(photo by Ellen Bishop)
Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,
Well, people are quickly finishing up their Polly Pullover/Cardigan for our knitalong. Only two to three weeks after we started there are finished cardigans popping up. In the photos I’ve seen everyone looks fantastic in their Pollies (or is it Pollys?) so far! Also, some are just starting their cardigans so no worries if you haven’t started yet.
The finished short sleeve cardigan with stripes in the photo above is by Ellen Bishop. This one is not for her, it is a gift for a smaller girl (I can’t remember if it’s her daughter but I think so), and now she wants to make one for herself. Ellen is an excellent knitter and she shares lots of her knit toys on the Friends of Spud & Chloë forum. She does great work. Ellen also used the leftover Outer in the Bayou colorway to whip up a Slope Hat to go with the Polly cardigan.
Merri Fromm, the designer, keeps getting compliments on her fantastic Polly Pullover pattern. It really is one of the most clear and simple raglan top-down sweaters you could knit. Great job, Merri!
If you click on the “knitalong” button under categories on the sidebar, you will be able to see all of the knitalong posts for the Polly Knitalong.
(photo by skinnedknees rav id)
A lot of people are making solid versions of the Polly but many are experimenting with different striping combinations. I especially like this one that includes the Sequoia colorway. That’s Sandbox (tan), Flannel (brown) and Sequoia (the rusty red) in those stripes. The photo above is from Skinnedknees on Ravelry or Sarah. She is an instructor at Firefly Fibers in Beaver Dam, WI where they sells tons of Spud & Chloë yarns. I was just with the shop and Alisa, the owner of Firefly Fibers, at the Madison Knitters Guild where they featured Spud & Chloë yarn as a vendor for the meeting. I hope to do a shop feature on Firefly Fibers soon. The shop is currently hosting a Spud & Chloë trunk show during this month of October.
Click here to see a blog post by Andrea on On Blueberry Hill! Andrea made the short sleeve cardigan version in solid Flannel and it fits and looks perfect on her.
Now onto the “more” part of this post. I have a new toy design that was released in the Knit Circus Special Issue, Gifts 2011. It is made in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton (for the cow and spots) and Spud & Chloë Sweater (for the horns and optional red scarf). Knit Circus has had a lot of great patterns done in Spud & Chloë, like here and here.
Lastly, I am heading for the Craftsy studios in Denver, Colorado, to film two online courses that will be available soon. I am so excited about the courses I will be taping and both are using the wonderful Spud & Chloë yarns, of course. I sent over a huge box of Spud & Chloë yarns to decorate the studio with, too.
The photo above is a peek at one of the courses I am teaching. It is a slick new pattern that makes three different toys all using the same body, so like a 3 in1 pattern. The best thing is that these toys are knit completely in one piece from the top of the head all the way down to the toes. It is a pattern that is jam-packed with clever tricks and twists to achieve a toy without a single seam. All three are adorable to boot. For these toys I used Spud & Chloë Sweater in Ice Cream, Watermelon and Beluga. Each toy uses less than one hank.
More to come later on this pattern!
(Knit by Raelynne01 and photo by Raelynne01 on Ravelry)
The other course I am teaching for Craftsy is the Giraffe from Itty-Bitty Toys. I am making a wonderful blue version in Spud & Chloë Sweater. I am using Splash for the body and head and Moonlight for the spots and details, both in Sweater. For a more traditional version I have seen others knit the Giraffe in Pollen and Firefly in Sweater and it is the perfect color combination.
I have also seen a couple of Spud & Chloë blue giraffes on Ravelry that I fell in love with. The photo above, from my friend Raelynne01 – rav id, really inspired me to make and teach a Spud & Chloë blue giraffe course for Craftsy. Thank you, Raelynne01!
That’s enough for now. With the grellow (Firefly and Beluga Sweater) I have started a hat that I love. I am thinking about some mitts to match, too. The hat will be a free pattern available right here when I am done.
Take care and I’ll be back soon with more….