Purl Rabbit is our first project for 2007! Rabbit arrived with a snappy outfit and lots of energy. We'll be adding new clothes, toys, and friends for Rabbit in the coming weeks that we hope you'll enjoy making with us.
Rabbit is a simple pleasure; just a bit of cotton stuffing, all-natural muslin and polished stitches. Purl Rabbit stands 12 inches tall from heel to head.
We used to have a strong aversion to ironing, hiding our iron in the bottom of the closet and neglecting our rickety hang-on-the-door ironing board. Then one day we learned to love ironing because we love sewing. Taking the time to press your fabric makes a big difference in the construction of any project, and it's no big deal once you know how to do it. We came to understand that sewing needs ironing; otherwise our sewing room becomes a very un-Zen place. So we upgraded our ironing board with a beautiful new cover, and made friends with our iron.
But, what is it with ironing boards? The old cover of my board had a tag that read "do not hand wash or machine wash". I read that and thought, "I use natural, 'washable' materials when I sew, so why shouldn't I use natural materials to iron?" Before I threw away that old cover I used it as a template to make this new one. -- Isabelle
We're having a bit of a Cashmere Cowl craze at the shop lately, so I thought I'd create one for myself. I'm known for knitting almost everything in either stockinette stitch or garter stitch (I am often asked, "don't you get bored??" The answer is NO, I do not get bored, in fact I love it!), but I decided it was time for me to make a something a little more complicated. I chose this Lace Rib stitch for my cowl because it was simple enough to be methodical and easily remembered, but created a beautifully detailed fabric. --Joelle
Cottage Creations' Flap Hat is a great pattern in the spirit of Elizabeth Zimmermann, lighthearted and thorough with ingenious techniques. Carol Anderson, the author and owner of Cottage Creations, fills each of her booklets with stories, tips, and illustrations by her daughter Kari. We love the way she manages to add humor, helpful reminders, extra patterns and inspiration into each booklet.
Here's Carol's "Iowa Gothic" portrait with her husband Paul.
Joelle made her own Flap Hat using two skeins of Jade Sapphire's sumptuous 8-ply cashmere. This pattern can be made for all sizes of heads, from toddler to grown-up, with worsted weight yarn. The flaps are wonderfully warm, with i-cord ties that dangle from each point. The crown shaping comes together 5 different ways, shown in one of Kari's sketches. Joelle chose the "side to side" decreases.