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Monday
Apr142008

Whit's Knits: Pom Pom Peds

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Remember Tretorn tennis sneakers? The canvas ones with the bright colored little arch on the side? And remember how you had to wear them with the little peds with pom poms on the cuff?

In the mid-70's Chris Evert rocked the classic combo. The pom pom was probably meant to keep the sock from slipping down into the the sneaker. Such a whimsical solution to such a practical problem!

A decade later The Official Preppy Handbook ordained Tretorns with Pom Pom Peds a "must-have". In Connecticut, the hypocenter of preppy behavior, where the Handbook was barely satirical, we all competed to have the newest Tretorns, the most pom pom socks, the best color combinations. Sick stuff, but, man, I loved wearing those socks!

Now, two decades later, I'm loving making these socks! They reduce sock making to the most fun parts, to the action of the sock: the heel, the gusset, the toe. And so many color possibilities beyond the classic white with rainbow color trim! I could fill a drawer... -Whitney

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Friday
Apr042008

Molly's Sketchbook: A Trip Around the Wool

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I love the simple graphic design of a traditional "Trip Around the World" quilt. I have a thing for concentric shapes, plus it's just a bunch of squares so it's realtively easy to put together. I also love the Mary Flanagan wool felt that we carry. It comes in the best, most vibrant colors. Since it's felted you don't have to hem it, it won't unravel. This makes it ideal for applique and handsewing.

I have long had a desire to sew an entire blanket out of the wool felt. One day we got in a large shipment and I couldn't resist any longer. I picked 25 pieces in eight beautiful colors, practically cleaning out the shelf, and went to work.

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This project is entirely hand sewn. It's not difficult but, it does take a while. It's the sort of long term project that you can pick up from time to time, and when you're done you have the most beautiful, drapey, lovely, handmade object. I really love this project and I never get tired of looking at it. --Molly

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Sunday
Mar302008

Cake Rock Beach is Here! PLUS Joelle's Framed Botanical Pillow

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Our very first line of fabric, Cake Rock Beach, has arrived!  We first told you about our collection in October 2007, so we're very happy to finally make it available to you!  Above is the "Earth" palette. Cake Rock Beach also has four other palettes, Leaf, Water, Fire and Coral which you can see below.

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Leaf

 

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Water

 

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Fire

 

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Coral 

Joelle's Framed Botanical Pillows 

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Over the years I've collected many cherished decorative objects from the late 19th century (including the Wedgwood pitcher shown below).  When I created Cake Rock Beach, I was very excited by the prospect of including some of my own designs in the mix of botanically inspired objects around my home.

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Sunday
Mar162008

Molly's Sketchbook: Patchwork Easter Eggs

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These beautiful little eggs not only celebrate Easter, but they also welcome the early blooming bushes of spring. The Patchwork Eggs perfectly adorn these forsythia branches

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They're as fun to make and decorate as real eggs are. We've only scratched the surface of possibilities. Bring out your whole craft bag of embroidery floss, trimmings, buttons, silk flowers, beads, and on and on. We figured out the basic structures so you can have all the fun! Happy Easter! --Molly

PS: If knitted eggs are your cup of tea, check out Whitney's Knitted Easter Eggs

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Sunday
Mar162008

Whit's Knits: Knitted Easter Egg Ornaments

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My mother is really going to freak out when she sees this post. I don't know a bigger Easter fan than my mother. Every year, we start the celebrations on Saturday, elaborately dying Ukrainian eggs (we're not Ukrainian) and painstakingly painting miniature scenes of happy rabbits on hard boiled eggs. On Sunday we perform Easter musical skits, we break open piñatas, we hide and find eggs, we exchange baskets, we hold races amongst my mother's Easter Wind Up Toy Collection (that's a whole other story...).

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We try to save the prize winning eggs from the previous year to hang on the Easter Egg tree of the current year. But often they have sadly rotten or broken or become food for scavenging mice over the intervening summer, fall and winter. So, how satisfying to make Easter eggs that won't disappoint us in that way! These can truly be heirloom decorations that become a part of our (and your!) Easter every year. --Whitney

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PS: If sewing is more your cup of tea, check out Molly's Patchwork Eggs.

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