November 19, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Sinopia by Hunter Hammersen

Just in time for the holiday season, designer Hunter Hammersen has an exciting new book out this month called Curls. This collection of wearable shawls, scarves and wraps can be knit with any weight of yarn at any gauge and they are designed to look beautiful at any size. We’re smitten with Sinopia, a lacy wrap which is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn.

The versatility of the design allows knitters to make this project with two or more skeins of Alpaca Silk yarn – just cast on and knit ’til you run out of yarn! We’re looking forward to seeing which colors folks choose for their shawls; be sure to post your project photos here in our Ravelry group!

Speaking of our Ravelry group, the Bulky Knit Hat KAL is off to a great start! We’re beginning to see some fun projects take shape here in the KAL thread and look forward to seeing many more between now and December 15, which is when the KAL wraps up! A fantastic prize is up for grabs, too – click here for more details. This is a great way to whip up lots of warm hats to give as gifts for the holiday season, so come join in the fun!

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November 6, 2014

Join Our Bulky Knit Hat KAL

Winter is coming….make sure you’re ready with a stockpile of warm and wearable hats in our Bulky yarn! We’re hosting a KAL this November 15-December 15 right here in our Ravelry group featuring these 6 quick-to-knit designs from the Bulky Knit Hats for Kids & Adults book by Sarah Smuland:

We’re offering members of our Ravelry group a special discount on their eBook purchase now through December 15, 2014 – click here for more details! Many of our wonderful Stockists will be hosting classes featuring these patterns in November & December, so be sure to stop by your LYS to ask if you can sign up!

Every finished hat photo posted in our Ravelry group from November 15-December 15 which features Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn and any of the patterns pictured above will act as an entry into our grand prize drawing – the more hats you knit, the more chances you have to win this fantastic prize:

Bulky Hat KAL Grand Prize: Cane Bay Wrap project kit, Pretty Cheep project bag, and a Knitter’s Pride Deluxe Nova Platina Cubics interchangeable needle set.

For more contest and KAL details, please refer to the KAL Ravelry group thread located here. We’d also love to see your projects over on Instagram, so be sure to tag your projects with #blueskyalpacas and #bulkyhatKAL when you post your photos. Happy knitting!

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October 28, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Hoodoo Hat & Extra Tour Wrap-Up

With knitting season in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to think about crowd-pleasing projects to make with your needles! The Hoodoo Hat by Virginia Sattler-Reimer is something the entire family will enjoy. Three skeins of Extra yarn in your three favorite colors are all you need to make a quartet of colorful hats, making this fun-to-knit design a practical choice for holiday gifting. Get creative with our palette of 14 color options, or opt to knit the hats as pictured below, shown in #3518 Java, #3516 Still Water, and #3521 Lake Ice. The Hoodoo Hat pattern is available here on Ravelry.

For more gift-making inspiration, look no further than the Destination Collection, which was tailor-made for our Extra yarn! Our Extra Blog Tour has just wrapped up, but you can visit each tour stop for a closer look at each of the 6 designs from our latest pattern collection:

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October 8, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Graphic Knits by Alexis Winslow

Hot off the presses (and just in time for fall!), Alexis Winslow‘s latest book is full of bold projects for adventurous knitters. In Graphic Knits: 20 Designs in Bold, Beautiful Color, there are many great projects for welcoming autumn, including four show-stopping designs knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Yarns.

For a quick knit, choose two colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn to make the Jalopy Belt.This reversible chevron-striped belt is a versatile way to update your fall wardrobe, and the pattern is easy to memorize, making it perfect for on-the-go knitting.

© Joe Hancock

The Minnow Top re-interprets chevron patterning with an openwork lace design knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico yarn. The top is meant to be worn with a lot of positive ease which accentuates the beautiful drape and sheen created by Metalico‘s 50/50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk. This elegant shell is an excellent layering piece for any time of the year.

© Joe Hancock

The Rook Pullover incorporates interesting construction elements within the popular top-down seamless sweater formula: the set-in sleeve caps are worked at the same time as the rest of the shoulder, allowing the stripes to be perfectly matched up! Knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, this pullover features a bold geometric color work pattern around the body and cuff and stripes on the shoulders and back. With 33 yarn colors to choose from, there are endless possibilities!

© Joe Hancock

Last but not least, the Trilogy Cardigan which appears on the book cover is a fresh take on the popular flowing, draped cardigan. The unusual construction gives the illusion of intarsia blocks, but with much cleaner diagonal lines. Knit with our well-loved Sport Weightyarn which boasts a variety of color options, this versatile piece can be worn in a number of ways, thanks to the hidden buttons behind the shoulder inside the cardigan.

© Joe Hancock

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September 23, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Cocoon Coat

As the air turns crisp, it’s time to think about which sweaters to knit for the season. Just out is a lovely new design which appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine, the Cocoon Coat by Kathy Merrick.

VOGUE Knitting Fall 2014, photo by Rose Callahan

This stunning long coat is knit in our Worsted Hand Dyes (shown here in #2012 cranberry and #2015 putty), and it would be great addition to your wardrobe. Clever features such as Fair Isle accents, set-in sleeves and slanted knit-in pockets make the Cocoon Coat the perfect layering piece for autumn.

Photo by Chad Niemeyer.

Our Facebook and Instagram fans may have noticed a new feature we have started recently called Colorway Wednesday. Each week, we’ll share a palette of Blue Sky Apacas yarns inspired by the photography of Chad Niemeyer. Shown above is last week’s palette, which featured Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight yarn in #537 Buttercup, #535 Blue Jay, #543 Celery, #521 Tangerine, and #505 Taupe. We hope that folks find this new feature useful for choosing interesting and new color combinations for their next project!

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