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Archive for September 2009

September 30, 2009

Knitting Weather

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

All of the cooler weather and frost warnings have my fingers itching to knit even more than usual. There is something about the fall and knitting that will always just go together. I can feel the knitting energy out there has risen over the past week or so. It happens about this time every year. So in the spirit of fall knitting, I have a few fun projects to share that I ran across over the last couple of days. Take a look:

Look here for a couple of gorgeous little boy sweaters.

Here is a fantastic Wonderful Wallaby knit in Spud & Chloë sweater yarn.

This one is seriously cute! Look here for the sweetest dog sweater I’ve ever seen: Root Beer Float Dog Sweater.

Spud & Chloë Sweater is an incredibly versatile yarn. All of these projects are gorgeous but when you add in that the yarn is machine washable the projects go over the top in practicality. There is no worry about handknit garment care for children or dogs (they sometimes can be in the same category as far as garment treatment goes). Knit away and feel confident that your work will be worth it and will last.

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Although this isn’t the best photo I want to show you how Braided is designed to have one end of the scarf threaded through the braided section on the other end. This holds the scarf in place effortlessly and it looks pretty slick. Here is the Ravelry link for Braided if you want to add the scarf to your queue for later or if you want to see what others are doing with the pattern.

In other news, there is so much going on at the Spud & Chloë headquarters right now. Today is the photo shoot for the next group of Spud & Chloë patterns soon to be released. There are loads of new and fun patterns coming up so it is an exciting time. I have a couple new toy patterns to be released in this collection that are really fun and I am anxious to see what else is cooking. I always want to knit all of the patterns. If only time was on my side…

The other news is that I got a sneak peek at some of the new colorways for Outer and Sweater! You are going to die for these new colors. To say they are gorgeous is not even enough. My daughter and I peeled open the box and the loud ooohs and aaaahs that flew out of our mouths made me laugh. We couldn’t contain ourselves. She is my partner in color crime for sure. I absolutely can’t wait to dig into the new colors. Haven’t seen the new Fine colors yet but I have heard about them. As soon as I get the go ahead I will share all of the new colors with you. Can’t wait!

Have a great day out there, Knitters.

September 25, 2009

Braided – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Scarf knitting season is finally here! Maybe for some of you, like me, it never left. I am thrilled to be bringing Braided to you as a free pattern today. This is a fast and fun scarf that you can whip up on big needles in no time at all. It’s the perfect gift scarf for the holiday seasons ahead. The easy care/machine washable Outer yarn makes it even more appealing.

Here is some information you may want to know at a glance:

3 skeins of Spud & Chloë Outer (I used Soapstone #7200)

US size 17 needles or size to obtain gauge

US size 13 double-pointed needles, set of 4

Gauge: 1.75 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

The scarf involves ribbing (knit and purl stitches) and I-cord and braiding. If you can do those techniques you are all set to go!

Click here to download the free pattern for Braided!

Look here for a series of video tutorials on how to knit Braided!

Enjoy.

Please note: When beginning a Rib Section after a Braided Section the yarn will be set to start a Row 2 or wrong side of the rib pattern.

September 21, 2009

Braided Coming Soon

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Here is a glimpse of the next free Spud & Chloë pattern. It is a luxurious and squishy scarf made out of 3 skeins of Spud & Chloë Outer. I made the sample in Soapstone #7200.

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You are going to have fun whipping this scarf up in no time at all. It may even become your Christmas gift of the year due to the speediness of this versatile scarf. Braided is simple, interesting and fast to knit on big fat needles. The twist on this scarf is, of course, the braided sections interspersed between the ribbed sections. It is a blast to knit. The scarf is completely reversible to boot.

I’ll give you all of the details on the next Spud says! post which will include the free pdf file of the pattern to download. Check back soon or keep your eye out if you subscribe. I am pretty excited about Braided and I hope you will be, too.

Get your Outer wound and ready to fly! A version of Braided in every colorway is my gift knitting goal for the holiday season this year. Maybe I’ll even keep one for myself.

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See you soon, Knitters!

September 17, 2009

The Purl Stitch

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I am demonstrating how I do the purl stitch. I hope these basic instructional videos are helpful if you are learning to knit, teaching someone else how to knit or maybe it’s just fun to see how someone else works a stitch. Regardless, I hope you enjoy this quick video.

September 15, 2009

On Track?

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I spent a recent mini-vacation with my good friend, Fine. I started an incredibly fun and simple pair of stripey slouch socks using lots of colors of Fine. The socks are going to be included in the Spud & Chloë pattern line in the future so you are getting a sneak peek here. I had posted a picture of the unfinished sock on my other blog and received loads of emails asking about the yarn being used in the socks. Well, now you know. Start stocking up and saving your Fine left overs. You are going to love these.

In other news, my son’s birthday is this weekend, he’s turning sixteen. He’s the one who asked for the Track Jacket. I’ve got a good start on it but I’ve had a ton of other projects due lately so it has been put on hold. I asked him for some gift ideas for his birthday so he wrote out a list for me. Guess what is number one on the list? The Track Jacket. I am only on the left front… uh, oh, not good. I’m definitely not on track with this project.

There are a couple of new patterns up on Ravelry using the Spud & Chloë yarns. I thought you might like to check them out here and here. Both are scarf patterns and both use Outer and the patterns are for purchase. I like both of these scarves very much and thought you might, too.

There is also a Ravelry link for Rabbit. I love seeing finished projects for a new pattern start popping up. Good fun.

Okay, friends, I am just checking in briefly this morning. Hope all is well in your world today. I am furiously working on a new toy pattern for the Spud & Chloë pattern line. It is super fun and will come in three different sizes. The largest size is a BIG toy, the biggest I have ever made, like the size of a big baby.  It is fun to hold and hug. The other sizes are more medium and small, all are good. Since I am knitting my pattern over and over (I almost have the whole thing memorized) to make all three sizes, I can attest that it is a fairly simple pattern to achieve some fantastic results. Can’t wait for you to see it!

Back to work for me.