One of my new year resolutions is to watch my knitting/sewing spending and only buy supplies on demand. But, once in a while, I just can’t help unleashing my inner greed. So, the greed spirit led me to acquire the following:
I went wild at Amazon. I bought The Practical Guide to Patchwork so I can learn to make my first quilt. It comes with 12 patterns but I am not buying the book for the patterns but more for the fundamental techniques. There’re 3 to 4 patterns that I like and may sewing.
Fabric Sewing Guide is like the bible that a lot of seamstresses swear by and I need it so I don’t use a wrong needle or damaging my fabric because my iron setting is wrong. It gives a comprehensive A to Z of any fabrics that you can think of plus some extra sewing techniques, good bang for my buck.
Last but not least, Pants for Real People. I might have mentioned that sewing pants is not right up my alley but after a gazillion fiasco with store-bought pants (even those from Banana Republic Petite), it is time to tackle that scary project. we shall see. For now, I just want to learn more about fitting pants. I learn a lot from Fit for Real People by the same authors so I am hoping for the same experience with this book
The shopping indulgence continued at Stiches West this weekend. I haven’t bought yarn for months so I guess I am entitled to something something. Before I dive deep into my purchase, I just want to show you two amazing booths that caught my eyes. The first lovely store is AK Traditions, it sells kit to make knitted dolls and the garments, utterly cute and I almost bought one if it’s not for the steep price ($150 for the kit). The lady at the booth did not permit photography so here is the image from the website
isn’t gorgeous? there’re so many different outfit and doll patterns, the possibility is endless.
The second store is Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods. I did not take picture because I didn’t buy anything, so didn’t feel good asking. Check out the photos that Kristen took. It sells gorgeous trims and notions, I wish I could splurge here but at $6 a yard, I kinda have to think twice. After all, I am going to either Japan or China this summer, perfect time to stock up on trims.
Now, let’s dive into my yarn acquisitions, shall we
2 skeins of lovely worsted weight yarn from Sanguine Gryphon perfect for making Cosette Wrap. I’ve salivated yarn from this company. It was awesome to see it in person. The booth was very medieval and it was manned by three ladies in period dresses. I was a little late so sweater quantity yarn in color that I liked were sold out. I settled with this marigold hue as a test drive to see if i can pull of yellow. Speaking about Cosette Wrap, do you see what I see? oh yeah, that is Alana’s handwriting. That’s right, she signed the pattern 🙂
Up next, two gorgeous merino nylon in Coral by Sincere Sheep. This yarn is extremely hard to photograph, the color turns out more brown red than coral. I have never heard of Sincere Sheep and I am glad to buy from Brooke Sinnes, the owner, because she is located in Napa Valley and I want to support my local small business as much as I can.
Lastly, 3 skeins of Miss Babs in Aubergene. The color is berry hot pink but again kind of hard to photograph. I also never heard of Miss Babs before. What a joy to be introduced to so many indie yarn.
I tried to stay away from my local yarn stores because the point of going to Stitches is buying from vendors that I normally can only fantasize about buying from. Anyway, I had a blast at Stiches and was pleasantly surprised to run into a college classmate whom I haven’t seen since 2002. She was manning Sunshine Yarn booth. Hi Kate, it was a pleasure to meet/see you.
I have one more lot to show but I am going save it for later post because it is picture heavy. Stay tuned