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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free Woolly


This lovely puddy tat was captured taking his afternoon (and if I know cats - his morning and evening..) nap under a price tag of $5. This was at a fruit and veg stand on our way to Picton one sunny afternoon and we stopped to pick up some fresh produce. The whole time we were there he never moved a wisker!

Anyway, instead of hitting the beach my DH decided it was ok for him to hang around the book shop Books & Company while I hit the yarn shop I had discovered on our last trip through to the Sandbanks for a day at the beach. Rose Haven Farm Store is now on Main St, Picton and I spent an hour and a half there. Well the owner is really chatty but we got to know who we both were and focused more on different yarns I might really be interested in. I told her I would be taking a felting class with Andrea Graham soon and she told me Andrea shops there too.

These are the two skeins of Sari Ribbon that I picked up, I fell in love with it and vowed I would find a design for this. So far I have cut out all the joins so I have lots of strips of differnt lenghths and am working them into a jacket.

I haven't  used the Habu Rayon Sized yet, thought I've worked up a swatch and pressed it. It loses a bit of it's sizing with the steam and starts to become a bit more pliable, a good thing to know.

What drew me back to Rose Haven was the Habu Silk Stainless yarn. It is barely visible stainless steel bound with two strands of beautifully coloured silk.  The swatch I knit for that proved it can be manipulated when a fabric, it's very fine and expensive so I pulled out my swatch having never cut it from the cone.

I got some yarn from Gwyn Griffin yarn shop here in Kingston, some Rowan Biggy Print that I might use with some fulling projects as I loved the colour, and also some machine wash Merino for my future step grandchild due in February!!! No we won't know what it is until then so I'm picking neutral but nice colours to keep this little one warm.

This is machine wash and dry Merino from the Wilton Road Yarn Mill in Odessa, though I purchased it while I had a booth at the Sheepdog Trials in August and roamed around the crafts tent looking at yarn. This is so beautifully soft and of course you can wash the baby sick out of it!!!

Jacket and hat to follow.....

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CIBC Run for the Cure

 Dr. Sue Hendler
On Monday evening, my neighbour and aquaintance Sue Hendler passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.  This year my sister Judith (Judi to the rest of the world) and I will walk on 'Sue's Care Team' in the CIBC Run for the Cure here in Kingston on October 4th.  With too many commitments in my own life I was unable to do any shifts in Sue's home but I volunteered up my car and to be called if any schlepping was didn't, but I can do this in her name.
Two years ago my sis took my wobbly, nauseated, bald chemo filled self to the Run, I sat bundled up in a chair and maybe ate one grape of all the snacks Judith brought along. This year Judith and my energetic, healthy, new boobed self will fulfill a promise we made to walk together for Sue and me and women like us who may or may not survive breast cancer.
If you are reading this and would like to sponser me here is the link and .... in advance ... 
Thank you

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Grant - At Last!

Yesterday I was telling my other half how I just wanted to create new things and not have to get my few remaining orders finished - there's little creativity in following orders. Anyway, while attending to email and finishing my morning tea in bed he brought up the post and there was a brown envelope from the OAC.......

It seemed full of stuff and I've had re
jection letters before and my discs of photos returned so I didn't expect much..... so you can imagine the screaming when I opened a sheaf of papers to find a congratulations letter and a cheque!!!!!!!!

This is now to enable me to take a wee bit of time to learn new techniques: felting, knitting and clay. So I'm off to learn about precious metal clay, felting and knitting with silk ribbons and such.


Mystery Solved

How I've been feeling!!!

I was chastised last Friday for picking weeds out of my driveway in my bathrobe at noon.... Well, my folks dropped in to find me not quite presentable... I just couldn't drag my butt fully into the day. Really crazy Thursday and I just wanted to not do anything at all. Just couldn't seem to get the day in gear, having a hard time getting up in the morning and especially - getting my orders done!!!! Very important but I couldn't face them. Shame really 'cause getting them done would mean getting onto my own creative work.

A phone call from my doc's office had my nurse practitioner telling me that my recent check up showed low hemoglobin! Had I been tired lately? No, I said then realized I was in my studio looking at my work and wondering who else might have the energy to finish it for me!!!!! (no one) and said Yes. Another blood test yesterday for more detailed information and she can prescribe the right remedy. I'm so glad! I thought it was the weather or my trying to wean myself off the antidepressants my oncologist has had me on for two years to combat the hot flashes that go with my anticancer med.

It wasn't a lack of spirit so much as a lack of energy, I'm so looking forward to getting that back.

It's so important to stay in touch with your health and stay on top of it when you're self employed.... no one is going to pay you for your sick days.