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Would you like to see what yarn I bought at Seed Stitch this past weekend? I definitely wanted to get some new sock yarn, so upon entering the store, I went directly to the Spud & Chloe display where I immediately plucked these two skeins right off the rack:

The colors? Red Hot and their new colorway – Hippo! I thought this wintery, long-john inspired color combination would be perfect for a cozy pair of socks. The pattern?

Hedgerow! I have been wanting to knit this sock for quite a while, and thought that the texture would pair beautifully with the red and the gray. While browsing the shop, my husband called me over to look at a little shawl knit in Cascade Ultra Pima. He liked how crisp the stitch definition was due to the lack of fuzzy wool or alpaca.  He called it “hi-def knitting.”  How cute is that? I was glad he pointed this project out, because the yarn was the perfect choice for the shawl I have been wanting to knit for his mother!

Sadly, she is allergic to wool, but this soft, shiny cotton is perfect for highlighting the stockinette and lace stitches in the Shaelyn pattern, don’t you think? It was so hard to leave the store with only four items…there were so many lovely skeins I wanted to adopt! It would be so easy to walk out there with tons of yarn to have on hand, you know, ‘just in case’…but I was very good and only bought what was needed. Off to cast on my Shaelyn!

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I am finally going to use this lovely wool and silk Spud & Chloe yarn to knit up a pair of Hermione socks. One skein would not be enough to make a pair, so I’ll use the Cricket (green) to knit the body and the Popcorn (cream) to knit the cuff, heel and toe.  They are perfect spring colors, aren’t they?

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{Chilly enough to break out Rose Red}

{Chilly enough to break out Rose Red}

This past weekend, hubby and I headed up to Salem, Massachusetts for a few days of much needed relaxation.  This was our second trip to Salem – we love its quirky little shops, kitschy attractions and its pretty waterfront.  It’s fun to just walk around and browse the shops, eat some yummy comfort food and drink pumpkin beer.  This year, I was especially excited to stop into Seed Stitch Fine Yarn:

{A delicious assortment of fiber...}

{A delicious assortment of fiber...}

I am a regular reader of their blog, A Yarn Tale, so it was great to finally see the shop in person.  It did not disappoint!

{a cozy spot for knitting}

{a cozy spot for knitting}

The best part was actually meeting the owner, Courtney, who was so sweet and let me take a few pictures.  Courtney’s adorable daughter Mazie May was running about the shop – what a doll she is!   I cannot say enough about how wonderful this shop is, and how friendly and helpful everyone was.  I would move to New England and work there in a heartbeat.  After more than a bit of browsing, I finally decided what would be coming home with me:

{Glaciar Del Cielo}

{Glaciar Del Cielo}

The shop had some Debbie Bliss’s washcloths knit up in this Glaciar Del Cielo cotton, so I picked two gorgeous, watery shades of blue.  So soft!

{Spud and Chloe!}

{Spud and Chloe!}

They had a really nice selection of Spud & Chloe Yarn, so I chose two colors of Fine in the colors Popcorn and Cricket – these will be used to make some socks, when I finally get around to knitting a pair.  (At least now I have some incentive!)

{Glow in the Dark Yarn!}

{Glow in the Dark Yarn!}

And you can’t possibly leave a yarn shop in Salem without buying some Glow in the Dark Yarn, can you?  The kids are going to love this.  I tried to take a picture of it in the dark for you:

{spooky....}

{spooky....}

It glows bright, flourescent green – how cool is that?  I can’t wait to knit it into something fun for Halloween. In addition to the yarn, I also picked up a copy of Vogue Knitting Holiday 2009:

Vogue

This issue has a lot of beautiful sweaters and a really cool “Alice in Wonderland” themed story called Through the Looking Glass.  It is definitely worth checking out.  I could have spent the whole day in Seed Stitch Fine Yarn, looking through all of their bins of beautiful yarn – if only I had an extra day!  If you are ever in the Salem area, you absolutely must stop in and say hello.  And in case you are too far away for a visit, here is a link to the shop.

Hope you all had a nice weekend! ~Jenny

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{the pile grows}

{the pile grows}

Yesterday I finished the second crocheted washcloth, in much less time than the first.  I am just amazed at how fast crocheted projects knit up!  For this one, I used the Knit Picks Simply Cotton organic yarn in ‘Marshmallow’ for the main color and ‘Malted Milk’ for the picot edge.  Don’t you just love those names?

{delicious!}

{delicious!}

I am also very excited to announce that the Spud & Chloë website finally went live this past week!

{adorable website!}

{love the artwork!}

This is a new line of machine-washable yarns in yummy, modern colors with names like ‘root beer’, ‘sequoia’, and ‘popcorn’.  It is refreshingly streamlined, offering the everyday knitter three basic types of yarn:

{from left: Sweater, Outer, Fine}

{from left: Sweater in 'Root Beer', Outer in 'Sequoia', Fine in 'Popcorn'}

  • Sweater – a worsted weight wool/organic cotton blend for everybody
  • Outer – a super-bulky wool/organic cotton blend for quick knitting
  • Fine – a wool/silk blend for color-work (and socks, of course)

The website has a ton of patterns, which will be released one by one.  I particularly love this adorable ‘Hoot Hat’ by none other than the fabulous Susan B. Anderson:

{Baby T needs this.}

{Baby T needs this.}

Susan is also writing a new blog for Spud & Chloë, and she just released her first free pattern, a sweet little cupcake pin-cushion:

{I think Jaime needs one of these...}

{I think Jaime needs one of these...}

I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this yarn – hopefully my favorite local yarn shop, Stitches with Style, will stock it soon! Perhaps I will reward myself with some of it once I finish all of my baby knitting for Baby T…

New yarn = incentive to finish all current projects.

Happy knitting! ~Jenny

{P.S. The other sorella, Jaime, is soooo busy.  But I know she is going to make time this week to post about the new knitting bag she is sewing…right, sissy?}

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