Chiaogoo (pronounced chaw-goo) interchangeable needle sets are featured in today’s blog post. We have three different sets in the shop: Twist Red Lace, Twist Shorties, and Twist Minis.
A set of interchangeable circular needles is an essential part of your knitting tool kit.!
Circular needles have become the needle of choice for most of our customers. Some of the reasons are obvious. You can use them to knit back and forth or in the round and you will never lose your ‘other’ needle because it’s attached!
As I mentioned in the last blog post about local yarn shops, one of the perks of being a small yarn shop owner is being able to stock yarn that is made in small batches.
National Local Yarn Shop Day is a day to support and celebrate brick and mortar yarn stores.
There’s nothing quite like a LYS! Each one has its own character and knitters search them out when traveling! Some have even become a destination in their own right.
Did you know there’s a Pantone Color Institute Color of the Year each year? It’s a prediction of what color we’ll see everywhere. For 2019, it’s Living Coral. As you are out and about, start looking for anything and everything to have some coral.The Pantone Color Institute also creates a semi-annual Fashion Color Trend Report. Each year this highlights the top colors that fashion designers at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week will be featuring.
Shibui Knits, the epitome of elegant yarn, will be featured in My Sister Knits’ booth at Interweave Yarn Fest this weekend, March 28th - 30th!
Sandy Barnes of Shibui Knits will be at our booth along with the entire Spring 19 collection which you are welcome to try on! She will be happy to discuss all things Shibui and help you choose the best yarn for your intended project.
We are nearing the end of March and that means that Interweave Yarn Festis almost here!For the past several years we have been lucky enough to have this major yarn festival right here in northern Colorado! Yarn Fest takes place the last weekend of March at The Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado. This year the dates are Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st.
Spincycle Yarns' Dream State is a hot commodity in the knitting world right now!Thanks to all of the recent patterns featuring Dream State, this unique and colorful yarn is flying off the shelves!
My Sister Knits has the good luck to be one of only five yarn shops to carry Ritual Dyes yarn! This is a brand new line of yarn from Rachel Bratcher of Portland, Oregon.Rachel has developed two yarn lines that are quite diverse. One is completely from the United States and dyed with natural plant dyes, producing gorgeous soft colorways. The other is sourced outside of the United States but is dyed in-house, producing deeply saturated and ever-so-subtly speckled colorways.
My Sister Knits carries all sorts of special bags but Julie may have just found the most unique of all!
We have a sample in the shop that is truly elegant in its simplicity and sophistication! It's the Princeton Capelet designed by Sylvia Hager. Sylvia designed it specifically for Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere. This little gem is perfect for the warmer spring weather that will be here before we know it!
At times we want to make a project with machine washable wool. Socks, baby clothes, and items for children come to mind. But which machine washable wool do we choose and what exactly does machine washable mean?
Come one, come all to the Colorwork Trunk Show presented by Brooklyn Tweed! We will have this trunk show until the last week of February so put it on your calendar!
Cestari yarn is now available at My Sister Knits! We recently added two lines of Cestari Sheep and Wool Company yarns to our thoughtfully curated collection of yarns grown and processed in the United States.Francis Chester, founder of the small family run company, always wanted to be a farmer. He was finally able to realize his dream in 1968 when he bought a sheep farm. He didn't know it at the time but his family had been shepherds for centuries in Italy! His passion for growing the wool sheep population in the U.S. is apparent in the programs he initiated to help other sheep farmers and in the love he puts into his own flocks.In the 1980s Francis built the first wool processing mill in the US for generations. The American mills were closing and he didn't want to send his wool to China to be made into yarn. All of the Cestari yarn is grown in the U.S. and processed, spun, and dyed at their mill in Augusta Springs, Virginia.You may possibly find a few specks of hay or straw in your Cestari yarn and that's a good thing! It indicates that the natural bounce and texture of the wool was preserved during scouring!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Vermont Collection
This fingering weight yarn is 100% Merino wool which makes the softest and finest yarn possible and is available in solid colorways. Among other things, it would make a luxurious shawl with incredible drape!
Cestari Sheep and Wool Company Traditional Collection
Columbia and Targhee sheep give us this yarn. Columbia sheep give us a wool that is still soft but hardier than Merino and can withstand rougher treatment. The addition of Targhee wool gives it loftiness, elasticity, and extra softness. This worsted weight Cestari yarn is available in tweedy, heathered, solid, and natural colorways. It is ideal for hats, mitts, and sweaters!We invite you into the shop to oohh and aahh over our new Cestari yarn! As always, we'll gladly help you with ideas for your next project!
Knitting inspiration sometimes eludes us. My Sister Knits is a superb place to come when you know what you want. It's just as wonderful a place when you haven't the faintest idea of what you want to make next!Our shop is filled with inspiration! The next time you just can't decide what it is that tickles your fancy, set aside an hour or two to come in and browse to your heart's delight.Start with our samples. Wander through both floors of the shop to see what catches your eye. We have accessories: hats, mittens, fingerless mitts, cowls, shawls, scarves and even a hot water bottle cover! We have garments: sweaters, socks, and ponchos. We even have two racks of samples upstairs which are sometimes overlooked!All of our samples are meant to be picked up, examined, and tried on. No need to ask, that's what they're for!We also invite you to pull out skeins of yarn that call to you. Fondle them, smell them, walk around the shop with them. You'll know if they bring you joy!You may find an item that you'd prefer in a different color or maybe a different yarn. You might wonder if you have the skills to create it. We're there to help, encourage, and support you. Please ask us!You'll find knitting inspiration in abundance at My Sister Knits!
A Reminder about By Hand Serial
We'd like to remind you that Andrea Hungerford, author and creative director of By Hand Serial will be at the shop on Saturday, January 26th. We are thrilled to be featured in the latest edition and celebrating the launch! We are also hosting the indie dyers featured in the magazine: Nicole Clark of Hue Loco, Rachel Lundstrom of Six and Seven Fibers, and Dani Frisbie of Sunshine Yarns. Their pop-up shops will be from 1 -3 on Saturday.Andrea is giving a lecture on all things yarn from 9 to noon and will be signing books from 1 - 3. If you'd like to attend the lecture and/or the afternoon activities, please register online or call the shop at 970.407.1461. More information can be found here.We hope to see you at this special event!