November 24, 2015
It’s time to make those lists and check them twice – and if you’ve been extra nice, there’s a good chance you might find a Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites Knit Kit among your holiday treats this year!
Each kit comes beautifully packaged and includes a pattern to make a small project using our Royal Petites, a 100% fingering weight royal alpaca yarn, which is the highest grade of alpaca available. It’s a luxurious little indulgence for that special knitter on your gift list – and why not add a kit to your own wish list, too?
Choose from the Westminster Hat, Buckingham Hat, Windsor Mitts, Countess Mitts, Mitini Mitts, or Catherine Cowl; ask for Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites Knit Kits at your nearest Blue Sky Alpacas Stockist.
November 10, 2015
Speedy stitching projects are the name of the game as the holiday countdown continues. The Lanesboro Vest knits up quick in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky yarn, a lofty super bulky weight blend of 50% alpaca and 50% wool.
This on-trend cropped vest is a speedy yet satisfying project for Advanced Beginners; it’s perfect for that special someone on your gift knitting list. The Lanesboro Vest is a great layering piece to add just the right amount of warmth, and the handmade touch is sure to be appreciated this holiday season.
October 22, 2015
Blue Sky Alpacas is fortunate to partner with a great organization called Industries Incorporated, located nearby in Cambridge, MN. They are responsible for making our shade cards, which we send to our stockists so that they have small samples of yarn colors in each of our lines, along with all of the yarn details printed on each card.
The mission of Industries Incorporated is to support people with disabilities and other challenges by providing training and employment services, resulting in greater independence in their communities. Believing that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, Industries Incorporated encourages their employees to feel empowered to meet and exceed their own expectations; through education, they are also encouraged to exercise informed choices.
Industries employs 100 workers and we are lucky enough to have 7 of them assigned to work on our shade cards. Today, we would like to share our recent visit with our blog readers.
On this particular day, 4 shade card wrappers were hard at work: Cassie (above left), Jennifer (above right), and Becky and Tabitha (below from left to right).
This group works 3-5 days per week, taking great pride in their attention to detail. When asked what they liked about wrapping the yarn, they all responded, “it is relaxing.” Each day they get to select which yarn and color they will be working on; each person has a favorite color, with blue and pink at the top of the list.
Industries Incorporated was founded back in 1966 and began working with Blue Sky Alpacas in 2013 – each year, they wrap over 10,000 cards for us! It was a delight to meet everyone during our visit so that we could express our appreciation for the work they do each day. The positive impact this organization has on our community is immense, and we are fortunate to play a small role in it!
October 7, 2015
It’s not too late to join our Bianca Wrap KAL on Ravelry! Now through November 30, knit a wrap in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino yarn for your chance to win a fabulous prize (click here for more details).
Sometimes, selecting the perfect colors can be the most challenging part of starting a new project. We like to begin with a beautiful photo to inspire our color combinations, and today we have three inspirational photographs captured by Chad Niemeyer on a recent trip to China. Using these source images, we’ve selected 3 great color combinations to try in our Suri Merino, a luxurious blend of 60% baby suri and 40% merino:
Shown above from L-R: #411 Cloud, #431 Ice Cap and #430 Haze.
Shown above from L-R: #420 Autumn, #410 Snow and #415 Harvest.
Shown above from L-R: #425 Breeze, #415 Harvest and #431 Ice Cap.
The Bianca Wrap KAL is happening now 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!
September 24, 2015
Meet HANDSPIN, a luxurious blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool roving available in 4oz bags (learn more here). Perfectly suited to both spindle and wheel spinning, HANDSPIN is an easy-to-spin option for beginner and experienced handspinners alike.
Once you’ve designed your own unique yarn, it’s time to put it to use! Our new free pattern for HANDSPIN One-Of-A-Kind Hats features instructions to make beautiful hats in three weights of yarn: fingering, worsted and bulky.
This simple beanie lets the beauty of your handspun yarn shine through. As fun to knit as it is to spin, you’ll need just 4 ounces of HANDSPIN to make your hat from fiber to finished!