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Wednesday
Jun182014

New! Supplies from Fringe Supply Co.

If you read Karen Templer's blog, Fringe Association, as regularly as we do, then you know that not only does she illuminate the world of knitting for us, but her company, Fringe Supply Co., also keeps us beautifully outfitted with the tools we need to embark on our own knitting adventures. And now Purl Soho is so happy to announce that we, too, are selling the things we love from Fringe Supply Co.! (Details below...)

Plus, this week on Fringe Association, the Purl Bee team reflects on our favorite tools, notions and accessories. For Karen's Our Tools, Ourselves feature we discuss the supplies we can't live without, the things we love for all the same reasons we love Fringe Supply Co. products: for their superior quality, soundness and beauty. Click right here to find out what makes our list!

And here are those details we promised, all the lovely (and witty!) items from Fringe Supply Co. that Purl Soho is now proud to offer...

Stitch Markers

  • The Black Stitch Markers are utility-chic black rubber and come in a resealable paper envelope.
  • The Removable Stitch Markers are elegant coil-less safety pins in antiquated brass, which also come in their own little envelope.
  • And the Leather and Brass Stitch Marker Set includes a dozen jewel-like brass and nickel markers housed inside a petite leather pouch, which is handmade at Fringe Supply Co.'s own studio.

Prints

  • Every knitter knows a sense of humor goes a long way, and the High-Fiber Letterpress Print puts us on the right path. Lovingly pressed on Crane and Co.'s creamy cotton rag, the print reads, "Wool is an essential part of any high-fiber diet." Hee hee!
  • A reconfiguration of the classic food pyramid, the letterpress Yarn Pyramid Print is an amusing reminder of how essential yarn is to our daily diets. Put your yarn appetite into perspective!

Tote

  • The Knit and Let Knit Tote is not only sturdy, roomy and chic, it's also emblazoned with the Fringe Association credo. Proportioned for actual use, this cotton canvas tote is both accommodating and durable with wide, comfortable straps and a generous gusset. Perfect, really.

Click right here to browse all of Purl Soho's Fringe Supply Co. products and get supplied!

Sunday
Jun152014

Molly's Sketchbook: Waffle and Linen Hand Towels

The beauty of these Waffle and Linen Hand Towels belies how super quick they are to make. It turns out that in the time it would take you to go to the store and pick something from a wedding registry you can handcraft a truly lovely gift… but nobody has to know that!  Bespoke objects are always more special than a blender, no matter the time (or lack thereof!) that they take to create!

Simple patterns like this call for spectacular fabric, and our Waffle and Linen Hand Towels deliver. We paired Robert Kaufman’s soft and absorbent Baby Waffle Pique with Globalweave’s elegant Duo Woven Linen to create a unique juxtaposition of cuddly and cultivated. One bumpy and one smooth, these two fabrics are made for each other! 

I can’t think of simpler way to give such a unique and thoughtful gift. If you’ve got a wedding (or housewarming) coming up, these Waffle and Linen Hand Towels might be just the thing! -Molly

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Thursday
Jun122014

Corinne's Thread: Kid's Gathered Summer Top

As always, the transition from spring to summer has caught me unawares! Over the past couple of weeks the weather here in New York has turned from damp and chilly to hot and sweaty, and I’m suddenly realizing that my poor daughter has nothing to wear!  
And so I turned desperately to my sewing machine and whipped up the quickest, simplest summer top I could think of, this breezy Gathered Summer Top. Once I got it on her, I had to do a double take. This easy-as-pie shirt is actually cute. Really cute. So cute I went back to my machine and made more! 
These Gathered Summer Tops are extra special in Liberty of London’s lightweight and silky soft Tana Lawn Classics. And with over 30 gorgeous, new prints recently added to the collection, choosing is more fun (and more difficult!) than ever. I chose the new and unbelievably pretty Navy John for one of my tops (and couldn’t resist an old favorite, Mabelle Turquoise, for the other).
The elastic casing and adjustable straps make these tanks easy to fit and even easier to sew. You can finish a whole shirt in under an hour, from the first cut to the last stitch. And to make sure I’m prepared for next year, I’ve sized the pattern from 1 to 10 years. Sneaky summer won’t catch me off guard again! -Corinne

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Sunday
Jun082014

Laura's Loop: Striped Summer Shirt

There was a great big, old, white clapboard house near where I spent my summers as a kid. The shutters were white. The doors were white. The fence that wrapped around the vast corner lot was even white. And under each and every window was a white flowerbox overflowing with brilliant red geraniums. A house that nearly disappeared during the snowy winters was enlivened every summer by those rows of exuberant red.

While a lot of red is pretty powerful stuff, a well-balanced dash of it adds vibrancy and spice, elegance and timelessness.

To design a shirt evocative of that beautiful home from my memories I turned to Habu Textiles. The white “clapboard” backdrop is a narrow ribbon-like yarn called Silk Gima. The silk stitches create a subtle texture perfect for planting my “flowers”:  garter ridges of red and salmon in Habu’s Linen Wrapped Silk. This multi-fibered yarn creates depth within the stripes and a glow, not unlike those sun-lit geraniums, where the colors transition from one to the next.

This Striped Summer Shirt is my flowerboxes. Summer is nearing, and I am ready and raring to sport these charming stripes! –Laura

PS: In a sailor boy mood? Click below to see an alternate blue color palette!

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Thursday
Jun052014

Whit's Knits: Crocheted Set-of-Three Pot Holders

Like a lot of New York City kitchens, mine is a bit underutilized, shall we say. But, while the cayenne pepper may be from 2009 and the knives that were a wedding present almost fifteen years ago haven't been sharpened since said wedding, there is an oasis in my kitchen that is well tended and totally loved, and that is my collection of kitchen textiles.

I cherish the dish towels my mother made me from the 1940's floral tablecloths she hoards and the vintage linen towel Joelle got for each of us on a trip to Switzerland, and also the needlepoint trivet my grandmother stitched (a picture of a Sumo wrestler) and even the crocheted one I designed for the Purl Bee (a watermelon slice). And so this Set-of-Three Pot Holders joins a kitchen where they may get used only periodically, but where they will always be treasured.

To make these, I put on my best chef's hat and thought about the improvisational spirit of making a seasonal soup. I started with a base of Merchant & Mills' tasty Baker's Twine, threw in a dash of Brooklyn Tweed's peppery Shelter and added a cup of Purl Soho's creamy Worsted Twist. The result is a well-balanced, nuanced and really interesting soup... er, I mean, set of pot holders!

To hook up your own, pick up Purl Soho's Yarn for Set-of-Three Pot Holders right here. Choose from three lovely colorways: Gray, Black or Red. Enjoy, love and hold dear! -Whitney

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