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July 15, 2011

Spud & Chloë at the Farm Available on iBooks!

Hi Spud & Chloë at the Farm,

This is a week of announcements for Spud & Chloë. The first was about our new downloadable pattern store and now I have another bit of news. A few weeks ago our sweet little book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm, became available as an electronic book. It is available through iBooks (Apple’s book store through iTunes). Now you can download our book right onto your iPad, iTouch or iPhone and take it with you on your travels around the neighborhood or all over the world. A cool thing about this electronic version is that throughout the book there is “light animation” which means ears twitch, eyes blink and noses wiggle right on my knitted samples in the photographs in the book. It is really fun and sweet to see the knit characters move and come to life a little bit.

Our book trailer with the Spud & Chloë song is also included in the iBook. If you haven’t seen the Spud & Chloë book trailer click here to watch it!

If you get the book, and you get a chance, please let me know what you think. This is my first book to go digital and I’d love to hear some feedback. It is one of the first knitting books on iBooks and it is being featured right now in the New & Noteworthy books in the Crafting and Hobbies section on iTunes. It is all very exciting.

By the way, Spud & Chloë at the Farm (the regular book version) has already gone into its second printing only a couple months after the release. Thank you so much for the support.

Now onto some knitting news. I am obsessed with our squishy Spud & Chloë Outer at the moment. I have been trying out new stitch patterns, revisiting old stitch patterns…..

… and laying out all sorts of color combinations! The colors really get me excited about this new project. I am feeling the muted color palette at the moment. The colors matched up above in the photo reminds me of the fall season in the best way possible. I may tweak it slightly before all is said and done. What about a shot of Rocket or Giggle thrown in? Hmmm, I’m still thinking.

I am piecing together a new patchwork baby blanket with a few different twists from the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket. First off, there are only 9 squares for this blanket. It works up incredibly fast. Secondly, I am using a crochet provisional cast on (a new tutorial maybe?) and leaving the stitches live at the top of the squares. I am going to provide some different options for finishing or seaming the blanket together with the live stitches at both ends of the squares. The live stitches at both ends will also make picking up for the edging a little easier on two sides of the blanket.

I will keep you posted on my new Outer baby blanket. I need to think of a good name for it as well. Eventually it will be a new free pattern right here on Spud says!

Off into the weekend we go and I’ll be back very soon with more.

July 11, 2011

Spud’s Online Pattern Store is Now Open!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have some huge and exciting news today! We love to listen to our customers and it has become very clear through your many requests that we open an online pattern shop for our original pattern line. Well, today is the day! If you look at the upper right corner of our website you will see the shiny new category called, Pattern Store!

That’s right, you are now able to purchase all of the Spud & Chloë patterns online as they are now ready for immediate download! I am so excited about this. Access to all of our fun designs and patterns just got a whole lot easier.

Click here to check out our new online pattern shop!

All of the patterns are now ready for you to instantly download in pdf form! You can use Paypal or another form of payment – all quick and easy!

One pattern I am most excited about is this one called, Polly Pullover which is designed by our very own Merri (she writes the Blue Sky Alpacas Bluesletter which you should all subscribe to). If you are clicking away to buy some of our online patterns you might want to add this one to your cart. I am planning a knitalong for early fall for the Polly Pullover. I hope you will consider joining me.

Every week since Spud & Chloë launched two years ago I have been fielding requests for us to make our patterns available for download. You can imagine my excitement about this new venture for Spud! Now I can respond to these requests with a link to our new pattern shop! How great is that?

One important thing to note is that our printed pattern line is still so very valuable to us. The entire line, including future patterns and our pattern box, is still and will always be available for purchase in local yarn shops and online yarn shops. I am a huge fan of our unique printed patterns here at Spud & Chloë and as you can see I put my my Spud & Chloë pattern box to good use! There is nothing like a high quality and well-designed printed pattern and I actually prefer to have a printed pattern like this whenever I am able. Remember to always support your local yarn shops first. They need you!

It’s a new and exciting day for Spud & Chloë! Enjoy!

I’ll be back soon with another exciting announcement….

July 7, 2011

Spud & Ysolda

(photo from Little Red in the City)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Spud has a new friend and her name is Ysolda. Ysolda is without a doubt one of the most popular knitwear designers today. She has designs in the top Ravelry patterns in just about every category and usually she claims the number one spot on the list. Her design range is incredible. Thousands and thousands of completed projects of Ysolda’s designs have been posted on Ravelry as well. I love and admire her fearless approach to knitting and her never-ending devotion to be all inclusive with her designing when it comes to sizing and her garments.

Ysolda has definitely hit the design world in a unique way. She has basically done all of her publishing independently. Her newest book has just been released. I pre-ordered it the minute I heard about it because I want to support her in every way possible. I believe she is adding so much good energy to the knitting world and that is worth every penny to me. Her new book is called, Little Red in the City. You can order the book in print form which gives you access to the entire book in pdf form or you can only order the downloadable version which is fantastic.

Click here to find out more and to see all of the projects in Little Red in the City.

Little Red in the City is 264 pages long, is self-published, and about half of the book is devoted to an inside look and instruction on sweater design and how to best get your garment to fit your body. There are only seven patterns in the book but they are amazing sweaters and cardigans in a wide range of sizes. The size range is from a bust size of 30 to 60 inches which is just plain incredible. The photographs show the sweaters on tiny Ysolda in the smaller size range and also the same sweaters on the gorgeous Amanda in the upper size range. It is a great concept and I applaud Ysolda for taking on this tricky design task.

To hear a wonderful interview of Ysolda explaining her thoughts and inspiration for this book concept click here.

Anyway, much to my surprise when I received my copy in the mail Ysolda selected Spud & Chloë Sweater to create one of the seven patterns in her book! What an honor. Skelf is a reverse stockinette pullover sweater with sleeve, neckline and waist stitch details. It is a beautiful sweater and I just have to share it with you.

(photo from Little Red in the City)

Skelf is a seamless pullover that is worked from the bottom up. The reverse stockinette makes the details really pop and Sweater has the perfect stitch definition to make this happen in a spectacular way. The sweater is worked inside out for the most part because most prefer the knit stitch to the purl stitch. By working inside out you get to knit instead of purl which is a good thing. Ysolda used the colorways of Moonlight and Pollen in Spud & Chloë Sweater to make the samples.

Click here to read more about Skelf.

As you can see in the photo above, Ysolda’s sketches and handwritten comments and instructions are sprinkled throughout the book. This gives the book a home-y feeling which is fun and different.

(photo by bleideag)

The stitch details are referred to as a cabled tree motif growing out of the ribbing at the bottom and a vine detail that wraps around the deep scoop neck. The scoop neck also has a decorative button detail and who doesn’t love a button here and there? I think it is all exquisite.

The photos of the sample are from bleideag on Ravelry and you can read about her sweater here. She knit this sample for the book.

(photo by bleideag)

I appreciate anything with vines and leaves for some reason. Skelf is a fresh take on both of these motifs.

(photo by bleideag)

Ysolda includes charts, which are big and easy to read, and line by line written instruction. Her pattern writing is very thorough. The cable tree motif is so crisp in the Spud & Chloë Sweater. What a perfect use of this yarn.

(photo from Little Red in the City)

Here is Amanda in her version of Skelf. The way Ysolda has set up her book is innovative. I haven’t seen this concept before and I think it will be well appreciated by knitters everywhere.

Check out Little Red in the City online or in the print version in local knit shops everywhere! It is worth your time.

Well, as I like to end most posts, I’ll be back soon with more…..