Just a quick note to say that I’m participating in a scavenger hunt hosted by MNE Crafts. I will be posting more details shortly. In the meantime, hope on over to her blog for details.
There are MANY amazing prizes! Among them is a skein of hand-spun yarn spun by yours truly. I will be posting an album that the winner may choose from hopefully tonight or tomorrow.
I know I’ve been quiet on my blog, but this scavenger hunt is a good way to get the wheels going again. As with previous courses I’ve taken, I will be posting my experience from the OHS Level 1 program. I’m so excited!!!!
Today consists of doing another kids’ workshop at the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace featuring friendship bracelets and friendship pins. Then I’m off to a spinning meeting in the afternoon. And… My spinning course starts one week from Saturday!!!!! Lots of good things going on.
I know I was on a roll with the posting and then it seemed to come to an abrupt halt. I’m in the process of tweaking and trying to figure out how to schedule things better. Also, tourist season is quickly approaching in my little section of the world. I’ve been working on items to sell at the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace. I’m also working on finishing up some orders so that I can focus more on spinning.
I have a couple of pattern tests that I have completed. They will get their own posts, along with my thoughts on the patterns (be excited about this because they are both AWESOME! hehehe)
Here are a few things that I’ve been working on recently (which I guess would explain the lack of posts):
In the dye pot
Just off the wheel… Thick ‘n thin style
Stay tuned for the pattern reviews… I’m off to write them right now!
I am honoured whenever somebody asks me to do a spinning demo. Especially for a group of kids. I love excitement of seeing their little faces when they get to experience something that is no longer “ordinary”. I think back to 6 year-old Kyla and how bright her eyes were when a teacher brought in her loom for the kids to try. That right there is why I do demos… How different would it have been if I hadn’t have got to touch that loom? Would that spark have ever got ignited?
I wonder how many sparks I’ve ignited?
I’ve had a busy week this week with 2 demos. Pictured below are the Kinmount Brownies. I also did a demo today for a group of parents and kids who home school. The photos below are courtesy of Lynne Kilby, leader of the Kinmount Brownies. She was kind enough to share them on the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace Facebook page. Thanks Lynne!
After having such a wonderful week of spinning, I had the honour of ending with week with… More spinning! On Saturday and Sunday, I was at Gooderham’s 140th Birthday Celebration. I had such a great time! There was a lot of interest in the spinning process. I had quite a few kids asking me questions too, which is really exciting. They’re the ones who are going to keep this art alive. I met a lot of nice people and I made a couple of new connections as well.
I had put out a bunch of samples of fleece, yarn and tools as a part of my display at Gooderham’s 140th Birthday Celebration
A seldom-seen kind of photo of moi, in my attempt at 1800’s fashion
And on the EXTREMELY AWESOME news front… The four Minion hats I put in at Kinmount Artisans Marketplace have all sold! I have been asked to bring in some more. So I dubbed today “Minion Hat Monday.” I’ve been making the bases for hats all day. I will start working on the features tonight. I will have some orders fulfilled and I will have a few extra to put in the Marketplace. It’s all so exciting!
On Saturday and Sunday, I did my “duty” by working at the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace. It’s a co-op. I LOVE the idea of this. I have worked three shifts now since May and I just thoroughly enjoy my time there. I am able to take my work in with me, so really, I’m not doing anything different than I would be at home. Other than interacting with some very wonderful people who truly appreciate all of the work that goes into art!
I’ve decided to write this post to give people an idea of what’s in the Marketplace. So many local people that I’ve spoken to didn’t even know this place existed. Or perhaps they didn’t know the hours or that it was open year round. I’m guilty of that myself. I didn’t know what the hours were until I got my work in there. And I must confess (as I hang my head in shame…) that I had driven right by on my way out of town to do Christmas/birthday shopping. Not anymore!
While I was doing my shift on Sunday, I decided to snap some photos to show a bit of what’s in the Marketplace. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Many wonderful things have come out of being a member of the Kinmount and Area Artists Guild. I started off at the Marketplace. Now I will be participating in the studio tour, the Kinmount Fair and some other community events. I was commenting to Mom yesterday that, for being such a small place, Kinmount sure has a BIG sense of community (especially if you want to compare them to a couple of the surrounding towns). I have been blown away with the support and opportunities that have come with being a member! They want to see you succeed and they will do whatever they can to help you achieve that. I consider myself so blessed! The seed to get involved was from my best friend’s mom and I’m so grateful to her.
So next time you’re looking for a special gift for a special somebody, something to perk up your wardrobe or an addition to your house or cottage, please keep the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace in mind.
I’m very sorry for having been so quiet recently. It seems like my world has exploded with both positive and not-so-positive events. Where do I start?!
I guess I’ll start with the not-so-positive to get it out of the way. It actually does have a happy ending. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I am a HUGE dog lover. I have two dogs, Kirby and Panzer, but they live with my mom. When I left the “bad place”, they needed a safe place to stay. I have since acquired a place where I can technically have them. But they’re happy with Mom and she’s happy with them. Kirby came into my life 15 years ago on May 22nd. He is my first “baby boy.” He went EVERYWHERE with me. He was by my side through the darkest times, often my reason for getting out of bed. Well, two weeks ago Wednesday, we thought we were going to lose him. It appeared that he had had a stroke. I was prepared to say goodbye to him on Thursday. We took him to the vet and she told us that he had Old Dog Vestibular Disease. It looks an awful lot like a stroke, but it’s not. The chances of recovery are VERY HIGH. It’s been up and down with him, but he’s doing pretty good. He was a little weak today, but this knocked the stuffing out of him. Long story short… This was a miracle!
The day I was sitting in the vet’s office with Mom and Kirby trying to decide his fate, my phone rang. I didn’t answer it. There was a message. When I listened to it I found out that I won a bursary!!!!!!! I AM NOW ENROLLED IN THE INTERMEDIATE SPINNING PROGRAM AT FLEMING!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I will be sharing my experiences there when I go in August. I am so excited! And so grateful!
Last, but not least… I am working feverishly to stock up Finnegan Lake Gallery, Kinmount Artisans Marketplace and Fibres with some quality, unique items. And I’m having a blast! I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback and ideas for some new projects. One thing I want to try is turning slippers into shoes. I found a pattern for that on Ravelry and I’m looking forward to trying it (I don’t have the link handy, but I will post it when I start working on them).
So many wonderful, positive things going on! And there’s a moral to the story… Be careful what you wish for because it may just happen! The other one is if you’re passionate about something and your intentions are loving and clear, the Universe (God or whatever unseen force you believe in) will line it up for you!
Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week! It starts tomorrow and runs all week. It’s not to late to join if you’re just seeing this. I just discovered it last night and I’m diving in! I’m looking forward to this. I think it’s going to be fun and it’s going to get the participants thinking more about the methods to our madness. I can’t wait to see other’s take on the topics!
In addition to this, it’s going to be a busy week preparing my work for the Kinmount Artisan’s Marketplace. I am so honoured to be joining the very talented artists there! So this week will be tagging, inventory and figuring out prices. I’m so excited!