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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Purls: Day Two

When you visit a city for a workshop, you never get to really see the town, unless you meet a wonderful woman like Nancy. I sat next to her at Friday's lunch and we got chatting. She has lived and worked in Minneapolis for years working, I believe, with museums among other things. I asked her what I should try to do the hours I have on Sunday before my flight home and she asked me what I was doing that night.  

We ended up driving, along with my roomie, Teena Crawshaw, around the twin cities seeing places most tourists see. This lovely street is Milwaukee Avenue which was a blue collar neighbourhood built for railway workers and their families. They now face beautiful laneway which is like a long narrow park with lots of gingerbread and flowers. These small houses are restored and are beautiful, the one with the lighted front porch and the realty sign is up for sale at $347,000, the whole place was magical.

Then there are the 'cobbles' in the Warehouse District, or what we thought were stones. Nancy pulled the van up in the middle of the street and told us to open the doors and look down. They are wooding cobbles!!!! You can see the wood grain and were from the time when this district was paved with dirt or wood.

Loved this bicycle stand at the site of a children's park and some benches for weary parents. I saw them in front of a couple of health food stores. Minneapolis is a big bike town, racks on the front of buses, bike spaces on the Light Rail I took into town from the airport. Lots of cyclists.

Back to work today here is this morning's group of buttonmakers, keen and learning to dig up their creative side, one lady made lovely flowers that she wants to turn into 'SweaterSticks'.
Mary Slattery, April Mills, me, Teena Crawshaw.

It's all over and here sit four of us in Applebees for supper, Mary Slattery, April Mills, demonstrator,  me and Teena Crawshaw, another demonstrator.  We  really had a great time winding down here, and when we got back to the hotel three others who also were staying over were sitting in the lovely foyer and we joined them for a chat and a giggle.

Very tired I turned on the 'box' and got first the end of 'High Society' then a Marx Brothers flick. I was trying to work on a fish fin for my last part of my Kollaboration effort...need to start again.

Night, night.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Purls of Joy

Wha????  Took my wrist supports off late, washed them and three hours  (3am) later got up to hit the road for the Syracuse airport to get to here...Mounds View Minnesota.  The supports were still wet so I thought sticking them in the air vents while the warm air blows out might work, it did, they dried in no time!!

The Ottawa Originals show is over and after working on Kollaboration for an hour the other day, hearing Lindsey's news of major upheavals in the progress of this collaborative effort

Half way there and I'm in the Milwaukee airport, what a pretty airport, lots of sunlight through the glass roof, the beautiful clock and a model of an old biplane hanging from the ceiling. This was a quick stop...onward!!!

So here I am at my table in my area of the ballroom in which the workshops are all going to happen.  It was a little like a party tonight and my Friday morning Button Making workshop is filled. One of my true blog followers took this pictures, there were more knit nuts just out of the picture but this lovely person had her 'pic took' before she knew what was happening. 

I have no idea where I am but feel safe and warm with the gang of crazy machine knitters....aaaaand button makers! And.. my roomy, Teena Crawshaw, another guest instructor.

       Now to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!