Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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I'm on The Sweet Georgia Show!

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Last month, I received a very exciting email from the Sweet Georgia Show, inviting me on to the show for an episode. Felicia of the Sweet Georgia Yarns supported yarns for several of my designs in the past, and we've briefly met in person at TNNA before but never really had a chance to sit down and get to know each other.

Listen to the interview and read about the giveaway here

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The giveaway ends on November 14, so be sure to submit your information for a chance to win a free pattern and a free ballet skirt!

We talked a lot about my day job, my passion for creating, and balancing and juggling everything. I am one of those people, "multipotentialite" (See TedTalk by Elimie Wapnick), and I have so many interests. Even before becoming a mom, I always pursued several interests at the same time, totally devoting myself to those passions. In high school, it was writing, journalism, and dancing; in college, it was dancing, political science, and Korean traditional drums. Finally, in law school, I was pursuing knitting, law, and yoga. 

So the idea of juggling many different passions is not new to me, although now that I'm older and not a student anymore, the expectations have grown. But this pressure is what keeps me sane and interested in life. When I tried to cut one aspect of my life, in hopes of simplifying my life a bit, it became boring and uninspiring. I was in a creative rut for several months!

Understanding how I work, and knowing when to let go were really important part of the lesson. I embraced my need to fill my life up with multiple passions, and when I reach certain point in the pursuit of that passion, I know that I need to take a break, and explore other options too. 

That's where I am at with Candy & Bagel as a brand. For many years, Candy & Bagel was the place where I did my knitting and designing. Now I have a need to pursue something beyond knitting and designing. More importantly, I have a need to grow Candy & Bagel into something that help me and people like me. 

Don't let your history or investment limit your growth. Sometimes, you need to analyze whether to let go and pursue something else, and let yourself have a little break. It's not the end, it's just part of your growth and expansion into the world. 

 

Review & GIVEAWAY: Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine Socks

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Clockwise beginning at the top: Blueberry Cheesecake, Tootie Fruitie, Grape Freeze, Cherry Sundae, Neopolitan, Orange Crush, and Mint Chip in the center.

Clockwise beginning at the top: Blueberry Cheesecake, Tootie Fruitie, Grape Freeze, Cherry Sundae, Neopolitan, Orange Crush, and Mint Chip in the center.

On Monday, I featured a picture of my WIP, Popsicle Socks in this Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine yarn ("Cherry Sundae" colorway). The socks are coming along nicely and they're very easy, straightforward socks. If you've never knitted socks before, or just want a solid simple sock pattern, be sure to check out this pattern developed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn by Susan B. Anderson. If you're reading this, you can get 50% off this pattern on Ravelry! Use the DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey.

And now the review, and your chance to WIN FREE YARN!

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Background

Spud & Chloe just launched this new line of yarn in January this year, and kindly sent me some samples to play with. They come in 7 new colorways, in the same base as the Spud & Chloe Fine yarn: 80% superwash wool, 20% silk. Due to its silk content, the yarn has slight sheen to it, and it's heavy fingering weight, perfect for not just socks, but shawls, baby knits, and other accessories. 

Each skein is 50 gram skeins, approximately 191 yards/175 m per skein. 

The colors are variegated, and actually come from the solid-colored Fine palette! You can definitely do some interesting colorwork by mixing and matching the two. For instance, this Cherry Sundae colorway contains Lipstick (#7810), Popcorn (#7800), Tickled Pink (#7826), Red Hot (#7815), and Sassafras (#7808). 

You can also check out their first pattern specifically developed for this yarn, Stripey Wristlets. The sample of this pattern was also knitted in Cherry Sundae colorway. 


Testing

So I decided to knit a pair of socks with this sample yarn. I am currently a little bit obsessed with plain Stockinette st socks. So the Popsicle Sock was perfect to test this yarn. 

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I am almost done with the first sock and so far I love it. It's a bit different from other wool/silk blend sock yarn I've tried. It feels a little more sturdy and "fat." I used Size 0 (2.0mm) needles with this sock pattern because I tend to have looser tension, but I think Size 1 (2.25mm) would've worked well too. I started trying it on as I was knitting and already love how soft but durable it feels on my foot.

Giveaway Contest!!

Also, the good news for you is, that Spud & Chloe sent enough yarns for me to give away THREE!!!! skeins!!! They will be more than enough for a pair of socks with long legs (I've made mine 7.5" long before turning the heel, and I'll need to start the second skein before working the toe).

 

To win these gorgeous yarns,

1) Leave a comment on this post, with an answer to this question: what would you make with this yarn?? 

2) Make sure you leave your email address and/or Ravelry ID so that I can contact you somehow.

The comments will be numbered and the winner will be chosen randomly. You can enter this giveaway contest until 11:59 PST on Thursday, MARCH 5, 2015.  And then I'll announce the winner on Friday!

 

 

Product Name: Stripey Fine 
Category: Yarn (Sock/Fingering)
Manufacturer: Spud & Chloe
Washing and Drying Instructions: Wash gently in cool water with mild soap. Tumble dry low until damp, block to shape. 
 

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Spud & Chloe. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.

WIPs & FOs: ...and Spud & Chloe DISCOUNT CODE! (..Giveaway?)

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I have a quite of bit of things to show you, since I took a week off last week. I have some things I made for Logan, and a thing I made for myself, and at the end of the post, there's a DISCOUNT CODE for a Spud & Chloe pattern!

Last week's FO projects first!

Last few weeks have been extremely hot in Southern California. 85+ degrees almost everyday! So naturally, I just couldn't bring myself to even touch the other projects that I was working on in thick wool, especially sweater projects that are half done so that they would cover my lap. 

So I picked up this wool blend yarn called Vincent Rich 8-ply, from KnitLove. KnitLove is the company I met at TNNA a couple of years ago, and they graciously gave me some samples to try. 

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The yarn has 95% wool and 5% acrylic, and because it's mostly wool, it doesn't feel cheap or plastic-y at all. The 5% acrylic does make the yarn a little more splitty, but in Stockinette st it just worked out fine.

The pattern is Striped Boatneck Sweater, from What to Knit When You're Expecting. I omitted the sleeves part so that Logan can wear it over his shirt without getting too warm. 

 

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Again, in warm weather, I like to work on small projects that I can finish knitting in a couple of days. 

I improvised on this one. I used Berroco Comfort DK I had, and made a really cute bow for the finishing touch! I was able to cast on and finish in a few days. I'm going to have to wait until the weather cools down a little bit to wear it, but I really like this impromptu project. 

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This one is another one for Logan. I just knitted a regular yoke cardigan in the round, but added random scraps of yarn for the top portion. I made the sleeves a little longer so that Logan can wear it for a long time. I have NO IDEA how big/small babies are so I'm just hoping that these all fit him well. :)

The buttons are of course, from my haul last year. These are Vince buttons, probably from their factory in LA. They look so mature, and match perfectly with the tweed yarn I used for the MC.

The tweed yarn is Tahki Yarns Sedona in "Burgundy" colorway, and I used some leftover worsted weight wool from other projects.

Now onto the WIP project!

This one is currently on my needles - it's Popsicle Socks, by Susan B. Anderson. They were originally designed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn, but recently Spud & Chloe came out with new line of yarn, Stripey Fine. It's in the same base, 80% Superwash Wool and 20% Silk, but dyed in variegated shades. The one I'm working with is Cherry Sundae! It's cheerful and sweet. 

The Stripey Fine's each colorway is comprised of colors from the solid-colored Fine palette! This means, you can mix-and-match Fine and Stripey Fine for stripes and colorwork for more interesting effects. GENIUS.

DISCOUNT CODE &... and a GIVEAWAY:

From today until March 7, 2015, you can use this DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey to get 50% off the Popsicle Socks pattern (the code only works on Ravelry)! I'm also going to be giving away 3 skeins of this Stripey Fine yarn so that you can make your own Popsicle Socks! Stay tuned for the review and the giveaway contest this Friday!