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A New Feature on the Purl Bee! Notions + Tools: Addi Turbo Lace Needles


This is the first post in our new feature: Notions & Tools.  With each new post, we will focus on one of the notions, accessories, or tools that make crafting easier and more satisfying.  We'll explore how to use it, and why we chose to feature it at Purl. As always, we invite your comments to widen the conversation.

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Treeline Striped Cardigan


This winter I have been struck with Striping Fever!  I think I was inspired first by the Quilts of Gees Bend, which I go back to again and again for their wealth of color, pattern, and spontaneity.  This time, it was the stripes that got me.  It got me knitting.  

I'm a girl who never says no to more color or pattern, but I was a little timid about launching into some kind of technicolor fair isle fantasy.  I designed this sweater to show off the incredible range of color in just one shade of Manos del Uruguay yarn with a small stripe pattern.  For me, this is restrained, austere, grown-up, but I think it really showcases the incredible blues that I saw in the Gee's Bend denim and corduroy quilts. -- Isabelle

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Liberty of London Swatch Portraits

In our teeny-tiny fabric shop, Purl Patchwork, it is a challenge to find fresh ideas to display our favorite products in customer-friendly ways.  We were really scratching our heads when a bunch of new Tana Lawn prints from Liberty of London arrived last week on unruly five-foot-tall bolts!   Our solution:  we filled a handful of simple wooden embroidery hoops with swatches of fabric and displayed them all on the wall like a family portrait gallery. 

These swatch portraits are so easy to make and they make great gifts too! Enjoy!


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Arctic Fox Vest


Purl Critter


Our new friend is mischievous sort, always getting into our yarn and running off with our measuring tape.  Make him red, brown, black, or white, and he can be a fox, bear, cat, or raccoon.  Give him a smile and he'll be a faithful friend. 

Purl Critter is lovingly knit from top to toe and stands 12 inches tall, just like the Purl Rabbit.  These boon companions compliment each other perfectly: fuzzy yarn and smooth cotton.  Their funny ears and crooked smiles invite a laugh.  We hope they stay out of trouble!

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