When I pick up a ball of Blue Sky Alpacas‘ new Royal Petites I fall in love all over again. They took their full-size skeins of Royal, their exquisite color palette, and hand, gearing the smaller balls towards travel-ready projects. For only having 100 yards per ball, these lofty little pieces of yarn candy carry a lot of potential. Seven accessory patterns accompany this yarn line: think lofty lace mitts, delicate hats and sweet baby things. Based on vintage sewing patterns and using 1 to 2 balls of the Royal Petites, these gems knit up quickly even when using size 2 needles.

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Never heard of Royal Alpaca? Blue Sky’s Royal Alpaca is an exceptional, very rare quality, luxury alpaca fiber. As soft as a cloud, but with the characteristic drape of alpaca, it is an excellent choice for all things you want next to your skin. While wool is a very warm fiber, alpaca fibers are ‘hollow’ on the inside, trapping warmth in the inner core, making garments and accessories feel lighter and warmer. Alpaca fiber is graded and ‘Royal’ refers to the highest grade of the fiber available, rivaling cashmere for softness and silk for its smooth ‘hand’ and subtle sheen. When you pick up a ball of Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Petites, you’ll know what I mean!