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.
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.
For 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.”
Julie 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.
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.
On 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!
On 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.
We 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.
We 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).
This 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.
We 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!
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.
We 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.
The 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!