I first saw Liberty of London fabrics on the Purl Bee. The Purl Bee, if you don’t know it, is the project web site for a fabric and yarn shop in New York called Purl Soho. They are luscious fabrics. Florals, but for some reason they don’t feel as granny-ish as so many florals do. Maybe it’s because they are used in such contemporary projects, for example, this picnic set. Maybe it’s because they color combinations aren’t necessarily “pretty” but have a more modern flair. Maybe it’s because it’s $38 a yard, and Grandma was no money-spending fool.
Wednesday night I met with my once-a-month-on-Wednesday-night knitting group. Kara told us about her great LoL haul. (She wasn’t kidding, check the blog post.) And it’s all gorgeous. And Heidi was wearing a great scarf from the same line. I don’t want to say I’m suggestible, but the first thing I did this morning was run to Target and check out the goods.
Trick is, the goods were mostly gone. The shirts that were left were generally not styles that are attractive on me, for a host of reasons, and there was only one scarf left. It was an attractive print, but the fabric was a cotton just about the weight of an oft washed quilting cotton. Cute as the pattern was, it didn’t strike me as the sort of thing that wears comfortably or attractively.
And then I had to leave Target, for I understood something. I am susceptible to advertising, but I am three times as susceptible to friends’ recommendations. And while there are a number of lovely items in this line, aside from the mugs which generally stand on their own, almost nothing in this line goes with anything in my life. While I don’t have much of a home design sensibility, I’m pretty sure that even non-granny florals don’t really fit into my current lifestyle or decorating scheme, such as it is.
So there you have it. I’m currently free of Liberty. Now I just need to make sure that no one tells me about any yarn sales. But that’s a post for tomorrow.