April 23, 2014

Extra, Extra!


Have you received our new catalog yet? We’ve got some exciting new yarns and patterns to share with you this month: click here to request your copy; if you are already on our mailing list, it should be arriving in your mailbox any day now!

We are pleased to introduce a brand-new yarn to the Blue Sky Alpacas lineup: Extra. It’s a luxe mix of baby alpaca and fine merino wool in a palette of rich colors to make your next project extra-special. Extra may be an aran weight yarn, but it lends itself to a variety of gauges and needle sizes; as the name implies, it’s got extra yardage and extra twist, making it a versatile yarn you’ll reach for again and again.

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The Destination Collection includes 6 timeless accessory designs showcasing our new Extra yarn. Each exquisite design is artfully presented and takes only 1-2 hanks of Extra. For more information about each individual pattern below, click the links to view patterns on our website.


The Cane Bay Wrap by Sarah Smuland features a deceptively simple all-over stitch pattern inspired by the seaside.


The Fractal Cowl by Kirsten Johnstone is worked in the round to create sharp, geometric patterns and clear, linear designs inspired by the cutting-edge architecture of Australia.


The North Hollow Cowl by Robin Melanson combines chic cables with lacy stitches to create a versatile cowl which can be worn in a variety of ways.


The Sweet Sixteen Hat by Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann is a sweet and slouchy chapeau with plenty of texture!


The Tatras Fingerless Mitts by Vladimira Cmorej feature unconventional cables which create a ladder effect from the fingertips to the elbow.


The Tokyo Tower Bandana by Olga Buraya-Kefelian borrows elements from both shawl and cowl to create an easy-to-wear accessory.

Where will Extra take you?

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April 15, 2014

Join us for Craft Saturday!

Did you know that April is Humor Month? Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe will be sharing the love of crafting (and laughing!) on Saturday, April 19th!

As always, BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting, beading or anything else that fuels your creativity and brings you joy. Join us and learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.

As April is Humor Month, we will guarantee a good laugh, a fun snack (popcorn) and a drawing for a fantastic prize!

Bring your own beverage, and do feel free to bring a snack to share if you like (optional, of course). Last but not least, don’t forget to bring a sense of humor!BYOP_collage_web.jpg

Who: Anyone with a passion for crafting (young crafters welcome)

What: Craft Saturday B.Y.O.P

Where: Bunker Hill Regional Park, Cedar Activity Room, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover MN 55304 (Park Pass not required)

When: 3rd Saturday of each month – April 19th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at our community event. (Feel free to arrive late or leave early)

Why: It’s fun!

Click here to RVSP on Ravelry (optional).


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April 9, 2014

Cypress Summer

Photo © knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we’re seeing plenty of fresh new designs to suit the changing seasons! The latest issue of knit.wear is full of project ideas to build your spring and summer wardrobe such as the V-Line Tee by Bonnie Nurnberger. This lacy top is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, a lightweight 50/50 blend with excellent stitch definition. It features flattering shaping elements and a romantic, all-over lace pattern to create a top you’ll want to wear year-round!

The Details

Pattern: V-Line Tee
Designer: Bonnie Nurnberger
Size: 45½ (47½, 49½, 51½, 53½)” bust circumference
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Cypress #152

Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.


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March 27, 2014

The Best Way to Block Alpaca

Photo © Nanoblock.

This isn’t exactly what we had in mind–but he sure is cute! He’s also an excellent addition to any fiber-lover’s studio space. Create your own Ollie-like alpaca (or an entire herd) using this cute kit from Nanoblock.

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March 19, 2014

Jet Set and Ready to Knit

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

Part of the Jet Set Collection in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, the Short Sleeve Raglan Tee takes a basic shape and gives it an elegant twist. Light and fresh for summer, the mesh lace stitches miter at the center front and center back to create figure-flattering chevrons. Knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, it’s the perfect piece to pack along on your next getaway.

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

The Details

Pattern: #03 Short Sleeve Raglan Tee
Designer: Margeau Soboti
Size: S (M, L, XL)
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, shown in Gardenia #311

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