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Whit's Knits: Crocheted Stash Basket

It doesn't take many years of knitting before one day you wake up to realize you have a lot of yarn. So you embark on a striped project campaign hoping to pare down, but end up buying more and more yarn because you don't have exactly the right colors, and finally you face one of knitting's truths: stashes are unbustable.

And where there's a stash, there's a storage problem. Instead of heading over to the dreaded Container Store, I decided that I would crochet my own storage unit. I imagined something with the feeling of a handmade basket; I wanted it to be nubbly, beachy and beautiful, and so, I turned to Hand Jive's Rustic Silk. One hundred percent Tussah Silk, handspun and handdyed, it is a really special yarn. It is splendidly earthy and fascinatingly varied, like Mother Nature herself created it.

I love my new basket for yarn, but now I'm wondering if I'll need another one for afternoons in the park, days at the beach, and weekends in the country. Ahhh...more yarn...!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Echino Oilcloth Grocery Tote

This ultra sturdy and ultra exciting oilcloth tote is the perfect grocery store companion. It's made with the new Echino Oilcloth. We love so many of these prints that we couldn't choose just one so this bag features three! This tote is a truly quick and useful project plus it's put together in a cool way since it has a circular bottom.

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Whit's Knits: Lace Anklets

I love combining opposites, in this case a little funky with a dash of prissy. Alchemy's unusual colors bring an unexpected edge to these sweet lace anklets. The perfect recipe for some pep in the step.

This is a new yarn from Alchemy called Juniper. One hundred percent superfine merino and one hundred percent machine washable, it's an ideal sock yarn. I used two skeins to make two pairs of size 7 socks (if you're bigger than a size 7 1/2 and are very particular about the fit, you may need an extra skein).Quite a bargain!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Father's Day Tie

Updated on June 19, 2009 by Registered Commenterpurl bee

As you may remember we posted a Little Boy's Tie around Easter and it got a great response. Many of you were interested in making a larger version and what better occasion to do so than Father's Day which is on June 21st this year!

When I was growing up my dad wore a tie almost every day. But not the kind of ties you might expect. As an example; he had one, handmade by my mom, with flying eyeballs embroidered all over it. So when we decided to do a man's tie for Father's Day I knew I had to make it special, and not boring for my dad.

Liberty of London Tana Lawn seemed like the perfect fabric for the job. In addition to all of its amazing prints the Tana Lawn has a silk like feel that is perfect for a tie. But when I went to pick out the prints to use I couldn't decide which ones seemed manly but not dull so I enlisted my dad's help. He helped to pick out the three prints I ended up using and even sent this cute little diagram of one of his favorites:


I think the end product is a perfect Father's Day present. It's so easy and fun to make that you might find yourself making one for all the men in your life, and then maybe making one for yourself. This is also a great present for recent grads who might need a tie for job hunting. And it could certainly come in handy if you're planning a wedding as well.

Perhaps, now that I've mastered the basic shape, I will embroider some flying eyeballs on them but that might be a bit much? Happy Father's Day!-- Molly

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Whit's Knits: Cabled Baby Vest

I've knit lots of things in my life for other people's babies, but now that I have my own, I realize some of the mistakes I've made. Small neck openings, scratchy materials, bulky yarns, difficult buttons. So, with four months of experience under my belt, I set about designing a vest for the real life of my baby.

There are two truths about my son: he never stops moving and he's a hot little potato. For months I've been rummaging his drawers for a layer that would keep his core warm (but not too warm!) without encumbering his arms, but I came up empty handed every time.

The solution is obvious. This boy has been practically begging for a cotton vest. One that has buttons on the shoulder to minimize the over-the-head struggle, a super soft feel to prevent unpleasant baby rashes, and classic cables to make him look cute!

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