I'm not going to repeat my EPIC RANT that I like to give people about how quilting fabric collections aimed at people making for kids enforce incredibly rigid gender roles (it's really an EPIC rant, it's kind of fun except for the part where my feminist rage is usually met by blank eyed boredom). However, I do like to give kudos when people produce fabrics that AREN'T rant worthy. This is my favourite new quilting fabric, and if it weren't £12/m + ludicrous P&P to get it, I'd buy tons of the stuff:
GIRL PIRATES. I love the captain and the cat staring at each other, and the girls with swords and maps and just. Yes. Adorable AND not rant worthy. It's Sarah Jane for Michael Miller, and it's from the brand new Out To Sea Collection. I think this comes in three colours, but once I saw the price on my local suppliers I stopped pretending I was going to buy some, I'm afraid. If I make it out to the US (where it's literally half the price, as always) in the next 6 months, I'll see if I can get some then.
In other news:
1. I am finally back in the bag-making groove and I finished a clutch! I'll post more about it this weekend when I have photos and it's up on my shop.
2. I took advantage of an offer on Craftsy to buy the brand new Beginner Serging class. I am not totally convinced by the Craftsy thing, but I feel like I need something as I don't know what I am doing with my overlocker at all, really, and none of the books I've found online have really grabbed me. I don't think I would have gone down the Craftsy route if I'd had to pay full price (£25? No.) But I got it for £9.50, which is only the price of an actual book, so it was a decent price for a video. I doubt I will be making any of the additional projects though -- though I will definitely make the stitch book.
3. Not at all relatedly, since I haven't even started the Crafsty videos, I managed to get my overlocker to do four thread ... something stitch. I don't know. It's the one you use to make seams in knits anyway. \o/ As soon as my ball point overlocker needles arrive I am ALL SET and can make my first knit top in seriously the most VILE knit floral known to humankind, which I bought specifically for this purpose.
4. If I had all the money in the world (which I plan to, by winning £80m on the lottery on Friday) I would get pretty much all the Jalie knit top patterns. I did that thing where I went through and just put everything I wanted in the "shopping basket" in the UK retailer that sells it, and then when I got to the end of the Jalie list, looked at how much it was: £106. Why is my appetite for patterns so much larger than my bank account? :(
5. Also, I'd buy a LOT of Style Arc patterns, except dear god, postage AND you have to pick a single size. I'm doubtful.