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March 28, 2012

It’s Time!

Time for a Knitalong!

Get your pattern!

Ready your needles!

Set out your color palette!

Go! Knit a Trifecta Scarf!

Knit in your three favorite colors of S&C Fine

The Spud & Chloë Gang will begin the Knitalong Monday, April 16th.

If you would like to participate you’ll want to purchase the Trifecta Scarf pattern from your local yarn shop or download from our website.
You will also need a size 3 (3.25mm) 40″ long or longer circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge) and 4 hanks of Spud & Chloë Fine. Two hanks of color A, and one each of color B and color C.

Here are the two color combinations I’m contemplating:

Inspired by our Spring discussion: Tulips, Daffodils and Irises.

The Trifecta Scarf is designed by none other than Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Be sure to read her interview in the Blue Sky Alpacas Bluesletter.

Inspired by my Pins, are you on Pinterest?

You can see the inspiration here, here and here.

You can find Spud & Chloë’s boards here.

The Trifecta will be a great project to work through, together. Especially the provisional cast-on, working a scarf lengthwise, and two lace patterns.

And when we are all finished, Trifecta will be perfect for late spring and the cool air conditioning of summer.

You can find the Raverly thread for this Knitalong here.

I hope you’ll join me, Fine is my favorite. Which colors will you be using?

Take care Spud & Chloë Pals.

March 23, 2012

Beachcomber

Esther's Tunic by Kristen Tendyke

A casual, fun knit Esther’s Tunic has minimal shaping and is knit all in one piece.

Great for layering, this tunic can stand alone as a tank or be worn with a jacket or gauzy peasant top.

Photo copyright Fox Translate

Knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater, this tunic is inspired by the maillots of yesteryear.

It’s easy to see on these bathing beauties where the vintage-inspired Esther’s Tunic began.

Esther's Tunic in Watermelon and Splash

No matter which combination of Spud & Chloë Sweater you choose, Esther’s Tunic will inject a playful, sporty vibe into any wardrobe.

Take care Spud & Chloë Pals.

March 20, 2012

Tangerine Tango Inspiration

The September Circle in Spud & Chloë Fine

The September Circle by Melissa LaBarre

Knit with Spud & Chloë Fine in Goldfish (7817) and Sidewalk (7822).

Tangerine Tango Inspiration

There is a simple modification on this cowl to make stripes occur in a logical place within the lace.

Knit rows 1-9 in Goldfish and then switch to Sidewalk. After completing row 9 of the chart is when you switch colors.

This way the color change occurs where the lace peaks.

The September Circle is versatile to wear.

With all the talk of Tangerine Tango, the 2012 Color of the Year, I couldn’t resist infusing my own wardrobe with some kicky orange.

I love how Goldfish and Sidewalk look together, Sidewalk makes the scarf fit with much more of my wardrobe.

The lace pattern is easy to memorize and if you haven’t worked with a chart yet, this pattern is a good place to start.

This project was so great that when a friend wanted one too, it was no problem to make a second one!

Have you added touches of Tangerine Tango to your wardrobe?

Take care Spud & Chloë Pals.

March 16, 2012

A Yarn Bomb Tribute

The summer Olympics this year take place in London. An anonymous Yarnbomber in Saltburn, in North Yorkshire has created a worthy tribute for the honor bestowed upon England.

Photo copyright North News & Pictures Ltd

The town’s pier is covered with a 50 yard long scarf! Almost every Olympic event is represented on this woolie wonder! The knit athletes are quite detailed and range from swimmers to sharp shooters and gymnasts.

To read the full article, click here.

I wonder if the Saltburn Yarnbomber’s identity will ever be known. Or if the motivation and cost, both time and financial, will ever be learned.

Take care Spud & Chloë Pals!

March 13, 2012

An Observation (And Winners)

Many things have been said about Knitters and Crocheters, but what seems to be our true nature, what is said time and time again (sometimes kindly and sometimes indicating that we may indeed be crazy) is that we are a sensory bunch.

We love the sound of needles clicking.

We think a new color is the bee’s knees.

The smell of wool delights.

The feel of cotton makes us stash away yet more yarn.

It’s our senses that play a large part of our being Knitters and Crocheters. And it’s the same things we all love about spring.

We love the sound of birds singing.

We think tulips, daffodils and pretty much any flower or color after the long winter is a little slice of perfection; they’re simply to make us smile.

The smell of fresh sheets, the spring breeze, and thunderstorms are perfect perfumes.

And we adore the feel of dirt in our hands as we plan this year’s garden.

It’s great to be a crafter; the question is do other people appreciate all those little sensory details? Or are we just more in tune?

And now for our winners!

Jessica: “My favourite thing about spring is lilacs blooming! I never pass up an opportunity to bury my face in them!”

Christine (farmgroupie on ravelry): “Cherry blossoms in DC. There’s absolutely no contest in this part of the world!” and

Shannon: “My favorite part of spring is when the weather is warm enough so my girls and I can go outside and play! They love the outdoors and can’t get enough of it!”

Congratulations all! And thank you to all the Spud & Chloë Pals for participating.

Photo copyright Knitting by Hand

To end this post I just wanted to mention Alison Stewart-Guinee’s latest pattern, the Three Kittens Mittens.

These adorable mittens are part of a collection of animal mittens including: Rascal Raccoon Mitts and The Fantastic Mittster Fox knit in Spud & Chloë Fine.

All three patterns are also inspired by classic children’s literary works. Reading and knitting, a winning combo.

Take care Spud & Chloë Pals!