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Friday
Nov302012

Two Purl Bee Classics, Now in Super Soft Merino

I just can't get enough of Purl Soho's new yarn, Super Soft Merino. I am over-the-moon excited about this beautiful chunky-weight yarn. And, I'm not alone… Since its arrival, we’ve all been knitting up our dreamiest ideas of winter coziness!
Joelle created the wonderfully seasonal Snowflake Scarf. Faye knit up the comfy and dramatic Fluted Cowl. Whitney brought us a gaggle of brilliantly bold color block and striped hats. And, Spoiler Alert: there's more to come!
Today we bring you two Purl Bee classics reconceived in Super Soft Merino for a fresh look and a wintertime feel! The Super Easy Crib Blanket borrows the classic striping from the baby-sized original, but at 2 3/4 stitches to the inch it requires fewer cast-on stitches and knits up to a bigger crib size. With voluminous stitches and a luxurious loft, this blanket is as soft and gentle as a cloud!
The Chevron Baby Blanket in Merino uses a single strand of Super Soft Merino, rather than the original’s two strands of cotton. The chevron stitch combined with the chunky weight yarn creates a dense and toasty baby blanket, perfect for floor or stroller time! We also changed up the striping, playing this time with whimsical irregularity.
If you haven’t knit with Super Soft Merino yet, you too may find that you can’t get enough. It’s truly a pleasure! --Laura

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Sunday
Nov182012

4 Seasons of Embroidery Gifts!

Is it better to give or to receive? For us crafters the answer is neither; the real joy comes in the creating! Embroidery is one of the most satisfying ways to share this joy. The mesmerizing rhythm of stitching both soothes and stirs as a once-empty cloth becomes a beautiful field of texture. Best of all, embroidery projects make wonderful gifts because they are truly one-of-a-kind heirloom treasures!

This year we plan to use our new 4 Seasons of Embroidery Packet as a starting point for all kinds of unique gifts, starting with this monogrammed 40 Minute Tote! Our master embroiderer, Erin, used our woodgrain alphabet transfers to stitch this lovely monogram on a cool gray linen-cotton background. The silvery tones of the delicate embroidery transform this simple tote into an elegant carry-all with a personal touch!

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Thursday
Nov152012

Whit's Knits: Bear's Rainbow Blanket

Like many parents, I soon discovered after having a baby that I'd never actually been busy before. Basic things like taking showers and returning phone calls suddenly seemed overrated. But for me, one thing that has never been dispensable is crafting things for my son, Bear.

I'm not saying that I sit around for hours, dreamily stitching away. No, it's more like a stolen moment here and a quick minute there; a few squares at jury duty, a couple more in a waiting room, and two years later a blanket is born!

As drawn out as the process was, making Bear's Rainbow Blanket was always an exhilarating ride. Each step contained a world of wonderment, from Koigu Premium Merino's incredible hand dyed colors to this fascinating stitch pattern that magically turns a circle into a square; from the arrangement of dozens of colors and 108 squares to the daydreams of Bear dragging his Rainbow Blanket off to college!

I think I could have crocheted these squares for the rest of my life, but I finally stopped myself when I had enough to make a 40 x 54-inch blanket, the perfect size for my four year old. The bed pictured here is a queen, but this blanket is also right at home on a twin bed... or under a circle of picnicking stuffed animals!

I've crafted quite a few things in my life, and though I have so much fondness for many of those things, this is perhaps the dearest to my heart. This blanket expresses not only my love for my son, but for crafting too. To pursue a grand plan to its very end is the chocolate cake of crafting: a rich and deeply satisfying experience!

To start concocting your own grand plan, read on! -Whitney

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Tuesday
Nov132012

New! Purl Soho's Learn To Knit Kit!

If you're a knitter, then you surely remember your first journey into the world of knitting. Inevitably, it started with a scarf and was accompanied by a wonderful tremor of excitement. A whole new passion was in store for you, a life of creativity and fascination, of joy and beauty. 

At Purl Soho, our mission is to share this passion, and so our new Learn To Knit kit is specially designed to spark a creative fire in the hearts of new knitters everywhere! Our goal was to create an experience for new knitters that would be as satisfying and enchanted as were our own first forays into knits and purls.

We believe that beautiful materials are at least half the pleasure of knitting, that just because it's your first scarf doesn't mean you can't appreciate tactile delight and sumptuous beauty. That's why we equipped the Learn To Knit kit with two gorgeous skeins of our new Super Soft Merino, enough to knit up an equally gorgeous, totally cuddly, absolutely wonderful scarf!

Also tucked inside our kit is an indispensable first-time-knitter companion, our Learn To Knit instruction booklet! Filled with dozens of full-color, close-up photographs and explicit explanations, this guide will hold your hand through every step of the process, from winding a ball to casting on, knitting, purling, combining the two, adding a ball, binding off, weaving in ends and blocking. This may sound like gibberish to you now, but by the time we're done with you, you'll be completely fluent!

In fact, the Learn To Knit booklet is so chock-full of practical and valuable information that, in the end, you will have the knowledge and confidence to choose one of three scarf patterns to knit up your very own scarf. Garter, seed or rib? You'll know exactly what we're talking about!

Packed inside a sturdy, use-it-again tube is absolutely everything you'll need to actually knit a scarf! Each Learn to Knit Kit includes...

  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino, enough to make one scarf. Choose from our whole palette of twelve lovely colors!
  • A pair of solid birch knitting needles, size US #13. Made in the USA.
  • A yarn needle for finishing.
  • An everything-you-need-to-know Instruction Booklet which includes patterns for three scarves.

And with the holidays around the corner, now is a very good time to learn how to knit so you can give a scarf imbued with the love and devotion of hand crafting! Or, equally meaningful, share your own passion for knitting with someone who doesn't yet know what she or he is missing. Now, that's a gift that will truly last a lifetime!

If you'd like to order a Learn To Knit Kit just click right here. And happy knitting!

Tuesday
Sep182012

New! 4 Seasons of Embroidery from Purl Soho + Egg Press

We are so excited to announce our latest labor of love, the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit from Purl Soho and Egg Press! To create it we combined a little bit of life's most meaningful pleasures: old friends, natural beauty, and hand crafting. The result is the embroidery kit of our dreams!

The 4 Seasons of Embroidery project started as a friendship between Purl Soho and Portland, Oregon-based design company, Egg Press. We have long admired each other, sharing a devotion to traditional crafting and modern design and an agreement that nature's gifts are our finest inspiration! Egg Press also brought to this project a mastery of the time-honored crafts of letter pressing and typeface design.

But it is our mutual respect for the handmade that most urgently brought this bi-coastal partnership into being. And embroidery, with its stark evidence of the hand's involvement, was a natural place for us to start. We love also that embroidery has the inherent feeling of having lived a hundred years already, whether it was in fact passed on from generation to generation or was just finished yesterday. We took great pleasure in bringing to this timeless feeling the aesthetics of modern design, a look that is pared-down, playful and very fresh!

The 4 Seasons of Embroidery centers around one of nature's most compelling images, the tree. Its powerful message of life and renewal, of family history and natural bounty, is so universal that people of all ages and places can appreciate its dispatch of hope!

Each kit includes four transfer designs that depict a year in the life of a proud tree, from bubbly spring and verdant summer to resplendent autumn and serene winter.

To magnify that message, we also created a simple woodgrain design. We love the raw, organic look of the woodgrain but designed it to give a modern, graphic expression to your more abstract thoughts!

Woodgrain proved to be a wonderful vehicle for our letter and number designs. With two transfer sets of alphabets (lower and upper cases) and a set of zero-to-nine numbers, each kit comes equipped with an amazing way to personalize your projects with initials, wedding or birth dates and messages of love!

Each 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit comes with absolutely everything you'll need to stitch up your own embroidered treasures:

  • Reusable transfers for 4 Seasonal Trees, woodgrain alphabets and number, and woodgrain pattern
  • 1/2 yard cotton/linen fabric
  • 15 skeins of colorful embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needles
  • A 4-inch wooden embroidery hoop (large display hoop not included)
  • A color photo how-to-embroider booklet
  • Hook and loop tape for plying thread

And because we love beautiful packaging and hate senseless garbage, all of this is contained in a sturdy tube with a lovely letter-pressed top created by Egg Press. Once you've used what's inside, use the tube for paint brushes or wooden spoons, buttons or knick knacks, dried flowers or chopsticks! Plus, such considered packaging makes this kit a very special gift!

Already equipped? Choose instead, a 4 Seasons of Embroidery Packet, which includes:

  • Reusable transfers for 4 Seasonal Trees, woodgrain alphabets and number, and woodgrain pattern
  • And a color photo how-to-embroider booklet

For stunning pillows, wall art and linens, the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit is our idea of crafting bliss! To get started on your own heirloom projects, please click here for the 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit and here for the Packet. And happy stitching!