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Molly's Handmade Napkins


I always celebrate Thanksgiving by throwing a big party with my friends.  This year I made my own napkins with one of our spectrum bundles and some yellow polka dot fabric.  I think I'll set the table with yellow roses... -- Molly

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Cashmere Cowl


One of my all-time favorite patterns is the cowl, which is technically just a knitted tube. But, when I slip it over my head it becomes a softly draping beautiful necklace that I want to wear every day from December til March.

This is the perfect travel project - it has so few ingredients!  I knit my cashmere cowl as Nick and I travelled from Seattle to Portland and back again, crossing the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. 

My cowl is a variation of the beautiful Pashmina Cowl from Joelle's Last Minute Knitted Gifts. She used a smaller needle to knit Joseph Galler's luxurious pashmina yarn in stockinette stitch.  -- Isabelle

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Sweet + Simple Pincushions


These handmade pincushions are easy to make, but also make a special and charming gift for anyone who likes to sew. -Joelle

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Yellow is a curious color that often provokes strong feelings.  At one end of the spectrum it is perceived as the color of illness (think hepatitis, jaundice and yellow fever), at the other end it represents sunshine and the rebirth of spring (think daffodils, mustard flowers, lemonade and baby chicks).  The artist and color guru Josef Albers had a fascination with the color yellow which he explored in many different works.  Here are just a few examples:

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There is no doubt that yellow can be a difficult color (how many times have you heard someone say they can't wear yellow?), but it is also surprisingly fresh and versatile.  With this in mind, Joelle has been exploring its modern and sunny qualities in her knitting and quilting.  Check out her Triangle Quilt Journal, the beginnings of her Babette Blanket or her newly added Tomten Jacket Journal to see her progress. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts and feelings about yellow. Do you use it in your projects? Do you wear it? Do you have a sunny kitchen nook with yellow walls?  What does yellow mean to you? 



Joelle's Triangle Quilt

I was very inspired by the Robertson Family quilt that we featured on The Purl Bee on August 8, 2006. I immediately did a tutorial about making right angle triangles with the thought that some of our readers might want to make a Robertson Family style quilt of their own.


Meanwhile, these polka dot fabrics arrived at Purl Patchwork from Yuwa Fabric in Japan!  As soon as they came out of the box, I knew I had to use them to make my very own version of the Robertson Family Quilt. I chose eight different colors from our Yuwa Dots collection and then I threw another print in there just to mix it up a bit (the fourth fabric from the top in this photograph), a 19th Century reproduction print from Marcus Brothers.   I've always loved quilts that have bright white backgrounds setting off cheerful prints, but bright white looked a bit too stark with these sophisticated colors.  Instead I chose a warm, creamy white for my background that seemed more gentle but would (hopefully!) produce a similar effect.  -- Joelle

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