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Super Spud Sweater!

June 06, 2013

As the temperatures begin to soar (?) we have been having a renewed love-in with Spud & Chloe's super Sweater yarn.  It is such a versatile aran weight yarn and is great for summer projects being a mix of wool and organic cotton.  It's superwash too, so you don't need to worry about  how to care for it once it's knitted up and just happens to come in a fabulous range of 28 bright colours which are bang on trend for this summer.

We have always been fans of Sweater and as a result have quite a few of our own designs using it - it has great stitch definition and is also lovely for crocheting .  As you'd expect, Spud & Chloe do their own great patterns which you can now buy as downloads direct from the Spud & Chloe website.

Our Sweater collection here shows (clockwise from hanger on wall) Hampton baby blanket, Teddington and Ailsa crochet throws, Amyand cushion, Beaconsfield baby blanket and BeTween cardigan.

If you've not tried it before, this is a great time to take the plunge!

Beginner's Guides

May 03, 2013

Teaching knitting and crochet is almost a full-time occupation at Mrs Moon.  We meet lovely people week in week out who want to start off on their knitting and crocheting adventure. It gives us an enormous amount of pleasure, especially when they come back again and again as their confidence grows and they take on more and more projects.... and inevitably start teaching us a few things!

We could probably run classes in our sleep by now and have produced guides that run through the classes step-by-step so that those who can't make a class can have a go on their own.  The guides include patterns for first projects and start from the absolute basic point of making a slip knot... a very good place to start!

We've got kits for the whole shebang or you can buy the guides individually for just £7.00.  Great gift idea or something to pack to take away to the sun over the summer.... far lighter than a suitcase of books! 

Perfect Summer Scarf

April 24, 2013

My criteria for the perfect summer scarf:

  1. Must be warm (in case the sun goes in)
  2. Must be quick to knit (before the sun goes in)
  3. Must be colourful (to cheer you up when the sun goes in)
  4. Must be made of cotton (to differentiate it from a winter scarf)

And voila!  Here it is.  Practially perfect in every way.  So quick, chic and satisfying, that I'm making more... (unheard of for me!).  The Blue Sky Worsted Cotton is just the softest cotton imaginable and comes in the best range of summer colours.  With 20 different colours in stock, there are loads of combinations to try. 

The pattern is a great project for new knitters as it uses some basic techniques again and again and again, so by the time you've finished, you'll be amazing at them.  I've knitted picot hems at either end as you go, but you can easily just slip stitch these hems at teh end if you prefer.  All instrucitons are included.

As the pattern only needs a small amount of the contrast trim, it might be an idea to knit two scarves, reversing the colourway.  You will need two skeins 0f each colour in this case.

If you'd like to have a go, you can get the pattern, named Godstone, here.