Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.
Every time we get in a batch of this beautiful yarn I can’t resist taking all the colours off the shelf and imagining I am about to embark on a baby blanket project. So soft and lofty – this yarn makes a very huggable blankie.
I plain, striped, garter stitch blanket would be such a joy in this yarn and easy to knit even for a new knitter. It is also the yarn featured in the Knit Cafe’s “Your First Baby Blanket“ pattern. This is a wonderfully simple project with a seed stitch border and a basket weave middle, all knit and purl with no fancy tricks.
Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.
Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.
If you like any of these ideas you can make your own. They are all beginner friendly projects and if you need a little help we have classes! Oh yes we do!
Baby Blanket Workshop
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
Here is another wonderful cotton yarn from Blue Sky Alpaca. It’s called Skinny! Skinny is it’s name, but hey we’ve probably all seen skinnier. This yarn weighs in as a Double Knit so grab your 3.5 or 4mm needles and dig in.
Unlike her fatter cousin; the beautifully bodacious Blue Sky Worsted Cotton that I showcased here a few days ago, this cotton is less fluffy, more trim, with a sturdy core. It makes for knits that have more body, but are still cotton comfortable.
Check out this colour selection ↑
To get an idea of how Skinny Cotton knits-up. come into The Knit Café and feel it up in the flesh! We have a terrific sample. It’s called Tee.
Tee – as the name suggests is a T-shirt. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years. This simple cotton shirt get’s seriously fun with polka dots. Yeah!
If you have never done colour-knitting before, please don’t let this stop you from making this adorable project. The polka dots are added on after the knitting with a very easy technique called “duplicate stitch”. You can see how easy it is in our duplicate stitch tutorial HERE.
You can find the Tee pattern HERE
or purchase the Tee Knit Kit HERE.
We just introduced the Tee Kit in our web shop today.
The Knit Kit comes with the Tee pattern, Blue Sky Skinny Organic Cotton and a selection of mini skeins to make the polka dots.
Roncesvalles Avenue is lousy with ice cream shops. In a good way! When I leave the Knit Cafe at the end of the day I pass happy strollers licking their cones, loiterers on sidewalk benches with sticky faces, those in queue outside the parlors with eyes big as moons as they contemplate the flavors. It is a Willy Wonka dream!
So perhaps I can be forgiven for being a little ice cream obsessed.
Having said this though, I think the comparison between ice cream and our latest shipment of cotton yarn is obvious. Just look at these colours! If they don’t look like delicious scoops of confection I don’t know what does.
Choose your favourite flavor! LEMONADE or strawberry coloured SHELL.
How about a scoop of THISTLE or a bit of PUMPKIN!
Don’t forget the WASABI!
In total we have 21 flavors of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton! This soft and lofty yarn is a puffy worsted weight that makes nice snuggly knits. We’re showing off some of our other favourite colours on our pegboard of fame! ALOE, FLAMINGO, LEMONGRASS, TRUE RED, and MEDITERRANEAN