Posts Tagged ‘Blue Sky Alpacas’

Some Holiday Thoughts

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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Tis the season, as they say. My family celebrates Hanukkah, which comes way too early this year (November 28, to be exact). I’m postponing it until Decemberish, when I can get my wits about me. While I have time, I’m casting a curious eye through the store to store up some holiday gift ideas for some knitters or lovers of knitwear on my list. I like to make small projects like fingerless mitts, hats, or cowls, since they’re fast. I also like to use some unusual yarns that I wouldn’t ordinarily use for my personal knitting, to keep it festive.

Any gift I give this year will be accompanied by these stunningly beautiful gift cards featuring photographs by the very talented Debbie Cook, who runs the Flayvors of Cook Farms store, and works at our retail store (lucky us!). The photos are spare and charming at the same time, and perfect with some elegant silvery or dark wrapping paper.

Buffalo Wool Company has a yarn called Sexy, and how can you not give someone a lacy shawl made with Sexy yarn that’s half Bison down and half silk? Very festive.

The colors are deep and lush, and even though it’s a laceweight yarn, I could probably whip out an open-work pattern for a shoulder-covering shawl in no time, from this often-used book.

I’d also use a Blue Sky Alpacas yarn I’ve been mulling over for a long time, Metalico. It’s another 50/50 yarn, this time alpaca and silk. It’s got a sheen that is tempered by the fuzziness of the alpaca, and I think it would make a great cowl or hat to go with a Little Black Dress.

And since the holidays are glittery and fun, I’d think about using a one-off sparkler like Artyarns Silk Mohair Glitter. Lots of fun colors and a shot of silver or gold thread will give you tons of ideas for lacy scarves or ornamental cuffs to wear with a holiday dress to a caroling party.

 

The Buzz at WEBS – August 31, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about…

A good friend of mine was turning 50 and I really wanted to knit her something special. After narrowing down hundreds of patterns, she decided she wanted a cardigan from Knit, Swirl! in a beautiful charcoal color of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. We decided the Plum Perfect pattern would be the right silhouette for her. It was a bit daunting starting since you cast on 513 stitches around the outside of the swirl. But working a few rows first before joining made it a lot easier to not introduce a twist. Since this sweaters is constructed so differently than any other sweater I’ve made, it was a ton of fun to knit and to see how it magically came together at the end with only one seam. I really want to make one for myself now, maybe the Sheer Beauty which alternates rows of lace yarn and DK yarn creating sheer stripes. > Dena C.

          

Metalico, the new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas, was so nice to knit. I was lucky enough to snag a skein to knit a swatch for the store and I loved every minute of it! The yarn is so soft and warm, yet it is surprisingly light. It absolutely begs to be knitted into lace, as evidenced by my swatch. > Greta S.

Classic Elite Yarns Blackthorn was knit up into this fantastic wrap for a store sample, and I have to have it! It’s Widgeon Hill and you can find it in the new Classic Elite pattern book 9182 Blackthorn. It’s wonderfully warm and the sample is very long. You can wrap it several times around your neck for extra warmth and protection from winter wind. It’s also crescent shaped, so it sits really nicely over your shoulders so you can easily wear it as a traditional shawl. > Grace H.

I’m always excited when we publish a new season of classes, but fall tends to feel extra special to me. Maybe because I’m so happy for the air to get cooler and looking forward to yarn weather. This fall we are kicking off the schedule with two of the things I am most excited about – The Valley Yarns Trunk Show event, and an ergonomics class with Physical Therapist and knitter Carson Demers! At the Valley Yarns event you’ll be able to try on our new designs, get a sneak peek at the holiday designs, ask Kirsten Hipsky questions and try out our newest yarns. (It’s free, but we ask you to register.)  Carson Demers is offering two workshop options for learning about avoiding aches and pains while knitting – something I know many of us can use advice on. These both happen in September, so don’t miss out! > Tina M.

I was so excited when I saw a copy of The Beaded Edge 2 arrive at the store I ran right to the registers and bought it! I have Midori’s first book and I’ve dreamt of making beautiful beaded edges for everything but until now I’ve never actually done it. Once I had this book in my hands I grabbed a cone of UKI 20/2 mercerized cotton in dark grey and then headed down to the local bead store to find the perfect little pink beads. I’m so excited about getting the first full scallop done, I may just make this piece into a necklace. > Sara D.

 

 

Free Pattern Thursday: 13th Street Pillow in Blue Sky Alpacas Melange and Sportweight

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

This week we have a fantastic free pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas. The 13th Street Pillow is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Melange and Sportweight.

You can coordinate with your decor because there are many color options available in the Blue Sky Alpaca Melange and Sportweight. You can go neutral, matchy, or funky! One of the best things about creating your own projects if being able to pick your favorite colors and not have to go with what’s available.

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

Enjoy!

Mary

Free Pattern Thursday: Girl’s Skinny Tank from Blue Sky Alpacas

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

This week’s free pattern is a fun knit to make for your favorite little girl. The Girl’s Skinny Tank is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton and it’s great for the remainder of the summer, or even as a layer for back-to-school!

This simple design features some great techniques too – wrap & turn, i-cord, and i-cord bind off, plus a tiny bit of two-color knitting.

Click here for a link to download the pattern.

Happy Knitting,

Mary

The Buzz at WEBS – July 29, 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann – A powerful book packed with tips and tools for independent knitters. It’s got everything from winding a skein of yarn to designing seamless sweaters. If a knitter were to have just one book, it should probably be this one. > Kirsten H.

2. Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2011 – I’ve never done a mystery knitalong before. But I’ve been itching to knit a shawl lately, particularly a westknits pattern. So I’m super excited to join this KAL on August 1st. Now the hard decision…what yarn? Suggested yarns like Fibre Company Road to China Light, Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, Madelinetosh Pashmina, or Tosh Merino Light would all be wonderful to work with. But I do have plenty of Charlemont from the crochet scarf leftover that would make a shawl with great drape. Hmm, decisions, decisions. > Dena C.

3. Valley Cowl crochet pattern by Doris Chan – I love this cowl designed by Doris Chan. The sample is done in Valley Yarns Deerfield, but there are directions for any gauge yarn, so you can use your favorite Valley Yarns yarn. I’m thinking of making one for myself in Charlemont. It’s also our next crochet-a-long on Ready, Set, Knit, so you can crochet along with Kirsten. > Mary K.-H.

4. Blue Sky Alpacas Five Inch Double Points – I love the feel of these in my hands. They have such a smooth finish that it makes the needles glide easily through the stitches. The tin they come in makes for great storage for these little lovelies! > Karen M.

5. Both of my girls spent a week at our Fiber Camp this year and my youngest daughter fell in love with weaving. While I’m not quite ready to buy her a Baby Wolf, I do want to encourage her weaving. So, as an early present for her birthday she got a Schacht Cricket Loom this past Tuesday. She’s already woven 26 inches and has been flipping pages in my copy of the Weaver’s Idea Book to find her next project! > Sara D.

Show 123: Interview with Sally Melville

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
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Happy 35th Anniversary to WEBS!

Steve and Kathy talk about the history of WEBS.

Guest: Sally Melville, author of The Knit Stitch, The Purl Stitch, and many others including the new Mother-Daughter Knits.
The book includes great information on how to adjust patterns to make them fit and flatter you.

Knitalong with Pixie: We wrap up knitting the chickens!

Anniversary Sale Yarns – A Sampling

April & May Yarns

April Yarns

Weavers

Don’t forget our Tent Sale/Fleece Market May 16th & 17th

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Show 122: Interview with Eunny Jang & Kim Werker

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
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Guests: Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits Magazine and Kim Werker, former editor of Interweave Crochet Magazine.
They join us from the recording of Knitting Daily TV!
Eunny discusses her process for designing the Blooming Cotton Scarf knit in Tahki Cotton Classic and featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. She also discusses her work as editor of Interweave Knits. Eunny also gives us a little preview of what is coming up in the Summer issue.
Kim Werker chats about what life is like now that she’s no longer the editor of Interweave Crochet. She also shares a little bit about Knitting Daily TV.

New Yarns

  • Prism Symphony
  • Lorna’s Laces Pearl
  • Lorna’s Laces Color Commentary in Clara’s Garden
  • Silk Garden Sock – New Colors!
  • Loop-d-Loop Offer – if you purchase $50 of Teva Durham Loop-d-Loop products, receive the Loop-d-Loop Volume 4 book free!
  • 35th Anniversary Sale Begins April 1st! (Cascade 220 for $4.89!) Every week, we’ll have a different Valley Yarns yarn on sale, so be sure to check those out!

Knitalong with Pixie: Knit Chickens, Part 5

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Show 121: Interview with Barbara Parry

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
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Yarns

Jo Sharp Discontinued Colors -

Cascade Discontinued Colors -

Guest: Barbara Parry of Foxfire Fiber. Barbara is going to be at the store on March 21st for a great trunk show and slide show presentation. If you’re local, this event is not to be missed! Barbara is going to discuss what led to becoming a shepherd.
Barbara also shares with us a little bit about what’s going on at the farm now, and what’s coming up! Check out the new CVM lambs on Barbara’s blog: http://www.sheepgal.com/. (Plus, you’ll be able to check out the new lambs as they arrive.)

Knitalong with Pixie: We continue with the chickens. This week, we kitchner stitch the chicken body together. Don’t be nervous about the kitchner stitch. It is easy to do once  you get a rhythm going. Video to come soon on the blog!

No Show 3/21/09. Kathy & Steve are on vacation!

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Show 120: Interviews with Margaret Radcliffe & Teva Durham

Saturday, March 7th, 2009
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We have TWO guests this week!

Margaret Radcliffe, author of several books, including The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques. This is a large book that includes an amazing amount of information about knitting with color – from the actual technique to how to select colors that work well together. Kathy and Margaret discuss color and a few fun ways to play with color.
Be sure to check out the classes at WEBS with Margaret Radcliffe! You don’t want to miss these!

Teva Durham, designer of the Loop-d-Loop Collection. Teva shares with us how her line yarn came to be.

Knitalong with PixiePart 3 of Knit Chickens

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Show 119: Knit Chickens KAL

Saturday, February 28th, 2009
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Guest: Steve calls in with details from Stitches West!

Yarns & New

Knitalong with Pixie: We work on the chickens!

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