blue's blog archive for 2011

December 30, 2011

New Curator, New Spring Collection

Hello Blue Sky Friends!

My name is Katie and I am the newest member of the Blue Sky Alpacas family. I’ve been a knitter for a long time. I learned to knit shortly after starting college. I fell hard and fast for knitting; so much so that I changed my college major! I graduated with a degree in Textile Design and Development and was even lucky enough to spend time studying in Peru. Alpacas are indigenous to Peru and so many yarns are manufactured within the country. During and for awhile after college I worked at my local yarn shop, honing my skills and knitting chops for about four years. My passion continues to never waver. And now, lucky for me I find myself applying everything I’ve learned about yarn from school, abroad, and from my wonderful customers at the local yarn shop, to my new position here at Blue Sky Alpacas. It is the best fit and I am so ecstatic to be here.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to introduce Blue Sky’s newest, latest and greatest design collection. This collection is our Spring 2012 line complete with new yarn colors. You can  find the digital catalog right here, or perhaps you can peruse in person at your local yarn shop. You will notice as you delve into the second half of the catalog that it contains our sister company, Spud & Chloë’s Spring 2012 Collection as well. There will be more information on these patterns on the Spud & Chloë Blog shortly.

The first design featured in our catalog is the Siivet Pullover, designed by Vladimira Cmorej. It is knit using Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. This yarn comes in thirty-three of the most stunning shades imaginable. (With three more released with this collection!). I absolutely love this top! I can see wearing the Siivet with just about everything; dress pants, jeans and pretty much any skirt. It could be really funky with leggings and boots or business casual with a pencil skirt and heels. The construction is also straightforward and logical. The whole sweater is worked in two pieces, making it a garment that I think I would be able to wear a ton and actually accomplish. I am absolutely smitten with the idea of making the Siivet for myself in Blueberry (140). This is an intense, glowing blue. One of my absolute top three colors in the Alpaca Silk palette, it is just the right blue that goes with khaki and brown pants, dark and light denim, as well as black and gray trousers. I am so excited that this piece is going to have to move up the queue. The other factor insuring this pieces wear-ability is the fiber content, 50% alpaca and 50% silk. Absolutely perfect for spring and fall, but still just right in winter when buildings are kept warm and summer when every place you go is over-air conditioned. I am truly excited to start this piece for myself.

Well, my Blue Sky dears it is great to “meet” all of you. Look for me on Blue Sky’s Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry group too! I’ll have more insight into our catalog, the amazing design collection and stunning colors contained within shortly. There are just so many exciting things to talk about. I’ll also provide some interviews and insight from the designers themselves, it won’t always just be me gushing. We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we enjoyed putting it together, we are so excited and proud.

Just keep knitting, knitting, knitting…

Katie

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September 21, 2011

Family Heirlooms

Let’s create our own heirlooms. Would you like to try something like these? Aunt Aggie’s Trivets. An easy and free pattern. Crocheted, out of our Skinny Cotton, they work beautifully under hot pans. We have so many wonderful colors of Skinny Cotton—you can make yours traditional or contemporary, light or bright.

Keep on crocheting,
Merri

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September 16, 2011

Baby Knits

My good friend has an auntie who makes baby things whenever the mood strikes her. Then, when a new baby comes, there’s no pressure, no worry, no half-knit baby blankets. She just looks to her little closet of baby knits and is completely ready with a beautiful gift. Isn’t that smart?

Our organic cotton will please the most discerning parents. Here are three of our most popular patterns.

Hooded Baby Blanket

Cotton Baby Set

Baby Hoodie

I have a little secret: if you’re gentle, you can put our cotton yarns in the washing machine. Place the item in a mesh lingerie bag and wash in cool water with mild detergent. You can put the item in the dryer too, it will fluff up nicely, but just for a few minutes, and then lay flat to finish drying. I put my cotton on a table and then place a table fan to blow on it. It is amazing how much the fan shortens the drying time—and it also discourages our cats from sitting on the freshly washed knits.

See all of our wonderful patterns for kids!

Keep on knitting,
Merri

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August 26, 2011

Time to Knit

I have always loved the changes that fall brings. We’re finished (hopefully) with the heat of summer and I’m ready for something new to do, new to wear, new to plan.

How about something fresh to knit? Something portable that you can take with you. We have four new free patterns that might be just the right thing.

Zig Zag Mittens & Hat, designed by Susan B. Anderson. Aren’t they fun? Mittens and hat each use one hank for main color and one hank for contrasting color of Techno.

Silk & Suri Hat, designed by Bobbi IntVeld. This is a delicious slouchy hat using one hank of Brushed Suri and one hank of Alpaca Silk.

Flurry Flap Hats, designed by Kim Hamlin. This cute hat comes in four sizes, from baby to adult and uses our Worsted Hand Dyes.

Sporty Mitts, designed by Colleen Powley. Easy and fun stranded colorwork in our Sport Weight or Melange. You can practice your two handed, two color knitting with this small learning project.

The fun of fall knitting has just begun!

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August 1, 2011

Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store!

We’ve got big news! I’m so excited to let you know that all Blue Sky Alpacas patterns are now available online, for immediate purchase and download. Shopping our patterns just became fun and easy, click here to see our new pattern store. You can use Paypal or credit card. Purchase online and download. What could be better?

But, if you prefer our printed patterns, don’t worry, they will still be at your local yarn stores. The printed patterns are our pride and joy because of their superior print quality on specialty paper stock. Your favorite stores are still the only place that you can purchase our wonderful yarns and printed patterns.

Enjoy!
Merri

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