Friends, it’s been a while! I had various out-of-town visitors staying with me every single weekend since mid-March up until the last weekend in April. My free time has been spent entertaining, preparing for a major move (again!), and very far away from the sewing room which has been good in many ways. I do have some FOs to show you on both the sewing and knitting fronts but I’ve been delinquent with picture-taking so I thought I’d ease back into things with my latest make: blankets for a couple of new wee babes born this spring.
All rolled up and ready to be gifted
For these simple blankets, I used two pieces of quilting cotton and a piece of batting for each one. Everything was cut 36” square and there was not fussing with binding: just layer your front and back pieces right sides facing each other, place the batting on top of these two pieces, and sew around the perimeter leaving 4” on one side. Flip right side out at the opening and then seal the deal by edge stitching the opening and, while you are at it, the entire perimeter as well for a more polished look. You may want to run some quilting lines as well, like I did on both of these. Easy, right? Well, not so fast. Initially I mistakenly sandwiched my batting between the pieces of quilting cotton and had to promptly unstitch all four sides when it became evident that after flipping right side out the batting would actually be showing on the outside. Duh!
For the baby girl: an army of Japanese dolls backed in purple.
The best part about this project is the fabulous store where the fabric and batting came from: Ewe Knit*. This place has got to be Toronto’s best kept secret. The yarn selection is vast, well organized, and exceptionally well curated. I have been known to order yarn from the U.S. because even after shipping charges are factored in, it tends to be cheaper than purchasing in Canada. Well, that is no longer the case because yarn is so well priced at Ewe Knit that getting stuff from the U.S. is no longer more affordable.
For the baby boy: foxes at play backed in polka-dots.
The only drawback to this fabulous store is that it has become an absolute dangerous place for me to visit. You see, as of a few months ago they expanded their inventory to include lovely quilting cottons, thread, buttons, and all the notions you may need for quilting. And then, in March, they brought in their first order of Liberty Tana Lawn. They also carry Victory Patterns and rumour has it that they will soon carry Deer & Doe patterns as well. You guys, I’m on a Stash Diet and this place is a five minute walk from my house – talk about sweet temptation!
If you do not live in Toronto but would like to
get in on the action, fear not: in addition to the brick and mortar shop Ewe Knit also has an online store
. On orders of more than $110 they offer very affordable flat shipping rates (only $10 to the U.S. and Canada), and if you get carried away and order more than $110, shipping is always free. Recently the store introduced a loyalty system
so that you get 5% back on all of your purchases and the good news is that this system is also extended to online customers. Go on, check them out
, you know you want to!
And on that note, I have a piece of Liberty** to attend to on my cutting table. Pictures of some more interesting FOs coming soon. That’s a promise.
*Yes I bought fabric, but because these are gifts the fabric purchase is outside the scope of the Stash Diet.
** I may or may not also have bought some Liberty from Ewe Knit, which may have gone against my Stash Diet pledge. Ooops!