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Monday, September 27, 2010

Booth: Dressed and Undressed

Just got back from the Just for Us Originals show and sale of wearables. It was a good weekend, the weather was cooperative in that it was warm and sunny... not keeping women home. The venue - the Mississauga Living Arts Centre - was great and we set up in the foyer/atrium.... three story high windows on the East facing wall. This was my third year at this show and also the third location but this one we all loved for many reasons: free underground parking, easy load and unloading of our cars and trucks, fairly easy to get to, lovely marble floors, great daylight - essential for wearbles and dealing with skin tones.

All set to go!

I thought it might be fun to take a before and after pic of my set up, I didn't have anything but back wall drapes so I used my forms and a table to denote  my 10'x10' area, this made it easier to chat with my neighbours: Cheryl Straby from Perth with her leather clothing and Christine VonBun from Austria, a master craftsman in leather with her beautiful bags.

 All dressed now!

 I had a great time working on the new jacket and my wraps. I'm not just having fun with colour but I'm back on my old Punch Card knitting machine! Who'd a thunk it?

 Colour corner.

Here I am (in the mirror) taking a snap of my colourful corner. The jacket is all over punch card patterning which I had a lot of fun making. However as I did it in panels, each time I started a new panel I had to really refer back to the ones  had already done to make sure I wasn't going to duplicate a pattern right next to itself. 

 A 'sort of coordinated' button.

I've a collection of machines and have been through a few punch card ones. I usually pattern on my electronic 580 but I only have so many patterns on mylar sheets.... but punch cards....... Well, I've been machine knitting for 26 years so I have a few... I dug them up and didn't have to  make any new ones for this jacket. It was it's first time out... hope it goes over well. It's priced higher as it's a lot of work....then there are the buttons!

Well, enough creativity.... better get back to the sleeve shortening I have scheduled and mailing out my latest Etsy sales items.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Etsy Treasury

Wow! All you Estyans out there will know what this means to me, I've been chosen as part of someone's 'Treasury'!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Please check out the page, I'm in with some lovely items....I love the rice bowls and the earrings.

They chose my Periwinkle SummerWrap of French Mercerized cotton with ribbon trim. So great for the Summer or travelling on cruises to warmer climes.  Let's hope this bodes well for a few sales on my Etsy site..... which sorely needs updating.

I'll let you know........

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sew Knit Serge

 Peter out front...with my 'little bread truck'.

Well, I finally made it to 15 Gower Ave in Toronto, the home of Sew Knit Serge owned by Peter Smith. I've know Peter since I met him years ago at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)...if memory serves, back in the '80's. He had both sewing machines and knitting machines on display in the Better Living Building (I think...its been so long) where scads of such dealers demonstrated their wares and products. Anyway, now after a couple of other locations that were not big enough to contain his burgeoning stock and supplies this three floor building on a quiet street with parking is the bees knees.

This is what you see as you walk into the ground floor of the shop. Shelves of yarn and knitting and sewing paraphernalia, colourful and brightly lit with sale bins up front. Peter also showed me the back of this huge floor where he keeps more knitting machine stuff than I've ever seen.

 Of course, there's Jenny, Peter's right hand woman who has dealt with all this stuff for a long time. It was hard getting her to stand still for a pic but here she is so you'll know her when you go in.

Shelves of Passaps.

Boxes of parts.

Bernina Sewing machines seen from Peter's office.


Knitting room with quite a selection of machines to learn on.

Great daylight in the knitting machine room...wanted to go round and try them all.

Now,  the big news is the giant SALE !!!       

Announcing our Spinrite Yarns First Toronto Tent Sale, from Sep 24th to Oct 9th . Check out the Tent Sale flyer for all of the details. Take advantage of our Buy 3 get 1 Free deal on all sale items in the tent, and huge reductions on your favorite yarns. 

We also have extended sale hours - Monday through Saturday 9-6 (closed Sundays).

I'm going to stop by on my way to do the Just for Us Originals.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Westport Weekend - Artemisia

What a weekend was last weekend! It started on Thursday when I was part of a four artisan delegation who set up in Brockville ON at 55+ Canada Games. We set up in St Lawrence Park overlooking the St Lawrence river and 1000 islands, it was beautiful, I set up my knitting machine and got some knitting done. And though it was rainy I met some amazing people, including Moses (Zoomer) Naimer, my husband and I are members of CARP and have our auto insurance through them and get Zoomer mag every month. This is so appropriate as I had just turned 60 and am a breast cancer survivor as is his sister Libby. I also met a lady who hobbled along wearing a team t shirt and wielding a cane and a smile who I found out had had a stroke and also now ALS. She was there from Edmonton with her husband who at 80 had just won yet another gold medal in the running race. When he came along I thought I need to get back to my walking as he was so trim and fit and enthusiastic about life. (Meantime while it's hot I'll keep going down the road to jump in the lake).

 Georgia and me claying and knitting outside Artemisia.

Then on Friday I was a demonstrating artist for the Up the River Festival in Gananoque ON, along with other artisans as Ron Tidrow, Jane Thellwell, Patricia Van Asperen and others. Eight of us set up in the parking lot of The Firehall Theatre again overlooking the 1000 Islands and the river. Just a few hours (though hours setting up and tearing down) and showing onlookers and children from Summer camps how we make what we make. Thanks Pam Staples.

Saturday and Sunday I was one of the artists in 'Meet the Artist' at Artemisia Art Gallery in Westport. My dear friend owns the building (her new home) along with the gallery with her two friends Bonnie and Donna.  It was also the Rideau Valley Art Festival weekend....I had never seen so many people in Westport. Two wonderful hot days, quite a bit of knitting and finding out my Singer 580 that I was given has trouble patterning. My lace carriage works fine on my 580 in the studio but this one didn't work well either in Haliburton or last weekend. 

I got to stay over with my friend (pictured above) and we had a lovely evening and morning eating both our supper and brekky on the side porch of this lovely old Victorian home (now home, gallery & studios.)

Fifty Five Plus magazine September 2010

While I was there a trip to the grocery store for local corn netted us some of the free mags...including Fifly Five Plus. This month has Barbara McInnes on the cover, Donna came out with the article open saying 'is this yours?' about the photograph. Yes! That was the jacket Ms McInnes bought at the Ontario Crafts Council award winners exhibit last June!!! Yay! How cool is that?

I believe that is the last one I've ever made of that style and I made it especially for the exhibit.  I hope to meet Ms McInnes some day!

Well, a day at the beach yesterday (walking into the lake at the drop of a hat is soooooo good for hot flashes in hot sun!).... now back at work.