September 2, 2014

Extra, Extra!

With fall just around the corner, we’d love to share the story behind our newest yarn, EXTRA. Boasting plenty of yardage and a palette of 14 wearable colors, this luxe mix of baby alpaca and fine Merino wool was created to be a versatile choice for a variety of knitting tensions and needle sizes. To complement EXTRA, we have also introduced the Destination Collection, which consists of 6 timeless accessories created by designers around the globe.

We also have a brand-new YouTube video which gives you an inside look at the process of creating a brand-new yarn from start to finish, as well as our unique approach to creating a pattern collection that’s tailor-made for EXTRA yarn, the Destination Collection.

Our own Linda Niemeyer will be this week’s guest on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast, where she’ll be talking in-depth about the Destination Collection, EXTRA yarn, and all things Alpaca-related! The episode will be airing locally at 9am EST this Saturday, September 6 on Northampton radio station WHMP 1400 and 1240 AM; the podcast will be uploaded shortly thereafter here on the WEBS Yarn Store Blog.

We look forward to seeing where the creative road takes you this fall!

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August 26, 2014

Summer Sheets by Mac & Me

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!

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August 7, 2014

Photo Contest Winners + Fall Inspiration: Zipper Cowl

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.

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July 24, 2014

EXTRA Inspiration

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.

The Extra Slouch Hat by Jane Richmond
Photo © Jane Richmond

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!

EXTRA yarn also made an appearance on the Knitting Sarah blog – click here to read her review!

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!

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July 1, 2014

Share your photos of Pretty Cheep Project Bags to win great prizes!

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!

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