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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.

22 Responses to “In the Works”

  1. July 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm Sarah says:

    I’m game to try, but it sounds like it would be more complicated this way. The nice thing about a pattern is that it takes the thinking, planning, and plotting out of it. I haven’t had much luck with making hats, etc. the other way. Cute sweater though.

    • July 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm sanderson says:

      Well, I can see how you would think that but the point would be to break it down into simple steps and give tons of guidance and suggestions along the way. I think it might be fun to try and then everyone could learn some new tricks along the way.

      I will have my sweater all worked out in my size and I will be posting specific instruction and how to vary that.

      Thanks for the reply:)

  2. July 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm Sara in WI says:

    I can’t wait for the knit-along AND the butterflies!

  3. July 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm Cindy says:

    Sounds great! I think a sweater knit-along might be just the thing I need to get me over my fear of my first sweater. For me, that would be so much more helpful than just having a pattern and trying to go it alone. Great idea!

  4. July 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm Melody says:

    The KAL on a top down raglan sounds fun – I have never tried one and I’m game – who wouldn’t love a new S&C raglan in their repertoire. thanks for all your do Susan – your enthusiam is catching for sure!
    Melody

  5. July 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm Juanita says:

    I would love to try it! I am trying to ease away from patterns, or at least customize them, so this KAL sounds fantastic.

  6. July 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm Susan says:

    I’m heading over to WEBS now to check out the sweater colors.
    Can hardly wait.

  7. July 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm dawn says:

    Gotta love the top down sweater! You sweater first timers, fear not it is very easy. Completed my first one last year and it definitely is the way to go. Take the challenge. The best part is no seams to sew……..at least the one I did had no seams.

  8. July 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm Diana Barry says:

    Count me in! I have already been thinking about it before you suggested it so I am so excited!

  9. July 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm Alina says:

    I’m game! I’ve tried this once before, and loved the result, it’s a great thing to learn.

  10. July 20, 2010 at 6:41 am Debbie says:

    Count me in too! I’ve knitted one top down sweater this year and I’m almost finished with another. Susan, what size needles are you using?

    • July 20, 2010 at 6:47 am sanderson says:

      I am using US size 7 to get 5 stitches per inch in the Sweater yarn.

  11. July 20, 2010 at 11:59 am Terrie says:

    Your sweater is such a lovely color! The knit-along sounds like fun :)

    I can’t wait to see the butterflies!

  12. July 21, 2010 at 12:27 am Wendy H says:

    a sweater knit-a-long sounds like a fantastic idea!!!

  13. July 22, 2010 at 10:08 am Cassandra says:

    This seems like a completely fantastic idea. I would love to learn how to knit a sweater this way!

  14. July 23, 2010 at 8:56 am Messy Karen says:

    i’ll knit with you.

  15. July 23, 2010 at 10:20 am Jennie says:

    All those projects sound exciting! I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing.

  16. July 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm Pam says:

    I would love to join a knit a long. I’ve never been part of one but this sounds great – I think I’d learn those little tricks that make sweaters a better fit. How do I join? Do I check back here to see when it starts?

    • July 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm sanderson says:

      It is going to be very casual and yes, just check back in when I get things rolling:)

  17. July 29, 2010 at 9:35 am Laura Tawney says:

    I’m loving the sweater and want to join in the knit-a-long! I can hardly wait and do love the color you are using. It looks great on you.
    Laura T

  18. August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am Camille says:

    Love the sweater and think a knit-a-along would be great way to buff up my beginner courage! Count me in.

  19. December 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm Aleida Wilmott says:

    Can I pay for Graeme Gill’s? I don’t need one (I have an i1Pro, a full spectrophotometer) but I’d love to support your work. It’d be much more useful for Graeme to have one (or more) for Argyll. If he has more, that means he can give some away to people who’d put them to best development use re Argyll, and that’s just great.