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March 2, 2015

Knit Along With Us This Spring!

This week, we kicked off our Spring KAL over in the Friends of Blue Sky Alpacas Ravelry Group, and there is plenty of time for you to join in the fun! Now through April 30, 2015, we’ll be knitting the Celery Slouch Hat pattern in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, our wonderfully soft 100% baby alpaca yarn. We are offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of this pattern for the entire duration of this KAL, simply enter “CELERY” at checkout to redeem the coupon!

This simple, slouchy hat is fun to knit and perfect for welcoming spring! Choose to knit your hat in the color shown here (Celery #543), or select your favorite shade of Sport Weight or Melange yarn (a few of our more adventurous group members will be substituting in other Blue Sky Alpacas yarns, too). Once you finish your hat, post a finished photo here in this thread to be entered in our grand prize drawing for a Cane Bay Wrap Project Kit featuring a printed copy of the pattern, two skeins of Extra yarn in color #3519 Fedora, a Pretty Cheep project bag, and a Nova Platina Special Interchangeable needle set from Knitter’s Pride.

Our KAL runs from March 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015, so knit as many hats as you would like in Blue Sky Alpacas yarns – the more finished projects you post, the more chances you have of winning our fabulous prize! Be sure to visit your local Blue Sky Alpacas Stockist to select your project yarn and to inquire about classes featuring this pattern; for more details about the KAL, click here to visit our Ravelry group.

Happy Knitting!

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April 9, 2014

Cypress Summer

Photo © knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we’re seeing plenty of fresh new designs to suit the changing seasons! The latest issue of knit.wear is full of project ideas to build your spring and summer wardrobe such as the V-Line Tee by Bonnie Nurnberger. This lacy top is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, a lightweight 50/50 blend with excellent stitch definition. It features flattering shaping elements and a romantic, all-over lace pattern to create a top you’ll want to wear year-round!

The Details

Pattern: V-Line Tee
Designer: Bonnie Nurnberger
Size: 45½ (47½, 49½, 51½, 53½)” bust circumference
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Cypress #152

Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.


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March 27, 2014

The Best Way to Block Alpaca

Photo © Nanoblock.

This isn’t exactly what we had in mind–but he sure is cute! He’s also an excellent addition to any fiber-lover’s studio space. Create your own Ollie-like alpaca (or an entire herd) using this cute kit from Nanoblock.

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March 19, 2014

Jet Set and Ready to Knit

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

Part of the Jet Set Collection in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, the Short Sleeve Raglan Tee takes a basic shape and gives it an elegant twist. Light and fresh for summer, the mesh lace stitches miter at the center front and center back to create figure-flattering chevrons. Knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, it’s the perfect piece to pack along on your next getaway.

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

The Details

Pattern: #03 Short Sleeve Raglan Tee
Designer: Margeau Soboti
Size: S (M, L, XL)
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, shown in Gardenia #311

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March 12, 2014

Out Like a Lamb

Photo © Interweave Crochet.

Spring is supposed to be warm, sunny, and rejuvenating. The reality tends more toward damp, rainy, and unpredictable. The temperature is all over the map and we’re left wondering what to wear. Cotton dress or down coat? Snow boots or sandals?

New York designer Dora Ohrenstein understands the fickle nature of the changing seasons and designed the Mentha Cardigan to suit. The pale, pretty color (Plume); light, airy yarn (Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk); and feminine lace and shell stitch crochet pattern are all about spring; short sleeves and a cardigan silhouette make it perfect for layering on days that start with a chill and end with a warm breeze.

The Details

Pattern: Mentha Cardigan
Designer: Dora Ohrenstein
Size: 32¼ (34½, 36½, 40¼, 44)” bust circumference
Size F (3.75mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Plume #103
Pattern available in Interweave Crochet, Spring 2014

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