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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Post Show Post

This is the only place were putting on weight is a good thing!
Rosemary J. at her knitting machine

Just back from the first show of the season, the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, and it was a great weekend to feel back in the swing. The show was early as it was set on the early Easter weekend, still quite cold and snow still on the ground. For me it was really good to see and spend some time with friends and colleagues, catching up on absent friends and what had happened over the Winter.

We arrived late having left home late, I used to sweat it but now we've learned that arriving late everyone else has already set up, they've lined up in their vans, driven in and unloaded. We got to drive straight in and unload without any wait or lining up!

You can see that I 'borrowed' back Shawna's wedding dress to display, it got many ooh's and aah's.

Though I didn't put anything in the fashion show this year (trying to have less stress) my friend Joey Schooley (model and presenter) wore one of my cotton cardis to commentated the fashion show, from my booth I could hear her giving out my booth number and promoting my knits. Then I'd have a clutch of ladies coming into my booth, trying things on. I didn't' think I had enough stock but thought I didn't do as much business as some years (the economy comes to mind) I was happy. I don't have too many orders so I have space to take orders at the Ottawa show Originals, which comes up April 17th to 20th.

Of course being Easter there was a bunny and a kiddie fashion show so Joey had to dress the part. I still don't know where she got the hat, but I had to have a 'go' under it..... needs more hair!

Of course being stylish in my business is soooo important.
I do have a jacket that has one or two feathers on it but a bit more subtle!

We didn't do too badly though I got the shoes right. This is Joey (green jeans) and my red boots which got on South street in a store I swear ladies of the evening shopped!

We're wondering why they make us stay until 10 pm some nights, oh the agony of da feet...

However this year because of Easter and being open Monday the show closed early on Sunday and my staff (my other half) and I went to see 'Atonement' (what a gorgeous green silk dress) the Bloor movie theatre had no heat so we watched in coats hats and gloves.

in the morning and collapsing into bed when we got back .... except for Sunday night when One of the high points of doing the show this year was staying at my friend Jannis's place in the Distillery District of the Toronto (such a neat area). This involved plenty running around in jammies getting readyJannis and I stayed up doing computer stuff, looking at books and sites and just generally doing like a sleepover. I took movie popcorn back as she didn't want to go but asked me to bring some back .... popcorn and wine?

Well, we got through it, we now miss each other and I do look forward to seeing everyone at anther show. I get to have Jannis stay with me for Fanfayr here in the Summer. Also I have another friend Susan Watson Ellis of Paradigm jewelry stay with us when she is in Kingston teaching.

I want to thank everyone who gave me hugs and good wishes and thoughts and shared with me their own BC story.

The one relaxed meal we got to eat was in a Mexican place on Bloor but though I cannot remember the name the cider and quesadillas were great. This picture I took when I went to the washroom .... knitting truly is everywhere!!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Life 'March's' On...

Well, there's another workshop done, and a lot of fun it was too. Two of the participants had been here before but the third who had not is a seasoned knitter and did a great job. The technicality wasn't the problem there but creating a garment that would fit and suit her. With the help of Garment Designer created a longer jacket (buttonless) with 3/4 sleeve in black with dark blue accents, she got far enough form me to link on the sleeves She did the collar with the aid of the garter bar, needed to take the collar off while you hang the garment neck edge,
and in doing so got over her garmentbarphobia! One thing that helped with that was my finding and copying my garter bar instructions as she didn't get any with hers.

One of the participants was my very creative hand knitter friend Sonja, here is a photo of her in one of her wonderful hats, this is sort of to go with the jacket she knit in last year's workshop....yet to be completed....

It's knit then she felts it and molds it into it's different shape.

When not knitting with wool she's been knitting with wire! Here is another of her little garments, a beautiful evening jacket done in black wire with black beads to accent it. This would look stunning life sized!!!! I know there is a fabric with metal in the threads. Is there a like yarn with some sort of metal in the strands so that it might be shaped!

There was a recent article in Knitwords machine knitting magazine showing how to use Polymer Clay to make handles on tools, mostly latch tools using broken needles from your machine.... here's mine..

It's my second one, I had made one ages ago and used it in a Cardiknits class and unfortunately.... it, ahem, disappeared! This one has my name and date engraved in it.

At last I got wedding photos from my lovely young friend Shawna, here she is in her knit wedding dress, in the snow. She carried Cala lilies and daisies tied with ribbon. She looked beautiful.

I had got her a couple of wedding magazines, useful ones like Martha Stuart, early on and one of the ideas out of them was this delightful use of tea lights and Mason jars. Shawna got hold of a bunch of them, tied ribbon around the neck, filled them with snow and lit the tea light inside. These were 'planted' along the 'aisle'.

Well on the health side, I finally got my appointment with my surgeon to discuss my mastectomy, then next week, when I have my 11th out of 17 Herceptin treatments I have my three month follow up with my oncologist and the nurse last time mentioned taking blood to test for markers, I guess to see where the chemo took me..... Nervous to say the least!

Oh well, tempus fugit!