Posts Tagged ‘Spud & Chloe’

Winter Is Coming

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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I’ve had that line from “Game of Thrones” in my mind for a while. For me, it’s excited anticipation, but I understand that there are some folks for whom winter is a dirty word. I’m sympathetic, but when I think about winter, I think about luxurious small knits and quick projects that keep me warm. I usually knit about one Big Thing (sweater, throw) each winter, but I really like projects that are fun, fascinating, and don’t take up too much of my time. I have a lot of yarn, people. It has to get used up before I die.

In that vein, I thought I’d showcase a few projects I’m going to try to get done before the winter holidays this year. I’d love to make Melissa LaBarre’s September Circle cowl, knit in a self-striping sock yarn or a variegated or hand-dyed Melissa LaBarre's textured cowl patternfingering weight yarn. I am not a sock knitter, so I don’t have sock yarn on hand, but I’d use Madeline Tosh Merino Light in a deep colorway, like Wicked. At first, it looks brown, but a closer peek reveals rusty pink, gold, and dark purple accents. It would be amazing paired with a camel-colored sweater or jacket.

I love Kristen Nicholas‘s color sense and simple but eye-catching designs. The Coleus Scarf is just my cup of tea, a warm, not-too-long scarf in her signature deep colors. Even though it qualifies as “colorwork,” it’s just not as headachey as Fair Isle or Estonian stranded knitting. Of course, I’d use Kristen’s Color by Kristen yarn, distributed by Classic Elite, in some yummy blues and greens, with some fuschia pops here and there to liven things up.

Rich colors in a simple pattern

Photo credit: Kevin Kennefick

I’d also love to go back to that thing I never did: socks. I have knit exactly 3 socks in my whole life, and even though 2 of those socks were supposed to be a pair, they were entirely different sizes. I’m going to give the lame excuse of lack of focus and young children, and since my children are older now and I have the wherewithal to concentrate on it, I think I might make one last attempt at knitting a pair that look like a pair. My choice? Susan B. Anderson’s Popsicle Socks, in a bunch of different colors of Spud and Chloe Fine. I made some long fingerless mitts in this beautiful yarn a few years ago, and I have some colors left over, so I could scout around for a few that complement my existing shades of deep orange and pine-y green; I’d love to throw some purple or dark brown in there for a wintry feel.fun stripes in a quick pattern

What’s your winter knitting? And what is your dream project or yarn?

The Buzz at WEBS – February 10, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012
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This week, the staff at WEBS is buzzing about socks, baby knits, and beautiful new yarn!

During winter, a friend of mine carries around a small pair of slippers in her purse to slip on when hanging out during cozy evenings at the homes of friends, so she can leave her snow boots on the porch but still have warm feet. I love this idea and plan to start doing the same!  I think Ysolda’s “Grown Up Booties”  from Whimsical Little Knits are the pair I’m going to make. I think they’ll make a perfect car ride project. > Tina M

I hate when my socks fall down. I really do. When the new Clover Elastic Yarn Thread came in this week I immediately thought how perfect this would be for socks. On my next sock project, I’ll just knit it along with the yarn for the ribbing at the top. > Dena C.

Like many knitters out there, I am a big fan of all things Spud & Chloë. The yarns are bright, colorful, soft, and machine washable, making them ideal for baby and kid knits, as well as easy-care adult garments. But the love doesn’t stop there! Spud & Chloë patterns are just as charming. I was particularly enchanted by their new pattern entitled Leaf Blanket. As the name implies, its a baby blanket that is knit in the shape of a leaf. You place your little one in the middle, wrap up the sides of the leaf, and close up your baby cocoon using the stem. Who but Susan B. Anderson could come up with such a cute concept! > Liz A.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran. I’m smitten with Empire Biscuit, one of two colors that designer Ysolda Teague created for the line. This bright and cheery red would be perfect for livening up the winter months. I’m dreaming of a cozy hooded pullover or cardigan, something with just enough cable details to make the sheen of this silk blend really pop. Now if only I had time to swatch! > Emma W.

Schoppel Wolle Zauberwolle – Another great find from our trip to TNNA back in January! We’re not quite sure how we’ve overlooked this yarn before but we’re glad we found it! Cousins to the wildly popular Zauberball sock yarn, Zauberwolle is a 100% virgin wool and features 2 plys with long color repeats. It knits at 6.5-7 sts on a #2-4 needle.  It’s put up in a 100g ball with 273 gorgeous yards! > Kathy E.

I love the long color repeats of Zauberwolle. Are there any patterns you think look best in self striping yarns?

Free Pattern Thursday: Chili Pepper from Spud & Chloë

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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Hi Everyone,

This week, we’re featuring a free hat pattern from Spud & Chloë. Chili Pepper is knit in Spud & Chloë Fine and takes just two hanks. The main color and the contrasting color.

Chili Pepper is written for a range of sizes from baby to adult! This is a great “in between” project when you’ve just finished something but aren’t quite ready to move on to another big project. It’s also a great project to knit periodically and store up for later gift giving.

Spud & Chloë Fine is a lovely yarn and it comes in some fantastic colors. You can certainly have fun with color combinations with this hat!

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

Enjoy!

Mary

Free Pattern Thursday: Tiny Turkey from Spud & Chloë

Thursday, November 24th, 2011
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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers in the U.S.! This week’s free pattern is from the super-creative Susan B. Anderson over at the Spud & Chloë blog. The Tiny Turkey is knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater and is just adorable!

Click here for a link to the free pattern.

What are you thankful for this year? We’re thankful for all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Mary

The Buzz at WEBS – August 12, 2011

Friday, August 12th, 2011
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This week the staff is buzzing about…

1. Spud & Chloe at the Farm – This book has all the patterns you need to make your own little farm at home. I can’t even really call them patterns, since they’re so much more than that. Each character comes to life with their own descriptive back story. Aside from the great projects, this book also has a comic-strip style, fun and creative story that appears on each page with wonderful illustrations. The more I look at this book, the more I need to knit a Spud of my very own. > Grace H.

2. Skacel addi Turbo Lace Circular Needles – A customer gave me the tip to use a very fine (000-00, 32″-40″) lace circular needles for a life line. Works great. > Marion H.

3. One of the most beloved tools that we offer, those who have discovered the benefits of using Highlighter Tape when working with a pattern swear by it.  I am always amazed at the simplicity of this product paired with the passion from its users.  The next time you are struggling to keep your place in a pattern, think about picking up some highlighter tape! > Kathy E.

4. Anzula Squishy is yet another amazing hand dyed nuanced semi-solid yarn. The hand is heart-stopping-ly similar to Tosh Pashmina or Shalimar Breathless, which must be touched to be believed. Squishy lives up to its name and then some. In preparation for writing this I spent a moment alone with the yarn, choosing my favorites and I simply cannot put the teal back (shocker, I know)! > Cara S.

5. Fishermen’s Sweaters by Alice Starmore – Such an inspiring book of classic, but fascinating sweaters for men, women and children. There are lots of unisex sweaters with simple shapes that highlight special stitchwork. And, oddly enough, I really love the dockside styling that really put the sweaters in context. > Kirsten H.

Free Pattern Thursday – Flamingo from Spud & Chloë

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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Hi Everyone!

I love this week’s free pattern! It is from Spud & Chloë and is an adorable Flamingo.

I love the series of patterns they have that have balls inside of the animals. I knit the bunny with a tennis ball in its belly. The Flamingo has a Pinky Hi-Bounce ball inside, and according to Susan B. Anderson on the Spud & Chloë blog, the flamingo will bounce. My grandmother was a fan of flamingos, so this little guy brings a smile to my face.

The Flamingo is knit with Spud & Chloë Sweater and Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton for the black. Both yarns are beautiful and lovely to work with.

As the warmer weather sets in here (it’s supposed to be nearly 100 degrees today!), small projects like this are tons of fun.

Happy Knitting!

Mary