curated by katie mayer
November 13, 2013
Sometimes two seemingly unrelated elements (in this case bulky yarn and a lovely lace pattern) add up to one spectacular knitting project. The Victor Shawl from the Winter 2013 issue of Knitscene is knit lengthwise with big needles (size 15) in our ultra-cozy, ultra-warm, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky. I can’t wait to get it on my needles. What about you?
November 8, 2013
Remember when you first learned to knit? Maybe your tension was a little wonky or you occasionally dropped a stitch. (I used to create yarnovers without even knowing what a yarnover was.) But over time, and with practice, we all become skilled knitters. And knitting by any other name (colorwork included) is still just knitting. Trust us, designs like the gorgeous Russian Rose Set above (made in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight) just look complicated. Break it down and it’s the same combination of knits and purls used to create basic stockinette, with a few colors changes thrown into the mix.
Sure you’ll need to practice (it makes perfect after all) and learn a few tips and tricks (a class at your favorite LYS will cover that), but with a little work you’ll be painting pretty pictures in yarn in no time. Starting small with a project like a hat and mittens, rather than a full-size sweater, will make the whole experience a lot less intimidating. If you’re ready to challenge your colorwork skills you can find the Russian Rose Set here.
Feeling extra ambitious? Our model, Margaret, is also wearing our ultra-chic-and-cozy Moscow Coat made in light, lofty Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO. You can find the pattern for that design here.
Color changes so dramatically affect the overall look of a design. The mittens that Margaret is modeling above use Navy Blue for the main color for a look that’s rich and sophisticated; switch the main color to Capri and the mood changes to icy and enchanting. With seven colors in the design, and 31 Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight colors to choose from there are 2,629,575 color combinations for the Russian Rose Set. What palette will you put together?
Designer: Robin Melanson
• Cap height to turning round (crown): 5″
• Mitten circumference: 7¼ (8)”
• Size 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Navy Blue #533, Hibiscus #538, Red #511, Currant #542, Black #510, Petal Pink #516, and Buttercup #537
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store
November 6, 2013
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Ollie
Happy Birthday to you!
Ollie is 1 year old today–what kind of birthday present do you get an alpaca?
Maybe he’d like to go on a picnic for his birthday?
November 1, 2013
“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.” -Susan Orlean.
Blue Sky Alpacas is pleased to present our newest collection. The Bulky Hat Collection features six ultra-cozy hat styles designed for get-outside, winter fun. Included are three fun designs for kids (the ears are adorable, aren’t they?) and three for adults; each with customizable details in our Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky. From snowshoeing, skiing, and skating to sledding, snowboarding, and snowball fights, this collection has you covered–and they’re quick to knit too!
Please visit the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store for the complete collection. All six styles are included in one lay-flat, spiral-bound booklet!
To shop locally, please visit our Stockist page.
October 30, 2013
The new Knit Simple is available. The Holiday 2013 issue is packed with projects (45 in all) that are great for gifting.
The Fluted Hem Cowl is a fashionable alternative to that gift-giving standby, the scarf. Knit Simple chose Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk for this polished piece, pairing it with a turtleneck sweater and zingy striped cardigan for a fun, casual look that almost anyone can rock. But this chic little style (and the ever-versatile Alpaca Silk) can be just as easily dressed up for work or an evening out. Try making it in Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico (it’s the same gauge as Alpaca Silk) for a shimmery look.
Pattern: #35 Fluted Hem Cowl
Designer: Mari Lynn Patrick
Needle Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpacas Silk, shown in Ruby #123
Pattern available in Knit Simple, Holiday 2013