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Monday, June 22, 2009

WWKIP, Elephants & Father's Day

Summer is here, and the spirea in front of our house has had it's day but like lilacs isn't it beautiful for the short while it's in bloom.

Two weekends ago I took my Mum and Dad for drive out to Newburgh for the Art Among the Ruins, a beautifully set small but well attended craft and art show in the country. I had never been and we all loved it. I'd love to do it next year if Steacy has room for someone from 'out of the area' as Kingston is to the Newburg/Odessa area.

Last week saw us hosting a jeweller friend Susan Watson Ellis (I'm happy to have a few of her pieces) while she taught in Kingston and amazingly we managed to get six women together at Margot Miller's little house in Rockport - the Summerhouse is her little shop with unique hand made clothing.... including some of mine. Usually we are all in different places and doing different shows and exhibitions and it's hard to get together. Even at a show you want to chat but we are there to sell and meet the public. This was somewhat like 'The View' only with wine! Our hot topics were being middle aged, getting shorter and wider but that we were all still fabulous!!!

I had a busy weekend. Our friends the zoo vet and the college prof, writer and movie star.... (well an extra) were passing through to Ottawa and stopped for lunch. My Dad dropped Mum off to go for his swim and came back later and my neighbour Yvonne came over. I called my other neighbour (just back from Russia) but she doesn't answer her phone. We had promised to have an hour get together but good friends, food and conversation cannot be cut off, though work beckons (loudly!!) We got a more detailed explanation of why the pachyderm Tessa died in the zoo last week, she was not a strong specimen in the first place and lived longer in captivity than she would have in the wild. I read today in the Whig that she the elephant supervisor Eric Cole said she had a form of Down's Syndrome and that the Toronto Zoo's elephants were orphaned back in the '70's which was a major killing period in Africa.

Then I went down to Skeleton Park (McBurney Park) for the music festival and for WWKIP (World Wide Knitting In Public) and met the Stephanie Earp who was on the cover of the Friday Whig. I first met up with Dad and Mum in front of the stage and listened to jazz in the rain which was great, lots of local folk and their kids and lots of mud!!!! I joined the knitting girls for a chat, I was wearing my Ravelry button from Wool Tyme... I'm CottonCarrie, and my 'Knit 'til you die' button from the Knit Cafe in Toronto. Wish I had been there sooner but, sheesh, you can't do everything and my folks come first.

Came back, dropped into Yvonne's to see if she finally got her iPhone, and helped her set it up and teach her at least to use it. I wondered why it was different from mine and realized she had got the new 3GS!!! Whereas my DH and I had gone to Rogers for the blow out on the 3G's at $99. She had really been given the runaround by the Rogers store (long story I'm sure) but they seem to have made it up by giving her the latest technology!!! Lots of tutorials to come with her over glasses of wine!!!

Sunday was planting most of the flowers in pots that we bought the other day as the garden centres get close to closing down. Mum was over again so I planted, schlepped dirt, brought pots up from the basement and all the work that goes with that with Mum in a chair on the porch and when Dad brought lunch and coffee from Tim's I joined them on the deck. It was the perfect day for sitting out. working as much as I could in the pm, running out for a Father's day card then doing a Father's Day dinner. My sis came to join us leaving her husband at home (well it was his Father's Day too) to watch golf. It was a super evening for Father's day. My neighbour took us round her little 1842 house and Mum just loved her bits and bobs around the house, it was a great treat for her.

Eventually I got back in the studio for some more work... after cleaning up the kitchen, DH did first shift so there wasn't much left to do.

I found I have sold some work in three galleries... this means - make more of those items... when I get my orders filled, or between, and make a new page on my web site to take folk to those galleries: Kingston Glass Studio, Artemisia in Westport and the Summerhouse in Rockport.

Back in the studio again for another day, fielding phone calls, working out my car insurance, emailing clients .... and gettiing the baby robin out that just flew up the stairs and into my studio!!!! ....and such.... somewhere in there I will knit!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Useful Tools

While away on vacation, I was doing hand knitting, stocking up on socks and knitting some hand knit flowers for a new Wrap I now do. Sometime before heading out I was in the LCBO and picked up one of their hand picnic baskets which fold flat and have a zip pocket inside and a zip lid. Sooo cute I bought a pink one too.... they come in four colours. Well, my balls of sock yarn have overflowed the large Ziploc back I put it in and so I threw them in this lovely lime green basket..... well it's now my sock basket.... and I can always locate it. It sits beautifully on the floor next to the sofa so I can pick up and knit when I'm watching TV.

When I visit friends or head to my folks I take a bottle of wine, best to carry it in the LCBO's bottle bag. However with four long compartments I also take my indoor shoes and my knitting.

Moral of this story... Thanks LCBO. A little wine a lot of knitting.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mary Diamond Butts Scholarship!

I'm so excited about this recent event, it is my first 'award', well a scholarship really, in my twenty seven years! I did get honourable mention Fibre at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition my second year there with a small check and a large glass of wine, but this one was got for me through applications. My friend and colleague Lindsey Fair has made herself grant app writer and for a small fee will apply for grants and such for we waaaay too busy artisans. She is an artisan herself and a mother but she squeezes this in.
Anyway the Mary Diamond Butts scholarship for Embroidery and Needlearts was awarded to me this year by the Ontario Crafts Council and I went to Toronto with another recipient, Andrea Graham, felter, to receive it after the OCC AGM at the Gladstone Hotel.
We had a great trip there and back, chatting all the way!! Felt very special as we walked along Queen Street back to the OCC Gallery for the official opening of the Award Winners Exhibition.

Here are a couple of photos of me with my gallery piece 'Long Lac' and both of us with Andrea's
piece. I don't know how she makes these vessels and shapes of wet felt..... I will learn a little though when I take my instruction with her using my (small) scholarship. I'm looking forward to incorporating more felt work into my designs. Up to now I've 'fulled' knitted pieces as collars and pockets.

As they say.... watch this space...

Here is my Long Lac which I have on display at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery until July 11th.