Friday, July 11, 2014

My First Craftsy Purchase!!

If you've never heard of Craftsy, you *need* to head over there now!!!

A couple of weeks ago, they had this really great sale that I saw advertised through Moogly (great crochet there, check her out too!!), and I decided to create an order with all different types of yarn that I have been dying to try!!
Not only are their sale prices great, but their regular prices aren't that bad either. I have already decided that this will be the place to get my imported yarns and special fabrics that I can't find at my usual places.

Let's start with the yarn:

First up, Cascade Sherub DK Yarn: They don't lie when they say this yarn is soft! It's definitely snuggle worthy. Last I checked, this yarn is still on sale for a great price! Crazy thing, they are a local company for me, in Seattle; yet, I can't find this yarn anywhere!!! Gah! Small stores perhaps? I may need to take a trip up North.....

Next, Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering Yarn: I have purchased different brands of wool yarn before and I have to say, I enjoy the feel of Brown Sheep the most. Since I only purchased one ball, I will most likely make some finger-less gloves for winter.

Schachenmayr Micro Grande: This yarn is 100% acrylic and is noted for being great to make accessories with its silky feel. Maybe a little cardigan for Miss Cayley?
Schachenmayr Catania Yarn: 100% cotton yarn with added sheen. I may combine it with the Micro Grande to create the cardigan.
Both of these yarns are made in Hungary.

Finally, we have Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana Yarn: Quite a few things made me pick this yarn. First, being made in Italy and me being part Italian. Second, it's named Nirvana. Seattle = Nirvana, you know?? Lastly, it's wool and lace weight. Perfect for my very own personal cowl!! The texture reminds of some vintage embroidery wool that I found at an estate sale a couple of years ago. I can't wait to find the perfect pattern for this lovely bit of fiber.

Don't forget the fabric!!!!

I'll just post the pictures, because they speak for themselves. I can't wait to see what I can make with this.... pillow cover, scrappy-esque throw, grab some matching solids and make a full quilt..... I'll let you know when I find out :)

Do you have a favorite place to purchase yarn and fabric from?? I am hoping to check out a few local shops this summer!!

~*~ Happy Friday Everyone!!! ~*~

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Review - Fabric, Yarn & Fun

There have been many things going on here, let me tell you. Mostly ideas being gathered and then scattered, but it all leads to something in the end, right??

Let's start with my first Etsy purchase, vintage sheet fat quarters!!!!

Midwest Vintage Co. has a great collection of vintage fabrics and her latest shop announcement is that she is selling her stash, so get them while you can!!
I picked the floral fat quarter bundle and a random fat quarter bundle.

Love them all!! They have inspired me to keep an eye out for vintage sheets on my estate sale adventures!

If you were following on Facebook, you know I set the pattern increase aside for the Pineapple Market Bag to work on what I call, 'Nana's Hug'. I have finally finished all 55 squares and 11 triangles!!

Please excuse the horrible picture. Getting antique white on white is quite tricky!

Moving on to weaving in those pesky ends, sewing the piece together and then adding an edging.

You can find the original pattern for this piece here!

Finally, I took advantage of the Independence Day sale at Jo-Ann's and snagged myself some fabric and way more yarn than I planned; only because it was on amazing clearance. 
(Oh, clearance.....why you always get me in so much trouble? Hmmm?)


Let's not forget some holiday fun!

Hope everyone had a creative and festive weekend!!!