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Archive for July 2010

July 28, 2010

Onward

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends!

First off, thanks for the great response to the tiny butterfly rings! It was just a quick throw in freebie and I didn’t expect the outpouring of butterfly love. If you missed it click here for the free pattern and click here for the Ravelry project page. Within an hour of posting the pattern a quick knitter already had a butterfly ring posted on Ravelry. I wrote to tell her how speedy she was and she told me her daughter would not take her ring off for anything. Love that.

I want to share a bit about the top down raglan I am knitting up in Sweater Grape Jelly. I am moving onward and upward. Or I guess I should say downward!

The body is finished. I added a quick garter stitch border at the bottom edge. My main goal here is simple and easy. I picked up and added a similar neck edging. This sweater feels so good to hold and wear. You wouldn’t believe it. It is soft and squishy and warm. I love it.

Here’s what I’ve got so far. I couldn’t wait to try it on…

Guess what? It’s perfect!!! I love the neckline and the pure simplicity of this sweater. It is my new favorite for sure. This sweater is incredibly comfortable with the fit and the yarn. I’m all about comfort in my clothes, nothing fussy is welcome.

I’ve got a plan written out for the sleeves and have started the first. I am about two inches along.

Don’t you love it when something works out so well? I am knitting on US size 7 needles at 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch. My sweater is in the 36 inch chest measurement size which is usually a medium. I didn’t add waist shaping because I don’t like tight clothes at all but you could add waist shaping. I am on the 4th skein of Sweater in the Grape Jelly colorway. This deep, rich eggplant/plum purple is so interesting as a color because it changes with the light and keeps you guessing.

More to come as that’s all I know for now. Knitalong plans are in progress but it will still be a little while before we start. I’ll keep you posted.

July 26, 2010

Butterflies

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have some tiny butterflies to share with you today. My daughter is in love with this sweet project. The butterfly on the right above is made out of Sweater and the butterfly on the left is made out of Fine. Knitting a butterfly is the perfect tiny summer project to give you a bit of a quick boost. The butterflies I made are placed on I-cord rings but you could stitch a butterfly on a sweater, on a hair-tie or barrette or on a scarf or the cuff of a mitten or kids’ sock. The possibilities are endless. It is a great little user-upper of odds and ends, too.

You only need tiny amounts of yarn in any of our cheerful colorways so just pick and choose as you see fit.

Yarn: Small amounts of Sweater (our worsted) or Fine (our fingering weight)

Finished measurement: 1-inch for the Sweater butterfly, 3/4- inch for the Fine

Needles:

For the Sweater butterfly: US size 5, set of 2 double-pointed needles

For the Fine butterfly: US size 2, set of 2 double-pointed needles

Exact gauge is not important.

Materials:

Ruler, yarn needle, scissors

Body:

With the center body color cast on 3 stitches. Work in I-cord for 1-inch for the Sweater and 3/4 inch for the Fine.

Next row: slip 1, k2tog, pass the slip stitch over the second stitch and off the needle (1 st remains)

Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitch.

Wing:

With the selected wing color pick up 5 stitches along one side of the I-cord body.

Row 1: knit

Row 2: kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts)

Row 3: knit

Row 4: k3, bind off 1 stitch, k2

Row 5: k2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. Cut the yarn.

Reattach the yarn at the center and continue on with the remaining stitches as follows:

k2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle. Cut the yarn.

Weave in all ends to the back side of the butterfly and trim.

Repeat the wing on the other side.

Ring:

Cast on 2 stitches in the selected ring color. Ideally, measure the finger of the person wearing the butterfly ring. If not, the rings I made are 2 1/2 inches long.

Next row: k2tog (1 st remains)

Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitch. Using a yarn needle, stitch the ends of the I-cord together to form a ring.

Using the same end on a yarn needle take a few stitches to attach the butterfly to the ring. Weave in all ends on the back side of the butterfly and trim.

That’s it! Have fun with your tiny butterflies!

Click here for the Ravelry pattern page for Butterflies!

I bound off the body on the Grape Jelly Top Down Raglan! Will share soon!

Now the sleeves!!!

One more quick thing, I was interviewed on the Math 4 Knitters Crafty Living podcast show #30 and talked a bit about Spud & Chloë if you are interested in listening. Click here to listen or you can download from itunes as well.

July 23, 2010

On the Run

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas have recently started printing pattern cards for our On the Run series. The pattern cards are sent to shops along with their yarn and product orders. The cards are available for order from yarn shops, too! If your yarn shop is not carrying the cards you might like to give it a mention. The patterns are fun and portable-type projects.

Well, when I saw the most recent Spud & Chloë On the Run patterns I knew I had to share them with you here. The first one is the New in Town top down raglan! It is the easiest, fastest, seamless baby sweater I have seen. The size range is from 0 to 18 months needing 2-4 skeins of Outer. Talk about a go-to baby shower or baby gift! There is none better. I might make one in every color just to have on hand as gifts.

The largest size is 11 3/4 inches from top to bottom at 2.75 stitches per inch on a US size 11 needle. This sweet sweater is so quick and effortless to knit up. Plus, it is adorable in its simplicity. All babies are welcome, both boys and girls. Maybe you want to add some Blooms to make a girly sweater and some handsome stripes in manly colors or just keep it plain. It’s all good whatever you end up doing.

Click here for the Ravelry page for the New in Town baby sweater!

The other On the Run pattern card is for these adorably sweet baby pants called, Antsy Pants by the one and only Bobbi Intveld (the designer of the famous Baby Bobbi Bear among many other great designs!). Could you imagine coming to a baby shower with a New in Town sweater, a pair of Antsy Pants and a Baby Bobbi Bear? That gift set can’t be beat!

Okay, here are the facts for the Antsy Pants. The pattern is written for sizes 0 to 24 months. You will need 2-3 skeins of Outer. The gauge is again 2.75 stitches per inch on a US size 11 needle. These whip up in no time at all. Love them!

Click here for the Ravelry page for the Antsy Pants!

The On the Run cards are 4 by 9 -inches and are printed on a lovely card stock which makes them perfect for your knitting bag. Yarn shops are doing different things with the cards. If you are a yarn shop owner please feel free to chime in with what you are doing with your On the Run pattern cards!

Again, if you are interested in this series of patterns please contact your local yarn shop or an online yarn shop. Check out our stockists page if you need help locating a shop near you.

I am waiting for some sunshine to get some photos of my tiny butterfly project. As soon as that sun shines again in the old Mad-City I will get that project up and available for you. That’s a promise.

I am almost done with the body of my top down raglan. I will keep you posted on that project, too. I’ve gotten quite a response from interested knitters wanting to join in a top down raglan knitalong! Thanks for that and we are going to have some good knitting fun together. Can’t wait.

July 19, 2010

In the Works

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

There is a lot in the works around here. I am making nice progress on a very simple top-down raglan in our Grape Jelly Sweater yarn. I have used 2 skeins so far. It is progressing nicely. I keep trying it on and measuring as I go. I also keep measuring other finished sweaters that have a good fit so I can compare the measurements. This keeps me on the right track. So far, so good!

What I am thinking about doing with this sweater idea hosting a knitalong right here on Spud says! I won’t be sharing an exact pattern but instead it will be more like a good solid recipe with lots of instruction so you can make your own sweater to fit you! You can really do it! I even have a special guest lined up to help answer questions and give tips along the way with me. She is a super expert on the topic. It should be fun.

I won’t be starting this for at least a couple of weeks so I am just putting the idea out there to get your creative juices flowing! I think it will be a lot of fun. I don’t know yarn amounts yet so hang tight on that. You could definitely start picking out your favorite colorway in Sweater to get a jump.

How does that sound?

One last quick thing, if you are interested in getting a Spud & Chloë limited edition tote bag they are  now available here!

I’ll be back shortly with some tiny butterflies for you.

July 15, 2010

Spud & Chloë Trunk Shows!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I want to start off by apologizing to our faithful subscribers about not receiving the last few Spud says! updates by email. We had a server change and we just figured out that the email updates weren’t happening. Well, it is all fixed and in sync and the subscribers will be automatically emailed once again.

Please be sure to check out the blog to make sure you haven’t missed any of the new free patterns and other updates.

Click here to go to Spud says!

Now to change the subject I’m calling all shop owners! You can sign up to receive one of our new redesigned trunk shows!

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Our redesigned trunk shows are available now so come and get it! Request a show and choose from dozens of cleverly coordinated presentations. Contact us to host any of these gorgeous, fun and spirited collections in your shop! We are happy to send this knitted goodness right out to you.

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Everyone needs a little Spud & Chloë energy in their local shop! Here is the specific contact information:

E-mail us at:  info@spudandchloe.com

Call us at:

888.460.8862 (Toll free in Canada/North America)

763.753.5815 (International)

763.753.3345 (Fax)

Write us at:

Blue Sky Alpacas
Attn: Spud & Chloë
P.O. Box 88
Cedar, MN 55011

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You all know that Spud & Chloë is a division of Blue Sky Alpacas.  Blue Sky is newly on Facebook (click here) and Twitter (click here)! Please join us in these places, too. The more the merrier and we’d love for you to come along. There is a lot going on and it is a great way to stay updated.

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When I see these trunk show packages it makes me want to have a Spud & Chloë trunk show at my house just for me! Don’t worry I won’t sign up. I want you all to enjoy these spectacular knit pieces in your own local shops.

Have fun with the trunk shows and be sure to keep me posted. Another thing is that on our Ravelry Group, Friends of Spud & Chloë (click here to check it out), feel free to post about when your shop is hosting the trunk show! This is great free advertising and then people can comment and chat about it.