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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,
I have a few news items to take care of first today. The book/workshop/blog tour is continuing for Spud & Chloë at the Farm. I was interviewed on the Splendid Sticks blog and she is hosting a giveaway for the book.
I also was lucky enough to chat with Kathy Elkins on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast. We talked all things Spud & Chloë. The podcast is available on itunes or you can click here to listen on your computer. I love this podcast and listen to every episode.
On Saturday, May 14th, 2011 (that’s in two weeks!) I am teaching a toy making workshop at Stitcher’s Crossing in Madison, Wisconsin from 1-3pm. Together we are making a mouse from Spud & Chloë at the Farm. I’ll be doing lots of demonstrations for face embroidery, whipstitching parts together, stuffing knit toys and more. There will be some fun gifts from Spud and a giveaway or two at the class. I can’t wait and I hope to see you there.
After the class on May 14th, I will have a drop-in book signing and trunk show, I will bring the entire set from Spud & Chloë at the Farm, from 3-4pm at Stitcher’s Crossing. This is a casual gathering and everyone is welcome!
Stitcher’s Crossing has all of the yarn available to make the entire farm set from the new book and they also have kits for individual projects or the whole set ready to go. The shop also has signed copies of any of my books available at all times (I pop in the shop all of the time).
For workshop and book signing information please call 608 232 1500 or click here to visit the Stitcher’s Crossing website.
One last newsy-type item is the Spud Knitalong that I am hosting! It officially starts tomorrow, May 2nd, 2011. I am so excited about the great response to the knitalong of my friend, Spud. It appears a lot of people want to make Spud! You can join in anytime so don’t worry if you can’t start right away tomorrow, you are always welcome. See you right here tomorrow if you are joining in.
Now to talk about the fantastic Dream Catcher Blanket in the photos. Last winter I had a huge surprise show up at my door and it was delivered by my sister. On Ravelry I am lucky to be a part of a group called Itty-Bitty Knits where there is a big group of generous knitters who actively gather together to spread goodness and to offer support on a daily basis. The group does monthly charity knitting that sponsors different organizations all over the country and beyond. The group also loves Spud & Chloë which I appreciate.
The moderator of the group is Suzanne and she secretly came up with the idea to have willing members of the Itty-Bitty Knits group knit squares using Spud & Chloë Sweater and the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket square patterns. It was an enormous undertaking and actually it became quite a journey for Suzanne. In order to keep the whole thing a surprise Suzanne got my sister involved and kept a secret thread going on the group for months. Suzanne had met my sister at my book signing event at the Knitty City in New York City last year. I love that my sister was part of the whole thing.
Click here to watch Suzanne’s video podcast, Knitting Knirvana, where she tells the story of the making of the blanket which she calls Operation Surprise Susan (that makes me laugh). By the way, Suzanne has a video podcast that is wonderful and she just had a baby girl a few days ago. She is a good one.
I was completely touched by the generosity of the group and the enormity of the task of the knitting and stitching together of this blanket. Don’t let the photos fool you on the size of the blanket. It fits a king-size bed with 108 squares, 9 across and 12 wide. The squares came from literally all over the country and even from other countries near and far (even as far as China!). It blew me away to receive such a gift. I was floating for days or weeks or actually I am still floating when I think about it.
The gigantic Dream Catcher Blanket lives on the couches in my house. The colors are gorgeous and the layout of the squares is breathtaking. Everyday my kids are bundled up underneath it either reading or watching a movie or taking a nap. It makes me so genuinely happy to see them enjoying the blanket. The blanket is soft and warm and it feels like getting a big hug when it is wrapped around you.
I shared this story on my other blog but I had to share it on Spud says! as well. If you want to make someone feel loved I suggest knitting them a blanket. It works.
As usual I have lots of Spud & Chloë and Blue Sky Alpacas knitting on my needles. The two cakes of Sweater in Barn and Grass are being whipped up into a little surprise at the moment. Any guesses what this will become?
Have a great day and tomorrow we begin the Spud Knitalong!