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Archive for May 2011

May 11, 2011

A Spud Birthday Party

(photo by ckmarkin on Ravelry)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Kerry shared her daughter’s third birthday cake with me and now I have to share it with you. Her cute daughter had a Spud & Chloë themed birthday party this year.

(photo by ckmarkin on Ravelry)

How fun!

(photo by ckmarkin on Raverly)

Kerry is on her way to knitting up the complete Spud & Chloë at the Farm set as well. Thanks for sharing, Kerry, and keep us posted if you add more characters to the group.

Click here to see more of Kerry’s Spud & Chloë at the Farm set and party!

One other reason I want to share these photos is that I have had a few questions pop up on the Spud knitalong, which started about a week ago and is continuing. Here is the Ravelry thread for the knitalong if you are interested. This group has shared more tips along the way than I can count. One of the questions was about how big Spud is and so I thought the party photo could give you some perspective on this topic. More on that in a bit.

Here is one interesting tip for you that has come up in the knitalong. If you are having trouble with the twisted loops falling to the backside of the fabric while you are working, when you knit the two stitches together knit them through the back loops. I love this tip by pattytrish. Thank you.

I think pattytrish (rav id) is making 2 complete farm sets, one for her house and one for her grandchildren’s house. She has already completed the mouse, the farm dog, the cat, and Spud’s body. Click here to see her Spud in progress.

To continue with the topic of Spud’s size, he is a generous guy, well-rounded…. okay, chubby! Here is the second Spud I have made sitting on the book for some size perspective.

Here is Spud next to the book from above.

And here is Spud’s waist measurement, about 15 to 15 1/2 inches around. He’s big!

Okay, just a fun little Spud-filled post for you today. I will be back with some toy stuffing/filling pointers in conjunction with the Spud knitalong. Also, I have been given the green light to share some of our new Spud & Chloë colors that will be available in June! That will be coming up shortly and you will not be disappointed.

Knit on! By the way, Spud briefly appeared on the Ravelry Top 20 Pattern page this week. I am so glad I caught him the list. I don’t see Spud on there now but I really did see him! Go Spud:)

May 7, 2011

Lolly Pod

(photo provided by Laura Nelkin)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have to share this adorable baby knit with you today. Laura Nelkin has designed this tiny set using Spud & Chloë yarns. The baby is Luke and he is two weeks old in the photo.

Click here to find out more details and how to get the pattern for Lolly Pod!

May 5, 2011

Hang It Up – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a special treat for you today. Stacey Trock has designed some fun crochet hanger covers out of Spud & Chloë Sweater. We are offering this as a free pattern for you today! I think these are just adorable.

The hangers for the samples were purchased at Target.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Experience Level

Beginner

Materials

• Spud & Chloe Sweater (100 g/160 yrds): 1 hank each of 5 colors

• Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook

• Tapestry needle

• Small amount of polyester stuffing (for heart, optional)

Photo shown: Barn #7518, Igloo #7517,
Splash #7510, Firefly #7505, Cider #7515 & Turtle #7514

Finished Measurements

Fits standard size padded hanger.

Gauge

16 sts x 20 rows in sc = 4″ x 4″

Special Abbreviations

Beg: Beginning

Ch: chain

Cont: Continue(ing)

MC: Main color

Patt: Pattern

Rep: Repeat

Rnd: Round

RS: Right side

Sc: single crochet

Sc2tog: single crochet 2 sts together

Sl st: slip stitch

St(s): Stitch(es)

WS: Wrong side

Click here to download the free pattern!

May 2, 2011

Twisted Loop Stitch Tutorial


Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today is the kickoff for the Spud Knitalong! The pattern for Spud is found in our new book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm which can be purchased at your local yarn shop, online yarn shops and local, and online bookshops as well.

I have the first video tutorial ready to share today. I am demonstrating how to make Spud’s wooly coat using the twisted loop stitch. The twisted loop stitch is abbreviated as “tl” in the pattern. Although I didn’t invent the stitch technique, I named the stitch for my patterns and haven’t seen this technique used in this manner before. This is most likely the only place to look it up at this point.

Click here to see the video for the twisted loop stitch on youtube.

To join in the knitalong just start knitting! There is a thread running on the Friends of Spud & Chloë Ravelry group. Please post all questions either here on Spud says! as a comment or on the Ravelry thread instead of emailing or messaging me privately. Also, to all participants, please feel free to jump in and help each other and answer questions. I love that and that’s really what a knitalong is all about.

Click here for the Spud Knitalong thread on our Ravelry group, Friends of Spud & Chloë!

I am not a stickler for starting dates and joining in so all are welcome anytime. I would, however, love to know if you are joining me so if you haven’t so far, please do let me know.

I’ll be back soon with lots more….

May 1, 2011

Dreamy

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a few news items to take care of first today. The book/workshop/blog tour is continuing for Spud & Chloë at the Farm. I was interviewed on the Splendid Sticks blog and she is hosting a giveaway for the book.

Click here to visit the Splendid Sticks blog.

I also was lucky enough to chat with Kathy Elkins on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast. We talked all things Spud & Chloë. The podcast is available on itunes or you can click here to listen on your computer. I love this podcast and listen to every episode.

On Saturday, May 14th, 2011 (that’s in two weeks!) I am teaching a toy making workshop at Stitcher’s Crossing in Madison, Wisconsin from 1-3pm. Together we are making a mouse from Spud & Chloë at the Farm. I’ll be doing lots of demonstrations for face embroidery, whipstitching parts together, stuffing knit toys and more. There will be some fun gifts from Spud and a giveaway or two at the class. I can’t wait and I hope to see you there.

After the class on May 14th, I will have a drop-in book signing and trunk show, I will bring the entire set from Spud & Chloë at the Farm, from 3-4pm at Stitcher’s Crossing. This is a casual gathering and everyone is welcome!

Stitcher’s Crossing has all of the yarn available to make the entire farm set from the new book and they also have kits for individual projects or the whole set ready to go.  The shop also has signed copies of any of my books available at all times (I pop in the shop all of the time).

For workshop and book signing information please call 608 232 1500 or click here to visit the Stitcher’s Crossing website.

One last newsy-type item is the Spud Knitalong that I am hosting! It officially starts tomorrow, May 2nd, 2011. I am so excited about the great response to the knitalong of my friend, Spud. It appears a lot of people want to make Spud! You can join in anytime so don’t worry if you can’t start right away tomorrow, you are always welcome. See you right here tomorrow if you are joining in.

Now to talk about the fantastic Dream Catcher Blanket in the photos. Last winter I had a huge surprise show up at my door and it was delivered by my sister. On Ravelry I am lucky to be a part of a group called Itty-Bitty Knits where there is a big group of generous knitters who actively gather together to spread goodness and to offer support on a daily basis. The group does monthly charity knitting that sponsors different organizations all over the country and beyond. The group also loves Spud & Chloë which I appreciate.

The moderator of the group is Suzanne and she secretly came up with the idea to have willing members of the Itty-Bitty Knits group knit squares using Spud & Chloë Sweater and the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket square patterns. It was an enormous undertaking and actually it became quite a journey for Suzanne. In order to keep the whole thing a surprise Suzanne got my sister involved and kept a secret thread going on the group for months. Suzanne had met my sister at my book signing event at the Knitty City in New York City last year. I love that my sister was part of the whole thing.

Click here to watch Suzanne’s video podcast, Knitting Knirvana, where she tells the story of the making of the blanket which she calls Operation Surprise Susan (that makes me laugh). By the way, Suzanne has a video podcast that is wonderful and she just had a baby girl a few days ago. She is a good one.

I was completely touched by the generosity of the group and the enormity of the task of the knitting and stitching together of this blanket. Don’t let the photos fool you on the size of the blanket. It fits a king-size bed with 108 squares, 9 across and 12 wide. The squares came from literally all over the country and even from other countries near and far (even as far as China!). It blew me away to receive such a gift. I was floating for days or weeks or actually I am still floating when I think about it.

The gigantic Dream Catcher Blanket lives on the couches in my house. The colors are gorgeous and the layout of the squares is breathtaking. Everyday my kids are bundled up underneath it either reading or watching a movie or taking a nap. It makes me so genuinely happy to see them enjoying the blanket. The blanket is soft and warm and it feels like getting a big hug when it is wrapped around you.

I shared this story on my other blog but I had to share it on Spud says! as well. If you want to make someone feel loved I suggest knitting them a blanket. It works.

If you’d like to see me open the surprise box with the blanket on video click right here.

As usual I have lots of Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas knitting on my needles. The two cakes of Sweater in Barn and Grass are being whipped up into a little surprise at the moment. Any guesses what this will become?

Have a great day and tomorrow we begin the Spud Knitalong!