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Skein of thought

Sidetracked by love and sparkles

The Purl Box - Monday, May 04, 2015
Last year I set myself the goal of using beads as I knit. And improving my (very basic) lace skills. Both things scared me silly this time last year. This somehow didn't stop my very first a ..

Cloud Knitting

The Purl Box - Friday, March 06, 2015
Have you ever found yourself delaying the end of a project because you love the yarn so much? I found I was doing that with my Thistle (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thistle-13) Scarf ( ..

Kate Davies KAL

The Purl Box - Sunday, February 15, 2015
We've been running a sort of combined theme KAL (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-purl-box/3111693/1-25) in our Ravelry group - knitting a Kate Davies Design in our Jamieson & Smith yarn, to ..

Gift Knitting

The Purl Box - Friday, January 02, 2015
I've suddenly decided that there are some major flaws to the whole concept of Gift Knitting. Okay....one big flaw really. You Have To Give Your Knitting Away. To Someone Else. I didn't h ..

Yokes and Bluebells

The Purl Box - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We've just received a limited quantity of the very beautiful (and scholarly) book by Kate Davies - Yokes! I have been captivated by all the designs and the research put into this work, but for som ..

Simple Striped Cowl

The Purl Box - Sunday, December 07, 2014
This post is a bit of a follow on from Anita's comments about Stress reduction (http://www.thepurlbox.com/purlbox/strung-out-socks)aka Sock Knitting. At this time of year life can sometimes throw ..

Strung Out!

The Purl Box - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Well it's been a bit stressful and busy chez this half of The Purl Box over the last little while. And while I love me some complex lace knitting or some intricate colour work, there are times whe ..

Sea Dragon Shawl

The Purl Box - Friday, October 31, 2014
I've recently participated in a knit-a-long held in the Ravelry group page by one of our favourite & local designers Ambah (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/ambah). Please forgive the gushing th ..

Fragile Heart

The Purl Box - Friday, October 03, 2014
A little while ago I read about a wonderful KAL (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/boo/2941271/1-25) (Knit-ALong) being held in the Boo Knits Group (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/boo) on Ravelry. Be ..

Twizzle Stick Vest

The Purl Box - Thursday, August 28, 2014
I seem to be going through a bit of a Knitting for Children phase lately.... an influx of newborns amongst my nearest has me ogling baby patterns on Ravelry almost as often as I look at Grown Up sweat ..


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    Spud & Chloë

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