Sunday Stash

I don’t do these very often, since I try not to buy stash items every week.

Mostly I succeed. But there was a sale on at Spotlight yesterday, with 40% off all yarn and lots off a wide variety of fabrics.  So, yes, I succumbed. Not a huge surprise.

Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 5.40.04 PMThis is my yarn haul. Since I have no idea what I want to make, just that I liked the feel and the colour, I didn’t buy much. The big balls are 100% pure wool 8 ply, 100g each. The bluey/greeny/purply ones are a colour called Ocean, and the brown/purple/ orange/charcoal ones are Volcano. I’m interest to see what happens when they meet in one place!

Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 5.40.21 PMThe small balls are an acrylic/mohair/wool mix, in 50g balls. No colour name, just a number. But I couldn’t resist the sweet spring colours. You’d think the climate here would put me off yarn. Nope…

Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 5.40.41 PMThis is 90cm of pink and white patterned lawn, reduced from $15 a metre down to $4.50 a metre.  I could not resist. I’m thinking more hankies. There was a gorgeous black and white print, but still at the full price of $18 a metre. I didn’t buy any, but now I’m hankering for it.  It was a mid size print of ginkgo leaves in black and grey on a white background. Lovely!

Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 5.40.56 PMThese are fat quarters for an as-yet undecided project. You could get 5 FQs for $10, another bargain. I love these colours together; I think it’s going to be a couple of cushion covers or a table cloth. It’s not enough to make anything larger unless I start adding different colours which I don’t really want to do. That acid green is just brilliant – I can almost taste lemon drops!

Screen shot 2014-04-26 at 5.41.24 PMAnd finally, the white cambric broderie anglaise trim I’ll be using for my posh white nightie. I looked at lace and didn’t like any of it much – there was too much nylon and not enough cotton for my liking. This will be softer and less scratchy but will add a bit of girly detailing.  I’m going to make the shoulder straps and neck finish of white 1″ bias binding, and this will sit along the binding.

A break for some bartering

Something other than the Tree, just briefly.

As a new friend has recently remarked, “I’d never have believed the friendships that develop as a result of blogging”. It’s true!  I’ve had interesting, funny, sad, entertaining, educational and some downright harrowing ‘conversations’ in the blogosphere with people I have no hope of ever meeting, and with whom I have just a few things in common. But those things are important to both of  us, and so we talk about them. And despite all this technologically-enabled instantaneous communication, there’s still a need for snail mail.

Today I received a small parcel which I’ve been eagerly awaiting.  It contains my side of a global barter, a gift from Wales in return for a gift from Australia.  I’ve been following The Snail of Happiness , also known as Dr Jan Martin, for a while now, enjoying her views on the ethics of food, recycling, waste, ecology and permaculture, with a large side order of crochet and knitting.  At some stage, I headed her in the direction of The Diggers Club, an Australian heritage seed club, and offered to buy seeds on her behalf at club rates and send them to her.  In exchange, I proposed a barter rather than financial reimbursement:  four of her 6″ Masterpiece squares to make a cushion cover.

She is producing a Masterpiece as part of her studies, in the same way that apprentices and journeymen of old had to produce a Master-piece to demonstrate they were masters of their art.  Friends, correspondents and fellow bloggers are invited to participate (for more information, go here and read more about this project – be sure to check the links at the bottom, too). I have also sent her a square, made from hand dyed and spun Australian merino wool.  This act of participation, and her throwing open her project to friends and strangers, seems to me one of the best things about blogging.  We are brought closer by cooperation, friendship, fellow feeling and common interests, despite the enormous distances that separate us.

The four squares for the cushion front, and the fabric for border and back

The four squares for the cushion front, and the fabric for border and back

The 'quilting apron' and its new adornment

The ‘quilting apron’ and its new adornment

So, here are the squares I asked for – I particularly wanted snail shapes – plus a bonus square she has made for me from leftover yarns. The squares will become a handsome cushion, bordered and backed by a blue and white William Morris print. The bonus square, a sunflower, is going to adorn my ‘quilting apron’, a pretty utility belt originally intended for use in the garden and now enjoying a new lease of life. The green of the border is exactly the right colour to go with the suede front panel.  Every time I see it, I shall remember the Snail of Happiness, and it adds beauty to utility, my favourite combination.

Thank you, Jan!