blue's blog archive for 2011

July 20, 2011

New Free Patterns!

Is it hot and sticky where you are? Do you want to knit something that is small enough that you will stay cool? How about something a little different? I’ve got some new patterns to show you—and they’re all free, available for download right now.

13th Street Pillow, designed by Elinor Brown. Knit in Peppercorn #816 (A) and Cornflower #800 (B) Melange.

An adorable pillow to practice both fair isle and steeking. Steeking, you say? If you knit fair isle the traditional way, you knit in the round with extra edge stitches. After knitting, the edge stitches are stabilized with sewing and then (eek!) cut apart. It’s an old technique. Your pillow will be proof that you can do it, and not faint.

Perhaps you’d like to try something less demanding. Here’s my Shadow Capelet. Is it a scarf for your neck? Is it a warmer for your shoulders? It can be both. A very simple knit using our new Techno. Try it in the warm neutrals of Rogue #1973 (MC), Club Grey #1975 (A), and Fame #1970 (B) shown. Or maybe put together a combination of the neutrals and brights. It will be delicious to wear once things get a little cooler.

Our own Colleen Powley, she works right here at Blue Sky Alpacas too, created this lovely scarf Techno Scarf to match her Techno Hat design. Shown in groovy Techno Aquarius #1977.

The smocking stitch is so much fun, you’ll want to do it again and again. Before you know it, you’ll have a completed scarf. While you’re knitting, sing along with me: “When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars!…”

Keep on knitting and stay cool!
Merri

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June 24, 2011

Skinny on Skinny

Have you tried our Skinny Cotton?

Have you worked with cotton that is hard to knit? It hurts your hands and it doesn’t have any sproing (elasticity) at all, so your stitches are uneven. Our Skinny Cotton is very different — its soft and supple. Really!

Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton is 100% organic cotton, comes in sophisticated colors, shows great stitch definition, and feels wonderful to wear. I’ve knit our Skinny Cardigan and our Shawl Collar Vest. I wear them all the time. They are easy to wash with the extra bonus: no pilling!

We have lots of great patterns for Skinny Cotton.

Our new Shawl Collar Vest

Skinny Cardigan

Purl Dot Cardigan

And for crochet lovers:

Valerie’s Cardigan

We also have a few adorable free patterns for Skinny Cotton:

Simple Baby Hat

and Girl’s Skinny Tank

There are many wonderful designers creating with this yarn.

Erquy by Heather Dixon, Army of Knitters

Violet, also by Heather Dixon

Botanica Medallion Cardi by Shiri Mor in Vogue Knitting

Very Cherry by Alana Dakos, Never Not Knitting

Have I given you enough ideas?

A cotton sweater for cool summer nights sounds perfect to me. Nice and easy to knit beside the pool, even on a steamy day. You can look for me, I’ll be the one in the shade.

Keep on knitting,
Merri

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June 8, 2011

Suri Merino

Have I saved my favorite new designs for last? Maybe — these are really great!

Pleated Jacket designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
A sophisticated jacket with a stunning pleated neckline,
all knit in one piece for minimal seaming.
Blue Sky Suri Merino (100g/164yds)
Photo Shown: Meadow #416

 

Bella Wrap Pullover designed by Cheryl Nelson
This dreamy pullover features a flattering wrap-style neckline.
Blue Sky Suri Merino (100g/164yds)
Photo Shown: Dawn #412

 

Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino. Have you knit with this yet? It’s 60% baby suri alpaca, 40% merino wool. Wonderful to work, lovely drape of fabric, delicious to wear. We’ve also added these new colors to our Suri Merino palette.

Wildfire #424

Breeze #425

Mystic #426

 

Really yummy, right? Squeeze a hank of this at your favorite yarn store, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

We’re off to TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) next week in Columbus, Ohio. This big trade show gives yarn and other related companies a chance to show off our products to our yarn store customers. Its lots of fun to work and I’ll bet its even more fun to attend! The yarn stores will get to see all of our new patterns and new yarn colors up close. They’ll get to knit a little Techno at our swatch table. I wish you all could come to meet us.

Keep on knitting,
Merri

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June 2, 2011

New Patterns

Every June, we release a new collection of patterns that we are oh-so-very proud of, and this time it’s especially true. You’ve already seen our new Techno designs, now I’d like to show you more of our new patterns. There’s something here for everyone: challenging pieces that will let you create an amazing garment to simple pieces designed for the beginning knitter, or someone who just wants to take it easy. We’re thrilled with this collection and hope you will be too!

Trellis Scarf designed by Ellen Huber
An easy to memorize lace pattern and long fringes create a luxuriously soft and warm scarf with fantastic drape.
Blue Sky Bulky (100g/45yds): 4 hanks
Photo Shown: Azalea #1218

Shawl Collar Vest designed by Bobbi IntVeld
This chic vest with its wide collar and interesting construction is a fun knit and a perfect layering piece.
Blue Sky Skinny Cotton (65g/150yds): 5 (5, 7, 7, 8, 9) hanks
Photo Shown: Basil #313

Secret Garden Cardigan designed by Elinor Brown
This classic cardigan is worked from the bottom up with a beautiful Fair Isle yoke and detailed steeking instructions.
Blue Sky Sport Weight or Melange (50g/110yds): 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 12, 13) hanks MC; 1 hank each A, B, C, D,
E, F, and G
Photo Shown: Pumpernickel #814 (MC), Dijon #807 (A), Copper #502 (B), Relish #808 (C), Medium Tan #503 (D), Pesto #802 (E), Light Tan #504 (F), Salsa #806 (G)

Fitted Lace Pullover designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
A flattering pullover with easy lace pattern and an oh-so-cozy Brushed Suri collar.
Blue Sky Sport Weight (50g/110yds): 7 (8, 9, 10, 12) hanks MC
Blue Sky Brushed Suri (50g/142yds): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) hank(s) CC
Photo Shown: Natural White #500 (MC) and Whipped Cream #900 (CC)

Autumn Vest designed by Merri Fromm
This simple and stylish ribbed vest is knit in one piece for minimal finishing.
Blue Sky Bulky (100 g/45 yds), 7 (9, 10, 11) hanks
Photo shown: Lynx #1001

Next time, I’ll show you our new Suri Merino colors and patterns—you won’t believe the deliciousness!

Keep on knitting,
Merri

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May 25, 2011

Winners!

I’ll get right to the 10 winners of the Techno Hat and yarn giveaway. What a great response! I read every comment. We’re really glad you are so excited about Techno.

The randomly chosen winning entries are:

Winner #1
2011/05/20 at 4:16 pm
Ann wrote:
These colors are lovely

Winner #2
2011/05/20 at 1:43 pm
Kristy wrote:
I WANT THE SUEDE! LOVE IT!

Winner #3
2011/05/19 at 9:32 pm

Lizzy wrote:
I would love to win this yarn! My LYS does not sell Blue Sky, but I buy some every chance I get when I travel! It would be a very special treat for me! I will be looking for it on my next trip!

Winner #4
2011/05/19 at 6:04 pm

Janice wrote:
I can’t wait to see this yarn when my LYS gets it in!

Winner #5
2011/05/19 at 3:48 pm

Lisa Barrett wrote:
Congratulations on the new newsletter and yarn! And thank you for the generous celebration giveaway.

Winner #6
2011/05/19 at 9:34 am

Candi wrote:
Love Lounge Purple–my daughter’s favorite color. She would love a hat in this!

Winner #7
2011/05/19 at 7:40 am

Kay wrote:
Love the colors and I am looking forward to knitting with it! The name is catchy also. Please enter my name in the contest – Thank you!

Winner #8
2011/05/19 at 6:13 am

Carolyn wrote:
This yarn sounds soooo interesting – I’d love to get my hands on some.

Winner #9
2011/05/17 at 3:19 pm

Rebecca Velasquez wrote:
Tonic orange & aquarius! Pick me!!

Winner #10
2011/05/16 at 7:40 pm

susie pitts wrote:
I’m eager to try this yarn. It looks yummy! Pick me, please!!

Congratulations to all winners! Please contact me (click Contact Merri on the right side) and send your mailing address, phone number and color selection. Thank you to everyone who entered. There are going to be more giveaways coming and I will be sure to let you know.

Now, here’s a little bit of housekeeping. When I posted the images of our Aprés Vest and Graphic Pullover, I neglected to mention the designers of these really cute pieces. The Aprés Vest is designed by the wonderful Olga Buraya-Kefelian, and the Graphic Pullover by the ever so talented Kim Hamlin. My apologies to them both!

And below our last new Techno pattern to show. The Café Beret, by the amazing Melissa LaBarre, knitted in Tonic Orange #1979 Techno. I’m testing this pattern this week. It’s a fun knit—a cute, lacy puzzle. Please look for these Techno patterns, as well as all of our patterns, at your favorite local yarn store in June.

Keep on knitting,
Merri

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