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Thursday
Dec202007

Molly's Sketchbook: The Un-Paper Bag

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I find myself bringing home the paper shopping bags we use at Purl and Purl Patchwork all the time, using and reusing them to bring my lunch, haul knitting projects, and store fabric.

Looking at one such beaten up bag I realized how easy it would be to make a similarly convenient tote out of fabric, especially using our new Olympus handbag handles. It is so much less wasteful and infinitely more attractive! --Molly 

PS: The background fabric is called "Kelly" from Liberty of London.

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Thursday
Dec132007

Whit's Knits: 70's Ski Hat

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When I was a kid every guy I knew wore a hat like this. Triangular, striped and itchy. We've all softened a little in the last thirty years, so this updated version features an impossible-to-complain-about cashmere lining, which is easy once you learn how to do a provisional cast-on. 

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This Christmas I'm giving one to all of the men in my family. I can't wait to look around at them wearing their 70's Ski Hats, reminding me of how much I loved those times. --Whitney

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Friday
Dec072007

Molly's Sketchbook: Felted Wool Star Ornaments

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Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most rewarding parts of the holidays. It can be so simply creative; stringing popcorn, cutting out paper dolls and snowflakes, or making elves out of pipe cleaners. In this spirit I made these star shaped ornaments out of the lovely, hand dyed felted wool by Mary Flanagan in the "wheat field" spectrum.  I was inspired by the rich, elemental colors to add some simple gold beading. The whole process, from cutting to stuffing to beading, takes about half an hour and is a very enjoyable way to spend a cold winter evening indoors. Happy tree trimming! --Molly

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Monday
Nov262007

Whit's Knits: Pine Tree Sachets

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It's the bane of a knitter's existence that preparations for the holiday season can't start early enough. If, like me, you tend to get yourself into a knitting panic this time of year, or even if you're un-neurotic enough to maintain perspective, you may appreciate this quick gift idea.

These little pine tree sachets are speedy to knit but don't sacrifice the detailing that makes a knit gift special. Plus, they smell good. -Whitney

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Thursday
Nov082007

Luxurious Wool Blanket

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Of all of my handmade projects, this luxurious, organic wool-melton blanket is definitely my favorite. I can't wait to bundle up with it during the winter! The rich tone of the organic wool-melton from O-Wool is complimented perfectly by the vibrant print from Liberty of London that I used to bind the edge.  Although I'm planning to keep this blanket for myself, it would also make a great gift. --Molly

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