January 26, 2016

Inside the Industry: TNNA

Earlier this month, we headed to San Diego, California to attend our twice-yearly industry trade show, TNNA. While Minnesota hunkered down for a chilly weekend a -12 degrees, we couldn’t help but enjoy the sunny skies and 65-degree weather just outside of the convention center. Since many of our fans don’t get a chance to attend trade shows such as this one (which is closed to the public), we wanted to share a little peek behind the curtains on today’s blog!

TNNA stands for The National Needlearts Association, and it is a professional organization which has a diverse membership of wholesalers, retailers, designers and teachers from the needlepoint and fiber arts disciplines. Its main goal is to advance our community of professionals through education, industry knowledge exchange and a strong marketplace.

The Winter and Summer trade shows are widely attended by companies who display their latest product lines, as well as retailers (also known as your local yarn store) who are there to place orders for their shops. These shows are also a great opportunity for the members of TNNA to come together to share new ideas, network, and make new discoveries. Above, you can see our booth at this month’s Winter show, where we exhibited the latest yarns and patterns from both Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë. We had a fantastic time and look forward to the Summer TNNA show this June in Washington, DC!

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January 12, 2016

There’s Still Time to Knit Along With Us!

The Two Harbors Poncho KAL is happening now in our Ravelry group, and there is still plenty of time to join in the fun! Participants can enjoy a 50% discount on their Ravelry PDF purchase of the Two Harbors Poncho pattern through March 31, 2016 by entering “PONCHO” in the coupon code section at checkout.

The perfect layering piece for chilly winter months, this jacket alternative is on-trend and fun to knit! Choose your two favorite colors of EXTRA yarn for a soft and wearable garment; the Two Harbors Poncho is shown above in #3520 Shale and #3510 Butter Cream and below in #3519 Fedora and #3521 Lake Ice.

Each KAL project knit in Blue Sky Alpacas yarn is eligible for a fabulous prize, too! All finished photos posted here in our Ravelry thread by Midnight CST on March 31, 2016 will be entered in our prize drawing for a project kit to make the Norwood Pullover. This kit includes 8 hanks of beautiful Suri Merino, 60% Baby Suri and 40% Merino, the Norwood Pullover pattern and a wonderful project bag to keep you organized.

Happy knitting!

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December 22, 2015

Design Spotlight: Benjamin Krudwig’s Reversible Tufted Cowl

Since introducing HANDSPIN to the Blue Sky Alpacas family, we have seen some astonishing projects take shape. Many of those projects have been beautiful skeins of handspun yarn (and the resulting knit or crochet project), but a recent collaboration with Schacht Spindle Company produced a truly inspirational project: the Reversible Tufted Cowl.

Designed by Benjamin Krudwig, this inventive accessory was woven on a 15” Cricket Loom using 2 skeins of Melange, 1 skein of Metalico, and one 4oz. bag of HANDSPIN fiber. “I nearly spun the fiber into yarn and then used it in the weaving, but I thought that using it in its natural form would be far more interesting,” Benjamin told us recently via email. “I had just been knitting on a pair of thrummed mittens, and wanted to use a similar technique in the woven piece using traditional weaving techniques. From there, the piece practically wove itself.”

This scarf can be worn with the fiber tufts on the outside for a fun statement piece, or they can be worn on the inside to create a warm winter accessory; Benjamin shares many more styling tips, plus a photo tutorial to weave a scarf of your own here on the Schacht Spindle Company blog.

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December 1, 2015

Two Harbors Poncho KAL

Our Winter KAL begins today! Join us as we knit the Two Harbors Poncho in Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, our luxe mix of 55% Baby Alpaca and 45% Fine Merino Wool. What’s not to love about this artful jacket alternative? Stitched sideways in two panels and seamed up the center, Two Harbors is fast and fun to knit, and truly flatters every figure. This light and lofty poncho will be your new “easy does it” favorite.

Once you finish your poncho, be sure to share it in our Ravelry group thread (located here) to be entered in our grand prize drawing for a project kit to make the Norwood Pullover. This kit includes 8 hanks of beautiful Suri Merino, 60% Baby Suri and 40% Merino, the Norwood Pullover pattern and a wonderful project bag to keep you organized.

Our KAL runs from December 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016, so knit as many ponchos as you wish in Blue Sky Alpacas yarns: the more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better your chances of winning this fabulous prize!

We are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Two Harbors Poncho pattern through March 31, 2016. Just enter “PONCHO” in the coupon code section at checkout.

Click here for more details in our Ravelry Group.
Click here to find your nearest Blue Sky Alpacas Stockist.

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November 24, 2015

Give or Get: Royal Petite Knit Kits

It’s time to make those lists and check them twice – and if you’ve been extra nice, there’s a good chance you might find a Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites Knit Kit among your holiday treats this year!

Each kit comes beautifully packaged and includes a pattern to make a small project using our Royal Petites, a 100% fingering weight royal alpaca yarn, which is the highest grade of alpaca available. It’s a luxurious little indulgence for that special knitter on your gift list – and why not add a kit to your own wish list, too?

Choose from the Westminster Hat, Buckingham Hat, Windsor Mitts, Countess Mitts, Mitini Mitts, or Catherine Cowl; ask for Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites Knit Kits at your nearest Blue Sky Alpacas Stockist.

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