This is really scaring me. My cash flow doesn't need another outlet. Damn you Craftster and Ravelry. Without the two of you I would have never known that I had a dormant passion for yarn/ fiber. I knew nothing of spinning, felting and dyeing. What the hell?!?!??!?!
Now I find myself wanting a spindle and I know at one point I am going to want a wheel. I have already planned out anniversary and Christmas presents for family and friends. I have online fiber vendors with thier very own folder in my favorites. I discovered a specialty yarn shop RIGHT BY MY JOB and what's even worse is that it's across the street from JOANNS and MICHAELs and in the same building as Paradise Sewing where I bought my Ella (sewing machine). It's all stacked against me. I'm crumbling under the purling pressure. I am too weak to fight.
I already feel guilty about my fabric stash but I understand it and work with it. I know how to get rid of mistakes that should have never made thier way into my closet but now I have to learn all about yarn and roving. Hopefully, I will just take this slowly and the guilt will be minimal. If your reading this.....help me. I just need suggestions on good places to start and good beginner projects. Good online vendors and what are the best needles to buy. I bought some bamboo size 7s today and I really like them. I figured they are easier on the environment. I'll do a little research on that.
Well the two, knitting and sewing, will come together when I get my new fav fabric.
I was looking for a pattern to make myself a knitting needle roll and ran across this fabric. It's perfect to take the granny out of the entire deal. The fabric is designed by Alexander Henry. I am pretty sure you will love his prints if you don't already. He has some really cool designs like the Calaveras (Day of the Dead Celebration Skulls--love them because they remind me of my trip to CanCun. Skeletal murals are everywhere)pin-up girls and hot cowboys. I also plan on making a cool sewing machine cover out of this too. He also does some cool vintage-type prints too. So if you love vintage prints but don't want to spend $150/yd, these might be your fix.
Ok. So I promised pictures of my Charlie Bag.
I am especially proud of this bag because I figured out how to put in a lining all on my own and I also used my new French seams knowledge. The result a clean, cute, fully lined bag that helps the environment. I used it today in buying my yarn and the girl at the counter gave me a compliment. Totally worth the work. Here's a gratuitous lining shot:
I made two for a girlfriend and she strutted around her house with both of them. She said that she can now look her nose down at all 'those plastic bag users' especially as she gets into her Prius. AWESOME! It's so nice to see someone swoon over your work. I must make more. I got the free pattern at BurdaStyle.