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Sunday
Jul132014

Whit's Knits: Loopy Bath Mat

If you're a knitter, you've probably outfitted your extremities, plus those of everyone in your immediate family, and you've most likely also supplied a few babies with handknit blankets. All worthy and satisfying endeavors, but have you ever knit a deep, soft, plush landing pad for your wet feet? No? Well, why not?

Admittedly, our Loopy Bath Mat is a bit on the whimsical side with its rambunctious texture and well... its handknit-edness. On the other hand, if a bath or a shower is an exercise in self-care, then this hedonic bath mat is the perfect equipment!

How did this Loopy Bath Mat get so soft and decadent? First, with the invaluable aid of Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton, the coziest cotton we know; and second, with the creation of big loopity loops! The Loop Stitch is one of knitting's most adventurous stitches, involving fingers that normally idle and methods that truly surprise. And with just one pattern row for every five garter stitch rows, it's unexpectedly easy too!

This project is just the thing for some loopy summer fun. Treat yourself! -Whitney

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Sunday
Jun222014

Whit's Knits: Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt

We cleanse ourselves; we perform our ablutions; we purify and detoxify. In short, we take bathing to spiritual heights. For such a journey, shouldn't we equip ourselves properly? These scrubbers should do the trick, imbued, as they are, with the devotion inherent in the handmade.

This lovely little Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt set isn't designed for your three-minute-slap-on-the-soap-and-rinse shower. No...These beauties are for your no-one-is-home-no-place-to-go soak.

These bathing accessories are made possible by the wild creativity and impeccable touch of Habu Textiles. Their incredible Cork Chenille is constructed around a thin cotton strand bedecked by little flags of cotton ribbon. Knit up in simple garter stitch, the texture is gently exfoliating, thick, lush and deeply satisfying.

With a few little balls of Cork Chenille and a set of needles, you've got the perfect, no-sweat project for summer's traveling and lollygagging. And when you're done, take a a nice, long bath! -Whitney

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Thursday
Jun052014

Whit's Knits: Crocheted Set-of-Three Pot Holders

Like a lot of New York City kitchens, mine is a bit underutilized, shall we say. But, while the cayenne pepper may be from 2009 and the knives that were a wedding present almost fifteen years ago haven't been sharpened since said wedding, there is an oasis in my kitchen that is well tended and totally loved, and that is my collection of kitchen textiles.

I cherish the dish towels my mother made me from the 1940's floral tablecloths she hoards and the vintage linen towel Joelle got for each of us on a trip to Switzerland, and also the needlepoint trivet my grandmother stitched (a picture of a Sumo wrestler) and even the crocheted one I designed for the Purl Bee (a watermelon slice). And so this Set-of-Three Pot Holders joins a kitchen where they may get used only periodically, but where they will always be treasured.

To make these, I put on my best chef's hat and thought about the improvisational spirit of making a seasonal soup. I started with a base of Merchant & Mills' tasty Baker's Twine, threw in a dash of Brooklyn Tweed's peppery Shelter and added a cup of Purl Soho's creamy Worsted Twist. The result is a well-balanced, nuanced and really interesting soup... er, I mean, set of pot holders!

To hook up your own, pick up Purl Soho's Yarn for Set-of-Three Pot Holders right here. Choose from three lovely colorways: Gray, Black or Red. Enjoy, love and hold dear! -Whitney

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Thursday
May222014

Whit's Knits: Open Air Wrap

Although you wouldn't know it from looking at me, I really do love clothes and style and fashion. I don't purchase September issues or Louboutins, but I do love the human spectrum that is expressed through clothing choices (thank you, New York City!).

This Open Air Wrap would definitely catch my eye on the street, inciting a reverie about the woman wearing it. If she had paired it with a trim black dress and patent leather pumps, I would think about the artistic her making a bid for self-expression, giving a nod to the unconventional. Or if a woman were wearing the Open Air Wrap with flowing skirts and layers of linen and long necklaces, I would admire that every iota of her wants to be free.

Where do we turn for the unexpected and the singular? Easy, Habu Textiles. For this project I chose their spectacularly fascinating Silk Wrapped Paper. Not really paper, but paper-like, Silk Wrapped Paper is actually a slender linen tape bound with an even finer thread of silk. Knit up, it is sculptural, featherlight and totally statement making.

The super simple Purse Stitch, which essentially creates a net-like mesh, gives the Silk Wrapped Paper plenty of room to breathe and to express itself. Which brings us back to the beginning. We wear what we wear, from high tops to topsiders, to be ourselves and to tell the world who we are. So, toss your own Open Air Wrap over your shoulders and express yourself! -Whitney

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Thursday
May012014

Whit's Knits: Striped Crew Socks

I live with a five year old boy, and if you know anyone like that, you've probably noticed how much he likes to chat about dirty socks (and stinky cheese and slimy worms); and so it comes as a welcome respite for me to knit up something that is on the opposite end of that conversational spectrum. These Striped Crew Socks have such an incredibly nice, fresh feeling that all icky talk seems miles away.

A simple one-round stripe takes on a little complexity when a 1 x 1 rib moves into stockinette stitch. I love how the shift from one to the other feels like an optical illusion and, on top of that, how the different stitch patterns serve a practical function: ribbing for anti-gravitational hold on the leg and stockinette for smooth comfort on the foot.

Our favorite sock yarn at Purl Soho is definitely Anzula's Squishy. It's amazingly soft (thank you, cashmere), wonderfully springy (thank you, merino) and totally durable (thank you, nylon). It's also hand dyed in unbelievebaly beautiful colors that feel plucked from nature herself. The Nimbus blue I used here (paired with Au Natural ecru) gives the effect of rippling cool water or windswept skies, just right for a brand new pair of spring socks!

I do love my son's boyish pleasure in the disgusting and the creepy, but I have to admit, I love the quiet elegance of these socks at least as much! - Whitney

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