Thursday, April 08, 2010


OK - be honest - I know you have ALL gotten some sort of stash from market in February. Imagine my dismay -  I ordered a few things from two different shops and thru circumstances that were unavoidable I guess - I am just now getting one order and have yet to receive the other order. 

I have been DYING to get Mrs. Waddelows huswif.  I had been dreaming of going into the Olde Green Cupboard and actually having a real excuse to peruse, fondle and drool on all the beautiful fabrics.  When they announced they were closing the store in March  - EGADS - what about my fabric for Mrs Waddelow - I had to scramble around on my IPhone and find Ellen's blog post giving the exact measurements of the amount of fabric needed to complete this project.  I am not a quilter so forgive me if I am not savvy with the lingo but I think what I chose was Moda fabrics from  Kansas Troubles  - in reviewing on line - I think maybe Kansas troubles is a designer for Moda and then there is a certain "line" name - sorry but that is what I don't know.  Whatever it's called - it's beautiful.  I am using Days Gone By linen and I had a special silk from Gloriana  that Anne dyed to match one of her multicolored silks.  I never used it and it seems to be perfect for this project.  It is similiar to Rosewood but not as dark.

I still can't get over the fact that the OGC is closing.  They were my source for BBD (among many other things)  and had even had Alma and Barb for a class two years ago. I also picked up Honeysuckle Manor and Winter Wonderland as final purchases. Here is a link to a huge article that ran on the front page of the business section a few days ago regarding the OGC closing

 I forgot to include WW in the photo.  Also in the recent stash enhancement package was Ann Rayner and some vintage basketweave to stitch her on and AMAP Alphabet Noir.  Can't wait to start Ann - after seeing Tanya's gorgeous version - I have been chomping at the bit to start this colorful beauty. I think I'll treat myself and do a birthday start on Ann.  A friend in my sampler guild was stitching Ann but said the overly bright colors bothered her and she had toned them down some.  I will probably do a mix of Belle Soie and AVAS on mine but I do intend to stitch the brights - I am thirsting for some color after a long drab winter here in NE FL.
Speaking of color - I joined an upcoming KAL at one of my favorite LYS - the Local Needle - scroll down and see a good photo of the Jellyfish bag.  How fun - I've never made a bag before and the construction on this one with the pleats intrigued me.  Plus I love Ty Dy cotton yarn but I don't prefer to knit garments with cotton.  In my quest for color - I picked up some beautiful Ty Dy last weekend and the mag needed for this KAL.  I've already started as I am not going to be able to make the KAL kick off next weekend.  Here is my start:
One last photo for today - In my quest for color these past few weeks - I ran across an almost finished project - The Ruffled Finchu shawl.  It was published in one of the knitting magazines several years ago but the design came from the lovely book called Victorian Lace Today.  Mine is done in Malabrigo lace weight yarn in the colorway called BlueLime.  This photo doesn't show much except the color - it is quite large and is a triangular shawl with an optional bell ruffle.  the ruffle was what attracted me to the design in the first place so once the triangular shape is completed - you pick up all around 3 sides and create the bell ruffle.  This was my car project for a couple of years and it finally got too big to drag around so I took it inside and it hit the black hole of UFO's in the wool room.    I was moving around a bunch of WIP's this week trying to make room for the primitive piece I bought from the OGC (I'll show you this soon I promise) and I found this lovely shawl.  So out it came into the knitting pile by my chair and last night I reacquainted myself with it and off I went.  It is a wonderful mindless project which I need at all times.  Not sure how taxing the bell ruffle will be but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog - I love hearing from you all and enjoy reading what you are up to in your needlework pursuits.


Margaret said...

Oh wow! I love the fabrics you chose for Mrs. Waddelow! And the fiber too! Did you know Ellen is designing some smalls to go with her? Can't wait to see them too! I love your stash - great taste! And your KAL project -- so pretty!

Loraine said...

Hi Mel,
Love your Kansas Troubles fabrics! Yes, that is the designer, and I don't know what line you are wanting, but all of her lines have a similar feel to them. So pretty.
Oh, I love your stash. Tanya has me drooling over many samplers! I really like the one you got. I was looking through her photo album this morning...That is a dangerous thing to do!
So sorry that OGC is going out of business. I really don't like hearing that word. To much of it lately!
Have a great rest of the week.

Jackie said...

I fell in love with the fabric all over again. Your picture looks so good!

The Ann Raynor Sampler is wonderful. Sparks my interest too. I'm looking forward to seeing the primitive piece in your woolroom. It's a wonderful piece and will fit in very nicely.

I'm looking for some Malabrigio Lace Weight in a color that is more me than what I just gave away on my blog. They have such beautiful colors and I really like what you're working with.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh wow those fabrics are great that you've picked for Mrs. Waddelow. Love your linen and fiber choice too.
Lots of good projects going on in FL.

Kim said...

Mel I LOVE your fabrics! They look like they are Jan Patek fabrics...her latest line is "Looking Back" and it revisits some great old prints! I would recognize her fabbies anywhere! Can't wait to see the huswife in all it's glory!!! And great stash haul! I was equally shocked to get the email saying OGC was closing!!??! WHA? That's too bad. :o( And of course I LOVE LOVE LOVE your knitting project!!! I haven't knitted a bag yet either....your yarn looks yummy!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I love the Mrs. Waddelow fabrics!! You got some awesome stash! Looks like you'll be a busy girl!

Deb said...

Oh drool - I just love the fabrics you chose for Mrs. Waddelow. And Ann Rayner - I think that Tanya has us all going crazy since she posted her finish. I know she got to me too and I've got all the stuff ready to start her too. Love your knitting projects too.

Will email you soon - I'm having a busy week with everyone being home for spring break.

Susan said...

I love the fabrics for Mrs. Waddelow! Kansas Troubles is my favorite line of fabric and I always gravitate to those bolts when I visit the quilt shop. The designer has a blog: Just my not-so-subtle attempt to lure you into quilting. You CAN use wool to make quilts, you know!

I did some market stashing, too. The Mary Allen (also known as Village Square sampler) really called to me. So did Chessie & Me's Strawberry Banke and The Workbasket's Memory Keeper. That'll give me plenty to stitch!

A Quilter Awakens said...

Please, please that is NOT Kansas Troubles fabric. It is "Looking Back" from Brannock and Patek. I know because Linda Brannock is my mother. Nothing against Kansas Troubles; I love their fabric too. Karmen

Karoline said...

I love the fabrics you've chosen for Mrs Waddelow and you've got some great stash.

I love the colours in shawl, looking forward to seeing more of it and the bag.

Jean in Georgia said...

So I had to go look up the Jellyfish bag.

Off to try to find my magazine...

Siobhan said...

What fantastic fabrics you chose, Melody! I love 'em. Jiminy crickets, I can't believe you're just getting your Market orders now! :P That's terrible.

I just received the linen to do Ann Rayner, too. I was going to use silks but think I'm going to do a mix of various threads I have here. I love the brights, too.

Love the knitting--great job!

Ranae said...

The fabrics are just gorgeous.
It's so sad to see a quilt/needleshop close.
I just received an order today from market and still waiting for one from the super bowl sale

Ellen said...


I love your fabrics for Mrs. Waddelow. You've got great taste! Maybe you'll have the project finished by the time I see you this summer.

Margaret is right--Mrs. W will be getting some accessories. I've just finished stitching the first set...the second set will be next year.

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Mel, great stash you picked up. I hope you love Ann in person. You might have to dig out your shades while you stitch her, she's a bright one. Have fun...I can't wait to see your progress.

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hi Melody, thank you for stopping at my blog and I am so happy to know that you are an EGA buddy! Hopefully we will meet soon at a meeting or workshop.

Your blog is lovely and I love the fact that you do multi artful things.


Jeanne said...

Gorgeous fabrics Melody- and you are right - Kansas Troubles produces various primitive-style lines for Moda. I see you're another who has got the Ann Raynor disease :) I have not given in yet but have seen several beautiful finishes of it. Your knitting is so beautiful - thank goodness I'm not very good at knitting or we'd be in the poor-house.....LOL

Bethany said...


I can't believe you are going to be working Ann Rayner. I just love mine. Like I have said before, you are so talented with everything you do. Thank you for sharing your life and love with all of us.