f.o. | scrappy boot socks.

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It’s about that season–heavier boot socks. And so, I made another version of my favorite Purl Soho Boot Socks using a whole bunch of bits and ends from other projects. The palette isn’t the most pleasing but they’ll be hiding in boots and who doesn’t want to wear super wash merino wool on their feet?

This is a great project for stash busting–these were knit up using bits of Malabrigo Rios in frank ochre and yerba, and some Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in found pottery.

The doc is a super happy recipient.

See more of my socks here.

make | loom beading.

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I received this amazing beaded loom kit from Purl Soho last week and decided to teach myself a new craft. I’ve done a ton of peyote style beading but never tried weaving beads on a loom.

I’m really pleased with this pattern; once the loom was set up (abysmal process), the beading work is done up really quickly. In a few short hours, I’m about halfway done with this bracelet.

Snaps coming, soon. I can’t decide if I’m going to bead on a loo regularly or not… yet.

knit | notch hem tank.

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Another tank top? In linen yarn? Why, yes! It’s summer, after all. This is Purl Soho’s Notched Hem Tank and I love it.

I knit this using Quince and Co. sparrow in the new salt and pepper marle color way called rille. And it’s a dream. I love the details on the side of the tank that create some visual interest and contrasting texture. Plus, it’s a perfect fit.

I haven’t actually worn it anywhere yet despite finishing it in April, but now that we are finally in the throws of summer weather, I should break it out.

You can read my project notes here. And check out more photos of the tank here.

f.o. | purl soho baby sweater.

34478319170_356d65be03_cFor a colleague’s impending girl. I loved knitting this one. The details were so interesting and the construction was impeccable.

The Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho is knit from the bottom up, you create a squared set it sleeve later using pick ups and cable cast ons–so fun! I’ve never knit a sweater this way, and I can imagine it’d be pretty cool for an adult t shirt as well.

I wanted to create another stash buster; and even though I’m partial to superwash wools for babies, I had two skeins of Knit Picks Palette in the cream and charcoal colorways, which was just perfect for the pattern. I also used tiny, pale yellow buttons from my button bag as well.

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You can see more snaps here. And visit my ravelry project page here.

baby knits | purl soho essentials.

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I adore Purl Soho patterns–particularly their baby knits, which I’ve made a million times over for the impending bundles in my life.

I can’t tell you how many pairs of baby mocs I’ve made–and I always gift them with the garter ear flap hat because I think they go nicely together and can be knit up in complimentary colors.

This time around, I knew my colleague was having a girl; but knowing she will likely have another child in the future, coupled with the fact I dislike gender expected garments, and that she doesn’t appear particularly “girly” to me (whatever that means), I thought she’d appreciate something less than pink. Or purple. Or pale green. A lot of pale green is used for girls these days to feel less gender specific.

Instead, I went with off whites, grays, and dark blues. I really like the result.

My only mod was on the garter ear flap hat–I did striping in the reverse stockinette at the crown, and instead of a tassel top (which I’ve made before), I decided to use the remaining six stitches as an i-cord to make a top knot. The i-cord was about 3 inches long and then after BO, I knotted it up. I love the modification.

These were knit up using little bits in my stash leftover from other projects (win!), including Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in flan, and bits of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in whiskers, flycatcher blue, and composition book gray.

Its recipient was quite grateful, which makes all this handmade stuff worth it. To provide unique items and to show your care, in some small way, is invaluable to my making process.

purl soho | linen quill

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I’m nearing the finish line on my beach tank (it’s summer, after all!) and these Purl Soho Linen Quill babies are waiting in the wings for the next project.

I have yet to knit with any of Purl Soho yarns, so the verdict is out on whether it knits up as beautifully as it looks skeined. I’ll be making Purl Bee’s Lightweight Raglan Pullover.

Have you knit with this yarn? Thoughts?

 

yarn lust, 6.2

This is 8 gorgeous skeins of Alchemy fingerweight in Antique Jade. It’s going to be for Leah’s Lovely Cardigan, which is a complete copy cat of my friend r.r.’s lovely version, which is just stunning.

She wore it into work the other week, and I felt weak about the knee immediately upon seeing it and had to make an exact replication. r.r. has great taste, indeed.

purl soho notions, 5.14

Purchased this gorgeous hardwood needle hole, as I like to call it, at Purl Soho last weekend in NYC. It’s basically a little wooden holder for all my knitting darning needles. Gorgeous, no?

Also snatched? Some beautiful cross stitch swatches a bit stiffer than the normal Aida and in gorgeous colorways like mustard and spring green. I also got two cross stitch pattern books, including the amazing Cross Stitch One Point Pattern.

Then there’s two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Handspun Semi Solid in a gorgeous peachy colorway (I think called “Cheek”?) that I’ll use in a design for this fall.
Inspired, for sure.

So, ho, in love with Purl…

Purl Soho is amazing! Able to visit for the first time this past weekend–and during their grand opening at the new location no less–I scooped up some delicious skeins of Lorna and some lace weight which I can’t wait to use to create a new wave patterned shawl; I can see it in my head and coupling the bulk with the light will be amazing, methinks.

And as a thanks for my purchase, Purl gave me a glorious tote bag with a whole pile of notions: yarns, a matchbook of thread and needles and other sewing notions, a free Lorna pattern, and a bolt of fabric (which I gifted off Jessica for tagging along even though she doesn’t knit).

While I haven’t taken anything out of the tote because I love it so, I can’t wait to start working with these yarns (after a current project on the needles–the Ribbed Lace Bolero by Kelly Maher of 10 Feet High). The Lorna is so bulky and deliciously hand-dyed; the colorway is “Dusk”.

I think it will look really nice coupled with this natural lace-weight. What do you think?

In New York…Day Dos.

The greatest Salt bagel, ever. With uber-delicious tofu cream cheese. Who knew there were so many smears?

Jessica devouring her tofu smeared bagel and a giant Iced Coffee; the perfect start to a monumental day trek through the city that started in Gramercy, went on to Chelsea, moved into Soho, and ended with an epic line for the Sketch4Sketch with Alex Pardee and a severely drunk and severely entitled lady folk who screamed “Welcome to New York, bitches” at us in the East Village.

The loverly Jonathan Levine Gallery, where we saw the quite intriguing work of Eric White, Nicola Verlato and Fulvio Di Piazza, as well as the brand new “Smother Your Mother” exhibit from Date Farmers. One of the coolest things we did in NY, actually. Golf claps, Jessy. If you get the chance, head to this gallery; at 529 West 20th Street, betwixt 10th and 11th Avenues.

Some pretty unique bedazzled guiitars in a Soho shop window; Jessica wanted to take one home with her. Probably by stealing. She didn’t.

Excitement, squeals and all that hoo at the brand new location of Purl in Soho. Too bad it was the most crowded place in the entire world (celebrating their opening that week!) but I was absolutely inspired, bought some hanks of super bulky Lorna and some gorgeous lace-weight. The walls of Koigu were remarkable, but there was no room for snaps inside the shop what with the crowds, unfortch, but I met a fabulous gay couple in front of me, who marveled at the above pictured Cascade Magnum cowl made for Jess as we gushed about Purl Bee.

Jessica stickers up the city with Go Team Sweet stickers advertising her blog (and took the opportunity to model her Cons, to boot, too). Kraftworkin’ doesn’t have any stickers. Inspired me to get some.

A much needed glass of water at a drinking hole somewhere in Soho…


…followed up, quickly, by a much needed, much appreciated Chimay…Tripel…

…then, nachos, naturally…

And finally, drawing sketches for Sketch 4 Sketch with Alex Pardee & Dave Correia, something I knew zip about before Jess had me along; the entire concept is really cool. Alex and Dave sat at Zero Friends for a whopping 8 hours straight drawing– a fan brings in a sketch for them, and they each churn out their own interpretation of your sketch, like a swap. While the line was absolutely epic, who got to hang with some really cool people, like Saki Waki of IHeartCoolStuff, who pretty much knows everything about designer toys. Sorry I didn’t wear pants, that would have helped my violent shaking from cold and rain. I’ll remember the pants, next time.