August 26, 2014
We’ve fallen in love with the latest patterns from Mac & Me featuring Blue Sky Alpacas yarn! Summer Sheets is a trio of beautiful baby blankets to knit with our 100% organic Worsted Cotton. Each blanket is knit on larger needles for a relaxed gauge and drape, and they are light enough for summertime use. Patterns are available for individual purchase via the links below, or you may purchase all three together in a PDF eBook.
#148 Fisherman Rib Blanket features a soft and squishy rib pattern and rounded corners with a simple crochet edge finish. Choose your favorite color of Worsted Cotton to suit any decor, or work this unisex blanket in Natural or Navy for a nautically-inspired baby gift.
#147 Lace Rib Blanket has a simple rib border framing a light and airy lace pattern in the center panel. It’s simple enough for your first lace project, but interesting to knit for intermediate knitters, too. Our Worsted Cotton yarn provides excellent stitch definition, and this blanket looks great in just about any color – it’s not just for girls!
#146 Broken Rib Blanket is worked with just knit and purl stitches to form a lovely summer sheet. The simple pattern provides a meditative knitting experience, and the resulting blanket is soft and drapey. It’s a ‘must’ for the cool evenings and milder days of summer!
Each of the 3 patterns from Summer Sheets is a wonderful way to welcome baby; ideal for cool summer nights, chilly mornings, and changing seasons, each knit blanket has its own personality – just like your little one!
August 7, 2014
Congratulations to our 3 winners from last month’s photo contest (clockwise from top left): mlt4378, Amy V, and Stefanie M.! We enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative submissions last month, so many thanks to those of you who took the time to send in your submission!
As summer winds down, it’s time to think about fall knitting. Perhaps you’ll be heading back to school, taking one last trip, or just want to be ready for the changing seasons, but there’s no better time to cast on for a new project than the present! The Fall 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is full of knit-worthy projects, including this striking cowl design by Ashley Rao. The Zipper Cowl is knit with two colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes (shown below in Putty and Cranberry). The issue also includes a tutorial for the Fisherman’s Rib stitch used in the design to create a reversible fabric with stunning changes in color and texture.
Zipper Cowl by Ashley Rao
Photo by Joe Hancock; used with permission.
July 24, 2014
Just one skein of our new EXTRA yarn promises endless possibilities! The generous yardage means you have many exciting projects to choose from! All patterns in our new Destination Collection use only 1 skein of EXTRA (with the exception of the Cane Bay Wrap, which uses 2 skeins of EXTRA yarn). Jane Richmond recently designed this simple, slouchy hat pattern which uses – you guessed it! – just 1 skein of EXTRAyarn.
Recently, our EXTRA yarn has shown up in the blogosphere! Multicraftual designer Stacey Trock blogged about her trip to Washington, DC, where she purchased 2 skeins of EXTRA to knit the Cowboy Cowl pattern by Pam Powers. Here is her finished cowl, which is knit in the Lei colorway!
We’ve been enjoying everyone’s submissions to our photo contest this month – click here to submit your own entry showing where you’ve taken our Pretty Cheep Project Bags lately! We’ll be giving away 3 great prize packs, so be sure to submit your photo and help spread the word!
July 1, 2014
We’d love to see where you’ve taken your knitting (and crocheting) this summer! Our new photo contest is happening now through July 31; click here to share your photos of our Pretty Cheep Project Bags out “in the wild” – whether it’s a day at the beach, a walk in the park, knit night, or even a creative non-knitting use!
We’ll be awarding 3 Blue Sky Alpacas Prize Packs containing 1 skein of EXTRA yarn, 1 Pretty Cheep Project Bag & Destination Collection Pattern. Winners will be chosen based on creativity of submission and quality of photo, so don’t be afraid to experiment! We’ll be announcing our winners at the beginning of August right here on Blue’s Blog.
Click here to submit your entry! You can also automatically submit your entries via Instagam, Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #putacheeponit in your post.
To give you a little background, this contest was inspired by a photo from our resident photographer Chad Niemeyer’s recent trip to Haiti, where he donated his time and photography skills to visiting orphanages and rebuilding a roof for a school with the Headwaters Relief Organization:
Notice anything familiar? If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that there is a Pretty Cheep Bag attached to the tripod – it’s actually filled with rocks instead of yarn so that his tripod and camera don’t blow away!
We look forward to seeing your creative photos this month!
June 24, 2014
Just in time for the Fourth of July, there are two great new patterns in our yarns featuring a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue!
We were so pleased to see our yarn on the cover of an exciting new book called It Girl Crochet:
The Psychedelia Mitts by Brenda K. B. Anderson are crocheted with our Sport Weight yarn in Red, Calla Lily and Blue Spruce. They are cleverly constructed, too: each mitt is crocheted in the round to create a shape similar to an old-fashioned braided rug!
If you’re already planning your fall knitting, then you won’t want to miss out on the Early Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting! The Striped Pullover by Cynthia Yanok features our Worsted Cotton in Tomato, Tulip and Mediterranean to create a striking piece that’s perfect for changing seasons.
We’d also like to share the latest news about the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard, which features Blue Sky Alpacas yarns! Wendy was a guest on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast over the weekend – click here to listen to the episode if you missed it!
The book was also reviewed in-depth by designer and tech editor Ruth Garcia-Alcantud on the Rock + Purl Podcast. Click here to watch the episode for your chance to win an autographed copy of your very own!