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LEARNING TO LOVE YARN

I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my life to have a few people that have loved me enough to carefully craft me hand-knitted/crocheted throws and blankets to keep me warm in the cold, cold world. These throws have been in an array of geometric patterns and typically are composed of the most “masculine” colors imaginable (maroons, beiges, army greens, and burnt umbers). I have outwardly gushed over the care, skill, time, and thoughtfulness required to produce these gifts but (if I can confess here) I have always felt a pang of resentment over having to haul around these bruise-colored mops of yarn.

In fact, they have generally caused me to have a broad dislike and general heebie-geebie regarding any embroidered or knitted blanket. All of that changed, however, when I ran across the amazing blog written by the talented, savvy folks at Purl Soho, purveyor of fine yarns and knitting supplies.  Their projects use bright, sophisticated color palettes and their styling for their photos takes traditionally “granny” crafts and makes them into chic pieces that can work in traditional or modern decors.

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They make ME want to learn to knit or crochet or whatever the process that makes these things is called.  Okay… Okay… Maybe I need to do some research first.

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BLOG LOVE

While delayed in Logan Airport yesterday due to Snow Storm Saturn, or the Snowquester, or whatever the kids are calling it lately–I ran across homemade-modern.com and fell instantly in love with it.  Creative DIY Blogger, Ben Uyeda, has chronicled a series of awesome crafty projects for the home.

Ben seems to have cloned himself to optimize DIY productivity.

Ben seems to have cloned himself to optimize DIY productivity.

Basically, Ben’s driving passion is sustainability.  His projects have a proclivity towards reusing and recycling, but generally seem to have a common theme of easy to acquire materials that only require a moderate level of skill to assemble into high style products for the home.

Here are a few of my favorites:

You can make these geometric candles from spare crayons with downloadable form templates.

You can make these geometric candles from spare crayons with downloadable form templates.

If that candlemaking made you thirsty--have a drink from these recycled wine bottle glasses.

If that candlemaking made you thirsty–have a drink from these recycled wine bottle glasses.

If you're a little more adventurous--how about tackling this industrial table from plumbing fittings and knotty pine?

If you’re a little more adventurous–how about tackling this industrial table from plumbing fittings and knotty pine?

Seriously, nice work.  I look forward to new updates!

 

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