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Friday
Jul272007

Habu Textiles Kusha Kusha Scarf

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Habu Textiles creates ethereal patterns to compliment their incredible yarns. The Kusha Kusha scarf showcases Silk Stainless and Superfine Merino. Silk, merino wool, and stainless steel? That's no typo, that is a one-of-a-kind combination! After knitting, the Kusha Kusha scarf is washed, which felts the merino wool and renders the fabric as light as a feather.

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Our friends at Habu were kind enough to share the Kusha Kusha Scarf pattern with The Purl Bee!

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Thursday
Jun282007

Elisa's Nest Tote

elisa9.jpgThis pretty tote bag was designed by Elisa, an Italian knitter and blogger who saw the Climbing Trellis Lace Pattern here on the Purl Bee.  She calls it her "No More Plastic Bag, Thank You!" It is a fast knit that takes only a few hours to complete.

Elisa's Nest Tote can be made from just about any cotton yarn (linen or hemp yarn work nicely, too). The stretchy lace stitch makes this bag practical and quite durable.

We would choose this dainty and durable tote over a plastic bag any day! 

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Saturday
Jun162007

Swampy Summer with Purl Frogs!

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We named these amiable amphibians Rosemarie and Hilaire, after the friendly neighbor who shared the pattern with us, and Hilaire Belloc, the author of the poem that accompanied the pattern:


The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As "Slimy skin," or "Polly-wog,"
Or likewise "Ugly James,"
Or "Gap-a-grin," or "Toad-gone-wrong,"
Or "Bill Bandy-knees":
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair,
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and by the way,
they are extremely rare).

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Monday
Jun112007

A New Feature on the Purl Bee! Notions + Tools: Addi Turbo Lace Needles

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This is the first post in our new feature: Notions & Tools.  With each new post, we will focus on one of the notions, accessories, or tools that make crafting easier and more satisfying.  We'll explore how to use it, and why we chose to feature it at Purl. As always, we invite your comments to widen the conversation.

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Friday
Apr132007

Granny's Spring Fling

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Granny squares are popping up on craft blogs all over the web. This traditional crochet motif has been around for ages, but it never seems to exhaust the potential for innovative, unique character and singular charm. In celebration of the humble granny square, we introduce the Granny Square Project Journal.  Beginning with a simple pattern, you can make all manner of GSPs (Granny Square Projects). 

If you are new to crochet, our Crochet Basics Tutorial will equip you with all the necessary crochet skills to make your own granny square. 

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