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December 30, 2009

Leaf Love

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Do you remember this bookmark I made out of Spud & Chloë Fine last summer? The bookmark was knit up on US size 2 needles. I love the leaf pattern. I mentioned that I wanted to take this same stitch pattern and work it up in Spud & Chloë Outer on US size 15 needles.

Well, I finally did! It makes a spectacular leaf-filled scarf! I am going to tell you how to make your own Leaf scarf coming up. If you want to get ready you’ll need 2 skeins of Outer and US size 15 needles (or the size to get 2 stitches per inch in stockinette). I made my scarf in the Peat #7204 colorway. Any color of Outer would look great.

This is an addicting knit. I couldn’t put it down until the scarf was done. My scarf was completed in a flash.

I’ll be back after the holiday with this fabulous scarf pattern for you! See you then.

December 28, 2009

Pear-fecto! – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Many of you may know that I love pears as I have written about this slight obsession many times. I thought I would share a quick and simple knitted pear pattern with you today. What a great use for your Spud & Chloë left-overs. The large pear is made in Sweater and the tiny pear is made in Fine.

These pears could be used as toys, pin cushions or home decor. Can you imagine a big bowl filled with knitted pears on your coffee table? Gorgeous! With a thread or ribbon loop added, the tiny pear would make a fantastic ornament. Maybe you want to add a small super ball inside to add some bounce! Why not? Go for it.

Here is some information you might like to know about the pattern for Pear-fecto!

Finished measurements (without the stem):

Large pear: 3 1/2 inches tall

Tiny pear: 2 1/2 inches tall

 

Note: The pears only use small amounts of yarn! One skein of Spud & Chloë Sweater or Fine will make many pears.

Large Pear:

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards)

Pear: Firecracker #7509 and Firefly #7505

Stem: Rootbeer #7503

Leaf: Grass #7502

Needles: US size 6 double-pointed needles, set of 4

Gauge: 5 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Tiny Pear:

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine (80% superwash wool, 20% silk; 65 grams/248 yards)

Pear: Popcorn #7800

Stem: Dachshund #7801

Leaf: Cricket #7804

Needles: US size 2 double-pointed needles, set of four

Gauge: 7 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials for both sizes:

Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Stitch marker

Small amount of fiberfill

Optional: small amount of poly-pellets (if making the pear for a small child do not use poly-pellets as they are a choking hazard)

 

Have fun, Knitters!

Here is the Ravelry link for Pear-fecto!

Click here to download the free pattern for Pear-fecto!

December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

From everyone here at Spud & Chloë, happy holidays to all!

December 22, 2009

New Winner, New Cowl!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Unfortunately, I have not heard from the second winner of the pencil bag and new pattern giveaway. Fortunately, though, I have a new randomly selected winner! Congratulations to:

December 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm Andrea from Oregon says:

I am a huge fan of all the Spud & Chloe patterns – I’ve already knit Lovey Dovey, Playground Hoodie, Camp Hoodie, Two for One Socks, and Track Jacket, as well as ribbit, tiny turkey, the cupcake, and many of Susan’s other wonderful free patterns. I can’t wait for all of these new patterns to come out so I can start on them next . . . but it would be great to be able to spend Christmas break getting a head start on one of them!

Come on, Andrea!! Contact me so I can send you some Spud & Chloë love in the mail! I need your mailing address. My email is on the sidebar.

You may be wondering about this fantastic cowl. Yesterday Allegra Wermuth Sheffelman, of Petite Purls, had been tweeting about a cowl she designed out of ONE skein of Outer! You can’t beat that.

I couldn’t wait to see what she had come up with because she was so excited about her new creation. I was blown away by this cowl. I will be making one or two of these for sure! Triple love it.

Allegra made her cowl out of the brand new Outer colorway called, Bayou. Isn’t it gorgeous? She must have received some of the new colors to preview for Petite Purls. All new colors of the Spud & Chloë yarns and patterns will be available in January 2010!

If you’d like to join me in knitting one of these, I would love it!

Here is the pattern link for the free pattern for the Eleventh Hour Cowl!

Here is the Ravelry link for the Eleventh Hour Cowl!

I have been knitting up a storm over at this branch of the Spud & Chloë headquarters. Whipping up a slew of new projects and ideas for you. Stay tuned…..

Hey, Andrea!! Please get in touch so I can send some gifts to you!

December 19, 2009

Two Winners & a Fresh Idea!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am back with the two winning comments today! Each selected winner is receiving a Spud & Chloë pencil bag and their choice of one of the 6 new Spud & Chloë patterns that I previewed on the last post.

The randomly selected winning comments are:

December 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm Mariah Miller says

Oh I’d love to knit the pixie poncho for my good friend’s daughter.

Thanks for the give away!

And:

December 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm Beth R. says:

Oh my goodness! There are so many fun patterns I can’t even decide what I’d want to knit first. I think the bears, followed by the fun socks, and then the tea-party cardi.. oh my! Happy Holidays and thank you for all the lovely patterns you give us.

Congratulations to both BethR. and Mariah Miller for winning the giveaway! You have until Tuesday, Dec.22nd to contact me with your mailing address and your selected pattern choice. You can email me at: susan@spudandchloe.com to provide your information. We will quickly send out your prizes! Woo hoo!!!

Now, if you are wondering about the photo I posted today let me tell you about it. When I was in Tulsa at Loops, Shelley Brander, the owner of the shop had a brilliant idea. Shelley actually has lots of brilliant ideas. Shelley told me how she was thinking of a way to display the Spud & Chloë patterns right next to the yarns on the shelf so the patterns were visible and accessible. She came up with the fantastic idea to take the mini-pattern cards out of the Color Kit boxes, punch a hole in a corner and place them on a large ring to hang on the Spud & Chloë yarn shelf. This way customers can quickly see all of the patterns and yarn in one quick swoop!

We loved the idea so much that we tried it out for size. I hope this inspires some of you to try this out at your yarn shops. It will make things a little easier! Thanks Shelley, you are awesome!

Sending much love and good cheer to all of our Spud & Chloë friends during the busy holiday weeks ahead! We hope you get to spend some time knitting and relaxing with friends and family over the upcoming holidays. We’re all planning on it!