June 10, 2014

Up, Down, All-Around Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who followed our tour from blog to blog to celebrate the release of Wendy Bernard’s new book, the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary!

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary
By Wendy Bernard
Published By Abrams | STC Craft
Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

You can get a closer look at the book (and our yarns) by visiting our participating blogs via the links below; while many of the giveaways have ended, there are still a few chances to win a signed copy of the book, some Blue Sky Alpacas yarn, and a Pretty Cheep project bag!

May 20: Blue Sky Alpacas Blog

May 22: FreshStitches

May 24: Hey Jen Renee

May 26: Very Shannon

May 28: Miso Crafty Knits

May 30: The Sweatshop of Love

June 3: Stockinette Zombies (Giveaway ends 7/2/14!)

June 4: Mari Knits (Giveaway ends 6/20/14!)

June 6: Lattes and Llamas (Giveaway ends 6/20/14!)

The book was even in the #1 spot on Amazon in Books – Crafts, Hobbies & Home in both the Knitting and Reference sections, and we feel quite fortunate to be a part of it all!

Next up, Wendy will be interviewed on the Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast which airs on Saturday, June 21 – also known as the first day of Summer! We can’t think of a better way to kick things off, so be sure to tune in at 9am EST!

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May 20, 2014

Up, Down, All-Around Blog Tour Kick-Off

We’re pleased to announce the start of our all-star blog tour celebrating today’s release of Wendy Bernard’s new book, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary! The first of this kind, this ground-breaking reference offers up to 4 different directions in which a stitch pattern can be knit, all of which are shown in Blue Sky Alpacas yarn! It’s a must of any craft library, a great tool for instructors, and a handy shop reference, too. We’re looking forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come via the tour stops listed below.

 

Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary
By Wendy Bernard

Published By Abrams | STC Craft
Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Each tour stop will showcase a chapter from the book and offer you a chance to win a signed copy of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, 3 lovely skeins of yarn and a Pretty Cheep project bag from Blue Sky Alpacas!

Wendy Bernard is kicking off our tour this special introduction she wrote just for our blog! She will also be interviewed on the Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast next month, and we’ll be sharing more of Wendy’s appearances on our social media channels, too.

Hello Everyone! Wendy Bernard, here. Blue Sky Alpacas is allowing me to guest post today to celebrate the release of my new book, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.

I bet some of you are wondering what my book has to do with Blue Sky Alpacas yarn. Well, for starters, when I was in the planning stages of Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, I knew that I wanted to color code the chapters, and what better idea than to ask Blue Sky Alpacas to supply the yarn? I have always admired their range of colors and just knew that the fibers would photograph beautifully. Not to mention, each chapter has an accompanying pattern using Blue Sky Alpacas yarn.

If you’re reading this post, it is likely that you are a knitter or know lots of people who do. So, let me tell you what makes this book so special: You know how stitch dictionaries only show you a bunch of instructions to recreate the stitch patterns in a flat plane? And further, if you want to knit a hat or some other garment in the round, that you would have to re-chart, re-figure, convert or find someone else to help you so that you can do so?

In Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, I did all the work for you. Not only do I present stitch patterns flat and in the round, where the stitch pattern is directional, I present it so that you can knit it bottom up, or top down. In other words, should you be knitting a top-down sweater with a leaf motif, now you have the opportunity to knit that top-down sweater so that the leaves are oriented exactly the way you want them to without re-charting, converting or living with leaves that fall up rather than fall down!

Join us for an exciting blog tour full of book giveaways and other good stuff. Also, follow me on Twitter at @KnitTonicWendy for more promotional news, and a tutorial on using Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary to custom-design your own cowl with any pattern you like!

The Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary Blog Tour sponsored by Blue Sky Alpacas; be sure to visit these tour stops:

May 20: Knit and Tonic on the Blue Sky Alpacas Blog

May 22: FreshStitches

May 24: Hey Jen Renee

May 26: Very Shannon

May 28: Miso Crafty Knits

May 30: The Sweatshop of Love

June 3: Stockinette Zombies

June 4: Mari Knits

June 6: Lattes and Llamas

June 21: Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast

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May 16, 2014

Making a splash at TNNA

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Earlier this month, the Blue Sky Alpacas crew headed to Indianapolis, IN for the Summer TNNA Trade Show. This industry showcase is where yarn store owners go to find out about the latest yarns, patterns &  other products as well as  place their orders for fall. It’s a whirlwind of special events, classes, and even a fashion show!

Our booth at TNNA.

We were pleased to introduce our new Extra yarn and the Destination Collection of patterns at this show, and we were exceptionally thrilled to see our new yarn mentioned in Clara Parkes’ TNNA Recap on Knitter’s Review!

Our new Extra yarn on display.

Wendy Bernard was a special guest in our booth on Saturday; she signed copies of her new book Up, Down, All-Around, which will be coming to an LYS near you soon! This stitch dictionary is unlike any you’ve seen before, and each swatch is knit with yarns from Blue Sky Alpacas. Click here to view more #wendygrams from the book signing over on Instagram. We’ll be sharing more details about this exciting new book with you soon!

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Click here to view more on our Instagram feed!

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May 13, 2014

May Craft Saturday: It’s Last Call ‘Til Fall!

Happy Spring! Join Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloë as we celebrate spring and share the love of crafting this Saturday, May 17!

We invite you to BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): whether you knit, embroider, sew, quilt, or partake in any other craft, we hope you’ll bring it along! This will be our last Craft Saturday event til the fall, so let’s make it the best one yet! Join us and learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.

Bring your own beverage, and do feel free to bring a snack to share if you like (optional, of course). We will bring a light snack and maybe even a prize or two!

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Who: Area crafters of all ages!

What: Craft Saturday B.Y.O.P

Where: Bunker Hills Regional Park, Cedar Activity Room, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover MN 55304 (Park Pass not required)

When: May 17th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at our community event. (Feel free to arrive late or leave early)

Why: It’s fun!

Click here to RVSP on Ravelry (optional).

 

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April 23, 2014

Extra, Extra!

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Have you received our new catalog yet? We’ve got some exciting new yarns and patterns to share with you this month: click here to request your copy; if you are already on our mailing list, it should be arriving in your mailbox any day now!

We are pleased to introduce a brand-new yarn to the Blue Sky Alpacas lineup: Extra. It’s a luxe mix of baby alpaca and fine merino wool in a palette of rich colors to make your next project extra-special. Extra may be an aran weight yarn, but it lends itself to a variety of gauges and needle sizes; as the name implies, it’s got extra yardage and extra twist, making it a versatile yarn you’ll reach for again and again.

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The Destination Collection includes 6 timeless accessory designs showcasing our new Extra yarn. Each exquisite design is artfully presented and takes only 1-2 hanks of Extra. For more information about each individual pattern below, click the links to view patterns on our website.

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The Cane Bay Wrap by Sarah Smuland features a deceptively simple all-over stitch pattern inspired by the seaside.

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The Fractal Cowl by Kirsten Johnstone is worked in the round to create sharp, geometric patterns and clear, linear designs inspired by the cutting-edge architecture of Australia.

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The North Hollow Cowl by Robin Melanson combines chic cables with lacy stitches to create a versatile cowl which can be worn in a variety of ways.

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The Sweet Sixteen Hat by Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann is a sweet and slouchy chapeau with plenty of texture!

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The Tatras Fingerless Mitts by Vladimira Cmorej feature unconventional cables which create a ladder effect from the fingertips to the elbow.

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The Tokyo Tower Bandana by Olga Buraya-Kefelian borrows elements from both shawl and cowl to create an easy-to-wear accessory.

Where will Extra take you?

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