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Thursday
Nov142013

Corinne’s Thread: Needlepoint Houses

As a child, I was completely obsessed with the Christmas catalogs that would deluge our house every holiday season. I loved everything in them: the big velvet bows and the sparkling ornaments, the reindeer figurines and the dancing Santas. But mostly, I pined for the little winter villages. I would spend hours poring over the pages of small houses and tiny trees, trying to convince my mom that we just really, really HAD to start our own collection. Every year the answer was the same: No.

Now that I’m grown, I can see where my mother was coming from. A room full of Christmas chotchke does take quite a commitment, but still, I long for an adorable little winter village! So, this year I decided to fulfill my childhood Christmas wish and started a small town of my own.

Unlike the ceramic houses that dazzled me with their sparkling lights and glittering snow, the beauty of these small homes is in their simplicity. Made with hand dyed, 100% merino yarn, they are soft, simple and incredibly inviting.

Construct the whole neighborhood with Purl Soho’s new Needlepoint Houses Kit. Everything you need to make 3 houses (finished dimensions are 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches) is included. . . .

  • 100% merino, hand dyed yarn (1 full skein of ecru, and 1 mini skein of gray, rust, dark red and bright red)
  • Plastic mesh canvas, 14 count
  • Needlepoint needle, size 22
  • Sewing needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Full-color instructional booklet, including cutting guide

And what I like best about my little trio of homes is that, without all that holiday hoopla, they can stay on display long after the singing Santas and dancing elves have been put away, making me smile all year long! - Corinne

Thursday
Nov072013

Laura's Loop: Long Lovely Mittens

As the temperatures drop and the layers build up, wintertime apparel slowly claims our womanly physiques, sometimes making it a struggle to feel like a lady at all. A dash of red lipstick can do wonders, but the best way to fight off that down-coat-yeti look? Beautiful accessories! A soft cabled hat, a brilliantly colored wrap, or my answer this season, these Long Lovely Mittens.

Reaching just shy of the elbow, the mere gesture required to slip on these mittens suggests a certain elegance. Purl Soho’s newest merino yarn, Line Weight, is perfect for this pared-down design. The stockinette fabric is incredibly soft to the touch, and it emits a gentle glow that is just right for winter’s harsh reality.

Pair these Long Lovely Mittens with anything. Even if they get buried under all those layers, having them on will definitely add an extra swing to your step. -Laura

PS: These require just one skein of Line Weight, a perfect holiday gift knit!

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Sunday
Nov032013

Corinne’s Thread: Advent Calendar

Some of my best Christmas memories aren’t from the day itself but rather from the days and weeks leading up to it: the letters to Santa, the evenings spent trimming the tree, the cookie baking (and eating), and, of course, the daily ritual of the advent calendar. 
Every morning in December my sister and I would clamor downstairs to the calendar, eager to mark one day closer to Santa’s arrival. The Christmas countdown was a real tradition in our house, made all the more meaningful by the calendar itself. Ours had been hand made by my grandmother, and it saw us through every December I can remember. Even as a kid I knew how special this was, and I loved admiring all the details of her handiwork. 
Now that I have children of my own, I am excited to bring the same kind of magic to their Christmas season. I wanted our calendar to be fun, modern and long-lasting, but mostly, I knew that nothing short of hand-made would do! 
This Advent Calendar fits the bill perfectly. Made with a colorful selection of 100% wool felt and embellished with a bevy of beautiful sequins and beads, it’s built to withstand the test of time (and small fingers), with just enough vintage whimsy to remind me of where it all began.  My girls are still too young to really appreciate the ritual yet, but I can see the spirit of Christmas Future, and it’s looking very bright! 
To make your own calendar (and to start your very own family tradition) we’ve compiled everything you’ll need in our Advent Calendar Kit. It includes…
  • 100% wool felt in 12 colors
  • 100% cotton thread in 3 colors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Beading needle
  • Sequins in 5 colors and beads in 3 colors
  • Straight pins
  • Iron-on transfer pencil
  • Fabric marker
  • Stuffing for ornaments
  • Wood dowel for hanging
  • 12-Page, full-color instructional booklet 
  • Cutting and transfer templates
And it all comes beautifully packaged in a sturdy tube, which makes it a great gift… even if it’s just to yourself! --Corinne

 

Thursday
Oct312013

Whit's Knits: Woven Plaid Scarf

Not infrequently, my son, husband and I leave our apartment, get out onto the sidewalk, take a look at each other and realize that we're all wearing plaid. True, my son and husband bear the last name Ogilvie, but what's my excuse?

I just love plaid, always have, always will. Plaid does have lovely associations with outdoor ruggedness and indoor woodfires, but more compelling for me is the pure logic of its structure. I could endlessly travel the paths and intersections of plaid's colored highways, taking pit stops to ponder the neighborhood where pink crosses gray and to follow the hair-thin lines that interrupt the landscape.

And although knitting and crochet have their methods of creating plaid, nothing replaces a woven plaid for simplicity and sheer beauty. Plaid is, in fact, the very reason I ever became a student of Schacht Spindle Co's Cricket Loom. It's indeed a breathtaking endeavor to watch as stripes morph into plaid, like a smile breaking across a face!

Purl Soho's Line Weight yarn gives this plaid project a very special feeling. Line Weight glows with a smooth, downy softness, creating a fabric that is more gentle and elegant than you might expect from the same pattern that brings you hunting coats and horse blankets!

Inspired to equip yourself with a mobile weaving studio? Pick up the whole ensemble: a 15-inch Cricket Loom, a 12-dent reed and seven skeins of Line Weight, with our Materials for Woven Plaid Scarf kit. Or if you're already a seasoned weaver and just need the yarn, click right here. I hope you have as much fun making yours as I did mine! -Whitney

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Tuesday
Oct292013

New Book! Lena Corwin's Made by Hand

Lena Corwin's new book, Made by Hand, is as brilliant as it is beautiful! Made By Hand includes an incredible collection of projects, ranging from printed and dyed textiles to knit toys; from fabric origami to soap making; from sewn garments to weaving, and much more. We are excited to have a handful of these projects on display at Purl Soho right now!

Lena is known for celebrating beauty and craftsmanship through collaborations with an impassioned community of creators. Here, she has brought together an enormously talented group of crafters: Cal Patch, Jenny Gordy, Shabd Simon-Alexander, Jennifer Sarkilahti, Liane Tyrrel, Caitlin Mociun, Wendy Hanson, Jaime Rugh, Ilana Kohn, Emily Eibel, Sian Keegan and Erin Considine, with stunning photography by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes.

These simple and effective projects are inspired by the classes Lena has held in her studio… classes Lena taught or curated or found herself wanting to take. Each project includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions, plus in-progress photographs which make you feel like Lena's right next to you.

Purl Soho is honored and delighted to have contributed to the making of this fantastic book with the donation of some of Lena's beautiful materials. Below are some images of projects from Lena’s book, as well as the materials you can find at Purl Soho to make your own versions!

Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins with Lena Corwin

Lena used: 1 yard of muslin (for test printing) and 4 yards of light or medium weight cotton

Try: Purl Soho's Collection of Solids

Knitted Socks with Jenny Gordy

 Jenny used: 2 skeins of Koigu’s Koigu Premium Merino and 1 skein of Anzula’s Squishy for the contrast yarn

Sewn Children’s Tops and Bottoms with Wendy Hanson

Wendy used for the Bottoms: 3/4 yard of 45-inch wide fabric (for Pants), 1/2 yard of 45-inch wide fabric (for Bloomers), 21 inches of 1/2-inch wide soft stretch elastic, 17 inches of 1/2-inch wide soft stretch elastic

Wendy used for the Tops: ½ yard of 45-inch wide fabric, 3/4 yard of 45-inch wide fabric, 11 inches of 1/8-inch soft stretch elastic

Try: Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn Classic or Seasonal prints along with Kokka's Fine Solids 

Woven Placemats with Jamie Rugh

Jamie used: ¾ yard of quilting-weight cotton fabric per placemat for the warp and 1 yard quilting-weight cotton fabric per placemat for the weft

Try: Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn Classic or Seasonal prints along with Robert Kaufman’s Brussels Washer or Rowan’s Shot Cotton 

Knitted Cat Toys with Emily Eibel and Ilana Kohn

Emily and Ilana used: 1 skein of Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino DK and 1 skein of Koigu’s Koigu Premium Merino

Freeform Knit Throw with Erin Weckerle

Erin used: 12 to 18 skeins of worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors

Try: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist or search our entire collection of worsted weight yarns here

Sewn and Stuffed Toys with Sian Keegan

Sian used: 1/4 yard of 4 quilting-weight cotton fabrics, in shades of dark red, red, pink and cream and 1/4 yard of green felt in different prints

Try: our Shop by Color function! Or how about our red Spectrum Bundle? And for green felts, click right here!

Woven Camera Strap with Erin Considine

 

Erin used: 3 skeins of sportweight linen yarn in colors of your choice

Try: Louet’s Euroflax

To get a copy of Made By Hand, just click here. To read more about it, visit the book’s site here. Also, check out some behind-the-scenes videos here. And don’t forget to swing by our shop at 459 Broome Street in the Soho district of New York City to see some of these treasures in person!

PS: For Lena Corwin's other book, Printed by Hand, click here... and for more books from the publishers Steward Tabori + Chang, including Purl Soho's very own Joelle Hoverson's three books, click here!

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