Monday, March 22, 2010

You know you would if you could...

Tasha. Covered in Paca-Peds.  'Nuff said.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wearing O' the Green

To spread a little St. Patrick's Day cheer we thought we would dazzle you with a display of our favorite green yumminess.  Enjoy!

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All of these & lots more available on our website or at a retailer near you.
  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Knit & Crochet 'n Style

How exciting to open up the April 2010 issue of Knit 'n Style magazine and see not one but TWO patterns featuring Classic Alpaca. Our friend Melissa Leapman has outdone herself with the 'Everyday Cardigan' pattern, a cute and springy pattern featuring a bit of openwork in the skirt. I love the crochet version, personally. It's always nice to see designers incorporating both styles into similar designs. Let us know if you cast on -- we would love to see your version!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Knitting Daily TV

I have DirecTV and generally, I adore all things about it, most specifically my DVR. One of the only sad things is that I can't watch Knitting Daily TV. So when the fine folks over at KDTV offered up the opportunity to download ALL of the patterns they have featured I squealed a little, opened up a fresh pack of paper for the laser printer and I was off to the races.

When I got to Season 3 I saw a familiar name. Lo and behold, our very own superstar, Beth and her fantastic Felted Mitt pattern was hot off the presses of my printer! A little digging and I was able to find this photo from Episode 304, All About Alpaca!

If you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to check out Beth's Felted Alpaca Mitts made from our Classic Alpaca and all the other free patterns available at the Knitting Daily TV site.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

FREE: Downloads of our newest patterns

We are thrilled to announce for a very limited time you can get FREE downloads of some of our newest patterns!

As a way to introduce you to our new downloadable .pdfs for patterns, for the next few weeks we will be offering a select few patterns absolutely free! As our pattern catalog continues to expand we will be making new patterns available either in the traditional paper format we have always offered or via instant gratification method. Try it out today!

Here are a few samples to whet your appetite:

Bobble Beret

Patterns are free through March 31, 2010. You can also find lots more patterns on our Ravelry page or on our website. Enjoy!Link

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CONTEST: Where do you do what you do?

Beth & Tasha & I were discussing our favorite places to knit & crochet. For me it is in the car. I really don't like driving at all, actually, I find the whole car thing a colossal waste of time. If it were up to me we would all have transporters and I could just whisk from place to place. But, since I can't do that, I use my car time to get seriously busy with the needles or hook. My favorite car project is socks. I mean really, they are completely portable, easy to pick up & put down & I usually have at least one (or two) on the needles at any given moment.

Tasha's current obsession is shawls. Have you seen that girl's ravelry page lately? I convinced her to join the 10 shawls in 2010 group and she has been putting me to shame with her productivity. Tasha is one of those lucky crafters who has a studio & that is her favorite place to sit & knit. That is of course if she isn't weaving, which is her newest hobby. She might be just a little bit dangerous!

Beth is a bona fide sweater knitter. She gets all giddy with the idea of a good set in sleeve or a colorful bit of fair isle. You can find her most evenings curled up on the sofa, near the fireplace with the knitting basket next to her and the needles clicking away.

Three different crafters, three different favorite projects and three different ideal spots to do the knitting. That got us thinking, what are your favorite places to knit or crochet and what do you like create? Hit up the comments below and tell us what you like to craft and where you like to do it. We will read all the submissions and one lucky entrant will get a fantastic kit of Alpaca Yarn Company pattern and coordinating yarn custom created for them based on their preferences.

Hurry, contest ends March 31st!