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Archive for November 2009

November 30, 2009

Santa Ribbit

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I received the sweetest message on Ravelry the other day about Ribbit and here it is:

Christmas Ribbit

Sent at 3:32 PM November 28, 2009

Hi Susan!

The reason I am writing, however, is to show you what my mom has done with your Ribbit pattern (she is not likely to come one here and post anything as she is mostly a lurker). She got the idea to make him into a Santa Froggy, and I wanted to share the results with you. I think he is absolutely adorable. I can’t seem to add an image to my message, so I have added him to my projects here on Ravelry. I hope he makes you smile : )

Thanks for all that you create and share. You are incredibly talented.

Best,
Anne Rogers (GracieBelle on Ravelry)

First off, Anne, thank you for the kind compliment. Secondly, your mom is so fun! I found out some more information about the Santa Ribbit in another email from Anne. Here is the other email that includes some tips from Anne’s mom, Meriam Shafer:

Hi Susan -

My mom is completely flattered that you like Santa Ribbit and absolutely gives her permission to post! Her name is Meriam Shafer. She has made quite a few regular Ribbits (2 were included in a gift set I made up with the Frog and Toad book collection for a silent auction at my daughters’ school. People went NUTS!), but she loves Christmas and had been plotting on how to turn him into Santa.
She used the finger pattern for the white buttons, made a generic hat, and eyeballed the placement of the black belt. She also added a red turtleneck to cover where the green head attached to the red body.
I am glad to share her fun project with you. Make sure and let me know where you post it so we can see it.
Have a very Happy Holiday!
Anne Rogers

What a fun Santa Ribbit! Isn’t that a great idea? Thank you so much for sharing your Ribbit with me. In case you don’t know, here is the link for the free Ribbit pattern from Spud & Chloë. Here is the Ravelry page for Ribbit and check out the other 149 versions as well.

If you’d like to make a Santa Ribbit, let me suggest some yarn ideas for you:

Red- Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Ladybug #629

Black- Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Ink #613

White- Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Tulip #625

Green- Spud & Chloë Sweater in Grass #7502

Did you know you can easily mix the beautiful Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed and Organic Cottons with Spud & Chloë Sweater because they are the exact same gauge. I have interchanged the two yarn lines quite a bit. The colors from both lines are gorgeous together!

Okay, I have to admit I am planning a Tiny December Knitalong! Now I’ve said it. I hope you’ll come along with me this time. I promise a cute, quick, tiny project that you will be able to whip up in no time at all. I am traveling for my book tour later this week so I’ll try my hardest to squeeze in the pattern pieces as quickly as possible. Hopefully my flights will have internet access again, that was sweet.

Alright! It’s time to fire up my needles and get busy for you. A Tiny December Knitalong is coming your way.

Adios, friends!

November 25, 2009

Modern Rib Hat – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am back with this fantastically quick and fun Modern Rib Hat for you! Get those needles roaring by the fire and whip up one for everyone you know. Don’t forget that this warm, squishy hat can be worn four different ways. Click here to see how you can style this hat.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Size: baby (toddler, small child, large child/teen/adult)

Finished hat to fit head circumference in inches as follows: 13-15 inches (16-18 inches, 18-20 inches, 20-22 inches)

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein for smallest two sizes, 2 skeins for the two largest sizes in Firefly #7505

Needles: US size 7 needles, sixteen-inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

 

 

The pattern is written for the single color hat but I included the information for the striped version in the photo above and below. The striped version of the Modern Rib Hat is knitted in the largest size. I just completed it this morning and it looks great. Here is the yarn information for the striped version, you will need one skein of each in Spud & Chloë Sweater:

 

Popsicle #7501, Chipmunk #7511, Splash #7510, Pollen #7508, Watermelon #7512, Grass #7502, Moonlight #7507

As always, you could use any of the Sweater colors or combination of Sweater colors to come up with your own beautiful hat!

Okay, hat knitters, get a move on with this one!

Here is the Ravelry link for the Modern Rib Hat.

Have fun!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Modern Rib Hat!

November 22, 2009

All Shiny and New!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

What a treat I have for you today! I know it has been a long time coming but the new Spud & Chloë colors are here for preview. The new colorways will be available for order in January 2010. Shops will be receiving this sweet canvas pencil bag to add to their Color Kit. I love the vintage feel of the zippered pouch but what’s inside is even better.

Three new short pencils each wrapped with the new colors of Sweater, Outer and Fine are inside the pouch. I love the stubby pencils as they remind me of my kids. They are always using a short stubby pencil to do their homework and I am always telling them to get a new pencil. Why do kids do that? It’s a universal thing. In this case, the stubby pencils are perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Let me start off with the new Sweater colorways. Left is Turtle #7514, a fresh new green to fall in love with. There is never enough green in the world. Right is Jellybean #7513, a warm loving pink to spark your imagination. My favorite jellybean is always the pink one and now I can knit it, too.

Simply looking at those two new colors together is inspiring. I am feeling some stripes coming on.

Onward to the new Outer colors. Starting at the left is Cedar #7209, a light pumpkin dish, warm as pumpkin pie. Moving along to the right is Cornsilk #7208, another warm yellow that doesn’t fail. Spud & Chloë continues to have the best yellows around. Cornsilk is a buttery ball of love. Bayou #7207 is a blue with depth and sweetness. Finally, Sunkissed #7206 is a peachy pink that is as fresh as a baby’s rosy cheek. There isn’t a sweeter shade of pink anywhere.

These colors go together like birds of a feather! Right? It makes me want to dive right in.

Now on to some new popping, happy colors in Fine. These colors are so fun and happy, they just sing a song! Starting at the left is another fantastic green, Lizard #7812. Next, the bright, luscious Lipstick #7810 is calling my name. Another option in pink is always welcome in my book. Snorkel #7809 is a gorgeous navy blue that is as deep as deep blue sea. Last but not least is Bumble Bee #7811 and this yellow is over-the-top bright and happy.

Once again, the colors and color names are the best ever! The names alone inspire me to think of a million more projects to cast on right away. Before I even saw the new colors I made the Blue Sky people tell me the color names so I could start wrapping my brain around what was coming. The staff at the Spud & Chloë headquarters sit around and dream up the funny, sweet names for the colors and I wish I could be in on that meeting!

The new colors are already up in the yarn section of our site if you’d like a close up viewing. Click on Yarns to take a closer look.

Let’s dream together about what’s to come on our needles with these fresh, rich, saturated, happy new colors!

November 21, 2009

The Spud & Chloë Color Kit

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Before I share the new Spud & Chloë yarn colors I want to share the Color Kit with you. One thing I always hear from people is how innovative the Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë packaging and marketing is and I absolutely agree. Yarn shops that carry the Spud & Chloë line will have this Color Kit at their shop. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got my Color Kit and honestly, it is constantly by my side while I work. You can get the feeling and a quick overview of the entire line just by opening that lid.

To start off, the kit is housed in a pencil box which immediately evokes childhood memories for me. I always loved my school pencil box. When I received my S & C Color Kit, I remember being nervous when I first opened the lid because I already liked the box so much I didn’t know if it could get any better…

… and it did! Inside the box you get a multitude of inspirational goodies.

Inside you get three pencils each wrapped and loaded with the three yarn lines for Spud & Chloë, Fine (top), Outer (middle) and Sweater (bottom). The ends of the pencils are stopped with a big eraser and a rubber band to secure the yarns. Then each color is wrapped with a tiny label with the color name and the color number. Each weight of yarn is represented by a different color tag which is carried throughout the entire line in the patterns and yarn tags. I love this feature because it makes it easy to identify the yarns quickly and to help organize things like the patterns. The Outer is labeled with the Sequoia color, the  Sweater is labeled with the Splash color and Fine is labeled with the Clementine color.

It’s this attention to detail that is so impressive in everything Blue Sky Alpacas creates. The effort to create high quality products that are easy to use and understand runs deeply throughout all of the lines.

The next thing in the pencil box are these fantastic little pattern boxes made of natural cardboard. Each box represents one of the yarn lines. Inside are cards that show each of the patterns available for the specific weight of yarn. The cards have a photo of the project on one side and all of the necessary details on the other. The boxes leave plenty of room to add more pattern cards as the line grows as time goes by. It’s just so clever and fun.

Lastly, you get the skein tags in the pencil box, one for each yarn line. Each tag has all of the important information for the yarn. Things like yardage, color number, suggested gauge and needle sizes, weight and fiber content. I feel like these tags are like collector items. Needless to say I have a large collection of the tags going already. I will have to do something fun with them in the future, maybe some sort of decoupage. I can’t part with them. Spud and Chloë are really the cutest characters in town.

Anyway, I wanted to share this important component of the Spud & Chloë line with you today. My pencil box Color Kit is at the ready when I am working on any Spud & Chloë project. Ask your local yarn shop owner if you can take a look at their Color Kit because it is an effective way to get a feel for the entire line of Spud & Chloë products. The kit captures the fun and retro elements in the line and it inspires me to no end.

I’ll be back in no time with the new yarn colorways (and the new hat pattern)!

‘Til then…..

November 18, 2009

Modern Rib Hat Preview

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am actually posting in the air on my way to Salt Lake City. This is the first time I have had wi-fi onboard a flight. That’s pretty cool stuff. I can actually get some work done. I did realize though that I didn’t pack the color names for the new shades of Spud & Chloë so I will have to wait until I get back home to share those with you. Hopefully I will get that done this weekend. I can’t wait to share the exciting new colorways of Fine, Sweater and Outer!

I am equally excited to show you the new Modern Rib Hat I whipped up for the next free Spud says! pattern. There is nothing too interesting or fresh about a simple rib hat but that’s exactly why I wanted to put a new twist on the one I made. As you can see above the hat is very long and this gives you all kinds of styling options and versatility. The hat can be made for a child, woman or man and can be worn in a multitude of ways. Let me tell you quickly that my daughter is 10 years old and her head is 21.5 inches around. My head is 22 inches around, that’s only half an inch difference. Kids have big heads! She is wearing the adult size hat and it looks and fits great. This is just something to note when you are knitting for kids.

Let me show you some of the ways this hat can be styled!

#1) Slouch Hat style with the cuff turned up a couple of inches leaving length at the crown of the hat.

#2) The double rolled cuff style eats up the excess length at the crown to make for a fitted hat. The three layers of fabric on the cuff offers extra warmth around the ears and forehead, too.

#3) Full out modern rib worn straight with no cuff is awesome. I keep seeing younger men and women and teenagers wearing hats in this style and I love it. Full on slouch hat. Very urban and hip.

#4) A 6-inch cuff offers doubled warmth for your entire head and makes for a fitted hat on top.

The top of the hat looks like a sunburst in this beautiful shade of buttery yellow. If you haven’t knit with Firefly Sweater you are missing out. Firefly makes me crazy it is so good. It is the best yellow. Ever.

Oh well, I am well on my way across the country and at the same time I am able to share my excitement over this new hat. I love internet on the plane! I will get the new colors up for you to preview and I’ll also take a good hard look at the Spud & Chloë Color Kit which is always by my side when I am working on Spud & Chloë projects. AND this new pattern is coming to you very soon. I am hoping by early next week.

To make the size my daughter is wearing you need 2 skeins of Sweater. I am working on a stripey version (popsicle, grass, firefly, pollen, chipmunk-uh, huh!), too, it’s in my bag right now. Such a simple hat with a lot of bang for your effort! This is the kind of hat that is a go-to hat for everyday wear.

I’ll be back very soon.