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May 24, 2016

Knitting All Around Blue Sky

Our friend Wendy Bernard has released yet another wonderful book, the “Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary”. Paging through, you’ll find a spectrum of plush knit swatches, all created with Blue Sky yarn. As Wendy says, “Stitch dictionaries are like cookbooks – you can’t have just one!”

How did she get to write her 5th knitting book? She started creating patterns because she was frustrated with knitting books that didn’t offer ways to convert stitches to the round or top-down. It was a tricky task to convert these patterns, and as she was already doing the work on her own, she decided to put it to use and publish them on her blog knit and tonic. A year after posting her work, a literary agent called to write a book and the rest is history!

Blue Sky has been Wendy’s “go-to” yarn for years, and she’s been knitting with us since she first started designing. When asked what her favorite yarn is, it was a tough choice: she loves Royal, as well as Alpaca Silk, and Worsted Cotton, but likes Extra for quick knits. At the end of the day, our color palette is what continues to draw her back to our yarn. She admires our wide range of colors and enjoys experimenting with them in mosaics.

We adore her book and the opportunity for you to see the variety of styles in our yarn. Her book is available here, pick one up to see our yarns at play!

 

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May 10, 2016

Become a Knitting Confident Creative

The spring read at Blue Sky Fibers has been Cat Bennett’s book “The Confident Creative”. So we were thrilled when we got the chance to meet with the author to learn more about what being a confident creative means and how it applies to knitters.

Cat’s background as a successful illustrator was unplanned. She always created art that came naturally to her, which resulted in a personal and quirky style. This unfiltered creativity is what she believes to be the cornerstone to the organic growth of her career.

When she began teaching art Cat met MFAs who were frightened of drawing, and left school only to never revisit their work again. She recalls one student who burst into tears because she was so discouraged with her drawing. Cat found that these students were attached to getting “good results.” These students shaped her entire approach and mission to help people let go and embrace free creativity.

How relevant is this dilemma to fellow knitters? When you’re knitting to create an end product with a clear function, it’s easy to get perfectionism paralysis. When we asked her what knitters could do when they are feeling blocked or inadequate in their projects, she said to elude the state of there being an issue. Sure, sometimes with knitting the roadblocks can be very real (and problematic to the final piece) but finding a meditative state by doing an abstract drawing, asking someone else for input, or even taking a break can be extremely helpful to the creative process.

“No problem can be solved by the same state of
consciousness that created it.” -Albert Einstein

We think Cat’s on to something, and we’re trying to implement the philosophy of no good or bad while we’re in the middle of creating. Taking time to play, experimenting so mistakes definitely happen, and doing what comes naturally isn’t always easy – especially when there’s the time investment that comes along with knitting. But creative confidence has helped Cat develop her wonderful style, and it’s helping us think outside of the box too.

Who knows what you might make if you feel confident enough to try? Maybe it’s confidence in trying a new pattern, having fun in the process, or maybe it’s showing your finished work off. Whatever the case, we think Cat’s message rings true for knitters all over, and hope it helps you too.

 

 

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June 11, 2015

Available Now: Canby Cardi

We’ve returned from the Summer TNNA Trade Show, where we debuted 6 new designs from our 2015/16 Collection.

Today, we’re pleased to share the Canby Cardi by Robin Melanson knit in Suri Merino, a luxurious blend of 60% baby suri alpaca and 40% merino (shown here in #411 cloud). This versatile top-down cardigan features a single button closure, garter side panels and a flattering curved shape, making it a wear-anywhere wardrobe essential.

For a limited time, enjoy 50% off your purchase of this pattern PDF on Ravelry; simply enter CANBY at checkout now through June 18, 2015.

You can view the entire 2015/16 Collection in the video above or click here to view on our website. We’ll be sharing more pattern features from our latest collection right here on Blue’s Blog; be sure to also keep an eye on the Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas Ravelry group, where we will be hosting a KAL later this summer – stay tuned for more details!

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May 22, 2015

Spring Pattern Preview: Norwood Pullover

The Summer TNNA Trade Show is just around the corner, and we are excited to introduce our 6 newest patterns in Blue Sky Alpacas yarn when we head to Columbus at the end of this month. If you missed our last blog post, click here to view our first sneak peek from the collection, the Lanesboro Vest in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn. Today, we’d like to share another glimpse of a new design which will be coming to a Blue Sky Alpacas stockist near you: the Norwood Pullover.


It’s knit in our dreamy Suri Merino yarn (shown here in #413 Fog), a blend of 60% suri alpaca and 40% merino. The lustrous single-ply offers crisp stitch definition and just the right amount of halo – not to mention, cashmere-like softness!


The top-down construction of the Norwood Pullover makes it an excellent choice for advanced beginners. Featuring delicate lace stitch panels at each side, this sweater is also a great skill-building project for knitters who are looking to add lace to their repertoire.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from our upcoming collection right here on Blue’s Blog!

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May 8, 2015

Spring Pattern Preview: Lanesboro Vest

Spring is in the air, and we’re excited to share the first of 6 new knit-worthy patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas which will be coming to a stockist near you. Today, we’re giving our blog readers a sneak peek at the Lanesboro Vest in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn, a lofty blend of 50% alpaca and 50% wool.

This quick-to-knit vest (shown in #1004 Polar Bear) is a great way to update your wardrobe for spring. While a bulky yarn might be an unlikely choice for springtime knits, the springy blend of alpaca and wool in our Bulky yarn creates a surprisingly lightweight-feeling garment with just the right amount of warmth for the changing seasons.

The Lanesboro Vest pattern is suitable for advanced beginners, and it’s a great choice for adventurous knitters who are looking to make their first garment.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from our upcoming collection right here on Blue’s Blog!

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