October 7, 2015
It’s not too late to join our Bianca Wrap KAL on Ravelry! Now through November 30, knit a wrap in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino yarn for your chance to win a fabulous prize (click here for more details).
Sometimes, selecting the perfect colors can be the most challenging part of starting a new project. We like to begin with a beautiful photo to inspire our color combinations, and today we have three inspirational photographs captured by Chad Niemeyer on a recent trip to China. Using these source images, we’ve selected 3 great color combinations to try in our Suri Merino, a luxurious blend of 60% baby suri and 40% merino:
Shown above from L-R: #411 Cloud, #431 Ice Cap and #430 Haze.
Shown above from L-R: #420 Autumn, #410 Snow and #415 Harvest.
Shown above from L-R: #425 Breeze, #415 Harvest and #431 Ice Cap.
The Bianca Wrap KAL is happening now through November 30, 2015, so knit as many wraps as you like in Blue Sky Alpacas yarns because the more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better chance you have of winning this fabulous prize!
September 24, 2015
Meet HANDSPIN, a luxurious blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool roving available in 4oz bags (learn more here). Perfectly suited to both spindle and wheel spinning, HANDSPIN is an easy-to-spin option for beginner and experienced handspinners alike.
Once you’ve designed your own unique yarn, it’s time to put it to use! Our new free pattern for HANDSPIN One-Of-A-Kind Hats features instructions to make beautiful hats in three weights of yarn: fingering, worsted and bulky.
This simple beanie lets the beauty of your handspun yarn shine through. As fun to knit as it is to spin, you’ll need just 4 ounces of HANDSPIN to make your hat from fiber to finished!
September 10, 2015
Earlier this summer, the open fields near Blue Sky Alpacas HQ were part of a controlled burn prairie restoration project. It’s been fascinating to watch each step of the process, and we happened to take some photos along the way to share with our fans!
Above, you can see what the fields looked like at the very start of this project.
The controlled burning of grasslands in particular helps to discourage woody plants and non-native species from overtaking the natural vegetation (you can learn more about this effective management technique here on the Prairie Restorations website).
The dramatic transformation slowly began to take place after the controlled burn had been completed, as you can see in this before & after comparison. The photo on the left was taken on April 24, the day after the burn; the image on the right was taken on July 3 of this year.
Not soon after, we began to see beautiful flowers blooming!
August 20, 2015
Due to the popularity of the Bianca Wrap in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino, we have extended the completion date for our Autumn KAL to November 30, 2015! There is still plenty of time for fall knitters to join us, and there is a fabulous grand prize up for grabs over in our Ravelry group!
Today, we’d like to suggest some alternate color combinations we think would look great in this pattern, all of which are knit in Suri Merino yarn, a blend of 60% baby suri alpaca and 40% merino.
Shown above from left to right, we have two-color combinations in #413 Fog & #422 Earth, #423 Twilight & #422 Earth, and #425 Breeze & #419 Crimson.
If you prefer a lighter color palette, we suggest the following three-color combinations in Suri Merino (above, from left to right): #428 Morning Dew, #431 Ice Cap & #430 Haze; #431 Ice Cap, #427 Sun Shower & #414 Sahara; and #429 Mountain Air, #418 Dusk & #412 Dawn.
Don’t forget, we are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Bianca Wrap pattern through September 30. Just enter “BIANCA” at checkout. This KAL is running now through November 30, 2015, so knit as many wraps as you like in Blue Sky Alpacas! The more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better chance you have of winning this fabulous prize!
August 6, 2015
It’s grace on the go; slip this polished poncho over your shoulders and feel instantly elegant. Knit in one panel and seamed at the shoulder Bianca is undeniably a beauty. Create your own custom look by striping it in your favorite shades of Suri Merino.
Once you finish your wrap, post a finished photo in our Ravelry group to be entered in our grand prize drawing for a project kit to make the Two Harbors Poncho, which includes 5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, the pattern, and a project bag!
We are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Bianca Wrap pattern through September 30. Just enter “BIANCA” at checkout.
This KAL runs from August 6 through November 30, 2015, so knit as many wraps as you like in Blue Sky Alpacas yarns because the more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better chance you have of winning this fabulous prize!