Posts Tagged ‘Blue Sky Alpacas’

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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Show 118: Interview with Adina Klein

Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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New Yarns

Guest: Adina Klein from Tahki Stacy Charles. Adina shares with us information about the new spring yarns and patterns from Tahki Stacy Charles.

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Knitalong with Pixie: We being our new KAL – Knit Chickens from Blue Sky Alpacas
Part 1 of the KAL - what you need

Don’t forget to visit us at Stitches West!

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Show 117: Interview with Betsy Perry

Saturday, February 14th, 2009
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Yarns

Guest: Betsy Perry of Classic Elite
Betsy shares with us all of the great new spring and summer yarns and patterns from Classic Elite
Sprout
Allegoro
Solstice
Be sure to check out the new Classic Elite pattern books!

Knitalong with Pixie: A few book reviews!
Sweater 101 by Cheryl Brunette
Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman
Here Be Drolleries
Socks ala Cart by Jonelle Roffino
Knitting America
Simple Style by Ann Budd (will be released next month)

Next Knitalong: Blue Sky Alpacas Knit Chickens

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Winter IC!

Monday, December 29th, 2008
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In the mayhem that is holiday/year-end sale at the shop, the Winter issue of Interweave Crochet showed up on the scene.  I always get excited when the new issue arrives – you all know I *heart* crochet and can’t wait to see the projects.

I know, there’s always the sneak peek on the Interweave site, but there’s just something about seeing the actual magazine all together that is magical.  Plus, this is issue is the second to last one under the direction of editor Kim Werker, whom I also *heart*.

We are often asked for yarn for various projects and usually given the lead time, I’m surprised to see a publication that has a project featuring our yarn.  Time goes fast, I forget. . . . This issue of IC provided just that kind of surprise!  Here are the Instant Decor Pillows designed by Janette Higgins:

Yeah, I *heart* these too.  I’m not sure I would include the glitz (I know, I can barely believe I’m saying this myself) but I love the concept.  It is pretty crazy crocheting – up on a size U hook, but I did a felted mat a few New Year Eve’s ago and was on a Q and was done in just a couple of hours.  I love the instant gratification.

As much as I love the pillows, I’ve got to say, this issue is PACKED with great projects:

This is the Dragonfly Shawl designed by Lisa Naskrent.  Isn’t it lovely?  I can totally see adding some gorgeous beads to the edging.

This is the Elinor Cardigan designed by Robin Chachula and knit in one of my favorite yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk.  This is such a classic design and could easily be dressed up or down.

*Gasp*  I’m not a fan of working with fine yarns, but this might just be the design that pushes me over the edge.  Amy O’Neill Houck designed this Frostbite Scarf and it truly took my breath away (thus the gasp at the beginning).

Author and designer Kristin Omdahl created the Golightly Tunic.  I love the length and treatment at the top.  Very innovative and proves once again that crochet can be extremely versatile.

Lastly, I was simply tickled when I saw the designer on this darling Peppermint Hat & Scarf set!  The amazing Marilyn Murphy!  Former shop owner, current President of Interweave and one of the smartest people in our industry.  Where does she find the time??

Besides these designs, here’s a little something that paraded through the office before the holidays that just made me smile:

 

What do you think of this issue?  What projects are you adding to your queue?  Tell me what’s inspiring you in the world of crochet these days.

Kathy

Seasons Collide

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
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Our annual Summer Sale is on! This sale is all about clearing out closeout inventory. There are some great deals and steals to be had this year – Steve took no prisoners and is serious about making some room out in the warehouse. For those of you who have ever shopped the store, you know we always have a $2.00 bin. This is where odds and ends land. Well, Steve has added a $2.00 bin to the on-line sale this year! Fun for all! Be sure to check out the great buys on some really nice yarns for knitters, crocheters and weavers. Just remember, when they are gone, they are GONE!
We received our copies of Vogue Knitting Fall ’08 a few days ago. I will readily admit that I don’t run to the receiving area to grab my copy like I do when Interweave Knits comes. Usually there are a couple of patterns I like, but that’s usually it. Well, Fall ’08 is a completely different story. It is a really, really, REALLY nice issue. Look at the cover – LOOK AT THE MITTENS:

Designed by Jared of Brooklyn Tweed fame, those are mittens – serious mittens.
Called Green Autumn, they are classic, beautiful, challenging – perfect. The entire mitten spread has some great designs, some a bit more out there then others (from my perspective, but that’s just me and my own personal aesthetic). Overall, very nicely done.
As I turned the page I was hit with this:

OMG – it’s stunning. Secondly, it’s designed by Robin Melanson, who I had the chance to meet briefly and is lovely and thirdly, she used Blue Sky Alpaca Melange.
Then there’s this:

I love this too! Knit in Torino Bulky means it will move along. It’s seed stitch surrounded by ribbing and knit from the top down. It’s rated as an “intermediate” pattern (whereas the other two are “experienced” so won’t be showing up on my needles anytime soon) so maybe I’ll take it on. We’ll see.
At this point, I am loving VK Fall ’08 and as I continue to flip the pages (liking other things along the way, not just the ones I’m mentioning here) I come to this:

Norah Gaughan design using Berroco Peruvia. What else needs to be said?
Last, there is this one by Elsebeth Lavold:

Another “experienced” knit so unlikely to be knit by me, but it sure is pretty.
So, hat’s off to Trisha Malcolm and her team – fabulous job one and all! Plus the editorial content is quite good too including articles about the Canadian knitting scene and our friends Jess and Casey at Ravelry. This is a nicely done issue.
Okay, what else? Oh, I received a wonderful surprise in the mail about a week or so ago from Iris at Artyarns:

It’s beautiful and I was very touched that she thought to send it to me. Cashmere and crochet – what more could I ask for? This will be some pretty intense crocheting since the cashmere is her single ply Cashmere 1 and the pattern calls for a “C” hook. All of the circles are crocheted separately and joined as you go-ish. It’s definitely going in the queue! Thanks Iris!
Last night, several of us went out to fete the lovely and talented Cirilia.
Many of you know her from the store and others from our catalog. She has been with us since she graduate 3 years ago and has brought so much to WEBS. Well, she is leaving and we are very sad. Fortunately, she is staying in the industry so I know we will still get to cross paths and such. I am not sure if I am at liberty to say where she is going (she wasn’t sure either) so I’m going to play it safe and say nothing other than “Go Get ‘Em Cirilia!”

Lastly, a Happy, Happy Birthday to Barbara Elkins! B – we hope you are enjoying your day – we enjoyed your cake!
Kathy