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April 16, 2014

See you at Craft Saturday!

Did you know that April is Humor Month? Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe will be sharing the love of crafting (and laughing!) on Saturday, April 19th!

As always, BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): knitting, embroidery, sewing, quilting, beading or anything else that fuels your creativity and brings you joy. Join us and learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.

As April is Humor Month, we will guarantee a good laugh, a fun snack (popcorn) and a drawing for a fantastic prize!

Bring your own beverage, and do feel free to bring a snack to share if you like (optional, of course). Last but not least, don’t forget to bring a sense of humor!BYOP_collage_web.jpg

Who: Anyone with a passion for crafting (young crafters welcome)

What: Craft Saturday B.Y.O.P

Where: Bunker Hill Regional Park, Cedar Activity Room, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW Andover MN 55304 (Park Pass not required)

When: 3rd Saturday of each month – April 19th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at our community event. (Feel free to arrive late or leave early)

Why: It’s fun!

Click here to RVSP on Ravelry (optional).


April 10, 2014

Hip Hop Hooray!

It’s that time of year… bunny love time! Hooray!

Rabbit by Susan B. Anderson.

This perfectly adorable stuffed bunny is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater. For extra fun, try stuffing Rabbit with a tennis ball so that  he really hops, too!

Here’s another fun project that has a surprise: at first glance, you might think that this is just an ordinary bunny knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny by Susan B. Anderson.

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny by Susan B. Anderson.

However,  he turns into a duck to the delight of all! More than meets the eye, this project is a good introduction to the world of knitted topsy-turvy toys.

Bunny Hat & Blankie by Susan B. Anderson

The Bunny Hat & Blankie is a quick crochet project in Spud & Chloë Outer. With fun new brights and sweet and airy pastels, this is a great project to personalize for new little people in your life.

Now it’s time to “hop” to it! The holiday will be “hare” before you know it!

March 28, 2014

It’s all in the Details

Photo © Interweave knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.

Looking for something lovely to put on your needles right now? The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of knit.wear has just the thing. The Zigzag Mesh Pullover gets the perfect bit of polish from a split hemline, keyhole button cuffs, and a sophisticated textural stitch pattern. Stitched in lightweight Spud & Chloë Fine, it’s perfect for pairing with everything from tailored trousers to long, flowy, skirts to your favorite pair of jeans. Which fabulous color of Fine will you cast on?

The Details

Pattern: Zigzag Mesh Pullover
Designer: Carolyn Noyes
Size: 34¾ (37¼, 42¾, 45¼, 50¾, 53¼)” bust circumference
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 24–40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm): 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Dragonfly #7816
Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014

March 18, 2014

Doodle Winners

The original Spud & Chloë Pencil Bag.

Last week we shared the creative ways our staff has customized their Spud & Chloë Pencil Bags–then we asked you to comment for a chance to win a Pencil Bag of your very own. Our five lucky Doodle winners are:

Kathy, “This reminds me of all the drawings and markings on my school notebooks – such fun that was.”

Cynthia, “I would love to be able to doodle on my own pencil case! I’m thinking balls of colorful yarn to surround the donor sheep!”

Jill, “Hooray for pencil bags… I could see a background of balls of yarn on mine!”

Whitney, “Too cute!!!”

Kaye, “Ohhh, that little pencil case is way too cute! I also love how everyone decorated theirs. I would probably decorate mine with hexagons in a variety of colours!”

The Whole Spud & Chloë Gang cannot wait to see how you choose to adorn your canvas Pencil Bag.

And don’t forget to get your pencil bag ready… we’ll have more doodling fun down the road!

March 13, 2014

Doodle Love Team Project!

The Whole Spud & Chloë Gang had a lot of fun doodling our very own Pencil Bags.

And knitters and crocheters need a notions bag. Something with a sturdy zipper and just enough room to hold all the little things we accumulate: stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needles, and other bits and bobs.

And of course, we want it to be fun and functional.

The Spud & Chloë Pencil Bag fills all the requirements mentioned above and is cute as can be with our gal Chloë and her best pal Spud adorning the front.

The original Spud & Chloë Pencil Bag.

It’s also the perfect canvas (literally) for a little colorful creativity…

We all added our own unique flair!

Pencil Bags crafted by the Whole Spud & Chloë Gang!

It all started when Sarah, our jill-of-all-trades, used markers to brighten up her bag with this cool plaid pattern…

That inspired Linda, our head honcho, to go a little wild with watercolor…

Nate, our picture dude opted for abstract and I, your social media maven, went the realistic route with a farmyard scene… 

Trent and Jason, our fearless shippers, went with a Minnesotan sports theme incorporating snowmobiles, hunting, and hiking…

‘Ria, resident customer service gal, stenciled on a background of bubbles…

We had so much fun making these pencil bags unique for each of us. How would you dress up your bag? Pull out the Sharpies, paint, embroidery thread, or whatever other creative tools you can think of to do your own decorating.

To nab your own Pencil Bag, visit your LYS. Or head over to Fabulous Yarn, they have them in stock!

Now here’s the really exciting part! Leave a comment on this post (one per person please) and five lucky winners will receive a Pencil Bag of their very own to doodle on.

Stay tuned and have your Pencil Bags ready… we’ll be having a doodling contest with you down the road.