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Sunday
Mar302008

Cake Rock Beach is Here! PLUS Joelle's Framed Botanical Pillow

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Our very first line of fabric, Cake Rock Beach, has arrived!  We first told you about our collection in October 2007, so we're very happy to finally make it available to you!  Above is the "Earth" palette. Cake Rock Beach also has four other palettes, Leaf, Water, Fire and Coral which you can see below.

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Leaf

 

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Water

 

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Fire

 

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Coral 

Joelle's Framed Botanical Pillows 

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Over the years I've collected many cherished decorative objects from the late 19th century (including the Wedgwood pitcher shown below).  When I created Cake Rock Beach, I was very excited by the prospect of including some of my own designs in the mix of botanically inspired objects around my home.

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Sunday
Mar162008

Molly's Sketchbook: Patchwork Easter Eggs

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These beautiful little eggs not only celebrate Easter, but they also welcome the early blooming bushes of spring. The Patchwork Eggs perfectly adorn these forsythia branches

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They're as fun to make and decorate as real eggs are. We've only scratched the surface of possibilities. Bring out your whole craft bag of embroidery floss, trimmings, buttons, silk flowers, beads, and on and on. We figured out the basic structures so you can have all the fun! Happy Easter! --Molly

PS: If knitted eggs are your cup of tea, check out Whitney's Knitted Easter Eggs

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Sunday
Mar162008

Whit's Knits: Knitted Easter Egg Ornaments

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My mother is really going to freak out when she sees this post. I don't know a bigger Easter fan than my mother. Every year, we start the celebrations on Saturday, elaborately dying Ukrainian eggs (we're not Ukrainian) and painstakingly painting miniature scenes of happy rabbits on hard boiled eggs. On Sunday we perform Easter musical skits, we break open piñatas, we hide and find eggs, we exchange baskets, we hold races amongst my mother's Easter Wind Up Toy Collection (that's a whole other story...).

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We try to save the prize winning eggs from the previous year to hang on the Easter Egg tree of the current year. But often they have sadly rotten or broken or become food for scavenging mice over the intervening summer, fall and winter. So, how satisfying to make Easter eggs that won't disappoint us in that way! These can truly be heirloom decorations that become a part of our (and your!) Easter every year. --Whitney

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PS: If sewing is more your cup of tea, check out Molly's Patchwork Eggs.

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Sunday
Mar092008

Whit's Knits: Rochefort Chapeau

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Navy and white stripes are beautifully clean and classic. And for me, they also evoke a sweet nostalgia for some make-believe time of innocence when people spontaneously danced together in the street. Think Gene Kelly in The Young Girls of Rochefort, happy people twirling around a French seaside town looking for love. So flirty and jaunty!

I wanted to bring some of these associations to a cute little hat for spring. It's time to say adieu bulky winter wool, and bonjour to breezy silk alpaca. Perfect for 48 degrees and a spin in the street! -Whitney

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Saturday
Mar012008

Whit's Knits: EZ's Mitts

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I'm a huge yellow fan, especially in the context of cold, wet and gray days. I'd take a yellow umbrella over anything. Walking along under your own personal yellow sky while the rest of the world melts into non-color is a beautiful feeling.

So when this "Saffron" skein of Andy's Merino from Farmhouse Yarns screamed out to me, "Winter blues, be gone!", I could hardly ignore its pleas. Andy's Merino is one of my favorite, favorite yarns at Purl. It is very soft and light, but, more importantly, it just reeks of creative energy and originality. Carol, the engine behind Farmhouse Yarns, pours so much love and abandon into the dying process of her yarns that you can't help but be infected by the passion.

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What to make with this jewel? For inspiration, I turned to my one of my old standbys, The Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann. This modest little book really packs a wallop. Along with wonderfully funny thoughts and stories, each month of the year includes brilliant patterns and ideas. From big elaborate Aran sweaters to little delicate lace ornaments, Zimmermann covers the whole knitting gamut in one short year.

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