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August 8, 2013

New Adventures

Well, dear readers, can you believe it has been nearly a year since we started our adventures together? In that time, I’ve learned to knit with proficiency, conquered socks, made silly sing-along videos, offered up some free crochet patterns, befriended color, interviewed many a LYS, and even traveled to TNNA (where I got to meet some of my interviewees in person!). Phew! What an activity-filled year. :)

But, the time has come, dear readers, for me to say goodbye as I move on to new adventures. I am so thankful for your support, comments, and interest during this time we had together! Never fear, though, as Cousin Katie will still be here to talk about patterns and projects, continue the LYS interview series, host some giveaways, and more! Whoo!

Flying Neighbor Jillian

Neighbor Jillian is off on new adventures!

July 11, 2013

Color Lessons

Lately, color seems to be a topic that is much abuzz. Several crafty blogs I visit have talked about color as a main topic lately and I seem to be in the same mode!

Despite what my typically drab wardrobe may belie, color has always been a part of my life, just in other avenues (such as toy collections, yarn crafts, knickknacks, and home decor). But, even though I appreciated it, there were still nuances of color that I felt awkward around, like I was sitting next to someone named Color whom I greatly admired and wanted to say a million things to, but we had nothing in common so instead we just sat there in uncomfortable silence.

Neighbor Jillian and Color, Awkward Together

Self-portrait of Neighbor Jillian and Color, sitting awkwardly next to each other.

I really liked Color, but I also wanted it to like me back so that I could be good at mixing it up in fun ways that “just work.” I thought that combining colors in a pleasing way was an innate talent only some people were gifted with and that was that. It never occurred to me that, like most things in life, even if you can’t do it innately, you can learn—a conclusion I came to shortly after I began working at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters. Here, I am surrounded by relentlessly creative people for hours every day. It is impossible not to be inspired by their verve and emboldened by their experimentation, encouragement, and guidance. Where once I had no mentor, I now have many.

So, for the past year, I have embraced Color wholeheartedly where crafting is concerned, and we have been forging our friendship with a vengeance! First, through the Patchwork Market Tote, then through brightly colored socks (here and here). And, when I saw Cat’s Pajamas

Cat's Pajamas

The adorable Cat’s Pajamas!

…the opportunity to really challenge myself by choosing bright, unrealistic colors was undeniable. Fortunately, the Spud & Chloë Sweater palette leaves lots of room for experimentation!

Tabby Full

Meet Tabitha Taloola Lulubelle, or Tabby for short. What fun and funkalicious colors!

And then because that wasn’t enough (go big or go home, right?)…

Patch Full

I may have gone a little overboard.

…I made ol’ Patch here as a friend for Tabby.

The basic color challenges to overcome with this pattern were the same for both cats, despite how different they look: 1) choose colors that are funky but still pleasing and 2) determine the color order (MC vs. CC for Tabby and stripe sequence for Patch). Although I had decided on Grape Jelly #7516 as the MC and Jelly Bean #7513 as the CC, I entertained the notion of doing Tabitha’s face in Jelly Bean instead of Grape Jelly, even though the pattern calls for MC for the face color. It was plainly obvious after finishing the Bag Body, however, that the darker color for the face would balance everything out better. While some people (like Cousin Katie!) have gut instincts that tell them things like that from the get-go, I am still learning through doing. And, for Patch’s stripe sequence, though it may look like I randomly threw the colors together, he is actually the result of half a dozen back-and-forths until I finally felt I’d nailed it with both the color choices and their sequence.

What is extra fun about this pattern is that the colorplay doesn’t end when the knitting is done because you must still give your cat a face. You can sit it on your lap, look into its eyes (figuratively), and see who your cat is going to be. Tabby ”felt” like a girl, and she wanted a girlie face with eyelashes and bright eyes that contrasted with her “fur,” whereas Patch loudly noted that he is a boy thankyouverymuch who wanted a more understated face since the rest of him is so crazy. Well, okay, then. Their wish was my command!

Cat Faces

So much fun designing their faces!

There you have it. Patch and Tabitha: Lessons In Color.

And, do you know what I’ve learned through all this practice lately, and most especially with Tabitha and Patch? There is no wrong way to do color. Yes, one combination might appeal more to one person than another person, but what matters most in the end is what you like. Color is one of those puzzle pieces of life that shows us that no one person is the same as another person, and that’s what makes the world go ’round. That is the beauty of color—the beauty of every creative activity, really. Just go for it with confidence, a desire to learn, and an open mind, and see where Color leads you!

Neighbor Jillian and Color Wheel

Yay! An official portrait of Neighbor Jillian and Color who are now friends! No more awkwardness!

What will your Cat’s Pajamas look like? Leave a comment to let us know!


The Details

Pattern: Cat’s Pajamas
Designer: Alison Stewart-Guinee
Size: Bag height, from base to neck: 11”
• Bag circumference at widest point: 20”
• Bag base diameter: 5½”
• Head height: 5”
• Head width: 6”
Needle: Size 5 (3.75mm) 16″ circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 5 (3.75mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, Tabby shown in Grape Jelly #7516 and Jelly Bean #7513
• Patch shown in Ice Cream #7500, Watermelon #7512, Billiard #7527, Firefly #7505, Moonlight #7507, Cedar #7515, Grass #7502, Pollen #7508, Jelly Bean #7513, Beluga #7521, Lake #7504, and Life Jacket #7528
Pattern available at the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

Modifications:

Skip the zippered pocket: Under the Bag Body section, for rows 55 – 62, continue to k all rnds in the Stripe Pattern (rather than doing the BO and p). Finish rnds 63 – 96 as directed, but begin stuffing the body with polyfill at rnd 84, making sure that the final result is just a bit of squishiness without making the cat rotund (the cat body was designed to be floppy, not stiff, so its size is too exaggerated to be conducive to tons of stuffing). Cinch the top of the body closed, then make the head as directed. At rnd 30, begin to add polyfill, making sure the head is plumper and more structured than the body. Skip the “Stuffing the Head” section completely, and finish the rest of the cat as directed!

How to do Patch’s stripes: Arrange twelve colors (A – L) of Spud & Chloë Sweater in an order you like. This will become the color sequence and works out to an even four repeats of the colors for the body. For the Bag Body section, CO with Color A and complete rnds 1 and 2 with Color A, rnds 3 and 4 with Color B, rnds 5 and 6 with Color C, etc., until rnds 23 and 24 have been worked with Color L; rep color sequence for rnds 25 – 48, rnds 49 – 72, and rnds 73 – 96. For the head, reuse the color sequence to make the cat even more colorful, either by matching the color sequence of the head to the body by starting the head with Color I at rnd 90 (this is how Patch was made) or simply start over with Color A. When done with the Bag Body and the Head, choose a different two-color pairing for each of the legs, arms, and ears (reusing each of the twelve colors once more), then select a final color pairing for the tail.

Ol' Patch

See where Color leads you!

January 18, 2013

Royal Crown Cozy – Free Pattern

I am pret-ty excited because, as you may recall, in my introduction on Spud says! (the blog), I mentioned that one of my creative goals for the year was to publish a crochet pattern.

Well… that day has come! *trumpeting fanfare*

Waitaminute. This announcement requires something a biiit more festive. *thinks* Ah-HA! I’ve got it.

*costume change*

Royal Neighbor Jillian

I don’t think Spud knows what to make of my costume change…

*ahem*

Good morrow, dear readers! *welcoming gesture* Come hither, that I may, on this most auspicious day, bequeath to thee this instructional scroll, free of cost, to create a cloth item to adorn thy drinking vessel. ‘Tis in the likeness of a bejeweled crown, and ’tis fit for lord or lady, lad or lass.

Royal Crown Cozies

Crocheted crown-shaped coffee cup cozies!

*leans in*

*stage whisper* Or, in other words…

Make your day majestic with this free crocheted crown-shaped coffee cup cozy pattern (say that three times fast!), complete with “embedded jewels”! Choose colors fit for a queen or a king, make a matching one for your prince or princess, and you’ve got a royal family who is ready for anything (especially if it involves stopping at a local coffee shop for espresso and hot chocolate).

Coffee Fit for Royalty

Make your day majestic!


The Details

Pattern: Royal Crown Cozy
Designer: Jillian Cautrell
Size: One
Hook: Size H (5mm) hook
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chipmunk #7511, Igloo #7517, Tiny Dancer #7526
Clicketh this link to be taken to the Royal Crown Cozy instructional scroll.
Note: Though the yarn is held doubled, one hank makes many!

December 12, 2012

Free Spud Desktop Wallpaper

When I first started here at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters, I read through the past Spud says! (the blog) posts to get familiar with them. When I came across Auntie Sarah’s Super Soaker – Free Pattern! post, I thought the cartoon of Spud rolling on the ground and laughing was so funny that I saved it and created a desktop wallpaper for my computer here at work. It makes me smile every time I see it!

So many people ask about it when they walk by my desk that we decided to create a very special free desktop wallpaper for readers of Spud says! (the blog). Add a little mirth to your hectic day!

Spud having a good laugh is the first thing I see when I get to work!

Available in a variety of screen resolution sizes: 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×800, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 2048×1536. (Click to download your size.)

November 30, 2012

Holiday Tradition 2012

You may recall that last year we had our curmudgeonly pal Spud on a holiday tag or ornament.

Our gal Chloë pulling Spud for sledding fun.

In the spirit of tradition, we bring you the 2012 holiday tag. Click here to download.

A multifaceted ornament.

Auntie Sarah took several tags to create this whimsical ornament. How will you use the 2012 holiday tag? I’m trying to come up with a project to combine both 2011 and 2012!

Happy holidays from the gang at Spud & Chloë!