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A Car Chase to Great Thrifting and Fun Hunting!

This was a completely good and awesome weekend. I got lots done and it was relaxing and full of good things. Friday night I went out for dinner and knitting with some friends to a great local raw food place, Raw Aura. They serve amazing raw food – lactose, sugar, gluten free – yum! I had a really amazing falafel wrapped inside a big green leaf of…oops I forget! And…taboulleh. Dessert was an awesome chocolate ganache – with hemp ricotta and I had an awesome creamsicle smoothie of hemp milk, bananas and vanilla – it was all divine.

Yesterday I spent from early morning to early afternoon at the pottery studio and had great success throwing some nice big bowls, smaller bowls, and some mugs. They are drying up and I will likely begin trimming them Thursday to work on their embellishment next weekend.

Today was a trip to Port Hope to check out Primitive Designs after a friend recommended it and I totally fell in love with a 1-string guitar she had at her apartment, and I found myself wanting to pick one up.  This shop is the warehouse of an importer and there are amazing things there. I kinda spent more money than intended, but nothing too dangerous. I did however get some amazing things…

A Pinocchio marionette!

This teak chest! It was my biggest purchase but I could not resist and it was a steal at the price I paid. This is because I bought directly from an importer and not from some antique store trying to pedal imports as antiques..which is altogether too common.  It has 18 deep drawers which I will soon fill with my button collection – organized by colour. I cannot wait. I have totally haunted the presence of every multi-drawered chest I have ever seen. I plan to get larger ones when I am a super rich superstar later in life but for now, this makes me happy.

This piece of bark …darnit I forget the name of the tree it came from – but it’s rainforest reclaim and basically can be used as a non-water vase – so for dried flowers or interesting branches. I love the pattern.

And, the musical instruments – that 1-string guitar, an interesting thing…with tongs that make sounds – again..loss of real name for the instrument strikes me ..sorry, and a SLIDE WHISTLE!! Oh yes, I am going to be the most annoying person around with that slide whistle, lemme tell ya! I picture myself using it when people are doing things like sitting down, standing up, picking things up, etc. etc. etc. – endless possibilities right?

I also have to mention how truly in awe I am at the amazing finds I have had recently while thrift shopping. I swear for a few months now it has been nothing with a capital NO! But, lately has been great! I found these today..check it out!

This awesome wooden bowl:

This vintage mushroom casserole:

This awesome book on Textile Science!

But, today was not all shopping. On the long drive back from Port Hope, we decided to take the long scenic route home and we saw these old cars…

They were cool but when the followed us for a really long time, through a couple of small towns and cities, I started to giggle and Mat started to say things like ‘You’ll neva catch me alive coppa!’ and ‘We’ll Loose them at the Pass, ya See!!’ and other crazy phrases as only likely muttered by the most animated of fifties’ era gangster. It was a laugh. I kept my eye on them while Mat sped…well, around 40km/h anyhow..

The complete normalcy of our Toyota eventually saved our lives..allowing us to blend in with traffic and for the gangsters to move on..

Then, after avoiding certain death, we arrived at a sheepy farm with a donka-donk! Look…they are so cute..then suddenly either the donkey or a weird black faced sheep make a weird honking sound and they all ran away. I laughed at their bums!

Also, after hearing about the awesome, button-organizing teak chest that I got, Laurie from The Black Lamb gave me an awesome assortment of vintage buttons, because she is sweetness personified!

And, I haven’t devoted my time entirely to lollygagging – I managed to spin a couple of yarns!

Well, as I write this I feel my eyes getting heavy so I should go brush my pearly whites and get to bed..it’s going to be a bit of a long week. So, night night.

PS..Hippo says hi!

Long Weekend Bliss, Knit Like a Jester and Stuff!

It has been a fantastic weekend! Saturday was spent hanging out at The Black Lamb and doing some letterboxing and hiking in Port Hope. We managed to find this letterbox hidden in the rock cut and it was just a nice afternoon, despite the flash rain shower that seemed to happen just as we were hustling to stamp the letterbox.

This letterbox is planted along the Ganaraska river which is littered with beautiful scenes like this:

After searching out this letterbox, we took Hwy. 2 toward home again and decided to take in all the country air and nature we could find. There is this big field of cows that I love to visit on this route and this time there was a donkey hanging out with them. He was so adorable and when I started to talk to him in my signature ‘oh my gosh cute!!!’ babytalk animal-lovin’ voice, he came running right up to me and was adorably sweet.  Case in point…

We stopped along a stony beach and hid a letterbox, near the town of Bond Head. Then, we made our way into Oshawa and the rest of the routes going back home. I saw this weird anomaly at a car dealership – cars in a dumpster.

Sunday was my day of focusing on web design and lightening the load of the day by drinking lots of summer beer and taking breaks now and then.

Today was really nice too! The weather warmed up and I got some spinning done, photographed the new line of Bootsie sock yarn that will be coming, managed to design and order new business cards and yarn labels and just generally answered a lot of emails that needed answering and got lots done. I got some time in at the pottery studio and have a load of thrown forms to carve and embellish. I am thinking up some new fun themes. There is still loads for me to get working on but I am trying not to overly stress myself about any of it. Today is the day of the floating dandelion fluffs.

I think tonight I will do a bit of spinning and planning out my knitting project for a knit-along that I am doing with Velma and Jacey of our friend Tracy’s court jester cowl.  This will give me a chance to actually knit something with my art yarn which I have been meaning to get to forever. Here’s my beautiful Tracy modelling her own design:

If you want to join in and knit this cowl with us, you can find more information here on Ravelry. Ok, time to get spinning this palette:

Before I Forget…and Warkwarth is Awesome!

I have this terrible habit of taking all sorts of pictures when I go places but then letting them sit on my computer desktop in folders instead of uploading and sharing them. So, I’m going to do a little bit of ‘before I forget’ today and also talk about the awesome art yarn spinning workshop I was lucky enough to teach in Warkwarth, Ontario.

First off – this was a lovely day in Port Hope, ON when I visited The Black Lamb and then took a little trek down to the waterfront to hang out with a bunch of Canada geese.

The geese seemed to look so regal next to the white landscape and all the pretty shades of blue in the sky and water.

It was really neat to look at all of the mini-icebergs and patterns that the ice was making as it was breaking away from the melting beach and soaring out into the open water.

Also, it was really neat to see the different patterns that all the goose feet were leaving in the ice and snow as the geese trampled around honking at each other.

Geese can be very cheeky and argumentative. I think it’s really fun to just sit quietly and observe them, or try to guess what their little spats are about. They seem to be so territorial that it seems amazing that they can travel in such form, in their V-formation, miles and miles to migrate.

I was also recently in Warkwarth to teach a working on art  yarn spinning, working with techniques and themes. It was a great turnout and a wonderful group of diverse women all very interesting and willing to learn, open up and embrace new ways of furthering their spinning experience. I had a great time meeting everyone and I feel like I was able to share a bit of what I love doing with a lot of talented spinners and fiber workers.  It was nice also that there was a bit of time leftover in the daylight, just to get to wander around Warkwarth. The town is a small, quaint one with lots of nice little shops, a very nice art focus, a nice bakery and some great coffee houses and local fare. They are planning right now, for this weekend’s maple festival. I am wishing I could be there!

I stopped into a nice little shop called Nature on Main St. and did a little bit of stash enhancement. I was surprised to see some locally dyed and even handspun yarn. I picked up this lovely hand dyed skein of violet sock yarn. It was dyed by ‘Jules’ whom I think may be the same Jules that was in attendance at my workshop. 🙂

I also stopped into Frantic Farms Clay and Glass gallery and picked up a couple lovely handblown glass balls for my collection in my kitchen bay window. It is a lovely shop run by a charming potter and her husband, a glass blower. They both did very beautiful work, including some incredible teapots in glazework that I really appreciated – from a wood firing kiln.

Very true to form however, on the way there, and driving through Castleton, I think….there came a stop in the road, where there were 2 large dogs just standing in the road. Being the extreme dog lover and rescuer of all lost and hurt things, my stomach began to hurt the minute I could see them in my line of vision. So, we slowed the car and I looked at them out the window. The one dog began to approach the car in a confident, testy manner. Both of them had expressions on their faces that seemed to be very challenging. Sadly, I could tell they were biters and I knew I would not safely be able to do much about this situation. I looked around and saw about 3 farms in my line of vision and I knew that they belonged to one of the farmers so I had to move on. I really wish however that people would learn to show enough care for their pets to keep them safe – on a leash, in the house, in a pen, etc. ….whatever keeps them off of the road. I think there is a major misconception that if you live out in the country, it’s ok to just let your dog run rampant. It isn’t. All it takes is for one speeding car on the road or even someone to look away from their path while sneezing, changing radio stations, etc. and your precious pal pays the price for your lack of care for their well-being. Rant over…..hesitantly. I swear I only feel this strongly about these things because I have seen it happen on more than one occasion and seeing a dog, the beings I love most in life, be hit by a car and killed is still one of the most painful experiences that plays in my mind. It has been over 10 years since I saw a big white van strike and kill a small beagle right outside the window of where I was sitting. I still remember the sound, the weeping old man who picked up his dog….and the fleeing van. I always swear that if I ever saw that van again I would definitely have to say something to the cruel driver who didnt even stop, because it was not one of those cases where he somehow may not have known that it happened. Just not possible.

So, if I don’t convince you, maybe the adorable forehead wrinkles of my weiner dog will.