Posts Tagged by edmonton
|2 August 2014||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I try not to melt in the heat, successfully spin cotton and weave a silk swatch for Level 3, avoid a measurement error that could have cost me marks, finish one sock and start the next, talk yarn bombing with Maureen Young of the Inglewood Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, and finish the outlining on the Tapestry. Thanks for listening!
The Heat Is On
- The French Executioner by C.C. Humphreys (Chapters link), which was the book I mentioned at the beginning of the essay. It seems to be out of print.
- Master Spinner Program
- Fibre Week at Olds College
- The Practical Spinner’s Guide to Cotton, Flax, and Hemp by Stephanie Gaustad: on Amazon.com and Chapters.Indigo
- My blog post about my beautiful swatch
- Ply’s blog post about the error in the twist measuring article photographs
- Dazzle Them From Behind Socks – my project page – Tour de Sock Stage 4
- Tour de Sock official website
- Maureen Young, who is part of the Inglewood Neighbourhood Empowerment Team
- Knitmonton’s post about Operation Gussy Up
- A short history of the Charles Camsell Hospital
- Some pictures from someone who snuck in a few years ago. I do not condone the sneaking in, but the photos give you an idea of the state of the building.
By The Wayside
|28 July 2014||Posted by Ness under Life, Recording|
I don’t like delaying episodes. It’s a point of pride for me that I tell my listeners when they can expect the next episode, and that I stick to it. Yes, sometimes there’s a day or two delay, but life happens, and I do try to stick pretty close to that schedule.
Which is a short way of saying, this episode will be late. And it will be later than I’d otherwise like, as in, probably next weekend. I had an amazing day yesterday at Operation Gussy-Up with Knitmonton, which was four hours out in the sun. I over-dressed. I had no hat. I thought I drank enough water, but apparently not. So I’d planned to record the episode tonight, but I did not plan on staying home ill with a touch of heat exhaustion.
I may not have an official diagnosis of anything that’s wrong with me, but I do have chronic health issues, and I’ve been riding the line in terms of my energy levels for a while. Today, I am out of spoons. It took a bit of sun to make me take the day, but I slept, rested on the couch, and I’ve made myself cook a pot of pasta sauce which will last me for meals for several days. But that’s all I’ve got. It’s another hot day today, and even though that’s quite honestly all I’ve done today, that’s all I can do. If I get the grocery list made and rice cooked for breakfast before I go to bed, I’ll count myself lucky.
I hate it, to be honest, and it doesn’t sit well with my work ethic, and OMG HOMEWORK, but I have to accept that I have nothing left. So I will beg your indulgence, and put out episodes probably pretty close to back-to-back weeks. On the up side, I do actually have quite a bit to tell you about homework and the tapestry, and hopefully there’ll be a lot more to tell in the next few days.
|29 September 2013||Posted by Ness under Life, Spinning|
When I’m teaching knitting or spinning, I always say that there are no fibre arts police. Yes, if you want to achieve a certain result, sometimes you have to do things in a certain way, but otherwise, as long as you’re making fabric or yarn that you’re happy with, go to. However, sometimes, there are judges…
Yesterday was the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild‘s Open House for their 60th anniversary, and they held a sheep-to-shawl competition as part of the fun. In August, the call went out on Ravelry for teams to take part, as there was some concern that there might only be one team (which would make for a pretty poor competition). So the Edmonton Knitters group put together two teams, just for the fun of it, and down we went early yesterday morning to see what kind of trouble we could get into.
My team was Team Sheep Shape, so there was a definite piratical flair to, well, just about everything we did. I broke out pieces of my old pirate costume, crocheted a quick eye patch for Læmmer, and actually ran back into the house to grab my sabre, which I figured might make a good prop for the table (but would get in the way as I was spinning). And from 10 to 4, we had to produce enough yarn for an 80″ x 18″ woven shawl.
Team Captain Carla had spun up the warp for our shawl and had pre-warped the loom, and decided on the pattern, and she also did all the weaving. The rest of us carded and spun singles of two washed fleeces to keep her supplied with weft for the shawl. There were some requirements: the warp had to be mostly Alberta-sourced wool and handspun, and the weft could be no more than three times the width of the warp. We went with singles instead of plied yarn for the weft, and all got to work.
All the teams were just fantastic. Speaking for myself, I was there for the experience, to see if we could do it, and to spend some time spinning and practicing woolen more than to win or for bragging rights. Spinning for our team there were two Master Spinner students, two spinners with a few years of experience, and one who’d just learned about two weeks before the competition. Carla made sure that everyone had some of their handspun in the shawl as well.
There was singing, stretching, and laughs. There were cookies and cupcakes, tea and coffee. There was wool everywhere, and people helping other people. There were members of the public coming to the open house who were just fascinated by the whole process, and we answered any questions they had.
The EWG Juniors (between the ages of 10 and 16) had put together an absolutely amazing display. They had decided on a Star Wars theme, and then just gone to town. There were just fantastic examples of felting, weaving, knitting and dying, all produced by their group. I got really great instructions on how to use an inkle loom by a young man who spent the day walking around in the Jabba the Hutt costume that he’d dyed himself.
But as we bore down on 4 pm, we remembered that this wasn’t just all in good fun, it was actually a competition. … Okay, well, not really. To be honest, we didn’t really care one way or the other, but there were judges wandering around, and in the end we were going to have our shawl judged, but that wasn’t really the point. The point was to see if we could do it, and we did.
We got our shawl off the loom just as the judges called the competition closed! Team Diamonds, the EWG home team, made 80″, but hadn’t gotten it cut off yet, and Team Weave Me Alone made about 50″ on their shawl by the end of the six hours. I wish I’d gotten photos of their shawls as well. Their weave structures were very interesting. All three shawls were very different, and all really, really lovely.
By the time the judges had scored each shawl, Team Sheep Shape brought home the silver trophy! What a fantastic experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat! But maybe not tomorrow. I’m pretty tired today. 🙂
Needless to say, it was an all-around great day. But there was one unforeseen side effect.
Hemstitching times two and and 6″ of weaving, all in one night. Homework? What homework? 😉
|14 September 2013||Posted by Ness under Knitting|
Today was the big yarn bomb for Kaleidofest. Since I didn’t go, let me tell you about Thing 3’s experience there.
Three hours was the minimum amount of time artists could take to put up their lamp post decoration. Things 1, 2, and 3 all thought that would be PLENTY of time. Why, they’d probably have to sit about and make more flowers to add to the garden to make up that minimum three hours. But they didn’t count on one thing: the generosity of Knitmontonians. Once all the flowers, leaves, birds, bees, dragonflies, and other critters had been laid out on the table, well, they were BLOWN AWAY. So many things to plant in the garden! Amazing! Brilliant! Colourful!
Things started not completely smoothly. The lamp post they’d been assigned was larger in diameter than what they’d anticipated, which meant that while the grass fit, the sky wasn’t as sure a proposition. However, the malleability of yarn (even acrylic yarn), proved equal to the task, and that cozy is NOT going anywhere until they take it down tomorrow night. With the hard part done, it was time for proper tea before on to the flowers.
As they worked, many people stopped to look, to touch, and to compliment. It was brilliant, and they would like to thank everyone who stopped by and told them how lovely the Garden was, who took photos of them, who took photos of themselves with the Garden, who told other people about yarnbombing, who voted for them, and who generally made life wonderful. Kudos should also go out to the the Kaleidofest volunteers who stopped by with water and good spirits, and who didn’t laugh when the 30 degree weather made them give up on anonymity.
Yes, it was hot. Hot and sunny. And the hats and beards did not last the full five hours it took to complete the Yarn Garden. Only three (which is long enough to get kind of a silly looking slight sunburn on the face, let Thing 3 tell you…). But we’ll pretend that they’re still anonymous, okay?
The four lamp posts will be judged tomorrow afternoon, and there are cash prizes to be had. Should the Yarn Garden win, Knitmonton will be splitting the prize money between the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta. Because Knitmonton does what they do to make people smile and to bring beauty into the world, and for no other reason.
Click here to see the photos in the slideshow below with captions. Special thanks to Keely for wielding the camera to get so many great pictures!
|15 June 2013||Posted by Ness under Knitting|
The first time Edmonton knitters rode the rails for World Wide Knit in Public Day, I was far away in Winnipeg for the Canadian Fencing Federation AGM, which would have made it 2009. Ever since, I’ve been hoping that it would happen again, but it hasn’t (there was some dispute today about when the Ride the Rails happened. I know I was away for it, but many people say it was only three years ago, in 2010. Maybe it happened two years in a row, and I couldn’t go in 2010 for whatever reason. I don’t remember. But I distinctly remember it happening first when I was in Winnipeg). Well, this year, I decided that I would organize it. It wasn’t associated with any LYS, and it was really only advertised through Ravelry, and there were some difficulties with getting on the right train, but it was a lot of fun.
I was glad we hadn’t planned anything outdoors, because it was yet another cool, overcast, blustery, drizzly day in Edmonton, but the train was dry and warm (until the air conditioning came on the last trip, and then it got cold!). Six of us started out from Clareview station at 11 am, and we grew to 11 knitters sitting and knitting north and south on the Light Rail Transit line in Edmonton. It was my first time on the LRT, and yes, I know we moved here almost a decade ago.
Reactions to us varied. There was the young woman who took our picture, stopping dead in her tracks and then saying, “Oh, cool!” as she got on the train. There was the other young woman who sat with us and took a card about Ravelry. There were the young men who did everything they could to avoid eye contact. The driver of the train thought it was lovely to see us all knitting. We were all ready to leave her a little yarn bomb at the end, but her shift ended just before we returned to Clareview for the last time, and we missed her.
And all of us made pretty good progress on our projects as we went north and south through the city. I finished my sweater…
…just as we pulled into the north station again after the first trip. That gave me time to try it on and get more opinions on whether or not it could be salvaged. A borrowed shawl pin later…
R. noted that if we hadn’t been trying to figure out if the asymmetrical closure would work, she wouldn’t have known it wasn’t intentional. And with the help of a passenger who was not knitting in public (just sitting nearby) and her large-screen cellphone, I was able to look at it myself and decide that, yes, this will work. It just needs a couple of snaps, ends woven in, a light blocking, and a penannular pin (though from the look of Etsy, I’m going to have to save my pennies for a nice one), and I’ll have a sweater, just in time for it to get hot (I hope. If I finish the sweater, it’s bound to get hot, right?).
I knit in public all the time. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from your regular haunts, and knit in public where you normally don’t. Not only do you get to see things that you haven’t before, but other people get to see that too.