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Saturday
Sep082007

Arriving at Purl Any Minute Now! Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts!

Updated on September 12, 2007 by Registered Commenterpurl bee

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We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Joelle's new book, Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts! According to the UPS website, our shipment will be arriving at both Purl Patchwork and purlsoho.com on Monday September 10th!

Joelle's second book is a beautiful collection of heartfelt gifts that can accommodate any busy crafter's schedule and skills. You'll find a wealth of inspiration and patterns for all sorts of projects, arranged according to the amount of time required to complete them, from about 2 to 12 hours. 

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Friday
Jul272007

Habu Textiles Kusha Kusha Scarf

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Habu Textiles creates ethereal patterns to compliment their incredible yarns. The Kusha Kusha scarf showcases Silk Stainless and Superfine Merino. Silk, merino wool, and stainless steel? That's no typo, that is a one-of-a-kind combination! After knitting, the Kusha Kusha scarf is washed, which felts the merino wool and renders the fabric as light as a feather.

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Our friends at Habu were kind enough to share the Kusha Kusha Scarf pattern with The Purl Bee!

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Thursday
Jun282007

Elisa's Nest Tote

elisa9.jpgThis pretty tote bag was designed by Elisa, an Italian knitter and blogger who saw the Climbing Trellis Lace Pattern here on the Purl Bee.  She calls it her "No More Plastic Bag, Thank You!" It is a fast knit that takes only a few hours to complete.

Elisa's Nest Tote can be made from just about any cotton yarn (linen or hemp yarn work nicely, too). The stretchy lace stitch makes this bag practical and quite durable.

We would choose this dainty and durable tote over a plastic bag any day! 

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Saturday
Jun162007

Swampy Summer with Purl Frogs!

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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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Monday
Jun112007

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

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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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