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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Farewell 2013

Well, it's nearly 2014 and the New Year and I'm still getting Christmas lovely! 

My lovely niece, who has her own business - Cuppycakes by Kirsten - shopped a local Etsyan and had this lovely hanger made for me for my Chrissy present from her. I love it and will probably used it in my show booths. I have yet to find a good showy place for it in my studio. It's by Sara Allen Designs . Both these young women ply their trades while looking after toddlers and newborns!!! Had I had children I think they would have starved! (just kidding..)

 I had to throw this in as it 'spoke' to me. It was Google's Winter Solstice doodle...knitting your way
through the darkest hours?

Then my friend Georgia aka Iggy of Clayamies fame, delivered my Christmas Ornament Swap
ornaments. I had made three to be sent out and these are what I got in return....this is so much fun. Just as an aside, the knitted piece they are lying on is on my ironing board, it is the back of a new cotton design for the Spring.

What is there more to say about this. Another dinner guest were we gathered last evening had this on her knitting bag! I love it and want one for my car, my last one eventually fell off (as were bits of the car)..... 'Gone crazy - Be back later'. If any one finds that one please let me know...I got it in a sex shop in Philly!

This delightful knitter said she was a bit worried when she took the bag through the airport check but she got through. Better than the other sticker...'  have sharp sticks and I know how to use them'!

Last but not least a money order arrived, in this card, from my friend Sonja who, with her partner, is joining us in the house in the Outer Banks we have rented for two weeks in the Spring...yeah, a vacation!  We have decided that between the two of us there will be one knitting machine so we can play. We've been teased endlessly by the windsurfers about this but we stand firm...on our woolsack*!

Just hours away from the ball dropping, it's already 2014 in half the world..I had better pop out and get some bubbly!

*The Woolsack is the seat of the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, the Upper House of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In the 14th centuryEdward III commanded that his Lord Chancellor should sit on the Woolsack, in council as a sign of the pre-eminence of the wool trade. Indeed it was largely to protect the vital English wool trade routes with continental Europe that the Battle of Crécy was fought with the French in 1346. 
Courtesy of Wickipedia

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter Wonderland Woolly

 Whew! Christmas is over but on Christmas Eve I found my self short one gift...something for my 15 month old great nephew. Last year I got him a little toy but it was time to start making him something...hmmm.

I know my niece and that side of my family is not into natural fibres so I didn't even go for sock yarn as I have done with my grandsons....a trip to Knit Traders here in Kingston lead me to this lovely yarn which I have used before. King Cole's 'Wicked' ( It's 100% Acrylic.

I worked a V neck with a squared of bottom to take both ends of a strip of ribbing for the collar. I thought that would be easier for a toddler to get his head through and take a shirt collar which my niece and her husband like to put on him.

Though the yarn is colourful and twist variegated I put a bit of cabling down the sleeves of the dropped shoulder. I find a dropped shoulder works better on wee ones as they don't have much in the way of shoulders and they can never keep their clothes straight anyway....after a while they always seem to look as though they just got out of bed, what with folk picking them up all the time!

Not the end of the story, I made 2T in Garment Designer and it only just fit him (I didn't have a chest measurement as it was supposed to be a surprise) so, as luck would have it, my niece is expecting another boy in the Spring so it will go on him next Winter. I went back to KT and got another couple of balls in a slightly different shade of blue...and will knit up a 4T this time.

I don't make many small sweaters (I used to in the '90's) but this will go quicker as it's so soon after the last one. Then I'll be able to get a picture of him in it. Yeah!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Oh, busy, busy, and so is Roxana. I love this vest and one like it that I sent to her at her shop L'ARTellier du Village in Pointe-Claire in Montreal sold on the snowiest day last weekend!

Roxana is such a busy woman, running this fun 'fashion and art and lots of other things' shop for 10 years. I love looking at her posts on Facebook too (look for the shop there too) as she posts lots of photos of her almost get to shop before venturing out to try things on there.

Tomorrow I get to have lunch with my team mate and Veep, Michele, to write on another site: Kingston Arts & Letters Club where we had a lovely holiday 'do' last week. We even had live music provided by my lovely husband and a few of his mates. We usually have a couple of speakers on various topics concerning different aspects of the arts but this was music, food, conversation and good cheer!

Just a few more shopping/knitting days before I had better get back to my machine!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

November Workshops & Events.

I love taking workshops! Even though I have been doing what I do for 31 years I  am always learning, we learn until we are gone.

Learning new felting techniques.

November afforded me the opportunity to take a workshop with Marjolein Dallinger of Her work is inspirational even if we don't actually pursue that avenue of felted work. My passion is wearables, not sculpture but it is all technique and learning.

My TIArts show spot at the Rockport Rec Hall.

After finishing the workshop the Thousand Islands Arts November Art Show happened. What a great weekend that was. Working with other great artisans like Sandra McRae and Sally Chupick and meeting lots of new people who came by our four locations around Rockport.  I was in the Rockport Rec Hall and there were three other locations. This was my first time though I have done the Spring show on and off for years...usually locating my tent on Margot Miller's front lawn. An aging artisan I gave up my tent last May for an indoor location....the weather is iffy in May.

Dennis Burr went around taking our photos.
Now November is over I'm catching up on custom work, getting some things shipped off to L'Artellier du Village in Pointe-Claire where Roxana carries some of my work. I've endeavoured to put the little 'movie' Roxana made, here. It's on the Facebook Page of the store.

I wish December had 60 days...but I know they'd all be filled!