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Monday, September 25, 2006

A 'Novel' Idea.

Yes, I know, sad title for this post really but applicable. Actually got out of the studio Saturday evening and went to a book launch to support our neighbour David More who has just finished his first novel 'The Eastern Door'.

After wine and nibbles, catching up with some old friends and much book signing, Dave gave a lovely speech and then gave us three readings, including a passage from a future book. This is a book about the early days of Northern New York State (well, 1700's) and our protagonist is an idealisitc young man from Ireland who comes to this neck of the woods after some conflict in the old country.

I'm looking forward to digging into this, perhaps over the winter when my work load eases some and I can keep my eyes open when not knitting or doing a show. It promises
'history, military strategies and romance' and has it's roots in the history of that time and place.

Welcome to the neighbourhood, Dave, as another artisan toiling away behind clapboard and/or limestone walls.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Little Ladies

I just wrote all this, clicked something WRONG and have to write it all over again...sheesh.

Well, this is about my day off after the semimar. My other half had spied a yard sale headed 'Seamstress Quits' in the paper and was then heading downtown to the Sunday Antique Market.

At the former I found 'Mabel' a well used sponge dress form (great for pinning) and decided she needed a second career. The seastress in question turned out to be an old family friend so it was meant to be.

The latter found me glomming on to two tiny mannequins which (I'm sure) had my name on them. Cash poor from the trip and Mabel, husband chipped in and they are now mine.

I guess I'll have to name them...hmmmm...Judi & Punch! Jill & Jill?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bonnie's Last M Knitting Blast!

Road Trip!!!! Three women, one red car and a machine knitting seminar, the Bonnie Triola seminar, to get to. We arrived to late to find a bottle of wine to relax after the long road trip so I dug out some chai tea bags and we hit the hay.

A busy first day, getting registered, breakfast, hunting down fruit then deciding which classes to attend.... Mary Anne Oger won out with her 'The Necks Best Thing' (I always learn something from her) ... and on we went to other classes and to lunch too.

I was a bit bored in the afternoon and took off seeking that bottle of wine for the girls and just to get outside...I guess I spend too much time inside my studio. Rose went for a run, I for a swim, Sonja chilled and we were good to go for the evening of dinner and the fashion show, and this year I had brought five cardigans out of stock.

Well, the best part of the seminar was the other women, talking shop, connecting. renewing friendships, did I mention talking shop? Discussing machines, yarn, computer programs, designing, studio time and on and on. Meeting new people and finding out what they are all about, where they're coming from, what they know and where their talents lie..... I love that part so much.

Carol introduced me to Joyce who's Yarn Collage class I had taken, we talked about their fashion careers. I found out that since I last saw her Carol was working with Susan Lazear of Cochenille Garment Designer and talked about how many more folk are using it and we need more tuition.

Well, pictured above are the Two J's Judith and Jackie in their versions of my "Robin" design (they looked fab!!!) and then Sonja and Rose ready to hit the 'runway' in their colourful knits.

Now we're looking forward to next year.... two more hours drive in Cleveland as that's where the new owner Sue Jaloweic lives... I'll drive it!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Socks Apeal or New Socks.

Thank heaven for junk or 'yard sale' stores and the husbands who frequent them. My husband goes out, I don't know where he is (he works at home) but he comes home with the faint odor of... no, not perfume, not booze but mildew from rooting through these establishments! Today he came home with a pile of neat stuff and one of the old knitting patterns was this one for 'New Socks'.

This pattern is from Patons and Baldwins and was 'especially designed' for the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto by a Mrs. N. Jarvis Allen. It lookes like it was done in the what looks like the '40's... there's no date on the pattern. The two styles are called 'Grandstand' where I have seen the Blue Jays, a rodeo and the Beach Boys, and the 'Midway' where I have staggered more than once vowing to stick to the mild 'ghost train' after spending too much time upside down spinning in the air miles (well... seemed like it)over the fairground.

The yarn to be used was P & B 'Patonised' wool. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows what that is!

The keen thing about these socks is that they are knit flat, working the upper, patterned part of the sock then working the toe, foot, heel and back leg afterwards and attatching.

Inside it says 'Patent Pending'.... as this is the first time I've seen this way of knitting socks... well... I don't think it ... well ... 'took'. The upper part is knit from the back of the leg, around the front and over the instep then around to the back of the leg again. The foot has a panel that goes up between the two edges of knitting forming a closing panel at the back of the leg.

There's just something satisfying about going round and round and round and round on those four needles.....