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Entries in Blue Sky Alpaca (27)

Thursday
Nov012012

Lovely Ribbed Cowl

I came to the surprising realization last winter that I am someone who prefers a cowl to a scarf. Perhaps it's because I live in a drafty old house and always want something toasty around my neck, something that stays put, something chic and easy, something that doesn't find its way into the soup I'm making or the dog food I'm pouring!

So I decided to make a cowl that is as simple to knit as it is to wear. I love the idea of a vertically ribbed cowl that gently hugs your neck like your favorite turtleneck sweater. However, one thing I definitely didn't want was a whiplash collar, so this cowl is knit in a relaxed gauge that creates soft, billowing ripples. With a very loose bind off, it subtly widens at the bottom for an easy and totally comfy fit. Beginners will love the do-able challenge, and old pros will appreciate the late-night-movie no-brainer!

The simplicity of this pattern serves as a great platform for gorgeous yarn. I spent a lot of time talking through the options with all of our wonderful knitters at Purl Soho. Yarn aficionado, Faye, suggested one of our all time favorites, Blue Sky's Suri Merino. With its wonderful drape, soft halo and palette of lovely vintage colors, everything about Suri Merino is perfect for this Lovely Ribbed Cowl!

Be cozy! -Page

 

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Thursday
Oct042012

Laura's Loop: Shawl Collar Cowl

A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a picture of some wool socks with an accompanying message, "Today is the greatest day." Now, these socks weren't a gift from me or made by me; they weren't even handmade at all. But I knew exactly why he was so excited. I knew, because it's how I feel about neckwear: Fall is here! I get to wear wool again!
While Brian is happily slipping his feet into thick cozy socks, I am joyfully layering up with my new Shawl Collar Cowl. Unabashedly inspired by my college days of yore, this piece harkens back to treking across campus for early morning class, tailgating for the big game, apple picking and other such quaint and collegiate autumnal activities. 
The Shawl Collar Cowl shamelessly conjures the classic 'New England professor', if there is such a thing. The gray ribbed exterior transitions into a smooth, creamy white stockinette interior. Folded over and wrapped around, you'll be outstandingly warm, but not weighted down! This cowl is knit up in the nearly weightless Blue Sky Techno, a feather-light cloud of baby alpaca, extra-fine merino and silk.  
It may not be quite cold enough here in New York for wool socks, but it certainly is for some knit neckwear. You won't catch me without a scarf or cowl, shawl or dickie for the next six or so months. If you want to add the Shawl Collar Cowl to your woolen accessory collection, you can find the full pattern just below!

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Sunday
Sep092012

Whit's Knits: Thank You Hats

Every now and then someone enters our lives to help us through a tough spot, to somehow give what we need when we need it. These hats are for those people! They express gratitude in the way that only something made with our own hands can. They say "Thank you. No, really... thank you."

The need for such a hat is upon me. I broke my foot last year, and since then, my physical therapist has become, not only the person I spend more time with than any other non-family member, but also my coach and cheerleader. And now that our time together is nearly up, words just don't seem enough to tell her how grateful I am. I hope a hand knit hat will take her through the winter knowing how appreciated she really is!

The Simple Rib Hat is sized for most women and some men and really only takes a few hours to whip up. Just one skein of Blue Sky's beautiful Worsted Hand Dyes makes an incredibly soft and cozy hat!

And the Big Rib Hat, which is sized for most men and some women, is made out of Swans Island's spectacular Worsted. One hundred percent organic merino wool, this yarn is special for its gorgeous all natural dyes and unbelievable softness.

Maybe for you it's a teacher who cared enough to recognize something special in your child; or a neighbor who watched your dog when you suddenly had to leave town for a week; or a nurse who brought laughter and hope to your parent through a difficult hospital stay. Whoever it is, a quick knit goes a long way!

Let us know who you want to thank; we'd love to know!

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Sunday
Aug262012

Amy Gropp Forbes of Eclectic Mom: Braided Cowl for Kids

Although it is hard to imagine, fall is right around the corner, and nothing beats a cozy hand knit cowl for keeping you warm. I particularly like cowls for kids; they look great and somehow seem easier to manage than a scarf.

This is a perfect project for a weekend away... it takes just one skein of yarn and only a few hours to knit. The chunky yarn and simple braid add lots of texture, and I just love Blue Sky Worsted with its subtle hand dyed variations and super soft touch! Enjoy! - Amy of Eclectic Mom

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Friday
Aug242012

Whit's Knits: Big Pink Pig

I know that in person pigs can be... well, a bit much. But in theory, pigs are just amusing. Their pot bellies and stubby snouts, their floppy ears and rosy hue, their lollygagging in the mud and snorting in the dirt, it's all totally lovable!

That's why designing this Big Pink Pig was so much fun. The third in my collection of my giant gumdrop animals, this one is maybe my favorite! I love the cool mystery of the Big Snowy Owl and the sweet innocence of the Big Cuddly Bunny, but this guy has it all. He's goofy and mischievous with a deep well of knowingness.

Knit up in Blue Sky's extra cuddly Bulky, the Big Pink Pig comes together in no time, all ready for hugs and snuggles! - Whitney

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