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Sunday
Jul212013

Corinne's Thread: Liberty Backpacks

School is out and the parks are full of kids throwing water balloons, eating soft-serve, and having the time of their lives. Every bit of it reminds me of how much fun those long, hot days of my childhood summers were. Lately though, my summer days feel, well... just long and hot. 

Wanting to rekindle that carefree summertime spirit, I made these simple Drawstring Backpacks that are reminiscent of the small sacks we all toted around at summer camp. It's still the perfect carry-all for all my July necessities: a great paperback, sunscreen, and a few dollars for the ice cream truck!

It was an easy choice to pair this classic bag with the most classic of all fabrics, Liberty of London's Tana Lawn. Playful, summery prints plus a barely-there lightweight cotton makes Liberty just right for a hot weather tote. And another a little reminder of my 1980’s childhood: a pop of neon for the straps!

Knowing that everyone in my family (and yours!) would want in on these sweeties, I made them in three sizes, from toddler to adult. So to outfit everyone for some summertime fun, pick up a Materials for Drawstring Backpack kit, and since they only take about an hour to make, you’ll be back at the park in no time.  - Corinne

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Thursday
Jul182013

Laura's Loop: Pointy Hats for Newborns

I have to admit, there has been a time or two when presented with a fresh new baby that the words “old man” have crossed my mind. I know, I know, I’m being terrible. But listen, even with their little wrinkled brows and gummy grimaces, newborn babies fill me with wonder and overwhelm me with awe. And anyway, what’s so bad about looking like an old man? 

Which is why I love the idea of celebrating a baby’s little-old-man-ness with this hat that seems plucked from the head of woodland gnome. Inspired by Joelle’s chunky-weight Pointy Elf Hat from her book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, this version is in a laceweight cotton, especially designed for the world’s newest inhabitants. 

I made these Pointy Hats for Newborns with Habu’s very elegant Cotton Nerimaki Slub. Textured puffs of cotton lend rich character and a soft, natural feel. And a festive sprout of Koigu Premium Merino Needlepoint Yarn is a perfect little pop of color for a perfect little baby, old man wrinkles and all!

We’ve put together six kits in six different color combinations, from soft and subtle to punchy and bright, for girls, for boys and for the unknown! Choose your favorite right here! -Laura

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Sunday
Jul142013

Whit's Knits: Shadow Stripe Baby Blanket

Don't tell the socks and sweaters, but my favorite thing to knit (or crochet!) is blankets. I guess because my background is in painting, I have a real affinity for the blank canvas, a four-sided shape of pure potential. But what I love most about making blankets is that in the end you have... a blanket! A thing that comforts and warms, a thing that babies and children hold dear, a thing that brings happiness into everyday life.

If a blanket is a painting, then the Shadow Stripe Baby Blanket is high Minimalism, circa 1966. The bold geometry of horizontal stripes is intercepted by a shift in color halfway through every other stripe. The technique is simple, but the impact is totally satisfying!

And since we're knitting for babies, I used Blue Sky's super cuddly Worsted Cotton. Unlike most other cottons, this one invites companionship with its cushiony spring and surprising softness. I love this palette of crisp, nautical Blues with its summertime freshness, or choose our Natural colorway which assembles three misty neutrals for a more subtle statement. Both kits of seven skeins are available right here!

Wielding your yarn the way a painter brandishes her brush, enjoy this fun knit, and end up with a beautiful blanket to boot! -Whitney

 

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Thursday
Jul112013

Molly's Sketchbook: Smocked Summer Scarf

My one year old daughter and I recently went to Bethesda, Maryland to visit my in-laws. It was so nice seeing Lupe play with her extended family, but if I’m being honest, the best part of the trip for me was that I got to go to the movies by myself! While grandma and grandpa watched Lupe, I made my way in the sweltering heat to the movie theater down the street. I was giddy with excitement as I ordered my popcorn and milk duds. Then as I sat down, I realized I had made a grave miscalculation. I was freezing! It may have been July 4th weekend outside, but inside the theater it felt more like Christmas!

When I got home I whipped up this breezy Smocked Summer Scarf. It’s so lightweight you can easily slip it into your purse, ready for all of summer’s over air-conditioned moments. I made my scarf with whisper-light Veronica Voile and accented it with lines of elastic smocking to add unexpected texture and detail. It’s a snap to sew and a perfect introduction to the elastic smocking technique. 

With fabric as special as this I had a hard time picking just one color… so I ended up making three! To make your favorite pick up our Materials for Smocked Summer Scarf kit here. It’s so delicate, airy and pretty, I bet you’ll even wear it outside the movie theater! 

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Sunday
Jul072013

Whit's Knits: Baby Bloomers

When my son was born I was pretty sure that he was the only baby who had ever existed in the history of the world. And even now, four years later, I still sometimes forget that other peoples' babies have come after him... but they have. Lots of them! And each one is right at the center of its parents' universe.

That's exactly why babies inspire our most special ideas, because to us, they are, in fact, very special. I made these Baby Bloomers to reflect that feeling, to be as lovely and indeed, as special as the babies who will wear them! Designed to fit over diapers in sizes from 6 to 18 months, these bloomers are really sweet over a onesie or under a loose top. Fold over the ribbed waist or pull it up to the armpits for a great vintage look.

Anzula's Mermaid brings a particluar beauty to this design. As light as air and as soft as babies' skin, it is a hand dyed mix of silk and sea cell (which is an unusual seaweed-cellulose blend). The result is gently shiny and absolutely gorgeous. You can pick up the two skeins you'll need right here with our Yarn for Baby Bloomers kit.

I wish I'd thought of these for my own baby, but since he's not the only baby in the world, I'm happy to think of these bloomers on yours! -Whitney

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