The latest and cutest from Blue Sky Alpacas
Children can "just be" while wearing these relaxed, simple heirloom pieces designed for activity and discovery. We have three patterns knit up, and as soon as Natalie finds the yarn she intends to use for the Georgie Blanket, it will get knit too! The Cameron Hoodie is knit in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton, Beatrice in a sport weight cotton, and Harriet is knit in the Blue Sky Skinny Dyed Cotton. They are fast projects, and the smaller sizes take about $30 of yarn!
Blue Sky Alpacas announces their new kids pattern collection for Spring 2013! Complemented with tender illustrations and tactile packaging, this collectible set of four easy patterns is ideally suited to the honest beauty of our eco-friendly organic Skinny Cotton and Worsted Cotton yarns. You are sure to treasure these items just as much as the memories made while wearing them.
Start your new year with soft skin!
Moisturizer that can be used from the top of your head to the tips of your toes! Help restore rough elbows, hands and cracked feet, control frizz and add shine to hair. Helps relieve skin dryness due to diabetes, chemotherapy, radiation or allergic skin reactions. Calms psoriasis and eczema too (our own customers have told us it REALLY works!). It also preserves tattoo colors (for all your knitting tattoos!), and when applied before gardening or other messy jobs, it makes washing your hands a breeze! Get your very own Lo-Lo for $14 and it will last you a long time! Natalie and Jan use it nightly on their hands and it seriously lasts about 6 months!
Lavish purse handles made from a variety of natural materials such as shell, leather, wood and raffia.
These are "must haves" to make your felted bag look fabulous!
Some of our unique yarn lines:
sager yarns- Founded in 1977, Isager combines the challenges and possibilities inherent in working with yarn and needles. Marianne Isager has many innovative patterns, and uses classic, high quality, natural yarns that come in a stunning range of colors. She recently published
Classic Knits. We are excited about her kids garment book, featuring 12 designs based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, that will be published this fall! Check it out at
Spud and Chloe yarns (a division of Blue Sky Alpaca): From the day we heard that Blue Sky Alpaca was coming out with a new line of washable, wearable wools, we knew we had to have it all! We literally put in an order for every color, every yarn and every pattern!. We hope you will be as excited as we are about this fun line with a retro vibe! Read all about this at www.spudandchloe.com.
Jamieson Yarns: Jamieson yarn, makers of Shetland yarns from pure Shetland wool since the small business was founded in 1890, didn't become the company we know today until 1980 when they started to mill the native wool of the Isles. Jamieson is very conscious of their Fair-Isle heritage, and offers beautiful and traditional patterns to support their array of colors. Customers have always asked if and when we plan to carry "true" fair-isle wool, and we hope to have forty (40) colors by our grand opening November 13th & 14th at our new store located at 1309 Broadway which is just several skeins across the parking lot. We are thrilled to offer even more for the serious knitter.
Imperial Stock Ranch Wool- This company produces handcrafted, all natural beef, lamb and woolen fashions with sustainable practices that date back to 1871! We fell in love with the story of this company and in their natural dye line; they even use coffee grounds from a nearby cafe! They let nothing go to waste, and even have note cards that have snippets of wool and straw incorporated in the paper. They have a wonderful 3-ply wool, a gorgeous wool- cotton blend, and a unique 2-ply pencil-roving that knits up into a soft cloud of a garment. Their patterns are innovative, simple and fun- we can't wait to start knitting with this yarn! Check this out at www.imperialyarn.com.
We keep collecting more colors of the very special Koigu KPPM yarn.
You will notice a lot of color in the shop. Hand dyes seem to be the theme, since they make knitting so entertaining. If you think it's too hot to knit in the summer, there's no excuse if you make socks (or any other small project). Small projects are great to keep in your bag for sitting outside while you're chatting. We have so much new sock yarn in the shop to keep you entertained, as well as other beautiful yarns for your small projects. You are never quite sure just how your garment will turn out with some of these yarns which makes your knitting an adventure. Be brave and pick that bright color that you normally don't wear!
Alchemy yarns are here after a long wait through our dreary winter. This batch of colors really signals the summer season! What makes this yarn so special? As soon as you see it, you will know. Alchemy uses time-honored art techniques to create colors that transcend the typical. Pick a bright, unique color to carry you through the fall! These yarns are so fabulous to your hands; you will notice right away that you have not worked with a fiber like this before! Try these for enjoyable, cool summer knitting: The Alchemy Bamboo drapes and shines like silk, but it is an extra long fiber, making it very durable. Bamboo is also a smart fiber, creating a pocket of air between your body and the fabric, thus keeping you at a comfortable temperature! This makes great tee shirts, and looks elegant using lace patterns. " Silk purse" is dripping with color, giving the fabric dimension as you move. It makes a great camisole, or can be combined with other yarns for a very unique effect. We are also stocking other unique Alchemy yarns, as well as patterns, to inspire your knitting! Various store samples are available for your viewing pleasure.
All of us at the shop love SOAK. In addition to the Soak minis in the original scents (Floral, Citrus, Aquae), we now have two limited edition scents as well as the new scentless/sensitive version of the already gentle Soak. We have scent bottles that asked to be smelled; however, the scent is so subtle you have to bury your face in the finished product to pick up any scent. Watch for the newest limited edition, Kismet, which will be available sometime later this year.
We have ball winders and swifts. We carry the Royal hand crank winder (large size), and both the small and large wooden swift. The large swift is the most versatile and easy to use. It clamps securely to a table, and you don't need to worry about how many yards you have to wind, this swift can handle up to 500 yards.
Some of our featured yarn brands include:Blue Sky Alpaca yarn is a bestseller at Knitting Off Broadway. We carry a wide variety of Blue Sky products. The Royal Alpaca lives up to its name. This limited edition yarn feels tight and strong like wool, but has the softness and sheen of alpaca. The Blue Sky Sport and Melange are wonderful for making just about anything. These yarns can also be doubled. The Melange is double-dyed to give the fiber depth. The Hand-Dyed Worsted is a shop favorite. Jan wears a pullover top which knitted up very quickly and blocked very easily. Since it's half merino and only the longer hair portions of alpaca (for the other half), there is virtually no shedding and very little pilling. This yarn is dyed in very small lots of twenty skeins, has a very subtle color variation, and makes a thick soft garment to keep you comfortable in these colder months. It also looks great for toasty hats and scarves. Check out the patterns we have to accompany this great yarn. We now have the Blue Sky Organic Cotton and Dyed Cotton, and have just received their Skinny Organic Cotton and Skinny Dyed Cotton. These are beautiful yarns which have a variety of uses. We also have many patterns that use this yarn, and the book, "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms" features this yarn as well as the cotton comfort yarn by Green Mountain Spinnery which we also carry. And, of course, what's not to love about the newest line: Spud & Chloe, machine washable yarns in 3 different weights in a variety of colors with cute and clever individual patterns?
Koigu yarn has arrived! Donna and Marlene are planning to make sweaters with this yarn. Marlene taught a "sold-out" Kiogu Ruffled Scarf class this spring, and Chris taught a Baby Kimono using either Kiogu or Claudia HandPaints yarn. Tracy crocheted two beautiful corkscrew Kiogu scarf models for a class she taught this summer.
Jade Sapphire Cashmere yarn is also in the shop. This stunning yarn comes from Mongolia and is hand-dyed. We'll be carrying it in a variety of weights; it'll be available in semi-solids, solids, and variegated colorways. Are you surprised that cashmere comes from goats? Cashmere, which grows softer with wear, has historically been referred to as "the fiber of kings" for its warmth, softness, long wear, and high price tag. It's also eight times warmer than sheep's wool and is derived from goats. Why not treat yourself (or your little prince or princess) to this luxury yarn!
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