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August 7, 2014

CAL Recap: Dino Love!

Last month, we co-hosted a Crochet-along with FreshStitches in the Friends of Spud and Chloë Ravelry group! Participants chose their favorite colors of Sweater yarn to create their own adorable dino friend using the Spikey the Stegosaurus pattern by Stacey Trock. CAL participants showcased their creativity through their choice of yarn colors, photos, and modifications – and some quick stitchers even made multiple dinosaurs during the course of our CAL!

Our prize winners were chosen at random my putting everyone’s name into a hat, and our lucky winners were nutmegknitter and amchart!

Top: Nutmegknitter’s project in Barn and Beluga Sweater
Bottom: Amchart’s project in Firefly and Lilac Sweater

While we’d love to share every single finished project shared here in our group, we’ll just highlight a few unique entries to inspire you to pick up your hook and get stitching! First, LittlePandCompany shared a creative photo of her WIP, which was apparently unearthed recently on an archeological dig! The resulting dinosaur is a rather handsome fellow in Jellybean and Pollen Sweater yarn.

Alkasmelsah used buttons instead of safety eyes to put a unique spin on both of her finished dinosaurs. She chose two bold color combinations to create her stripey Stegos in Sweater: Barn and Pollen (top) and Moonlight and Lifejacket (bottom):

Most of our CAL participants had never crocheted with our Sweater yarn before, and we were pleased to hear a lot of praise as finished photos were posted! We look forward to seeing more crochet creations shared in our group; if you’re looking for a quick project, be sure to add Spikey the Stegosaurus to your queue!

For those of you who don’t crochet, don’t worry! We’ve got an exciting knit-along in store for you this fall, and we’ll be announcing the details soon on the Spud Says blog. Stay tuned!

June 10, 2014

Project Inspiration: Lightning Wrap

What’s a knitter to do when the temperature starts rising? Rather than packing away the needles for the season, why not cast on for a lightweight, fun-to-knit pattern which can accompany you on summer outings!

The Lightning Wrap by Kyoko Nakayoshi uses simple short rows to create a striking wrap you’ll use year-round! It’s a great project for summer vacations, a day at the beach, or your local knit night. All you have to do is pick your favorite color combination in Spud & Chloë Fine!

Here, it’s shown in Orangutan as the main color and Goldfish as the contrast color:

If you’d prefer to knit your wrap in a different color scheme than pictured, we have endless possibilities from our palette of 25 color options! You could dive in with a watery theme, using Dolphin as the main color (left) and Snorkel as the contrast color (right) – or even vice versa!

 For an earthier palette, Green Bean (left) and Glow Worm (right) would also be a lovely choice!

If you’re feeling bold, here are some color combos which really pack a punch. First, Hippo (left) and Calypso (right) combine a neutral grey with a bright pop of color:

Or you could be inspired by the summery hues of watermelon, pairing Sassafras (left) with Lizard (right):

Finally, you can’t go wrong with black & white! Create a graphic piece you can wear just about anywhere with Black Pepper (left) and Popcorn (right):

We can’t wait to see your creative color choices over on Ravelry!

May 28, 2014

Get Crabby!

Summer doesn’t have to mean putting your knitting away for the season! Small projects are a great way to keep your hands busy, and Wendy Bernard’s Crabby Cap offers you two versions to knit in your choice of Spud & Chloë Sweater or Fine yarns. The worsted-weight version (shown below, left) is a great introduction to colorwork, since you’ll just be using two colors in our Sweater yarn. If you’re up for a challenge, cast on for a beanie-style chapeau in sock-weight Fine (shown below, right).

Which colors will you choose for your Crabby Cap? Our models above are wearing Waterslide #7519 (MC) and Life Jacket #7528 (CC) in Sweater and Dachshund #7803 (MC), Lizard #7812 (CC) and Clementine #7802 (CC) in Fine. Pictured below is another fun color combination in Fine:

We’ve been admiring these color palettes inspired by Wes Anderson movies on pinterest, and they’ve inspired us to put together a few more color suggestions for the Crabby Cap:

Be sure to also check out Wendy Bernard’s latest book, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary. Click here for details on the promotional blog tour which kicked off last week. The tour is sponsored by Blue Sky Alpacas and there will be lots of great prizes at each stop along the way!

April 10, 2014

Hip Hop Hooray!

It’s that time of year… bunny love time! Hooray!

Rabbit by Susan B. Anderson.

This perfectly adorable stuffed bunny is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater. For extra fun, try stuffing Rabbit with a tennis ball so that  he really hops, too!

Here’s another fun project that has a surprise: at first glance, you might think that this is just an ordinary bunny knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater.

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny by Susan B. Anderson.

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny by Susan B. Anderson.

However,  he turns into a duck to the delight of all! More than meets the eye, this project is a good introduction to the world of knitted topsy-turvy toys.

Bunny Hat & Blankie by Susan B. Anderson

The Bunny Hat & Blankie is a quick crochet project in Spud & Chloë Outer. With fun new brights and sweet and airy pastels, this is a great project to personalize for new little people in your life.

Now it’s time to “hop” to it! The holiday will be “hare” before you know it!

March 28, 2014

It’s all in the Details

Photo © Interweave knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014.

Looking for something lovely to put on your needles right now? The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of knit.wear has just the thing. The Zigzag Mesh Pullover gets the perfect bit of polish from a split hemline, keyhole button cuffs, and a sophisticated textural stitch pattern. Stitched in lightweight Spud & Chloë Fine, it’s perfect for pairing with everything from tailored trousers to long, flowy, skirts to your favorite pair of jeans. Which fabulous color of Fine will you cast on?


The Details

Pattern: Zigzag Mesh Pullover
Designer: Carolyn Noyes
Size: 34¾ (37¼, 42¾, 45¼, 50¾, 53¼)” bust circumference
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) 24–40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm): 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Dragonfly #7816
Pattern available in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014