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Japanese Crafting with Mari: Monk's Bag


When I travel, I am always looking for the perfect travel bag. I like to have a bag that has a shoulder strap long enough to go across my chest, but with a wide strap for comfort. After years of trying to find one, I finally decided to make one! My husband and I took a trip to Japan 2 years ago, and I made a modified monk’s bag with some upholstery weight fabric. It worked like a charm!  Enjoy! --Mari

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Whit's Knits: Hand Warmers and Flip Top Mittens

Since making the Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, we've had lots of requests for slight pattern alternatives. I agree that no one pattern can answer all of our hand-warming needs, so I came up with a couple of variations on the original theme: Hand Warmers and Flip Top Mittens.

The Hand Warmers eliminate the challenge of knitting the fingers without sacrificing the elegance of the original pattern. And the Flip Top Mittens do the double duty of warming cold fingers on some days and liberating busy fingers on others. Both patterns still use only one skein of Jade Sapphire's amazing 6 ply cashmere and one skein of Blue Sky Alpaca's Sportweight Alpaca.

Now we can all be equipped for whatever circumstances come our way: unseasonably warm weather in New York or snowstorms in Seattle!

To make the original version please revisit our Cashmere Fingerless Gloves Project Journal. Or to explore new options just keep on reading. Thanks! --Whitney

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Colorful Crafting with Jen: Wedding Wheel Quilt

Way back in January of 2008 when Ray and I began the process of looking for a wedding location, I had no idea where we would have it or what it would look like, our only preference was that it be outdoors. We were so excited when we found The Laguna Cliffs Resort in Dana Point, California, a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean where we could have both our wedding and our reception. The standard setting at Dana Point is all white chairs, table cloths and market umbrellas, giving us total flexibility to create a wedding that reflected our style: colorful and sunny with a handmade touch. There was no question that we would somehow make use of the fabrics we sell at and so we began the process of considering colors and prints that would work for us. For the reception we decided to make cloth napkins, each table featuring a different print in varying shades of sherbet orange and citrus green. In April I started collecting prints in ernest, but even though I am surrounded by fabrics in almost every color and style at our warehouse, it was actually a bit challenging to collect enough prints that all worked together. Every time a new shipment of fabric would arrive at our warehouse I would rush to open the boxes as if they contained a hidden treasure!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Giving Holiday Cookies

Christmas can be stressful, but taking some time to bake with my friends and family is one of the great joys of the season for me. I use leftover yarn and fabric from Christmas projects to wrap up my goodies. I love transforming simple things like paper lunch bags and leftover yarn and fabric scraps to create charming gift packages almost as much as I love turning flour, butter, sugar, and eggs into cookies! It's a fun and inexpensive way to spread some delicious holiday cheer. Happy Holidays! --Molly

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Whit's Knits: The Eleventh Hour Scarf

I wanted to come up with an idea that would answer the pressing need of the last minute gift without sacrificing quality, a gift that we can give without sheepishness or apologies. In fact, one that will be given with pride and received with gratitude, and one that, not insignificantly, you can start at the beginning of a movie and finish before the final credits roll! -Whitney

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