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June 24, 2014

Project Inspiration: Watermelon!

Is there anything more refreshing than a slice of watermelon in the summer? Watermelon season may be in full swing, but you can get your fix year-round by knitting these 3 great hat patterns in the iconic pink and green hues of this sweet summer treat!

The Radishes and Rosebuds kerchief is an adorable way to keep stray hairs out of your eyes as you work in the garden. This pattern is knit in Spud & Chloë Fine and sized from infant to adult!

Also knit in Spud & Chloë Fine, the Linear Systems hat by Ann Weaver is a free pattern available here on our blog. You could simply swap out the contrast color with Cricket or Green Bean for your own summery take on this colorwork cap!

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention another free hat pattern featuring our yarn: the Watermelon Hat by Susan B. Anderson! This worsted weight hat knits up quick in our Sweater yarn, and it’s sized for little ones, from newborn to child’s small – click here for a free download on our website!

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!

May 16, 2014

Back from TNNA!

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We’ve just returned from one of the biggest industry showcases of the year, the TNNA Summer Trade Show. This is where we put our best foot forward while yarn store owners from around the country (and even the globe!) come to shop. You can see our newest additions to the Spud & Chloë pattern catalog in the above photo; they were very well-received by everyone who stopped by our booth!

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There was also some buzz for our newest free patterns in Spud & Chloë Sweater (L-R): the Manly Fingerless Gloves by Sylvia Häger, the Easy Color Blanket by Karen Rolstad, and the Collegiate Hat by Wendy Bernard. You can even spot one of these patterns in the above photo of our TNNA booth – can you guess which one?

Designer and author Wendy Bernard joined us in our TNNA booth on Saturday to sign copies of her newest book, Up, Down, All-Around! It was very exciting to have a celebrity in our midst, and we look forward to sharing more about her new book over on the Blue Sky Alpacas website!

May 14, 2014

May Craft Saturday: It’s Last Call ‘Til Fall!

Happy Spring! Join Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloë as we celebrate spring and share the love of crafting this Saturday, May 17!

We invite you to BYOP (Bring Your Own Project): whether you knit, embroider, sew, quilt, or partake in any other craft, we hope you’ll bring it along! This will be our last Craft Saturday event til the fall, so let’s make it the best one yet! Join us and learn a new technique, share advice, or simply enjoy some good conversation.

Bring your own beverage, and do feel free to bring a snack to share if you like (optional, of course). We will bring a light snack and maybe even a prize or two!

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Who: Area crafters of all ages!

What: Craft Saturday B.Y.O.P

Where: Bunker Hills Regional Park, Cedar Activity Room, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover MN 55304 (Park Pass not required)

When: May 17th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at our community event. (Feel free to arrive late or leave early)

Why: It’s fun!

Click here to RVSP on Ravelry (optional).