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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March 6, 2014


Photo © Interweave Knits, Spring 2014.

The snow will melt, the sun will shine, the grass will green, and you’ll need a versatile sweater like the Millay Jacket to ease you into the spring season. This lovely layering piece (don’t you just love the lace stitches and asymmetric closure?) is from the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Knits and is stitched in sumptuous Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. It’s the perfect project to put on your needles in anticipation of the warmer days ahead.

The Details

Pattern: Millay Jacket
Designer: Veronik Avery
Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference, buttoned
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, shown in Flint #1614
Pattern available in Interweave Knits, Spring 2014

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February 27, 2014

Colorful Ideas

ABC Source Stories: Hand to Home from ABC Carpet & Home on Vimeo.

There’s a lot of white outside our windows these days so we thought we’d brighten things up with a bit of color. This video from ABC Carpet and Home is about rugs, but we think it’s great inspiration for any fiber arts project. Enjoy!

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February 21, 2014

Arctic Adventure Update

A gigantic, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky pompom!

Last March, Blue Sky Alpacas was a proud contributor to the Polar Pom-Pom Project, a collaboration between artist Deborah Hamon and a group of third-, fourth-, fifth-grade students from all across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Using eco-friendly yarns (including Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky), the kids created thousands of fluffy pompoms. Hamon took these fuzzy balls of yarn to the Arctic Circle and used them to create a series of photos illustrating climate change. You can see a fantastic video compilation of the project here:

The Polar Pom-Pom Project Arctic video from Deborah Hamon on Vimeo.

Ten hanks of Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky result in the king of the pompoms!

Inspired by the 2,150 pompoms created by the school children, we made our own massive 10-hank, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky version.

Our giant pom at home in the snow.

When we trekked outside to take this picture it was 1°F in Minnesota. And we couldn’t help but wonder what was the temperature in Svalbard where Hamon took her photos?

Turns out it was actually warmer there–a balmy 28°F!

To learn more about the project visit the Polar Pom-Pom Facebook page.

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February 19, 2014

Knit to Flatter Winners!

Photo © Amy Herzog

Let’s start with the runners-up. Congrats to Teri and Muriel who will each receive a copy of Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog.

Photo © Amy Herzog

Our grand prize winner is Erin! She will receive both the Knit to Flatter book and enough Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight or Melange in her choice of colors to make a perfect Striper Wrap of her very own.

Remember, you’re a winner too, with 25% of the Knit to Flatter Craftsy class!

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