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Tuesday
Dec032013

Whit's Knits: Crochet Candy Ornaments

This year the Purl Bee is celebrating Christmas with the sweetest inspiration we know: candy! From rolling ribbon candy to twisty taffy, this whole week will bring ornaments and projects all inspired by the confections of the season. Yum!

Kicking off the week, our Crochet Candy Ornaments evoke the spirit of classic lollipops and peppermint swirls. To make them, I crocheted simple circles with Purl Soho's soft and gentle Line Weight and then used Koigu Premium Merino Needlepoint Yarn to embroider colorful rings. I also backed each ornament with a circle of ecru-colored Wool Felt to give it structure and year-after-year permanence. Get all the yarn and wool felt you'll need to whip up two dozen of these sweeties with Purl Soho's Materials for Crochet Candy Ornaments kit!

I love the idea of these ornaments decorating a tree or a branch but can also imagine them strung on a garland or dangling from a wrapped gift. They seem to radiate a small burst of joy and goodness, which makes them perfect for the season!

And here's a sneak peak at some of what the upcoming week on the Bee will bring: a confectionery of ornaments! Stay tuned for all the who's-whose, how-to's and what's-whats!

Have a very sweet and merry Christmas! -Whitney

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Sunday
Nov172013

Whit's Knits: Heirloom Christmas Stocking

When it came to appraising Christmas stockings when I was a kid, I was sure grateful that my grandma was a knitter. A knit stocking meant lots of stretch, and lots of stretch meant... well, lots of stuff. Santa still fills my stocking, and nowadays, I'm not as appreciative of getting piles of loot as I am of having a treasured hand knit from my dear ol' gram.

I count the Christmas stocking as one of knitting's most gratifying projects. It is one of the only things you can knit that is practically guaranteed to be cherished year after year, indelibly marking the memory of its owner every Christmas season. What a payoff!

For my Heirloom Christmas Stocking I wanted to reflect the quiet beauty of winter with a stitch pattern that evokes windswept fields of snow, rows of icicles hanging from the eaves, and scalloped patterns of frost on the window. I also wanted this stocking to look like it could have been plucked from a mantle sixty or eighty or a hundred years ago. And that it could grace a mantle a hundred years from now.

Knitting an heirloom definitely inspires me to choose my yarn with care. I want the yarn to be beautiful and pure, to be so special that fingers a generation from now will appreciate its quality. And so I chose Purl Soho's Worsted Twist, our 100% merino wool that is as soft as Santa's beard and as special as Christmas itself! 

May your version of our Heirloom Christmas Stocking be just that: everlasting, classic, and most importantly, loved! -Whitney

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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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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!

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