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Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue Sky and Spud & Chloe

The shelves are once again full of yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloe.
Jenni made the Bulky Baby Blanket, a free pattern from The Purl Bee, using four skeins of Spud & Chloe Outer and two skeins of Sweater. It's basically a garter stitch square with a picked up edging, and they give instructions for a seed stitch version as well. I watched her crank through one skein of the Outer in about an hour on US15 needles. As an added bonus, it's all machine-washable.

Also from The Purl Bee, the AMAZING Big Herringbone Cowl. Talk about drama. It takes five skeins of the Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes, and the texture of the stitch really accentuates the soft squishiness of the yarn.

Photo from The Purl Bee, used with permission.

Nancy has sent us a fresh batch of patterns for her Sally Glove and Sally Hat, knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino. These designs are stylish and modern, deceptively simple to make, and great for beginning knitters.

I've been eyeing the Brushed Suri, too. We have the free pattern for these little mitts from Blue Sky available for free at the shop.

Knitty recently featured the Brushed Suri with the creamy cabled wrap pictured below, Gweneria. (This yarn would also be perfect for the Rebecca wrap sweater I showed you earlier this month.)

Photo from Knitty, used with permission.

Blue Sky Alpacas
has revamped their website, and it looks so nice. You can search for patterns by your favorite yarn, your experience level, or type of project. In the news section, you can check out patterns from magazines, books, and blogs that use Blue Sky Alpacas yarn.
As always, Spud says! (the Spud & Chloe blog), curated by the fabulous Susan B. Anderson, features lots of free patterns and tutorials.

We love the luxurious yarns from Blue Sky and the "yarns for real life" from Spud & Chloe. Come check out the good stuff.

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