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Thursday
Feb062014

Molly's Sketchbook: Watercolor Quilt

Several years ago I visited the Dia Beacon, a sprawling modern art museum just outside of New York City. It was a gray winter day, and my friend and I were practically the only people there. As we wandered around, I was stopped in my tracks by two spare, grid-like drawings. They were tentative and minimal but somehow conveyed so much power. I couldn’t stop looking at them. I learned that they were by the artist Agnes Martin, and since that time I’ve come to love her work, much of which uses hand-drawn, repetitive lines and soft, tonal washes of color.  (If you’d like to see more of her work you can click here.)

Since Martin’s drawings and paintings use so many straight lines, they make for perfect quilt inspiration, and this Watercolor Quilt is my humble homage. I chose subdued lilac gray and peach to closely match some of my favorite Agnes Martin paintings. And to make the project more my own, I widened the color range a bit and finished the quilt off with a luminescent (premade!) neon bias tape. The neon might seem weird at first, but it kind of makes the whole quilt glow!

Despite its highbrow origins, this project couldn’t be simpler or more fun to sew. You cut a bunch of strips and then sew them together. That’s it, no corners to match up or tricky angles! And all of these cotton fabrics are soft and lovely to work with, bringing their own intrinsic beauty to the picture. This utter simplicity somehow leads to an engaging and sophisticated piece of work, much like the simplicity of Agnes Martin’s paintings belies so much more.

To begin your own special quilt pick up our Materials for Watercolor Quilt kit right here, and get ready to make some art! --Molly

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Sunday
Jan052014

Joelle's Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf

I've written several books with the words "Last-Minute" in the title, so you can imagine that I occasionally relish the exact opposite! Especially in the depths of winter, I love to sink my teeth into a project whose gratification may not be immediate but whose pleasure is deeply satisfying. My Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf is just that!

Not only does this scarf represent a month or two of on-again-off-again knitting, but its pinstripes actually serve as a record of my production. I wanted the stripes to be syncopated and unexpected, but have you ever tried to be intentionally random? It's hard! So instead, I devised a rule that would ensure arbitrary line-placement: If I put the project down for more than eight hours I would start the next knitting session with a stripe. I figured my available knitting time was the most random thing I could chronicle!

For a three-season decandently soft scarf, I used our very own Line Weight. It creates such luminosity with its fine halo of downy merino, and in Heirloom White with fine lines of Dark Loam, the effect is like a graphite drawing on cotton rag paper, loose and mysterious.


For long-term knitting, I almost always choose garter stitch. I love its rhythmic certainty, its simplicity and lofty warmth. And knit on the bias, garter stitch has a fresh, graphic impact that satisfies my inner aesthete! I hope you enjoy the mesmerizing cadence of my Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf as much as I did! -Joelle

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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
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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Sunday
Sep222013

Super Easy Blankets!

The Purl Bee's Super Easy Blanket was one of our very first patterns, and all these years later, it still satisfies us with its easy modernity and lively versatility. Since its introduction, we've knit this blanket in oodles of colors and yarns and sizes, each version highlighting a fresh idea. And now Purl Soho's Worsted Twist and Super Soft Merino yarns have inspired a new stack of gorgeous Super Easy Blankets!

With its tidy spin Worsted Twist gives our Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blankets a crisp and elegant finish. And perfectly midweight, these blankets have a wonderful heft and lush softness, so nice for chilly stroller rides and cold nights!

Worsted Twist's palette of soft and mellow blues, punctuated by bursts of hot pink and bright yellow, creates  four beautiful color stories: Heron (shown above), Macaron, Slipper, and Neptune. Choose your favorite right here with our new Yarn for Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket kits.

And for a wintertime blanket or anytime playmat, whip up our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket. Same seven bold stripes, same generous crib size, and same incredible soft touch, but this version is heavier, thicker and quicker to knit. Our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket kits come in six inspiring colorways, each special in its own way!

Super Soft Merino or Worsted Twist? Worsted Twist or Super Soft Merino? Both? To weigh your options, click here for the Super Soft Merino Crib Blanket pattern and simply read on for the Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket pattern. And to view each yarn kit (including photos of each finished blanket), click here for the Super Soft Merino and here for the Worsted Twist. Let us know what you decide!

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