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This Monday marks the beginning of the 2nd Annual Hot August Knits yarn crawl!  For two weeks this August 15 – 31, My Sister Knits will be participating in this new tradition that is an excellent way to check out some area shops and maybe win some prizes to boot!

The yarn crawl gives you the chance to get acquainted with eight different shops between Fort Collins and Estes Park, CO and 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!  We’ll be doing features on the participating shops during the crawl, but below you can find an alphabetical list of the shops with links to their web pages, as well as links to the Facebook page and Ravelry group for the yarn crawl.

Cowgirl Yarn, Laramie, WY

Ewe Count, Cheyenne, WY

Lambspun of Colorado, Fort Collins, CO

My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, CO

Neota Designs, Estes Park, CO

Prairie Wind Fiber Arts and Beads, Cheyenne, WY

The Stitchin’ Den, Estes Park, CO

Your Daily Fiber, Fort Collins, CO

Click here for the Ravelry Group; or Click here for the Facebook page.

Happy Knitting!

Stellar Facecloth

The staff here at My Sister Knits are big fans of the designs of Krisit Schueler.  Her blog, Designedly Kristi, is awash with fun and creative ideas and excellent photos of projects and every day things.  We love it when she teaches classes, and the up-coming Stellar Facecloth is no different.

Photo courtesy of fiberfool

These 5-pointed star washcloths are formed with careful placement of increases and decreases, creating a mitered fabric. You’ll learn a closed center-out cast on to begin, then use different increase methods to create the points.  An excellent gift for a loved-one or yourself!

This class is on Saturday, August 13 from 10am – 12pm, and only costs $30 (plus materials).  Call the shop to sign up and for more information.  Go here to see Kristi’s Ravelry page and check out her other designs!

Cabletalk

Do cables get your fingers twisted, and your brain confused?  Coming up on Tuesday, August 9, Ann McCauley will be teaching the basics of this classic technique.  You’ll practice variations on different types of cables, and learn to read cable instructions and charts in this informative class.  Cables can be really simple once they’re deconstructed, so don’t miss out on this beautiful technique!

photo courtesy of Google Images

Space is still available, so call the shop to sign up.  One session only!

Heels and Gussets

We’ve got a lot of great classes coming up at My Sister Knits.  Included in that list is Julie Conway teaching “Heels and Gussets,” coming up on Saturday, August 6.  The class is from 10am – 1pm, and will help teach you how to deal with heels and gussets of top-down socks.  Plenty of tricks will be shared to give you the tools of success to make a perfect-fitting pair of top-down socks!  Space is limited, so please call the shop to sign up and for more details.

Our class schedule for July – December is currently available, so be sure to pick up a copy the next time you’re in the shop!

New shipments are exciting for everyone, and we were ESPECIALLY excited to get two different kinds of something new: Anzula.

Anzula Cloud

Anzula Cloud is a dreamy mix of 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon.  This light-fingering-weight yarn comes in skeins of about 575 yards, and plenty of gorgeous colors.

We also have Anzula Haiku, a true-fingering weight yarn that is 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Bamboo and 10% Nylon.  Approximately 450 yards per skein, this yarn is soft and a little shiny and totally scrumptious.

While you’re at the shop, be sure to check out all the fab Malabrigo colors that just came in!  We have Twist, Sock and some Rasta.  These colors are all new, so pick some out before they’re gone!

As Christmas in July with Brooklyn Tweed comes to an end (along with July itself), we state again how much we love baby knits.  And we’re not the only ones … it seems like as soon as someone learns you’re a knitter, up pops a baby.  Friends, kids, grandkids … babies are everywhere.  And what’s better to wrap a new baby in than some scrunchy wool and gorgeous colors?

Brooklyn Tweed knows this, and has responded accordingly by designing the Tweed Baby Blanket.This blanket is another simple-and-brilliant design.  The garter stitch center is knit on a bias, then the edges are picked up in the round to knit the feather-and-fan border.  Pictured is the small version; the larger version has a three-color repeat around the border.  Knit with Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Aran, it’s guaranteed to keep baby warm and snuggly when the weather turns crisp.

If you’re one of the few that doesn’t have a baby to knit for, this blanket can also work as a lap blanket for the elderly, or a simple small throw to have on the back of the sofa.  Knit with earth tones or a combination like this one, it’s simple and striking design will go with anything and everything.  It’s sure to become an heirloom piece, so why not pick up your needles and cast on today!  Patterns and yarn are available at the shop.

As you may have noticed by now, we love Brooklyn Tweed (and Jared Flood).  He has no shortage of simple and brilliant patterns.  His designs include everything from baby blankets to adult sweaters and accessories, and range from simple and lovely to complex and striking.  He has a finesse for knitting (and photography) that you don’t find too often, and we are simply loving tooting his horn!

Continuing on with another one of his simple comfort knitting projects, we’d like to show you the Wool Leaves Baby Blanket.

Knit with two strands of Plymouth EcoWool, Wool Leaves is a classic Shetland leaves pattern bordered with two repeats of moss stitch.  Simple and brilliant, no?  And when knit with a neutral color such as this, you can knit these and keep them in your gift closet for the next baby shower emergency.


If you haven’t been reading Jared’s blog, here’s a link to his post about the Wool Leaves baby blanket.  His blog is a great account of his design process and some of the fun projects that he works on in his “spare time.” (Don’t we all use quotes when we talk about our spare time?)  Be sure to check it out when you have a chance … as long as it doesn’t take away from your knitting time (because that is NOT the same thing as “spare time”)!