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Sunday
May162010

Whit's Knits: Toddler Overalls

Can you think about overalls without thinking about Huck Finn? I can't. In order to honor Huck's supremely kicked back attitude, I used Louet's Euroflax Linen to make these overalls. The yarn is rustic and unfussy and, most importantly, it's rugged enough to handle a raft ride down a river. Like an old pair of jeans, this linen gets softer and softer the more you wash and wear it.

These overalls are designed to last a long time with a loose and easy fit. They don't bind, scratch, squeeze, rub or do any of the things that toddlers can't stand. Bear seems to have a new swagger when he's wearing them - I swear!

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Friday
May142010

Molly's Sketchbook: Luxury Liberty Scarves

These Liberty of London, Tana Lawn scarves were inspired by a beautiful scarf Purl Soho's manager Nikki made for her mother. As you probably already know our love for Liberty is boundless! One of the most common things we hear from customers when they feel it is, "Is this silk?". They simply can't believe it's 100% cotton (but it is!) It has such a smooth feel and beautiful drape. It also comes in the most inspiring and incredible prints and I thought a large square scarf would be just the thing to show it off.  (By the way, if you love it as much as we do you'll be very pleased to learn that we were recently able to lower our price on this gorgeous fabric a bit since we are now getting it directly from Liberty in London!)

I chose two complimentary prints for each scarf and finished them with a simple double fold binding. It didn't take very long and the results are spectacular! I can't wait to pull one out of my bag next time I feel a chill. --Molly

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Friday
May072010

Molly's Sketchbook: The Twenty Minute Tote

Updated September 2011

We have remade these awesome, simple bags for fall! This time around, I used a gorgeous new collection of upholstery weight cotton called Outside Oslo. These bold, stylish prints are sophisticated without being serious and come in a rich palette of colors perfect for fall. I added some sturdy contrasting cotton webbing handles for a pop of color, and I love the way they came out!

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Sunday
May022010

Whit's Knits: Sparrow's Nest

 My love affair with spring is in full bloom this year and is evidenced here by this quick little knit. A fuzzy nest of pale blue eggs is exactly what spring is about, delicate beauty and budding life. Unlike all of our practical knitting concerns, like warm hats and machine washable baby blankets, this project is perfectly frivolous. Perched on a mantel or a windowsill, it will simply make you smile.

To achieve a nest-like fuzziness, I used Lorna's Glory, a blend of wool and mohair. Its hand dyed color sways from a rosy copper to a greenish lichen, just like the wild medley of a real nest. For the eggs I used three different light weight yarns (Manos del Uruguay's Serena, Blue Sky Alpaca's Silk Alpaca, and The Fibre Company's Canopy) in delicate shades of blue and teal.

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Wednesday
Apr282010

Molly's Sketchbook: Sewn Stash Baskets

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