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December 30, 2010

Spud & Chloë at the Farm

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Here is a first glance at the cover of my next book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm! I have seen this new book popping up in places here and there so I want to jump in. We are all so excited for the release of the first Spud & Chloë book. It will be available for purchase in April 2011 so there is still a little bit of a wait. As the time gets closer to the release date I will start sharing more of the projects, sneak peeks, behind the scenes silliness and some of the contents of the pages within.

One thing that is really fantastic about this book is the unusual concept. It is a freshly coined “Knit and Read” book! The book has a completely new concept that will add to your knitting book experience. Spud & Chloë at the Farm is a knitting book with patterns for 13 adorable animals and farm accessories but it also includes an illustrated children’s story. I am so incredibly excited about this aspect of the book. Amy Cartwright, a talented illustrator, took my storyboards and story text and made the most adorable Spud & Chloë and their animal friends illustrations to go along with the story. As the patterns are presented to the reader so is the cute little story line.  It is printed in full length cartoon-style at the end of the book. It is just fun, fresh and cool.

I am very excited and proud of this collection of knitted toys. I hope you will join in the farm fun with me!

The book is available for pre-order on places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other big booksellers. It will also available in all of your local yarn shops that carry Spud & Chloë yarn and products. I am sure you could request to pre-order with your favorite yarn shop at anytime. Make sure you support your local yarn shops that carry our Spud & Chloë goodies!

Click here to see my new book on Amazon!

Click here to see my new book on Barnes & Noble!

December 22, 2010

A Few Quick Gifts

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I wasn’t going to knit any gifts this year and then about a day and a half ago I decided to whip up a few items. I turned to my leftover baskets of Spud & Chloë to piece together a couple of gifts. It makes me feel so good to have a couple of knitted items under the tree.

Above, I made a quick hat for my husband using Spud & Chloë Sweater. He is a big guy and so he has trouble finding a hat that actually fits. I am hoping this one will fit well. We’ll wait and see. I made this pattern up awhile ago, actually for a hat I knit for my brother, and now I have made several of these hats for the men in my life. I will make the pattern available at some point in the future. I used the colors Lake and Grass. I think it is pretty smart looking.

I just finished this pair of Outsider Mitts in Carbon and Soapstone Outer. These mittens whip up so quickly and I forgot how fun mittens are to make. I cast on in Soapstone, worked one round in rib and then switched to the main color, Carbon, for the rest of the mittens. I made these in a little over an hour yesterday morning. Fun!

I have a second pair on the needles in Soapstone (for the trim) and Bayou for the rest. This pair is for my niece who has a birthday on the 26th. Her birthday tends to get lost in the shuffle being the day after Christmas so this year I will be prepared!

Now these I didn’t knit for someone else, I received the Happily Ever After Mitts as a gift! Can you believe it? I think I have mentioned it before but I don’t get to keep the samples of the things I knit for the blog. I ship them off to the company so they can be used in trunk shows for the knit shops to enjoy. I usually don’t mind at all, it is just part of the job, but occasionally I would love to keep a few of the things I design for myself. The Happily Ever After Mitts were one of the items I wished I could keep.

Sweet Merri, who works with me at Blue Sky Alpacas/Spud & Chloë, sent me a pair that she knit up as a holiday gift! It is the sweetest gesture ever and I have been wearing them non-stop. It is rare for me to get a knitted gift so I love and appreciate the mitts more than Merri could imagine. I know the effort that goes into a gift like this. I love Merri’s color choices, too. Thank you, Merri!

Anyway, I’d love to hear what holiday gifts you have been knitting with Spud & Chloë this season!

December 20, 2010

My Year with Spud

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I pulled a slide show together of the projects and things we have done together over the past year here on Spud says! It has been quite an adventure to say the least and it would be nothing without all of you! You are one fun crowd. I wouldn’t feel complete without including the seaming of the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket video one more time. That blanket took on a life of its own.

I have loved every last stitch and word from the past year. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Have a good and busy holiday week! I’ll be back soon with more fun for you. Soon we’ll start all over again for the next year. I can’t wait.
Susan

December 17, 2010

10 New Colors for Spud!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

‘Tis the season for new colors! I am incredibly proud and excited to share our new selection of Spud & Chloë colors today. The new colors are being shipped as I write to your local yarn shops and your favorite online shops. Check out our stockists page to see where you can get your Spud & Chloë yarns, patterns and products.

Get ready to meet the best new colors and color names in town! No one does it better, hands down.

Now, time for formal introductions….

Meet Bubble (above) in our super bulky yarn, Outer. This is the most perfect baby blue I have ever seen. Clean air, sky, dreams, peace, and contented sighs come to my mind when I see Bubble.

Meet Ballerina in Outer… the sweetest pink in town. This yarn has been kissed. Blushing, sweet rosy cheeks, the lightest pink rose and little girls in ballerina tights come to my mind when looking at Ballerina.

Baby knits have met their match with the addition of these two colorways. I was hoping for these adorable colors and they showed up on my doorstep. How good is that? You will absolutely love these new bundles of joy.

Meet Igloo in Sweater. This bright white is so pure, crisp and clean. Igloo is a gift for my eyes.

Meet Barn in Sweater. I have been waiting for the most fantastic bright and true red and here it is! This is my holiday gift from Spud.

Meet Waterslide in Sweater. I thought it wasn’t possible to improve on Splash in Sweater but then Waterslide came along. The depth and beauty of this shade is endless. Ahhhh….

Meet Dragonfly in Fine, our luscious sock weight yarn. Dragonfly is the deepest, darkest shade of purple. You could get lost in there.

Sock lovers unite! We have FIVE new colors in our gorgeous superwash wool and silk blend sock yarn. I could not believe the new colorways for Fine. They are exquisite and fun. I want a pair of handknit socks in every color and then I want to stripe them together for more socks.

Don’t forget that Fine is perfect for sweaters, hats, scarves, lace, shawls, mittens and gloves. When you feel this unique yarn you realize the sky is the limit. It feels as light as air and it is durable to boot. The. Best.

Meet Goldfish in Fine. Have you ever seen a better gold? I have not. It is the perfect mix of orange and yellow.

Meet Greenbean in Fine. Welcome to the world! You simply can never have enough green in the world. I’ll take every shade I can get. Greenbean is a beautiful dark green that makes me think of forests, mountains, turtles, jungles, vines…. and greenbeans! How about you?

Meet Orangutan in Fine. This deep shade of orangey-red is so rich and intriguing. I just love this shade and the name, it is one of my favorites.

And last but not least, meet Wildberries in Fine. I love how two shades of purple can be so different. Wildberries has more of a raspberry bend, where Dragonfly has more of a gray feel in my eyes. I could compare and contrast all day.

Well, I hope you enjoyed meeting our new colors. Each season I get more excited to cast on as the new colors come out and the possibilities seem endless.

December 13, 2010

Scrunch Scarf – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a great last minute knitted gift for you today. I am calling it the Scrunch Scarf because that how it feels around your neck, all scrunchy and good. This scarf can be worked up in a matter hours on big needles and our big Outer yarn.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished measurements: 5 inches wide (garter stitch sections) by 64 inches in length

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton; 100 grams/ 60 yards), 4 hanks in selected color (sample made in Rocket #7211)

Needles: US size 15 for stockinette sections (I used 24-inch circulars to work back and forth) and US size 11 for the garter stitch sections (I used two double-pointed needles to work back and forth)

Note: The scarf starts out on the larger size needles, then switches to the smaller size needles for the garter stitch section. I recommend using 2 double-pointed needles to work back and forth because it makes it easier to remember to switch back to the correct needle size when changing sections.

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch using the larger needles

 

I have been wanting to knit something in this fantastic Outer colorway, Rocket. It is a really great shade of pink.

I think a ruffle in a super bulky yarn looks so squishy and good. The edges on the stockinette section will roll under slightly. The simple increasing and decreasing creates a gorgeous and interesting scarf without being complicated.

You can wear it folded and pull the ends through the loop….

or wrapped around your neck a couple of times and tied. I like to wear it both ways!

Have fun with the Scrunch Scarf!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Scrunch Scarf!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Scrunch Scarf!