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Wednesday
Nov222006

Cottage Creations Flap Hat

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Cottage Creations' Flap Hat is a great pattern in the spirit of Elizabeth Zimmermann, lighthearted and thorough with ingenious techniques.  cottage creations.jpgCarol 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.

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Monday
Nov202006

Molly's Handmade Napkins

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I always celebrate Thanksgiving by throwing a big party with my friends.  This year I made my own napkins with one of our spectrum bundles and some yellow polka dot fabric.  I think I'll set the table with yellow roses... -- Molly

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Thursday
Nov162006

Cashmere Cowl

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One of my all-time favorite patterns is the cowl, which is technically just a knitted tube. But, when I slip it over my head it becomes a softly draping beautiful necklace that I want to wear every day from December til March.

This is the perfect travel project - it has so few ingredients!  I knit my cashmere cowl as Nick and I travelled from Seattle to Portland and back again, crossing the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. 

My cowl is a variation of the beautiful Pashmina Cowl from Joelle's Last Minute Knitted Gifts. She used a smaller needle to knit Joseph Galler's luxurious pashmina yarn in stockinette stitch.  -- Isabelle

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Friday
Nov032006

Sweet + Simple Pincushions

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These handmade pincushions are easy to make, but also make a special and charming gift for anyone who likes to sew. -Joelle

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Sunday
Oct152006

Yellow

Yellow is a curious color that often provokes strong feelings.  At one end of the spectrum it is perceived as the color of illness (think hepatitis, jaundice and yellow fever), at the other end it represents sunshine and the rebirth of spring (think daffodils, mustard flowers, lemonade and baby chicks).  The artist and color guru Josef Albers had a fascination with the color yellow which he explored in many different works.  Here are just a few examples:

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There is no doubt that yellow can be a difficult color (how many times have you heard someone say they can't wear yellow?), but it is also surprisingly fresh and versatile.  With this in mind, Joelle has been exploring its modern and sunny qualities in her knitting and quilting.  Check out her Triangle Quilt Journal, the beginnings of her Babette Blanket or her newly added Tomten Jacket Journal to see her progress. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts and feelings about yellow. Do you use it in your projects? Do you wear it? Do you have a sunny kitchen nook with yellow walls?  What does yellow mean to you?