Blue Sky Alpacas at Loop!
Read on to find out how you can win some gorgeous BSA Metalico! (This contest has now closed, but keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future! Congrats to Lee, our winner!)
The beautifully luxurious yarns from Blue Sky Alpacas have long graced the shelves of Loop and we’re still in love! They are our absolute go-to yarn for gorgeous alpaca softness and to-die-for colours. We were lucky enough to get a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at BSA – with the wildlife of rural Minnesota in the US included – and are excited to share their stunning yarns and patterns with you today! We are also so pleased we get to give away enough of their luminous Metalico to knit a wrap! Read on for more details.
Metalico is our new favourite BSA yarn and it’s absolutely glorious. It’s naturally occurring shades of baby alpaca blended with lustrous mulberry silk. We think it speaks for itself, no?
Metalico is gorgeous in wraps, shawls, fingerless gloves and even special sweaters.
We asked the lovely Jillian at BSA how she thinks this gorgeous yarn can be used to its best potential:
Metalico has beautiful drape and swing, which is why many of our Metalico patterns are wrap, poncho, and shawl designs, though it also works well for sweaters. The metallic sheen after which it was named is so beautiful that knit items made from Metalico seem like fine jewelry one should only don for special occasions, but it is a yarn that was made to be used and loved. It is fashionable, functional, and meant to be enjoyed and appreciated every day!
There are, of course, other lovely BSA yarns at Loop!
Above is the cosy and beautifully heathered Melange. We love it for toasty handwarmers (which still come in handy in the British ‘spring’!), scarves, hats, baby cardies and so much more! The colours are gorgeous on their own, but the whole palette looks stunning striped together too.
We asked Jillian what she thinks makes alpaca yarns so special:
Alpaca fiber blends well with other fibers and has unique thermal properties that allow it to be warm while still being light-weight due to the hollowness of the alpaca follicle. It is also durable, allowing handknit items to become family heirlooms that are passed from generation to generation.
If perhaps you’re one of those knitters who likes to knit ahead for the winter, or if you just fancy some quick knitting with deliciously chunky yarn, BSA Bulky (above) is fabulous! We know from experience that new knitters and old hands alike love to knit simple 1 or 2 skein cowls that are fast and super-warm.
If you are lucky enough to be experiencing warmer weather, or at least dreaming about it, the BSA’s Organic Cotton (no alpaca in this one!) is just lovely. It’s a wonderfully soft cotton in a naturally occurring white with no bleach or dye involved. It’s absolutely heavenly. Perfect for a summer baby blanket!
We love the ethos behind these wearable, yet luxurious and timeless yarns. Jillian told us that they hope their yarns also “reflect the creative energy and collaborative spirit of the people who work here,” and we think they do! BSA’s location in rural Minnesota might also have something to do with the inspiration behind their yarns; Jillian tells us ‘It is not uncommon to have all sorts of wildlife in our “backyard,” including deer, birds, raccoons’!
We have loved getting to know Blue Sky Alpacas a little better this week. And they’re going to talk a bit about us over on their blog too! To celebrate our friendly blogging day, we are hosting a simultaneous giveaway, in which one winner chosen on each blog will receive one of the new 1920s-inspired Metalico wrap patterns of their choice (Daisy, Frances, or Zelda) and enough Metalico in their color choice to complete the project. To enter, leave a comment by Tuesday the 21st telling us why you love Metalico and we’ll announce the winner next week! This contest has now closed.