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Mama’s Knit Knacks are too good to miss

Angela Grey brought her bags by the shop yesterday afternoon and they are as pretty as a picture.

 

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She has carefully designed some very stylish project and notion bags with knitters in mind.  These bags include thoughtful details that make them perfect for holding skeins at home for a bit of bright color in your crafting corner or on the go as you hit the town for some social knitting.

Our little trunk show featuring Mama’s Knit Knacks will be in full swing today from 10am to 2pm this afternoon. You’ll want to arrive early for the best selection!  We have about a dozen of each style as well as a circular needle case she is finishing up last minute.

We hope to see you today!

A new cowl kit: sneak peek

We’ve been busy knitting up samples with a new yarn that will soon arrive in the shop.  We are proud to be stocking Pepperberry Knits’ deliciously soft sport weight 100% cashmere!  It will be available for purchase next Saturday, April 4th.

 

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“Unsatisfied by the monochrome colors of factory produced yarn, founder Heidi Hennessy began experimenting with color by hand plying single strand cashmere on her trusty Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. What turned out was a stunning multi-tonal yarn that gave even the simplest projects a richness of character and depth of color. Word got out about her hand plied cashmere among her local knitting community and not too long after, she was selling her exclusive yarn to yarn shops in her community, traveling to trade shows and selling on the web around the world.

Today, the team at Pepperberry Knits creates its 100% cashmere yarn in the same tradition of how it all started. Our highest quality fiber is still plied at our facility in Boise, ID with our hands caring for every skein we make. Our love of luxury fiber, color, design and knitting continually drives us to create fashionable and intuitive knitting patterns and new colors of cashmere yarn to share with our worldwide knitting community!”

Take our word for it, these skeins are butter soft and a pure joy to knit with and wear.

 

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And these fun, bright chevron Lila Cowls have been specially designed by the folks at Pepperberry Knits to beautifully highlight the wonderful spectrum of colors of their yarn.  We’ve have a limited number of kits available so that you can play with this delicious yarn too.  Treat yourself, you deserve it!

These kits will be available on April 4th!  Feel free to give us a call at the shop at 970 -407-1461 to find out more about pricing and available colors.

You can do it!

Once upon a time a dear friend of mine taught me how to knit.  On a sunny afternoon, she quickly showed me how to hold my needles and yarn, how to wrap and pull a stitch through.  I loved the repetitive simple movements and in no time (I was working with bulky yarn and large needles) a thick warm fabric starting to form a pile in my lap.

I think that it was only a week or two later that I started my first sweater.  This was not a sophisticated pattern, in fact it was just a sequence of squares of varying sizes that I seamed together into a very boxy pullover.

When I took those squares in my local yarn store for some help with seaming, the shop owner was a bit mystified by my inability to identify knit and purl stitches or the “right” and “wrong” sides.  My friend hadn’t taught me any of the language associated with the craft, so I was at a total loss as this patient knitter tried to explain how to proceed with my project.

My visit that day was longer than anticipated, but Joan was eventually able to get me and my sweater sorted.  I then returned to the shop on a weekly basis for more formal classes and soon became comfortable with the lingo, the techniques, and the practice of knitting.

There is a magical moment in every knitter’s life when she learns a new trick or skill and an even more exciting one when she really, really understands it and can make it her own.

All of us want to support the new knitters in the My Sister Knits community.  Julie has created a wonderfully warm and welcoming space to work in.  And we strive to provide the kind and patient support to every crafter that Joan gave to me so many years ago.

Julie wants to extend a helping hand to our beginner and intermediate knitters who would like to get a bit more comfortable with their stitches.

Starting next month, our Fixing Mistakes Class will be offered for FREE.  We have added class dates, so this class will be offered every month through the summer hiatus.  As soon as you are ready Lindsay will help you learn how to read your stitches, fix basic mistakes and gain confidence in your abilities.

Our class sizes are intentionally small so that you’ll get the one on one help that you need.  Call us at the shop at 970-407-1461 to get signed up!  We don’t want you to miss out on a great chance to become a fearless knitter.

Tiny tunics are all we want to knit!

Our new skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino have been a treat to knit with.  Julie and Amelia have knit a handful of darling baby dresses and tunics that we wanted to share with you this week.

Julie couldn’t resist making this darling little dress out of a sunny yellow that has created a dress that lives up to it’s name: the Buttercup Dress.

 

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This pattern from schneckenstrick includes sizing from newborn to 2 years old and Julie created hers by holding the yarn double throughout and using a US 4 needle.

Amelia has also been knitting up a storm and has created three little outfits that are just as cute.

 

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Her Impress Dress is a pattern from Anna & Heidi Pickles.  The newborn size is available for FREE.  Other sizes that are designed with a bit more length are available through Ravelry.  Amelia also held her yarn double and used a US 5 needle.

Her next little dress has been designed by Signe Strømgaard.  Nova’s pattern includes a generous size range from 2 – 10 years.  Amelia used the Lace Merino singly for this little dress and size US 2 and 3 needles.

 

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Last but not least is the Sunrise Tunic that was also knit with a single strand of Ella Rae Lace Merino.

 

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Julie Gilliver’s pattern is also sized from newborn to 2 years.  It features a top down seamless construction with mock cables that add a beautiful bias textured detail that adds a bit of flare to the little tunic.

 

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Our selection of Ella Rae Lace Merino is mouthwatering and the pattern ideas we have for tiny knits are many.  We’d love to get you started on a project that will be the envy of the playground this spring.

We are even thinking about adding a tiny knit project class to our class schedule in May!  We’ll keep you posted as those details are finalized.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

A delicously cabled cowl

Our dear friend Paige finished a beautiful cowl earlier this week and brought it by the shop for us to enjoy.   We couldn’t resist getting an action shot with Dawn and her bike.

 

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Her Bough Cable Cowl designed by Leila Raabe is one of the  Brooklyn Tweed patterns in the Wool People Vol.6 collection.  This collection includes some of our other favorites such as the Carpino pullover sweater, the Gentian hat and Persimmon Cardigan that have all been featured in the shop at various times.

 

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The generous dimensions of this accessory allow you to wrap up in it twice for a closer fit.  Paige chose to work with four skeins of Anzula For Better or Worsted on a size US 7 needle.

Dawn has pronounced it “Scrumptious”.  We can’t help but agree.  Beautiful work Paige and thank you for sharing it with us.