January 16, 2015

Design Your Own Yarn with HANDSPIN

We’re pleased to introduce HANDSPIN, a smooth and springy blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool roving that comes cleverly packed in an up-cycled burlap coffee bag.

Perfect for both spindle and wheel spinning, this soft and versatile fiber can be spun fine or chunky, or anything in between. Your finished skein will look lovely in its natural state, but DIY dyers will be delighted with how well this fiber takes color, too. Whether you choose to dye the un-spun fiber or your finished skein, you’ll sure to have a yarn that’s as unique as you are!

We source our coffee bags from Metropolis Coffee Company, located in the heart of Chicago. Metropolis (as the locals refer to it) specializes in small-batch artisan roasts, sourcing beans from Africa, South America, and Indonesia. They are one of the most respected roasters in the Chicagoland area, and their cafe is a destination for folks visiting the area. You may spot their beans making an appearance in a specialty beer from Lagunitas (their Coffee Stout) or find their beans in the aisles of Whole Foods.

Image of roasters ©Morgan Anderson

These large burlap bags would otherwise find their way to a landfill, but we’re thrilled to find a way to reuse them while also providing an eco-friendly way to package our newest product. We hope you’ll dream up more creative uses for these bags once their journey continues into your own craft room!

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December 22, 2014

Free Pattern: Extra Quick & Easy Scarf

Happy Holidays from all of us at Blue Sky Alpacas! Please enjoy our newest pattern, the Extra Quick & Easy Scarf, as our gift to you this holiday season.

Designed by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, this simple scarf can be knit with just one skein of EXTRA yarn. It’s a great choice for adventurous beginner knitters as well as intermediate and advanced crafters who are looking for a soothing project to cast on this winter.

Click here to download a free PDF on our website.

Click here to view pattern details on Ravelry.

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December 4, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Nurturing Cardigan

Sweater season is our favorite time of year, and the chilly start to winter here in Minnesota has us thinking about all things sweater. From the warmest pullover to a versatile cardigan, it’s time to update that winter wardrobe! Kristen TenDyke’s upcoming book No-Sew Knits: 20 Flattering Finish-Free Garments is full of delightful sweater possibilities, and we’re quite smitten with the Nurturing Cardigan that’s knit with our organic Skinny Cotton yarn.

© Joe Hancock

This simple boxy sweater is perfect for layering, and it’s a cinch to knit, too: the body is worked in one piece straight up to the underarms. From there, the underarm stitches are bound off, then the back and fronts are worked separately to the shoulders where they are joined with a three-needle bind-off. There is no complex shaping in the body, making it easy to work a lace pattern (which can be easily interchanged with any of the stitch patterns used in the chapter). The possibilities for this sweater are endless!

We’re seeing some fantastic finished hats in our Bulky Hat KAL that’s happening now through December 15th in our Ravelry group! So far, our KAL participants are loving how quickly these hats knit up – and boy, are they warm! Make gifts for your entire family in a snap and you just might win our grand prize; for each hat you finish and post by December 15th, you’ll be entered in our drawing. Click here to join in the fun!

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November 19, 2014

Pattern Inspiration: Sinopia by Hunter Hammersen

Just in time for the holiday season, designer Hunter Hammersen has an exciting new book out this month called Curls. This collection of wearable shawls, scarves and wraps can be knit with any weight of yarn at any gauge and they are designed to look beautiful at any size. We’re smitten with Sinopia, a lacy wrap which is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn.

The versatility of the design allows knitters to make this project with two or more skeins of Alpaca Silk yarn – just cast on and knit ’til you run out of yarn! We’re looking forward to seeing which colors folks choose for their shawls; be sure to post your project photos here in our Ravelry group!

Speaking of our Ravelry group, the Bulky Knit Hat KAL is off to a great start! We’re beginning to see some fun projects take shape here in the KAL thread and look forward to seeing many more between now and December 15, which is when the KAL wraps up! A fantastic prize is up for grabs, too – click here for more details. This is a great way to whip up lots of warm hats to give as gifts for the holiday season, so come join in the fun!

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November 6, 2014

Join Our Bulky Knit Hat KAL

Winter is coming….make sure you’re ready with a stockpile of warm and wearable hats in our Bulky yarn! We’re hosting a KAL this November 15-December 15 right here in our Ravelry group featuring these 6 quick-to-knit designs from the Bulky Knit Hats for Kids & Adults book by Sarah Smuland:

We’re offering members of our Ravelry group a special discount on their eBook purchase now through December 15, 2014 – click here for more details! Many of our wonderful Stockists will be hosting classes featuring these patterns in November & December, so be sure to stop by your LYS to ask if you can sign up!

Every finished hat photo posted in our Ravelry group from November 15-December 15 which features Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn and any of the patterns pictured above will act as an entry into our grand prize drawing – the more hats you knit, the more chances you have to win this fantastic prize:

Bulky Hat KAL Grand Prize: Cane Bay Wrap project kit, Pretty Cheep project bag, and a Knitter’s Pride Deluxe Nova Platina Cubics interchangeable needle set.

For more contest and KAL details, please refer to the KAL Ravelry group thread located here. We’d also love to see your projects over on Instagram, so be sure to tag your projects with #blueskyalpacas and #bulkyhatKAL when you post your photos. Happy knitting!

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