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January 22, 2014

Bulky Hat Collection Winners!

Congratulations to our six Bulky Hat Collection winners! And thank you to everyone for participating.

The Arctic Hat in Coyote.

Kristen is the winner of the Arctic Hat.

“I would make the Arctic hat. I have been knitting a sweater and reading.”

The Polar Hat in Frost.

“This is so hard to choose! I love these hats. I would pick the polar hat because that playful pompom on top just makes the grey winter skies in the northwest cheerful. I live on Whidbey Island in Washington State and I spend the winter days hoping for snow and praying we don’t lose power, knitting on the one or two projects in every room of my house! But honestly, I do that all year round :) . I squeeze my work as a therapist and teaching boundary workshops around my knitting.”

The winning comment for the Polar Hat from Sarri!

The Trapper Hat in Brown Bear.

It looks like Kelly’s husband is one lucky guy. Here is her winning comment:

“I live in Anchorage, Alaska and love the wonderful knits this season brings out. I would like the trapper hat for my husband.”

The Bear Hat in Polar Bear.

Lucky Sarah is the winner of the Bear Hat, or maybe it’s her grandbaby that is the winner!

“I’ve been enjoying the snow with a grandbaby, cozy and warm in more hand knits than he cares to wear…. I think he needs a bear hat too :)

The Fox Hat in Silver Mink.

I wonder what color Sonja will make the Fox Hat in?

“I love the children’s hats! I love to ski and sled-ride with my granddaughter, I refuse to let winter keep me inside the house. So, I do bundle up. In Ohio, our weather was terribly frosty, so I stayed home and continued to knit hats for my older children.”

The Rabbit Hat in Blossom.

And congratulations go to Liz the winner of the Rabbit Hat.

“I would have to make the rabbit hat for my nieces. Could anything be more adorable!?! During the cold days I have been knitting ties and kippahs for my husband.”

Keep watching this space for more fun!

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January 16, 2014

Wintery Mix (& Giveaway!)

The Arctic Hat, Trapper Hat, and Polar Hat in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky.

The recent weather is right in step with our new toasty warm Bulky Hat Collection.

The Bear Hat, Fox Hat, and Rabbit Hat in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky.

And if you’re in need of a fun way to keep warm, today could be your lucky day.

We’re giving away six Bulky Hat Collection booklets along with all the yarn needed to make your favorite from the collection.

To enter leave a comment (one per person please) telling us which hat you would like to make and how you’ve been spending these sub-zero days. Are you braving the wind and bundling up to play in the snow or keeping cozy inside by knitting the cold away?

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January 7, 2014

Baby it’s Cold Outside

The Bear Hat in Polar Bear.

Georgia, our model for the Bear Hat from the Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Collection, wants to let you in on a little secret…

Loving it!

Blue Sky Alpacas photoshoots are lots of fun!

Time to explore.

We bundled Miss Georgia up in a warm coat, mittens, boots, and the snuggly Bear Hat. She would have been happy to spend the whole day investigating our snowy base camp.

The Fox Hat in Silver Mink.

Yuji was our model for the Fox Hat. He had never been on a frozen lake before and decided to sliiide all the way out to the spot we had picked for our shoot.

Dashing in deep snow.

Yuji was a daredevil, climbing on top of rocks and launching himself off. There was so much snow and it was so much fun. Kept comfy with ultra warm Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky (doubled for these hat patterns), we were able to play for a long time.

Sweet hat for a sweet little guy.

When it was all over, Yuji wasn’t really ready to leave. His mom and I had to slide him back to the car.

Rabbit Hat in Blossom.

Our fun and floppy Rabbit hat in Blossom coordinated perfectly with Jules’s fluffy coat and pink pants.

Making snowballs.

All that girlie pink didn’t hold Jules back a bit. The first thing she did was start scooping up snowballs!

Fun with flurries.

We couldn’t ask for a better way to spend an afternoon.


The Details

Pattern: Bear Hat, Fox Hat, and Rabbit Hat
Designer: Sarah Smuland
Size: circumference – 16 (18¾, 21¾)”
• length – 6 (7, 8)”
Needle Size 17 (12.75mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 17 (12.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky shown in Polar Bear #1004, Silver Mink #1002, and Blossom #1210
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store
• All six patterns are available in one collection, the Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Booklet

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December 4, 2013

Heads Up

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Here in Minnesota things have decidedly taken a turn toward the chilly. So today we’re taking a closer look at the cozy caps designer Sarah Smuland created for our Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Collection.

The Polar Hat in Frost.

The Polar Hat was the first hat Sarah designed for this collection. We love the oversized pompom and the lush fringe. We also love how fast and easy it whips up. Good news with the holidays just around the corner.

Road testing the Polar Hat.

We didn’t just take pictures of the hats in this collection; we field tested them. Our model, Margaret, had no complaints about cold ears on frozen Lake George.

The Arctic Hat in Coyote.

The Arctic Hat follows the same silhouette as the Polar Hat, minus the pompom. Both designs can be made without the fringe and look equally lovely.

Emma on the ice.

Emma was lucky enough to be shooting when the sun came out. Thanks to the Arctic Hat she was plenty warm when it ducked back behind the clouds a few minutes later.

The Trapper Hat in Brown Bear.

Sarah designed the Trapper Hat with her son and husband in mind (they spend a lot of time outside) and has since taken to wearing one herself. It keeps her toasty when she’s walking her dog, Diesel, or tending to her chickens.

The flaps snap up.

Optional snaps let you put the earflaps up and out of the way. We went with a classic color for our photoshoot, but you can easily give this a more fashion forward edge by stitching it up in a brighter color (Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky has 24 colors to choose from). Stay tuned to see the three hats for kids in the Bulky Hat Collection.


The Details

Pattern: Polar Hat, Arctic Hat, and Trapper Hat
Designer: Sarah Smuland
Size: circumference – 18¼ (20½, 21¾, 24)”
• length (Polar Hat and Arctic Hat) – 7 (7½, 8, 8½)”
• length (Trapper Hat) – 9 (9½, 9¾, 10)”
Needle Size 17 (12.75mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 17 (12.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size N (10mm) hook
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky shown in Frost #1211, Coyote #1223, Brown Bear #1006
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store
• All six patterns are available in one collection, the Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Hat Booklet

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November 26, 2013

You Are My Sunshine

Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky’s newest colors: Coyote, Sunglo, Shine, and Marine.

A fresh burst of color is a welcome respite from the gray days of winter. So when the new shades of Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky arrived we decided that sunny-yellow Shine would be the perfect choice for our Trellis Scarf.

Trellis Scarf in Shine.

Of course the Trellis Scarf has more going for it than just the color. For starters, it’s fast to knit (and by fast, we mean really fast, size 35/19mm needles). Better yet, if you take a little care as you work, you won’t be left with any pesky ends to weave in.

A closer look at the Trellis Scarf.

What’s the secret? The tails for the cast-on and bound-off stitches become part of the crazy-awesome fringe. Take care of all the other ends with a quick spit-splice. Knitty has a great tutorial that explains exactly how to do this.

This project is so much fun you’re bound to make more than one. Luckily there are lots of Bulky colors to choose from. I already have a bunch lined up for my holiday gift list (I’m keeping the Shine for me!). Which color will you use?


The Details

Pattern: Trellis Scarf
Designer: Ellen Huber
Size: Length: 70″, not including fringe
• Width: 10″
Needle Size 35 (19mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size S (19mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, shown in Shine #1225
Pattern available at Blue Sky Alpacas Stockists
Digital Pattern available in the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Store

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