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Sunday
Jan052014

Joelle's Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf

I've written several books with the words "Last-Minute" in the title, so you can imagine that I occasionally relish the exact opposite! Especially in the depths of winter, I love to sink my teeth into a project whose gratification may not be immediate but whose pleasure is deeply satisfying. My Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf is just that!

Not only does this scarf represent a month or two of on-again-off-again knitting, but its pinstripes actually serve as a record of my production. I wanted the stripes to be syncopated and unexpected, but have you ever tried to be intentionally random? It's hard! So instead, I devised a rule that would ensure arbitrary line-placement: If I put the project down for more than eight hours I would start the next knitting session with a stripe. I figured my available knitting time was the most random thing I could chronicle!

For a three-season decandently soft scarf, I used our very own Line Weight. It creates such luminosity with its fine halo of downy merino, and in Heirloom White with fine lines of Dark Loam, the effect is like a graphite drawing on cotton rag paper, loose and mysterious.


For long-term knitting, I almost always choose garter stitch. I love its rhythmic certainty, its simplicity and lofty warmth. And knit on the bias, garter stitch has a fresh, graphic impact that satisfies my inner aesthete! I hope you enjoy the mesmerizing cadence of my Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf as much as I did! -Joelle

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Thursday
Jan022014

Easy Pullover for Babies, Toddlers + Kids. Now in Three New Sizes!

Happy New Year! While we welcome 2014, we can't help but consider what a big year 2013 was for us! Let's review...We were thrilled to launch three gorgeous new Purl Soho yarns: Alpaca Pure, Line Weight and Worsted Twist. We developed a collection of beautifully packaged, super inspiring Purl Soho Kits. We also began to assemble the materials for our Purl Bee projects into one-click-away, no-fuss kits. We welcomed the impeccable, inspiring and ultra-creative Corinne to the Purl Bee team, and we began building a library of clear and concise instructional knitting videos for you. Not to mention the dozens of free knitting, sewing, crocheting, weaving and embroidery patterns we shared right here on the Purl Bee! 

As our team pow-wows on making this upcoming year as exciting as the last, we usher in the New Year with a new and improved Purl Bee favorite: the Easy Pullover to Babies Toddlers and Kids. Originally sized for ages 12 month to 4 year olds, due to popular demand, this pattern is now for kids up to the age of 12! For the full, revised pattern and to read about how Joelle, one of our fearless leaders, conceived of this simple one-piece wonder, click right here.

And finally, a huge thank you to you for your ongoing readership and invaluable input over this past year. Your support, questions and suggestions are better than gold! We look forward to spending a very exciting 2014 with you!

Sunday
Dec292013

The Purl Bee's Best of 2013!

What?! Another year gone by? Impossible! It seems a year slips by in a blink, and in its wake we find a treasure trove of Purl Bee projects, some almost forgotten, they seem so long ago. That's why this week we're combing our archives, reacquainting ourselves with the old fruits of our labors and reminding our readers of some of this year's highlights. From a quirky hedgehog to a classic pinwheel quilt, and from simple friendship bracelets to sophisticated scarves, here's a look back on some of our very favorite projects from 2013!

Top Row (above): Slip Stitch Dishtowels, Wool and Liberty Teddy Bear, Braided Friendship Bracelets and Reversible Stripes Scarf

Second Row: Winter Baby Bonnet, Everyday Tote, Knit Hedgehogs and Needlepoint Houses

Third Row: Denim Pinwheel Quilt, Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap, Liberty Backpacks and Woven Scarf

Bottom Row: Knit Octopus, Pointy Hats for Newborns, The Sweatshirt Sweater and Bobby Pin Butterflies

This past year on the Bee we found tons of inspiration from, not one, not two, but three new Purl Soho yarns. To the Super Soft Merino collection-of-one, we added Worsted Twist, Line Weight and Alpaca Pure. Each one came with its own special properties: Worsted Twist's classic heartiness, Line Weight's soft elegance and Alpaca Pure's decandence, these incredible yarns could only turn into incredible projects! Remember these?

Top Row (above): Brioche Scarf, Long Lovely Mittens and Brioche Vest

Second Row: The Purl Soho Reversible Hat, The Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest and Color Tipped Scarves

Third Row: Structured Alpaca Cowl, Woven Plaid Scarf and Purl Soho Basic Hats for Everyone

Bottom Row: Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners, Crocheted Rib Cowl and The Purl Soho Pullover

Did we forget anything? Let us know if we missed your favorites! May 2014 bring a whole new list and happy New Year!

Sunday
Dec222013

Page's Glittering Torrone

This holiday season we’ve been celebrating the sweet side of the seaon with confection-inspired projects: Laura’s Candy Button Hat, Molly’s Taffy Twist Felt Garland and Ribbon Candy Ornaments and Whitney’s Crocheted Candy Ornaments. And while usually at this time of year we share an original cookie recipe, this season, to observe our candy-sweet yuletide theme, we tried our hand at candy making! 

Page comes from a long line of Italian foodies, and one of her obsessions is honey-flavored torrone, a traditional Italian Christmas treat. Her version of this beautiful, glittering nougat is so seasonal and wintery, like a smooth blanket of snow flecked with jewels. (The colorful little sparkles are actually rock candy!) Dole out delicious pieces at your holiday festivities or wrap up some bars as a yummy gift! 

This recipe is a great first foray into the world of candy making! So take a break from sewing up that final seam or weaving in that last end and give it a try! For a less sweet version, make it the traditional way with almonds or pistachios instead of rock candy.

 

All of us at Purl Soho and the Purl Bee wish all of you a very sweet and merry Christmas!

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Thursday
Dec192013

Corinne's Thread: New Year's Liberty Coasters

From eggnog to champagne and hot chocolate to hot toddies, ‘tis the season for sipping, slurping and toasting! And while there are always plenty of drinks to go around, it’s easy to find oneself short on places to put them, especially in a house filled with revelers. 
Let these Liberty Coasters come to the rescue! With their mitered corners and festive Liberty of London prints, these coasters beautifully accompany even the fanciest holiday cocktail, while Dorr Mill’s Wool lining makes them sturdy, absorbent and most important, useful. 
Purl Soho’s Materials for Liberty Coasters kit comes with enough fabric and interfacing to make all 12 of these cozy coasters. So whether they’re staying with you or going to the host of your next holiday party, there will be plenty to go around. Now that’s something I can raise a glass to! Cheers! - Corinne

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