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Archive for April 2011

April 26, 2011

Who wants to knit Spud with me?

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am getting ready to launch a knitalong for Spud starting next Monday, May 2nd, 2011. I can’t wait to start working on some of the projects from the new Spud & Chloë at the Farm book together. There is no better character to start with than the star of the show. If you are interested start gathering your book and materials and we’ll work through the pattern together. I’ll give tips and tricks along the way for making Spud but also just for toy making in general.

I have been getting a few requests for a video tutorial on how to do the loop stitch for Spud’s wooly coat. It is a little tedious but it is only for a few short inches. The extra effort is well worth it in the end because when you hold Spud and feel his loopy coat there is something different and special about it.

I will have the video tutorial for the twisted loop stitch ready for the kick off on Monday!

Here is a list of the materials you’ll need to make Spud along with the book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm:

Finished measurements:

8-inches tall (not including hair on head), 5-inches wide across the body, 5 ½ -inches long from the front end of the body to the back end of the body


Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein each in Ice Cream #7500, Toast #7506 and Firecracker #7509

Tools and Materials:

U.S. size 4 double-pointed needles, set of 4 or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch marker


Yarn needle

Polyester fiber-fill

Tape measure or ruler

Black embroidery floss

Optional: poly pellets (Do not use for young children or babies as it poses a choking hazard.)

Gauge: 5 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Let me know if you’re planning on jumping in and making your own Spud.

I’ll post a thread on our Ravelry group and will make announcements on our Facebook page as well.

I hope to see you there!

April 20, 2011

Spud’s Visiting a Different Farm

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Please hop over to visit my dear friend, Kristin Nicholas’ fabulous blog, Getting Stitched on the Farm. She has posted an in-depth review of Spud & Chloë at the Farm and is hosting a giveaway for the book as well.

Click here to visit Getting Stitched on the Farm to look around and to enter the book giveaway!

See you soon.

April 15, 2011

Another Stop on the Farm

(all photos provided by Oiyi’s Crafts)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today we visit another stop on the book blog tour at the fantastic Oiyi’s Crafts. This is a blog I have been following for years now. Angela is an incredibly talented knitter, designer, spinner and mother, check out her etsy shop.  I love how she shared her adorable 3 year old daughter’s look through Spud & Chloë at the Farm. This girl is the cutest thing and she is lucky to have such a talented crafty mom. I have loved seeing all of the handmade items Angela has made for her daughter along the way.

Little Lamb is a favorite project.

The Farm Dog is perky and energetic.

The cartoon children’s story is shared frame by frame throughout the book and then all together in one place at the end.

Thank you, Oiyi’s Crafts, for hosting a stop on the blog tour today. Oiyi’s Crafts is offering a giveaway for the Spud & Chloë at the Farm book.

To enter the giveaway or to check out Oiyi’s Crafts in general click here! Good luck if you enter.

Onto other news, late last night I finished up a big two part project for the upcoming Spud & Chloë pattern line set for June release. Remember the fair isle project in Fine I shared a sneak peek of a short while ago? That’s the one in the blues and greens. I am really excited about the way it turned out. My only wish is that I could keep it for myself but turning your finished knits over when they are done is all part of the job.

Also, I’ll be in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival on May 20-22nd. I am teaching a toy knitting workshop on Saturday, May 21st and on the same day I’ll be signing books and hanging around the festival for a bit if you’d like to stop by and say hello. Hope to see you there.

Here is a run down on some other events and there are a few more I’ll add in later but here it goes for now:


Find out how to win the book here: http://twitter.com/artisanbooks

April 20, Kristin Nicholas’ GETTING-STITCHED-ON-THE-FARM


April 29, SPLENDID STICKS, a new site by Kara Gott Warner


April 30, READY, SET, KNIT! podcast with Kathy and Steve Elkins






June 1, NEVER NOT KNITTING podcast with Alana Dakos and blog


June 7, PETITE PURLS—Summer Issue!


PLUS! Catch Susan in-person at:

June 11, TNNA (Columbus, OH): Signing her new book in the Unicorn Booth at 1:30pm.


June 17, WGN mid-day show appearance and nina, a well-knit shop (Chicago, IL): Meet & Greet Book Signing, 5-7pm.


…and just in case you missed these…



April 4, KNITTY—Spring and Summer Issue!




April 13, 2011

Cute Baby Alert

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

A cute baby reading a farm book is something I can’t resist. Spud & Chloë at the Farm is starting to make the rounds on a blog tour. Hannah Fettig, the creator of the wonderful blog Knitbot and the mother of this beautiful baby boy, is hosting the tour stop today. She is also hosting a giveaway.

Click here to go to Hannah’s blog for the giveaway or just to enjoy her blog!

Hannah knows just how to capture a feeling and these photos tell a story. Looking at a baby reading a book makes me so happy. I can just hear what he’s saying while he’s pointing.

Anyway, I will never pass up the chance to share baby cuteness with you. Thank you, Hannah, for hosting and sharing a little piece of your life with us.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat all about Spud & Chloë with Marly of the Yarn Thing podcast. It is up and available for a listen now. The show is about 30 minutes long.

Click here to listen!

Yarn Thing is also available on itunes.

I’ll be back soon with more.

April 11, 2011

Spud & Chloë at the Farm Book Trailer

Artisan books has released a book trailer for Spud & Chloë at the Farm. It is a quick and catchy little viewing. Enjoy!

What are you doing for lunch today? I hope you can join me on Yarn Thing. April 12th at 11am Central/10am Mountain I am being interviewed live on the Yarn Thing podcast. There is a call in feature so feel free to call in and chat with Marly and me! I would love it.

Click here for the link to the Yarn Thing podcast site including the phone in number!

Hope to talk to you on the podcast.