The Christmas Season brought with it a snowstorm of projects to be finished, packages to be wrapped, and priorities to be re-evaluated (sigh).We hope you’ve been able to share time with family and friends and even find some restorative moments for yourself. 2016 (the Chinese year of the monkey) will usher in some fun and exciting projects here at Alpaca Direct. To kick off the New Year, the Critter Challenge is sure to delight knitters and crocheters of all skill levels! Do you have a fur child, a feathered baby, or a favorite mascot? How about a dream pony or animal guide? Pick up needles or hook and capture your love in any kind of critter at all. Use any pattern or let your imagination carry you along. Enter more than once - it’s free and you can win prizes! When you’ve completed your critter(s), snap a photo and send it to us. We’ll post it on our Facebook Critter Challenge Event Page and the voting will begin! Entries will close March 25th and voting will continue until 3/31/16. Each visitor to the site may vote once per day. People’s Choice (the entry receiving the most votes) will receive a $50 gift certificate from Alpaca Direct. Each entry will also be entered in a random drawing for another fabulous $50 gift certificate. So get started on that parlor cat, bunny rabbit, or dragon. We can’t wait to see what you create!
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.