Thursday, April 28, 2011

Could I interest you in some felt fruit?

I saw this book and knew I had to have it.  After it arrived I read it from front to back.  Then I started looking around for some felt - different than the squares you get 4/$1.00 at some of the bigger box stores.  Not that there is anything wrong with those, there isn't.  But once you sew and play around with the Wool blend felt, there is no comparison.  I bought just a couple of sheets from a crafter on Etsy and loved them all.  Glorious colors - beautiful to hand sew with.
What I love about these patterns is the fact that a lot of them are halves that you can "put together".  Such as the banana, apple and the watermelon. The book tells you how to do all this!  Love love love it!

Little Orange Boy (2 in Feb) came to visit and he loves them too! His first pretend food!

I also finished a quilt that I recently gifted to a friend having her second baby, first girl and it's all about pink. I chose these fabrics from Riley Blake Designs and it is the Baby Hip to be Square pattern.

I also decided to do an "I'm One" tshirt for Mini Island Boy who, yes believe it or not, will be One in just a couple of weeks!  His theme will be baseball so Little Mommy helped me with some hints on how to make this little tshirt.  Tshirt was $4.50 at Target and I couldn't resist the little plaid shorts.  It took me less than an hour to sew everything together.  He will look adorable!  At first I was going to put the "1" beside the baseball but I think it looked better like this. 

Oh and one more thing, I am taking my first quilt class Saturday am for the first time in a very long while. My first class ever at Intown Quilters and I couldn't be more excited.  It is the Pickle Dish Quilt pattern out of the Kaffe Fassett Quilt Romance book .  Here are the fabrics that I will begin using in my quilt - this time all Kaffe fabric scraps.  I'll let you know how the class goes.  This is actually a paper piece class.  The Pickle Dish pattern is the one shown on the front of this book.
So  yes, I have been busy.  On the Yarn Grove side I have pre-ordered the new Hiya Hiya Bamboo Interchangeables and they will arrive as soon as Hiya Hiya releases them.  I don't know an exact date yet.  I have started Charlize (on Ravelry for those of you that are) and I am loving it.  Using Madelintosh Sock in Logwood (refer to Stitches South staff photo).

I hope this finds all of ya'll crafting it up and having a great spring...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shipwreck(ed) and Yarn fume overload

Today I went to Stitches South.  I could hardly contain myself.  With project spreadsheet in hand, I felt I wouldn't be AS distracted by the yarn overload.  I was wrong.  I felt out of control the minute I walked into the center.  Glorious yarns... everywhere you looked...  I kept telling myself to walk through first - don't buy anything the first go 'round. 

 Bugga yarn in Chocolate Rhino.  (earmarked for Summerflies)
Miss Babs in Sock Weight Ansel  (earmarked for Jeanie)
Miss Babs in YOWZA - Luna Granite
Madelintosh Light in Vanilla Bean (2)
Malabrigo Sock in Terracotta (which is more like an orange and makes me happy)
Madelintosh Pashmina in Logwood (gorgeous)
Gwen Bortner book of Entree to Entrelac (I have been wanting this book and she was there so I met her and she signed it)
Highlighter Tape in Green (I already have orange and use it all the time)
Kauni yarn in 2 different colorways (can't wait to start this project)
One skein of Socks that Rock in a gorgeous colorway. 

I had so much fun - especially seeing a lot of my knittin' friends and some vendors that I have known over the years!

I ended up wearing Shipwreck Shawl today and had many many compliments.  Most wanted to know what yarn it was - Again Bugga in Sooty Dancer - and why I didn't put beads on it - to which I answered, "I am really not a bead person"...  I will most certainly knit this again. Not the best photo in the world but you can see most of the detail against my white shirt.

Night night.