Recent Finds

I met up with Denny at the Textile Museum’s “More than just a yardage sale” on Friday and found some great stuff! See previous years’ haul posts here and here!

Usually the sale is held partly in the building and partly in tents in the adjacent parking lot – but the lot was filled with huge production vehicles, probably for the Suicide Squad movie filming here. They moved the whole sale inside and it was INSANE. If you’ve ever been before, you know that it’s already a crowded affair. It was even worse inside! But people are (mostly) polite and want to work together to keep the cash line moving and such.

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Fewer purchases than previous years, but I have more fabric than time to sew, so…

flannel

Wool-ish plaid flannel, a little over 2m.

crinkle

Crinkly cotton, nearly 4m – more than enough for a dress! Maybe lined with voile since it’s a little sheer? (Look at me, talking about making dresses like I’ve ever sewn a successful one.)

jersey

Jersey, 2m! I’m always on the lookout for decent jersey. This one has a bit of a slub to it, feels like it might be wool.

plaid

Fun plaid – I didn’t notice this pulled section until I took it out to photograph, but I can work around it. The fabric is nice and light, maybe for a tank top?

silk

Oooh pretty silk.

linings

A couple of lining fabrics, because I always forget to buy them and then obviously I don’t have it when I want it! It’s pretty difficult to discern the type of fabric, but I tried to pick ones that had a good drape and smoothness and weren’t too crunchy.

otherstuff

Other bits – a little bit of Aida, an assortment of buttons (there was one real mother of pearl button in there along with the plastic ones!), a roll of ribbon and a tin. It does have the ‘decorative cams’ inside (for a sewing machine) but I really just bought it for the tin!

newlens

Then on Saturday I went to check out a yard sale up the street, and got this Sigma lens for $30! It doesn’t autofocus with my camera body, but that’s okay. I should probably practice my manual focusing, for fun at least.

marigold

Preliminary testing indicates nice photos! Happy marigolds.

So, a consumption-y post for sure, but at least everything is from a previous home. I’m usually pretty bad at finding cool things at the thrift shop, yard sales, on the street (and have friends who are awesome at it), so it was really pretty satisfying to come up with some gems this time.

Five Days of Vancouver

My pattern sale ends tonight! Stock up for sweater and gift season, new patterns are coming soon!

Lots of photos ahead! A quick recap of our trip to Vancouver.

Day 0 (travel day): arrived exhausted in the evening and had Ramen Jinya near the hotel – yum!

Day 1: Quick breakfast at the coffee shop by the hotel, beautiful boat ride with Dale’s aunt and uncle around the harbour and False Creek, homemade pizza dinner at their house with their gorgeous dogs, fireworks over English Bay with a bazillion other people.

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Vancouver 2014

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Day 2: Waffles at Le Petit Belge, walk across the Cambie bridge, bus out to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Cab to Granville Island where we had some lunch at Tony’s Fish and Oyster and wandered around. Dinner was sushi with a friend who’s moved out to Vancouver, it was lovely to catch up.

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Vancouver 2014

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Day 3: breakfast at Finch’s Tea and Coffee (super delicious), bus to Stanley Park for a trip to the Aquarium, then a walk around a bit of the park. We had some takeout from the H-Mart in our hotel room for lunch, and went out to Cactus Club in Yaletown for dinner.

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Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

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Day 4: Breakfast at Gutenberg’s cafe by the library, a loooong bus/travel saga (there was an accident on the bridge, so we had to bus back down and take the SeaBus instead) to Grouse Mountain. We had some lunch at the cafe and admired the view. Dinner of delicious takeout sushi from Tsuki sushi bar.

grouse mountain

Mount Baker

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Day 5: Yummy breakfast at Nosherie then the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was awesome! There was a Douglas Coupland exhibit and Lost in the Memory Palace, which I had actually seen part of before, in Edinburgh. Lunch was at Meat&Bread (a grilled cheese and a porchetta sandwich), then we walked through Gastown and got Japadog for dinner.

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Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Vancouver 2014

Very last outing of the trip was a walk to fancy bakery Thierry for macarons, a croissant, and tea. Then over to English Bay for another fireworks display! It was a lovely end to a great trip.

thierry

a leap day FO

Happy Leap Day! Doing anything special today? Me, I’m staying home with my yarn and chores. Not very exciting, but productive!

I finished this scarf for my fella awhile ago, but since he’s been wearing it every day I haven’t had much of a chance to take photos of it. He had a plain black acrylic scarf before, which is pretty shameful for the partner of a knitter. Last week on Family Day (Presidents’ Day in the US) we took a nice long walk through High Park and I took a few snaps.

dale's wave scarf

wave scarf

dale's wave scarf

dale's wave scarf

Pattern: my own
Yarn: 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Tart, yum!

It was a really lovely walk. We even watched a couple of swans fly around then do an awesome water landing on the pond.

grenadier pond