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November 20, 2013
Like so many knitters, most of us here at Blue Sky Alpacas World Headquarters began our adventures in yarn and needles with a scarf. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve likely discovered that scarf knitting is addictive. With no worries about fit and a little leeway on gauge (a scarf can be as long or wide as you want it to be) you’re free to play with pattern, color, and technique, trying out stitch combinations might seem intimidating in a project that requires sizing and shaping.
This fall presented us with dozens of new scarf styles to try out in the form of Scarf Style 2 (Interweave Press), a delightful volume of designs by Ann Budd. We’re particularly smitten with Eufaula, a decadent double-loop cowl knit in sumptuously soft Blue Sky Alpacas Melange. (We’re thrilled to discover that it’s the scarf featured on the book’s cover!) Pick up a copy and knit up a little luxury for yourself or someone on your holiday gift list.
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?
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
October 25, 2013
It’s the rare knitter who doesn’t knit for someone else (we like to share the love). With small, sweet projects, babies are a favorite gift recipient.
These little baby booties made up in Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petite are luxurious. They are all based on the same basic pattern; six different stitch options and the choice of a ribbon or crocheted closure let you personalize each pair.
Designer: Rosemary Drysdale
Size: newborn to 3 months
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites, shown Sea Glass #1708 (seed stitch), Primrose #1709 (ribbed), Spanish Leather #1702 (cabled), Alabaster #1700 (embroidered), Petticoat #1706 (lace), and Cameo #1704 (shell stitch)
Pattern available in Knit Simple, Holiday 2013
October 22, 2013
We’ve long admired the talents of designer Louise Zass-Bangham. The simple sophistication of her signature cowls won us over from the get go and her passion for adding stripes to… well… just about everything makes us smile. Add in the practical portability of her projects and it’s all just about perfect.
So you can imagine our excitement when she shared her latest collection with us. Dubbed “Safe Haven”, it’s filled with fabulous hats, cowls, scarves, and mitts all knit exclusively in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight and Blue Sky Alpacas Melange. It’s full of warm, wooly goodness–would you like to take a look? If you like what you see you can purchase the collection at a special 20% discount (see below for details).
This little gem is called Harbour Lights. We love the combination of stripes and colorblocking. The cowl is designed with a double layer for extra warmth and it’s completely reversible which allows you to style it several different ways. Wear it stripes out or in, scrunch it to show a peek of the reverse design, or fold it to contrast the stripes with the blocks.
It’s companion piece is this lovely little hat called Storm Warning.
Slightly slouchy and totally on trend, it too is completely reversible and provides an extra layer of warmth that you’ll appreciate come the cold weather. (Don’t worry, the light loft of Sport Weight and Melange keep it from being bulky.)
If doubling up is a bit much for your climate, may we suggest the Leeward hat? It features similar details, without the double layer and knits up gorgeously in soft 100% baby alpaca.
Maybe you aren’t cowl crazy and would prefer a polished scarf. No worries; the Safe Haven collection has you covered. Start with Seawall, a double-layer scarf. We love the palette Louise chose for this piece, but any of the 31 solid colors of Sport Weight or the heathered hues of Melange (18 in all) would be equally gorgeous. Have fun playing with the palette for all these projects; there are no wrong answers.
You can put the leftover bits of yarn from the hat and scarf to good use with Louise’s Port & Starboard wristees. They’re super-easy to knit (simple striping creates the color blocks in all these designs; no intarsia needed!) and make a perfectly coordinating set.
We’ll leave you with one last look, the single-layer Tide Tables cowl. It’s worked in a similar palette as the Seawall scarf, using Eggplant #512 as the main color instead of Licorice #803. We’re already plotting the different color combinations we can use for the all of these cozy accessories. What colors will you use?
Designer: Louise Zass-Bangham
Includes: two cowls, two hats, scarf, and wristees
Needle Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight and Melange
Patterns available individually, or as part of the Safe Haven Collection
To join the KAL visit the Inspiration Knits Ravelry Group
To purchase the entire collection and receive a 20% discount, enter bluesea at checkout