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March 20, 2013

Go Big or Go Home

If you cannot see the video, please click here.

In Canada every February 7th, people celebrate National Sweater Day. The purpose of this holiday is to wear warmer clothing (sweaters) and turn down the heat in your home, saving energy and doing your part to help the environment.

The people of Turkey, also wanting to celebrate this holiday and make people aware of climate change, got the attention of citizens in a really, REALLY big way!

Measuring in at 154 feet long and 59 feet wide, they produced the world’s largest sweater in a month with the help of 90,000 people! Hand knit sweaters, a fashion statement and good for the environment!

June 30, 2011

Ruminating

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Ruminating means to think, muse and ponder. It can also mean, in medical terms, to chew on food that’s already been chewed. I know that last definition is a little gross but I am talking figuratively not literally and in a design sense. Both of these definitions ring true for what I am planning.

Yesterday I gathered up an armload of Spud & Chloë Outer in nine gorgeous colors. I even cast on to play around a bit. The two colors missing from the photos are on my needles right now. I have been spending some quiet time doing research in my stitch dictionaries as well.

I hope to have more time to ruminate today. When you see a big bunch of beautiful yarn like this it is so inspiring.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Are you pondering over any new Spud & Chloë projects? Fill me in!

June 25, 2011

A Simple Shrug ~ Pattern Preview

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a new free pattern coming up quick here. A Simple Shrug is just that, an easy-peasy fun and wearable piece that can warm your shoulders on a cool summer night or a brisk fall day or a chilly winter night. You get it, it’s a year-round versatile shrug that you can whip up in no time at all.

A Simple Shrug can be dressed up or down. Throw it on over a t-shirt and jeans or over a dressy tank and skirt or a sleeveless dress. It all works in a comfortable cozy way.

I added a ruching detail to spice things up a bit.

You will need three hanks of Sweater to make your own version of A Simple Shrug. I made mine using 3 hanks of Spud & Chloë Sweater in the new Beluga #7521 shade of gray. I was dying to give this color a go on my needles as soon as I saw it and sure enough I want to knit more with Beluga. I think a cardigan would be the best in this shade of gray. That is on my list.

For the shrug I used US size 7 sixteen inch circular needles to knit the entire thing. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch.

Basically, all you are doing is making a long tube that has an opening in the center. It goes really fast.

I love ruching. It adds texture in an easy way. Also, the ruching in this project naturally makes a scalloped edging along the front and back of the shoulders.

I will provide the pattern to make a size medium and then I will tell you how to take a couple of quick measurements to make your own shrug to custom fit you! How does that sound?

I’ll be back soon with the pattern for you. Have a good weekend!

June 14, 2011

Chicago and a Fat Robin

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I  have a couple of news items to start out the day. TNNA, last weekend, was fabulous. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and came to my book signings for Spud & Chloë at the Farm. It was a great success. Hopefully I will get a photo of our beautiful booth to share with you in the near future.

Next up, I will be on the WGN Midday show on Friday, June 17th featuring Spud & Chloë at the Farm. WGN is based in Chicago but it is a nationally televised news show. Some markets get it and some don’t so check and see if the show if available in your area. It should be fun. If my WGN segment is available for viewing online afterward I will be sure to let you know.

While I am in Chicago I am making a visit to Nina: a well-knit shop. I will be there with my trunk show and for a casual meet and greet and book signing. I will be at Nina’s from 5-7pm on June 17th! It is an open house, drop in anytime.

Click here for Nina’s website!

I hope you can make it. I have some fun raffle prizes from Blue Sky Alpacas/Spud & Chloë for attendees and Nina always knows how to make an event special. It is a gorgeous shop. Give Nina’s a call or send an email if you get a chance to let them know you are coming or just simply stop by! No prior notice is necessary.  It’s going to be loads of fun.

Here’s some information for you:

Nina: a well-knit shop

nina: a well-knit shop
1655 west division street
chicago, illinois 60622
view a map

773.486.8996

email nina

Hope to see you there!

Now for one last announcement, yesterday Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë (see the photos) were on the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept. blog. That’s a good thing. Click here to see the post! Go BSA and S&C!

Now about that Fat Robin…. I have a new pattern in the summer edition of Petite Purls. This little and chubby robin sits in the palm of your hand. The entire project is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater in Ice Cream, Firecracker, Rootbeer, Chipmunk and Splash. The colors could not be any better!

I have already been asked about a kit for the set. If you are a shop owner and make up a kit for the Fat Robin, nest and eggs, please let me know so I can direct people to you.

I have had a long obsession with a robin’s eggs. They are tiny and it is probably the sweetest color blue I have seen in nature. The Spud & Chloë Sweater colors lend themselves so well to this project.

Here is the twist! The tiny blue knit eggs can be tucked neatly under the Fat Robin’s wings for safe keeping and storage. This also makes the robin sit and fit so nicely in her nest.

I love the interactive toy and this one fits the bill! How fun is that? Kids and adults alike enjoy finding the eggs and tucking them under the robin’s wings. One of the best things about knit toys is that there is no size or age limit, everyone enjoys them. Knit toys are for every bird under the sun.

The Fat Robin is knit in one piece from the bottom of the body to the top of the head. The wings and tail is knit all in one piece knit from the top down. With a few whipstitches to attach the wing/tail piece to the body  you are done. Add a beak and you have a Fat Robin for yourself.

Click here to see the pattern for Fat Robin and to visit Petite Purls!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Fat Robin!

Click here to see another cute Spud & Chloë project in this edition of Petite Purls!

Click here for a cute owl in Spud & Chloë Sweater in this edition of Petite Purls!

Oh, and crocheters click here for a third Spud & Chloë project in this edition of Petite Purls!

Enjoy knitting Fat Robin and all of these other wonderful toys worked up in Spud & Chloë Sweater! Four projects in Spud & Chloë yarn all in one issue is fantastic.

Petite Purls is a wonderful online knitting magazine that features free patterns for babies and kids. If you haven’t checked Petite Purls out before it is worth your while to do so. Petite Purls is also a terrific supporter of Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë and you will find many, many patterns worked up in our kid-friendly yarns. Both Blue Sky and Spud & Chloë yarns are wonderful for knitting for babies and children and this is illustrated so well on Petite Purls.

See you in Chicago? I hope so!

I’ll be back soon with more….

June 6, 2011

7 Fresh New Patterns for Spud

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Before I jump right into our newest patterns for the printed pattern line, I want to briefly share some exciting announcements. We have a busy, busy week ahead of us here in Spud & Chloë land. We are packing our bags (and farm animals) and heading off to Columbus, Ohio at the end of this week for TNNA (The National Needlearts Association). As with every summer, Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë will have a big beautiful booth so if you are attending please be sure to stop by and say hello. The entire trunk show from Spud & Chloë at the Farm will be in the booth and of course, all of the new and spectacular knit pieces from the new pattern lines will be there as well. It is going to be an exciting and refreshing booth to visit.

Also, I am having two book signings for our book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm. I hope to see you at one (or both!) of these events. Here is the information and locations for those:

Saturday, June 11th: BOOK SIGNING for Spud & Chloë at the Farm with Susan:

1:30 PM – 2:15/2:30 PM

UNICORN

Booths: 121-129/220-228

Sunday, June 12th: BOOK SIGNING for Spud & Chloë at the Farm with Susan:

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


R&M WEST COAST ENTERPRISES

Booths: 155/157

Okay, now for more good stuff! Twice a year we release new printed patterns and new colors for Spud & Chloë. Therefore, twice a year I am beside myself over both the colors and designs. This season does not disappoint. We have gathered some of the most talented designers out there to bring you fun new projects to inspire and to keep your hands busy for many months ahead. The patterns are available in your local yarn shops and your favorite online shops that carry Spud & Chloë. Please see our Stockists page (click on the stockists link in the upper right hand corner) to find out where you can purchase our patterns, yarn and products.

For the photo above (It’s a snowman made with real March snow in MInnesota, note the yarn-y eyes and mouth.):

LITTLE STRIPEY HANDS
Designed by Colleen Powley

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9812

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Advanced Beginner

MATERIALS
• Fair Isle Gloves: Spud & Chloë Fine (65 grams/248 yds): 1 hank each A, B and C.
• Striped Mittens: Spud & Chloë Fine (65 grams/248 yds): 1 hank each A, B and C
• Size 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
• Stitch marker

SIZES
• Fair Isle Gloves: 6 mos (2 years)
• Striped Mittens: 6 mos (1-2 years, 3 years)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Fair Isle Gloves:
• Hand Circumference: 5¼ (6)”
• Hand length: 3 (4)” from base of thumb to top of middle finger
Striped Mittens:
• Hand Circumference: 4¼ (4¾, 5¼)”
• Hand length: 2¾ (3¼, 4½)” from base of thumb to top of middle finger

GAUGE
• In Fair Isle Stockinette Stitch, 38 sts and 44 rnds = 4″
• In Stockinette Stitch, 34 sts and 48 rnds = 4″

DESCRIPTION
• Gloves or mittens, babies or toddlers, striped or stranded, warm up all the little fingers in your family with this one handy pattern!

CABLE CABLE CABLE SOCKS!
Designed by Colleen Powley

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9813

DESCRIPTION
Intertwining panels of Stockinette and seed stitch, cables, and twisted stitches all team up for a fun knit that’s sure to keep you on your toes!

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Intermediate

MATERIALS
• Spud & Chloë Fine (65g/248yds): 2 hanks per pair
• Size 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
• Size 2 (2.75 mm) double pointed needles, or 1 size larger


than smaller needles.
• 1 stitch marker
• Cable needle

SIZES
• Women’s Medium

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Foot length from back of heel: Approximately 9″
• Foot Circumference: 8″
• Leg Length from cuff to base of heel: Approximately 17″

GAUGE
• In Stockinette stitch, 32 sts and 40 rnds = 4″ using smaller needles

SEEING STARS BLANKET
Designed by Lindsay Ingram

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9518

DESCRIPTION
• With instructions for three sizes, this snuggly stunner features a total of 16 shades of Sweater! The crocheted hexagons are joined as you go, and every motif has its own unique color combination.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Advanced Beginner

MATERIALS
• Spud & Chloë Sweater (100 g/160 yds)  2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (A), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (B), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (C), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (D), 2 (3, 4, 4) hanks (E), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (F), 2 (4, 4, 4) hanks (G), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (H), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (I), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (J), 2 (3, 4, 4) hanks (K), 2 (3, 4, 5) hanks (L), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (M), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (N), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (O), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (P), 2 (3, 3, 4) hanks (Q)
• Crochet Hook; Size G (4.0 mm)

SIZES
• Lap (Twin, Full, Queen)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Width: 55 (70, 75, 85)”
• Length: 56½ (90½, 90½, 90½)”

GARTH’S VEST
Designed by Kim Hamlin

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9814

DESCRIPTION
• A vest any guy could love, this simple layer features a modern fit, clean lines, and argyle-inspired Intarsia detail.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Intermediate

MATERIALS
• Spud & Chloë Fine (65g/248yds): 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) hanks A; 1 hank each B and C
• Size 3 (3.25 mm) 32″ circular ndl, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 3 (3.25 mm) 16″ circular ndl, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 1 (2.5 mm) 32″ circular ndl, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers

SIZES
• Men’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Finished Chest: 38 (42,44, 48, 52)”
• To fit Chest: 36 (40, 42, 46, 50)”

GAUGE
• In Stockinette stitch with smaller needles, 28 sts and 40 rnds = 4″

HEARTGYLE VEST
Designed by Kim Hamlin

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9214

DESCRIPTION
• The classic vest gets a super sweet update in this fantastic stranded color work project.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Advanced Beginner

MATERIALS
• Spud & Chloë Outer (100g/60 yds): 4 (4, 6, 7, 8, 9) hanks A; 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) hanks B; 1 hank C
• Size 11 (8mm) 32″ circular ndl, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 11 (8mm) 16″ circular ndl or one set size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle

SIZES
• Women’s Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Finished Chest: 26½ (32¾, 39¼, 45½, 52, 58½)”

GAUGE
• In Stockinette stitch: 10 sts & 14 rnds = 4″

SCHOOL COLORS HOODIE
Designed by Brandy Fortune

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9519

DESCRIPTION
• You’ve got spirit; yes you do! Show it off in this top down raglan cardigan, with instructions for both the color-block and striped versions.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Intermediate

MATERIALS
• Color Block Version: Spud & Chloë Sweater (100g/160yds): 2 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5) hanks MC; 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) hanks CC
• Striped Version: Spud & Chloë Sweater (100g/160yds): 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) hanks MC; 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks CC
• Size 7 (4.5mm) 32″ long or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5mm) set of double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers
• Waste yarn
• Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook, or 1 size smaller than needle size
• Tapestry needle
• 16 (18, 20, 22, 22, 24)” separating zipper
• Sewing needle and thread to match zipper

SIZES
• Girl’s L/Women’s XXS (Girl’s XL/Women’s XS, S, M, L, XL)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Chest: 25¾ (28¼, 31¾, 35½, 39¾, 44¼)”, including zipper
• Length: 18¼ (19¾, 21¾, 22¾, 24½, 25)”

GAUGE
• In Stockinette stitch, 18 sts and 25 rows = 4″

SUSIE’S HAT SET
Designed by Susan B. Anderson

Published in Spud & Chloë Leaflet no 9811

DESCRIPTION
• Jazz up a basic slouchy hat and scarf set with an easy Fair Isle pattern in the Spud & Chloë Fine! The scarf is knit in the round for a simple grab and go accessory with no wrong side.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
• Intermediate

MATERIALS
• Spud & Chloë Fine (65 grams/248 yards): 3 hanks A; 1 hank each B, C, D and E
• Size 2 (2.75 mm) 16″ circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 2 and 3 (2.75 and 3.25 mm) set of 4 double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers

SIZES
• Beret: To fit an average size older child’s or woman’s head ranging from 18 to 22 inches.
• Scarf: One size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
• Beret circumference at brim: 19¾”
• Scarf width: 5½”
• Scarf length: 72″

GAUGE
• In Stockinette Stitch with larger needles, 28 sts and 36 rnds = 4″
• In Fair Isle Stockinette Stitch with smaller needles, 32 sts and 38 rnds = 4″

There you have it! And because I know someone will ask, here is a quote from Merri, at Blue Sky, about the bowling alley setting for the photos if you are interested:

“All photos (except the snowman) were shot at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. It’s this fabulous bowling alley—you walk in and feel like its 1950. But, don’t let the atmosphere fool because they have wonderful food—bakery made right on sight—we all ate way too much. You can still bowl there—and they have live theater sometimes.”

I can’t wait to cast on and I hope you’ll join me. Let me know which is your new favorite if you get a chance.