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January 24, 2014

Speed Chic

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Winter 2013/2014.

Looking for a new way to keep warm? The Winter issue of Vogue Knitting has it–a chunky, textured capelet paired with ribbed arm warmers. The Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers are a cinch to knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky and the oversized stitches are totally on trend. The poncho is made from the bottom up in a drop-stitch lace pattern that ends with a ribbed turtleneck; the matching arm warmers finish up in a flash on circular needles. Follow VK’s color cue with Frost and Jasmine or choose your own combination from the 24 colors in the Bulky palette.

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Winter 2013/2014.


The Details

Pattern: Drop Stitch Poncho and Arm Warmers
Designer: Cathy Carron
Size: poncho – small/medium (large)
• arm warmers – circumference 8″ and length 15″
Needle Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky, shown in Frost #1211 and Jasmine #1213
Pattern available in Vogue Knitting, Winter 2013/2014

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January 3, 2014

One for the Guys

Photo © Knit Simple, Winter 2013.

Dad, Grandpa, brothers, a significant other–there is always a great guy in your life in need of knits. (Or maybe that great guy is you.) Luckily, the Winter issue of Knit Simple, has several gems made for men. Here at Blue Sky Alpacas, we’re partial to these fingerless gloves made up in our super soft Sport Weight yarn. They’re a real classic, simple and practical with no fussy details, just a deep cuff near the digits. There are 31 Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight colors to choose from (not to mention 18 of the easily substituted Melange) which means you can dress Dad in rugged Denim #522, set Grandpa up with a nice neutral like Dark Gray #509, and indulge your crazy brother with something a little edgier like Tangerine #521. Knit on.


The Details

Pattern: #21 Fingerless Gloves
Designer: Jim Cox
Needle Size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, shown in Blue Spruce #545
Pattern available in Knit Simple Winter 2013

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December 18, 2013

Head for the Hills

Photo © Interweave Knits, Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is filled with designs that do a wonderful job of mixing feminine details with a distinctly rugged and outdoorsy quality. Take the Cerrito Cardigan, (the name translates as “little hills” in Spanish). Part of the Below the Mesa collection, it’s equally at home worn with your favorite jeans for a weekend walk in the woods or belted with a skirt for an evening out with friends. (Although, I don’t think I’d loose those boots, no matter what the occasion!)

Part of the charm of this piece comes from the yarn–the ever versatile Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A lightweight 50-50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk makes this a great layering sweater for all seasons. Shimmery Metalico lends itself to dressing up, but we love seeing this more casual styling too. Either way it’s a worthwhile indulgence.


The Details

Pattern: Cerrito Cardigan
Designer: Faina Goberstein
Size: 18 (19½, 20¾, 22¼, 23½, 25)” back width at underarm
Needle Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” to 32” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, shown in Gold Dust #1613
Pattern available in Interweave Knits, Winter 2014

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December 13, 2013

Just in Time!

Blue Sky Alpacas Gift Boxes.

Do you love a knitter? Are you looking for just the right gift? Jimmy Beans Wool has exclusive Blue Sky Alpacas Gift Boxes in Sport Weight and Alpaca Silk.

Brown Paper Packages…

With three Sport Weight palettes and three in Alpaca Silk.

Check out this exclusive, six-hank sampler Gift Box at Jimmy Bean’s Wool.

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December 11, 2013

Op-Art Colorwork

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2013

Have you seen Vogue Knitting’s, Holiday 2013 issue yet? We have, and our hands down favorite is this cool colorwork pullover by Amy Micallef. We love the way she took traditional stranded knitting and gave it a modern spin. Of course we’re also excited by her choice of yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes. It’s a perfect match for this kind of detailed design. The round, dense yarn provides perfect stitch definition that makes the op-art pattern really pop.


The Details

Pattern: #13 Colorwork Pullover
Designer: Amy Micallef
Size: 32 (36¼, 40½, 44½, 49)”
Needle Size 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes, shown in Charcoal #2025 and Light Pink #2008
Pattern available in Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2013

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