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Colorful Crafting with Jen: Koigu Basket Weave Baby Blanket

My friend Aimee is due in November.  She and her husband are one of the few couples I know who haven't found out if they are having a boy or a girl.  I love the idea of not knowing as the parent, but it sure does make it harder to choose colors when you are the gift giver!  I wanted to make something colorful and cheerful that would suit either a boy or a girl, but not too bright because Aimee prefers softer colors.  I also wanted the finished product to be washable, of course.  When I started thinking about this blanket, we had just received a new shipment of Koigu KPPPM (their multi-color 4 ply merino).  I chose a bright color that caught my eye and decided to knit it together with a strand of natural white Koigu KPM (their single-color 4 ply merino) to soften the overall color of the blanket.  This blanket has so many possibilities since you use two strands held together to work the blanket.  For instance, a solid other than natural white could be used to emphasize one of the colors from the multi, or you could use eight skeins of the same multi to achieve a more saturated look.   Enjoy! --Jen

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Molly's Sketchbook: Finishing a Needlepoint Pillow

Sewing a finished needlepoint canvas into a pillow is just as easy as sewing any simple pillow, it's also a very quick process, especially when compared to the time it takes to actually stitch the canvas!  Most importantly it's a great way to display the canvas so you can see it every day.

If you've never needlepointed before you may be surprised to discover just how fun and easy it is! We have a great selection of needlepoint canvases that you can find at this link by the wonderful painter and illustrator Charley Harper. We also have a brief explaination of how to needlepoint that you can see by clicking here. If you need or want more in-depth instructions on how to needlepoint we highly recommend the TNNA How To Needlepoint Booklet, which you can find at this link.

Happy Stitching! --Molly

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Whit's Knits: Crocheted Linen Grocery Tote

It's always a good time to eschew the plastic bag in favor of an earth friendly one. My favorite choice is the netted grocery tote. It has all the conveniences of a plastic bag and none of the detriments. I love that it scrunches up into a tiny ball inside my purse, weighs nothing, and fits more groceries than I can even carry - magic!

Our knit version of this bag has been a perennial favorite at Purl (check out Elisa's Nest Tote), so here, finally, is a crocheted option. It's made out of Louet's Euroflax Linen, which is as durable as it is beautiful. My favorite summertime yarn, the Euroflax has the rawness of a hardworking natural linen, balanced by a delicate luster and a graceful drape. Buying groceries will never be the same!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Back to School Lunch Bag

School is starting and that means lots of new things: a new teacher, new clothes, and new school supplies. We thought we'd add to all the excitement by making a new re-usable, totally washable lunch bag!

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Mary Lou's Holiday Stocking

This charming Holiday Stocking pattern was created for The Purl Bee by Mary Lou Risely, a longtime teacher at, and dear friend of, Purl. If all of these techniques are new to you, we're offering a class to make this stocking at Purl, you can read all about it at this link. --Thank you Mary Lou!

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