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Thursday
Jun262014

Laura's Loop: Tulip Tank Top

At first bud a tulip’s elongated petals are packed tightly, protectively hugging its center, but it doesn’t take long for the stance of the petals to soften. Those lovely ovals separate slightly and open finally, giving a glimpse of what’s inside. Even as the petals flounce, they remain in an embrace, now catching the sunlight, as well as the attention of admirers.

Wanting to experience the beauty and femininity of a tulip’s structure, I designed this Tulip Tank Top to wrap and overlap, to gently hug my center… maybe even to attract some admirers!

I took advantage of the beauty and drape of Louet’s 100% linen Euroflax, knowing it would fall gracefully and catch the light with movement. I knit this piece primarily in stockinette stitch for a smooth finish and a pretty, little curl along the short-row-shaped edges. And over time, you can expect the linen to soften and relax, becoming better with each wear.

I may not be frolicking amidst the actual tulips this year, but my new Tulip Tank has me feeling as fancy-free as if I were! -Laura 

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Sunday
Jun222014

Whit's Knits: Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt

We cleanse ourselves; we perform our ablutions; we purify and detoxify. In short, we take bathing to spiritual heights. For such a journey, shouldn't we equip ourselves properly? These scrubbers should do the trick, imbued, as they are, with the devotion inherent in the handmade.

This lovely little Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt set isn't designed for your three-minute-slap-on-the-soap-and-rinse shower. No...These beauties are for your no-one-is-home-no-place-to-go soak.

These bathing accessories are made possible by the wild creativity and impeccable touch of Habu Textiles. Their incredible Cork Chenille is constructed around a thin cotton strand bedecked by little flags of cotton ribbon. Knit up in simple garter stitch, the texture is gently exfoliating, thick, lush and deeply satisfying.

With a few little balls of Cork Chenille and a set of needles, you've got the perfect, no-sweat project for summer's traveling and lollygagging. And when you're done, take a a nice, long bath! -Whitney

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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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