in which earthchick demonstrates her amazing ability to pay no attention to important details
Allow me to interrupt my string of knit fiascos with a sewing one.
So I wanted to make a Scalloped Blanket (from Bend the Rules) to go with the Baby Surprise Jacket and booties I am making for our Administrative Assistant. The yarn I am using is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in Green Apple (a color exclusive to Angelika’s, which is where I always buy my Lorna’s Laces. Y’alll, Angelika is AWESOME. I once purchased some yarn on a Saturday morning, and it arrived in my mailbox on Monday afternoon – $5 priority shipping. I swear one of these days, I am going to receive my yarn from her before I actually purchase it!). So anyway, I wanted to make a blanket that would coordinate with the lovely lime green, light-to-sunny yellows, creams, and taupe in the yarn. I thought I’d like to do a lime green print that had yellow and light brown accents on one side, and then maybe a taupe flannel on the back. I found the perfect fabric on reprodepot.
That’s right – I ordered canvas to make a baby blanket out of. How on earth did I miss that detail? I thought all the fabric I was ordering was 100% cotton. It is. 100% cotton canvas. And you know what really sucks? This sweet little Japanese print cost me $9 a half yard. Oof.
But it gets worse. Inspired by Nova’s horizontally-striped easy lap quilt (also from Bend the Rules), I decided I’d like to make quilts for my boys, who turn 4 next month. Little Buddha actually helped me pick a couple of the fabrics – all from the “folk tales” section of the children’s section of reprodepot. My boys love fairy tales, and I thought it would be fun to make a storytime-themed quilt (plus, it would make them less likely to always be fighting over using MY quilt!).
Little Buddha was quite taken with the Jack-in-the-Beanstalk fabric, as was I. I also found this super-cute Gingerbread Man fabric (another obsession of his), as well as a Goldilocks and the Three Bears fabric and a general “fairy tales” fabric (Little Red Riding Hood, Puss-in-Boots, etc.) which I was going to use for the back. I thought I’d get solids in lime green, red, and a third yet-to-be-determined color (possibly bright blue).
But guess what, again? Half of these fabrics are canvas as well. ARGH. And they’re the cutest ones – the Jack-in-the-Beanstalk and the Gingerbread Man. I am SO disappointed.
So. I’ve already picked out alternate fabric (from Joann’s) for the Scalloped Blanket. But I’m back to the drawing board for the other two prints for the lap quilt. And now I’m taking suggestions. What would you make with canvas fabric (1 yard each)? I don’t want to do tote bags, I don’t think. I’ve thought of messenger bags (with this print fabric as an accent). A friend mentioned aprons for the boys, which I thought was a fantastic idea. Would this fabric work as a bucket hat? What else do you make with canvas? I just thought I’d make myself a whole list of options, so that I won’t feel so bad for having struck out with the quilt. Then when I get the chance (and the inspiration) to make something from canvas, I’ll be all set.
Also, the little honey bear fabric I’m probably not going to use for anything. If anyone out there wants to trade for it, I’m wide open.
* now back to my previously scheduled knitting fiascos *