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Tuesday
Apr082014

Corinne's Thread: Baby Sunbonnet

A few months ago, I designed a Sherpa-lined Winter Baby Bonnet to protect my infant daughter from the hibernal elements. Now as the seasons are changing, I realize that my winter baby is, well, still a baby. She is still in need of a hat to protect her delicate skin, now, from the bright sun of these warmer days!
But, I’ll admit, that when designing this Baby Sunbonnet, I had more than just practicality in mind. I’m a sucker for a baby in a classic bonnet! I love how the visor and chin ties create the perfect silhouette, allowing just her chubby cheeks to peak out. And, in Liberty of London prints, these hats are as timeless as they are sweet.  
Because they don’t stay babies forever, our free Baby Sunbonnet pattern is available in sizes 0–24 months. So, no matter if your little one is big enough to toddle around this spring or is still just snuggled in your arms, she’ll look good doing it. Oh, and the sun will be out of her eyes too.  - Corinne

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Sunday
Apr062014

Huge Spring Cleaning Sale at purlsoho.com!

It's time to tidy up the shelves and sweep out the dust bunnies. It's spring cleaning time, and at purlsoho.com we're making room for new goodies with a Huge Spring Cleaning Sale! All sale items are 40% off, including select colors of gorgeous yarns: Jade Sapphire's cashmere, Anzula's blends, Alchemy's silks and mohairs, Koigu's hand painted fibers and Swans Island merinos; plus tons of amazing fabrics from our favorite companies (flannels, corduroys, cottons and linens!), gorgeous hand painted needlepoint canvases, and tons more!

Wondering what to do with all your sale loot? We're chock-full of inspiration here at the Purl Bee! All of the projects shown in the opening photo were made with materials that are now on sale, as is the Nani Iro Double Gauze used to sew the above Lap Duvets and over a dozen colors of the Mermaid yarn from Anzula that we used to knit up our classic Whisper Wrap (below).

This is our biggest sale ever, so if your spring cleaning includes organizing your craft room (or corner!), be sure to make a little space for some fresh inspiration!

To browse purlsoho.com's entire Huge Spring Cleaning Sale, just click here. (Yarn, fabric, books, patterns, magazines, notions and tools, kits, gifts, spinning wheels and fibers and more!)

P.S. From Monday, April 7th through Friday, April 11th our California warehouse will be closed to visitors. Please come back and see us on the 14th! And our NYC store is open during our normal business hours with some of its own sale surprises!

Happy spring cleaning from Purl Soho!

Thursday
Apr032014

Laura's Loop: Trellis Scarf

There’s a mysterious promise in a bare trellis. What life has grown there before? What will grow there again? When will this bleak structure be transformed into a thriving plane of living color?

No matter how patiently I wait or how carefully I watch, this transformation comes so suddenly to me. There is always that one stunning day when a trellis is awakened by  opening buds, climbing vines and unfolding leaves, and you know that spring is here.

I made this Trellis Scarf with the hope of spring in mind… sun and flowers, cardigans and flats, levity and high spirits. I knit my scarf in the nearly weightless, astoundingly soft Zageo 6-Ply Cashmere by Jade Sapphire, and I adapted the stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s book A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She calls hers the Quilted Lattice Stitch. It’s a stitch with as much mystery as a naked trellis, appearing at first glance as though strands have been painstakingly woven into a finished knit piece. In fact, you create this beautiful quilted effect as you knit, and even more surprisingly, it’s super easy!

Just like that day when a quiet trellis springs into life, I bound off my stitches, admired my scarf’s light-catching beauty and wondered how on earth it happened so fast. Happy spring! -Laura

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Sunday
Mar302014

Whit's Knits: Chick-in-an-Egg

Early spring, with its skipping lambs and bobbing daffodils, is certainly a good time for whimsy. And Easter, with its symbol-rich traditions, is definitely a good time for whimsical knit chicks!

Like all new life at this time of year, these funny little chicks are spirited with the wonder of birth, blinking and peeping, curious and eager. Sounds a little like us battered northerners, emerging from the dark depths of a long winter, intent on what's next!

Soft and squishy, roly and poly, these chicks are just the right shape and size for Easter baskets and little hands. Knit up in one of our all-time favorite yarns, Koigu Premium Merino, get all these colors in one place with our Yarn for Chick-in-an-Egg kit.

Each kit comes with enough materials to make a dozen sweet chicks. So fill your Easter season with lots of cheer and welcome spring with whimsy! -Whitney

P.S. Our beautiful Super Simple Felt Easter Basket is a perfect nest. Click here for the free Bee pattern!

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Thursday
Mar272014

Laura's Loop: Hat to Match

I had hardly cast off for my Long Lovely Mittens when I cast on for a Hat to Match. At the time, Purl Soho's stunning single-ply merino Line Weight was new to our shelves and new to me, and a pair of mittens, no matter how long or lovely, wasn't enough. I needed more yards under my belt, and as it turns out, I needed a matching hat for my head.

While I've never been one for precise matching and I've never worn a pantsuit or a sweater set, I have always greatly appreciated the air of elegance and femininity that lofts about a synchronized outfit. As I first tried on those Long Lovely Mittens , a feeling of grace washed over me, and I knew more was in store...

My Hat to Match may not be the tam that Queen Elizabeth would wear with long gloves, but then, I’m not Queen Elizabeth! The simple structure (and pattern!), the soft edge and slight slouch seamlessly slip into any sort of wardrobe, coordinated or not! -Laura

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