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July 13, 2012

A Bear-y Fun Project

Information courtesy of Nina: a well-knit shop

Are you a charity crafter? Nina: a well-knit shop in Chicago is having a knit-along to benefit the Mother Bear Project!

The Mother Bear Project sends handmade bears all over the world to comfort children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The bear pattern is available in both a knit and crochet version, is easy to make, and is a great place to be creative and add playful details.

If you are in the Chicago area, Nina is having the knit-along Saturday 7/14, Sunday 7/15, Saturday 7/21, and Sunday 7/22.

However, even if you cannot make it to Nina’s, you can still be a part of the Mother Bear Project! Their website has all the info you need on how to sponsor a bear, make a donation, or purchase a pattern to create your very own bear.

What other causes do you enjoy crafting for?

June 20, 2011

Spud on the Road

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Spud has been one busy guy over the last couple of weeks. We headed to TNNA, The National Needlearts Association, in Columbus, Ohio from June 10-13th. If you don’t know TNNA is a huge convention for the fiber industry that is held twice a year. There you will find yarn companies, publishers, magazines, designers, authors, knitting product companies (bags, needles, wheels, etc.) and much more. This is basically the place shop owners go to select products for their shops but so much more goes on as well. There are dinners and meetings and mingling… and there is tons of inspiration.

This year Spud & Chloë at the Farm attended, too, and had a great seat right on the corner of our booth. It was fun to see people stop and visit the farm and see the entire set all together in one spot.

The Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë booth is always a treat. I always feel like it is an oasis in there. It is especially fun to see all of the knit and crochet samples from the pattern collections in person. The Seeing Stars Blanket (draped on the left in the photo) is getting a lot of attention and for good reason. It is stunning.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the booth and for placing orders for your shops. We had a wonderful time at TNNA this year. It is always good to touch base with old and new friends of Blue Sky and Spud & Chloë. Also, thanks for making the effort to attend my book signings for our Spud & Chloë at the Farm book. That was great fun to get to meet so many shop owners from all over the country. Putting a face with the shops is the best.

Just a few short days later, Spud and I were heading for a quick trip to Chicago. Our first stop was for a live TV segment on WGN’s Midday Fix. Here you can see me filming a teaser for the upcoming segment. If you look at the TV monitor, I love how Spud is peeking up in the lower right corner of the screen. That’s too good.

Here I am live on the air during the four minute segment. If you missed the show you can now watch it online.

Click here to watch Spud & Chloë at the Farm and me on WGN!

To finish off the last couple of busy weeks we headed to Nina: a well-knit shop for a meet and greet book signing event.

Click here to visit Nina’s website!

I love this shop and wish it was in my neighborhood. Nina, the owner, is on the right and her fantastic staff is to the left in the photo. It’s my second tour visit to Nina’s and I had a terrific time. The staff and Nina are so much fun. The shop is gorgeous and sleek and modern. It is organized so beautifully. I love the  way everything is accessible and clean. It is a shop that is well-curated to bring you the best of the best available in a wonderfully simple and clear way. I love that about Nina’s. You never feel overwhelmed. It is kind of calming in the shop.

The signing event was very well attended. A fantastic group of knitters showed up and supported the shop. I signed a ton of books. I signed some extra books that are now at the shop so if you’d like a signed book give them a call: 773.486.8996. They will happily send a copy right out to you.

Nina stocks all of the Spud & Chloë yarn and patterns and the Blue Sky Alpacas yarn and patterns as well. We are lucky enough to be her best-selling yarn company. I’m sorry not to have more photos of the actual event but it was busy and when I finally looked at my watch the time was almost up! That’s a good thing.

Now I am home for awhile and I need to settle in and get back to my knitting and pattern writing! I’ll be back soon with much more…

February 10, 2011

Creative Yarns – Featured Shop

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I received a sweet note from a yarn shop owner’s daughter, Whitney, suggesting her mother’s yarn shop to be a featured shop here on Spud says! How could I resist? The shop is called Creative Yarns and it is in Macon, Georgia. This shop just loves Spud & Chloë as you can see from all of the shop samples worked up in our yarns! The shop is in an old house and it looks so inviting.

All of the photos are courtesy of Whitney Ott.

Here is some insight into the shop straight from Kathy Davies, an employee at the shop:

“Although it was started as a teaching business, in 2003 Christy Ott opened a brick and mortar shop that was quick to become a favorite for knitters and crocheters all over the central Georgia area. The friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff make every visit a pleasure whether you need help with a project, selecting yarn or tools or just browsing through all the fiber.”

(The Bumble Up Scarf is on the left, ask about the sweater at Creative Yarns! The Braided Scarf is on the right with the some lovely fair isle mitts – ask about the mitts at Creative Yarns.)

“My favorite rooms in the shop are at the front of the store, off to the right. A recent reorganization led to a small sock room, full of our favorite sock yarns, books and tools; its own little space to get lost in for a while. And, finally, what I call the ‘green room’…a whole room dedicated to eco-friendly yarns where, of course, Spud & Chloë lives!”

“The atmosphere in the store is so welcoming, helpful and friendly that people tend to take a long time wandering from room to room and then back again. But the store also recently opened an online shop, so if you can’t make it into the store, you can always visit us there!”

It’s me again! Thanks Kathy for the nice description of the shop. The Li’l Man Vest and the Hoot Hat is on the left above and the Boy Meets Girl hat is on the right above.

The Camp Hoodie is on the left! I don’t know the hat pattern on the right but give the shop a call or send an email to find out.

Click here for the Creative Yarns website!

Creative Yarns is located at:
134 Speer Avenue
Macon, GA 31204

www.creativeyarns.net

Shop: 478/7GO-KNIT (746-5648)

OnLine Orders & Questions: 478/742-1648

Store hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sundays

I love the Ribbits in the Watermelon and Grass colorways of Sweater. The Buga Baby Bunting looks so cozy in the Hedge colorway of Outer. That’s our reversible canvas Spud & Chloë tote up there, too.

This hat looks like a variation of my Sweetheart Hat pattern done in Sweater. I love the Toast colorway freckled with shades of pink. Adorable.

If you have any questions about the patterns in this post give Creative Yarns a call or send an email to find out more.

Thanks Whitney for sharing Creative Yarns with us and getting in touch with me. Thanks to Christi, too! You have a wonderful daughter.

July 12, 2010

Angelfire Studios – Featured Shop!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a fun featured shop to share today. The shop is called Angelfire Studios and I’ll let the owner, Justine, explain a little about the shop in her own words:

Angelfire Studios opened its doors in 2004 in Basking Ridge NJ, shortly after finding out I was expecting my first baby, a whole whopping 2 weeks later as a matter of fact!  I plugged along through a multitude of obstacles, from morning sickness to being the new kid on the block.  My goal was, and still is today, to influence people to be creative and to try something new. You never know; you may fall in love with a new technique, a new texture, or a new craft. Sure enough, the knitters who we taught six years ago are still knitting in here and are just as excited to start their next project as they were with their first scarf. My dream was to create a place where people could indulge in a variety of different mediums, such a fiber and clay.  I teach all ages how to throw on the wheel, the pottery wheel that is, which is fantastic!  I love my students and the crossover between mediums is a blast!  Knitters want to try pottery, and the potters often grab a skein of this or that on the way out the door.  It’s a beautiful warm environment in this shop, we welcome all who want to learn and share their ideas with open arms.  We also offer a gorgeous selection of wool top for spinners and felters and host felting workshops with Carol Cypher, who is an incredible inspiration to all of us who felt and even to those who don’t!

We carry yarns all sorts of yarns here but mainly there is an entire wall of Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë!!!  There are hand blown glass buttons from Moving Mud and tons of handmade buttons from One World Buttons as well and even yarn bells made by yours truly. If only there were more hours in the day, I would be able to stock the yarn bells a bit more.  They sell out rather quickly, and I intend on offering them on the new online store, so I better get crackin’!

We launched our new online store two months ago, and so far it’s been great!  It’s been so nice to meet customers across the country, down south, and even three towns over.  Six years, and two kids later, I’m so happy and proud of this shop.  If you’re in the neighborhood please drop by, if not, visit us online!

Sincerely,

Justine

It’s me again! Thanks to Justine for the great write-up about her shop. Hey, can you believe this gorgeous crocheted blanket made out of our fantastic Sweater yarn? I want one stat! Please? I can’t get over how much I love that blanket. I’ll have to pull out my Crochet Motifs stitch dictionary and see if I can find something like this one. Justine didn’t say if they are selling a pattern for this blanket so you will have to contact her to find out more about it. Let me know if you find anything out!

The shop’s email address is: angelfirestudios@verizon.net

The buttons alone are to die for. I love the little flower buttons. Yes to that! Of course we always love our little Spud & Chloë pencil bags.

Not only does the shop have tons of Spud & Chloë, they have tons of Blue Sky Alpacas yarns. This sweater photo was sent to me with the title, Scarlett’s Blue Sky Skinny Cotton Summer Tee. I think it is adorable. Again, please contact the shop for more information about this sweater.

I have always had the urge to learn how to throw pots. I will be doing this some day in the future, no question. I love it when shops successfully combine creative mediums like this. It reaches such a broad audience. I would be at this shop all of the time if it were near me. Yarn and clay and spinning and throwing pots. It is too much and too good to be true!

Here is some shop information for you!

Angelfire Studios

403 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Phone: 908.604.4294

Hours: Tues 10:30 – 5:00, Wed & Th 10:30 – 6:00, Fri 10:30 – 7:30, Sat 11:00 – 5:30
For the online shop and general information look here:

Orders over $100 get free shipping!

I want one of these yarn bells in the worst way. I think it is beautiful in its simplicity. I may have to put an order in for one of these as Justine says she doesn’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with the demand for the yarn bells. Lovely.

Here are a couple more links for you if you are interested in Angelfire Studios:

Facebook page link!

Ravelry Group link!

Thanks so much, Justine, for sharing your wonderful shop with all of us. It looks like a cool and fun place to be. If only I lived a little closer….. I hope you have endless years of success ahead!

On a sidenote, any of you who are interested in owning our limited edition Spud & Chloë Tote Bag you will have to act fast. I know that Webs, Loop and Jessica Knits are all receiving a small number of totes, maybe even today! Move fast because Loop sold out their first shipment really fast. The totes are locally made (in Wisconsin!) and the fabric is a one of a kind small run from Spoonflower. The bag shape is unique and it is completely reversible with a sturdy snap closure.

Okay, I’ll be back soon with lots more!

May 15, 2010

Loops – Featured Shop

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Last December I had the privilege of visiting a fantastic yarn shop while I was on my book tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shop is called Loops. I was so impressed that I want to make sure to share this knitting hotspot with all of you. The shop is nestled in an upscale outdoor shopping center. There are restaurants and bakeries and beautiful shops surrounding the knit shop which makes Loops a real destination for knitters from all over. You can really make a day of it when coming to Loops but on the other hand it is completely accessible for a quick run in and out as well. The shop is a bubbling hub of yarn-induced excitement from both the staff and customers alike.

One of the main reasons I want to feature Loops is that they are a strong supporter of Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas. The owner, Shelley, told me that when Spud & Chloë first came on the market she already had such a trust in the Blue Sky brand that she ordered everything available sight unseen. That is some good faith! Shelley’s enthusiasm for Spud & Chloë is apparent throughout the shop.

Loops is a beautifully organized and huge shop. It is an experience kind of place. It is comfortable, easy and is staffed with some of the friendliest and smartest knitters around. The staff is positive and extremely helpful.

I love the way the shop is laid out with cubbies of yarn, samples and patterns all right together which makes for some of the easiest project shopping I’ve ever seen. It’s all right there in front of you. Together. The online shop is organized in the friendliest way as well. Be sure to check out the Spud & Chloë section of Loops’ online shop.

Loops is laden with samples at every turn. I like the way the samples the staff knits are done up in different colorways of Spud & Chloë yarn so the knitter can see the project in a variety of options. The Sidecar Jacket is gorgeous in the Carbon #7203 Outer colorway.

The Spud & Chloë pattern boxes filled with our patterns are always set right above or next to the yarn in the displays for easy access. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my pattern box at home. It helps so much to keep my patterns organized and in perfect condition. If you don’t have a pattern box yet to store your S & C pattern collection you should really look into getting one. It is an inexpensive and good investment. Any yarn shop carrying Spud & Chloë can easily get you a pattern box if they don’t have it on hand in the shop.

Loops has their Spud & Chloë Fine alongside their other sock yarns which is a smart move. I think sock knitters like to see their sock yarn selections all in one spot. Fine is such a standout for its vibrant saturated solid colors and subtle sheen (due to the silk). There is nothing else like it.

I love this version of the Camp Hoodie I designed out of Sweater for the Spud & Chloë pattern line. At some point soon I have to make a Camp Hoodie for myself. I would wear it night and day. I might just make it using these colors I like it so much.

I can’t recommend Loops in Tulsa and their online shop highly enough. The online shop is all organized and broken down for easy, simple access to all of our products. Loops is carrying the complete yarn and pattern line for Spud & Chloë. I get asked all of the time where to find Spud & Chloë yarn and patterns. Loops has it all at your fingertips in person and online. Here you go!

Click here to visit Loops’ online Spud & Chloë shop!

Click here to visit the Loops website!

Here is the general information about the shop:

Loops, a yarn store

2042 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK 74114
phone: 918.742.YARN
toll free: 1-877-LOOPSOK
1-877-566-7765
fax: 918.742.2993
e-mail:info@loopsknitting.com

I wouldn’t hesitate to call (toll free number) or email Loops for personal assistance of any sort. They are so helpful and patient and kind to their customers. I saw this firsthand! They will help you with yarn questions, pattern concerns, sending gifts, customizing an order. Anything!

I hope you can all take advantage of this topnotch retail spot for Spud & Chloë! Thank you, Loops!