March 6, 2014

Someday…

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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February 12, 2014

A Perfect Sweater (and a BIG Giveaway!)

Have you ever fallen in love with a sweater in a book or magazine, rushed out to buy the yarn and pattern, and knit your heart out only to be disappointed with the end result?

Chances are the trouble isn’t your lack of knitting skill; it’s your choice of sweater style. The key to loving your knits lies in finding those that flatter your figure. But how do you do that?

Designer Amy Herzog has the answer. Her Knit to Flatter class on Craftsy (a companion to her 2013 book of the same name) teaches you how to assess your shape, find details that flatter, take measurements, and calculate for fit and ease. With those skills in your arsenal you’ll be knitting “perfect” sweaters in no time.

Knit to Flatter on Craftsy.

I took the class and loved it; then picked up a copy of Knit to Flatter and was doubly excited to discover that one of the sweaters suited to my shape is the Striper Wrap, knit in Blue Sky Alpacas own Sport Weight and Melange.

Striper Wrap Photo © Amy Herzog

Neckline detail, photo © Amy Herzog

Sleeve detail Striper Wrap, photo © Amy Herzog

Is the Striper Wrap right for you? You can take Amy’s class and find out. (And if it’s not the right one for you don’t worry; there are plenty of other fabulous styles that would look equally great in Blue Sky Alpacas yarn.) Follow this link and you’ll get 25% off the Knit to Flatter class fee thanks to Craftsy.

We’ve also go a few other great giveaways for you.

Leave a comment telling us about your most challenging sweater stitching experience and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Knit to Flatter and enough yarn to make the Striper Wrap in Sport Weight and Melange in your choice of colors. The two runners-up will receive a copy of Knit to Flatter. We’ll pick the winners via random number generator, please, one comment per person.


The Details

Pattern: Striper Wrap
Designer: Amy Herzog
Size: 30½ (32, 34, 36½, 38½, 40, 42, 46½, 50, 54½)”
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 36″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, shown in Pomegranate #813, Relish #808, Cornflower #800
• Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Medium Gray #508, Light Gray #507
Pattern available in Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog. Available at your LYS, local book store, or online

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