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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
October 18, 2013
It’s always exciting when a new issue of the ever-elegant knit.wear arrives. The magazine (in both print and digital versions) has a unique aesthetic; simple handknits for the thoughtful knitter. The Eyelet Raglan in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue is no exception. It starts as a simple pullover and employs exposed waist shaping and raglan lines to create an unexpected, edgy silhouette. This architectural look is created with minimal effort; yarnovers are paired with the perfectly plied elegance of Blue Sky Alpacas Melange. Made from 100% baby alpaca, the yarn has the perfect drape and springy softness to show off the sweater’s embossed, textural stitches.
Designer: Katya Frankel
October 2, 2013
It seems we haven’t knit a scarf–a real scarf–for quite some time. Cowls, bandanas, and shawls abound but that quintessential cold-weather accessory–the classic cabled scarf–has been in scarce supply. Until now, that is. We caught sight of this gorgeously textured neck wrap (made in decadently soft Blue Sky Alpacas TECHNO) in the Holiday Gifts issue of Interweave Knits, and it was love at first sight. Can you guess what will be next up on our needles?
Designer: Margie Mitchell
September 27, 2013
Not quite cold enough for a coat? Layer on a bit of loveliness (and a little warmth) with this beautiful brocade wrap from the Fall 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting. This chic stole (one of our favorites from the issue) features an unexpected color palette (courtesy of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight), double knitting techniques, and an amazing stitch pattern. The lush look and rich hues are perfect for fall and will work well into winter.