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June 30, 2010

Winner!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have randomly selected a winner and here is the comment that popped up:

June 28, 2010 at 7:22 am Lori Harrisoh says:

Absolutely LOVE THIS YARN! Always enjoy the blog and new ideas. Congrats on one year mark, and many more to come. Visited a new yarn shop in Georgia a little while ago, and fell in love with her creativity not only in her displays, but she was just a lovely person in general, she asked me if there was anything she could add….naturally I told her about Spud & Chloe, I hope she did get in touch, and starts carrying it!

Would be thrilled to get the little shoulder bag for carrying projects to ballfield!!!

Thank you, Lori, for the kind words. A big thank you to all who entered and left such wonderful and encouraging comments. This has been really fun for all of us. We’ll have to do another giveaway real soon. Who would have thought we would have well over 1,o00 entries in just a few days? Wow!
Take care and now I’m off to send an email to Lori with the good news.
I’m writing up the Chili Pepper hat (a reader suggested this name and I love it) pattern and will have it up and available shortly! You can see some previews here and here!
June 26, 2010

One Year Giveaway!

Please note: As of June 30, 2010, the Contest is now closed!!!! No more entries are being accepted. Thanks to all who entered!

Hi Knitters,

I had the pleasure of getting together with my Spud & Chloë cohort and the owner of the company last weekend. We always have a great time together. We talked about new ideas, new projects, new yarns and the fact that Spud & Chloë has now been officially around for one year! Last June of 2009 Spud & Chloë products and this blog and website all debuted at TNNA. It has been a successful whirlwind of a year and we want to thank you for all of the support. Starting a new yarn and product line is no easy venture and we are beyond thrilled at the quick and enduring support from the knitters, crocheters and shop owners.

The other personal thank you I want extend is to all of the Spud says! subscribers and readers, the Spud & Chloë Twitter followers, the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry group members, the new Spud & Chloë Facebook friends. You have made this year extraordinary and fun. I am so honored to get to put this blog together with the posts and the free patterns. I absolutely have loved every minute of it. I have people thanking me all of the time for the free pattern designs and you are so welcome. In reality, the people to thank for this blog is the Spud & Chloë company who has given me this fantastic opportunity and the venue to post and make the free patterns available to you. I think at least four of the free Spud & Chloë patterns have made it to the top 20 new and popular designs on the Ravelry Pattern page throughout this last year, which is a huge honor. This once again is due to all of you!

Thank you (the big giant kind with a big sloppy kiss)! Luckily for you the owner of Spud & Chloë likes a good giveaway as much as I do! Now, on to the fun giveaway prize we’ve gathered up for you. See that big pile of goodness in the above photo? Well, that’s for one lucky winner. Let me break it down for you!

The winner will receive the following:

Three skeins of the new Outer colors (1 skein of each): Rocket, Sandbox, Hedge.

Two skeins of the new Sweater colors (1 skein of each): Cider and Grape Jelly.

Two skeins of the new Fine colors (1 skein each): Shitake and Red Hot

2 Spud & Chloë postcards (I use these for bookmarks!).

7 new patterns! A complete set of the new patterns just released at TNNA: Popsicle Socks, Uplander Pullover, Buga Baby Bunting, Lucky Number Pullover, Flower Power Throw, Pack o Puppies, Buckhill Pullover. To take a closer look at these patterns click here!

A Spud & Chloë pattern box! Remember I did a video tutorial on how to fold the box. Click here to see it.

One trusty Spud & Chloë pencil bag.

One brand new Spud & Chloë reversible canvas tote bag!!! This is my new favorite bag. It fits on your shoulder and has a sturdy snap closure. These are not for retail but were used for promotional purposes so this is a huge get!

This is the inside of the bag! You will love this bag, I guarantee it.

This is the close-up of the S & C fabric print. Isn’t it the sweetest?

Okay, let’s get to it! Leave a comment on this post to say hello. That’s it. You are now entered. Please leave in your comment an identifying something like you name, location, email address, ravelry username, etc. Some sort of something so I can get in touch with you in the case that you win. One entry per person, please. In a few days, not sure exactly when, I will randomly select a winning comment and then I will post about it right here. Please check back to see if you have won. The winner will need to email me or message me with their mailing address.

Have fun! I am so excited to be able to offer this terrific prize package! Go for it! Thanks again for a great year (said as I am wiping grateful tears from my cheeks).

June 22, 2010

Spud at TNNA

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, it really has been one full year of Spud & Chloë at this point. At the 2009 TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) Spud & Chloë bounced onto the fiber scene with a bang and has been going strong ever since. This second year got off to a great start again. With our new yarn colors and patterns on display shop owners can see in person our products and place orders for their local and online yarn shops. TNNA is a treat to attend for the fiber industry people as it is a fun social event for old and new friends alike.

Anyway, for those of you who didn’t get to attend and those of you who aren’t directly in the fiber industry, I want to share a couple of photos of the Spud & Chloë booth. This booth is worked on throughout the year and every last detail is thoroughly considered. That’s not surprising considering Spud & Chloë is the new branch of the tried and true Blue Sky Alpacas brand. Blue Sky has always been known for meticulous and beautiful products, packaging and design. Although Spud & Chloë is a little more light-hearted and playful in spirit at times the same thoughtfulness is brought to this brand as well.

The Spud & Chloë booth was just as adorable as you’d expect. The theme for the Spud & Chloë side of the booth was a good old-fashioned washroom. Just take a good look around that comfy, cozy space above. There is a lot going on. Don’t you feel like sitting down and staying awhile? I do. I love the Three Brrr Bears perched on top of the armoire, the clothesline with baby pants and tiny sweaters, the Popsicle Socks and Pack o Puppies peeking out of drawers… There is so much to see but in a clean and easy way.

The poster on the wall is for the new Buga Baby Bunting, which knits up in a hurry with 4 skeins of Outer. There are many more new patterns for a boy’s sweater, a man’s sweater, a gorgeous throw, a lovely fair isle yoked women’s sweater and more. Be sure to check out all of our patterns here.

To locate a shop or online shop carrying the new yarn colors and patterns please check out our Stockists page. It is so helpful and the best place to start to find the places where you can purchase all of these items either locally or online.

I want to quickly share a couple of shots of the Blue Sky Alpacas side of the booth as well. The theme here was boudoir and it came across beautifully. There are fresh, fun fiber-y ideas everywhere you turn. The booth makes the patterns come to life. You can gather ideas on how you could use your knits in your own home or shop.

That coverlet is one of my favorite things every! Love it. Look at those colors and knits and mittens and sweaters and  of course, yarn! It is so rich looking in there.

In honor of our first year together, we are pulling together a spectacular giveaway for you. I am so excited about it. Check back soon to make sure you don’t miss out. It’s going to be a good one. I promise.

June 18, 2010

Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet – Free Pattern!

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Please note that the US shoe size estimation in inches should be corrected as follow:

US size 6 – 9 inches

US size 7.5 – 9 1/4 inches

US size 8 – 9 1/2 inches

US size 8.5 – 9 3/4 inches

US size 9 – 10 inches

US size 9.5- 10 1/4 inches

US size 10 – 10 1/2 inches

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I have the pattern for the two versions of the Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet for you! I can’t wait to cast on a pair for myself to keep. I hope you’ll join me in making these practical, fun and simple socks. I tried to add extra tips and instruction notes along the way in the pattern for those of you who are new to sock knitting. It is a fun project for experienced and beginner sock knitters.

One interesting thing I’ve been hearing is that first time (and nervous) sock knitters have been starting out with the Jelly Bean Baby Socks free Spud & Chloë pattern. Then after seeing how do-able and simple it is they are moving on to adult sized socks. What a great idea.

Please note that my 10-year-old daughter’s feet are now a women’s size 7!

Here is some information you might like to know about the Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet:

 

Size: Made to fit an average woman’s foot. The length can be varied to fit any size.

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

Solid socks: 2 skeins of the selected color (sample made in Sassafras #7808)

Striped cuff socks: 2 skeins of the main color, 1 skein of the stripe color (sample made in Calypso #7806 and Cricket #7804)

Needles: US size 2, set of 4 double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 7 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Yarn needle

Stitch marker

Scissors

Ruler

Click here to download the free pattern PDF

Click here for the Ravelry page link for the Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet!

Have fun knitters with the perfect summer project. Socks! I always carry a sock on the needles around with me all summer long to the pool and other outdoor events. It is a small and simple project which makes it perfect for summertime knitting.

A side note, I have so many projects going for the free patterns for Spud says! I couldn’t wait to cast on for a hat in the Fine colors of Shitake and Red Hot. It is like heaven those two colors together. I’ll post a tease on that new hat project soon. I also have a couple of fun toys in the works!

June 15, 2010

Ribbed Socks for Bigger Toes – Preview!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Warning: My daughter’s feet have grown! These socks are sized for women and yes, my daughter is still 10 years-old for another week. However, her feet are now a women’s size 7. Her height will catch up to her feet I am sure.

I am giving a quick peek at the sock pattern I have been working on. These are the bigger version of the Ribbed Socks for Kids pattern from last summer. I will have the bigger pattern available very soon. This ribbed sock pattern is a tried and true pattern for a cuff down, heel flap sock that I have used forever and a day when I knit socks. It is a standard sock pattern, very simple and straight forward. I have made fancy socks, stockinette socks, ankle socks, knee socks, striped and lace socks. This simple rib sock is by far my most favorite sock in the world. I have a drawer spilling over with this exact same ribbed sock. I love the way they work up and most importantly I love how they feel and wear on my feet.

I have a feeling you might like knitting and wearing these socks, too.

I like my sock cuffs to be about 6-inches long. I used two skeins of Fine but had lots left over so you could easily make the cuff quite a bit longer.  No problema.

If you haven’t knit with our gorgeous fingering weight yarn line yet you are missing out. It is wonderful to work with, squishy, has a slight sheen due to the silk, and they wear like nothing else. The stitch definition is divine and crisp. You will love knitting with Fine. I guarantee it.

The next pair I have on the needles right now is a stripey cuff ribbed sock. I am almost at the toe and then that toe will just fly off my needles. Oh, and those colors? The. Best. Can you imagine these worked up in the new Fine colors of Shitake and Red Hot? I can and I will!! I would like these with the red as the main color and with the shitake as the main color. I may have to make 2 pairs. I am liking those colors together so much. Maybe a striped hat, too!

By the way, my sheep sock blockers are from the Loopy Ewe. I have had them for at least a few years and I love them. I am extra excited to say that the Loopy Ewe now is selling Spud & Chloë yarns. That’s way cool.

I’ll be back with this standard rib sock pattern for women in a short while.

Hope you are well, friends.

p.s. The black mary jane shoes are Dansko and I have had them for at least 3 years now. I loved them so much I bought a pair in red, too. I don’t know if they still make this style:)