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Friday, July 17, 2009

Workshop News!

Well, my friend Margot Miller in Rockport Ontario has grabbed me some time at the Old Schoolhouse there. The Rockport Rec Centre as it is also known, is booked for

Saturday August 22nd 10am - 4pm
for a
Button Making Workshop

Working with Polymer Clay and a package of tools to get you started and a tile on which to work and some clay in various colours you will learn how to work with polymer clay and end up with some proper buttons. This is more like playing than working, spend time in another medium that will be useful down the road, great for knitters, quilters, weavers and so on. Do get in touch for more information and to register:

A fun time will be had by all!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Yarn Sale in Perth

I'm off to Artemisia in Westport to restock some items as they do seem to sell well there, then my friend Georgia (framer and 1/3 owner at Artemisia) and I are off to Perth to visit Janie Hickman at her yarn store JanieHKnits as she's having a sale.
I didn't make any decent money at Fanfayr this past weekend but I will always squeeze out a buck or two to add useful stock to my cache!

......I'll get back to you!

Well, Artemisia now has a jacket and two SweaterWraps and some buttons in a beautiful display. Georgia and I drove North to Janie's home/shop and I was pleasantly surprised.

A wonderful old stone house on the River Tay with a beautiful garden..... with some 'sheep' of course. Two metal sculptures and three sheepy sheep, 'grazing' in the front flower bed, one black one wearing a red sweater! You walk in the red front door and are confronted with a porch full of yarn and accouterments. You could stop right there but venture into the main house and the two front rooms are full of yarn, and all the 'toy's associated with hand knitting that you could wish for. Janie put on the kettle and we had tea and strawberries, it was such a busy spot, three staff, computers going. Boxes being brought out.

Janie showed me the projects that have come out of her classes with her developmentally challenged group. You couldn't design such creative scarves if you tried, made of really beautiful yarns. She has a bulletin board with photos of the members on it.

One of the boxes held two knit dresses and a suit knit by her Mum, they are the exquisite fashions you see in the old knitting books, when women weren't over burdened and the kids went to bed early! This is the jacket of the suit, which after knitting, was beautifully lined and finished.

I came away with a box of coned yarn which she had put aside that she thought I might be interested in. Also a couple more balls of sock yarn to add to my stash in my LCBO basket. I also got some bamboo needles to knit my flowers on which adorn one of my Wrap designs.

The big news is the SALE Janie is having:

JULY 25 & 26
9:30 - 4:30

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave.

Well, I did weave a tangled web the other day, frustrating!!! While knitting a black jacket for a client I noticed the knit was looser and found that the Cannele Mercerised cotton I was using had 'gone thin'. I've had it happen before, and what happens is .... a tiny knot and the next length of yarn on the cone is finer than the proper gauge and the knitting is looser. It's rather like suddenly knitting in one tension then upping your stitch size by two sizes, all that's happened is the yarn is thinner.

Here you see you see all the yarn I had to pull off the cone to come to another tiny knot and the following yarn going back to the proper gauge I paid for!!! The other cone is what I pulled of the shelf to match it to as I pulled.

I still have that pile of tangles even though the garment has been long since sent off to the client...... maybe I'll stuff a pillow or cut it up and put it out for the birds to use for nests!

Camp out where you can for craft shows. Fanfayr was this past weeke
nd in Kingston and I had two lovely friends stay over at our house for the show. We have a spare room and my friend Jannis of Olio Studio was tickled that we finally had a real bed in it (thanks Ikea) rather than the futon bed on the floor we've had for years. Another friend Margi Laurin of Altered Books stayed with us too! In the past I've put her in the studio on a roll away bed (thanks again Ikea) but I just couldn't face moving all my mess around so I put her in the 'nook'. Our house came with a wide shelf with windows and high enough to stand up in, in our upstairs hallway. It's over the ceiling of our dining room wich is quite high. It's carpeted and I used to sometimes sit and read there, it's been storage and where I put my geraniums in the Winter as it faces West. I hung curtains in the three windows and a curtain along he outside so you are completely private and can stand up to dress!! I rolled out the roll away matress and some sleeping bags and stowed Margi on the 'shelf' among the books! She survived and thought it was like a couchette on a train! I recently put the 1o year old daughter of friends there and she was pleased as punch to have her own 'room'.