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Thursday
Apr032014

Laura's Loop: Trellis Scarf

There’s a mysterious promise in a bare trellis. What life has grown there before? What will grow there again? When will this bleak structure be transformed into a thriving plane of living color?

No matter how patiently I wait or how carefully I watch, this transformation comes so suddenly to me. There is always that one stunning day when a trellis is awakened by  opening buds, climbing vines and unfolding leaves, and you know that spring is here.

I made this Trellis Scarf with the hope of spring in mind… sun and flowers, cardigans and flats, levity and high spirits. I knit my scarf in the nearly weightless, astoundingly soft Zageo 6-Ply Cashmere by Jade Sapphire, and I adapted the stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s book A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She calls hers the Quilted Lattice Stitch. It’s a stitch with as much mystery as a naked trellis, appearing at first glance as though strands have been painstakingly woven into a finished knit piece. In fact, you create this beautiful quilted effect as you knit, and even more surprisingly, it’s super easy!

Just like that day when a quiet trellis springs into life, I bound off my stitches, admired my scarf’s light-catching beauty and wondered how on earth it happened so fast. Happy spring! -Laura

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Sunday
Mar302014

Whit's Knits: Chick-in-an-Egg

Early spring, with its skipping lambs and bobbing daffodils, is certainly a good time for whimsy. And Easter, with its symbol-rich traditions, is definitely a good time for whimsical knit chicks!

Like all new life at this time of year, these funny little chicks are spirited with the wonder of birth, blinking and peeping, curious and eager. Sounds a little like us battered northerners, emerging from the dark depths of a long winter, intent on what's next!

Soft and squishy, roly and poly, these chicks are just the right shape and size for Easter baskets and little hands. Knit up in one of our all-time favorite yarns, Koigu Premium Merino, get all these colors in one place with our Yarn for Chick-in-an-Egg kit.

Each kit comes with enough materials to make a dozen sweet chicks. So fill your Easter season with lots of cheer and welcome spring with whimsy! -Whitney

P.S. Our beautiful Super Simple Felt Easter Basket is a perfect nest. Click here for the free Bee pattern!

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Thursday
Mar272014

Laura's Loop: Hat to Match

I had hardly cast off for my Long Lovely Mittens when I cast on for a Hat to Match. At the time, Purl Soho's stunning single-ply merino Line Weight was new to our shelves and new to me, and a pair of mittens, no matter how long or lovely, wasn't enough. I needed more yards under my belt, and as it turns out, I needed a matching hat for my head.

While I've never been one for precise matching and I've never worn a pantsuit or a sweater set, I have always greatly appreciated the air of elegance and femininity that lofts about a synchronized outfit. As I first tried on those Long Lovely Mittens , a feeling of grace washed over me, and I knew more was in store...

My Hat to Match may not be the tam that Queen Elizabeth would wear with long gloves, but then, I’m not Queen Elizabeth! The simple structure (and pattern!), the soft edge and slight slouch seamlessly slip into any sort of wardrobe, coordinated or not! -Laura

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Sunday
Mar232014

Molly's Sketchbook: Kid's Ric Rac Apron

I love baking with my almost-2-year-old, but it can be quite a messy affair. An average session might involve her stealing fistfuls of chocolate chips, dumping sugar on the floor and rubbing dough into her hair. In order to protect her clothes from this toddler chaos, I was rigging up my adult-size apron and tying them on her like an elaborate toga. But after my contraption fell off for the hundredth time, it became clear to me that Lupe needed her very own little apron.

Aprons are my number one favorite things to sew. They are so quick and easy, clean and engineered, and as an avid home cook, I use them all the time. Sized for kids from 2-10 years, this apron is a smaller version of our Adjustable Unisex Apron and is just as versatile, useful and cute!

I used Kiyohara’s Linen Blend Solid fabric because of its sturdy feel and pretty yarn dyed color, and I paired it with a shock of neon ric rac to add some lively color and fun. After all, cooking with kids may not be the most practical thing to do, but if you can overlook the cookie dough handprints on the fridge, it should always be fun! Everything you need to make one of your own is available in our Materials for Kid’s Ric Rac Apron Kit here! --Molly

ps- Here is three year old Ruth modeling the Little Kid size!

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Thursday
Mar202014

Laura's Loop: Purl Soho's Cardigan Vest

A light bulb more than went off when Whitney (yes, of Whit’s Knits) walked into our Bee meeting and proclaimed, “I’d make that vest!” I was trying on the Purl Soho Cardigan Coat mid-project, pre-sleeves, when Whitney pointed out that there was a vest pattern not so stealthily hiding in my coat pattern. Honestly, I was so focused on the sweater coat of my dreams that I hadn’t stopped to notice the sweater vest of my dreams!

In my defense, it was September when I made the Purl Soho Cardigan Coat; sleeves seemed smart at the time. But it’s six months later and signs of spring’s arrival are finally appearing. And so, rather than unravel the sleeves of my sweater, I thought a re-knit was in order. (Plus, for my vest I needed less room for layers and decided to go down a size for a more snug fit!)

Like the Cardigan Coat, the Cardigan Vest is made of Purl Soho’s delightfully soft and springy Worsted Twist merino wool. This time I used Oyster Gray, a luminescent neutral color, perfect for pairing with just about anything! -Laura 

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