April 15, 2014

Join us for Craft Saturday!

Did you know that April is Humor Month? Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe will be sharing the love of crafting (and laughing!) on Saturday, April 19th!

As always, BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting, beading or anything else that fuels your creativity and brings you joy. Join us and learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.

As April is Humor Month, we will guarantee a good laugh, a fun snack (popcorn) and a drawing for a fantastic prize!

Bring your own beverage, and do feel free to bring a snack to share if you like (optional, of course). Last but not least, don’t forget to bring a sense of humor!BYOP_collage_web.jpg

Who: Anyone with a passion for crafting (young crafters welcome)

What: Craft Saturday B.Y.O.P

Where: Bunker Hill Regional Park, Cedar Activity Room, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover MN 55304 (Park Pass not required)

When: 3rd Saturday of each month – April 19th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at our community event. (Feel free to arrive late or leave early)

Why: It’s fun!

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April 9, 2014

Cypress Summer

Photo © knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we’re seeing plenty of fresh new designs to suit the changing seasons! The latest issue of knit.wear is full of project ideas to build your spring and summer wardrobe such as the V-Line Tee by Bonnie Nurnberger. This lacy top is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, a lightweight 50/50 blend with excellent stitch definition. It features flattering shaping elements and a romantic, all-over lace pattern to create a top you’ll want to wear year-round!


The Details

Pattern: V-Line Tee
Designer: Bonnie Nurnberger
Size: 45½ (47½, 49½, 51½, 53½)” bust circumference
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Cypress #152

Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.

 

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March 27, 2014

The Best Way to Block Alpaca

Photo © Nanoblock.

This isn’t exactly what we had in mind–but he sure is cute! He’s also an excellent addition to any fiber-lover’s studio space. Create your own Ollie-like alpaca (or an entire herd) using this cute kit from Nanoblock.

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March 19, 2014

Jet Set and Ready to Knit

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.

Part of the Jet Set Collection in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, the Short Sleeve Raglan Tee takes a basic shape and gives it an elegant twist. Light and fresh for summer, the mesh lace stitches miter at the center front and center back to create figure-flattering chevrons. Knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, it’s the perfect piece to pack along on your next getaway.

Photo © Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014.


The Details

Pattern: #03 Short Sleeve Raglan Tee
Designer: Margeau Soboti
Size: S (M, L, XL)
Size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, shown in Gardenia #311

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March 12, 2014

Out Like a Lamb

Photo © Interweave Crochet.

Spring is supposed to be warm, sunny, and rejuvenating. The reality tends more toward damp, rainy, and unpredictable. The temperature is all over the map and we’re left wondering what to wear. Cotton dress or down coat? Snow boots or sandals?

New York designer Dora Ohrenstein understands the fickle nature of the changing seasons and designed the Mentha Cardigan to suit. The pale, pretty color (Plume); light, airy yarn (Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk); and feminine lace and shell stitch crochet pattern are all about spring; short sleeves and a cardigan silhouette make it perfect for layering on days that start with a chill and end with a warm breeze.


The Details

Pattern: Mentha Cardigan
Designer: Dora Ohrenstein
Size: 32¼ (34½, 36½, 40¼, 44)” bust circumference
Size F (3.75mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, shown in Plume #103
Pattern available in Interweave Crochet, Spring 2014

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