Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Pattern: Vintage Trellis and Fan Scarf

This scarf reminds me of “Little Women” or Jane Austen; it’s a modern twist on a vintage look.
And I mean “twist” literally, as the diamond garter pattern in the main portion of the scarf is formed with twist stitches, directions for which are given in the pattern.
This scarf is long and wide and cozy, even though DK weight yarn is used.  That's 7.5" x 84" of warm, luxurious, cuddly scarfness.  (Scarfability?  No, that's sounds like something you'd chow down on.  Never mind.)

It’s knit in two pieces so that the lace and fan edges are pointing the same way. You then use 3-needle bind-off (the easiest) or Kitchener/grafting to join the two pieces.

I used 6 skeins of Colinette Cadenza yarn in the colorway “Apricot Smoothie” for the scarf pictured, because that’s what I had in my stash.

Although this yarn has been discontinued, a perfect substitute would be Hearthside Fibers Extravagance. The bouncy, soft, cushy natures of these two yarns are quite similar, and Extravagance comes in some gorgeous colors. (You’ll need 3 skeins of Extravagance, but you should have a little left over.)
Click here to buy the pattern on Etsy.  Click here to buy the pattern on Ravelry.  Click here to go directly to the Hearthside Fibers "Extravagance" page--be sure to scroll down to see the pretty colors.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


I'm almost done with the second Butterfly/Papillon shawl.  It's still on the needles in this pic.  Almost ready to spread its wings!

Tonight, fingers crossed, I will finish knitting the last section and bind off.

Actually, it's easier to knit with fingers uncrossed.  (I just cannot resist a bad pun.)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour 2018, Part 2

Luckily, Roxanne's shop is close by, so I can go back and get more of the beautiful blenders I saw.

I only grabbed half a yard of this black on white print and some thread to finish up the tour last weekend, because even I was running out of steam for shopping.

At Superbuzzy, I found this wonderful jelly roll, and I think I have the perfect pattern for it.  More will be revealed.

I turned in my passport and kept checking my cellphone to see if I won any raffle baskets or the grand prize or anything, but alas, it was not to be.  Never mind, it's great fun just the same.

Must sew faster to make room for more fabric!  Already looking forward to the tour next year!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour 2018

Well, we did it!  Or most of it, yesterday.  I missed the Quilt Shop Tour last year, and was really happy to be back on the Fabric Trail again.  (Like the Oregon Trail, or the Chisholm Trail, but with an SUV instead of a covered wagon, and no cattle.)

First stop, Old Town Quilt Shop in Orcutt.  We really love it when shops give little gifts just for coming in--not everyone wins a raffle basket, after all.  So we got some little treasures like a notebook and a refrigerator magnet, and after we shopped, we got to play their Plinko game and win cute little prizes, in my case, a mini-charm pack of batiks.  Hooray!

Next we went to The Quiltery in Paso Robles.  We were grateful it was only in the 80s and not the 100s temperature-wise!  (Good luck to those of you who are going tomorrow!  Stay hydrated!)

Found several fabrics to go with some others I have for a major English Paper Piecing (EPP) project I have in mind.  The orange batik is for something else.  I don't know what, but who cares?  We all got a cute little gift just for walking in the door:  a bit of fabric, a pattern for a tissue holder that I will never make, but who cares?, a ruler, and a piece of candy because we all need to keep our strength up for shopping!

Not on the tour, but just around the corner is Birch Fabrics.  Lots of modern stuff.  I have a half yard of the turquoise fabric already, so clearly, I only needed another half yard.  This, too, is for that major EPP project that's gestating.

The white and black fabric was just too weird and wonderful to pass up.  And we each got a free fat quarter with purchase!  Yippee!

At Quilter's Cupboard in Atascadero, I got hooked by their demo of this battery-operated seam ripper.  Just in case I ever need to rip out a seam again.  (Oh, no, surely that will never happen to me!)  And some pretty fabric.

Also in Atascadero, Sew Fun.  I already had half a yard of the fabric on the left, so I only needed half a yard more, right?  And then, of course other fabrics.  Cf.  EPP project.  Are we noticing a color theme here?

The Cotton Ball in Morro Bay gave us each a free spool of thread and some trail mix.  Found some more EPP-destined fabric.  I mean, here's the deal:  if you're fussy cutting, you need a lot more fabric.  This is not over-buying.  (Actually, yeah, it is, but again, who cares?  It's been a rough year.)

At Betty's in San Luis Obispo, I didn't find anything that grabbed me, for some odd reason.  Usually I have fallen in love with at least four fabrics there.  We are all sorry to see they are closing soon.

Last but not least, Picking Daisies.  I already have a jelly roll of the dotted gradient fabrics, all different colors, but I thought I might like some actual yardage of a couple of the colors.  These fabrics are super popular this year, though, so the shop didn't have many colors left.  The fabric on the right, though dot-less, still appeals.

Today was a day of rest.  And laundry.  And back exercises.  Tomorrow, only 2 more shops to go!