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Blue Sky Alpacas Giveaway and Review!

My new sponsor Blue Sky Alpacas was most generous and went all out. They sponsored 3 toys in my effort to knit through the Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids book by Susan B Anderson! But since I had already made half of one (the wrap me up puppies) and one of the other ones (the Matryoshka dolls) was sponsored by Loops I am sharing the love with my readers. But First Thing’s First. The toys I knit with their yarn.

First, I knitted the puppy with the Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton. This cotton is 100% organic so it makes me feel better about using it. I know that the people that are working it are not having to work with poisons and I know that it is safe for my 9 month old to stick it in his mouth. It also works up so beautifully. Any sort of stitch definition you make with this yarn will show up in an amazing way. It is very soft as well. Amazing quality. My only down side to this yarn is that if you are not paying 100% attention to what you are doing it is very easy to split the yarn with your needle which, because of how fine and beautifully it works up, shows very well if you do.  But this yarn gets a 4 and a half star rating out of 5. Would recommend this yarn. Liked it enough to make a hat for M out of the left overs.

Next toy was the Mama Duck and Ducklings. This one is one of the bigger toys in the book but very fun to knit. I did get some help with this one. Hubby cut the dowels a drilled the first holes the size that the book recommended but they ended up being too small so my Dad, who is visiting from Iceland, drilled the right size and even put the wheels on for me. What great men I have in my life! I think so far this toy was the most satisfying to make because as soon as I was done my 2 and a half year old son, O, could not stop playing with it and saying  “Duck, duck, duck” because there are 3 ducks. Anyway, in the pattern it says that to make this toy you need 2 skeins lemonade and honeydew and 1 skein pumpkin but in reality 1 skein of each is enough. I had some lemonade left when I was done and I only needed maybe a fourth of a skein of pumpkin and honeydew. I think kids would even like this toy if it was just on wheels and wasn’t a pull toy. Just drive the ducks around like cars.
I have worked with the Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton before but never really done a proper review of it. I used it for the Matryoshka dolls. This is a worsted weight yarn that is amazing to touch. It is soo soft and again grown organically like the skinny cotton. It doesn’t split as easily and it gives your finished item sort of a dreamy look and feel to it. Sort of fluffy which the skinny does not have. My hands love this stuff and so do my needles. Very easy to work with and I’m still looking for what to do with the rest of my yarn. I’m starting to get a collection of left over balls of this yarn. I’m sure I will find a great project for it or maybe I will make another set of ducks as a gift for a lucky child. This yarn gets 4 and 3 quarters of a star out of 5 from me.
 

Valerie Teppo a Customer Service Representative at Blue Sky Alpacas was nice enough to answer some questions I had about the company.

Who is the visionary behind Blue Sky Alpacas and how did the company get its start?
(Got a PDF file filled with the answer to this one and I summed it up for a more reader friendly for the internet browser on the go)
Blue Sky Alpacas was started by Linda Niemeyer before there were many small specialized yarn companies. Her inspiration to start the business was a PBS show about Alpacas which lead her to buy her first pregnant alpaca and bread her own herd. To begin with, she was knitting sweaters for local butiques but realized quicky that it was very stressful even though business was going well. That is when she decided to stick to making fiber and patterns. This worked out well for Linda. When demand became to great for her little herd she started purchasing fiber from Peru and Bolivia.  The feel of the Blue Sky brand is luxurious and sophisticated, with a focus on exquisite fibers, colors and texture. 
Spud & Chloë joined the Blue Sky herd in June of 2009.  Spud & Chloë (tagline: sweet yarns for real life) is a brand of superwash yarns available in 3 weights: Sweater (worsted weight blend of superwash 55% wool/45% organic cotton), Outer (super bulky weight blend of superwash 65% wool/35% organic cotton), and Fine (fingering weight blend of superwash 80% wool/20% silk).  The brand is fun and fresh with a bit of retro, and that feel carries through to the blog Spud Says!, curated by Susan B. Anderson.   
Who is your fiber artist and how does s/he get her/his inspiration?
 
We don’t have a fiber artist here per se; we have a design team of 4-5 people that work on coming up with new lines, colors, and patterns.  Inspiration can come from anywhere: an old postcard, a piece of furniture, vintage fabrics, the fibers themselves! While we definitely want to be current and we are often inspired by fashion, good design – rather than following trends –  is what we strive for.  We believe that good design is timeless, and when the crafter invests time and money into working with our yarns and patterns, our goal is for that project to become an heirloom quality piece.   

Who are some of your favorite designers?
 Everyone here has their favorite designers – it’d be impossible to pick! In general we love designers that pay attention to details, that take classic pieces and put modern touches on them.

Is there anything new an exciting in the works at Blue Sky Alpaca and if so are you able to share it with us?
 

We’re always doing something new around here! I can’t give too much away, but I can definitely tell you that we have new colors in the Sport Weight, Skinny Cotton and everyone’s favorite Worsted Cotton coming out in January, along with several new pattern designs.  There will also be new colors and patterns in all three lines of Spud & Chloë, so keep your eyes peeled for them! 
Thank you Valerie for a great internet interview.
Now to what you guys have been looking forward to………..The Giveaway!
Up for grabs is the yarn to make the Matryoshka dolls which is a skein of the Dyed Cotton in Aloe and a skein of the Skinny cotton in natural then another lucky winner will win the yarn to make the tan puppy and his blanket which is a skein of skinny in pink and clay. 
Now you are getting Four chances to win if you follow the rules.
Here are the rules:
1. Go to the website and find what your favorite yarn and color is. Come back and leave a comment with contact info.
2. Become a follower or sign up for my feed via e-mail at the bottom of the page then come back and leave a comment with contact info
3. Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this site and then come back and leave your twitter id or become a follower on twitter.
4. Put up a blog post about this giveaway and come back with the link to it and contact info.
 
 Remember that you have to come back and comment for each entry but if you forgot to put contact info then your entry is invalid. If you forgot to add something please delete your first entry before you enter your correction.  I’m sorry, but you have to live in North America or know someone in North America that is willing to receive this and send it to you, to be eligible to win this prize.
Giveaway will be open til Sunday the 7th of November 2010 at midnight.  Winner will be announced on the following Monday.  
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122 thoughts on “Blue Sky Alpacas Giveaway and Review!

  1. I love the worsted cotton! I've already used it to knit up a baby sweater for my niece in a color similar to aloe, and it is a pure joy to knit with! My current favorite color is Jasper! Thanks for this giveaway!

    katbetty on Ravelry

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  2. I just retweeted the giveaway from @enidburns. I love the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn in garnet. But too many of the colors were beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  3. My favorite is the Worsted Cotton in the Periwinkle # 634. I have knit with this yarn before and it is quite lovely.

    would love a chance to win any kind of yarn from this maker.

    Thanks!

    I am Speattle on Ravelry.

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  4. Favorite yarn is the Alpaca Silk; as far as favorite color – that all depends upon my mood and what I'm thinking of knitting. At the moment it is Plum, with Chesnut or Guava close behind.

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  5. Favorite yarn is the Alpaca Silk; as far as favorite color – that all depends upon my mood and what I'm thinking of knitting. At the moment it is Plum, with Chesnut or Guava close behind.

    i am gossie on ravelry

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  6. I have so many favorites, but I'll tell you one of them. It's the Skinny Dyed cotton in the Cherry colorway

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

    ~ Eliana ~
    IknitCupcakes on Ravelry

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