Spud says (the blog)

April 23, 2014

Something for Everyone

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Have you received our new catalog yet? We’ve got some exciting new patterns and four new colors of Sweater to share with you this month: click here to request your copy; if you are already on our mailing list, it should be arriving in your mailbox any day now!

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We’ve added four new hues to our Sweater color palette (clockwise from top left): #7529 Red Velvet, #7530 Rainstorm, #7532 Pine Needle and #7531 Bloomsberry. Each one is perfect for stripes, colorwork, or knitting all on its own!

It’s never too early to start planning your fall knitting projects, and we are pleased to debut seven wearable new designs for the whole family! For more information about each individual pattern below, click the links to view patterns on our website.

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The Chill Chaser Cardigan by Sylvia Häger is perfect for layering, this figure-flattering cardi offers plenty of ways to have some fun with color. Two versions are available, color blocked and striped; choose from girls’ and womens’ sizes. Knit in easy-care Spud & Chloë Sweater.

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The Snowflake Pullover by Kirsten Kapur is a light & lovely pullover knit with our superwash Sweater yarn. While it may look complex, the lace motif is easy to memorize and will stitch up in a flash!

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The One Fine Day Top by Bobbi IntVeld is an adorable jumper-style top to knit for your little one. Whether you choose bold bands of color or subtle stripes, it’s sure to be an every day favorite when knit in Spud & Chloë Fine.

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The Crabby Cap by Wendy Bernard is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face! This colorful cap is available in your choice of two versions: a simple colorwork slouch in our worsted-weight Sweater or a slightly more challenging beanie style worked in our sock-weight Fine.

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The Lightning Wrap by Kyoko Nakayoshi is cleverly crafted using a bit of short row shaping. Knit in Spud & Chloë Fine, it’s the perfect layering piece year-round.

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The Colonel Henley by Elizabeth Green Musselman is a modern twist on the classic Henley; knit from the top down, this updated version features short row shaping and deep ribs at the sleeve and placket. Knit in easy-care Spud & Chloë Sweater, it’s sure to be an instant favorite!

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The Wing Tip Cowl by Katie Mayer was inspired by the wing-to-wing flight patterns of migratory birds. Each cowl knits up in a jiffy with super-bulky weight Spud & Chloë Outer!

 

Which project is at the top of your queue?

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!