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Swampy Summer with Purl Frogs!


We named these amiable amphibians Rosemarie and Hilaire, after the friendly neighbor who shared the pattern with us, and Hilaire Belloc, the author of the poem that accompanied the pattern:

The Frog

Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As "Slimy skin," or "Polly-wog,"
Or likewise "Ugly James,"
Or "Gap-a-grin," or "Toad-gone-wrong,"
Or "Bill Bandy-knees":
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair,
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and by the way,
they are extremely rare).


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A New Feature on the Purl Bee! Notions + Tools: Addi Turbo Lace Needles


This is the first post in our new feature: Notions & Tools.  With each new post, we will focus on one of the notions, accessories, or tools that make crafting easier and more satisfying.  We'll explore how to use it, and why we chose to feature it at Purl. As always, we invite your comments to widen the conversation.

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Granny's Spring Fling


Granny squares are popping up on craft blogs all over the web. This traditional crochet motif has been around for ages, but it never seems to exhaust the potential for innovative, unique character and singular charm. In celebration of the humble granny square, we introduce the Granny Square Project Journal.  Beginning with a simple pattern, you can make all manner of GSPs (Granny Square Projects). 

If you are new to crochet, our Crochet Basics Tutorial will equip you with all the necessary crochet skills to make your own granny square. 


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Treeline Striped Cardigan


This winter I have been struck with Striping Fever!  I think I was inspired first by the Quilts of Gees Bend, which I go back to again and again for their wealth of color, pattern, and spontaneity.  This time, it was the stripes that got me.  It got me knitting.  

I'm a girl who never says no to more color or pattern, but I was a little timid about launching into some kind of technicolor fair isle fantasy.  I designed this sweater to show off the incredible range of color in just one shade of Manos del Uruguay yarn with a small stripe pattern.  For me, this is restrained, austere, grown-up, but I think it really showcases the incredible blues that I saw in the Gee's Bend denim and corduroy quilts. -- Isabelle

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Liberty of London Swatch Portraits

In our teeny-tiny fabric shop, Purl Patchwork, it is a challenge to find fresh ideas to display our favorite products in customer-friendly ways.  We were really scratching our heads when a bunch of new Tana Lawn prints from Liberty of London arrived last week on unruly five-foot-tall bolts!   Our solution:  we filled a handful of simple wooden embroidery hoops with swatches of fabric and displayed them all on the wall like a family portrait gallery. 

These swatch portraits are so easy to make and they make great gifts too! Enjoy!


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