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Archive for July 2009

July 30, 2009

We’ve Got a Winner!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, the giveaway is officially over! What a fantastic and fun turn out. Thank you to everyone who entered and left warm comments and made introductions. I read every single comment and yes, that means all 932 of them. Let’s get on to that winner now.

The winner of the giveaway left this comment:

July 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm Jennifer Doll says:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this watermellon hat!! Another to add to the list of “to be made”!! Thanks for always putting a smile on my face when I visit the blog!!

Smiles from Ohio,
Jenn Doll
Landen Road

Jenn’s number came up on the random number generator. Congratulations to Jenn!!! All of the items pictured on my hammock are coming your way.

Now, Jenn, you have until Saturday, August 1st to email me. My email is on the top of the sidebar under, “Contact Susan.” If I don’t hear from you then I will select a new winner.

Thanks again everyone. Your enthusiasm is contagious and it really gave me a boost. I am glad you are enjoying the blog and I’m still just warming up. That’s a good feeling. I’ll be back very soon.

July 25, 2009

Giveaway!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today is a good day to be here. I am hosting a big giveaway on Spud says! to thank you for your support of Spud & Chloë during our first couple of months. It has been a great ride so far because of you.

Let me tell you what you can win in this giveaway:

1 Spud & Chloë pattern for the Flap Happy Hat

1 Spud & Chloë pattern box to store your collection of patterns (here is the box folding tutorial)

4 skeins of Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn in Grass, Moonlight, Popsicle and Pollen (These are the colors the hat is worked in for the pattern and they make a gorgeous combination.)

1 Pom Tree (this is my personal favorite pom-pom making tool)

The Pom Tree is a really fun tool for making the pom-poms and tassels for this hat. There is a tutorial available here on how to use the Pom Tree if you are interested. This is a versatile tool you will treasure forever. I use mine all of the time!

Here is the ravelry link for the Flap Happy Hat if you want to check that out.

Now, the rules are simple to enter the contest. All you have to do is leave a comment to say hello and only one comment per person please. In your comment please leave an identifying something or other like your name, location, link, etc. I will leave the contest open through Wednesday, July 29, 2009. That’s it.

On Thursday, July 30 I will use a random number generator to pick a winner. I will then post the winner’s name right here on Spud says! I can’t wait. Be sure to check in. The winner will have until Saturday, August 1rst, 2009 to email me with their mailing address. My email is on the sidebar under, Contact Susan. If I don’t hear from the winner by the end of Saturday I will select a new winner on Sunday, August 2nd.

I am excited to offer this fun first-time giveaway to you. Good luck if you enter. I’ll be back before you know it with the winner. Until then…let the comments begin!

Oh, and another tidbit of fun to share with you is here. Be sure to hop on over to see the fantastically beautiful Outer and Sweater yarn baby blankets from the Purlbee. Wow!! I’ll take a couple of those for myself, please. Great work and use of the yarns.

Added on July 30th: The contest is officially over. Thank you to all who entered.

July 21, 2009

Watermelon Hat – Free Pattern!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am excited to offer you this sweet juicy little project! When I saw the Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn in the Watermelon #7512 colorway I fell in love with the color. This hat is the perfect project to show off an obvious use of the Watermelon yarn.

The sizes included in the pattern are newborn up to a small child.

I hope you enjoy this simple and quick knit.

Download free Watermelon Hat pattern here!


July 18, 2009

Daisy Girl

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I don’t know if you remember this post from a couple of weeks ago, the hat pattern link and details are in the previous post.

Well, I sent the Spud & Chloë Upside Down Daisy Hat to this beautiful baby girl. It’s a little big but by the fall it should be fine. I had to share the photo the little daisy’s mom sent me. I love this shot with the sweet cheeks, busy hands and lovable legs, not to mention the matching daisy onesie. It’s all incredibly sweet.

Baby, baby, I’m taken with the notion…

Next week should be a biggie! Check in when you are able.

July 16, 2009

Sweet on Sweater

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Chloë: It’s chilly out here.

Spud: Ya’ think?

Chloë: I need to put on my sweater.

Spud: Already got mine on.

Chloë: Touché

Let’s take a closer look at Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn today. A worsted weight yarn has a versatility that no other weight of yarn has. It is a classic workhorse yarn, meaning the sky is the limit for making just about any project you could possibly imagine. With the added bonus of having a superwash wool and organic cotton blend, the universe is really the limit! You will love this versatile, soft, squishy yarn. Sweater has already become my go‐to yarn of choice.

Here are the Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn facts:

Weight: worsted
Content: 55% superwash wool and 45% organic cotton
Skein: 100 grams and 160 yards/146 meters
Needle size: US 7‐9/ 4.5‐5.5mm
Gauge: 4‐5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

There are 13 colors with some of the best color names in yarn color history. Here are the names: ice cream, popsicle, grass, rootbeer, lake, firefly, toast, moonlight, pollen, firecracker, splash, chipmunk and watermelon.

Spud & Chloë Sweater yarn is perfect for sweaters (high fashion to casual comfort), hats, scarves, mittens, toys, blankets, baby clothes and home décor, just to name a few. I want to show you how varying your needle size up or down can change the gauge of the knitted fabric ever so slightly.

To do this I chose the three recommended needle sizes listed on the Sweater label and made 3 swatches, one with each size needles. To make each swatch I cast on 20 stitches and followed the exact same stitch pattern on each swatch. The swatches shown are not blocked in any way. They are in their freshly knitted, natural state.

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Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater in Pollen #7508
Needles: US size 7
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

This square measures exactly 4‐inches across at 5 stitches per inch with a 20‐stitch cast on. As you can see Sweater lends itself to a stitch definition that is truly beautiful and crisp. This means it is an excellent yarn for stitch patterns and cables of any sort. They will show up and the yarn will show off your stitch work wonderfully.

Five stitches per inch is my all‐time favorite stitch gauge. It is a comfortable gauge that creates a soft, flexible fabric, good for just about everything. This gauge will hold its shape and form really well. You will probably find or you already have a favorite yarn weight and gauge of your own.

For the next swatch I went up one needle size. Here is the information for the next square.

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater in Firefly #7505

Needles: US size 8

Gauge: 4 1/2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

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I cast on 20 stitches again, this time using the US size 8 needles. This square measures 4 1/4‐inches in width, so it is just slightly wider than the first swatch. This may not seem like much difference but it does make the fabric slightly looser in texture. At the larger needle size the fabric is still beautiful, dense and lofty. This is a fabulous gauge for the Sweater yarn and is perfect for, well, sweaters. The knitting will go fast and furiously and the because of the bigger gauge but it isn’t too loose. Perfecto!

The last swatch that I knit up is on a size 9 needle. This is the information.

Yarn: Spud & Choë Sweater in Popsicle #7501
Needles: US size 9
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

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For this final swatch I pulled out this gorgeous, richly colored Popsicle Sweater yarn and my size 9 needles and cast on 20 stitches. The swatch measures 4 1/2‐inches in width and it knit up quite quickly. The fabric is more flexible and airy feeling but it maintains a very solid feel as well. Sweater on a size 9 needle would be perfect for any larger size knit like for a blanket, pillow or a sweater that is meant to have a looser gauge.

Below are the swatches side by side. Now you can really see the difference a slight needle size adjustment can make. Notice the length difference in addition to the slight width difference. It is always important to pay close attention to gauge for every project. It is a make it or break it ingredient for successful knitting. This swatch experiment was fun. It has my mind racing with ideas to use these little squares. Hmmmm…..

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Spud & Chloë Sweater may just revolutionize your worsted weight projects. It is that appealing on every level. It’s soft, classic, durable, squishy and all around delicious.

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Be sure to pop back for the next post which will include my next free pattern. You will love this one. It is a quick and simple little knit just perfect for summer fun! I am thinking about hosting a giveaway in the very near future as a kind of celebration to the fantastic kick off the S & C brand has had in the knitting world. I want to share some Sweater yarn love with you and maybe a pattern or two. I love nothing more than a good giveaway.

All coming soon……

Oh yeah, one more thing, a quick update on my current Sweater yarn knitting. I finished the back of the Track Jacket in Chipmunk and I have a good start on the right front. I will post some pics when I finish the right front to give you a look.

Take care, Spud & Chloë peeps!