Spud says (the blog)

March 13, 2014

Doodle Love Team Project!

The Whole Spud & Chloë Gang had a lot of fun doodling our very own Pencil Bags.

And knitters and crocheters need a notions bag. Something with a sturdy zipper and just enough room to hold all the little things we accumulate: stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needles, and other bits and bobs.

And of course, we want it to be fun and functional.

The Spud & Chloë Pencil Bag fills all the requirements mentioned above and is cute as can be with our gal Chloë and her best pal Spud adorning the front.

The original Spud & Chloë Pencil Bag.

It’s also the perfect canvas (literally) for a little colorful creativity…

We all added our own unique flair!

Pencil Bags crafted by the Whole Spud & Chloë Gang!

It all started when Sarah, our jill-of-all-trades, used markers to brighten up her bag with this cool plaid pattern…

That inspired Linda, our head honcho, to go a little wild with watercolor…

Nate, our picture dude opted for abstract and I, your social media maven, went the realistic route with a farmyard scene… 

Trent and Jason, our fearless shippers, went with a Minnesotan sports theme incorporating snowmobiles, hunting, and hiking…

‘Ria, resident customer service gal, stenciled on a background of bubbles…

We had so much fun making these pencil bags unique for each of us. How would you dress up your bag? Pull out the Sharpies, paint, embroidery thread, or whatever other creative tools you can think of to do your own decorating.

To nab your own Pencil Bag, visit your LYS. Or head over to Fabulous Yarn, they have them in stock!

Now here’s the really exciting part! Leave a comment on this post (one per person please) and five lucky winners will receive a Pencil Bag of their very own to doodle on.

Stay tuned and have your Pencil Bags ready… we’ll be having a doodling contest with you down the road.

March 7, 2014

How Will You Spend Your Saturday?

Knitting away…

At Craft Saturday, B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Project) you can get a few rows in on your W.I.P.

Stitching away…

You can spend some quality time with your embroidery hoop.

A finished crochet project.

Or maybe you’d like to show off your latest crochet project?

Another snowy day…

It may look like this outside…

Roy G. Biv embroidery floss.

But Craft Saturday is filled with color.

Yummy treats.

… and everyone is welcome to share in good conversation and delicious treats.

We hope you’ll spend your day off with us, and bring your own portable project to Craft Saturday, B.Y.O.P.

Here are all the details:

Who: Anyone with a passion for handcrafts, young crafters welcome too.
What: Craft Saturday, B.Y.O.P.
Where: Bunker Hill Regional Park, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, NW Andover, Minnesota 55304. We’ll be in the Cedar Room, in the Activity Center Building: click here for directions.
When: The third Saturday of each month, March 15, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Why: Because it’s going to be lots of fun!

The Whole Spud & Chloë Gang hopes to see you there!

February 28, 2014

Signs of Spring: A Knitting Squirrel

Photo © amirisu

Are you familiar with the Japanese knitting magazine amirisu? (It translates as “a squirrel that knits.”)

This lovely magazine features a minimalist aesthetic, unique stitch work, and up-and-coming designers. Each issue is just divine.

Photo © amirisu

So you can imagine our delight when we learned that the Spring 2014 issue features a pretty shawl made up in Spud & Chloë Fine. Can we just say that it’s a stunner–top-down construction, ethereal lace panels, and an intriguing, but not difficult technique known as Vikkel braids.

Lace and Vikkel Braid detail.

Our version in Anemone.

It’s an engaging bit of knitting; try it for yourself in your favorite shade of Fine.

The Details

Pattern: Fiske
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Size: wingspan – 48”
• depth – 19”
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) 24″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Dragonfly #7816 and Anemone #7805
Pattern available in amirisu, Spring 2014

February 20, 2014

Mail Call!

Savannah cannot believe how soft her mittens are!

Our friend Savannah found a fabulous package in her mailbox the other day–a gift from her Auntie Colleen! What could it be? Why the perfect pair of Little Stripey Hands mittens, of course. (Her auntie is the designer after all!)

They’re super soft in two shades of Spud & Chloë Fine: Tickled Pink #7826 and Wildberries #7820. Savannah loves them and they match ever-so-nicely with her lavender coat.

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a special handknit in the mail? What colors would you pair for your perfect pair of Little Stripey Hands?

The Details

Pattern: Little Stripey Hands
Designer: Colleen Powley
Size: 6 Months (2 Years) (Fair Isle Gloves)
• 6 Months (1-2 Years, 3 Years) (Striped Mittens)
Needles: Size 1 (2.25mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Tickled Pink #7826. Wildberries #7820
Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

February 14, 2014

Think Pink!

Everything has a rosy glow…

Love is in the air…

So why not cast on a pretty project?

The Dogwood Set in Spud & Chloë Outer is a lovely way to treat yourself today! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Spud & Chloë!

The Details

Pattern: Dogwood Set
Designer: Jane Richmond
Size: cowl – one
• mittens – S (M, L)
Needles: Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (Mittens)
• Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (Cowl)
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown Rocket #7211
Free pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store