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The weather here in Colorado has us reaching for our summer lace one moment and our woolies the next.  What to knit during these confusing times? Our thoughts may be turning to the garden, but that doesn’t mean we walk away from our knitting basket.  Check out this clever pattern for holding potted plants from Rowan’s Wool Week pattern collection.  Pop into the shop; we would be happy to print the pattern for you.

Reaching for your crochet hooks lately? Thumb through Rowan’s Purelife Home. We have a number of copies in the shop. This book is filled with clever crochet and knitting patterns for the home and garden, such as this whimsical crochet felted placemat. (Julie made a new crocheted rug for the upstairs. It is perfect for the breezeway.) These garden-inspired patterns show off Rowan’s British Breeds Collection, made from classic British sheep breeds, such as Bluefaced Leiceter, Black Welsh, Jacob, and Shetland. These yarns have a natural, irresistible charm. If you are curious to learn what the yarn’s breed looks like, check out the label! We have a nice selection of the DK Undyed line.

What could be a better harbinger of spring than a bunny?  Rowan brings us yet another garden-inspired pattern with this clever stash-busting rabbit, perfect for your Easter basket.  Made from pom poms, this pattern is a great way to use up odd balls of yarn that you aren’t sure what to do with. (Who says the Easter Bunny can’t be a little psychedelic?)

Our needles can always think spring, even if we know that winter isn’t done with us yet!

We’ve Moved!

Please visit our new BLOG SITE, as part of our brand-spanking-new website!  See you there!

Hot August Knits Continues!

In addition to My Sister Knits, there are some amazing shops in the Fort Collins area that are participating in the 2nd Annual Hot August Knits.

Your Daily Fiber features finished goods, spinning wheels and looms, and natural yarns, most from regional farms and ranches. Their yarns and rovings come directly from fiber ranchers, and include suri alpaca, llama, and straight up wool.  They carry yarns, as well as spinning and weaving equipment and accessories.  You can find Kromski spinning wheels and looms, Louet wheels, looms and equipment, Spinolution wheels and drop spindles, and knitting accessories.  This is a great little shop and friendlier than can be.  (When you’re there, be sure to check out the Mountain Colors trunk show.)

Lambspun of Colorado is a unique and beautifully landscaped property that attracts thousands of visitors from many states every year.  As major commercial development has crowded ever closer, this nearly 2-acre property has truly become an oasis of flowers, 70-year-old trees, grass, and buildings from a simpler time. By 1994, Daniel and Shirley Ellsworth acquired the old farmhouse property, began restorations, and moved their fiber arts business, Lambspun of Colorado, into the building. Soon afterward, the restaurant portion of the building received facilities for the Back Porch Café, restoration of the stone Tea House was completed, and in 2001 part the Carriage House was adapted for expanded office and storage area. Lambspun carries a wide range of yarns and spinning supplies, as well as buttons, accessories and needles.  Come sit for tea, or just to browse their huge library of knitting and crochet books and magazines.  Join them on August 25 for a Maggie Sefton sale.  August 27 will host a yarn tasting with Maggie Sefton recipes featured in her books, and a knitted trunk show of her published patterns.  August 28 will host a dye workshop for painting skeins and silk scarves, followed by a potluck lunch.

Neota Designs in Estes Park started by dabbling in many fine arts before taking a class in weaving and becoming smitten.  She started dyeing her own yarn in the 1990′s to create her own visions of the variegateds she couldn’t find in stores. She has developed her own techniques and dye recipes for her hand-painted yarns.  Seven years ago, she opened a studio/ store where she can practice her weaving, dyeing, sewing and knitting, as well as selling her yarns and other creations.

The Stitchin’ Den in Estes Park has a lot of room to sit and chat while working on your favorite projects. They have created a cozy safe community of people enjoying each other, fiber, color and a moment to stop and catch your breath.  Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park are perfect destinations for travelling, and right now the weather is warm and all of the flowers are exploding with color.  You can find stitchery charts, canvases, fibers, books and classes. The needlework area even has its own table for picking fibers or working on a project. Join them on August 27 from 1:00 – 3:00pm when Joanna Johnson will be doing a colorwork class, followed by a book signing.

Be sure to stop by MSK on Saturday, August 27th to enjoy a chair massage from Tim Peak! From 12:00 – 4:00pm.

Pick up your Hot August Knits passport from any of the participating shops, and be sure to get a stamp each time you visit one on the list!  A completed passport can be turned in to be qualified for the Grand Prize drawing of a gift basket containing goodies from each participating shop.  It’s only from August 15 – 31!

Upcoming Events

Julie Conway is back and teaching her popular Learn to Knit I class!  Knit I is an ideal class for beginners, covering the long-tail cast-on, knitting and purling, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and binding off.  This class will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 10am – 12pm.  This class still has some space left, so call the shop to sign up before it’s full!

Also on Saturday, MSK will be commencing its first knit-a-long of the season!  Join us at 2pm as we cast on for Hannah Fettig’s Whisper Cardigan (known in another incarnation as the Wispy Cardi).  This knit-a-long will be hosted on our Ravelry page, with “office” hours for help in the shop as needed.  Patterns and materials are available at the shop, so call or stop by to sign up!

We’re very excited to be participating in the 2nd Annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl!  There are lots of other great shops that are participating this year, so we’d like to take a minute to tell you a little more about the shops participating north of us!

Cowgirl Yarn in Laramie, WY is a one of a kind boutique in downtown Laramie, Wyoming, with everything for the modern knitter: luxurious yarns, exotic needles, fashion-forward patterns, unusual accessories, and oodles of inspiration. The store was formerly known as In Sheep’s Clothing. We have changed the name to better reflect our region, Wyoming and the Front Range, where we serve and support local fiber artists and enthusiasts.  During the yarn crawl, they will be having a truck show featuring “Out on a Bead,” which are dicroic buttons.  On August 26 from 12:00 – 6:00pm, they will have baby lambs (!!!!!!) from the Wind Dance Ranch on their back patio, and make sure to visit the downtown Laramie Farmer’s Market on August 19 and 26.

Ewe Count in Cheyenne, WY has been run by Penny since 1994.  They carry yarns for knitting and crocheting, as well as supplies for cross-stitching.  They carry lots of different sock yarns, as well as quality yarns in wool, alpaca, mohair, cotton, bamboo and soysilk.  She carries books for counted cross stitch, as well as hardanger, embroidery and counted thread designs.  She offers classes in cross stitching and knitting, and a few fabrics as well.  Be sure to visit her shop on August 27 at 1:00pm when she will have a Donna Druchunas question and answer session on Arctic lace, musk ox, and Alaska, followed by a book signing at 2pm.

Prairie Wind Fiber Arts and Beads in Cheyenne, WY carries an awesome range of alpaca yarns, as well as beads and beading supplies.  They carry alpaca, bamboo, and cotton chenille yarns, as well as bamboo needles and knitting accessories.  Their beads come from Africa, and you can find focal beads from India, Turkey and Tibet, as well as Swarovski crystals and coral and shell beads.  Be sure to stop by Prairie Wind on August 20 between 10:00am and 1:00pm when she’ll have alpacas at the shop and a felting demonstration; or on August 27 between 9:00am and 11:00am when she will demonstrate spinning feather yarn.

Pick up your Hot August Knits passport from any of the participating shops, and be sure to get a stamp each time you visit one on the list!  A completed passport can be turned in to be qualified for the Grand Prize drawing of a gift basket containing goodies from each participating shop.  It’s only from August 15 – 31!

We here at MSK are BIG fans of Ann Budd … BIG BIG fans.  How could you not love the woman who literally wrote the book on sock knitting?

A truly great book, filled with different patterns and methods to make any kind of sock you could possible desire.  This book is an awesome way to supplement the knowledge you will learn in this Saturday’s Toe-Up Socks Workshop, taught by Ann herself.

We are so lucky to have such a great knitter coming to our shop to teach these workshops.  You’ll learn to knit socks from the toe-up to the cuff, which means … you can NEVER EVER run out of yarn while you’re knitting the toe of a sock again.  What a great problem to avoid!  Intermediate knitting skills and experience on double-pointed needles is required to take this class.  It’s this Saturday, August 20 from 9:30am – 4:30pm (so please be sure to bring your lunch).  We still have a few spaces available, so call the shop before they’re gone!

Wednesday Deal of the Day!

Today’s can’t-miss deal is Koigu KPPPM and KPM, buy one, get one FREE.  Both of these yarns are sock/ fingering weights, and solid and variegateds are available.  There is NO LIMIT PER CUSTOMER, so think of something beyond socks!  Great for kids’ items, shawls, scarves, and it’s lovely to crochet.

Lots of colors to choose from at the moment, but no guarantee that will last.

Yarn info: Sock/fingering weight yarn, $14.50/skein. 100 %Merino Wool, 50grams/175yards/160m.

Upcoming Classes

This afternoon, Kathy Hartmeister is teaching Knitting 101, which will cover a basic lecture on yarn and gauge, needle choices and other helpful and innovative tips!  Class is from 2:30 – 5:00pm TODAY, so call to sign up!

The lovely Ann Budd will also be at the shop this Saturday, August 20, from 9:30 – 4:30pm teaching her Toe-Up Socks Workshop.  Don’t miss this great class taught by the woman who literally wrote the book on sock knitting.
At The Shop

Knitters are no strangers to dry, itchy hands.  It seems like almost all of us have a bottle of our favorite hand lotion stashed in our project bag, another in our purse, another on the nightstand … and we’re always trying out new ones.

Windrift Hill makes a line of amazing products using goats milk from their own Nubian goats.  A family-owned business based in Montana, Dick and Deena Maier began making soap in their kitchen when Deena, an occupational therapist at the time, saw a need for skin care products that wouldn’t irritate her clients’ skin the same as some medications.  Using natural clay-oxides, herbs and oils along with the goats milk, they make 40 different types of soaps, five different scented lotions and nine types of body butter.

Windrift Hill Goat Milk Lotions

Windrift Hill Goats Milk Lotions

Their lotions absorb incredibly quickly and truly make a difference — even after several hand-washings, you can still notice a difference in the smoothness of your skin.  Combine that with their amazing fragrances (“Relaxing” is a personal favorite) and you’re sure to replace every bottle in your project bags with Windrift Hill.

Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl!

Today is the first day of the 2nd Annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl!  The great event gives you the chance to get acquainted with eight different shops in Fort Collins and Estes Park, CO as well as Laramie and Cheyenne, WY.  Get your passport stamped at each shop and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the Grand Prize gift basket!  Pick up your passport today at MSK, and more information can be found on the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Facebook and Ravelry pages.

Join Us This Wednesday ….

Pateros Creek Brewing Company has only been open for about two months, and already they’ve got a fan base.  Colorado is no stranger to breweries (especially Fort Collins!), and locals always get excited when a new one opens up.  Pateros Creek Brewing Company is no exception, and we were thrilled (THRILLED, I TELL YOU!) when we learned about their weekly Pints & Purls craft night!

Every Wednesday night from 3pm until close (usually around 7 or 8pm), Pateros Creek allows knitters to take over.  They offer $1 off pints if you’re there to craft, and you can choose from their Porter, Pale Ale or Kolsch-style Ale.  If you can’t decide, they offer flights, too!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Puh-Tar-Os) got its name from the iconic Cache la Poudre River that runs through the City of Fort Collins and throughout Northern Colorado. Pateros Creek is said by local historians to be the original name of the Cache la Poudre River.

They focus on local history and local ideals to bring forth some new styles that speak to the community. Whether you need a quaffing beer to pass away a lazy afternoon sitting on a patio knitting in downtown or you want to expand your ideas of what a great beer can be and share it with friends, Pateros Creek Brewing will satisfy your palate.  Come join us this Wednesday!

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