Monthly Archives: June 2011

TNNA 2011 – Petite Purls Grrls

The last month of my life is one gigantic blur, actually the last two months. My husband traveled out of town a lot, I had a car accident which resulted in my waiting a month to get a new car, and I had to do a heck of a lot of work on the latest Petite Purls to get the new design and issue up (with my partner in crime Allegra).

I had a wonderful time at TNNA, I don’t remember half of it but the parts where I didn’t spend it on my computer coding (hrmm maybe 40% I was not coding?) I really enjoyed.

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The NEW Petite Purls

I’ve always loved the Petite Purls home page, but after we made the site a bit wider back 2 issues ago I felt a bit frustrated with the “plain-ness” of the inner pages, and how I could only use horizontal images for the home page. I wanted to have more fun with the site. About a year ago I discovered an fantastic photographer named Jasmine Star, who is just amazingly brilliant. She was in school studying to be a lawyer when the took a 180 degree turn and decided to take up photography, before she even knew how to use a camera. She jumped right in and rocked it hard. She is incredibly intelligent about all things social networking and how to leverage your brand online. I find her to be a total inspiration. Her photography is amazing.

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School Colors Hoodie – Spud & Chloe

I am so excited to share my latest pattern with you, the “School Colors” hoodie, which is simple and fun to knit, with a fitted modern silhouette in that wonderfully bold Spud & Chloe pallet. I used a simple crochet stitch to border the fronts and hood (applied i-cord is another option but takes longer!) and then popped in a zipper (the green one features a fun brass zipper which I loved, but it’s too small to see in the photo).

I had a wonderful time knitting them, and I love them both so much. It looks like they added some really cute and funky zipper pulls to them for the photos and I just love that! It’s sized from 25 to 44, so you can knit it for the young tween in your life, or knit one for yourself! They are both knit top down in one piece, with the red one there is a very simple trick to twisting the yarn on each row, so that you can knit with two colors. It’s like a very simple form of intarsia (and I don’t generally like intarsia, this is so much easier but technically the same thing, stripped down). So no seaming in pesky sleeves later, very little finishing!

I can’t wait to see my samples again in person at TNNA, and get to see the lovely crew from Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloe again!

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