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August 20, 2013

Pick a Color, Any Color (& Giveaway!)

Spud & Chloë friends, we need your help!

What will it be?

We’re about to add some fresh, new pops of color to Spud & Chloë Sweater line. One of my favorites, Spud & Chloë Sweater is the quintessential worsted-weight yarn in a blend of 55 percent superwash wool and 45 percent organic cotton. It’s machine washable and comes in generous 160-yard hanks. Practical as well as pretty, it’s a true workhorse in a versatile palette of 29 to die-for (or should that be to-”dye”-for?) colors. We’re planning on expanding that palette, and that’s where you come in. What colors do you think we should add to the current collection?

Barn, Popsicle, Jelly Bean, Watermelon, & Tiny Dancer

Are our rich reds and super-sweet pink your favorites?

Firecracker, Cider, Life Jacket, Pollen, & Firefly

Or are bold and zesty oranges and yellows more your style?

Chipmunk, Billiard, Turtle, & Grass

Maybe you’re more of a green girl or guy.

Lake, Moonlight, Skydiver, Waterslide, & Splash

Have you been feeling blue?

Grape Jelly & Lilac

Perhaps you’re more passionate about purple…

Root Beer, Chocolate Milk, Toast, & Ice Cream

Do you prefer the natural beauty of creams and browns?

Penguin, Manatee, Beluga, & Igloo

It’s not all black and white; some of us see things in shades of gray…

 

Have we missed one of your favorites? What colors of Spud & Chloë Sweater are you craving? Let us know in the comments. We’ll tabulate your suggestions, and com January, we’ll be offering brand-new colors chosen by you!

To thank you for your help three lucky readers (selected at random) will receive enough hanks of Spud & Chloë Sweater in the colors of their choice to make the Weekender Sweater, Half-Pint Dress, or Woodland Pullover. Then in January, we’ll send you two hanks of the new colors of your choice. Wow! Yarn now and later!  To enter, leave your color suggestion in the comments by Monday, August 26th. Good luck!

May 6, 2013

Mad for Socks – Winners!

Hello, everyone!

Wow, thank you SO much for the amazing response to our Mad for Socks Giveaway! :D It is fun to see so many people as mad for socks as I am and I had a blast reading all of your comments, many of which were so thoughtful with great details about your own knitting journeys and learnings. I wanted to reply to them all, but I have to do some work today! XD I was able to answer a few specific questions, though. :)

And… *dances* I have some exciting news. We had such an overwhelming response, that we have added an extra winner to make it a total of four winners! Wow! Let’s find out who our winners are and what they had to say:

1. Carolyn: I have conquered my first fear….knitting a sweater (in fact two) for my soon to be nephew’s twins. I am ready to jump into the great wide world of socks….Of course, using Life Jacket and a class by Donna will certainly make the journey safe and FUN! your socks look so comfy! I am mad to start a new adventure; isn’t that what every knitting project is all about?

2. Jenny: I <3 socks. I have lots of fun socks. I am a new knitter and, alas, I have never known the wonder of a hand-knitted sock, and until I learn my poor family is also denied what I understand to be a nearly transcendent experience. Your color choice is so striking and playful! I absolutely adore them!

3. Rachelle: I love socks because they’re portable and everyone in my family loves to wear the hand knit variety. I also get cold feet so wool socks are a must.

4. Dolisa – I LOVE making socks- from the cuff down! It would be wonderful to learn a new skill!

Thank you for participating, everyone! Now go forth and knit socks!

Mad for Socks

Thanks so much for participating in our Mad for Socks Giveaway!

May 2, 2013

Mad for Socks – Giveaway and Craftsy Coupon

Oh my gosh, do I have a special post for you today, dear readers, as I have a finished project to share and some gifts for you guys!

As you may recall, I recently conquered cuff-down socks. You may not know this about me yet, but sometimes I am a bit of an overachiever. That simply wasn’t enough! I also had to conquer toe-up socks. And so I did, with the help of a class on Craftsy taught by Donna Druchunas called Knit Original Toe-Up Socks. This was not just my first sock class on Craftsy, but also my first class ever on Craftsy! Let’s see how I did, what the class was like, and what is in store for you. :)

To make things more timely, give myself a break due to all the new things I’d be learning (big needles and big yarn = much easier to manipulate), and test Donna’s method of using her calculations and a swatch in the chosen yarn and needles to make a perfectly fitting sock for anyone, I chose to use Spud & Chloë Sweater! My needles were size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles.

In my chosen contrast color of Ice Cream #7500, I began with a moccasin toe, which I chose because it was a new-to-me toe type that was also fairly easy, so I could learn without too much pressure.

Moccasin Toe

My very first moccasin toe!

I then used stockinette stitch for the foot in Life Jacket #7528, adding some interest with some Ice Cream stripes thrown in near the toe.

Life Jacket and Ice Cream Stripes

Striping the foot with Life Jacket and Ice Cream!

Since I elected to do an afterthought heel (again, because it was new-to-me but also pretty easy), I simply left the space for it as instructed by placing half my stitches on a spare piece of yarn, then I continued in stockinette stitch, adding Ice Cream stripes near the cuff so it matched the toe. I chose a simple 2×2 rib pattern for the cuff, then I bound off using Donna’s “stretchy” bind off, which was really fun to do!

All that's Left is the Heel

Just the heel is left!

Then it was time to go back and finish up my heel in Ice Cream. As I completed each section of the sock (remember our Sock Song!), I simply rewatched the videos on Craftsy to refresh my memory and mindfully worked on each section (no rushing while learning—as Donna says, “Take your time and enjoy your hobby and just relax with it!”). Before I knew it, I had a pair of unique finished and blocked socks that were just the right size for me!

My Original Toe-Up Socks

Here they are, my finished original toe-up socks modeled on my actual feet! :D

So… final thoughts. As demonstrated above, my results were that, by using Donna’s method, I was indeed able to make original toe-up socks with yarn and needles of my choice that fit me perfectly!

If you choose to go for it, Craftsy is a comfortable life preserver to cling to because there are so many ways you can get help (maybe that’s why I felt compelled to make “Life Jacket” socks? :D ). You can rewatch and pause the videos as much as you like, take notes about important stuff using the My Notes feature so you can find it again easily, and even ask questions directly to Donna and the other students. With Craftsy, you may not be in the same room as everyone, but you sure feel like you are!

Aside from the help you can get, this class rocks because you can learn:

• How to take foot measurements and calculate sizes
• Three toe types and how to do them either on double pointed needles or a circular needle
• Three heel types and how to do them either on double pointed needles or a circular needle
• Several fancy stitch types for the foot or leg, and how to work those fancy stitch types evenly around any size sock
• A universal sock pattern plus three bonus patterns
• How to read a foot size chart to make socks for someone whose foot you can’t measure in person
• How to read pattern charts
• How to knit two socks at a time using circular needles
• Some history about socks
• How and why to use certain types of fibers or stitch patterns
• How and why certain yarns work better with particular patterns
• A new bind off technique that includes an embroidery trick
• How to block
• New techniques that will help with any project, not just socks
• The most common mistake in sock-making: making them too big

Whew! I even learned that Donna used to write computer manuals, and before I came to work at Spud & Chloë World Headquarters, I was an editor for software manuals for over ten years, so we have similar backgrounds. Neat!

Now enough about my socks, let’s talk about your socks!

We have partnered with Craftsy to bring you, dear readers, this sock class at a discount! If you’ve ever wanted to learn toe-up socks, are interested in understanding more about sock design, or simply want to give socks a go for the first time, use this special code to receive this class at half-price. Cool!

And… it gets better! To three lucky readers, we are giving away tons of sock-related happiness! First, in honor of cuff-down socks, as a winner you get two hanks of Spud & Chloë Fine (any colors you wish!) and can pick one of these two patterns: Sassy Stockings or Two-for-One Socks. Then, in honor of toe-up socks, you will also get two hanks of Spud & Chloë Sweater (any colors you wish!) to get you on your way with your very own original toe-up socks with Craftsy (don’t forget to nab Donna’s class with your coupon!)!

To enter, leave us a comment telling us why you’re mad for socks! We’ll announce the winners here on Spud says (the blog!) soon.

POV

Nate, our imaging specialist, let me hold the camera for this POV shot! Cool!

March 6, 2013

Blanket Time!

Photo © Wooly Monmouth

Congratulations to:

Jan Mueller – “I am working on socks right now. My husband just had emergency surgery and socks were the easiest thing for me to work on in the hospital! Oh, and I LOVE Spud & Chloë yarn!!!”

Amy Fraleigh – “This weekend I’ll be working on a test knit shawl, a scarf for my hubby, and I’m hoping to finish another shawl that is ‘oh-so-close’!”

Kellie – “I’m working on a pair of socks, but if I win this I will be casting on a blanket. ;)

All three knitters have won a copy of the Block Party pattern! Thanks everyone for participating.

And a giant thank you to Dori Kershner of Wooly Monmouth, the designer that graciously shared her beautiful new pattern.

March 1, 2013

Party People! And Giveaway

Photo © Wooly Monmouth

It’s easy to love big projects that break down into simple, portable steps, just like Block Party. Make as many squares as you like to achieve your desired finished size. This excellent intro to intarsia features quick-knitting Spud & Chloë Outer in a funky palette completely suited to the mod, hip-to-be-off-center squares! Would you use four colors, as shown, or opt for using all the colors of Outer for a truly quilterly feel?

Dori, designer and owner of Wooly Monmouth, has three copies of this new pattern to give away! Just leave a comment (one per person please) sharing your weekend knitting or crocheting plans. We’ll be back with a winner shortly.


The Details

Pattern: Block Party
Designer: Dori Kershner
Size: Baby (Throw, Afghan)
Needles: Size 15 (10mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in Soapstone #7200, Cedar #7209, Flannel #7201, Sequoia #7205
This pattern can be found at Wooly Monmouth or on Ravelry