English Harbour Arts Centre

  One of the nifty places that we explored during the past weekend was the English Harbour Arts Centre. Set in (obviously) English Harbour, this centre is a church that has been converted to a gallery and public space. When we walked through, it was in use as a gallery, but they also hold workshops,…

A traveller

Yesterday, a box appeared in our mail. It was from Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). It was very lightweight. It said, “Open Me!” When a package squeaks, I find it best to oblige. So we slit the seems on the top, laid it on the grass and watched. A small, red and gold dragon emerged slowly….

Visiting the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

It’s the weekend of the Craft Council AGM and that means a Friday of Studio Tours as well as a sneak peek inside the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. I’ve written about it before (before its name was changed from The Tucker Premises to the QVV Plantation) but it’s nearing the opening date now, the tenants…

Progress?

After a more than few hours of wrestling with logic, wool and loom, I managed to achieve something akin to warping. Today I spent time rearranging the mis-threaded strands in the reed and heddles and making sure that the tension front to back seemed relatively even. That sounds like I know something, doesn’t it? Please…

Snared

I usually don’t escape from the Seconds Sale unscathed. Habitually, I wind up carting home arcane things like Ukrainian egg decorating kits (which we used), bags of wool-that-should-be-a-sweater (but still isn’t), a paper-making kit (again, we used this) and a myriad of other widgets and gadgets (and sheep, of course). It seemed inevitable that some…

May Day Craft Weekend

I was up to my ears in the organization of the Seconds Sale yesterday, so my deputies took the camera and went off on a Dad & Kid Exploration of the MayDay Craft Weekend. All of these photos were taken by John, so any credit is entirely his. I tweaked them here and there (cropping,…

Joy comes in all sizes

In our house, new socks signify joy, especially new socks made from hand-dyed and hand-spun wool. When you make clothing for your child, you become acutely aware of how they grow. Socks are a particularly good barometer for growth because foot size changes so gradually (by comparison with height, for instance). You can knit along…

Dude will never get cold feet

Strangely enough, I had a rather good day. You wouldn’t think it, what with injury and (to add insult) a head-cold, but it was a quiet, pleasant sort of day in which I did nothing but sleep, relax, read, knit and watch episodes of Foyle’s War (again). I finished off John’s socks (hand-dyed and hand-spun…

Visiting Alexis Templeton’s Studio

This Saturday past, Alexis held the first of her two Bring a Friend Events. The next one is April 28th (that’s next Saturday – put it in your day planner!). There was clay, coffee and exceptional chocolate, as well as a chance to see a craft studio, which always fascinates me. It’s a voyeuristic sort of…

Socks with a friend

I knit up a pair of socks over the weekend, using wool that I dyed and spun in a previous post. They’re a straight-forward pattern that I have knit before to fit my own feet perfectly. I needed a new pair of Birkenstock socks since I insist on wearing sandals after March 21st and it…

Today…

Today I’m “shagging around”* with some dyes, doing layered dips to suss out some different colour combinations and effects for further use. I’m working with combed woolen top  (that’s Falkland) for my test swatches, but I have some washed Shetland fleece to which I’d like to apply the results for a pattern that I have…

Cats large and small

We paid a studio visit* to Kelly Smith Mollins’ (Dancing Cat Clayworks) house today to pick up a pair of pottery dancing cats and to visit eight live ones. Smokey was feeling particularly photogenic: And he looks rather different from the side… In order to work in the very low light conditions I switched to…