Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sunshine and Fabric

Yesterday I popped (30 miles) to Abakhan Fabrics for the first day of their sale. I got there about 10ish but it was already busy, I was amused to notice a number of abandoned husbands sitting in the sunshine by the coffee shop, most of them seem settled in for the morning with crosswords underway, Abakhan is not a place you visit quickly. My day was already off to a good start before I even arrived as I met the postman on my way out and he handed over my eagerly awaited Hustle Bustle Pattern and an Amy Butler pattern. I headed straight for the special offer hut, and snatched up a couple of meters of lovely scarlet jersey fabric for about 75pence per metre. Looks like there will be a lot of red T shirts in this family's future. Then I went to the "by weight" remnants department, there are always treasures to be found here and I had to take a deep breath and restrain myself at one point. As more and more people arrived I began to get a little panicky and was actually hiding things I couldn't carry/make my mind up on in fear that someone else might have them instead, I know it sounds crazy but things can get a little nasty in there, you should never, ever leave your choices unattended.... I am really pleased with everything I got and actually have intentions for pretty much all of it, well maybe not the polka dot cord but how could I refuse polka dots?

Friday night saw me already getting to work on the Hustle, in fact I finished it off this morning but I will post properly on that tomorrow.

We have had much warmth and sunshine for the last couple of days and one of my more popular Abakhan purchases was a hammock. You see it here being put to good use this morning, Dylan and Tilly used sticks as oars and went sailing down the Amazon.

Tilly soon realised she may as well let Dylan do the work.

Later there was even time for a little hammock knitting. I think this was money very well spent.


Anonymous marjorie said...

Hi, I linked to you from Kitty Cafe. I like your knitting and especially your baking! I live in Ontario, Canada and I'm a music teacher and artist. Feel free to browse my website. I knit, mostly socks. Nice to meet you and I will visit you again.

Sunday, July 02, 2006 1:03:00 pm  
Blogger Miss Twiss said...

What better to do on a lovely summer day than fabric shopping, sewing, sailing and knitting in a hammock. What fun!

Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:19:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

What a lovely colored hammock! That makes it even more inviting, doesn't it?
On a another subject--I started birch. Okay, I must be a knitting idiot because I cast on the required 299 stitches(!) but every row, I end up with either not enough or too many stitches at the end of the row! What am I doing wrong?

Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:20:00 pm  
Blogger opportunityknits said...

That hammock looks like the most fun thing! Be careful about falling asleep in the sun. I remember a girl who did that once and she was red only on one side for a long while.

Monday, July 03, 2006 8:59:00 am  
Blogger Alice said...

What lovely fabrics. How I wish there was a shop like that within a radius of 30 miles of my home.

Looking forward to your bustle skirt!

Monday, July 03, 2006 3:31:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

Hammocks rock! No, really. I love ours. Is that the Liverpool Abakhan fabrics, or a different branch? I have to avoid it whenever I'm up visiting the family or else I spend an absolute fortune on huge chunks of fabric from the bargain basement. Inevitably I forget to unfold and check them, then when I get them home I discover strange stains or holes across the middle... Still, I've had a lot of bargains from them, but I know what you mean, it can get a bit intense with much tactical use of bad glares and sharp elbows! Meanwhile poor hubby is looking like a pack mule under the weight of fabric...

Monday, July 10, 2006 5:45:00 pm  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

I have so much fabric piled up from Abakhan visits!!! Especially from the by weight section! I use a couple of yards and find I still have 5 'cheap as chips' yards left over. I have picked up Designer's Guild stuff there - its so good. It was so useful last year when I was making a wedding dress and was able to experiment with a whole roll of netting for £8 before egoing on to the £30 a metre silk tulle!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:28:00 pm  

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