Time for an update

12 06 2008

Been back from TNNA for a couple days now. The trip went really well and was a lot of fun. Driving there went well. We took our time and tried to stop at a few yarn shops on the way. The first one, Colorful Stitches, was closed on vacation, the second and third were non-existent and the fourth one, Indigo Yarn (somewhere in New York State), finally, was open.

TNNA in itself was really impressive. It was huge and there were tons of celebrities around! I got to see Cat Bordhi, Norah Gaughan, Kristin Nicholas and Stephanie Japel, talk to Cookie, Stephanie McPhee and Anne (Knitspot). I wasn’t part of the “in” crowd so didn’t get to do the fun things that you might have seen around the blogs. But it was fun nonetheless and now I know what to look forward to next year! We got lots of new yarns and accessories for the store and got to see lots of interesting things. So it definitely was a great trip overall. An hour into the drive back to Massachusetts, our AC broke down… We drove for over 10 hours in 90+°F with the windows down, lets just say it’s not an experience I would like to do again.

I was able to do a bit of knitting while traveling and was able to finish the 2 socks I had been working on. The first one was my Noro Kureyon Sock.

1st Noro Kureyon Sock finished

I’m really pleased at how it came out and plan to knit the second sock exactly the same. Hopefully the yarn will cooperate with me!

The second sock I finished was the Rococo sock in O-Wool Classic 2-ply.

1st Rococo Sock finished

This one was fun to knit and looks really awesome. Anne is really a great designer!

Before leaving for the show I really wanted to do some sewing, especially after seeing Alyson‘s new bag (scroll down a bit)!. A while back I had bought this fabric to make Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bag.

Fabrics for Frenchy bag

I finally got around to cutting up the pieces and sewing it up just before leaving for the show. I was even sewing the night before instead of packing! The result of all this hard work was this:

Frenchy Bag by Amy Butler

It’s a fairly small bag (I made the handbag rather than the shoulder bag) but it’s really cute. I will be making the shoulder bag next time though! The fabric I used is by Timeless Treasures fabric, the Wasabi collection. I really loved those prints together, although it doesn’t really match anything I own.

Here’s a shot of the inside:

Frenchy Bag - inside

I’m quite pleased with the final product. It was a bit fiddly at times but it came out pretty good.

That’s all for now. More in a few days!

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11 responses

12 06 2008
turtlegirl76

Cool bag! I just learned how to use my sewing machine. God help me when I find Amy Butler fabric in person.

13 06 2008
Carol

That bag is stunning!! Hey, how many stitches did you cast on for the Noro sock? I’ve got a skein sitting in stash and was wondering if it will stripe appropriately.

13 06 2008
Chris

Yikes about the AC – that would give me flashbacks to horrific childhood vacations… That Noro sock is gorgeous… I’ll cross my fingers about the yarn cooperating for sock #2! 🙂 Did you see Franklin’s post about TNNA? SO funny.

13 06 2008
Jill

Love the bags — you should sell them

13 06 2008
Melissa

Very cute bag. Love your fabric choices! I hope you weren’t knitting the Noro sock while driving in the 90 degree heat!

13 06 2008
Annette

Super cute bag! I love the fabrics. Glad you had fun at TNNA. Sorry to hear about the a/c breaking. Ugh!

16 06 2008
Becky

I love all the sewing you do. The results are always so cute. You know, I have a birthday coming up… Hee!

16 06 2008
Jewel

Cute bag! Thats makes me want to sew something. I really like your sock out of the Noro.

18 06 2008
Ariel

Cute bag! And (as always) awesome socks. The Rococo sock is so pretty and delicate-looking, and the Noro is, well, Noro-liscious.

18 06 2008
elizabeth

i LOVE that noro sock!!!! the bag is gorgeous too – it’s on my list to make once i sharpen my sewing skills. 🙂

20 06 2008
Debby

What a pretty bag! It would make a great project bag too. It could coordinate with a larger handbag.

TNNA sounded like great fun, though the drive without AC was vicious! Yikes.

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