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WIPs & FOs: Spud & Chloe Popsicle Socks, First sock knitted!

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

There's only one WIP that I am currently working on these days and that is these Popsicle Socks.

I just cast off the first sock on Sunday afternoon, but haven't had a chance to cast on the second sock yet. These days, all of my time is spent on sewing! (more on that coming tomorrow)

Popsicle Sock pattern is still on sale - Use the discount code: Stripey when checking it out on Ravelry. It's a $9 pattern, and you get 50% off so it's a REALLY good deal.

Also if you've missed my review on last Friday, check it out here --> Review & Giveaway

The sock has good memory, and has very different texture from all the other socks I have in my sock drawer. It's not cashmere-soft, but it's not scratchy at all, it's stretchy, and warm, but not TOO warm. I am probably going to start the second sock tonight and slowly finish it over the next few weeks.

I'm glad I got at least the first sock done this week. Things at home are getting very exciting and busy. Figuring that I could still knit with a newborn baby (hello, babywearing!) but not sew that easily, I have been sewing at least 3~4 projects per week since D-21. This is also a way for me to ensure I have stuff to share with you guys after the baby is born. I still want this space to be sewing & knitting/fiber arts space, not a personal/motherhood blog!

Review & GIVEAWAY: Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine Socks

Reviews, Special EditionJean ChungComment
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!



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. 


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. 



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.