September 10, 2015
Earlier this summer, the open fields near Blue Sky Alpacas HQ were part of a controlled burn prairie restoration project. It’s been fascinating to watch each step of the process, and we happened to take some photos along the way to share with our fans!
Above, you can see what the fields looked like at the very start of this project.
The controlled burning of grasslands in particular helps to discourage woody plants and non-native species from overtaking the natural vegetation (you can learn more about this effective management technique here on the Prairie Restorations website).
The dramatic transformation slowly began to take place after the controlled burn had been completed, as you can see in this before & after comparison. The photo on the left was taken on April 24, the day after the burn; the image on the right was taken on July 3 of this year.
Not soon after, we began to see beautiful flowers blooming!
August 20, 2015
Due to the popularity of the Bianca Wrap in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino, we have extended the completion date for our Autumn KAL to November 30, 2015! There is still plenty of time for fall knitters to join us, and there is a fabulous grand prize up for grabs over in our Ravelry group!
Today, we’d like to suggest some alternate color combinations we think would look great in this pattern, all of which are knit in Suri Merino yarn, a blend of 60% baby suri alpaca and 40% merino.
Shown above from left to right, we have two-color combinations in #413 Fog & #422 Earth, #423 Twilight & #422 Earth, and #425 Breeze & #419 Crimson.
If you prefer a lighter color palette, we suggest the following three-color combinations in Suri Merino (above, from left to right): #428 Morning Dew, #431 Ice Cap & #430 Haze; #431 Ice Cap, #427 Sun Shower & #414 Sahara; and #429 Mountain Air, #418 Dusk & #412 Dawn.
Don’t forget, we are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Bianca Wrap pattern through September 30. Just enter “BIANCA” at checkout. This KAL is running now through November 30, 2015, so knit as many wraps as you like in Blue Sky Alpacas! The more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better chance you have of winning this fabulous prize!
August 6, 2015
It’s grace on the go; slip this polished poncho over your shoulders and feel instantly elegant. Knit in one panel and seamed at the shoulder Bianca is undeniably a beauty. Create your own custom look by striping it in your favorite shades of Suri Merino.
Once you finish your wrap, post a finished photo in our Ravelry group to be entered in our grand prize drawing for a project kit to make the Two Harbors Poncho, which includes 5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, the pattern, and a project bag!
We are also offering a 50% discount on your Ravelry PDF purchase of the Bianca Wrap pattern through September 30. Just enter “BIANCA” at checkout.
This KAL runs from August 6 through November 30, 2015, so knit as many wraps as you like in Blue Sky Alpacas yarns because the more finished projects you post in our Ravelry group, the better chance you have of winning this fabulous prize!
July 23, 2015
Now available as a free Ravelry download, the Royal Pillow was designed by Barbara Prime especially for the six African animals which comprise our new Royal Petite Babies series.
Shown here is Lisette the Lion, sporting a stately crown which matches her regal cushion, both of which are knit in Alpaca Silk yarn (shown in #144 Mango).
She is joined by five more adorable animal designs in our 100% Royal Alpaca yarn (from L-R):, René the Rhinoceros, Lisette the Lion, Hector the Hippopotamus, Marcel the Monkey, Georgitte the Giraffe, and Emilie the Elephant.
Each one is available as a kit containing all of the yarn and notions you need to knit an adorable royal court – all you need to supply is the needles and creativity!
Look for the Royal Petites Court at your preferred Blue Sky Alpacas stockist.
July 9, 2015
Introducing our next pattern from the 2015/16 Collection: the Two Harbors Poncho by Sarah Smuland.
This on-trend poncho is easy to wear and fun to knit in EXTRA, a versatile blend of 55% baby alpaca and 45% fine merino. This layering piece is made with 4 hanks Main Color (shown here in #3519 Fedora) and 1 hank contrasting color (shown here in #3521 Lake Ice) and features a clever side-to-side construction.
Get creative and choose two colors from our newly-expanded palette of EXTRA yarn, which includes these 3 new colors: #3524 Canyon, #3525 Mist and #3526 Ocean Deep.