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March 30, 2011

Winners and Winning Designs

(photo provided by Petite Purls)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I’ll get right to the 2 winners of the Spud & Chloë at the Farm book and 5 hanks of squishy Sweater to make both Spud and Chloë. What an amazing response! I read every single comment and posted every single comment so I really did see them all. Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response. Nothing could be sweeter to witness after working so long and hard on our lovely little book.

The first winning entry is:

March 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm Christine says:

Hi Susie! Thanks for the wonderful offer. Can’t wait to cast on for Spud, he’s so adorable. My rav id is curlyblue62

The second winning entry is:

March 26, 2011 at 10:51 am Leslie Ross says:

My granddaughter, Adelaide, 14 mos. old, loves all animals and barns and farms. She makes the sounds of the animals in her play barn and stable. She has 2 dogs, 3 cats and 15 chickens (she helps collect eggs every day) and loves looking at the horses, ponies and goats at the farm across the road–I would LOVE to be able
to knit Spud and Chloe for her with your generous giveaway items.

Leslietricot on Ravelry.

Congratulations to both winners, Leslie and Christine! Please get in touch with me through email or Ravelry so I can collect your mailing addresses and send you your prizes. Wow! Thank you to everyone who entered. There are going to be more Spud & Chloë at the Farm giveaways coming up on various knitting blogs and I will be sure to keep you posted.

Now, onto some fun Spud & Chloë sightings out and about. There are some spring and summer Spud & Chloë patterns that have either just been released or are coming very soon.

Above is a new free dress pattern called Nova and it is found in the newest issue of Petite Purls. It is made in Spud & Chloë Fine and I just love the stripes and the buttons and the tights and the boots. Well, I love everything about it.

Click here to find out more about Nova!

(photo provided by Petite Purls)

Petite Purls strikes again with this adorable ruffly number! I love this one, too. This sweater is another free pattern and it is called, Nola Jane. Nola Jane is made in Fine and there is even an instructional video on the pattern page to help with the ruffles. How’s that for service?

Click here to find out more about Nola Jane on Petite Purls!

(photo by Rose Callahan)

Knit Simple magazine has done it again with this beautiful cable Spud & Chloë sweater. I would love to knit and wear this. It looks incredibly comfortable. Look for it in the newest Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2011 magazine. Here is the information about the pattern:

Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2011

Designer: Knit Simple Design Team
Yarn Information: Spud & Chloe Sweater
For Sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X

Amounts: 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) hanks in #7500 ice cream

(photo provided by Knitscene)

Knitscene has a new issue coming out, too. I love this magazine so much. The Figurehead Shawl is exactly the kind of project I’m obsessed with right now. I will definitely be making this one up right away as soon as I get the new issue.

Here is the information about the Figurehead Shawl:

figurehead shawl
alexis winslow

Size 34″ wide across upper edge and 10½” deep at center
Yarn Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd [146 m]/100 g):
• #7502 grass (A), 1 skein
• #7506 toast (B), 1 skein

(photo provided by Knitscene)

Click here to see more about the shawl project from Knitscene Summer 2011!

Well, it has been an exciting week so far on Spud says! Thank you for all of the support around here. It is so much fun every week as I feel like I never know what is going to happen next in the best kind of way. It’s the Great Spud & Chloë Adventure for sure.

I’ll be back soon.

March 25, 2011

Spud Giveaway!

Edited to add on March 30th, 2011: The giveaway is now closed. No further entries are being taken. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have an exciting giveaway to offer you today. To celebrate our first Spud & Chloë book being released we are please to announce that we have pulled together a fantastic prize package for two lucky winners!

If you win, here is what we will send to you:

One copy of Spud & Chloë at the Farm

Enough Spud & Chloë Sweater to complete both Spud and Chloë! This includes one hank each of Firecracker, Splash and Ice Cream and two hanks of Toast! That’s 5 hanks of squishy, yummy Sweater. There is one other small surprise we are throwing into the package but I’ll keep that a secret for now.

To enter please leave one comment on this blog post. Please include your Ravelry id or your email so if you win I can easily get in touch. I will randomly select two winners in a few days.

Good luck. Ready, set, GO!

Here is one last fun thing to leave you with as we head into the weekend. I swear that I had this entire hat with the ends woven in and the ribbons tied in less than 45 minutes and I am not even a fast crocheter! I swear.

Click here for a link for more information on the pattern in the video!

March 22, 2011

Hello Baby Hat – Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

The Hello Baby Hat pattern is ready for you. I made it to go along with the Hello Baby Cardigan but it is just as cute on its own. The Strawberry Charm is optional but awfully cute if you choose to latch one on top of your hat.

Here is some information you might like to know about the hat:


Size: newborn to 3 months

Yarn:Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/100 grams), 1 hank in Igloo #7517 for the cardigan and 1 hank (or a small amount) in Toast #7506 for the I-cord at the top of the hat

Note: I used the leftover Igloo from the Hello Baby Cardigan to make the hat.

Needles: US size 7 needles, 16-inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge

Note: I can comfortably fit 56 stitches around a 16-inch circular needle. If you can’t fit the stitches around a 16-inch needle you could use double-pointed needles or a 12-inch circular needle.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


Tape measure or ruler


Stitch marker

Yarn needle


Here is some information you might like to know about the Strawberry Charm:


Needles: US size 1 set of 4 double-pointed needles

Yarn: Small amounts of Spud & Chloë Fine in Red Hot #7815 and Cricket #7804


Embroidery needle


Stitch marker



Click here to download the free pattern for the Hello Baby Hat!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Hello Baby Hat!

March 16, 2011

Fresh and New Blue Sky Alpacas Website

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today is a good day at the office. Blue Sky Alpacas (Spud & Chloë’s sister company) has launched their new website. As with everything Blue Sky produces the new site is fresh, clean and elegant with a major dash of style. Here is the description straight from the Blue Sky Alpacas headquarters:

New Web Site!
neapolis, Minn. (March 15, 2011) –
Blue Sky Alpacas is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website! The new site boasts an easy to use design with new tools created to offer a more in depth look at our yarns and patterns. A complement to individual yarn store websites, visitors can zoom in on pattern images for stitch-by-stitch detail, explore the yarn pages for more detailed yarn descriptions, and check out the stitch sampler feature that shows how a yarn looks knit in a variety of stitch patterns. For more information, visit www.blueskyalpacas.com

We are proud and excited about the new website design and hope that you will be every bit as thrilled.

Click here to jump over to the new site! Please let us know what you think.

One more important note, there is a giveaway on the Blue Sky Alpacas Facebook account that just started. You have the chance to win the pattern for the gorgeous little purple cardigan (above and left in the photo) designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and the yarn to knit the project. A pattern and the yarn together makes for a good prize.

Click here to check out the BSA Facebook page and to enter the giveaway!

One last quick and sweet preview here for you. The Hello Baby Hat pattern (to go along with the Hello Baby Cardigan) is up next on the list. ~ strawberry optional ~

I’ll see you very soon for a super duper Spud & Chloë at the Farm giveaway you won’t want to miss.

March 14, 2011

It’s a Fine World

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Recently I finished a pair of socks that I am crazy about. Spud & Chloë Fine is heaven. In fact, I just received this comment on Ravelry from DoctorKnitter:

Hi, susanbanderson

I am writing to rave about the Fine Sock yarn. I can’t tell you (yet) what I am knitting because it is for a swap…suffice it to say that it is a pair of knee-high socks. Honestly, this yarn is INCREDIBLE. The silk adds a tensile strength that makes them feel like supportive stockings…and they have such a lovely sheen. Both these qualities were bonuses, since it was really the added warmth that made me interested in using the 80% wool 20% silk blend.

Will post a photo when complete. Just wanted to say, “Thank you.”

I couldn’t say it any better! Thank you, DoctorKnitter, for commenting.

Well, to make a long story short take a look at these gorgeous and fun socks by clicking right here! When I saw these awesome socks I could not stop thinking about them. I also could not stop thinking about how Spud & Chloë Fine has the perfect colors to recreate these socks. Off I went!

Now, because because the socks I made are practically identical to the socks in the photo I won’t be posting a pattern for these.

I will tell you a little bit about the socks I made though. I used a top-down sock with a simple broken rib pattern where you knit one round and then the next round is k3, p1 and then repeat! Also, I used US size 1 dpns for a dense fabric that is perfect for socks. These socks hug my feet and it feels so good. After debate about the type of heel to use I ended up with my good-old fashioned heel flap with a gusset. You can’t go wrong with that.

Here are the colors of Fine I used:

2 hanks Shitake

1 hank Sassafras

1 hank Tutu

1 hank Goldfish

1 hank Bumble Bee

1 hank Cricket

1 hank Glow Worm

1 hank Anemone

1 hank Calypso

Click here to see all of the gorgeous colors we have in Fine! The sky is the limit. Let me know if you are making a pair of socks like these. I would love to hear about it.

Don’t forget that when you are done with these stripey socks and you have all of the wonderful leftover Fine I have lots of patterns that will use all of that extra right up. Click here and here and here and here and here and here for a few ideas! My daughter, TC, now has a woman’s size 8 foot and her legs are looking mighty long! She is a sock stealer, too, and I love that.

I really am so caught up in Spud & Chloë Fine as of late. I am working away on another fair isle project in Fine that won’t be released for a little while.

I can’t get enough. Fine makes my work a joy. No one does color better than Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas.

One more note, I have an exciting announcement to make. Hop on over to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival site. I clicked on this site earlier and was startled to see my photo on the front page because I didn’t know it was up yet. It made me laugh. I will be teaching a Spud & Chloë at the Farm toy knitting class and I will be having a book signing at this fantastic fiber event! I am thrilled about it. The festival is May 20-22, 2011. If you are in the area I hope you will stop by. This will be my first sheep and fiber festival so I can’t wait.

Click here to see more about the event and my class and signing.

Thanks for all of the fun support on the new Spud & Chloë at the Farm book.  The book is off to a roaring start and we couldn’t appreciate that more.

I’ll be back soon with lots more!