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Shop Happenings: North Idaho Fair Winners and Socktober

Summer is officially over, and we’re a week into Autumn.  It’s been a busy summer here, with no signs of slowing down on the horizon.

The North Idaho Fair

was the last week of August, and we had quite a few of our knitters enter projects.

It’s always fun to go look at all the beautiful knitted, crocheted, and handspun projects in the fiber division.  There are usually a couple spinners from the local spinning guild, the Log Cabin Spinners, demonstrating on their wheels and spindles as well.  We love supporting the fair and spreading the love of fiber arts far and wide.

This year we had quite a few winners.  Here are some of the winning entries.

Becky with her Sliding Leaves socks that won first place in the sock category.
Becky with her Sliding Leaves socks that won first place in the sock category.
Becky also received the Grand Champion prize for this beautiful piece of knitted lace.
Becky also received the Grand Champion prize for this beautiful piece of knitted lace.
Susan Melka's beautiful sweater using handspun yarn.
Susan Melka’s beautiful sweater using handspun yarn.
Another of Susan's creations.
Another of Susan’s creations.
Scarves
Look at all the scarves!
Our very own Kelley Hobart won First Place in the scarf category with this entry.
Our very own Kelley Hobart won First Place in the scarf category with this entry.
Kjirstine won Superintendent's Choice with her scarf made from her own handspun alpaca.
Kjirstine won Superintendent’s Choice with her scarf made from her own handspun alpaca.
Four of our knitters:  Debbie Drake, Cris Anderson, Becky Acree, and Sandy McCause.
Four of our knitters: Debbie Drake, Cris Anderson, Becky Acree, and Sandy McCause.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Next month is

Socktober!

 

Socktober

Knit a pair of socks or leg warmers and send us a picture!  You can submit it on our Facebook page or just tag your photos on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) with #ADSocktober!

All entries will be voted on via social media and the winner will get a $25 gift card!

So get knitting!  Entries are due by November 7, 2015.  We’re looking forward to seeing all the wonderful socks and leg warmers!

 

Welcome Alpaca Yarn Company!

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In our ongoing efforts to bring you high quality yarn from independent companies and dyers, we’d like to announce the addition of

Alpaca Yarn Company!

Alpaca Yarn Company is owned and operated by Beth Lutz.  She is a lifelong knitter with an eye for high quality yarns.  She owned an LYS before taking over the Alpaca Yarn Company.  As an alpaca owner, alpacas are her favorite fiber producing animal (a sentiment we at Alpaca Direct can totally get behind).

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Alpaca is lustrous and soft – rivaling cashmere in softness, but beating it out of the water on price.  It is also strong and one of the best fibers for temperature regulation.

Here in the shop we have two offerings from Alpaca Yarn CompanyClassic Alpaca Tweed and Halo Watercolors.

Classic Alpaca Tweed Woad

Classic Alpaca Tweed – This yarn is a luscious 85/15 alpaca/nylon blend.  It is a light worsted yarn with 110 yards per 50 gram hank.  It features natural colored flecks, giving it the distinctive donegal tweed look.  It is great for everything from sweaters to accessories.  Though, given alpaca’s tendency to grow, we recommend seamed sweaters over seamless ones.  (For more on that subject, check out our post about the two sweater construction options.)

Halo Watercolors Abstract

Halo Watercolors – This yarn comes in beautiful handpainted colorways.  It is a 78/22 blend of brushed Suri alpaca and nylon.  The brushed Suri alpaca is what gives this yarn its mohair-like halo, without the itch of mohair.  It is a laceweight yarn that comes in 50 gram hanks of 257 yards.  This yarn makes beautiful scarves, shawls, and cowls.

Come in to check out the new yarns in person, or throw a hand or two in your cart on the website and give these lovely yarns a try!

Independent’s Celebration – Palouse Yarn Company

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It’s time for our last featured company for our Independent’s Celebration.

This week’s featured company is Palouse Yarn Company!

Palouse Yarn Company is a fairly recent addition at Alpaca Direct.  These yarns are squishably soft and come in rich jewel tone colors.  My personal color palette is made up largely of jewel tones and dark, rich colors.  The rich tonal colors fit perfectly in my stash.

One of the other things I love about Palouse Yarn Company is that they’re quite local.  The other features we’ve done this month are small companies based in Canada and Uruguay.  Palouse Yarns is based in Moscow, Idaho and headquartered at The Yarn Underground there.  I enjoy being able to support local companies, and I always feel a sense of connection to them even if I’ve never met the owners in person.

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Palouse Yarn Company is owned and run by Shelley Stone.  She’s been a knitter practically her whole life (she says she was taught to knit as a child to keep her occupied during the long winters in Maine so she wouldn’t drive everyone crazy).  More recently she took up dyeing as a side project that has now expanded to become Palouse Yarn Company, producing the wonderful yarns we get to play with and enjoy today.

All Palouse Yarns are hand dyed in small batches in Shelley’s backyard studio.  She loves getting to recreate the colors that inspire her with her own fibery pursuits.

At Alpaca Direct we carry Palouse Yarn Company’s Merino Fine, Merino Lace, and Cashmere Squeeze.

Merino Fine Sour Cherries

Merino Fine is a fingering weight single ply yarn.  It is made from 100% Superwash Merino wool.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 475 yards.  This yarn makes beautiful lightweight accessories and baby items.  It will beautifully display both open, lacey patterns and cables.

Merino Lace Night Sky

Merino Lace is a lace weight single ply yarn made from 100% Superwash Merino wool.  It is an even finer version of Merino Fine.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 825 yards.  It is perfect for creating heirloom lace pieces as well as everyday scarves, shawls, and stoles.

Cashmere Squeeze Wheatgrass

Cashmere Squeeze is a sport weight yarn made of 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk.  It comes in four ounce hanks of 400 yards.  This lovely soft yarn makes beautiful lightweight garments and accessories.  The softness combined with its superwash content make it a good choice for heirloom quality baby items that can also be used.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts featuring our independent dyers for our Independent’s Celebration.  We’ll be featuring more of our independents throughout the year.  We know how much love and care the creators of these yarns put into their work.  We love to support them and hope you do, too!

Independent’s Celebration – Malabrigo

It’s time for the next featured company for our Independent’s Celebration!

This week’s featured company is Malabrigo!

I first discovered Malabrigo several years ago, before Alpaca Direct opened here.  I was still pretty new to quality wools and luxury yarns at the time, having spent most of my knitting life getting cheap acrylic from big box stores.  By this time there was one local yarn store (LYS) in the area, and a new one was opening.  My mom (who is also a knitter) and I went to check it out.  Now, as I’m sure you know, when visiting an LYS you must go around and pet all the yarns that strike your fancy.

We came upon a stack of what would turn out to be Malabrigo Lace.  I instantly fell in love.  I think it was the softest yarn I had ever touched up to then, and it’s still in the top five.  The softness combined with the rich colors keep it in my list of favorite yarns.

My mom bought a hank and knitted me an Estonian lace scarf with it for Christmas.  I still wear that scarf all these years later.

Hats made from Malabrigo Twist and Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

Malabrigo is a family owned company based in Uruguay.  They started in a kitchen in 2005 with small batches of hand dyed yarns.  They slowly grew and now distribute their yarns worldwide.  They have added new yarn lines to their original Malabrigo Merino Worsted and Malabrigo Lace over the years, and long ago outgrew their first kitchen workshop.

They have maintained their commitment to producing one of a kind colorways and high quality hand dyed yarns.  Their commitment extends to using local (to them) wool producers, and all of their yarns are made with wool from Uruguayan farms who allow their sheep to range freely and care for them in humane ways.  For their yarns that use other fibers, they source their silk and alpaca from farms that show the same commitment to their animals and the environment as the Uruguayan sheep farms.

Their environmental commitment extends beyond their yarn sources to their manufacturing.  Their superwash process now meets Oeko-Tex standards, which means the yarns are free from harmful agents like formaldehyde, heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals.  Since I often recommend Malabrigo yarns for baby things, knowing this makes them an even better choice in my opinion.  They also use solar energy to heat the water used in their dyeing process.

 

At Alpaca Direct we carry Malabrigo Rios, Arroyo, Chunky, Finito, Lace, Worsted, Rasta, Silkpaca, Silky Merino, Sock, and Twist.

Malabrigo Rios Purpuras

Malabrigo Rios is a worsted weight superwash yarn.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 210 yards.  It is a 4-ply yarn, making it great for sweaters, hats, scarves, and baby things.

Malabrigo Arroyo Indiecita

Malabrigo Arroyo is a sport weight superwash yarn.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 335 yards.  Like Rios, it is a 4-ply yarn, so it is great for lighter weight garments and accessories.

Malabrigo Chunky Ravelry Red

Malabrigo Chunky is a bulky weight yarn.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 104 yards.  The bulky weight makes it great for quick knits and warm, thick sweaters, scarves, and hats.

Malabrigo Finito Arco Iris

Malabrigo Finito is a fingering weight yarn.  It comes in 50 gram hanks of 200 yards, with five hanks per dye lot.  It is a plied yarn suitable for fine gauge garments and accessories.

Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino Whales Road

Malabrigo Lace is a lace weight yarn made from super soft baby Merino.  It comes in 50 gram hanks of 470 yards.  It is a single ply and makes beautiful lace scarves, stoles, and shawls.

Malabrigo Merino Worsted Polvoriento

Malabrigo Merino Worsted is a worsted weight yarn of super soft Merino.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 205 yards.  It is a single, and is great for accessories that don’t see hard wear.

Malabrigo Rasta Baya Electrica

Malabrigo Rasta is a super bulky yarn.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 90 yards.  It is a soft, slightly felted single ply, making it great for quick knits and accessories.

Malabrigo Silkpaca Archangel

Malabrigo Silkpaca is a lace weight yarn spun from a 70/30 alpaca/silk blend.  It comes in 50 gram hanks of 420 yards.  It makes beautiful lace shawls, scarves, and stoles.

Malabrigo Silky Merino Mares

Malabrigo Silky Merino is a DK weight yarn spun from a 50/50 silk/baby Merino blend.  It is a single ply that comes in 50 gram hanks of 150 yards.  It is great for lightweight but warm accessories.

Malabrigo Sock Ivy

Malabrigo Sock is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% superwash Merino.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 440 yards.  It is great for socks as well as other lightweight garments, accessories, and baby things.

Malabrigo Twist Stonechat

Malabrigo Twist is an Aran weight yarn made from 100% Merino wool.  It comes in 100 gram hanks of 150 yards.  It is a plied yarn, making it great for sweaters, hats, and other accessories.

All Malabrigo yarns (except Silkpaca) feature the same super soft Merino wool for which Malabrigo is known.  All yarns come in the full spectrum of colorways offered by Malabrigo.  They are hand dyed in small batches of rich jewel tones and one of a kind colorways.

Malabrigo Nube Lavanda

In addition to the lines of Malabrigo yarns, we also carry Malabrigo Nube, Malabrigo’s line of spinning fiber.  Using the same super soft Merino as the yarns, these braids are hand dyed in the same colorways, too.  Hand spinners will enjoy the rich colors as well as the soft Merino wool while creating their own unique yarns.

All Malabrigo yarns are on sale July 24 – July 30.

 

Check back next week to see our next featured independent – Palouse Yarn Company!

 

AD Sockalong Giveaway!

We’re nearing the end of the Sockalong, and we think it’s about time to host a giveaway here on the Alpaca Direct blog! This giveaway is open for everyone, whether or not you’re participating in the Sockalong.

You can still join the Sockalong in the Alpaca Direct Ravelry Group.

You can also catch up with all our previous blog posts:

July 23: Sock Knit-A-Long
July 30: Ready to Start Our First Knit-A-Long!
July 31: Working the Toe
August 6: Sock Progress Report
August 14: Adding Patterns to Your Socks

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Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win Sock Blockers! These are used for blocking your socks after you’ve finished knitting them to help even out the stitches, shape the socks, and make sure they are nice and clean before their first wearing.

To enter leave a comment on this post telling us about your sock knitting experiences. Haven’t knit socks yet? Tell us what’s holding you back! Want to know more about knitting socks, and have a question for us? Is there a sock related topic you think we should do a tutorial on?

We’ll choose one lucky winner on Sunday, August 31. Good luck!

Note: You must be a US resident to enter.

Be an Alpaca Direct “Ambassador” at Stitches West!

We love Stitches Marketplace as much as everyone.   With our store and warehouse now in North Idaho the journey is over 900 miles.  So… this year we wanted everyone to know our hearts and minds are with you even though we won’t have a booth at the show.   Instead we have Alpaca Direct ‘Ambassadors’  enjoying the show this weekend and spreading the word about us.   These ambassadors are wearing one of our new “I Luv Alpaca Direct’ t-shirts and also earn a $20 gift card just for sharing their Luv with the crowd at Stitches!
If you would like to be an ambassador we have a few shirts remaining so just email us
and we’ll tell you the secret location (booth) to pick up your shirt at  the show.   As part of the contest we’re running, other folks attending Stitches can enter a ‘Selfie Photo Contest’ where they take a picture of themselves with one of the ambassadors (That’s you!) wearing a shirt and post a comment.  There will be a $100 gift card to the person with the most votes!

Hey folks…that can pay for a nice stash of new yarn!!!

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I love Alpaca Direct T-shirt

 

Here’s Jody our first Ambassador who will be hitting the show floor on Friday morning.  Look how great she looks in this nice T-Shirt!

 

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Jody – an Alpaca Direct Ambassador!

Pin To Win Yarn Contest on Pinterest!

Join our PIN TO WIN CONTEST

Share your favorite yarn with us and be eligible to win a
$25 gift card to www.AlpacaDirect.com
to buy some yarn for your stash! !

How to enter:

Follow Alpaca Direct at www.pinterest.com/AlpacaDirect.

Pin your favorite yarn from www.AlpacaDirect.com to any of your boards and write #winyarnalpacadirect in the comments and type @Alpaca Direct to tag us!

We will repin it to our PIN TO WIN contest board and it will be eligible to win a $25 gift card.

Then visit our PIN TO WIN board and vote for your favorites.  The entry with the most repins and likes will win.  Watch for a tag from us announce the winning pin!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlpacaDirect where we’ll announce the winner and keep you connected with future promotions.

Entries will be accepted until 3/31/2013  but repins and likes will be counted until 4/07/2013.

 

Come see us this week at Stitches West in Booth 815 & 817. We have a double booth again filled with tons of luxury Alpaca and Merino yarns plus we’re giving away eco-friendly knitting bags with orders over $35! Sept 25th – 28th – Santa Clara Convention Center!

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