Fabric, more fabric & wool

Oh boy oh boy am I in trouble. Today I, and 2 girl friends, went the the Spring knitting and stitching show. We all took the afternoon off work and headed off across London to Kensington Olympia. To say I was giddy would be putting it mildly. My cheeks were aching from grinning, and occasionally I skipped as we walked from the tube (really and truly).

I bought fabric, and more fabric, and oh just a little more. Then I bought wool. And here it is.

My first purchase was three brilliant fabrics from ‘Favourite Fabrics’ but unfortunately they are based in  Gloucestershire and not therefore likely to become a regular.

  • I was immediately attractive to this bird print. I am obsessed with bird print fabrics (plus its brilliant that April’s monthly challenge is putting birds on your garment). It’s a medium weight cotton and oh so soft. I think I’m going to make a sleeveless, button down dress with it.
  • At the same stall I got these two fabrics. Which I have in mind to pair, in a dress, with the white fabric from the yoke. But I don’t have an exact pattern in mind yet. Any suggestions? The red stripe is medium weight, and obviously the white (what do you call that type of fabric?) is quite light weight.
  • Then we stumbled across some amazing bargain wools. So I got this burnt orange DROPS Alpaca, 4 Ply (at £2.80 a skein who could resist?). I’ll make another Featherweight cardigan maybe with longer sleeves.
  •  I also got some in a gorgeous blue for my BFF (shhh – its a secret).
  • Then we found this stall selling some great lighter than Lawn, Liberty like prints. I got this wonderful floral print, which I’m going to use to make Simplicity 1692 (version A).
  • And I got some more Liberty like, fabric for another dress (pattern not yet determined).
  • Then we moved on to Fabrics Galore, an old favorite of mine. Where I bought some real liberty lawn, both for blouses.

At this point we decided we needed to break for tea. We were all overwhelmed, flushed and starting to flap. Nothing like a cup of tea. We then wandered around, realised we had only 1/2 an hour left (where did the time go?) and ended up heading back to Fabrics Galore.

  • Where I went a bit nuts. I got this great Indian cotton plaid in bright colored for a button down shirt. And finally, to top it all off. Rainbow colored Zebra print – which I have somehow got in my head will make a brilliant pair, of short shorts! I might wake up tomorrow and realise I was delusional, but at the moment it seems like a good idea.

So there we go, I’m set for the next few months. No more fabric shopping. Except, well of course I am going to Japan next week and who can resit some gorgeous Japanese prints? Certainly not me!


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