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Begin to Crochet Class #1

We are pleased to offer a new begin to crochet class! If you have never crocheted, or need to brush up rusty skills from your past, this it the class for you! You will learn the foundation stitches of crochet, how to identify and count your stitches, how to read a pattern and more! These new skills will prepare you to crochet a beautiful cowl.

Crocheted Cowl you will make during the Begin to Crochet Class!
Crocheted Cowl you will make during the Begin to Crochet Class!

Alpaca Direct will provide all the materials for the class. You will receive instructional materials, a crochet hook, yarn to practice with, as well as yarn, buttons, and the pattern to make a cowl. There are two, two-hour sessions, one week apart. This allows you time to practice the skills from class one and then come to class two with any questions you have. Class two will also offer a few new skills and our goal is that you will leave with your project complete.

Join us and learn a fun, versatile skill you will enjoy for years to come.

Groupon II: Begin 2 Crochet

This is the second class in a two part series.

If you have never crocheted, or need to brush up rusty skills from your past, this it the class for you! You will learn the foundation stitches of crochet, how to identify and count your stitches, how to read a pattern and more! These new skills will prepare you to crochet a beautiful cowl.

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Alpaca Direct will provide all the materials for the class. You will receive instructional materials, a crochet hook, yarn to practice with, as well as yarn, and the pattern to make a cowl. There are two, two-hour sessions, one week apart. This allows you time to practice the skills from class one and then come to class two with any questions you have. Class two will also offer a few new skills and our goal is that you will leave with your project complete.
Join us and learn a fun, versatile skill you will enjoy for years to come.

Groupon I: Begin 2 Crochet

If you have never crocheted, or need to brush up rusty skills from your past, this it the class for you! You will learn the foundation stitches of crochet, how to identify and count your stitches, how to read a pattern and more! These new skills will prepare you to crochet a beautiful cowl.

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Alpaca Direct will provide all the materials for the class. You will receive instructional materials, a crochet hook, yarn to practice with, as well as yarn, and the pattern to make a cowl. There are two, two-hour sessions, one week apart. This allows you time to practice the skills from class one and then come to class two with any questions you have. Class two will also offer a few new skills and our goal is that you will leave with your project complete.
Join us and learn a fun, versatile skill you will enjoy for years to come.

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!

 

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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!

 

Begin to Crochet Class #2

We are pleased to offer a new begin to crochet class! If you have never crocheted, or need to brush up rusty skills from your past, this it the class for you! You will learn the foundation stitches of crochet, how to identify and count your stitches, how to read a pattern and more! These new skills will prepare you to crochet a beautiful cowl.

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Alpaca Direct will provide all the materials for the class. You will receive instructional materials, a crochet hook, yarn to practice with, as well as yarn, and the pattern to make a cowl. There are two, two-hour sessions, one week apart. This allows you time to practice the skills from class one and then come to class two with any questions you have. Class two will also offer a few new skills and our goal is that you will leave with your project complete.
Join us and learn a fun, versatile skill you will enjoy for years to come.

Begin to Crochet Class #1

If you have never crocheted, or need to brush up rusty skills from your past, this it the class for you! You will learn the foundation stitches of crochet, how to identify and count your stitches, how to read a pattern and more! These new skills will prepare you to crochet a beautiful cowl.

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Alpaca Direct will provide all the materials for the class. You will receive instructional materials, a crochet hook, yarn to practice with, as well as yarn, and the pattern to make a cowl. There are two, two-hour sessions, one week apart. This allows you time to practice the skills from class one and then come to class two with any questions you have. Class two will also offer a few new skills and our goal is that you will leave with your project complete.
Join us and learn a fun, versatile skill you will enjoy for years to come.

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!