Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vacation & Fashion

I find that I am becoming more and more interested in fashion.
The nice thing about that is that it allows me to visit many fun shops with vintage and vintage inspired clothing.

This is Donna's Dress Shop.
They had a nice vintage selection and some lovely small designer dresses.
I got 2 things here that you will see a bit later.

Lisa, my KC pal, also took me to Bon Bon atelier.
It felt like home.
There were artist made items, fabric, books and the shop-keep was knitting a sock.

In case you were wondering what the pink/purple thing on the ceiling is... its a roving ball of yarn with giant knitting needles. I love the wallpaper that is on the coved ceiling too.
I got the work book from here and one other thing I can't tell you about.
It is a house warming gift for one of my friends.

This is the vintage inspired dress that I got from Donna's. It's all one piece and I really love the pencil skirt.

Now this top is a true vintage find. It fits really well every where but the arms. So I'm going to have to take them out a little bit. There is also one other problem. I want to wear this with a cute brown or black skirt. But I don't have one that I like with it.

But I think this pattern from CraftyPlanet should solve that.
I'll have to let you all know how my adventures in sewing go.

So that's my vacation. I wish it was longer and shorter all at the same time.
It was great getting to see everyone and be away from the house, but boy where there things that I would have like to work on here.

The grass is always greener right :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vacation = shopping?

When I go on vacation there are a few things that happen.
There is shopping, but not just any shopping.
Only things that you can't find in your home town are aloud to be purchased.

So when it comes to fiber... you have to go looking for LYSs.

This shop is Urban Arts and Crafts.
It was very cute and well put together. They had a bit of everything. It took me a while to find the yarn under all of it. Though they did have twice as much yarn as the other craft items.

I also found a cat there.
Her name was Annie. She had a little note on her basket that warned children to leaver her be. But I got to pat her on the head.

This shop, Florilegium,was the exact opposite of the modern every craft store.
I loved the wall of yarn jars. I might just have to display some of my yarn that way.

They also had tons of ribbons, beads and edging. I kinda wanted to steal the stained glass windows they had in hanging and leaning against their windows.

I haven't knit with any of the souvenir yarn yet.

I did get a lot of knitting done even with a 5year old wanting a lot of attention.

There was knitting by the pool...

I even got to knit in the car on the ride home.

I'm working now on my second sock. Its the Skew from Knitty.
I was skeptical at first. The sock starts to vear away from the toe very quickly. But it all worked out in the end. Sometimes trusting the pattern is the right thing to do.
Though I didn't switch down to smaller needles like it wanted me to for the ribbing. I was worried that the already snug sock wouldn't get over my heel if the top ribbing got to small.

It was a good thing I just stuck with my 1s. The left sock fits perfectly.

(to be continued....)