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March 1, 2012

Knitting School Dropout: Melissa

As promised, more Melissa fun. We have an interview with this swell designer.

The Swell Cowl is a free pattern, available on the Spud & Chloë Blog

You can find the Swell Cowl here.

Cousin Katie: Melissa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Melissa: I’m a life-long New Englander living in lovely western Massachusetts. I live with my partner Brendan, two cats, and we’re expecting our first child, a daughter in early May. I learned to knit in the mid-nineties, when I was in my early twenties and working in a nursing home. At first I thought it would be a way to bond with a resident who didn’t particularly like me, but it stuck and I ended up running a little knitting group during my time there. I kind of dropped it for a few years and picked it up again maybe eight years ago. I haven’t put the needles down since!

A sweet, feminine design from Melissa.

The Folk Story Cardi can be downloaded or purchased at your local Spud & Chloë stockist.

Cousin Katie: Congratulations! That is very exciting. With all of life’s goings on, what inspires you? In particular, what inspired the Swell Cowl or Folk Story Cardi?

Melissa: I’m most often inspired simply by what I’d like to wear at the moment. I’m kind of obsessed with reversible cowls at the moment, so this design follows that theme. I wear lots of cardigans, so I end up designing many too. I also love knitting lace, so this (the Folk Story Cardi), was just a way to combine two of my favorite things. I love to knit myself sweaters (can’t wait to get back to those when I’m not pregnant anymore), cowls and hats. I’ve been knitting mostly accessories these days.

Melissa, our brilliant designer.

Cousin Katie: What is your knitting space like?

Melissa: I do have a dedicated knitting room in my house, and it has a comfy chair and shelves filled with books and yarn. But these days I tend to knit a lot in my living room while I watch movies. It give me the option of taking a quick nap when I need one (which is pretty often these days).

Cousin Katie: What’s your favorite color? What color do you gravitate to knitting with?

Melissa: My favorite color changes, but lately it seems like teal-y blues are my favorite.

A Melissa design for Blue Sky Alpacas

The Men’s Striped Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas is a wearable men’s design.

Cousin Katie: Is there a special technique that you would like to share with the Spud & Chloë Pals?

Melissa: I use magic loop to knit anything with a small circumference in the round. It’s my favorite trick that I’ve learned over the years. I try to teach it to every knitter I know.

Cousin Katie: Is there something you don’t like about knitting?

Melissa: It takes an awfully long time! I’ll never get all those design ideas out!

A one hank, TECHNO wonder!

This Blue Sky Alpacas design, the Cafe Beret is another great accessory by Melissa.

Isn’t that the truth. There are never enough hours in the day to do all the knitting I would like.

Thanks to Melissa, for a great interview. I love getting to know the people behind all my favorite designs.

Stay tuned, I have one more Melissa surprise in store Spud & Chloë Pals.

January 20, 2012

The Gang’s All Here!

Welcome to the new Spud & Chloë Blog.

My name is Cousin Katie.

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I’m here to keep you up-to-date on my wee cousin Chloë and her pal Spud. As a bit of a social butterfly I’ll have lots of interesting guest bloggers, free patterns and just plain fun from our whole gang!

I also like to hang out here, here, and here too!

I’ll be sure to share all the things the gang is cookin’ up, it’s what I do! Just wait until you see…

December 30, 2011

Farewell

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to tell you all that I am moving on from being the curator on the Spud & Chloë blog. I want to send my greatest appreciation to everyone who has jumped in wholeheartedly on this adventure. To be involved in the start of something new and fresh has been exciting, fun, and a lot of good old-fashioned hard work, to say the least.

Again, thank you for the support. I will always look back on these last few years with fond memories and I hope that you will, too.

xoxo,  Susan

December 21, 2011

From one sheep to ewe

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Happy Holidays! from the gang at Spud & Chloë.

A free downloadable holiday gift tag for your personal use!

Download this Spud gift tag PDF, print the page on card stock and cut them out. Then punch a hole and attach with your favorite yarn. We used Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in the photo below.

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See you next year!

December 7, 2011

Spud & Chloë Fine in Winter Knitty

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Hi Spud & Chloë  Friends,

Laura Nelkin has a new design featuring Spud & Chloë Fine in the new winter issue of Knitty. It is a pattern for a pair of gorgeous gloves, called Teknika, knit in Spud & Chloë Fine in the Hippo colorway. Laura paired up the Fine with a striping sock yarn but you could also use different colors of Fine combined with the Hippo which is what I plan on doing.

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The reason the gloves are called Teknika is because Laura knitted in conductive thread so you can use your phone without having to peel your gloves off. I know I could use this in the dead of winter!

Check out Laura’s blog post about the Teknika gloves (and her love of Spud & Chloë)!

Check out the pattern on Knitty!

Laura also knit up that adorable baby set I shared here on Spud says! awhile back. It is called Lolly Pod and it is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater and Fine. Click here to see that one!

Happy Wednesday.