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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kingston Art Tour - May 4 & 5.

.....from 10 - 5 Saturday and Sunday May 4th & 5th tour around the various locations and studios of Kingston for the annual art tour.

Yesterday a small group of us was interviewed on Live@5 on CKWS...what fun that was. My first time in that studio....I'll not watch the news the same way again!

Check out our interview with Bill....

View from the News desk.

OK, so I found myself sitting in at the news desk and this is what I saw!

Here is Bill and Tony Cepukas looking at the work we took in for the interview.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another Yarn about Yarn

More from Artisan Knitworks, in Detroit, these are the skeins of yarn I purchased. The first one is a jumble of different colours and textures of yarn, including some blue sparkle! There were two skeins and, for my budget, I chose the smaller one...the other one didn't have sparkles. I'll use this in my felting as there is plenty of wool in it.

This yarn is finer and all wool but it's a blend of ends from the spinner company which makes some great colours in a line Larry carries in his shop. It was hard to decide on this one too. I want to make another 'Swiss Cheese' scarf with this one.

In our instructor package when we arrived at Spring Fling I got bags of pretzels & chips, a few candies, chocs and this wonderful tiny tin of mints. I just had to post pictures, they are Vera Bradley (makers of bags and purses for function: knitting, laptops....) sooooo the tiny mints are shaped like purses!!!

It's been a busy week and we were out for two birthday events. This is a pic of Delvalle Lewis, ceramic artist, who lived for many years in Kingston but is now in Westport ON where she has a great studio/gallery/teaching space. Our friend Georgia Ferrell made her garden markers of polymer clay. I suggested she use old knitting needles instead of lollipop sticks as they would last. Here is Delvalle showing off the pumkin, cabbage & radish! Hey...I want some!!! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Vintage Wool

A red letter day a couple of weeks ago when my friend Jane came over with some yarn she had found in her late mother's stash.

This yarn is from at least the '50's judging by the labels....but, it is beautiful yarn. I will knit little things, maybe scarves for myself, from this. I should knit one for Jane.

My tiny new collection.

From when we kept our babies warm in real wool...and they grew up able to wear wool.

This is sock yarn.

Yum! Soft black...that'll be my scarf!

Lots of informative labels on the skein.

Maybe Jane will get this one.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring Fling Road Trip

I can't believe it's been a week since my friend Sonja and I were in Peru, Indiana participating in Spring Fling machine knitting semimar put on my Charlene Shafer of the Knit Knack Shop there.

We had quite an adventure! Starting out Thursday morning from Toronto where I stayed over with Sonja, we drove through raining ice! The Weather Channel on my iPad showed a huge band of pink (ice) and we were trying to beat it. We got through without incident and I don't think it was too bad as we only saw one accident en route.
Finally in a Yarn Shop!
After gassing up and picking up a Starbucks coffee we headed towards the border in Detroit. We were asked the usual least twice, like while holding our passports the officer asked our citizenship! A) the passport says we are Canadian and B) you can't get one without proof of citizenship...both of which Sonja and I had earned through tests as we were born outside Canada). How much money did we have on us, where were we going, who's car (mine) and so on until he handed us an orange slip and told us to pull over to the office and searching shelter. We were told to get out of the car leaving all our electronics. When asked if I had any weapons of drugs while my purse was searched I said only some Tylenol and a pocket knife. Grinning this officer told me not to pull the knife. 

We went in and were grilled again for a few minutes: where where we going, then where were we going (again and again) when was the last time I had crossed into the US. When was the last time I crossed over at Detroit, how much money did we have on us?. How did we know the friends we had in the US? .... and on and on. As we sat  on the 'group W bench' (anyone recall the Arlo Guthrie song?) we saw some nice, normal, well dressed people come and go, then we were dismissed....and carried on our way.

We were telling the truth, we were hitting all the yarn shops we could and went to Artisan Knitworks in St Claire Shores in the Northern Detroit area. Found it easily with an ATM (US cash) and a McDonalds (grilled chicken salad) close by. Well we thought we had died and gone to heaven!!! This is a large store with all sorts of hand dyed and hand spun and hand made yarns!!! Books, dyes, buttons...and so much more.  We walked in and a gentleman approached from a back room...that is Larry Hart, co owner with his wife.                                           Here's a pic of Larry and Sonja after he had shown her the boa she is wearing, made of wool tops, yarn and ribbons.

Here I am in one part of the store with some hand spun yarn that I eventually purchased....I'll use it in my felting. The two tone yarn is made from ends from a yarn spinning business where the owner saves the ends and makes up multicoloured skeins (yum).  Her yarn is featured on the back wall of the back studio room where I also found some dye.  Larry's wife designs and knits the sweaters we found displayed around the shop.

Workroom where lots happens, I got an email in a day or so telling me of upcoming classes and events.

Now....if you want buttons, Larry has TONS of vintage buttons, beautiful, interesting parts of our textile history. I drooled over them....but had already put down $$$ for yarn.
Here is their wall of

Sonja found some yummy felted mits. By this time we had our jackets off, had brought in a couple of things from the car, like Sonja's copper dress, which we were taking to Spring Fling to display, and I was grazing through the excellent book shelf. We could have gone seriously broke here and it would be a regular haunt if we lived there!  I purchased some dyes and hand spun yarn....I have a scarf in mind and some felting........

Oh, and we had a great time at Spring Fling and Peru.