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Sunday
Jul132014

Whit's Knits: Loopy Bath Mat

If you're a knitter, you've probably outfitted your extremities, plus those of everyone in your immediate family, and you've most likely also supplied a few babies with handknit blankets. All worthy and satisfying endeavors, but have you ever knit a deep, soft, plush landing pad for your wet feet? No? Well, why not?

Admittedly, our Loopy Bath Mat is a bit on the whimsical side with its rambunctious texture and well... its handknit-edness. On the other hand, if a bath or a shower is an exercise in self-care, then this hedonic bath mat is the perfect equipment!

How did this Loopy Bath Mat get so soft and decadent? First, with the invaluable aid of Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton, the coziest cotton we know; and second, with the creation of big loopity loops! The Loop Stitch is one of knitting's most adventurous stitches, involving fingers that normally idle and methods that truly surprise. And with just one pattern row for every five garter stitch rows, it's unexpectedly easy too!

This project is just the thing for some loopy summer fun. Treat yourself! -Whitney

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Thursday
Jul102014

Corinne's Thread: Linen Gauze Wrap

This project starts and ends with the beauty of  Globalweave’s Linen Gauze. The fabric’s open weave makes it light and airy to the touch, while its fine linen threads give it strength and durability.  Although soft and fluid, this Linen Gauze Wrap perches around your shoulders in a wonderfully voluminous puff, full of charisma and elegance! 

The understated beauty of this fabric calls for a modest treatment, and so I used a simple straight machine stitch to finish all the edges. Using a bright neon thread, a thin yellow line travels the hills and valleys of the fabric like a streak of light. 

A few straight cuts, some quick stitches and some easy fringe-pulling and you’re done. Nothing could be easier… or prettier! - Corinne

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Sunday
Jul062014

Molly's Sketchbook: Railroad Tote

I recently had a run of bad bag luck. I had a leather purse that I loved, but it was destroyed when a bottle of water opened up inside of it. Then the pretty tote bag I used as a replacement ripped, leaving me completely bagless, disheartened and uninspired. Then one day as I was sitting by my sewing machine, I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye of some Railroad Denim fabric and eureka! With its sturdy weight and classic stripe, I knew I could make a winning bag that I’d be excited to carry!

A mere hour after my initial inspiration, I was tossing my wallet, lip gloss and keys into my beautiful new Railroad Tote, and my bag woes were a distant memory! I was so happy with how this tote turned out that I quickly made another using double-sided Black Washed 8 oz Denim. Both versions are hearty and strong and will stand up to washing and water bottle mishaps while still looking cute.

So if you’ve been having some bad bag luck yourself, or if you just need something fresh for summer, this project is for you. Make your own luck! -Molly

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Wednesday
Jul022014

The Red, White and Blue!

The best part of Independence Day? That would have to be Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The second best part? Definitely the palette!

This year we're celebrating the Fourth of July with classic Purl Bee designs that employ Old Glory's signature red, white and blue. These projects also happen to be some of our very favorites for summertime, all of them designed to fill hot, lazy afternoons with fresh inspiration...

The materials for lots of these projects are available in convenient Purl Soho kits. Browse them all right here! And have a very happy Fourth of July!

Sunday
Jun292014

Molly's Sketchbook: Modular Felt Coasters

Sometimes the most original and creative things are devised because of, and not despite, limitations. These constraints can be practical, like using old clothes or flour sacks to create beautiful quilts, but sometimes they are self-imposed. Think of Piet Mondrian and the De Stijl movement using only primary colors and simple shapes or Henri Matisse creating masterpieces using just scissors and colored paper. 

These Modular Felt Coasters work within the limitations of a grid using only 2-inch squares and right triangles, but the process of creating these coasters is pure invention, much more like play than work! I love how each coaster evolves into its own little treasure, amazingly different from the others despite the similarity of their components.

In addition to being super fun to make, these Modular Felt Coasters are also super simple. Just cut and hand stitch! No machine required, so tuck a Felt Bundle into your carry on or weekend tote. And when you’re done, slip your new coasters under some tall, beachy drinks!

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