July 24, 2014

EXTRA Inspiration

Just one skein of our new EXTRA yarn promises endless possibilities! The generous yardage means you have many exciting projects to choose from! All patterns in our new Destination Collection use only 1 skein of EXTRA (with the exception of the Cane Bay Wrap, which uses 2 skeins of EXTRA yarn). Jane Richmond recently designed this simple, slouchy hat pattern which uses – you guessed it! – just 1 skein of EXTRAyarn.

The Extra Slouch Hat by Jane Richmond
Photo © Jane Richmond

Recently, our EXTRA yarn has shown up in the blogosphere! Multicraftual designer Stacey Trock blogged about her trip to Washington, DC, where she purchased 2 skeins of EXTRA to knit the Cowboy Cowl pattern by Pam Powers. Here is her finished cowl, which is knit in the Lei colorway!

EXTRA yarn also made an appearance on the Knitting Sarah blog – click here to read her review!

We’ve been enjoying everyone’s submissions to our photo contest this month – click here to submit your own entry showing where you’ve taken our Pretty Cheep Project Bags lately! We’ll be giving away 3 great prize packs, so be sure to submit your photo and help spread the word!

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July 1, 2014

Share your photos of Pretty Cheep Project Bags to win great prizes!

We’d love to see where you’ve taken your knitting (and crocheting) this summer! Our new photo contest is happening now through July 31; click here to share your photos of our Pretty Cheep Project Bags out “in the wild” – whether it’s a day at the beach, a walk in the park, knit night, or even a creative non-knitting use!

We’ll be awarding 3 Blue Sky Alpacas Prize Packs containing 1 skein of EXTRA yarn, 1 Pretty Cheep Project Bag & Destination Collection Pattern. Winners will be chosen based on creativity of submission and quality of photo, so don’t be afraid to experiment! We’ll be announcing our winners at the beginning of August right here on Blue’s Blog.

Click here to submit your entry! You can also automatically submit your entries via Instagam, Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #putacheeponit in your post.

To give you a little background, this contest was inspired by a photo from our resident photographer Chad Niemeyer’s recent trip to Haiti, where he donated his time and photography skills to visiting orphanages and rebuilding a roof for a school with the Headwaters Relief Organization:

Notice anything familiar? If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that there is a Pretty Cheep Bag attached to the tripod – it’s actually filled with rocks instead of yarn so that his tripod and camera don’t blow away!

We look forward to seeing your creative photos this month!

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June 24, 2014

Color Inspiration: Red, White & Blue!

Just in time for the Fourth of July, there are two great new patterns in our yarns featuring a patriotic color scheme of red, white and blue!

We were so pleased to see our yarn on the cover of an exciting new book called It Girl Crochet:

The Psychedelia Mitts by Brenda K. B. Anderson are crocheted with our Sport Weight yarn in Red, Calla Lily and Blue Spruce. They are cleverly constructed, too: each mitt is crocheted in the round to create a shape similar to an old-fashioned braided rug!

If you’re already planning your fall knitting, then you won’t want to miss out on the Early Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting! The Striped Pullover by Cynthia Yanok features our Worsted Cotton in Tomato, Tulip and Mediterranean to create a striking piece that’s perfect for changing seasons.

VOGUE Knitting Early Fall 2014, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

We’d also like to share the latest news about the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard, which features Blue Sky Alpacas yarns! Wendy was a guest on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast over the weekend – click here to listen to the episode if you missed it!

The book was also reviewed in-depth by designer and tech editor Ruth Garcia-Alcantud on the Rock + Purl Podcast. Click here to watch the episode for your chance to win an autographed copy of your very own!

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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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