Project ideas for our sale yarns (part one)

We are very excited about our Spring Cleaning Sale this week.  We have found some terrific yarns among those that we will no longer be stocking that we know you’ll enjoy working with.  And to help you get inspired to cast on with them, we thought we’d share some project ideas with you that might help you plan on how to make use of them.

Today, we’ll be covering the yarns that we are offering at 75% off this week.

All mohair yarns (excluding ShiBui)
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Isager Højlandsgarn (Highland Yarn)
Rowan Lima

Included in that selection is our remaining stock of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  Last summer this yarn was a huge hit among our customers who used it held together with a variety of yarns to create Churchmouse Yarns & Teas’ Shoulder Cozy.


© Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

© Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

Believe it or not, Ravelry has over 300 pattern suggestions for this beautiful yarn.  A quick browse among them may provide you with a handful of project ideas.

Using a total of 12 skeins of the Misti Alpaca Chunky, one Raveler made a half dozen Shawl Collared Cowls for the teachers and staff at her daughter’s preschool.  This lovely pattern is one of Alana Dakos’  that Julie has knit up a couple of times.  It is a quick knit and a wonderful gift.


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© kerstinlee

There are many great project ideas for the Isager Highland yarn.  One of the more spectacular may be Jared Flood’s Girasole.  This stunning lace throw is a masterpiece of lacework and just the kind of fun project that could fill a free summer.  On the smaller side, requiring just a couple of skeins, is Mrs. Jekyll & Little Hyde.  La Maison Rililie designed this beautiful double layer hat that incorporates colorwork and lace.


© LaMaisonRililie

© LaMaisonRililie

Last but not least, is Rowan Lima.  This worsted weight chained blend of 84% baby alpaca, 8% merino, and 8% nylon is soft as a cloud.  Ravelry has hundreds of project ideas for this yarn as well.  You many have seen many of them as shop samples over the years including Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau, the Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane, and the Rikke Hat by Sarah Young to name a few.

These deeply discounted yarns are perfect choices to stock up on for larger projects, or to create holiday gifts that won’t break your budget.  You’ll want to stop into the shop as soon as possible so that you are able to benefit from the largest selection.  At 75% off, these skeins are likely to fly out the door.

We hope to see you later today!


Our Spring Cleaning Sale is next week!


Tuesday April 22nd – Saturday April 26th


We have been reorganizing the shop getting ready for warmer weather, and as a result we have some exclusive savings to share with you.

25% OFF

All Swans Island
Anzula Cloud
Cascade Ultra Pima
Baggu leather bags
Madelinetosh Sock

50% OFF

Loopy Mango
Rowan Tweed Aran
Malabrigo Finito
Rowan Purelife
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

75% OFF

All mohair yarns (excluding ShiBui)
All Books
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Isager Højlandsgarn (Highland Yarn)
Rowan Lima

Stop by the shop or give us a call at 970-407-1461 during regular shop hours
(Tuesday 10am – 8pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm)

These amazing savings are available on a first come first served basis and are only applicable to inventory we have in stock.  You’ll want to come early for the best possible selection!

We can’t wait to see you next week.

Manos’ Serena trunk show (part two)

We received an email this week that has made more eager than ever to share photos of our current Manos del Uruguay trunk show with you.  Our friend Bonnie reminded us that our community is much larger than our little shop.

“Just a quick note to let you know I love your blog and all of the pictures you post of samples from your shop. I live in Minnesota and have never visited your shop, but hope to some day as my daughter is in her freshman year at CSU … Someday I will visit in person, but for now I really appreciate every photo and post you put out there. Thanks!”

In honor of Bonnie, as well as any of you who won’t be able to join us before the month’s end, we’d like to show you some more pictures!


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This is the Chopin Tunic.  It was created by the design team of Fairmount Fibers, the main distributor of Manos yarns in the US.  Our 36″ sample was created with 7 skeins of Serena.

It is modeled with a beautiful version of the Signs of Spring Cowl.  This FREE pattern was designed by Lisa R. Myers and calls for 2 skeins for a finished measurement of 44″ x 8″.


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We also have a beautiful example of the Albright Vest designed by Luciana Lopez.  This would surely brighten any day made dull by Spring showers.

A big thank you to our friends at Manos del Uruquay for providing us with these beautiful samples.  And another thank you to Bonnie.  We are lucky to be able to have friends like you, and we can’t wait to meet you when you come to visit Fort Collins.

Manos’ Serena trunk show (part one)

The Manos del Uruguay Serena Trunk show has arrived at the shop, and the samples are worth coming to see in person.

Serena is Manos’ sport weight blend of 60% Alpaca and 40% Cotton.  The yarn is plied for extra strength and is deliciously soft to the touch.  As you can see, it has a wonderful drape that is particularly apparent in the samples we have on display.


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One of my favorites is the Conchecito Baby Blanket designed by Jocelyn Tunny.  This little throw is 29” wide by 34” long and created with crochet instead of knitting.  It uses a total of 7 skeins of Serena in four soft colors.  The $6 pattern uses basic stitches, so it is a great pattern for a beginner, or someone looking for a simple, speedy project.


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The Serena Shadow Shawl is another stunning example of how this cotton/alpaca blend performs.  This FREE pattern designed by Antonia Shankland is knit up with a total of 4 skeins of Serena in two colors.  The finished shawl measures 28” by 56” and is created with a US 4 needle.

This shawl is worked in 2-row stripes. There’s no need to cut yarn at every color change; carry color not in use up side of work, making sure not to pull it too tight.  So no pesky ends to weave in!


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And to round out the fun selection of Serena accessories, Julie’s Mom Barb knit up a Baktus with 2 skeins of Serena.  This FREE pattern of Strikkelise is a go-to favorite of Julie’s.

Julie has knit up at least a half dozen of these terrific garter stitch triangle scarves, and we all know they are a perfect travel project.  The finished scarf makes for a terrific gift or a wonderful little wrap to keep away any hint of a chill from the back of your neck.

We have more Serena sample to share with you later this week.  But we hope that you can swing by to see them in person.  There is no substitute for feeling its softness and admiring the colors first hand.

The story behind the trunk show

Dawn shot some terrific photos of some of the samples sent to us by the folks at Manos del Uruguay in order to demonstrate how beautifully their gorgeous sport weigh yarn Serena knits up.  We’ll be sharing those with you early next week.

In the meantime, we wanted to be sure you had a chance to learn more about where this yarn comes from.  Serena, like all of the yarns from Manos is beautifully kettle dyed for soft heathered colors that are almost impossible to resist.  But it is the story behind the Manos yarns that make these skeins unique.


© Manos del Uruguay

© Manos del Uruguay

“The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work.”

Purchasing this yarn will help these fiber artisans support her family, and allow the cooperative that she is a part of to enrich her community.  The first 5 kindergartens that were established in Uruguay were created by Manos Cooperatives for their members.


© Manos del Uruguay

© Manos del Uruguay

“Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came. You will be supporting the hand-crafted rather than mass-produced, and contributing to an economy where the workers control of the means of production. You, as a handknitter, crocheter or weaver, will be contributing to women’s careers in harmony with family life, and contributing to the landscape, and cultural heritage of Uruguay.”

This is a rich tapestry to be a part of.  We are very proud to be a part of this picture by bringing Manos yarn to the My Sister Knits community.  We hope that you can stop by the shop this month to take a look at the inspiring trunk show samples that are on display, and the stunning skeins of yarn that are waiting to be discovered.