The Best Things in Life are Free. Not just free once, but free twice. How come?
My Elizabeth fabric from Tula Pink came to me free in a blog giveaway. I was so pleased. I know some find Tula Pink too busy, bit like Kaffe Fassett, but I like it. I particularly loved the Elizabeth bundle I won. As I check the Tula fabric archive online, I see some of my Elizabeth fabric is actually Prince Charming fabric. Even better, every Elizabeth needs a Prince Charming.
And when I was looking for fabric for some secret sewing, that's right, more secret sewing, I found what I needed in my stash. The perfect chance to use the Elizabeth. So free, not just once but twice.
I have been told in my scrapbooking group I don't do budget. I must admit I do like the finer things in life, but I think I have been misrepresented. I don't so much do budget, but I do do frugal. (do do frugal, that sounds weird). I can make a very little go a long way. I stay in posh hotels, but I don't spend much day to day on holiday, apart from food and drink. And they don't count. Now the children have left home I don't buy supermarket meat, I go to the butcher . Its more expensive but more ethical, but I can make a roast last all week. I was going to say make a joint last all week, but I know how that would sound!
Anyhow, back to Elizabeth. I have finished my secret sewing. I am pretty pleased with it. I will show you next week when it has been, not so much handed over, but shared. I hope this doesn't give away the surprise too much, I never could hold my own water!
Back to frugal. I bought some Debbie Bliss eco yarn in Winchester in the spring. It was on sale so I bought half a dozen balls. I wish I had bought all of it, but I thought at the time that was a bit extravagant. What I bought cost me about £9 from memory. I knitted a friend's new grandson a ribbed sleeveless jumper from my library copy of Debbie Bliss classic baby knit.
I then started a baby cardigan for a baby that's expected. This is a free ravelry download, a garter yoke top down baby cardigan. I made the yoke a garter stripe, and here it is. Ta Da! A finish from my Finish A Long list no less. I also knitted a hat from one of my sister's many, many knitting magazines.
And there is still wool left. Not a lot, but most of the ball of white and about a quarter of the greenish ball. Now, my cousin has a new grandson this week. I was going to buy something, but the baby's mum has loads of friends, and a little boy already, so loads of tiny baby presents coming there already. The little hat knitted up so quickly I think I will knit a variety of hats. And the first one will be with the remnants of this wool. How does a hat for every day of the week sound? OK?
See, I do do frugal. Not bad all for less than a tenner! And its ecological and nice wool too.
As for my "real secret sewing" this week, it is coming on well too. Today was a lovely day, so basting in the garden was an option. All basted and ready to quilt. Wish I could show you.
And the 4 hats I knitted a couple of weeks ago? Well, that reunion weekend is over and done with as of today. So I can do the big reveal. I will do that tomorrow. This blog post is long enough already.
joining in with Molli Sparkles, Sunday Stash