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Sunday
Oct272013

Molly's Sketchbook: Running Stitch Napkins

I love Thanksgiving traditions! Every year I need to turn on the parade and the dog show for background ambience as I make my requisite three pies (pumpkin, apple, and a chocolate truffle tart). And every year I need to dress up in something semi fancy and take a walk in the crisp fall air on the nearly empty streets of Brooklyn. I need to have turkey, even though I dont really like it except in sandwiches the next day. Oh, and those sandwiches have to be made on white bread with cranberry sauce, iceberg lettuce, and mayonnaise. And finally, I need to make a set of napkins for the Purl Bee!
 
This years set is close to my heart because it uses three of the most beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn Seasonal prints that Ive ever seen. Together they make such a handsome autumnal mix! I chose to keep the sewing simple with a straightforward set of muslin-lined napkins, although at the last minute I couldnt resist hand sewing the top stitching just to make each napkin extra special. You could certainly do a quick machine-sewn running stitch if the timers about to pop on the turkey!
 
With or without the hand stitching, these Thanksgiving Napkins will dress up the table nicely,  really adding to the richness of your Thanksgiving traditions. If youd like to see all of my previous Thanksgiving napkin projects you can browse our archive here! And Happy Turkey Day! --Molly

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Thursday
Oct242013

Page's Hostess Lap Duvets

The goal of a handmade gift is to make something lovely and unique that lets the recipient know just how much he or she means to you. Of course, this is a great idea, but it can go wrong so easily! The project can end up taking forever, or it might hit a technical snag, or worst of all, it might end up banished to the back of a drawer.  Lap Duvets have become our go-to handmade gift precisiely because they avoid these pitfalls. They are quick and fun to make, super useable and easy to love!

Page and her friend Alexa recently whipped up a set of Lap Duvets as a hostess gift for some close friends, and we all fell in love with the serene palette that she picked out. The mix of big Pocho Dot with pretty yarn dyed Veronica Voile and sweet Indigo Dot seems like it would be appreciated by anyone. They are all backed with cool, soft muslin, giving this stack a timeless and perfectly classic feel.

Lap Duvets are really quick to sew without sacrificing thoughtfulness or beauty.  And theyre a great way to celebrate a favorite fabric and a favorite friend!
 
Here's a list of the materials we used for these special Hostess Lap Duvets. If youd like to make your own you can find the full pattern here!

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Tuesday
Oct222013

Whit's Knits: Line Weight Hats for Newborns

Because it feels like a new baby enters my circle of friends and family about every two minutes, it's pretty hectic trying to welcome each one with a hand knit gift. And although I'm short on time and long on babies, I would hate to give new parents the impression that I whipped some yarn into something vaguely wearable and oh-by-the-way-congratulations-about-the-baby. In other words, I'm in serious need of a quick, but exquisite baby gift.

Nothing's quicker than a hat, but how to convey that this is no ordinary hat? Easy, choose an extraordinary yarn! Purl Soho's Line Weight is instantly special with its simple purity and understated beauty. A single ply, soft and cozy merino, it is as light as a feather and as soft as a kitten. Plus, the almost 500 yard skeins mean that I'm all set for the next round of babies!

Pick up both skeins of Line Weight in these timeless and delicate grays with our Yarn for Line Weight Hats for Newborns kit. Or browse our whole collection of Line Weight to pick the color scheme that's right for the babies in your life! -Whitney

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Thursday
Oct172013

Line Weight Colorblock Hand Warmers

Purl Soho's new Line Weight is just right for a fresh version of our classic Colorblock Hand Warmers. Incredibly soft and downy, Line Weight is our new go-to yarn for fall accessories, not too toasty or bulky, just perfectly cozy!

We dipped into our palette of favorite colors to create the  Yarn for Line Weight Colorblock Hand Warmers kit in three gorgeous combinations: Morning (pictured here), Stream and Sugar. Or browse our whole collection of Line Weight 100% merino to write your very own color story!

If you haven't yet accepted fall's arrival, here is a great place to face the facts, with a quick and simple project that will serve you beautifully all season long! Follow the simple original pattern, which is right here!

Sunday
Oct132013

Reversible Hat in Purl Soho's New Line Weight!

The arrival of Purl Soho's latest yarn, Line Weight, has inspired a fresh crop of beautiful knits, starting with the Purl Soho Reversible Hat! With its doubled up design, this hat takes full advantage of the soft ephemerality of Line Weight. Where one layer might not block a bitter chill, two are just right!

And two-hats-in-one means that the Reversible Hat changes as easily as your mood. Feeling Super Pink on Saturday and Heirloom White on Sunday? Or Dragonfly Blue in the morning and Peacock Blue at night? Flip it around and let your hat be the color of your spirit!  

The Purl Soho Reversible Hat owes its elegance to the pared-down beauty of our new Line Weight. A single ply filament of 100% sumptuously soft merino wool, Line Weight is as simple as breath. It emits a subtle and beautiful glow that makes this hat truly special.

Choose your own two colors from our palette of classic naturals, suggestive blues and cheerful brights; or pick up a Yarn for Purl Soho Reversible Hat kit which includes two skeins of Line Weight in four beautiful colorways. Here's everything you need to know to get started...

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