   Our class is FREE for those who purchase the kit.Each kit includes a copy of the pattern and the appropriate yardage of deliciously soft Fleece Artist Slubby Blue yarn to make a generously full wreath that you will be able to enjoy for years to come.  The smaller wreath kit is $52 and the larger is $97.Theresa will provide help to master the tricky wrapped stitch that creates all those soft beautiful loops of yarn that create the downy texture that we love.We hope that you can join the fun!  Remember to call us at 970-407-1461 and reserve your spot before registration closes next Saturday.

A KAL for you to consider

We are very excited about the Spinnery Mewesic yarn that we have at the shop.This beautifully tweedy 100% wool DK weight yarn has gathered a lot of attention recently because it is featured in Amy Christoffer's new shawl pattern Gold Rush© Amy Christoffers/ Savory KnittingWe wanted to be sure to let you know that there is a KAL for this pattern that begins Monday November 24th.  This will give you a beautiful project to work on just in time for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year!You can find out more details on the Raverly discusson board here.   You'll connect new friends across the country who who love knitting as much as you do and you may find some inspiring project photos as knitters get started later this month.You should also know that here is a contest associated with this KAL, whomever posts the most about their project on the Thanksgiving 2014 KAL discussion board will win a $25 Spinnery gift certificate. msk mewesicWe have a wonderful selection of Mewesic in the shop for you to choose from.  You only need four skeins to complete Amy's shawl.You may also want to consider using Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance. (Kate has chosen 4 skeins of the Earl Grey color for her shawl - second from the left on the top row). msk alpaca eleganceThis 50/50 blend of Targee wool and alpaca has a beautiful drape to it that could be a perfect match for the Gold Rush Shawl. equinoxWe have a sample in the shop of Kate's first published pattern the Equinox Poncho knit up by our dear friend Helen from Boulder and modeled by Theresa above.  You can easily see how beautifully this yarn knits up into a fabric that you want to wrap yourself up in.We hope that you pop into the shop soon to see these two beautiful new yarns we have in stock.  If you decide to join the Gold Rush Shawl KAL, you may want to visit before the 24th when the fin begins!

An exclusive yarn

We are very pleased to announce that My Sister Knits is the first LYS in the Us to carry Green Mountain Spinnery's Mewesic.This yarn features a rustic blend of soft wools from a variety of breeds including Rambouillet, Columbia, Targhee and Friesian which has been mixed with the lustrous fleeces from Corriedale, Montadale and Romneys.The result is a lofty yet durable yarn with great stitch definition.  The Spinnery makes woolen processed yarns that provide warmth without the weight of worsted processed yarns. msk mewesicWe have a wonderful sample of Ysolda's Blank Canvas Sweater that Kate knit up earlier this fall as her Rhinebeck sweater.  This beautifully simple pullover with flattering waist shaping perfectly illustrates how stunning this yarn is. mewesic blank canvasThe rich tweedy color is the result of blending pre-dyed wool in the carding process.  You'll find a depth of color here that is impossible to achieve any other way.We hope that you can visit us soon to see these skeins for yourself.  We can't wait to see what you make with it!

Stocking stuffer ideas

Theresa gathered some great gift ideas this week that could be perfect as stocking stuffers or for gift swap ideas that need to remain within a budget. stocking stuffersKnitter's Pride Knit blockers and small bottles of Soak and Eucalan are perfect for lace knitters on your list that love to block out their projects for perfect results. Many of us in the shop use them as a finishing touch for every project we knit.Our two Lilly Brush products will keep hand knits looking fresh and brand new all winter long.And all of us love the luxury of wonderful creams that keep our hands soft through winter's extremes. baggu shopOur fun collection of Baggu shopping bags can help organize anyone.  These slim envelopes can slide into any handbag or glove compartment ensuring a reusable shopping bag is always close at hand when you need it.We have other fun gift ideas that we are eager to share with you, and visiting us during our special Thanksgiving weekend sale (Friday November 28th and Saturday November 29th) will ensure that you can enjoy some savings while gathering your holiday gifts for this season.We look forward to seeing you soon!

We've reorganized the shop

The girls have been very busy over the last several weeks changing the location of many of our beautiful skeins of yarn.  The shop has never looked better and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we've accomplished. bulky reorgAs you can see here, we've gathered yarns of similar gauge together and labeled them with little chalkboard signs for easy identification.Our first floor is now home to all of our worsted, aran, chunky and bulky yarns.  Everything you need for warm winter woolens, quick knits and last minute gifts can be found as you walk through our door. sport reorg

Upstairs, you'll find you favorite lighter weight yarns including all of our lace, fingering, sport and DK.

 

shibui wall (2)

We've made an exception of our Shibui wall which will remain downstairs keeping all of those beautiful skeins together the better to mix and match them into the multi-stranded projects we love so much.We look forward to your next visit when we can walk you through the shop to reorient you to where you'll find your favorites.