Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
“More, better, faster—spindle like you mean it”
Saturday, July 12: 9:30am-12:30pm
This workshop is designed for spinners who have made yarn before (at least a little), and are ready to use their spindles to become effective, productive, happy spinners. The focus will be on greater control of the process and therefore increased opportunities for creativity. We will explore the fundamentals of different spindles, drafting techniques, and plying options, creating a range of their own singles and two ply yarns. The intention is to minimize effort (or in some cases, anguish) and reveal beautiful, practical yarns with the gentle turn of the spindle.
Note: While we will explore a range of spindle types, participants will need a balanced, high-whorl spindle for this workshop.
Cost - $65.00***
Re-invent your wheel (spinning)
Saturday, July 19: 9:30am-12:30pm
This three-hour session will help you develop good habits to consistently create the yarn you want. Emphasis will be placed on fibre preparation, drafting techniques and wheel mechanics that can work to your advantage. If you have been making the same yarn over and over, or if you find the yarn "just does stuff" without your wanting it to, this is the session for you. It's time to remember why you fell in love with spinning: not just for the pretty wheel, but for the gorgeous yarns you can make with it.
Note: You must bring their own spinning wheel to class...after all, it is your own wheel you need to do precisely what you want!
Cost - $65.00***
Class materials included: All fibres for class work will be provided.
Instructor: Lorraine Smith
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
However, I will try to sum up the best I can here. We're still in negotiations and it seems that we will be in negotiations for a while. Not fun! I mean, we have a LOT to figure out before we can even consider ourselves in the homestretch. But we did accomplish quite a bit in a short amount of time: we had the inspection, met the other potential (uncooperative) buyers and learned that there is a stubborn-as-hell/disillusioned tenant in the first floor that is going to throw everything into flaming tailspin. But besides all that, I did have time to have a good time.
I started a new project that I call "Lace on a Motherf#cking Plane." But I think the official pattern name is Wabenshal.
Yes, it looks like a g-string but I promise it is not. This was taken at the beginning of my first leg out of Toronto. I've done a lot more but not as much as I would have liked. There was a bit of unknitting and cussing. Hence the name I gave it.
Just as a side note, I have a new fascination with sitting in the window seat. I've been an aisle seat girl for quite a long time. I guess since I've been flying so much in the last two years, my actual fear of flying has started to diminish - which I guess is good as I like not getting rammed by the food/drink cart all throughout the trip! Anyways, I loved these cloud formations and I wanted to share.
Things I did while in town:
FREE simulcast in AT&T Park and got to hang out with my very good friend.
- went to the SFMOMA and elbowed my way through the Frida Kahlo exhibit
- danced to afrobeat at the Stern Grove Festival
- ate awesome food with more good friends
Hayes Valley on a Sunday morning you should run to Suppenküche for hearty (or heartstopping) German food that will make you cry like a baby. It's that good.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Then I wandered (this is where the long streetcar ride came in) over to the little park next to The Purple Purl for a little hanging out at their KIPD. And Fenner decided to bop around without any pants on soooooooooo I took some pictures. Awwww, how cute! Baby bum!
TIC, after all... uhhh, I know it's confusing) and make sure some things can be done before we ACTUALLY sign our names on the dotted line. It seems like we are on our way to an address on the other end - even if it's just a partial piece of property. Yippee! More info later once we do actually get it. I'm in SF next weekend.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Anyway, I'm sure you're dying to know how much longer I will be in this fine city of Toronto? Close date is August 1st, so that probably means I'll be leaving a few days before that. That should allow one or two more knit dates at the House of Sammon. Will keep you posted!