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Monday
Jul072008

Whit's Knits: Baby Shorts

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These cotton bloomers are wonderful, not only for their vintage style, but also for the flexibility of the fit. The ribbing and elastic waistband allow the garment to grow with the child, useful first as bloomers over diapers and then later as regular shorts.

These are quick and easy to knit. Almost no seaming! I think I've found my new baby gift standby!

 

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Wednesday
Jul022008

Molly's Sketchbook: Quick Bias Tape Bib

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This darling little bib is made with Michael Miller Organic Fleece so it's as absorbent and soft as it is cute! The new Kokka Haikara makes a pretty and functional crumb catcher and best of all the whole thing comes together in less than an hour using our new Capitan 88 Linen Bias Tape, which is 100% linen and comes in a nice neutral palette. This would be a wonderful baby shower gift, you can whip up 3 or 4 of them in no time! Enjoy! --Molly

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Monday
Jun302008

Whit's Knits: Stars + Stripes Felted Hot Pads

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Whatever our politics, I think we can all agree that America really lucked out in the flag department. Our flag just embodies great design. It's bold and distinctive and jaunty. It's happy, but not insipid; spunky, but not undignified. I think it perfectly suits us as a country.

This Fourth of July, I'm celebrating the fresh graphics of the American flag with some flag-inspired hot pads. Your Fourth of July barbeque may be an ideal place to debut them, but they'll certainly fulfill their function year round! The striped hot pad is very easy, a great start for beginners.

These are based on Joelle's Felted Hot Pads from her Last Minute Knitted Gifts book. They're quick and fun to make, and a great dip into Intarsia Knitting if you've never done that before.

But the best, best thing about these hot pads for me has been the cheer they've added to my kitchen. I never knew hot pads could bring so much joy and good humor! I'm not sure a Fourth of July barbeque should be without them! -Whitney

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Thursday
Jun262008

Whit's Knits: Tulip Socks

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I designed these socks for my mother for her birthday. Besides being a big time sock lover, my mother is also a serious gardener, so I wanted to bring something of the garden to the fair isle design. I thought of tulips because they have a simple graphic quality that lends itself well to the limitations of drawing with stitches. Plus tulips are old favorites!

If you'd like to try your hand at creating an original fair isle design, please visit our new Design Your Own Fair Isle Tutorial. It's a great way to bring even more creativity to your knitting, enriching the process and the results.

Or, if knitting socks, let alone fair isle socks, is challenge enough for you, make a pair of these! Knitting is always its own reward, whether you're knitting your own design or someone else's. Thanks! -Whitney

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Monday
Jun232008

Cozy Quick Blankie

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When my daughter, Coco, was born, one of my friends gave her an incredible hand-me-down blanket made of cozy, natural cotton fleece on one side and lovely, soft chambray on the other. It is trimmed with ric rac which gives it just the right amount of playfulness. Coco is now three and she still loves this blanket as do I.

Since receiving this hand-me-down, I have always had that nagging feeling that I should probably return it to my friend sooner rather than later.  Because Coco and I BOTH love it so much, I knew this would be a sad moment.  What a dilemma!  Solution- I decided to make one of our own. --Page

p.s. If you love the print in the background as much as I do, you can see more work by the artist Tess Darrow at her website, Egg Press

 

I adore the Organic Cotton Sherpa from Michael Miller that I used to make this blanket.  It's cozier than you can imagine and so natural in both look and feel.  You'll love putting it next to your child's skin.   I chose a cheery, lemon yellow shot cotton for the back with tan ric rac for the edge to create a warm, gender neutral palette that everyone will love. --Page

ps- If you can't see the full pattern below please click here

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