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December 19, 2013
Blue Sky Alpacas will be sharing the love of crafting on December 21st (and the third Saturday of every month) at our third community event: Craft Saturdays, B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Project).
Some of us will be knitting (of course), but you and your crafty friends can bring along any portable project–embroidery, sewing, quilting, beading, or anything else that fuels your creativity and brings you joy. Join us to learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.
Here are all the details:
Who: Anyone with a passion for handcrafts, young crafters welcome too.
What: Craft Saturday, B.Y.O.P.
Where: Bunker Hill Regional Park, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, NW Andover, Minnesota 55304. We’ll be in the Cedar Room, in the Activity Center Building: click here for directions.
When: The third Saturday of each month, December 21, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Why: Because it’s going to be lots of fun!
The Blue Sky Alpacas team hopes to see you there.
December 18, 2013
The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is filled with designs that do a wonderful job of mixing feminine details with a distinctly rugged and outdoorsy quality. Take the Cerrito Cardigan, (the name translates as “little hills” in Spanish). Part of the Below the Mesa collection, it’s equally at home worn with your favorite jeans for a weekend walk in the woods or belted with a skirt for an evening out with friends. (Although, I don’t think I’d loose those boots, no matter what the occasion!)
Part of the charm of this piece comes from the yarn–the ever versatile Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A lightweight 50-50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk makes this a great layering sweater for all seasons. Shimmery Metalico lends itself to dressing up, but we love seeing this more casual styling too. Either way it’s a worthwhile indulgence.
Pattern: Cerrito Cardigan
Designer: Faina Goberstein
Size: 18 (19½, 20¾, 22¼, 23½, 25)” back width at underarm
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” to 32” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, shown in Gold Dust #1613
Pattern available in Interweave Knits, Winter 2014
December 13, 2013
With three Sport Weight palettes and three in Alpaca Silk.
Check out this exclusive, six-hank sampler Gift Box at Jimmy Bean’s Wool.
December 11, 2013
Have you seen Vogue Knitting’s, Holiday 2013 issue yet? We have, and our hands down favorite is this cool colorwork pullover by Amy Micallef. We love the way she took traditional stranded knitting and gave it a modern spin. Of course we’re also excited by her choice of yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes. It’s a perfect match for this kind of detailed design. The round, dense yarn provides perfect stitch definition that makes the op-art pattern really pop.
Designer: Amy Micallef
December 4, 2013
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Here in Minnesota things have decidedly taken a turn toward the chilly. So today we’re taking a closer look at the cozy caps designer Sarah Smuland created for our Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Collection.
The Polar Hat was the first hat Sarah designed for this collection. We love the oversized pompom and the lush fringe. We also love how fast and easy it whips up. Good news with the holidays just around the corner.
We didn’t just take pictures of the hats in this collection; we field tested them. Our model, Margaret, had no complaints about cold ears on frozen Lake George.
The Arctic Hat follows the same silhouette as the Polar Hat, minus the pompom. Both designs can be made without the fringe and look equally lovely.
Emma was lucky enough to be shooting when the sun came out. Thanks to the Arctic Hat she was plenty warm when it ducked back behind the clouds a few minutes later.
Sarah designed the Trapper Hat with her son and husband in mind (they spend a lot of time outside) and has since taken to wearing one herself. It keeps her toasty when she’s walking her dog, Diesel, or tending to her chickens.
Optional snaps let you put the earflaps up and out of the way. We went with a classic color for our photoshoot, but you can easily give this a more fashion forward edge by stitching it up in a brighter color (Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky has 24 colors to choose from). Stay tuned to see the three hats for kids in the Bulky Hat Collection.
Designer: Sarah Smuland
• length (Polar Hat and Arctic Hat) – 7 (7½, 8, 8½)”
• length (Trapper Hat) – 9 (9½, 9¾, 10)”
Needle Size 17 (12.75mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 17 (12.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size N (10mm) hook
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky shown in Frost #1211, Coyote #1223, Brown Bear #1006
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store
• All six patterns are available in one collection, the Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Booklet