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Saturday
Apr032010

Molly's Sketchbook: Carefree Clothes for Girls Sundress

I am constantly inspired by the amazing craft books that come form Japan. We carry many of these books online and in our stores and even though I can't read Japanese I still find them endlessly fascinating. I know that it's possible to sew the patterns from these books using just their well drawn instructions but I've never had the courage to try. (Mari however did a great tutorial on how to figure out Japanese sewing patterns that you can see by clicking here.)

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Sunday
Mar282010

Whit's Knits: Springtime Bandana

I've been making regular visits to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this March to check on spring's progress. The month started slowly with the first spindly yellow wisps of witch hazel and gained momentum, finally delivering the bursting buds of the dogwoods. I made this Springtime Bandana to celebrate these early spring efforts. It reflects the very tip of a daffodil bulb pushing up out of the earth and the millions of tiny bright green dots twinkling off of every twig of every tree.

Alchemy's Haiku mohair and silk blend is an amazing yarn for capturing nature's beauty. Its rich hand dyed colors are reflected by the silk and softened by the mohair. To add to the complexity of color, I striped a soothing seagreen with a bright acid green. The result is a like a beautiful watercolor of spring's essence.  Enjoy! --Whitney

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Saturday
Mar272010

Molly's Sketchbook: Alabama Chanin Market Bag Kit

Recently I reviewed the great new book by Natalie Chanin, Alabama Studio Style, which got me really excited to try one of the projects.  We asked the folks at Natalie's company Alabama Chanin if they would put together a kit for one of the projects for the book for Purl Soho customers and we're so happy that they agreed to make us these fabulous Market Bag Kits. They contain everything you'll need to make your own bag, right down to the thread!

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Sunday
Mar212010

Molly's Sketchbook: Bunny Finger Puppets!

Besides being adorable, these little puppets are a snap to make. You could make the whole set of five (or more) in one evening with time to spare.  I think little handmade touches like these really make something like an Easter basket all the more special. --Molly

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Friday
Mar192010

Whit's Knits: Fun Kid's Hat

Purl's newest yarn is an amazing blend of quirk and sophistication. Knit Collage's Gypsy Garden is a tri-continental mix of wool from Australia, mohair from South Africa, and ribbons, trims and notions from the streets of Hong Kong. The result is a yarn with a whole lot of spunk to spare.

This one skein hat expresses the funky whimsy of the kids we all know. Coco is definitely one such kid. I love to make things for Coco because she is a kid who really appreciates an opportunity to express herself. Plus she's a total sweetheart!

P.S. For all of us with a kid still inside, we've included instructions for an adult size hat too.

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