Emily Ruth Prints Bags & Knitting the National Parks

February 28, 2023

Emily Ruth Prints Bags & Knitting the National Parks Yarn Folk

Two words: SLEEVE. ISLAND. For a person who really, really, really prefers to knit the sleeves before the rest of the body, I'm really not sure how I ended up in this pickle: four sleeves needing attention at the same time. I'm over 50% of the way through (I've finished 2.6 sleeves), but wow. This is a lot of sleeve knitting.

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...to anticipate


Ooof, what a week! Bad weather throughout the US meant that nothing was moving anywhere very fast at all! One shipment which should arrive between the time I am writing this and the time you are reading it spent five days at the FedEx hub in Troutdale, OR. Normally, once something arrives in Troutdale, I have it the following day. Let's just say I'm extra-grateful for the new merchandise that *did* turn up. 

Above, we have some beautiful and sturdy bags from Emily Ruth Prints. Emily creates block print designs and sews from her home in Crozet, Virgnia. The large crossbody bags are 13"x13"x4" with a 60" strap, and are constructed from linen/cotton canvas combined with waxed canvas on the bottom to protect the bag--and your project!--from dirt + spills. The strap is adjustable and all findings are a natural antique brass. There is a magnetic closure at the top, and an outside zipper pocket keeps essentials items secure. There is also an interior patch pocket. The prints are lovely, and pair beautifully with the earthy colors.

In case a little spring wanderlust is taking hold for you, Knitting the National Parks might tide you through whatever the rest of winter has in store. All 63 US National Parks are represented by these designs, and each pattern is accompanied by an inspiration photo and some fun facts about the park. This is a gorgeous hard cover book--so it's fairly heavy. Don't forget that if your order only contains Media Mail eligible books, you'll be able to choose Media Mail at checkout for a much lower shipping cost.

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…to inspire


I was working on a color mood board for a secret project, when I happened upon the option to search fine art by color on the Google Arts and Culture site. They are currently featuring  a virtual "pocket gallery" called The Art of Color, where artworks are grouped by color family.  Looking at the palette used in artwork can be an interesting way of evaluating yarn choices for a multi-color knitting or crochet project. 
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...to stitch 


In addition to knitting all of the sleeves, I finished the Versa Cowl! I used one solid and one variegated skein of Knitted Wit Worsted (Halflings and Sexy Lovin' Lies, specifically). It would also be great in Malabrigo Rios! (Two contrasting colors, one skein each.)

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