On Friday, while most of the Spiders knitted, I perused the bolts of fabric at Brooklyn General.
And the yarn.
Yeah, ummmm, urmmmm, it was on sale. And I already have a pattern lined up for it. Alert readers might remember that I've knit this sweater before. They would be right (and very good at remembering things). I loved knitting it so much that I'm going to do it again! But this time I'll knit the thing in the round. I've been wanting to do an adult raglan-sleeve sweater in the round for some time.
Okay, now that you've read my justification, let's get back to the fabric. I just didn't find anything I really, really liked at BG--or at least nothing that I liked for shirts. There were many great skirt fabrics, and I anticipate that I'll go back there some time in the spring to stock up.
For the most part the repeats were too big for shirt-use (in my opinion). I was worried that, with my middling sewing skills, I wouldn't know how to properly adjust the pattern's cutting layout to work with those big repeats. And I knew that if I didn't match things perfectly, I would be disappointed.
You might be thinking "If the repeat were large, but random enough, it wouldn't matter." And you would be right. Thing is, I didn't find anything I loved. So, the search continues.
In preparation for this post, I searched a little bit over at ReproDepot. I'm a big fan of this store, but being that I'm in NYC (and have the entire Garment District at my disposal) it seems silly to buy online this time. But it's a great source for ideas. If it comes down to rushing over to Purl Patchwork one night before it closes, or making a leisurely purchase from the living room sofa, I might just take the sofa.
Anyway, so what do I like?
So far, I'm mightily taken by natural forms (all photos were saved to my own server before posting):
And teeny flowers:
And twigs (but $16.95 a yard--oh my.)
Finally, there's the stuff that I ain't got no business buying. Merimekko. I dearly love these prints, but they just won't work for what I need. For that matter, for what are they suited? Upholstery?
And then there are the silly things:
Cute, but I might save that for a skirt.