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Monday, October 30, 2006

Tools!!! Gott 'em!



How wonderful is this? Ebay finally found, in their lovely search facility, the tools I have been seeking for months! (See May 5th's post) Pictured above are the ones I craved though a couple of others came in the 'lot' that I don't need or cannot use.

I move large bunches of stitches at once in my designs and I would rather do it all at once and the 7pronger just doesn't cut it (love it though I do). Now I have my pick and the ones with 10 prongs on one end and 12 on the other are fab!

..heaven, I'm in heaven... OK so I'm a cheap date!

Weekend Machine Knitting Workshop



OK, too long since I posted, not that I haven't had anything happen, just, perhaps, too much happening that kept me away from this segment of cyber space!

I had a weekend workshop in my studio and though I only had two who could make it on that particular weekend, and I like to have three or four, I went ahead with it anyway. The two who graced my studio with their presence are good friends and just went to the last Erie BonnOK, too long since I posted, not that I haven't had anything happen, just, perhaps, too much happening that kept me away from this segment of cyber space!

I had a weekend workshop in my studio and though I only had two who could make it on that particular weekend, and I like to have three or four, I went ahead with it anyway. The two who graced my studio with their presence are good friends and just went to the last Erie Bonnie Triola seminar so I though they should steep themselves in machine knitting while stuff was stiff active in their thoughts.

We had a great time but I brooked no argument. Rose was told to bring her own machine though I have the exact same on in my studio.... hers needed a workout and she needed to get to know her machine...not mine! She thanked me and I felt better about making her pack it up and lug it across town.

Sonja brought just about everything she could think of from home in Toronto (including several books, two machines and various parts, umpteen cones of yarn and a bottle of excellent home made sherry!!!)

Rose made a sweater (or most of it) that we had chosen from a past Machine Knitting News and Sonja made one we designed in Garment Designer. This invoved swatch making and measuring, experimenting with different tensions with their chosen yarn, then getting rolling and ploughing on. As they are relatively newbies I was happy to be able to give them as much attention as possible. I want more machine knitters on this planet!!

In the photos you can see the effort (Rose) and fun (Sonja) that was had!!! I'm planning another in the Winter but I think it's filled!!! More MKers!!!!! Yeah!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Studio Tour

Well, it's Studio Tour time here again in Kingston and there is a quiet spot after our lunch so I thought I'd post.

Bucketed down this morning and we despaired having anyone brave the elephants to come out.... then we found ourselves knee deep in visitors. Now the sun is out and a much nicer time to wander from the car to the studio....

... opps! People... gotta go!

PS Location 15 on the map, stop by!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Steph's Amazing Needles




Just so cool... my neighbour's sister in England has been doing some fibre art/knitting/college project thingy in 'Here Gallery' called, I think, 'Twisted: Knitting on the Edge' in Bristol that I just find neat to look at. I got sent some pictures of her giant needles and of Steph working that I just had to share.

Amazing when you let your imagination just run away with you... in knitting week in Britain!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Random Act of Kindness!

Well, I know it was planned, Brianne told me so, but it was so significant! Brianne Begani is in sales at the One of a Kind Chicago Show which happens in December and is one of the key contact person at the show.

Anyway, Friday.... I'm mired in work, it's been a funny year. I've missed the mark on one or two (or so) fits and though the garments have been carefully worked on and are perfect in every other way I have to alter or remake. Other stuff which made taking any time off over the Summer impossible and now I'm full tilt into fall and the lead up to the three shows left and to get the best return from them to get me through the Winter... and we've had a new roof put on the house I really feel like a starving artist..... Brianne calls.


I won't go into details but I never forget the kindnesses shown me by the folks at this US version of the long lived Canadian show and this day, especially Brianne to whom I'm old enough to be a Mother. We had a great chat, she listened to what I had to say and a few of my gripes and a giggle or two (I think I was laughing at my frailties) but when we hung up I realized I've never received a call like that from the Canadian show and the closest I got to personal attention was from long gone Marty who, for his faults, was a people person. I felt important, I felt I mattered which is good for someone who works alone all the time and can get a little too turned inward.


This was a courtesy call which means she'll be on the phone for days (I'm in the B's). All I can say is a hearty Thank You Brianne!!!