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Colorful Crafting with Jen: Summer Shimmer Scarf

A few months ago we received Pearl from Lorna's Laces, a worsted weight blend of silk and bamboo that drapes and shimmers like water over river stones. As soon as it came in I picked out a skein in my favorite color, Envy, and added it to my "someday soon" project basket. I thought about what I wanted to make and decided that I wanted to make a summer scarf that took only one skein, something simple and lacy. While I've done a ton of yarn-overs in my knitting career I have never actually made anything that would truly be considered to be lace so I was pleased to find that not only was this Zig Zag Lace Trellis pattern pretty, it was also very easy! For those of you, who like me, have been wanting to stick your toe into lace knitting, this is the perfect introduction. The yarn is wonderful to work with, the pattern is simple, and you'll be done with your scarf in no time! --Jen

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Molly's Sketchbook: Fourth of July Baby Sun Hat

I made this hat for my friend Bear out of the versatile, sturdy Kona Cotton Essex which comes in great reds, whites, and blues. It's a cotton linen blend so it has some body and it's totally easy to care for, just throw it in the wash after the fireworks.

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Whit's Knits: Crocheted Stash Basket

It doesn't take many years of knitting before one day you wake up to realize you have a lot of yarn. So you embark on a striped project campaign hoping to pare down, but end up buying more and more yarn because you don't have exactly the right colors, and finally you face one of knitting's truths: stashes are unbustable.

And where there's a stash, there's a storage problem. Instead of heading over to the dreaded Container Store, I decided that I would crochet my own storage unit. I imagined something with the feeling of a handmade basket; I wanted it to be nubbly, beachy and beautiful, and so, I turned to Hand Jive's Rustic Silk. One hundred percent Tussah Silk, handspun and handdyed, it is a really special yarn. It is splendidly earthy and fascinatingly varied, like Mother Nature herself created it.

I love my new basket for yarn, but now I'm wondering if I'll need another one for afternoons in the park, days at the beach, and weekends in the country. Ahhh...more yarn...!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Echino Oilcloth Grocery Tote

This ultra sturdy and ultra exciting oilcloth tote is the perfect grocery store companion. It's made with the new Echino Oilcloth. We love so many of these prints that we couldn't choose just one so this bag features three! This tote is a truly quick and useful project plus it's put together in a cool way since it has a circular bottom.

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Whit's Knits: Lace Anklets

I love combining opposites, in this case a little funky with a dash of prissy. Alchemy's unusual colors bring an unexpected edge to these sweet lace anklets. The perfect recipe for some pep in the step.

This is a new yarn from Alchemy called Juniper. One hundred percent superfine merino and one hundred percent machine washable, it's an ideal sock yarn. I used two skeins to make two pairs of size 7 socks (if you're bigger than a size 7 1/2 and are very particular about the fit, you may need an extra skein).Quite a bargain!

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