Friday, April 15, 2011

Vintage Pattern Finds

I was so excited to make purchases yesterday at two of my favorite sites. There is always a balance of waiting to decide which patterns I want the most, which sites have the patterns at the best price, and when to make the leap before the patterns are gone.

This month I won some and lost some. I lost some vintage Barbie sports weight patterns. They were a little more expensive than I wanted to pay, but they are hard to find. I was disappointed about that. However, in waiting I found a batch of historical 15" doll patterns that were much less expensive. As I have mentioned many times, there are always tradeoffs when you wait. You can lose out, but you can also save money when you find the same item at a better price.

This month I focused on building my afghan pattern library. I want some pretty, but simple patterns to make. I love the look of the more complicated patterns, but I know I lack the patience to make the blocks and sew them all together. I will however, have a real shot at finishing a ripple blanket that changes colors, but requires no sewing of multiple pieces when the item is completed.

I found some holiday patterns and some patterns for Mom, as her birthday and Mother's Day are both around the corner. She has been enjoying the vintage doll and toy patterns.

The 15" doll projects did not progress as far as I expected at this point. My hope is when I get past the afghan phase I am in, I will return to dolls and toys. I will have quite the collection to complete. I am hoping the outfits will work well with homeschooling lessons that the child who receives the doll will be studying. I have some historic patterns for Barbie, but the majority of patterns are thread. The 15" Fibre Craft patterns I have been finding use worsted weight yarn. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I am always happier with the heavier yarns.

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