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August 16, 2013

Fairy Tale, Leapfrog, & Mermaid

Fairy Tale, Leapfrog, Mermaid

The new fall colors of Spud & Chloë Outer are bright and sweet. Fairy Tale is an engaging and girlie purple, Leapfrog is a springy and energetic green, and then there is Mermaid, a buoyant and bubbly blue-green. When we saw this magical palette all together, we knew some children’s designs were in order.

Fairy Tale Hoodie

The playful and practical Fairy Tale Hoodie is designed by Sylvia Häger. Sylvia is mom to two darling little girls who were the perfect inspiration for fairy tales, princesses, and modern-day takes on Little Red Riding Hood. Sylvia was a very busy designer this past season, as you may recall from this post, she also designed the Weekender Sweater (and another design for the Blue Sky Alpacas 2013 Collection! Whew!)

At the start of the shoot.

Our model was a little bit nervous to model the Fairy Tale Hoodie. (But still really excited too!)

All bundled up!

And since we were outside, we took lots of breaks to keep Miss Anabelle warm. Here she is chatting with our stylist Bethany. Anabelle has fantastic stories about her dogs, lemme tell you!

Bein’ Anabelle!

And by the end of the photoshoot, I think we had made her feel pretty comfortable. She was comfy rockin’ the Fairy Tale Hoodie and just being silly. But unfortunately, we didn’t have much use for the “Fish Face” pose. ;)

Fairy Tale Hoodie in Mermaid

The Fairy Tale Hoodie is smart design too, with top down construction, your princess can try it on as you go, ensuring the perfect fit. And in quick knitting Spud & Chloë Outer, you’ll be done before the first flake flies!


The Details

Pattern: Fairy Tale Hoodie
Designer: Sylvia Häger
Size: Child’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years
Needles: Size 13 (9mm) 29” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 11 (8mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in Fairy Tale #7224 and Mermaid #7222
Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

August 1, 2013

What to do on the Weekend

The Spud & Chloë Fall 2013 Collection has been available for about a month now. Have you seen it popping up at your favorite LYS? Are you plotting all the things you’re going to make this season? I know Neighbor Jillian has been busily making the Cat’s Pajamas and learning many lessons. A big favorite of many of the Spud & Chloë team is the Weekender Sweater.

Weekender Sweater in Pollen

One part cozy/casual and one part feminine/flattering come together for an excellent weekend knitting project resulting in a quintessential pullover. It’s all in the details–like those extra long sleeves! And, did you notice? Our model has the Weekender Sweater layered with the Campfire Mitts in Orangutan (#7819).

Another Weekender Sweater in Barn

All Spud & Chloë patterns are knit by both the designer and a sample knitter, which means we get to see the designs in multiple palettes! Both the Pollen and Barn versions are bright and cheery, a fun pop in any wardrobe.

Close up of the stitch detail.

Sylvia’s designs are beautiful and flattering to many women, as evidenced by the Weekender Sweater and its stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch sections to create an hourglass silhouette. The slipped stitch pattern, placed at the hem, cuffs, and neckline, is an extra special detail because it keeps the knitting interesting, too!

Even the crossed neckline is so feminine and flattering.

It’s easy to see why the Weekender Sweater is in many knitting queues here at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters. We’re just itching to cast on!


The Details

Pattern: Weekender Sweater
Designer: Sylvia Häger
Size: 31 (33, 36¾, 40½, 44¼, 48)”
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Pollen #7508 and Barn #7518
Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

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!

July 2, 2013

TNNA Recap!

Last week was very special, as it was my very first time attending The National Needlearts Association trade show! For more pictures of how our booth looked, head over to Blue’s Blog, where Cousin Katie has written up a post that shows more of our serene-yet-eye-catching display! For Spud Says (the blog!), we’re going to focus on some of the people we got to meet and the fun we got to have!

How excited were we to get to TNNA? Pretty excited. :)

TNNA or Bust

My very own Chloë doll came with me to TNNA and she was quite excited about the opportunity!

Columbus, which is where the show was held, is both Ohio’s state capital and its largest city! Ohio itself looks very much like Minnesota and Downtown Columbus looks very much like Downtown Minneapolis, so we all felt right at home straight away. Our hotel was the Hilton Columbus Downtown, built just last year! It is so beautiful and right in the middle of everything, with the convention center, dozens of amazing restaurants, the North Market (which houses a Jeni’s ice cream stand!), and a sweet, flower-laden park all within walking distance. The most interesting feature of the hotel is that all the artwork in the hotel, including sculptures, paintings, glasswork, and mixed media, is by local Ohio artists!

Hotel Columbus Downtown Lobby

See that “painting” behind the front desk? That is actually an impressionist landscape by Christian Faur, an Ohio artist, made using 30,000 crayon tips! Amazing! Photo © tripadvisor.com

Speaking of amazing things in the lobby, check out that chair! We couldn’t resist trying it out. :)

Neighbor Jillian and Cool Chair

What a cool chair! Just a sampling of the gorgeous decor scattered throughout the hotel.

Now that we’ve oriented ourselves a bit, let’s talk about the show! Though TNNA trade shows are one of the best places to learn about the new products and innovations of your favorite distributors and designers, they are also places of networking where individuals reconnect with old friends and make new ones—and, boy, did we do lots of both!

Where designers are concerned, I got to meet Jessica Anderson, Stacey Trock, and Olga Buraya-Kefelian, all of whom have designed patterns for either Blue Sky Alpacas or Spud & Chloë.

Cousin Katie and I ran across Alex Tinsley, who has a book coming out soon from Cooperative Press called Doomsday Knits (for more info, visit here)! In fact, I have a treat to share with you, dear readers. Alex was kind enough to send us a preview of a pattern in Doomsday Knits that features Blue Sky Alpacas yarn! :D It is called the Alpacalypse Sweater and it is by Michele Moskaluk. It can be found in the Nuclear Winter chapter, and it has not been released as a peek yet, so you’re seeing it here first! COOL! (Look for more info on Blue’s Blog once the book has been released!)

Alpacalypse Sweater

First peek at the Alpacalypse Sweater by Michele Moskaluk! Photo © Vivian Aubrey vivianaubrey.com for Doomsday Knits

A great many more designers, both established (like Laura Nelkin and Amy Herzog!) and upcoming, visited Cousin Katie while I flailed my excitement as maturely as possible in the background. I just missed seeing Susan B. Anderson (oh my gosh, I was in the same space as her!), who was right next door to us doing a signing at Unicorn for her new book called Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects. Many of the patterns in the book use Spud & Chloë yarn!

Brandy Fortune of Pixie Purls stopped by, and not only did we get to talk about her new bookJust Like Me Knits, which features both Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloë yarns, I got to hold one of her very special Fig and Me dolls and pose for a photo op! This doll, named Katie, is just one of the dolls used in the photography for Brandy’s book (notice how Katie is sporting one of the designs from the book—how cute!)!

Neighbor Jillian and Fig and Me Doll, Katie

Neighbor Jillian and Katie, a Fig and Me doll that Brandy Fortune features in her new book! How I love her hair! (Poor Chloë looks a bit neglected in my apron pocket!)

Along with designers, so many of our wonderful shop owners also stopped by to say hi, including Barbara Sue from Barbara Sue Brodie Needleworks, who did a delightful interview on Blue’s Blog a few months ago. She is just as delightful in person! Much squeeing was involved when we saw each other. While standing in line for Jeni’s ice cream at the North Market, Susan Cropper from Loop, London, whom we interviewed only just recently on Blue’s Blog, walked by me and I was sure to say hi. During an exceptionally busy time in the booth, the Yarnover Truck ladies stopped in (if you missed our interview with them, read it here)! Sadly, their truck Debbie couldn’t make the drive, but I am so glad Barbra and Maridee were able to, especially since it gave us all a chance to congratulate them in person on winning the 2013 TNNA Business Innovation Award! How exciting to meet so many interviewees in person!

There were even some store owners that I have on my potential list of interviewees that I got to chat with, including Craig from Loop, PA and Patti McSkane (did she make up that last name? Sounds like “McSkein” to me! ^_~) from The Knitted Purl, whom I was standing right next to without even realizing it for several seconds and then we both realized who each other was at the same time. Much hugging ensued!

It was also important to appreciate the resources we use every day as a part of our jobs, so Cousin Katie and I stopped in to the booths for Ravelry (who among us doesn’t use Ravelry on a daily basis?) and Craftsy (where I learned how to make toe-up socks!). We met with Vogue Knitting (with whom we do lots of advertising and pattern collections), dashed over to say a quick hi to Lisa Shroyer to congratulate her on becoming the editor for Interweave Knits, and I got to say hi to Shannon Okey over at Cooperative Press (we have just started advertising in their Knit Edge magazine)!

Spud & Chloë Side

A look at the Spud & Chloë side of the booth, featuring new colors in Fine and Outer and several new patterns!

Phew! As you can see, it was quite a whirlwind, but we have some great memories and made some great connections. We are so thankful to everyone who makes this industry such a pleasure to be a part of, and we can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

June 21, 2013

Cozy Cabin in the Woods

2013/2014 Spud & Chloë Pattern Collection

Sweet designs for cabin relaxin’ and chillaxin’!

Maybe you’ll spend the day hiking in the woods wearing the Woodland Pullover or Weekender Sweater with your hiking buddy in tow rockin’ her Fairy Tale Hoodie. Afterward, you can cozy up at the fireside, your littlest one in the Busy Baby Set and the intrepid hiker in her Half-Pint Dress, both playing with their Cat’s Pajamas!

Please visit the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store for the complete collection.

To find the collection locally, please visit our Stockist page.

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