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Soon to be ….Twist!

1782373_989360407761481_5116427664620342919_oIt’s almost time for Twist Fibre Festival and I could not be more excited! Over the last few months when not at shows or out adventuring, I have been working away on lots of new fibres, yarns, kits, garments and more more more for Twist. Admittedly my shop and website updates have been kind of sporadic – it’s tough to manage all the things I do, so I have stopped guilting myself about it and simply decided to update things when I can.

Anyhow, back to Twist! Twist takes place in August in a really beautiful part of Quebec. It’s a really nice place to visit and the people are really creative and lovely. I noticed a totally different vibe about this show – people were open minded and interested in the more fringe stuff that I like to create, rather than just standard yarn + pattern = garment.

I sincerely recommend you making Twist a part of your summer fibre activities – you will definitely not regret it – plus, there is good food, and beer, and workshops (including mine!) and more!

Twist Website: http://www.festivaltwist.org/en/home/

Twist Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/festivaltwist

Also – if you want to have a lot of fun learning to create your own woodland themed felting projects, and try your hand at woodcarving – take my Woodland Felting Workshop!

woodlandfeltingtop

Details on the workshop are available at the Twist website here: http://www.festivaltwist.org/en/workshops-2015/

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the workshop¬†– I would love to hear from you. Sign up! It’s going to be a blast and you will get access to my secret treasure trove of fibres and nature finds. I have also found a really amazing woodcarving tool kit that you will get to take home and have some really fun ideas.

 

Poor man’s Dinner with the Frogs

We have finished the first ‘poor week’ dinner and it was totally decadent and yummy!

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche with homemade chips!

 

I also have to write a little bit about my amazing weekend. My birthday was on August 1st and I sort of had a really long work day that day so it was awesome that the long weekend made up for it. I was totally spoiled in getting a kayak and a pair of binoculars for my birthday amongst other things. I have been dying to learn to kayak since my parents were raving about how relaxing and fun it is. I had heard it was a lot more stable than rowing a canoe so I wanted to check it out. Last Saturday I got my opportunity to learn to kayak – but actually it was sort of natural…no real learning curve…not something I am used to! I definitely need to do it more to get better at keeping my strokes even and my boat straight but I pretty much got the hang of it. I am in love with everything where water is concerned – beaches, boats, the ocean, the great lakes, cleaning up the ocean, and so on…..so this is a nice opportunity to get out on the water and have a whole lot of serenity, as well as see things you can’t see from land. Now I am planning on how to paddle out to all sorts of small islands I have seen and wondered about.

The great thing about my hometown in Prince Edward County (well, one of the great things) is that there are so many places you can get in touch with nature, and well…frogs! I love frogs, and toads. I have since I was a little kid. I grew up in a really small village mostly filled with seniors while I lived there, so I had to find a lot of ways to entertain myself and ended up doing so at the local pond catching and releasing frogs. ¬†I dropped by one of my favourite ponds while back home and found a few cutie pies! These frogs were really docile, mostly bullfrogs, not fast and furious like the leopard frogs.

 

 

Catching up on Another Week!

So, perhaps last week (where does the time go?) was the Mississauga Potter’s guild potluck! I decided to make a couple of pies from recipes that have been in my recipe box since the dawn of time.

Pumpkin Dutch Apple Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

I got to spend a lot of time at the pottery guild last weekend and finally got to crack open a bag of the black clay that I bought. I really love it even though it feels like it is much messier/dirtier because it is black. It feels nice in the hands and seems to handle well. The only strange thing about it is that I find it harder to trip the strip at the bottom of the pot before removing it from the wheel head. It might just be me having a weird/off day so I will try again when I throw more of it and see if I have the same result.

The lighting is a little yellow in the studio but here is a picture of some of the forms I threw from it – I really love the colour.

Here you can really see the contrast between this medium white clay and the black.

On my adventures of book acquisition, I received a lovely book called ‘Nature as Designer: A Botanical Art Study’ by Bertel Bager and it is proving to be really inspirational for pottery. I am really wanting to take some time to make different pod forms.

This is the starts of a pod I was working on. It is now just about finished and drying up to be bisqued.

I have also been playing with fiber quite a bit (when not deeply entrenched in business plan and financial analysis – yikes). This is a sneak peek of a yarn I finished spinning today beside a bunch of little yarn orbs from yarns of the past. I usually collect them up in bunches and sell them off as little freeforming kits. People have a lot of fun with yarn scraps.

Speaking of yarn scraps, I am almost done my Totem Pole socks. This photo is from last week but I have now moved along quite nicely and I am just about at the toe decreases.

There is also a bunch of yarn dyeing going on as I am working on the Summer 2010 colourways of Doll Feet! I will announce when they are all ready to go to the shop. Here’s a sneak of some that are dry:

And my drying rack in the sunshine of the window – it seems never to be empty these days: