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Friday, October 19, 2012

PEI Trip - Return

PEI Potatoes from the red earth.
Well, I know it's been three weeks today that I started the East Coast Machine Knitters' seminar but things have been so busy since I returned that I have only just found five minutes to finish logging my journey. I started out to leave the island but stopped to pick up some PEI potatoes to take to my hosts of that evening. Then headed to the Confederation bridge which was neat to see in the daylight (I had crossed in moonlight just days before). I was a shocked at the fee to cross back to the mainland - $44 & change, and now have heard jokes about the population of PEI growing as people set up house while they save up to get off the island! I colleague says she goes online to send her parents a gift of ticket when they are coming to visit her in Ontario. I guess I have crossed many bridges in my travels and not encountered this kind of fee before....anyway...onward...

Catherine & Dennis - Shoemakers to the Stars!
I took the route through Edmonston NB then the TCH turns south to Quebec City where our friends Catherine & Dennis live...across the St. Lawrence river in a beautiful old neighbourhood built around the lumber industry of over a century ago. I would put a link but they don't have a web site but they built my Pink/Green summer slides which I have worn and worn. They can always  be found at the One of a Kind show in Toronto, check them out this year at the Christmas 2012 edition of that show.

We took a morning walk along the river and through the neighbourhood where I got to look at all the beautiful and historic houses and cottages.

The fall colours were out and even with the drizzle I fell in love with this neighbourhood...a little like my own though ours grew up around the Kingston Penitentiary!

Metal art weather vane atop a barn.
Barn under the weather vane...we thought it might make a great studio!

Here is a beautiful old 'lady' which was built by Joseph Garant 'marchand de bois' in 1906. 

Here I am with Catherine with Quebec city in the background across the river.

 Sadly I had to leave my little sojourn in their lovely French household (in their 1880's house) to head to Montreal.

I had an appointment with Roxana at L'ARTelier du Village in Point-Claire QC where she now has some of my work. I already have an order to make up a smaller version of one of my knits.

Roxana has been open for nine years and really is a go getter and has a wonderful array of art work both fine and wearables and other unusual work. She has made a great effort to stay in touch and I'm looking forward to more business with her.

I made it through the city traffic to my friends John & DJ for dinner. John is the founder and the Marr half of  guitars, a successful Dragon's Den entry! I remember him from high school and college days and forty odd years later and reconnecting I was so happy I could visit with him and is lady DJ for an evening and catch up.

Forty years on!

I had a great but long journey home and ended up staying with friends in Montreal when I had thought I would drive the last three hours home after our dinner and visit. However I ended up staying over and going out for brunch in Montreal the next morning. I love cities so it was super to walk around Montreal as we made our way to L'Avenue for eggs Benedict...not just ordinary EB... find it and give the place a try...especially the washroom!

Coming home my next task was to work up to our new venture the Kingston Chamber Ensemble for whom I built the web site and am in charge of the online ticket sales, emails, flowers for the stage at Currie Hall etc. Now that the first concert is safely and successfully over I'm concentrating on the orders and work that seems to be coming in!

Back to the studio.

Friday, October 05, 2012

PEI Seminar Trip Day 3 & 4

Friday was a half day as Edith Scott would be showing up to set up at around 2pm, so I went down into Charlottetown. I have been here once before but didn't get to mooch about on my own....something I love to do anyplace new. I found a huge cruise ship in the harbour just beyond the private boats....and lots of tourists. I met a couple from Tennessee!

Wandering around I got to enjoy the scenery of lots of little art shops with local work, coffee shops (picked up a latte) and 19th century architecture.

AB White introducing the seminar.
Time to get back, meet up with Edith and the rest of the ladies and set up my knitting machine and meet with the camera man who was setting up the video camera. Wow! I haven't worked with a video before and how great it was that every tiny move I made was shown on a giant screen for all to see comfortably.   Here is AB introducing the seminar. We got started on Friday evening.
The group and my samples.

Saturday was a busy day with lots of information, demonstrations and trying new things. I think I got a few to go home and dig out their garter bars!

Lovely big screen!

Lovely Stripes by Jennifer Bridgehouse.
We had tables around for show and tell, I got to try on one in particular...(should have taken a photo) that was beautifully done in short rowing. I really liked this jacket done by Jennifer....I like stripes.

A few years ago AB helped me when I started to try 'fulling', and I started making collars and such using the washing machine to full the pieces I had knit. Now that I'm making felted jackets and vests I thought I'd show them to AB to show her how she influenced me. Here one of the participants is trying on a red jacket. This jacket is now in Pointe-Claire in L'ARTelier du Village with three knit jackets. Roxana has some wonderful work in her shop, some lovely designer wearable art clothing as well as fine art.

The seminar book - instructions, tips, info and my hand outs, were given out in a wonderful knit-weave tote back made my Edith, AB and other ladies of the Prince Edward Island Knitters Club. I never thought of doing this with knit weave...I got one too and I love it!

I also found someone who is making the stops for garter bars as Mary Ann Oger doesn't have them any more.  They can be obtained from Lynn Laagland of Yarn Haven in  Hanwell, New Brunswick. Email: If you have a garter bar you need these.

I had such a great time hanging with the ladies from New Brusnwick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.