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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

So Much to Do...

Overlooking Confederation Park, Kingston

It's Summer, how do I know? I haven't the time to plant any more flowers because I must get ready for my two Summer shows.

First coming up this weekend is Fanfayr here in Kingston. I have done this one for years...since the last time I had short hair (early '80's), that's how long this show has been on. We get to sleep in our own bed and my other half can go windsurfing or work on his own projects while I work in my booth. Then he pops down with delicious thick tuna sandwiches for my lunch. I get to have friends stay at my houses... Jannis Ruck who does a lovely line of clothing of her own design and Margi Laurin who has her 'Altered Books' and some of her beautiful pens decorated in polymer clay. My other polymer clay friend Georgia Ferrell will be in her booth next to mine, it's always good to have a friend nearby for support and company over the weekend.

One of the reason I will need a little more company than usual is because I had my big toe operated on this morning. I think it's been about 2 years thinking it was bunion, 2years to get an orthopedic appointment, then finding out it's arthritis, 8 months waiting for surgery. I'm hobbling about on one of those lovely black rubber, nylon and Velcro walking shoes.

Well, now to hobble back to work....slowly.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kingston Downtown Knitting Fun!!!

When I called a friend with whom I had long meant to get together she said she was going to the Toucan pub for a knitting night..... 'Count me in' I said and, after meeting for coffee, we wandered in together. We found a bunch of people at the back knitting away on various projects and gabbing away...this was the place.

Apparently, at the Yarn Harlot night a week or so before someone had asked if there was going to be a downtown knitting group and someone suggested the Toucan on Monday night and so the knitting group was born last night. We have no name but it's unstructured, just a place and time to show up on any Monday night to find knitters in downtown Kingston.... and have a brew too.

My friend Irene and I learned lots too, like that we should join Ravelry, an online site with info, blogs, patterns, notifications and so on. We looked at others projects, Ann Woodall from our local Wool Tyme was there with a really interesting 'cabled' scarf that had no wrong side. We learned about a sale she's having on sock yarn. Irene learned she can get Ann's Wool Tyme newsletter.

One of the best parts was the fun and the laughter, I left a little early as I really had to put in an hour in the studio before hitting the hay.

I'm going again any Monday night I can!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yarn Harlot Night!

This post is waaay late but, hey, I'm busy! But.. I did take last Wednesday night off to attend the talk at our Kingston Chapters given by our beloved Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl MacPhee. It was so much fun and all the knitters I know in town and then some were there. We were all in stitches, (literally and figuratively....). But what a good talk, leaving us all feeling very validated a pursuers and pliers of such an old craft.

I was fortunate also because Stephanie's Mum is best friends with my neighbour where
Stephanie stayed, so when she couldn't get home in time I was back up for getting Ms. MacPhee to Chapters on time. They were all set up with chairs from around the stores added to their stash of folding chairs, then women dragged chairs from the Starbucks!

After the presentation, which, of course, included a photo of the crowd with 'the sock' my neighbour, Stephanie and I went downtown to Tango for dins where most of the talk was the
antics of my neighbour and Stephanie's Mum and then politics!

Though we didn't see him at first, there was a male knitter in our midst. He had a long garter stitch scarf going. There is a knitting group that meets regularly in that Starbucks, sitting in the comfy chairs and sucking back lattes.... sounds good to me.

On Sunday my Mum and I wandered around Kingston Market (the oldest market in Canada) and I picked up a book that I have thoroughly enjoyed dipping into since (can't have enough books I say). It's antiques market day on Sundays so this book is about 1987 or thereabouts. Lots of illustrations, inspirations and information.

This week I also got the label making program going and now I can make fibre content, stock number, size, CA number etc., labels. I'll probably put a small ad on my web site and on my Facebook page. They are $60 for 250 labels, check my 'Now to Pause' post for a photo, and you can order as few as 5 at a time, you don't have to order all 250 at once which is great for small runs or individual creations like mine. It's been wonderful for me over the years, they wash and dry clean, I have generic 100% Wool and 100% Cotton and write in the pertinent info for each garment.

.....and now back to work! Cheers.